Advancing Communication Skills - Level 7 - 7RD501

About this module

This module will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to consider this fundamental skill in more depth.

Development of communications skills for healthcare professionals has been identified as 'a continuing process throughout (their) professional careers particularly when moving into specialist areas' (DoH, 2003).

To be able to perform at the forefront of professional practice expertise is required in a range of communications strategies, where they are often utilisated in complex, sensitive or contentious situations.

This module will provide the opportunity for you to assess your individual communication skills needs and evaluate relevant theoretical principles and your application to practice. The module will be structured around a needs analysis leading to a negotiated learning contract.

Initially a 'needs analysis' of communications skills will be undertaken. You will then be able to select three specific areas of communications for further study, for example:

  • Interpersonal skills to include verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Interviews and questioning techniques
  • Interpersonal skills to include verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Interviews and questioning techniques
  • Presenting information
  • Negotiation skills
  • Communicating in group situations
  • Cultural awareness in communications
  • Health informatics.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

Find out more about LBR at Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Fact file

Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 7RD501

Start dates are usually: September and January

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to critically evaluate communications strategies and skills pertinent to your individual practice needs.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study for this course via distance learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992
E: lbr@derby.ac.uk

Or visit www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703
E: hsc@derby.ac.uk