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Northumbria University has an established reputation for excellence and innovation in nursing education. We are working closely with our NHS partners to deliver a pre-registration Nursing Science course that embodies the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s ‘FutureNurse’ standards, to equip you to lead your profession.

The BSc Nursing Science (Mental Health) course will prepare you to build experience in a professional health care role, and graduate with NMC Registration as a fully Registered Nurse. Studying within the requirements of the new NMC standards means that you will be ‘future nurse’ ready, demonstrating critical thinking skills in relation to complex healthcare issues and the health and wellbeing of your patients and their families.

You will study partially at our Coach Lane Campus, and partially on clinical placement, with both strands running alongside each other to give you an integrated approach to theory and practice. You will study within the standard university semester system, allowing time during the Easter and summer breaks for additional projects and internships – or simply a well-earned rest.

This programme will equip you to be curious, creative and collaborative in your care. It will allow your compassion to thrive within an evidence-based approach and it will enable you to make a genuine impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people, their families and the wider community.

Northumbria University is ranked 9th in Nursing & Midwifery in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

Personal Statement Guidelines

Why is a personal statement important?

The Personal Statement in the application is about you (as the name suggests) and it is an opportunity to tell us why you want to study here and why you want to study the chosen field of nursing. The Nursing Midwifery Council require universities to conduct a face-to-face interview (including Skype) with all nursing candidates and the personal statement is key to you being asked to attend an interview. The personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the person assessing your application.

What should you highlight in the Personal Statement?

Universities want to know what interests you about your chosen field of nursing and that you understand what it takes to be a nurse. You will need to include transferrable skills gained at school, work or in your personal life. You will really need to think about the skills and qualities that are required to be a nurse. Universities want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to the chosen field of nursing, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. Look at the NHS Constitution and the six NHS Values and include some of the values within the statement. We also want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to the chosen field of nursing, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. We also want to learn about you, your extra-curricular activities, what you do in your spare time, any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements.

Through all this, you also have to pinpoint the skills and attributes you have gained from inside and outside of school/college. This is very important. For instance, if you have good powers of analysis and problem-solving ability then record this in the statement. If you are not sure where to start, write down a list of what you have done, and pick out the most relevant parts and link them to the field of nursing chosen.

What should I avoid doing?

Do not waffle. It is tempting to list everything you have done and let the selector 'pick out' the relevant bits - that does not happen. Think of it as a job application - keep it concise, keep it clear, and keep it logically organised. For everything you write, make sure it is relevant. For instance, do not say you just 'find something interesting' - that does not tell us much. We want to know why you find it interesting, and why that makes you a good candidate. Always remember that phrases such as 'for as long as I can remember' may sound good but they can sound cliched and at times simply are not true. Keep it honest - keep it meaningful.

What sort of experiences might be relevant?

You can talk about what you have learnt from team sports, part-time work or volunteer work. If you have health care experience then include this in the personal statement. You may might want to give examples of situations where you have demonstrated commitment, leadership and hard work. When have you adapted to new situations or managed a variety of commitments? Can you relate this to how you will cope with the demands of nursing? Have you had to deal with a difficult situation at work or at school or college? Whatever your experiences, tailor them to the chosen field of nursing.

Where can you get further tips?

There is a wealth of information available online and from careers advisers. Access nursing journals and health care websites too so that information in the personal statement is relevant to the chosen field of nursing.

 

 

Northumbria University has an established reputation for excellence and innovation in nursing education. We are working closely with our NHS partners to deliver a pre-registration Nursing Science course that embodies the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s ‘FutureNurse’ standards, to equip you to lead your profession.

The BSc Nursing Science (Mental Health) course will prepare you to build experience in a professional health care role, and graduate with NMC Registration as a fully Registered Nurse. Studying within the requirements of the new NMC standards means that you will be ‘future nurse’ ready, demonstrating critical thinking skills in relation to complex healthcare issues and the health and wellbeing of your patients and their families.

You will study partially at our Coach Lane Campus, and partially on clinical placement, with both strands running alongside each other to give you an integrated approach to theory and practice. You will study within the standard university semester system, allowing time during the Easter and summer breaks for additional projects and internships – or simply a well-earned rest.

This programme will equip you to be curious, creative and collaborative in your care. It will allow your compassion to thrive within an evidence-based approach and it will enable you to make a genuine impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people, their families and the wider community.

Northumbria University is ranked 9th in Nursing & Midwifery in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

Personal Statement Guidelines

Why is a personal statement important?

The Personal Statement in the application is about you (as the name suggests) and it is an opportunity to tell us why you want to study here and why you want to study the chosen field of nursing. The Nursing Midwifery Council require universities to conduct a face-to-face interview (including Skype) with all nursing candidates and the personal statement is key to you being asked to attend an interview. The personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the person assessing your application.

What should you highlight in the Personal Statement?

Universities want to know what interests you about your chosen field of nursing and that you understand what it takes to be a nurse. You will need to include transferrable skills gained at school, work or in your personal life. You will really need to think about the skills and qualities that are required to be a nurse. Universities want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to the chosen field of nursing, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. Look at the NHS Constitution and the six NHS Values and include some of the values within the statement. We also want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to the chosen field of nursing, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. We also want to learn about you, your extra-curricular activities, what you do in your spare time, any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements.

Through all this, you also have to pinpoint the skills and attributes you have gained from inside and outside of school/college. This is very important. For instance, if you have good powers of analysis and problem-solving ability then record this in the statement. If you are not sure where to start, write down a list of what you have done, and pick out the most relevant parts and link them to the field of nursing chosen.

What should I avoid doing?

