Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

20 credits

Next course date

September, January


12 weeks


Distance learning

Module description

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 utilised 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.

Who this course is for

All health professionals, all health and social care professionals, nursing and paramedic, occupational therapy, pharmacists, ultrasonography.

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.

Entry requirements

You will need to be professionally qualified working within the field of health and social care.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)

If this is an LBR (Learning Beyond Registration) course, and you are eligible for LBR funding, the cost is funded by HEEM (Health Education East Midlands) - check the list of LBR courses.

If you are funding your own study, the full cost of this module is £800.

For more information on payment options, please contact our Student Records and Fees team by phone on +44 (0)1332 591063 or email at

How to apply

Level 7

LBR applications

Apply directly to the University

Self-funded applications

Contact us

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) +44 (0)1332 591992

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Additional information about your studies

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.