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Sheffield Hallam University, Full Time MSc Degrees in Nursing & Health

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Over six core modules, two electives and a dissertation, you explore and critique key concepts and models in public health theory, policy and practice. Read more

Over six core modules, two electives and a dissertation, you explore and critique key concepts and models in public health theory, policy and practice.

The course is interesting to

  • (public) health practitioners currently working in the UK or overseas: each year, the cohort has been made up of around 60% overseas students from all over the world alongside students from a range of public health organisations in the local area. If you currently work in a public health role you can gain academic credit for work based learning in the public health practice elective
  • practitioners not in a public health role, but working in organisations with a (potential) public health remit, for example local authorities, housing associations, schools, social services, criminal justice system, voluntary and community organisations
  • practitioners working with population groups who experience inequality, for example people with disabilities, older people, asylum seekers and refugees, people who are unemployed, people with mental health conditions, people with chronic illness, and who wish to explore these communities in a public health context.
  • students who have just completed their undergraduate studies in a related discipline. In the past we have had students from social work, education, sports science, food and nutrition, nursing and a range of professions allied to medicine.

You explore the links between policy, evidence and practice and you address key questions including

  • how is the health of individuals, groups and populations determined?
  • who is responsible for health and what is the role of the government?
  • how can health be promoted?
  • which skills are required for health promotion and developing the public health agenda?
  • what are the implications of emerging agendas?

The course builds on the growing importance of health promotion, public health, and health and community development on local, national and international levels.

You learn how successful management of public health requires development of critical approaches to theory, practice, and outcome measurement. We give you the knowledge and skills to be more effective in your role.

You develop knowledge in the 10 key public health competencies and standards needed to join the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health specialists. This registration allows you to work at a senior level in public health.

These include • strategic leadership for health • working with and for communities • developing health programmes and services • reducing inequalities.

Work experience

If you don’t already work in this sector, we work closely with local health organisations and may be able to provide you with access to work experience that will help you get the most out of your studies and improve your chances of find a job after the course.

International students are most welcome on this course. At Sheffield Hallam University we provide international students with a wealth of support, from pre-arrival right up to, and including, study support whilst you are studying here. Please see the International Experience Team webpage for more information.

Course structure

Full-time – 18 months (four modules a semester plus dissertation)

Part-time – typically three years (two modules a semester plus dissertation). Part-time students attend four hours a week on campus during the day. 

Design

Each of the modules is an independent module of study and can be taken alone. The core modules do, however, have a number of themes developed across them. These include

  • tackling inequalities in health
  • the relationship between policy, evidence and public health practice
  • local, national and international perspectives in health

Core modules

  • Health promotion principles, policy and practice
  • Inequality, health and poverty
  • Health, culture and public health development work
  • Public health evidence
  • Foundation of epidemiology A
  • Foundation of epidemiology B
  • Infectious diseases and long term conditions
  • Dissertation

Options

Choose one from

  • Public health nutrition
  • Public health practice

Assessment

Students are assessed using a variety of methods: reports, presentations, book reviews and essays and for all but three assessment tasks students are able to choose a public health topic and/or population group on which to focus their work. There are no examinations.

Employability

By successfully completing this course, you may find that it makes it easier to gain promotion, or enter jobs in public health departments of primary care trusts. Previous graduates have gained roles such as teenage pregnancy coordinator, health promotion specialist and five-a-day co-ordinator. Others have joined local authorities, the voluntary sector such as Agewell, and become Sure Start managers.

A number of graduates have remained in their roles as health visitors, public health nurses or midwives, working more strategically and in more depth. Overseas students have used the qualification to work successfully in their own countries. Some people have taken the course to work towards becoming a nurse consultant.

The course also provides an excellent foundation for further academic study including PhDs.



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Studying on this course enables you to develop your knowledge and skills to work with children, young people, their families and carers to improve health and wellbeing. Read more

Studying on this course enables you to develop your knowledge and skills to work with children, young people, their families and carers to improve health and wellbeing.

You learn to develop a pragmatic public health philosophy for family healthcare and an evidence-based skill set applicable to the challenges of contemporary practice.

