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The MSc in Children's Nursing is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. Children's nursing is a challenging but highly rewarding career choice, and the programmes offered at Oxford Brookes are very popular. Read more
The MSc in Children's Nursing is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. Children's nursing is a challenging but highly rewarding career choice, and the programmes offered at Oxford Brookes are very popular.

You will focus on developing a knowledge base in children’s nursing, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

Graduates from this course contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

If you are interested in this course you can find out more at an undergraduate open day.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/childrens-nursing-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Facilities in Oxford and Swindon both include state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites.

- Oxford Children's Hospital provides an exceptional clinical environment. There is a wide range of other children's care settings in Oxford.

- Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options.

- We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links with specialist practice areas locally and regionally.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

This course in detail

You will focus on developing a knowledge base in children’s nursing, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

During Year 1 you will undertake modules at Level 6 (honours level), and in the subsequent two years your modules will be at Level 7 (masters degree level). You may be able to complete the degree in less that three years if you offer evidence of relevant prior learning (AP(E)L). This may have been achieved through relevant degree level study and/or experience. If you wish to study part-time, you can complete the degree over a maximum duration of five years.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of children’s nursing. This will be informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field. You will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in relation to children’s nursing. Your learning will be enquiry focused, helping you to develop as a reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware practitioner.

You will complete a master’s-level research project involving primary data collection; a critical review of the literature; or other scholarly output.

Teaching and learning

Oxford Brookes teaches a very wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, osteopathy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with these other health care students. This is a key component of the course as it is essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn; we consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys. We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a very well equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman©, simbaby© and birthing mother©), and an extensive range of anatomy models.

We have excellent library resources, accessible both online and through a range of locally based facilities on university and NHS sites.

An extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through the Brookes virtual learning environment - Moodle - including lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

How this course helps you develop

Throughout the course, you will benefit from an inter-professional approach to learning. This includes participation in action learning sets and in modules where learning is shared with other health and social care students. This type of learning will help to prepare you for work in the current health care environment.

Upon successful completion of the MSc in Children’s Nursing, you will be able to:
- Deliver complex care to service users in your field of practice demonstrating an ability to conceptualise the potential impact of associated factors.

- Act to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe, person-centred, evidence-based nursing practice, demonstrating a clear understanding of your personal responsibility in professional practice.

- Act with professionalism and integrity and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards, managing the implications of ethical dilemmas, working proactively with others to formulate solutions.

- Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively and act autonomously in planning, implementing and evaluating person centred care.

- Act on your understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing, being able to adapt existing and new information to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.

- Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.

- Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.

- Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services, demonstrating an ability to negotiate and handle conflict with confidence.

- Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate evidence and an ability to utilise a range of techniques and research methods applicable to professional activity.

Careers

Graduates from this course contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at Oxford University, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent. The university has been careful to nurture emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by subjects allied to health demonstrates significant progress since 2008.

Research areas and clusters

Areas of research include cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

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The MSc in Children's Nursing enables you to develop a reflective, enquiring, critical and innovative approach to your professional practice. Read more
The MSc in Children's Nursing enables you to develop a reflective, enquiring, critical and innovative approach to your professional practice. You'll further develop the knowledge and understanding with which to enhance your professional practice and advance in an analytical approach to care which is based on best available evidence. You'll also learn to understand the current structure of Children's Services Provision and the role of the nurse within that structure. You'll demonstrate your commitment to excellence in providing care for children and their families, as well as analyse future research needs within your area of practice. Your studies should contribute towards improving care provided for children, young people and the family.

In addition, you'll enhance your life-long learning skills and personal development, enabling you to work with self-direction and originality as well as contribute to professional practice and to society.

Distinctive features of this programme include:
- Meeting the education and training needs of employers and individuals through flexible part-time study;
- The taught programme is complemented by e-learning support and interactive online activities and is supported by expert children's nurses;
- Emphasis is on integrating theoretical approaches with the practice of Children's Nursing;
- Assessment uses innovative practice based approaches such as mock clinical scenarios and reflective logs;
- Potential students can claim advanced standing for up to 50% of the programme (for suitably qualified applicants).

