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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: HIV+AIDSL3
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: QUIRK J Mr (HSC)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
Assessment Guidelines
Assessment takes place by a theoretical essay (70%) and a seminar presentation to workplace or class colleagues (30%). The student must achieve a pass in BOTH the written work and seminar presentations to successfully pass the module.

• This study will provide the possibility for professional interest to be pursued and should focus upon the student’s specific clinical practice.
• The assignment will allow the participant to demonstrate the integration of the different aspects of the course. It will also enable the participant to demonstrate clarity, critical analysis of contemporary research and implications for future practice.
• Part of the course requirement involves a presentation to clinical colleagues where potential changes in practice can be outlined and discussed. This arrangement will fulfil the NMC requirement for the module assignment to be assessed in both theory and practice.
Module Overview
Module Aims
The aims of this module are; 

• To enable students to increase their knowledge of the aetiology of HIV and AIDS.

• To gain an understanding of the various treatments and the management of care.

• To explore attitudes towards sexuality, HIV and AIDS and attitudes which the illness provokes.

• To promote preventative care within the community context.

• To gain understanding of individual’s physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs
Learning Outcomes
On completing this module the student should be able to:

• Critically analyse the aetiology and epidemiology and global distribution of HIV and viral sub types

• Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical manifestation in adults and children from infection to AIDS defining illness

• Critically analyse various treatment and management issues in light of current research, with emphasis on the medical, psycho-social and physical needs of the client group

• Demonstrate increased self-awareness by reflection in relation to:

Personal attitudes and prejudices
Sexuality, Gender
Cultural issues
Substance misuse
The process of loss and grief

• Critically discuss the dimensions of spirituality and its effect on health care

• Display a knowledge of support services and resources available within the field of HIV and AIDS. Both National and local statutory and voluntary services should be examined

• Evaluate and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the implications of health promotion strategies in relation to HIV, AIDS and Blood borne viruses and the effect on epidemiology.

• Show an understanding for the individual needs of those affected by HIV or AIDS within and outside traditional health care settings

• Demonstrate effective communication skills with specific emphasis on helping and listening skills which supports the client and their family / partner and significant others

• Demonstrate an in depth understanding of the cultural, legal, ethical and professional issues in relation to HIV and AIDS

Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Taught:: 60 hours
Self-directed: 140 hours
Selected Texts/Journals
This is reading that will inform the content. You should endeavour to read some of the following.

Adler, Michael W. 2001 ABC of AIDS BMJ Books

Bott J 2000 HIV screening issues for midwives British Journal of Midwifery 8(2): 72-77

British HIV Association 2006 Guidelines on provision of adherence support to individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy. BHIVA

British HIV association 2006 Guidelines for the treatment of HIV disease with anti- retroviral therapy.

British HIV association 2005 Guidelines for the management of HIV infection in pregnant women and the prevention of mother to child transmission.

Clutterbuck D 2004 Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV. Mosby London

DH 2005 HIV Infected Healthcare Workers HMSO London

Department of Health 2004 HIV and infant feeding. Guidelines from the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Expert Advisory Group on AIDS. HMSO. London

Department of Health 2003 Screening for infectious diseases in pregnancy: Standards to support the UK antenatal screening programme HMSO London

DH 2003 Guidance for clinical healthcare workers. Protection against infection with blood born viruses. Recommendations of the expert advisory group on AIDS and the advisory group on Hepatitis. HMSO London

Department of Health 2001 National Strategy for Sexual Health. HMSO London

Department of Health 1999 Reducing Mother to Baby Transmission of HIV. London NHS Executive HSC 1999/183

Health Protection Agency 2007 Annual Report: Testing Times

Gilling-Smith C. 2000 HIV prevention. Assisted reproduction in HIV discordant couples. AIDS reader 2000; 10:581-587

Kennedy J. 2003 HIV in Pregnancy and Childbirth Butterworth Heinemann

Nam 2007 Aids Reference Manual. NAM Publications London. (National AIDS Manual)

Pattman R, Snow M, Handy P, Nathan Sankar K, Babiker Elawad 2005 Oxford Handbook of Genitourinary Medicine, HIV and AIDS Oxford University Press

Wilson H MacAndrew S 2000 Sexual Health Foundations for Practice Bailliere Tindall London


AIDS care
British Medical Journal
British Journal of Midwifery
British Journal of midwifery, June 2001 Vol. 9, No. 6, supplement HIV Infection.
HIV medicine
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS care
Modern Midwife
The Lancet

USEFUL WEB SITES Policy and strategy documents, Latest statistics, and demographic information extensive source of information on treatments, services etc UK’s largest support organisation for people living with HIV National organisation that offers support services, training, and publications for people living with HIV

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29TH JULY 2010