To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, your studies consists of 50% practice and 50% theory (alongside 100% attendance). We structure the postgraduate diploma to reflect the important balance of the practice elements, which are designated practice days or work-based learning. A 10 week consolidated practice block (in semester 3) enables you to work independently while remaining under the supervision of a practice teacher. The theoretical elements involve a mix of learning approaches including self-directed study days.

Another key aspect of your studies is to develop an understanding of the levels of accountability and responsibility you take on in these roles. You learn how to ensure public protection is developed to deliver safe and effective health improvements to individuals, groups and communities.

There are many opportunities on the course to share learning from your peers and other disciplines from across the primary /community care teams and services that work with children, young people and families.

When you start to put what you have learnt into practice, you benefit from strong partnerships with health, education and local authority organisations in the region.

The modern and diverse placements you go on are designed to meet the changing needs of children, young people and families, and may include placement with social services, education and a variety of organisations from the voluntary sector – foster collaborations with those that work alongside health visitors and school nurses.

You also complete a research-based module which provides a building block for further study from the exit award of PgDip to MSc qualification. The learning from the research module equips you to use policy and research to underpin and develop innovative practice and gives you the skills to frame a research question, take empirical research and write up an academic dissertation. If you successfully complete the PgDip, you can at a later date (pending additional funding and study) undertake a 60 credit dissertation module and gain an MSc qualification.

Experienced course teaching team

Experienced health visitor and school nurse lecturers deliver the course. As a student you learn from a highly motivated and proactive teaching team aiming to improve lives through excellence in professionalism. We ensure our students and the public benefit from a commitment to evidence-based education, application to practice and impact on quality of care.

Some lecturers are engaged in ongoing research and are publishing in peer reviewed journals with areas of expertise that include safeguarding, the child and families agenda, behaviour change and community development.

Four members of our teaching team are also Fellows of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), a professional body which strives for excellence in the health visiting profession.

Successfully completing the course

  • gives you a deeper awareness of the need to maintain and develop your own competence and that of others in the changing context of health visiting and school nursing, with a specific focus on the leadership required to ensure high quality care and enhance service user experience.
  • develops and enhances your leadership skills to foster excellence in public health practice and shape services to meet the identified needs of individuals, groups and communities.

Gaining an MSc qualification enhances your employability in advanced and specialist roles available to health visitors and school nurses. These may include working in public health positions in local authorities or in advisory and health education positions in acute health care.

Study individual modules

You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visitor or School Nurse.

You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in the UK.

To access the full course and gain the NMC recognised qualifications, you need to be sponsored by an employing NHS organisation (hence have NHS contract for the length of the course). 

Course structure

Postgraduate diploma modules

  • family centred public health
  • developing therapeutic reationships
  • perspectives on safeguarding for SCPHN
  • evidence based public health practice
  • developing specialist practice
  • nurse prescribing (v100)
  • research methods for practice

Masters

  • dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

  • critiques/critical reflection
  • reports
  • essays
  • objective structured clinical assessment and examination
  • examinations
  • portfolio including prescribing workbook, reflection and practice assessment document
  • research
  • dissertation (MSc only)

Employability

You will enhance your professional and academic development on this course. Completing the course enables you to be registered with the NMC as a registered specialist community public health nurse - as either a health visitor or school nurse (SCPHN-HV or SCPHN-SN). It also enables you to be annotated on the NMC register as a community practitioner nurse prescriber. This course will also provide you with advanced skills in research.

As a health visitor or school nurse you will develop specialist skills and attributes to work in different health, social and educational settings. You gain experience of public health at an individual, family and community level, working with children, young people, families.

You can develop your career

  • in a specialist and/or consultant role - such as working with early interventions (parenting), homeless, asylum seekers, safeguarding, looked after children (LAC), domestic violence (DV), child sexual exploitation (CSE), public health.
  • practice educators, such as community practice educators or mentors
  • family nurse partnership nurse (FNP)
  • counsellor
  • sexual health advisor
  • management opportunities, such as - children’s services manager, head of health and social services
  • researcher in health, social care or education settings
  • overseas with the voluntary overseas service


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You can train to be a fully qualified mental health nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. Read more

You can train to be a fully qualified mental health nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. After completing the course, you are able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified nurse.