This programme is aimed at Children's Nurses who expect their career to remain primarily in child health care professional practice, are working in primary, secondary or tertiary clinical settings and who wish to continue their academic development to postgraduate level.

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See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/childrens-nursing-msc

Modules

Optional modules:
- Adolescent care
- Childhood cancer nursing
- Children's neuroscience nursing
- Paediatric cardiac critical care nursing
- Paediatric intensive care nursing
- Advanced assessment of the presenting child
- Practice development through individual learning
- Managing the complex presenting child
- Innovations for excellence in leading service improvement

Core module:
- Research in health and social care

Prior to undertaking the final 60 academic credits you'll undertake either a:
- Dissertation
- Work-based project
- Systematic review

Employability

Employment prospects are excellent, with graduates gaining contemporary knowledge and skills which ensures their contribution toadvancing professional practice in children's nursing.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies if needed, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The portfolio of pathways focusing on children and young people is designed to foster a purposeful and child-centred approach that makes a significant impact to children's services and student career satisfaction. Read more
The portfolio of pathways focusing on children and young people is designed to foster a purposeful and child-centred approach that makes a significant impact to children's services and student career satisfaction.

Modules are delivered as standalone at both undergraduate and masters level and you can access a number of modules within the children's nursing portfolio. In keeping with a philosophy of inter-professional working, a number of modules are designed to meet the education needs of the inter-professional team.

The course framework offers a flexible approach to the sequence and time-frame in which modules can be taken. This is negotiated on an individual basis with the pathway advisors. Please see the Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPPD) prospectus for further details or contact Kerry Shewan: .

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/professional-practice-childrens-nursing-pgdip-msc

Modules

Year 1-6:
- Specialist pathway modules
- Optional modules

Year 2-6:
- Specialist modules
- Optional modules
- Research preparation module

Year 3-6:
- Dissertation or practice project

The framework offers a flexible approach to study. Modules with a clinical focus at Level 7 include:
- Principles of managing children's pain
- Childhood cancer nursing
- Paediatric cardiac critical care nursing
- Paediatric intensive care nursing
- Perspectives in adolescent care
- Child and adolescent mental health awareness
- Caring for children and young people with life limiting conditions

Employability

Employment prospects are excellent, with students gaining contemporary knowledge and skills making them fit for purpose.

Professional links

The staff in the Department of Children's Nursing all have links with clinical/practice areas and students and staff benefit from a number of joint appointments with children's specialist modules in a range of settings, as well as a tertiary children's hospital.

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This innovative Community Specialist Practice course is aimed at community nurses wishing to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role. Read more
This innovative Community Specialist Practice course is aimed at community nurses wishing to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role.

It will enable you to become a skillful community specialist practitioner, able to lead and bring about change in your practice environments.

If you successfully fulfill the required criteria you can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.

The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50 per cent of time in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/community-childrens-nursing/

Why choose this course?

- Gain an NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.

- The curriculum reflects current practice issues.

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links within their specialist areas and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- Excellent opportunities for shared learning through multi and inter-professional networking and teaching.

Professional accreditation

This course meets the requirements of a Community Specialist Practitioner Award.

Teaching and learning

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies which underpin the course reflect its inter-professional, client-centred and practice-focused approach.

We encourage group work and discussions so that you can develop new skills, knowledge and experience. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able to discuss the relevant issues with others from different primary care trusts and the wider health and social care environment.

To make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed, including seminars, discussions, debates and group work. You will also have access to the 'Brookes Virtual’ learning environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises).

The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and inter-professional collaboration. Staff will support the development of your academic and professional practice.

The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50% of time in the practice environment. Your community practice teachers (CPTs) are highly involved with the development and implementation of the course and there is a great deal of collaboration with the primary care trusts (PCT) education leads.

You will be encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate CCN practice with your lecturers and CPTs, and your assignments will provide a focus for analysing practice. Your CPT will be responsible for facilitating your learning, supervising your progress and assessing your competence in practice.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is based on a developmental process of acquiring, modifying and refining skills and knowledge during each module. A variety of assessments is used, including written assignments, a practice portfolio and examinations.

Your practice knowledge and skills will also be assessed, so that you can demonstrate your ability to critically reflect on and develop practice in line with current professional standards. Your community practice teacher will assess your competence in practice.

