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Tissue Viability - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): September; February


16 weeks

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module (Home/EU); £2,310 per 30 credit module (International)

In Brief:

  • You will be able to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpins excellence in care delivery within the speciality of tissue viability
  • You will be able to build upon your knowledge and skills to enable a critical overview of tissue viability practice and equip you to critically evaluate issues related to tissue viability
  • You will be able to critically apply theory and practice in the management and care of patients in tissue viability
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Using key lectures, seminars and simulated skills sessions you will explore:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin including stages and phases of wound healing, acute, and chronic wound healing.
  • Holistic nursing assessment including wound bed preparation and evidence based frameworks, tools, and diagnostics investigations.
  • History of wound healing and the impact it has had on current tissue viability practices.
  • Principles of asepsis, wound cleansing techniques, wound infection diagnostics, and restoring wound bed bacterial balance.
  • Wound assessment including wound aetiology, morphology, contamination, tissue type, etc.
  • Interpretation of data in dressing choice and decision making processes.
  • Exploration of the current evidence in pressure ulcer management in relation to pressure redistribution.
  • Product selection – mattresses, beds, and chairs used in the 24 hour management of pressure ulcer prevention and management.
  • Exploration of the political and social influences of wound care management.
  • Evaluation of the professional, legal, and ethical issues of current wound care practice.
  • The nurse’s role in the interdisciplinary wound management team, in providing holistic care for the patient requiring tissue viability management.

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development purposes or as part of a BSc or MSc.

Entry Requirements

Potential students looking to enroll on the module should be registered nurses (adult, CYP, MH), healthcare professions (OT, Physiotherapy, Podiatry), Medical staff, nurse/industry advisors.

Level 7: evidence of studying at level 6

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

Qualities and skills: students who have a genuine interest in the field of Tissue Viability and wish to progress this knowledge to be able to make informed decisions about the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the service they provide.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module (Home/EU); £2,310 per 30 credit module (International)

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


Within the module you should expect to receive the below at Level 7:

  • 33 hours direct teaching using lectures, seminars and simulation.
  • 9 hours indirect teaching using group discussion, reflections on practice and industry led workstations
  • 6 hours tutorials to receive support for your assessment.
    152 hours self-directed study from resources on the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment, books and articles from the library, and links to videos and national/international policies.
  • Seminars and lectures will introduce the key concepts and provide structure for the students, to enable them to focus their individual learning. The sessions will be interactive and encourage enquiry and critical thinking.  
  • Simulation will be offered with the use of simulated wounds to allow the integration of theory to its practical exploration, providing an opportunity for group discussions, peer review, and collaborative working.  
  • Individual tutorials will be timetabled through the module to provide formative feedback.
  • Reflection in and on practice and professional development planning to enable critical enquiry and critical thinking.
  • VLE material will be used for independent and flexible learning.


Level 7 Theoretical assessment

The theoretical assessment for this module comprises of a poster presentation based on the care of a patient who requires tissue viability management. The presentation has a 100% weighting, lasts 30 minutes with a further 15-minute viva (questions will be generated from the turnitin submission and actual presentation delivery).

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Melanie Stephens

Tissue Viability Module Level 7

Melanie Stephens is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and has worked at Salford University since 2003. Her previous nursing experience includes:Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, ICU, Burns and Plastic Surgery, Gynaecology / Oncology, and Diabetes / Endocrinology Medicine.

Melanie is a health service researcher and a team member of the research programme for long term conditions with specific research interests in pressure redistributing properties of seating, tissue viability, and interprofessional working. She has undertaken research in order to provide an evidence base for products used in the twenty four hour management of pressure ulcers and simulation in developing nurses knowledge and skills. Melanie is the chair for the annual International University of Salford Wound Management Conference, and was the Project Coordinator of EU Radar; a two year acute illness management programme for student nurses across seven countries. She is now co-leading an amendment to the UK Tissue Viability Guidelines for Seating and is due to share her work at the International Seating Symposium in Nashville, USA. Experienced in using qualitative and mixed methods of enquiry, working with practitioners and commerce to develop research for the use in the clinical environment.

Bartley, C & Stephens, M (2016), 'Accepted Manuscript Evaluating the impact of Watercell ® technology on pressure redistribution and comfort/discomfort of adults with limited mobility', Journal of Tissue Viability.

Stephens M (2015) Changing Student Nurses Values, Attitudes, and Behaviours: A Meta Ethnography of Enrichment Activities. J Nurs Care 5:320. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000320

Stephens, M (2015) 'Tissue viability and skin tearing in mammography', in: Hogg, P & kelly, J & Mercer, C (eds.), Digital Mammography - A Holistic Approach, Springer International Publishing, London, England, pp.119-122.

Stephens, M (2014) 'The principles of skin integrity' , in: Nursing Practice Knowledge and Care , Wiley, Chichester, pp. 355-382. Item not available from this repository.

Stephens, M and Jones, D (2012) 'Assessing the use of simulated wounds in nurse education' , Wounds UK, 8 (1) , pp. 74-80.  


Stephens, M, Jones, J and Smith, T (2012) 'Wound care provision in an out of hours District Nursing Service' , Wound Essentials, 7 (2) , pp. 73-76. Item not available from this repository.

Stephens, M 2012, 'Caring for people with altered skin function' , in: LeMone and Burke's adult nursing: Acute and ongoing care , Pearson Education. Item not available from this repository.



Career Prospects

Students who choose to study the Tissue Viability Module at Level 7 do so because they are either currently working or are considering a career as:

  • a Tissue Viability Link Nurse
  • a Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist
  • a community nurse (adult, CYP, MH)
  • a surgical nurse (adult, CYP)
  • a nurse working on accident and emergency (adult, CYP, MH)
  • a nurse working in level 3 and 4 critical care (adult, CYP)
  • a nurse working with patient who regularly self-harm (adult, MH, CYP)
  • A nurse advisor for a wound care/mattress/seating company
  • Registered nurses who wish to set up a service in their locality, place of work i.e MH Wound Clinic, Nursing Home Lead Role.
  • Podiatrists looking to expand wound care   knowledge.

Links with Industry

The module links with industry partners from dressing, mattress, beds and seating.
Some students choose to evaluate a product from an industry partner as a case study for their poster presentation and then use this to attend Wounds UK Conference in November.


Use of simulated wounds and workstations.
Industry participation from dressing, mattress, bed and seating companies.

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