Practice-based learning is central to your development and you spend 45 weeks of your course on placement. You gain experience in a diverse range of practice settings in mental health nursing, such as caring for acutely ill patients in their own homes and a range of other settings.

Placements are across South Yorkshire and the Humber, in some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers. On your placements, you are assigned a qualified and experienced nurse as a mentor. They support you and make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings, so you make the most of the experience.

You care for people with mental health problems, helping them to live their lives as normally as possible. Work may be based in people's homes, residential units and health centres.

You also gain insight in to other fields of nursing during the course.

We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. You study in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Crescent Campus, in clinical suites that include a mock ward and operating theatre, replicate the hospital and community settings in which you learn and work. This makes it easier to take what you’ve learnt in the University out into the real world with confidence.

After you graduate from this course, you'll have the clinical nursing knowledge and the interpersonal and management skills, vital for effective patient care.

Professional recognition

This course is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.

Course structure

The course is organised around periods of study within the University and practice placements. which are arranged by the university. You are also offered the opportunity of planning your own elective placement in the UK or abroad.

Modules

Stage 1

  • fundamentals of public health: science and practice
  • essentials of nursing: science
  • practice and relationship centred care

Stage 2

  • integrating the science and practice of nursing
  • developing relationship centred care: science and practice
  • application of the science and practice of public health
  • developing collaborative practice

Stage 3

  • consolidating and leading the science and practice of relationship centred care
  • managing public health: science and practice
  • researching for practice
  • dissertation study

Placements

Placements introduce you to the fundamental skills in nursing in your chosen specialism of adult, mental health, or child nursing.

Assessment

  • examination
  • project work
  • coursework
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • assessment of nursing practice in the placement area

Employability

Nursing careers offer excellent benefits with an attractive starting salary and real career prospects. Few professions offer such job satisfaction and at the same time make a difference to people's lives.

As a nurse you may remain directly involved with patient care in settings including • health centres • GP surgeries • the armed forces • prisons • the community. This can lead to you becoming a nurse specialist or consultant and an expert in your chosen area. Once you are an experienced nurse you may decide to specialise in a clinical area or concentrate on teaching or research.

Further information is available on the NHS careers website http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk



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You can train to be a fully qualified children's nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. Read more

You can train to be a fully qualified children's nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. After completing the course, you are able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified nurse.

Practice-based learning is central to your development and you spend 45 weeks of your course on placement. You gain experience in a diverse range of practice settings in your chosen area of nursing, such as caring for acutely ill children in hospitals and their own homes.

Placements are across South Yorkshire and the Humber, in some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers. On your placements, you are assigned a qualified and experienced children's nurse as a mentor. They support you and make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings, so you make the most of the experience.

You care for children up to sixteen years of age.This is centred around the child and their family, and can be in the home or in hospital.

You also gain insight into other fields of nursing during the course.

We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. You study in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Crescent Campus, in clinical suites that include a mock ward and operating theatre, replicate the hospital and community settings in which you learn and work. This makes it easier to take what you’ve learnt in the University out into the real world with confidence.

After you graduate from this course, you'll have the clinical nursing knowledge and the interpersonal and management skills, vital for effective patient care.

Professional recognition

This course is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.

Course structure

The course is organised around periods of study within the University and practice placements, which are arranged by the university. you are also offered the opportunity of planning your own elective placement in the UK or abroad.

Modules

Stage 1

  • fundamentals of public health: science and practice
  • essentials of nursing: science
  • practice and relationship centred care

Stage 2

  • integrating the science and practice of nursing
  • developing relationship centred care: science and practice
  • application of the science and practice of public health
  • developing collaborative practice

Stage 3

  • consolidating and leading the science and practice of relationship centred care
  • managing public health: science and practice
  • researching for practice
  • dissertation study

Placements

Placements introduce you to the fundamental skills in nursing in your chosen specialism of adult, mental health, or child nursing.

