Postgraduate Certificate in Long Term Health Conditions

Course code NURT86
60 credits at level 7


Who is it for?

This programme is suitable for health care professionals who are involved in the care and management of those with long term chronic conditions. This unit will require the participant to utilise reflection from their clinical area to support the assessment of the academic outcomes. It is therefore necessary for the student to be engaged in clinical practice and have clinical experience in caring for and managing those with long term conditions. Suitable for health care professionals who have already achieved a first degree or able to provide evidence that they can study at masters level. 

What is it about?

Approximately 15.4 million adults in Great Britain are living with chronic illness, almost one in every three people, with many having more than one condition (DH2008). As well as looking at the generic issues associated with caring and managing those with long term conditions, this programme will focus on those diseases considered to be the most significant in terms of mortality and morbidity and include Respiratory disease, Renal disease, Dementia and Heart failure. People living with long term conditions have a range of complex and intricate health and social care needs that can pose significant challenges to care practitioners. It has been shown that there is a risk for both the client and their carers of uncoordinated or fragmented care; insufficient information and support; and poor quality of life.

NHS strategy seeks to improve care for those with long term conditions, by moving away from reactive care, towards a systematic, patient-centred approach. The long term conditions strategy and the Long term conditions NSF aims to transform the way that health and social services support people, with the emphasis being around primary and community person-centred care. This programme will follow these principles.

Facilitated by experts in this field, this course gives health professionals opportunities to develop the knowledge base and skills necessary for proactive management and support for those with long-term health conditions. It also addresses organisational and managerial issues involved in co-ordinating a quality service of individualised care and support for clients with long-term health conditions.


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How does it enhance practice?

  • All our units are clinically focussed and disease-specific to provide detailed learning
  • Develop the students’ critical understanding of research, policies and practice relating to long-term conditions in a range of organisational contexts
  • Enable students to engage critically with current research and scholarship in the field of long-term conditions management and develop a range of intellectual and transferable skills
  • Enable practitioners to critically discuss the complexities and dilemmas associated with caring for and managing people and their families who are living with long-term health conditions

Mode of Assessment:

3,000-word academic assignment for each of the 4 chosen units. The focus of each assignment should reflect the learning outcomes of the unit and relate to students own area of clinical practice.

Links to Professional/Academic Award:

PG Certificate in Long Term Health Conditions
MMedSci in Advancing Practice

Course Structure:

This part-time programme has been planned so that students can complete all the necessary units in 1 year, alternatively they can complete their study over a 2 year period if desired by choosing 2 units per year.

In order to gain the full PG Certificate award, students must complete four of the following units.

Evidence Based Stroke Care (SNM612)

Managing Respiratory Disease as a Long Term Condition (SNM615)

Care and Management of the Renal Patient (SNM659) - Online

Pallative and Supportive Care (SNM681)

The start date of this programme is dependent on which unit you choose to study first, please see the individual unit page by clicking on the links above.

Programme Leader/Contact Name:

Sally Underwood

Tel: +44 114 222 2066


Delivery Site

University of Sheffield - Central Campus

The Division of Nursing and Midwifery (Health Sciences School) is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site.  f you have any enquiries about the location of the teaching please contact the General Enquiry Line on +44 114 222 2030.


Please visit our how to apply page. If you have any difficulties please call the Continuing Professional Development Admissions Team on +44 114 222 2030.