The Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing is designed for students who already have a degree and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.
Throughout the course, students will develop their knowledge, skills and interests in both general medicine and surgery in addition to specialist areas. They will learn through a range of methods including academic study, simulated practice learning and clinical placements where they will have the opportunity to work alongside other health care professionals in a multidisciplinary team.
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The Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career caring for adults of all ages who have had injuries, suffered accidents, acquired disease or have a range of healthcare needs.
Adult nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession; as an adult nurse you need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion. You will learn the skills of clinical decision-making that is supported by knowledge and experience of providing healthcare to a diverse population.
The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience gained at London’s leading hospitals, trusts and community settings. The School's facilities feature an excellent Clinical Skills Centre, including simulated wards, where you can prepare for your practice experience. Whilst on clinical placements you will also benefit from exposure to the capital’s diverse population.
On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.
Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.
Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through laboratory based simulated practice and through clinical placements in health care settings.
Simulated practice is a significant component of your practice learning experience and will provide opportunities for you to rehearse a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe simulated environment in our excellent clinical laboratories supervised by lecturers. Through this experience you will develop confidence as you prepare for your practice experience and gain a sense of purpose and belonging to the nursing profession.
Clinical placements can take place in a variety of settings such as:
Placements take place within our partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London who provide you with clinical placements, including Barts Health NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional knowledge and skills.
The course is taught by academics who:
You will also work with service users who have an insight and understanding of the requirements of care delivery by nurses from a personal perspective.
Course activities include the following:
Assessments include the following:
Clinical Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail
This course is based on the theory of relationship-centred care and the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. These themes are explored in the context of acute and long-term care and later in the course there is an emphasis on leading and managing in professional practice.
The course has three parts with two progression points which must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next part. The modular structure of the programme is developmental and students study at HE level 7 throughout the programme with students expected to demonstrate increasing levels of self-directed independent study as the programme progresses.
Student independent learning time varies during the programme and is focused more in the theory modules and averages between 30-50 hours a week.
All modules are compulsory.
Career prospects are excellent with Postgraduate Diploma students securing employment as Band 5 Staff Nurses with Trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust.
Nursing is a lifelong career and there are excellent progression opportunities in clinical management, education, research and clinical specialisms and many and varied career paths ranging from sister/ charge nurse, community nurse to nurse director. Specialisms include the following:
Postgraduates can complete the MSc programme at City. In order to be awarded an MSc you need 180 credits at level 7 (M level). Postgraduates will have 120 credits if a merit\distinction has been awarded you will be able to consider this option after you have finished the course.
The postgraduate diploma course in Adult Nursing is open to applicants with a first-degree or a higher degree; the programme makes use of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) provision for prior learning to allow students to complete the academic award and achieve professional registration as a nurse via a two-year course. Successful applicants will undertake some of their studies alongside undergraduate students completing the BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing, but will also complete dedicated study at Master's level to achieve a postgraduate qualification.
The NMC’s Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (2010) require programmes leading to registration to be delivered over 4600 hours, with 50% of this theory and 50% practice; NMC do however permit prior learning to be recognised where this can be mapped against the programme outcomes and requirements. Students applying for this programme will therefore need to demonstrate that they have the relevant experience and learning prior to entering the course.
Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the art and science of adult nursing. Communication and team working are key in health and social care and you will develop a range of interpersonal skills that enable you to work effectively with a wide diversity of clients and within complex settings.
The health economy is rapidly changing and future nurses are likely to be located in a broader range of workplaces. Your placement opportunities will therefore be in a diverse range of settings which include the growing independent sector as well as care within the community, preparing you to function effectively and meet the health care needs of an increasing ageing population.
Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2017. We will be recruiting a funded intake to this course in February 2018. You can apply for February 2018 using the September 2017 start date in UCAS. Funding arrangements for students starting in September 2018 are unconfirmed by the Government.
All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
Our programme will ensure you gain the characteristics today which employers are looking for in the nurses of tomorrow.
Our first-class team of skilled, expert and research-active nurse lecturers will work with you to make sure you achieve your full potential enabling you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse. Our training will equip you to communicate effectively and develop the analytical and critical thinking, decision-making skills needed to make a difference.
Our MSc programme provides quality training alongside strong tutor support and a vibrant student experience, which is reflected in our position as 2nd in London for student satisfaction. Your training will ensure you develop in confidence and ability, preparing you to become a caring and compassionate clinician.
At the University of Greenwich we are dedicated to supporting you to becoming professional nurses fit to take forward the Adult Nursing profession. We will offer you committed and passionate teaching in order to achieve your goals.
Your clinical placements will span across the whole spectrum of Adult Nursing. We offer the opportunity to undergo placements with internationally renowned Trusts such as St Bart's Health and Kings College NHS Foundation, as well as more locally based services in Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust.
The duration of your training will provide you with hands on experience and the time to put your theoretical learning into practice,alongside highly skilled Adult Nurses in acute and rehabilitation services as well as specialist fields such as intensive care nursing, emergency care and public health.
Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in adult nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.
It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.
Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.
In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.
This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.
On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Year 1 (FHEQ Level 6)
Year 2 (FHEQ Level 7)
Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment.
Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme. This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time.
Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.
Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services. Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.
Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities. Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice. NHS Careers has further information.
Our students benefit from the support of mentors and other health care practitioners. The School of Health Sciences enjoys excellent partnership working with our local NHS Trusts and care givers within the independent sector.
Staff within the School of Health Sciences have internationally recognised expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice.
As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or have a wealth of experience in their areas.
The programme aims to:
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Our PGDIP in Adult Nursing is an accelerated 2-year programme, which is supported by the NHS and designed in partnership with practice colleagues and service users to provide a high quality, flexible, student-centred and patient-focused educational experience. This will develop practitioners that are highly employable and recognised for the additional academic credibility they achieve.
We have one intake in September 2018, which build on the core values of the NHS constitution and fully prepares students for the challenges of modern nursing practice. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will gain both an academic award (PGdip) and eligibility to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as an adult nurse. Support is available from a range of sources to guide students’ academic and practice development throughout the programme.
This course is 50% theory and 50% clinical practice with placements in both the hospital and community settings. You will also have the opportunity to gain the added value of an additional award in acute illness management (AIMS©) at the end of the programme.
The Department of Health consultation for students starting in September 2017 has significantly changed the way healthcare courses will be funded. Health Education England have allocated a small number of capped funded places for new starters in 2017 for tuition fees and bursary. However, Manchester Metropolitan University has not been allocated any funding for PG Diplomas starting in September 2017, students will be required to pay their own tuition fees for this course.
-This course leads to registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
-This course is 50% theory and 50% clinical practice with placements in both the hospital and community settings.
-You will have the opportunity to gain the added value of an additional award in Acute Illness Management at the end of the programme.
-Well-equipped state-of-the-art clinical skills lab complete with computerised Sim-man manikin, used to demonstrate both basic and challenging conditions and nursing interventions.
-100% of Nursing graduates go straight into employment or further study
-99% of students say that their tutors are enthusiastic about what they are teaching
Placements in the clinical practice setting are a key element and form half of the course.
Examinations, assignments, clinical observations, presentations and practice assessment.