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CPD Advancing Tissue Viability

Level 6 (undergraduate), 20 credits

Start dates
Course length
12 weeks PartTime
City campus

Course cost

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Course aim

Completing this course will equip the learner to gain the appropriate knowledge, skills and critical understanding of tissue viability required to improve the care of individuals with, or at risk from, tissue viability problems.

Course content

Course under review

This course is designed to enable the student to critically analyse, from a holistic perspective, factors affecting tissue viability and wound management, whilst ensuring the psychological and physical well-being of the patient is addressed.

Wound bed preparation and dressing/treatment choices will be examined, in line with National and International guidelines, to ensure safe, efficient, high quality tissue viability care is delivered. The student will be able to demonstrate their ability to improve an area of practice in their own practice environment.

The following topics will be addressed during the course:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • The wound healing process
  • Primary and secondary wound healing
  • Holistic wound assessment
  • Acute and chronic wound management
  • Wound bed preparation
  • Factors affecting the wound healing process
  • Aseptic Non Touch Technique and simple wound dressings
  • Professional judgement for decision-making
  • Wound dressing selection
  • Wound infection and biofilms
  • Pressure ulcer prevention and management
  • Wound debridement
  • Ethical and legal issues in tissue viability
  • National and International best practice and policies
  • Quality targets
  • Optimising physical and psychological wellbeing for the person living with a wound
  • Skin care across the age spectrum
  • End of life skin care

Teaching and learning

The delivery will be over a 12 week period. There are eight full days of learning delivered face to face in a classroom.

Entry requirements

  • Extra Requirements

    In order to be considered for this course, you should:

    • be practicing as a healthcare professional within an area of practice relevant to tissue viability
    • have regular contact and responsibilities for patients

    Self-funding applicants- Ideally candidates will have a minimum of a diploma (level 5).

    Students are also accepted onto the programme as part of the international Top up degrees for nurses and paramedics.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.

Please apply using the online application form.


4,500 word patient-focused written assignment. 

CPD award

Level 6 20 credits

Offers the option of studying as a stand-alone module or using the credits to continue on a master's programme of study.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.