Attendance pattern

You will be paid full-time (or part-time) thus your attendance at university is recorded. Sickness and absence during the course will affect your sickness and absence record. Equally punctuality at university is a important part of your professional role.

How this course helps you develop

The course enables experienced practitioners to build on their leadership and strategic development skills.

If you successfully fulfill the required criteria within the Community Children's Nursing PGDip course can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award, which includes being a non-medical prescriber (V100) able to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.

If you wish to meet the minimum NMC mentorship requirements, evidence from your practice documentation can be considered through Accreditation of Prior Learning processes within the Faculty.

Careers

Graduates of the programme have demonstrated their ability to be leaders in Community Children's Nursing Practice.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research areas and clusters

We have a number of both promising and experienced researchers working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff.

Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Brookes and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

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This innovative Community Specialist Practice course is aimed at community nurses wishing to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role. Read more
This innovative Community Specialist Practice course is aimed at community nurses wishing to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role.

It will enable you to become a skillful community specialist practitioner, able to lead and bring about change in your practice environments.

If you successfully fulfill the required criteria you can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.

The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50 per cent of time in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/community-childrens-nursing/

Why choose this course?

- Gain an NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.

- The curriculum reflects current practice issues.

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links within their specialist areas and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- Excellent opportunities for shared learning through multi and inter-professional networking and teaching.

Professional accreditation

This course meets the requirements of a Community Specialist Practitioner Award.

Teaching and learning

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies which underpin the course reflect its inter-professional, client-centred and practice-focused approach.

We encourage group work and discussions so that you can develop new skills, knowledge and experience. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able to discuss the relevant issues with others from different primary care trusts and the wider health and social care environment.

To make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed, including seminars, discussions, debates and group work. You will also have access to the 'Brookes Virtual’ learning environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises).

The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and inter-professional collaboration. Staff will support the development of your academic and professional practice.

The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50% of time in the practice environment. Your community practice teachers (CPTs) are highly involved with the development and implementation of the course and there is a great deal of collaboration with the primary care trusts (PCT) education leads.

You will be encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate CCN practice with your lecturers and CPTs, and your assignments will provide a focus for analysing practice. Your CPT will be responsible for facilitating your learning, supervising your progress and assessing your competence in practice.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is based on a developmental process of acquiring, modifying and refining skills and knowledge during each module. A variety of assessments is used, including written assignments, a practice portfolio and examinations.

Your practice knowledge and skills will also be assessed, so that you can demonstrate your ability to critically reflect on and develop practice in line with current professional standards. Your community practice teacher will assess your competence in practice.

Attendance pattern

You will be paid full-time (or part-time) thus your attendance at university is recorded. Sickness and absence during the course will affect your sickness and absence record. Equally punctuality at university is a important part of your professional role.

How this course helps you develop

The course enables experienced practitioners to build on their leadership and strategic development skills.

If you successfully fulfill the required criteria within the Community Children's Nursing PGDip course can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award, which includes being a non-medical prescriber (V100) able to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.

If you wish to meet the minimum NMC mentorship requirements, evidence from your practice documentation can be considered through Accreditation of Prior Learning processes within the Faculty.

Careers

Graduates of the programme have demonstrated their ability to be leaders in Community Children's Nursing Practice.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research areas and clusters

We have a number of both promising and experienced researchers working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff.

Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Brookes and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

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This course provides student-centred and interdisciplinary opportunities for the development of a critically informed specialist practitioner in community nursing who will be instrumental in changing and developing nursing practice, and who will be a leader of their profession. Read more
This course provides student-centred and interdisciplinary opportunities for the development of a critically informed specialist practitioner in community nursing who will be instrumental in changing and developing nursing practice, and who will be a leader of their profession.

Why Study Specialist Practice Community with us?

Specialist practitioners are defined as leaders who are able to exercise higher levels of judgement and discretion.

The overarching aim of our course is to produce a competent, independent community practitioner working at postgraduate level, capable of promoting the development and delivery of community nursing practice across a variety of settings.

