Complexity in Long Term Conditions Level 5 module

This Complexity in Long Term Conditions Level 5 module is suitable for all health and social care practitioners who work with people with one or more long-term condition(s) who wish to develop skills in supporting people to live with these conditions in line with current health and social care policy based on national and international evidence.

This module aims to equip health professionals with the knowledge and skills required to underpin effective long-term conditions management. It explores health and social care needs and identifies different care delivery methods that can be used to meet the healthcare needs of individuals with a long-term condition and their families and carers.

Successful students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the evidence base and policy initiatives informing care of people with long term conditions. They will be able to identify how health and social care practitioners can influence health outcomes at an individual, family and community level. Students will be able to work with people with long term conditions to plan and facilitate improved outcomes.

This module is validated by The Open University. The Regulations for validated awards of The Open University can be seen here.

Why choose this module?

Benefits include:

  • The opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialties.
  • Access to experts.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.
  • Opportunity to build to a Diploma in Higher Education or BSc (Honours) degree.
  • Gaining academic credit for a named award. A number of credits is assigned to each module, which indicates the amount of learning undertaken, and the specified credit level indicates the relative depth of learning involved. Credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning whenever and wherever it is achieved. Credit may also help you transfer to another programme either within Education for Health or at a different institution.
  • Upon the completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals.
What will I study?

The subjects covered include:

The Burden of Long Term Conditions
• Key characteristics of long term conditions
• The prevalence of chronic health problems in the UK
• The implications of multi-morbidity

The Impact of Long Term Conditions on Patients and Families
• Polypharmacy
• Quality of life
• Impact on carers

Identifying and evaluating long term conditions and their impact
• The role of disease registers
• Methods of evaluating long term conditions
• Complexity
• Multi-morbidity

The effectiveness of care for patients with long term conditions
• Evaluation, audit and continuous quality improvement
• Assessing health outcomes

Effective Disease Management for Long Term Conditions
• The benefits of disease management
• The rudiments of disease management
• The role of coordinated care delivery

Supporting Self-care for Patients with Long Term Conditions
• The role of self-management
• Shared decision making
• Patient empowerment

Service design / redesign
• Change theory and organisational change
• Multi-disciplinary team working
• Collaborative care

Commissioning Services to Support Personalised Care
• Fundamentals for commissioning services
• Working within constraints
• Resources and financial initiatives to support effective personalised care.

Level of study and credit value

This is a Level 5 module, which carries 15 CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme) points.

Where will I study and for how long?

This is a four month eLearning course. It has a notional study time of 150 hours, which includes time to study learning materials  and complete assessments.

This module is delivered by blended learning.

How is this module assessed and what is the criteria for a pass?

Students are required to write an essay of 3,000 words based on a patient or group of patients living with one or more long term conditions. They should consider how services are currently delivered for this patient or group of patients and to what extent they meet the needs of the patient and their families/carers. They will need to set their discussion in the context of the current evidence and policy that relates to provision of care for people with long term conditions.

Criteria for a pass

The pass mark for the module is 40%. Reassessment is as per regulations in the Student Guide.

Can I take this module as part of a programme?

Successful completion of single modules can enable progression to DipHE/BSc (Hons) degree programme at Education for Health. More information on our programmes can be found here or contact our Programme Administrators at programmes@educationforhealth.org

What are the entry requirements for this module?

All applicants for The Open University validated modules must be registered or working within the UK. All applicants should have sufficient competency in the English Language to successfully study at Level 5/6.

All learning materials, teaching and assessment are conducted in the English language. Students will need to apply this to an academic environment.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have sufficient proficiency in the English Language to undertake the module or programme to which they are registered.

If you plan to undertake one of our programmes, further entry requirements are required, please refer to our admissions policy.

Further information

Module lead Rhian Last can be contacted via Customer Support on customersupport@educationforhealth.org

We are committed to equality of opportunity. Our Disability Coordinator and Student Support Team provide advice and information and coordinate
arrangements for students. View our Support for Students with a Disability here.

Students have access to the eLearning materials for 18 months from the start date of their module.

How to apply

Click here to see all LTC Management modules with dates.


To arrange a module in your area for 20+ students, contact our NHS Partnerships team by emailing nhsteam@educationforhealth.org and the NHS Partnerships Manager for your area will be in touch.