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Focusing on the nature of vulnerability across the lifespan, the programme is ideal for public sector professionals including those working in health, teaching, social work and the emergency services.

About the programme

Vulnerable populations require committed professionals and partnership working across local government, education, health and social care in the planning, delivery and prioritising of resources. This course is at the heart of that process, creating opportunities for you to work collaboratively to review and shape future service delivery.

Students undertaking this degree will already possess considerable professional expertise and knowledge and wish to further develop their knowledge, skills and expertise in relation to vulnerability, health and social care.

The programme responds to the needs of employers for a better qualified and research-aware public sector workforce. It provides a flexible, individualised learning package which is suited to your area of professional practice and interest.

Your learning

The programme comprises Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, three modules); Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, six modules); and MSc (180 credits, six Postgraduate Diploma modules) and a dissertation module (worth 60 credits). It consists of modules tailored to develop your professional needs, set within a framework of interrelated themes. These include protection throughout the life course, and addiction and collaborative practice, which reflect contemporary issues of relevance for all public service professionals.

Modules include:
• Vulnerability
• Risk Assessment and Management
• Child Protection
• Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
• Understanding Substance Misuse and Addiction
• Dementia Care Principles
• Research for Health and Social Care
• Inclusive Education
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Quality Improvement in Health Care
• Independent Study

Our Careers Adviser says

Career enhancement in clinical and managerial roles is expected, as the programme creates opportunities to develop the necessary skills and knowledge base to assume a key role within your organisation in terms of supervision, leadership, innovation, change management, clinical governance, research and development. The range of career opportunities within public sector work areas is extensive.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Vulnerability (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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