Pathways include:

District Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Learning Disability Nursing
General Practice Nursing
Community Childrens’ Nursing
The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and this is integrated across the duration of the course. You will undertake the theoretical component in the University, and undertake the practice component in a community setting under the supervision of a qualifi ed Mentor or Practice Teacher from the defined area of practice.

What will I learn?

Our modules focus upon contemporary themes such as public health and leadership in addition to specialist practice. District Nursing students undertake Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing as a module.

You will also critically explore current political drivers which impact directly upon clinical practice.

How will I be taught?

We use a range of teaching strategies within the course, such as lectures, tutorials and e-learning.

There is also the opportunity for the Pathway Lead to visit you and your Mentor in practice to aid learning and support. This will allow you to reflect upon your practice and to show progression within the course.
Over the 40-week course you will have up to 190 hours of teaching; this will mostly consist of University attendance, but there are also elements of online learning structured within the course.
How will I be assessed?

Practice is assessed via a Practice Learning Portfolio under the supervision of a qualified Mentor or Practice Teacher. Modules are assessed in a variety of ways, e.g. examinations, assignments, presentations, oral examination and portfolio.

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Our Child Nursing course provides students with an opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs/Registered Nurse qualification and acts as preparation both for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and for taking on the responsibilities and accountability involved. Read more
Our Child Nursing course provides students with an opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs/Registered Nurse qualification and acts as preparation both for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and for taking on the responsibilities and accountability involved. It aims to provide graduates holding a health-related degree the opportunity to study at Level 7 – the theory that underpins nursing practice and develops knowledge and skills through evidence-based learning. Practice experience is gained in both hospital and community settings. On successful completion of this course students will be able to enter Part one (Child) of the Register held by the NMC.

The Child Nursing course will prepare students to be safe, effective and caring practitioners who are ready to work with children, young people and their families with a variety of care needs in a range of settings from home to hospital. In addition, the development of the children’s nursing modules has been informed by key guidance and the contemporary issues challenging the profession and service, such as the recognition of the sick child, safeguarding of children, transition into adult care, involvement of children, young people and their parents in service development (RCPCH 2010), promotion of mental health and psychological wellbeing (DOH 2006), withholding and withdrawal of life sustaining treatment (RCPCH 2004) and standards for the development of “young people friendly” services (DOH 2011).

Continuing changes to children and young people’s health services require nurses who can adapt to new ways of working whilst being able to uphold and assure high quality nursing care for the children, young people and families in their care. A key aim, therefore, is to equip children’s nursing students to thrive in such changing environments and to understand the many factors that influence service provision.

Children’s nursing students are encouraged to be passionate, assertive and creative in working collaboratively with other professionals and families in the pursuit of excellent and innovative care for all children, young people and their families.

Course structure

The framework for the MNurs Award has been specifically designed to permit Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as described by the NMC with a view to preparing students who are already graduates and/or who have relevant clinical experience for registration. APL / APEL will involve students making a written submission to detail how the requirements of the course have been met through prior study as well as providing evidence of relevant practice experience in a health care support worker role.

The course involves continuous assessment of both theory and practice. A variety of assessment methods are used including practical examinations, case studies, essays, written examinations and presentations. Students are also assessed against the NMC’s competencies for registration during a series of practice placements in hospital and the community.

The MNurs course prepares successful students for a career as a registered nurse in the relevant field of practice. Newly qualified nurses can apply for posts within a hospital or community setting. The MNurs course may also enable individuals to develop a clinical research career within the NHS.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

98% of students go on to work or further study within six months of graduation (Unistats, 2014).

Module Overview
Year One/Two
NS0502 - Fundamental Concepts of Nursing Care (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0503 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0504 - Care, Compassion and Communication within Nursing Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0505 - Development of Fields within Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Three
CN0604 - Developing Knowledge and Skills within Children's Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
CN0605 - Applying Knowledge and Skills in Children's Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0602 - Public Health in Contemporary Nursing Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0603 - Applied Life and Nursing Sciences (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0601 - Evidence and Research for Professional Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0602 - Developing Skills for Safe and Effective Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Four
CN0702 - Children and Young People Healthcare Challenges (NC, 20 Credits)
CN0703 - Critical Care and High Dependency Needs in Childrens Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0700 - Leading and Improving Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0701 - Preparation for Working Life (NC, 30 Credits)
PR0700 - Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice (NC, 30 Credits)

Placement

We take your placement profile very seriously and all students are provided with practice learning experiences based on Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council requirements.

