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This course is made up of two modules ? advanced communication skills in practice (30 credits) ? advanced communication and information in supportive care (30 credits) Each module can be studied individually as part of a masters programme and have a direct impact on developing communication skills in your own clinical practice. Advanced communication skills in practice We teach this course through face-to-face and online e-learning. This allows you to ? apply new knowledge and skills ? critically reflect and gain feedback on your performance ? discuss these with peers and tutors. You critically explore the current evidence that supports the principles and practice of effective communication, counselling and information provision. During the taught part of the course you share experiences and learning with peers from various professions and clinical settings. These sessions are problem solving and role play exercises supported by lecturers and clinicians, who are specialists in advanced communication skills. The structure of the study days follows the advanced communication skills endorsed by the Department of Health. We deliver the distance learning content using Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. You study via the Internet in your own time but you must be able to attend the University for the taught parts of the course (three study days over two weekends). We provide full instructions and support before and during the module. Tutor-supported online discussions, often on challenging issues, guide your learning and allow you to share views with other students. For the assessment you submit a portfolio of learning showing how you critically evaluated your applied advanced communication skills and knowledge during a simulated client interview. You must also evaluate your own development in clinical practice. As part of the assessment you design an insightful and reasoned plan showing how you will develop your future practice. Advanced communication and information in supportive care For this module we supply a wide range of online resources and material including ? PowerPoint presentations ? links to websites ? case scenarios (practice and patientuser- based). The module leader provides support via tutorials, discussion boards, email or telephone contact. For the assessment, you take a critical look at your own communication skills. This includes developing an action plan for practice. You also write an in-depth review on one area advanced communication skills, counselling approaches or information provision.

This course is made up of two modules ? advanced communication skills in practice (30 credits) ? advanced communication and information in supportive care (30 credits) Each module can be studied individually as part of a masters programme and have a direct impact on developing communication skills in your own clinical practice. Advanced communication skills in practice We teach this course...

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