Full Title:Nursing Health Assessment and Interventions for Persons with an Intellectual Disability
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:DK_NNIID_9
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of the module is to further develop nurses’ evidence- based practice for the challenges of the assessment, management and care provision of the health needs of persons with an intellectual disability. This programme will allow students to critically examine the assessment and the contemporary management of prevalent health conditions within the context of their own practice. Thus, they can provide timely, optimal, collaborative and compassionate care to enhance the person’s outcomes and improve their quality of life.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically discuss the physical health conditions that are prevalent in persons with an intellectual disability.
  2. Critically discuss the knowledge and skills required to recognise, assess and effectively create a health care plan for persons with an intellectual disability.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical competence using evidence based practice in the management of care for persons with an intellectual disability.
  4. Critically evaluate strategies for empowering persons with an intellectual disability to be more autonomous in managing their own health status.
  5. Critically explore strategies for enhancing multidisciplinary collaboration and communication in caring for persons with an intellectual disability.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Health Assessment
Implementation of a person centred, holistic, evidence based health assessment to identify the person’s health needs and the appropriate preventative and therapeutic interventions required.
Health planning
Reducing or eliminating barriers to good health, setting person centred health goals, supporting nursing/health promotion interventions and the auditing and evaluation of these interventions.
Supporting a persons with complex health needs
Development of clinical skills and interventions to support people with complex needs across their lifespan in relation to their respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, neurological, endocrine and bone health.
Interdisciplinary collaboration
A partnership approach across the lifespan facilitating effective communication and liaison involving primary care, secondary care and specialist intellectual disability health services. Advocacy role of the nurse in the community in raising awareness of the specialist health needs of people with Intellectual Disability within primary care and acute services and the promotion of reasonable adjustments for persons with Intellectual Disability.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Students will be required to present a case study of the nursing and medical management of a person with an intellectual disability they are currently providing direct care to. 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Practical assessments will include completion of E-tivities (online quizzes, discussion forums, completion of online training) and a simulated learning assessment. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Discursive lectures that utilise reflection and reference evidence based practice 4.00 Every Second Week 2.00
Lecture Clinical skills 3.00 Every Second Week 1.50
Online Learning (non contact) E-tivities related to programme content 6.00 Every Second Week 3.00
Directed Reading Directed reading related to programme content 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Independent Study Independent Study related to programme content 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 17.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.50
Recommended Book Resources
  • Burke, E., McGlinchey, E., Haigh, M., Carroll, R., O’Donovan, M., McCausland, D., O’Dwyer, M., Mac Giolla Phadraig C., Mulryan, N., McCallion, P., McCarron, M. 2017, Health, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion: Ageing with an Intellectual Disability in Ireland: Evidence from the First Ten Years of The Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) Wave 3, Trinity College Dublin Dublin
  • Heslop, P., Blair, P., Fleming, P., Hoghton, M., Marriot, A. and Russ, L. 2013, Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities (CIPOLD) Final report., Department of Health Bristol
  • McCarron, M., Sheerin, F., Roche, L., Ryan, AM., Griffiths, C., Keenan, P., Doody, O., D'Eath, M., Burke, E., McCallion, P. 2018, Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland, HSE Dublin
  • Health Research Board 2018, National Intellectual Disability Database, Health Research Board Dublin
  • Taggart L., and Cousins W. 2014, Health Promotion for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities., Open University Press London
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNIID_9 Certificate in Nursing Health Assessment and Interventions for Persons with an Intellectual Disability 1 Mandatory