Facilities

When you want to get hands-on experience within Public Health and Wellbeing we can support you. The Clinical Skills Centre, which has been established for 10 years, is the result of our continued commitment to create an interactive environment in which health related students can be equipped with a diverse range of skills.

Research

Top quartile in the UK for its research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing
More than 80% of research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

Please note: The UK Government recently announced future changes to NHS Student Bursaries. Please click here for more information relating to funding for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Operating Department Practice courses from 2017.

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This Advanced Clinical Practice (District Nursing/Children’s Community Nursing) offers the opportunity for community nursing professionals to deepen their knowledge, understanding and clinical skills modules relating to; decision making, history taking and physical assessment, research methods for evidence based practice pharmacology and specialist community nursing practice. Read more

Summary

This Advanced Clinical Practice (District Nursing/Children’s Community Nursing) offers the opportunity for community nursing professionals to deepen their knowledge, understanding and clinical skills modules relating to; decision making, history taking and physical assessment, research methods for evidence based practice pharmacology and specialist community nursing practice . The programme provides a valuable enhanced contemporary knowledge and skillset for experienced District Nurses/Children's Community Nurses.

Core Modules: Decision Making for Advanced Clinical Practice, Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice, Transition to Advanced Practice (District Nursing/Community Childrens Nursing Pathway) Dissertation.

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The MSc Professional Practice (Learning Disability) is open to all professionals working with people who have a learning disability. Read more
The MSc Professional Practice (Learning Disability) is open to all professionals working with people who have a learning disability. Professionals working with this client group need to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in order to meet the clients’ changing needs.

The aim of this degree is to transform your practice and thus improve the quality of care for service users. Module content and delivery is underpinned by the latest research evidence, which ensures that this award meets the challenges of the demanding and dynamic environments that health and social care practitioners work in today.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/609-msc-professional-practice-learning-disability

What you will study

Modules
Core modules:
- Research methods
- Dissertation

Specialist modules:
There modules relate directly to this degree.

- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
This 20 credit module covers areas such as Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders; autism; Asperger’s syndrome; incidence and prevalence, diagnosis; assessment strategies; related syndromes and conditions; bio-psycho-social factors; diet; pharmacotherapy; environmental considerations; communication methods; TEACCH; therapeutic approaches;

- Contemporary Issues in Learning Disability
This 20 credit module covers areas such as local, national and international policy developments; inter-professional practice; quality of life; frameworks and philosophies of care; anti-discriminatory practice; vulnerability and abuse issues; stake holder involvement; developments in research and service delivery; person centred approaches; developments in technology.

- Advocacy
This 20 credit module covers areas such as – What is Advocacy and the different types of advocacy- independent; self; group; citizen and professional; Legislation and duties; Mental Capacity Act 2005 and consent; the role of the IMCA; DOLS; Human Rights Act 1998 and Equalities Act 2010; Power, Empowerment and Participation; Practical skills – supporting people to self advocate; Communicating concepts; listening, negotiation skills; Developing, marshalling and presenting coherent arguments on behalf of others; Policy and Guidance e.g. POVA; advocacy within the policy process; ethical principles, frameworks and decision making; interagency working, confidentiality and sharing information; thresholds for intervention/referral; creating an advocacy culture.

Learning and teaching methods

To gain the MSc Professional Practice (Learning Disability) degree you will need to study at least 80 credits (including your dissertation of 60 credits) relating to the support and care of people with learning disabilities. This means that you must choose to study at least one of the specialist modules. To graduate from a masters’ degree course you must study a total of 180 credits which must include a 40 credit research module.

These modules run yearly depending on demand and are usually delivered via weekly four-hour sessions throughout the academic year.

Teaching methods include facilitated discussions, seminars, workshops and presentations. You will be required to undertake background reading to develop a broad knowledge base and encouraged to become a critical thinker, enabling you to question theories and develop your own ideas informed by evidence and research.

