CPD Advancing Tissue Viability

Level 6 (undergraduate), 20 credits

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

12 weeks

Course cost

Total cost: £840


City campus

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

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.

Student comments:

"I would just like to say a big thank you. Aside from helping me achieve credits as part of my Degree Pathway. The course got me reacquainted with tissue viability in a really affective way in my clinical area. Most of our TV care was usually reactive or we depended too heavily on TNV team. Now however, with this course on board and with the help of another member of staff with TV course experience, we can now act in a more proactive and prescriptive way. Predict when wounds my deteriorate or time ward visits to minimise wound complications. Our open drop in clinic helps prevent readmissions and gives opportunity to educate students and inexperienced members of staff. On a personal note I found the course highly appropriate and engaging, got my mind ticking again.Thanks a million I really enjoyed the course" - Charge Nurse Acute Trust.

"The knowledge I have gained as part of the tissue viability module is invaluable, it will definitely positively impact of the care I deliver to my patients. Teaching is excellent with a wealth of resources that have been tremendously useful. A highly recommended course." - Midwife, Acute Trust

Entry 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

Please apply using the online application form.


4500 word written assignment. patient focused. Pass rate 40%.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development course can be studied within the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Development award framework or as a single CPD.

Further information

Programme Leader
Laura Kinsey
Tel: 0151 231 4471
Email: l.kinsey@ljmu.ac.uk

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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.