Assessment

  • examination
  • project work
  • coursework
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • assessment of nursing practice in the placement area

Employability

Few professions offer such job satisfaction and at the same time make a difference to people's lives. If you study child nursing, you will care for children up to the age of sixteen.

Careers include • children’s nursing in a variety of hospital or community settings • health visiting • school health • research. This can lead to you becoming a nurse specialist or consultant and an expert in your chosen area.

Once you are an experienced nurse you may decide to specialise in a clinical area or concentrate on teaching or research.

Further information is available on the NHS careers website at http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk



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You can train to be a fully qualified adult nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. Read more

You can train to be a fully qualified adult nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. After completing the course, you are able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified adult nurse.

Practice-based learning is central to your development and you spend 45 weeks of your course on placement. You gain experience in a diverse range of adult nursing settings, such as caring for acutely ill adults in their own homes.

Placements are across South Yorkshire and the Humber, in some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers. On your placements, you are assigned a qualified and experienced adult nurse as a mentor. They support you and make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings, so you make the most of the experience.

You work with old and young adults with critical and acute health care needs. Adult nurses also assist with longer term and palliative care requirements. Work may be based in hospital wards, clinics or community settings.

You also gain insight in to other fields of nursing during the course.

We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. You study in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Crescent Campus, in clinical suites that include a mock ward and operating theatre, replicate the hospital and community settings in which you learn and work. This makes it easier to take what you’ve learnt in the University out into the real world with confidence.

After you graduate from this course, you'll have the clinical nursing knowledge and the interpersonal and management skills, vital for effective patient care.

Professional recognition

This course is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.

Course design

The course is organised around periods of study within the University and practice placements, which are arranged by the university. You are also offered the opportunity of planning your own elective placement in the UK or abroad.

Modules

Stage 1

  • fundamentals of public health: science and practice
  • essentials of nursing: science
  • practice and relationship centred care

Stage 2

  • integrating the science and practice of nursing
  • developing relationship centred care: science and practice
  • application of the science and practice of public health
  • developing collaborative practice

Stage 3

  • consolidating and leading the science and practice of relationship centred care
  • managing public health: science and practice
  • researching for practice
  • dissertation study

Placements

Placements introduce you to the fundamental skills in nursing in your chosen specialism of adult, mental health, or child nursing.

Assessment

  • examination
  • project work
  • coursework
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • assessment of nursing practice in the placement area

Employability

Nursing careers offer excellent benefits with an attractive starting salary and real career prospects. Few professions offer such job satisfaction and at the same time make a difference to people's lives.

As a nurse you may remain directly involved with patient care in settings including • health centres • GP surgeries • the armed forces • prisons • the community. This can lead to you becoming a nurse specialist or consultant and an expert in your chosen area.

Once you are an experienced nurse you may decide to specialise in a clinical area or concentrate on teaching or research.

Further information is available on the NHS careers website at http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk



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If you are post-registration, completing the postgraduate diploma allows you to specialise in district nursing and primary care practice. Read more

If you are post-registration, completing the postgraduate diploma allows you to specialise in district nursing and primary care practice. You gain the knowledge and skills required to work with varied, and often vulnerable people, in the primary care setting.

You develop your expertise as an autonomous practitioner and leader with an evidence-based skills set that meets the challenges of contemporary practice. There are many opportunities within the course to share learning from your peers and other disciplines from across the primary care team.

If you complete the postgraduate diploma award you gain a Postgraduate in Specialist Practice District Nursing. You then have the option to complete a dissertation and graduate with an MSc Nursing (specialist practice district nursing). Please note additional funding is required for you to go on and complete a further 60 credit dissertation module for the award of MSc.

Within the Postgraduate Diploma you complete a research-based module which prepares you for the MSc dissertation. This equips you to use policy and research to underpin and develop innovative practice and gives you the skills to frame a research question, take empirical research and write up an academic dissertation.

To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, your studies consists of 50% practice and 50% theory. We structure the postgraduate diploma to reflect the important balance of the practice elements, which are designated practice days or work-based learning. Consolidated practice enables you to work independently while remaining under the supervision of a practice teacher. The theoretical elements involve a mix of learning approaches including self-directed study days.