We offer a range of support services for students with a disability. We encourage you to discuss your individual requirements with an adviser as early as possible when you apply.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

To date, students undertaking this course have normally been qualified nurses. However, other professionals such as psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and social workers have undertaken modules. Currently, there are attempts being made to include this pathway or elements of it in the post qualified social work framework and childrens nursing post registration programme. Feedback received from students undertaking modules has so far been very positive especially the use of service users and carers as well as specialist practitioners and leading academics.

Assessment methods

Assessments will take the form of written assignments (one linked to publication).

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On completion of this programme you will be able to. Understand research, policy and other evidence in your chosen branch of nursing. Read more
On completion of this programme you will be able to:

• Understand research, policy and other evidence in your chosen branch of nursing
• Apply advanced knowledge when caring for client groups within legal, ethical and professional frameworks in an innovative and confident way
• Practice as a registered adult or mental health nurse
• Assess the needs of healthy and sick adults in different settings
• Understand nursing activities associated with caring for adults and their families

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/nursing-rn-adult-mental-health-children-young-people

Suitable for

Graduates from any discipline who are interested in developing the knowledge and practical skills to practice as a nurse.

Course detail

A blended learning approach will provide the foundation to the teaching and learning strategy by way of Seminars, Masterclasses, action learning, guided independent study, simulation and workshops. Theoretical learning will be complemented by Field of Practice and Level specific seminar group facilitation, discussion, dissemination and formative feedback.

The course has an equal split between time spent in theory and time spent in practice.

Applicants should be aware that in order to successfully complete the Programme and be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), that they will need to evidence 2300 hours of theoretical learning and 2300 Practice learning (4600 hours in total). This is a Programme requirement and so may not be reflected in the allocated specified hours of learning on the academic module specifications.

Modules

• Public Health and the Context of Nursing (30 credits)
• Critical Application of Nursing to Self and Others (30 credits)

You will take one of the following modules depending on the pathway you have chosen.

• Adult Nursing Practice 1 (30 credits)
• Mental Health Nursing Practice 1 (30 credits)
• Children's Nursing Practice 1 (30 credits)
• Judicious Nursing Practice (30 credits)
• Critical Analysis of Contemporary Nursing Issues - students will choose to study 2 themes (30 credits)

You will take one of the following modules depending on the pathway you have chosen.

• Adult Nursing Practice 2 (30 credits)
• Mental Health Nursing Practice 2 (30 credits)
• Childrens Nursing Practice 2 (30 credits)

Adult Nursing:

• Personal and Professional Practice in Adult Nursing (30 credits)
• Analytical Enquiry in Adult Nursing (30 credits)
• Adult Nursing Practice 3 (30 credits)

Mental Health Nursing:

• Personal and Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing (30 credits)
• Analytical Enquiry in Mental Health Nursing (30 credits)
• Mental Health Nursing Practice 3 (30 credits)

Children and Young People's Nursing:

• Personal and Professional Practice in Children's Nursing (30 credits)
• Analytical Enquiry in Children's Nursing (30 credits)
• Children's Nursing Practice 3 (30 credits)

Assessment

Assessment methods are varied and include assignments, presentations, observed structured clinical examinations, exams and portfolio assessment.

Career prospects

Following successful completion of this course you will be able to gain employment in the nursing field related to your choice of branch. You will be equipped to embrace the challenges that working in health care in the 21st century brings. You will be employable within the NHS and in private health care organisations and may wish to pursue a career in health care management having already experienced study at postgraduate level.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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The programme aims to develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the field of professional practice to complex issues, systematically and creatively, so that you may lead the continuing enhancement of the child's and their family's experience of health care. Read more
The programme aims to develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the field of professional practice to complex issues, systematically and creatively, so that you may lead the continuing enhancement of the child's and their family's experience of health care.

In addition it aims to enhance life-long learning skills and personal development, to enable you to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to professional practice and to society.

This is a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited programme and is aimed at: Children's nurses who expect their career to remain primarily in health care professional practice. You will be working in primary, secondary or tertiary care clinical settings that require advanced nurse practitioner role preparation and wish to continue your academic development to post-graduate level.

The programme is also designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes commensurate with the Nurse Practitioner level of nursing practice (as defined by the RCN, 2008).

