MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Principles and Practice of Burn Care

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS69971
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Available as a free choice unit? No


By debating concepts that underpin health and social care provision students will develop awareness of the complexities of managing burn injury from acute admission to discharge home. This unit will be suitable for nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, dieticians and other members of the multi-professional team as appropriate.

The curriculum will cover both child and adult aspects of burn injury. 


Facilitate the student to develop the knowledge, skill and professional values that underpin, safe, evidenced based, contemporary burns care for adult and children

Facilitate the students to develop greater understanding of the impact of a significant burn injury from a physiological, psychological and wider family perspective

Analyse the complex need of those with a burn injury within the context of current healthcare provision and evidence-based practice

Analyse current international, national and local policy, and clinical guidelines, protocol for care delivery, evidence-based practice and the influence in the assessment, treatment and management of burn injury

Teaching and learning methods

This unit will run over a period of 12 weeks and will include 7 study days.

The following are mandatory as linking of skills and theory is essential to producing competent learners.

Knowledge and understanding

Critically discuss the assessment, planning and implementation of care needed to optimise patient recovery from burn injury.

Critically appraise and synthesise knowledge of the main physiological and functional concepts involved in burn injury.

Critically evaluate the theories and concepts underpinning the psychological impact of burn injury, and their implications for management.

Critically reflect upon the role of patient education, ethics and the role of the MDT and their application in the immediate and long-term management of a burn injured adult/child.

Critically appraise and synthesise knowledge of the signs and patterns of injuries relating to self-harm and abuse, with critical evaluation of subsequent management implications.

Intellectual skills

Provide a rationale for clinical decision-making following critical evaluation of the evidence relating to the care and support required at each stage of the patient care pathway.

Critically examine current clinical practice and develop suggestions underpinned by evidence, for how practice can be enhanced.

Practical skills

Critically examine strategies used for the assessment, management and evaluation of care provided to patients with a burn injury to enhance clinical practice.

Communicate developments in practice to the multidisciplinary team

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Develop information technology skills to support lifelong learning.

Participate in identification of individual learning needs and develop strategies to meet those needs.

Participate in collaborative learning and peer support.

Analyse your role in leading and developing practice in relation to the care of patients with a burn injury.

Promote independent learning through critically appraising the evidence that supports practice.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment practical exam 15
Lectures 42
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 91

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Samantha Freeman Unit coordinator

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