Complexity in Long Term Conditions Level 6 module

This module is now open only to students completing a BSc programme with Education for Health.

This module, previously known as Personalised Care in Long Term Conditions, 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 evidence base
  • Tackling health inequalities
  • Placing the person with long term conditions at the centre of process
  • Self management support and the development of collaborative relationships between patients and professionals
  • The skills and processes to facilitate a single care plan: involving the individual in a unified, holistic care planning process
  • Commissioning, personalised care and personal health budgets
  • Quality assurance, monitoring, sustainability and continuous improvement.
Level of study and credit value

This is a Level 6 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 with optional study day. It has a notional study time of 150 hours, which includes time to study learning materials, attend study day where relevant, and complete assessments.

This module is delivered by blended learning, with a study day to support the online course. Please note that if low numbers of students book onto this module we may cancel the study day at short notice. If this is the case, students already registered will be contacted by our Finance Team and can choose to continue with the course as distance only, or be refunded.

Our study days are optional, although we advise that you attend if you possibly can, as students tell us that they learn a lot from the face to face contact with their tutor and that networking with other students is particularly useful.

The location of the study day is determined by the cohort you choose to join.

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

Students are required to write an essay of 3,500 words exploring either:

  • the development and implementation of a personalised care plan for an individual patient living with long term conditions.


  • the development and implementation of a service development plan that will support person centred care for people living 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 results in the awarding of academic credits that could be used as part of a DipHE/BSc (Hons) degree programme, though this would always be at the discretion of the academic institution where you intended to undertake the programme.

Since September 2019, Education for Health no longer offers DipHE/BSc (Hons) programmes.

Successful completion of a level 6 module can also enable progression onto an MSc programme at Education for Health, as you could be eligible to bring in up to 30 credits at level 6 through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

More information on our MSc programmes can be found here, or contact our Programme Team to discuss your individual circumstances at

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

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 and the NHS Partnerships Manager for your area will be in touch.