Read this tumblr blog post of a women's experiences of being a paediatric nurse:
http://dothehappy.tumblr.com/post/64319041603/on-being-a-paediatric-nurse-i-wish-i-knew-how-to-tell

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/childrens-advanced-nurse-practitioner

Modules

Year 1:
Advanced Assessment of the Presenting Child Underpinning Principles of Physiology for ANP Non-Medical Prescribing.

Year 2:
Managing the Complex Presenting Child Research in Health and Social Care Practice Development through Individual Learning.

Year 3:
Dissertation/Work Based Project/Systematic Review.

Employability

This course provides focus and direction for nurses who wish to develop their career as a Children's Advanced Nurse Practitioner. It is essential that all nurses undertaking this course have the skills necessary to ensure that they provide a safe and optimal standard of care.

Teaching and learning

A range of assessments are employed including Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Observed Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA), seen examinations and written assignments. The assessment strategy employed is closely aligned with the RCN competencies needed to achieve RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner status and the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

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This course provides an opportunity for those who've already discovered an interest in counselling. It allows you to take that interest further or apply counselling skills to other settings. Read more

Why this course?

This course provides an opportunity for those who've already discovered an interest in counselling. It allows you to take that interest further or apply counselling skills to other settings. It does not lead to a qualification in counselling but can be a stepping stone to such an objective.

The course is validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and as a postgraduate level course carries 60 credits at SCQF Level 11.

If you successfully complete the certificate course you’ll be given priority in the application process for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/counsellingskills/

You’ll study

The course is experiential in nature and aims to enable you to:
- gain a fuller understanding of self and of self in relationships
- describe the values, concepts and process of the person-centred approach to helping
- apply this approach in your own helping context
- become a more effective helper through the use of counselling skills

Teaching staff

Staff in our Counselling Unit are trained and accredited through their relevant professional bodies and/or registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. They are experienced practitioners as well as trainers, ensuring our courses offer thoroughly practical training of the highest quality and integrity.

Accreditation

The course is validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).

Learning & teaching

This campus-based course runs from September to May with the following elements:
- an introductory week in September where the course meets from 10am to 5pm each weekday
- 13 single Mondays at roughly fortnightly intervals between September and April
- a two-day block in April/May

You’ll spend 120 hours based on campus. You’re expected to spend the same amount of time doing home study and reflection.

Careers

- Where are they now?
89.2% of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Marketing Officer
- Professional Counsellor
- Quality Supervisor
- Social Worker
- Tutor
- Youth Worker

Employers include:
- Action for Children
- NHS
- Capability Scotland
- Childline
- Childrens Hospice Association Scotland
- Home Start
- IDOX
- Liber8 Lanarkshire Ltd
- Quintiles
- Richmond Fellowship

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Our course aims to explore the health of women and children from a global public health perspective. Students will explore individual health issues, both physical, psychological and social that commonly affect women and children, and also explore the wider political and societal issues that impact these. Read more

Overview

Our course aims to explore the health of women and children from a global public health perspective. Students will explore individual health issues, both physical, psychological and social that commonly affect women and children, and also explore the wider political and societal issues that impact these.

Women and children, both in the UK and around the world, face inequality on a daily basis. These inequalities come from lack of access to healthcare, education, employment opportunities, technological advances, legal support, and social, cultural and political opposition (Marmot, 2010). The World Health Organisation has recognised this and explicitly targeted women and children in three of its Millennium Development Goals; to promote gender equality and empower women; to reduce child mortality; to improve maternal health, alongside wider goals to improve universal access to education and to eradicate poverty that also disproportionately affect women (WHO, 2015).

This course focuses on the health of women and children. During their ‘core’ modules, students will be encourage to explore individual health issues, as well as exploring the global legislation that impacts on women’s and children’s health, and understanding how they can implement and influence policy change. The option modules will allow the student to tailor their learning to their individual practice; whether caring for the critically unwell women, doing a physical assessment of a new-born infant (NIPE), understanding the global impact of responsive parenting or as an effective leader or manager of a service.

References

Marmot, M., 2010. Fair society, healthy lives. The Marmot Review. London: University College London.