To gain the NMC recognised qualifications, you need to be sponsored by an employing organisation and have an appropriately qualified mentor or practice teacher allocated by the sponsoring trust to guide and assess your practice experience.

Study individual modules

You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Professional recognition

Successfully completing the course allows you to be on the NMC register as a

  • specialist practitioner – district nursing
  • community practitioner – nurse prescriber

Course structure

Start date

  • PgDip – September
  • MSc – September or January

Postgraduate diploma core modules

  • Fundamentals of District Nursing
  • Nurse Prescribing
  • Enhancing the Quality of Services through Effective Collaborative practice
  • Research methods for practice
  • Advancing District Nursing Practice
  • The Advanced Critically thinking nurse leader
  • Evidence Based approaches to long term conditions 

MSc

  • dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

  • critiques/critical reflection
  • reports
  • essays
  • examinations
  • portfolio including reflection and practice assessment document
  • research projects, evaluation projects, service development projects, advanced professional practice projects and theoretical or literature based projects
  • e-activities (for distance learning)

Employability

As a graduate of this course your employment opportunities are wide-ranging and interesting, offering an exciting and varied career pathway. Graduates are prepared for a demanding and rewarding career as a Specialist Practice District Nurse, with opportunities to lead and manage integrated care teams or undertake complex case management and/or community matron roles. There is potential for you to work in a wide range of areas such as general practice, the independent sector, voluntary and charitable organisations.

Gaining the master's enhances your career development and enables you to undertake leadership and service improvement roles, or work at a strategic development level. It will enable you to undertake employment with key responsibilities in research, advanced community practice, service development and improvement and education.



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This is an innovative course and the first of its kind in the UK. You learn about occupational therapy while on placement in the workplace, supported by one or two days a week of academic learning delivered at Sheffield Hallam University. Read more

This is an innovative course and the first of its kind in the UK. You learn about occupational therapy while on placement in the workplace, supported by one or two days a week of academic learning delivered at Sheffield Hallam University.

Please note this course is taught over 90 weeks. You will have 7 weeks holiday a year: one week at Easter, four weeks in August and two weeks at Christmas.

Successfully completing this course makes you eligible to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registering with the HCPC enables you to work as an occupational therapist anywhere in the UK.

You learn from a highly respected team who will lead your learning in the core theories and principles of occupational therapy.

You take four periods of practice in health and social care settings and study nine academic modules. Modules you study include

  • introduction to professional practice
  • foundations for occupation based practice
  • leadership and management in occupational therapy
  • occupational therapy project (practice-based research dissertation)

Your academic modules guide you in developing relevant knowledge and theory that underpins occupational therapy practice, and are assessed through coursework. Throughout the taught modules we use your placement experiences in group discussions to relate theory to practice and enhance critical thinking skills.

You also spend a significant amount of your time in practice-based learning. In the first year, after a six week full-time induction period, you are placed in two different occupational therapy practice placements, each for 13 weeks from February to May and from September to November. You are on placement in these services from Monday to Wednesday, attend the university on Thursdays and normally have some personal study time on Fridays. Your practice in the service is assessed to meet professional requirements.

In the second year, you are on placement part-time for 12 weeks from February to May in a service where they may be no direct occupational therapy involvement but where there is potential for occupational therapy. This may be in the voluntary, independent or private sector. Again your academic study features alongside your practice-based learning.

Following submission of your practice-based dissertation, you complete your course with a ten-week full-time placement.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists.

Graduates can apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to practise as an occupational therapist.

You can also apply to become full members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists.

Course structure

The masters award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules

  • Introduction to professional practice (15 credits)
  • Foundations for occupation based practice (15 credits)
  • Research for occupational therapy practice (15 credits)
  • Assessing occupational performance (15 credits)
  • Enabling occupational performance (15 credits)

Assessment

We assess your practice learning to meet professional requirements and your academic modules through coursework. There are no formal examinations.

Employability

You can apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council and find careers as an occupational therapist in many sectors.



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