World Health Organisation, 2015. Millennium Development Goals http://www.who.int/topics/millennium_development_goals/about/en/

Careers

This course will utilise a global public health perspective and is aimed at all practitioners who work with women and children, so will appeal to students both in the UK and internationally. It will offer an inter-professional learning opportunity to a range of professionals including Midwives, Children’s Nurses, Health Visitors, Hospital and Community nurses, Family Support Workers, but is also suitable for those who work with women and children in the voluntary sector or education. The course will be taught by a range of experienced lecturers from a variety of clinical backgrounds. Please be aware that this course is aimed at practitioners working in some capacity with women’s and children’s health and does not lead to a registerable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK.

Modules & assessment

Core modules -

- Global Challenges to Women and Children's Health:
This module is designed for an inter-professional audience, and has a global public health focus, considering issues affecting women and children around the world. It is designed to provide insight and exploration of the major public health issues affecting the health of women and children. Each of the main areas explored will include an overview of the illness/problem as well as consideration of the social, cultural and political context and influence upon it and evaluation of how this leads to inequality and may reduce life chances.

- Research Proposal - Women's and Children's Health:
This module provides a critical overview of research philosophy and the major methodological and design approaches to research in order to equip you to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of published research, whether in your specialist area or in the health, welfare and social care field.

- Political Power and Policy Drivers affecting Women and Children's Health:
As part of everyday inter-professional practice, practitioners working with women and children are affected by policy drivers in a number of ways, however, differences may be apparent in how these are translated to healthcare and how they are embedded into practice. Implementing new policy requires practitioners to use their, power, influence and interpersonal skills. The module will enable the student to critically evaluate their own knowledge and skills which underpin their current practice.

- Postgraduate Major Project:
The Major Project, which is central to the Masters award, enables students to demonstrate their ability to synthesise learning from previous modules and use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate: the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism; depth of knowledge which may involve working at current limits of theoretical and/or research understanding; critical understanding of research methods and its relationship to knowledge; awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice; the ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory; the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge to develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development to best practice; the ability to communicate these processes in a clear and sophisticated fashion; the capability to evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner. In the course of your studies with us you may generate intellectual property which is defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else. By registering with us on your course you automatically assign any such intellectual property to us unless we agree with the organisation covering the cost of your course that this is retained by them. In consideration of you making this assignment you will be entitled to benefit from a share in any income generated in accordance with our Revenue Sharing Policy in operation at that time. Details of our Intellectual Property Policy and Guidelines can be found on My.Anglia under Research, Development and Commercial Services or by contacting this Office for a hard copy.

Optional modules -

- Applied Leadership & Management:
This module provides an innovative exploration of leadership and management in healthcare, and examines their impact on organisations including wider considerations in the external environment. This module will enable students to assess and analyse the roles that leaders and managers play in a range of organizational contexts; and to apply the principles and techniques of leadership and management in a range of contexts.

- Care of the Critically Unwell Woman:
This module will enable you to develop in-depth knowledge and skills when caring for the critically unwell woman, during the child bearing continuum. Work-based learning is incorporated into the module in order to recognise and value your professional expertise. While practicing midwifery in an area where women with high dependency needs will be cared for, you will also spend clinical time developing your skills in the high dependency or intensive care unit.

- Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE):
This module will focus on the specialist knowledge and the clinical skills that are required to enable you to competently undertake a thorough Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) in clinical practice. You will utilise in-depth knowledge and understanding that you have gained to enable you to recognise the deviations from the normal to initiate appropriate care and referral. Critical reflection and completion of the practice documents will allow you to further identify your learning needs and develop your scope of professional practice.

- Global Impact of Responsive Parenting:
This module is designed to examine the positive health impact responsive parenting has on the mother and infant dyad, the wider family, society and the Globe. Historical child rearing styles will be reviewed and debated to highlight their negative effects on child development and on society. The module will explore the current understanding of neurophysiology of infant brain development and how parenting interactions can affect this process. The module will conclude with positive practical steps for health professionals to encourage responsive parenting with the parents they work with every day.

Assessment -

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your learning in a variety of ways during this course. Assessment will vary between modules, but includes patchwork text, reflective essays, action plans, reports, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), essays, ‘journal style’ articles (to prepare you to publish your work) and a major project on a subject of your choice.

Where you'll study

Your faculty -

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Chelmsford - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus

Distance learning - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/distance-learning

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