Do not waffle. It is tempting to list everything you have done and let the selector 'pick out' the relevant bits - that does not happen. Think of it as a job application - keep it concise, keep it clear, and keep it logically organised. For everything you write, make sure it is relevant. For instance, do not say you just 'find something interesting' - that does not tell us much. We want to know why you find it interesting, and why that makes you a good candidate. Always remember that phrases such as 'for as long as I can remember' may sound good but they can sound cliched and at times simply are not true. Keep it honest - keep it meaningful.

What sort of experiences might be relevant?

You can talk about what you have learnt from team sports, part-time work or volunteer work. If you have health care experience then include this in the personal statement. You may might want to give examples of situations where you have demonstrated commitment, leadership and hard work. When have you adapted to new situations or managed a variety of commitments? Can you relate this to how you will cope with the demands of nursing? Have you had to deal with a difficult situation at work or at school or college? Whatever your experiences, tailor them to the chosen field of nursing.

Where can you get further tips?

There is a wealth of information available online and from careers advisers. Access nursing journals and health care websites too so that information in the personal statement is relevant to the chosen field of nursing.

 

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
B740

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 Years Full Time

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Northumbria's Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health offers students the opportunity to develop caring careers that can transform the lives of patients, families and communities.

Nursing at Northumbria

Taught in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the healthcare industry.

Book an Open Day / Experience Nursing Science/Registered Nurse Mental Health BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Nursing Science/Registered Nurse Mental Health. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Throughout this course, you will experience a range of creative and challenging learning opportunities and different environments. This will enable you to grow, personally and professionally, within safe and supportive spaces. 

Our concept-based approach will allow you to build the complexity of your understanding gradually over the course of your studies. It will encourage you to question and think critically, establishing a healthy learning habit that will last throughout your career.

Your learning experience will be enhanced by the use of innovative technology – all lectures will be delivered electronically, so that you can get the most out of your time with staff during seminars, discussion groups and practical sessions. This will also encourage you to develop excellent communication and interpersonal skills, which you can use in your delivery of safe, effective and compassionate care.

In addition, we will use the supported online learning environment to enhance your digital skills within practice, and to help you understand and promote the use of digital technology as a solution within care settings.

Your assessments will be balanced between theory and practice, with essays evenly spaced through the year. Your supervision and assessment on placement will be extremely supportive, based on a model designed in collaboration with our partnership organisations, and will be structured to encourage you to develop the necessary proficiencies at the highest level.

You will be supported throughout your time at Northumbria by a truly remarkable team of highly experienced academics and practitioners.

You’ll benefit from our Personal Tutor system, Learning Leaders programme, and close partnership working with Practice Supervisors and Assessors, all of which play a part in ensuring you meet University and NMC expectations. We will all coach you towards independent learning and personal and professional achievements, as you journey towards graduation and registration.        

Book an Open Day / Experience Nursing Science/Registered Nurse Mental Health BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Nursing Science/Registered Nurse Mental Health. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At our base on Coach Lane Campus you will benefit from state-of-the-art teaching and practice facilities, and from being immersed in an environment dedicated to the study of healthcare.

Our innovative Clinical Skills Centre replicates a range of nursing environments and situations. Its virtual reality equipment, high fidelity Simulated Mannequins (SimMan and SimBaby), and immersive technologies will allow you to practise skills, challenge your learning and develop confidence in your clinical ability – all within a safe environment.

If you are an international student, you will have access to Academic Language Skills (ALS) sessions to help you develop your academic language, writing and study skills. These sessions will run throughout the course. 

Nursing Facilities / Clinical Skills Centre

The Clinical Skills Centre, located at the heart of Coach Lane Campus, is the focal point for our Health students educational journey

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

Research is vital to the evolution of healthcare, and this course will equip you to play a valuable role in generating new knowledge within the nursing profession.

Research-rich learning will be embedded throughout the course, culminating in a dissertation that will allow you to explore a topic of your choice in significant depth. You will have the option to develop a practice based research proposal, supported by tutors with specialist knowledge in that area.

Our academic staff have extensive research experience across nursing, midwifery and health, where our work informs policy and practice to improve quality, safety and effectiveness. Our areas of research strength include forensic mental health care; personality disorder; recovery and the student-learning journey; psychosis and remission; suicide and health literacy.

Book an Open Day / Experience Nursing Science/Registered Nurse Mental Health BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Nursing Science/Registered Nurse Mental Health. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The focus on fitness for practice and employment in a nursing environment is a core throughout the programme, culminating in your Leadership and Management Internship in your final year. The course is vocational, leading directly to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, under the new Standards, which will allow you to start and quickly progress in your nursing career.

The NMC’s ‘Future Nurse’ programme seeks to drive forward changes in the profession, and we have embedded research, leadership and advanced practice strands throughout the course to equip you to play a key role in those future developments.

You will graduate as an accountable professional who has the knowledge and skills to promote health and prevent ill health; assess, plan, provide, co-ordinate and evaluate care; lead and manage nursing care and work in teams; and improve safety and quality of care.

At Northumbria we have long-standing strong relationships with our partnership Trusts, and we have developed this new course in close collaboration with them as well as with a wide range of experts by experience. This will ensure that the course prepares you for practice in exactly the way employers are seeking, so that you benefit from our consistently high employment rates.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Nursing Science/Registered Nurse Mental Health BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Nursing Science/Registered Nurse Mental Health. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
You will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

** Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been announced – as an indication fees for 2020/21 are £9,250.

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

MH0407 -

Theory Module 1: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Ill Health – Mental Health Nursing (20 Credits)

You will be introduced to fundamental concepts of ‘health’ and ‘ill-health’, as a preliminary step within the evolving concept curriculum. You will develop an understanding of evidence-based practice, evolving in complexity over three years. You will explore fundamental concepts to becoming a self-aware, compassionate and knowledgeable mental health nurse. You will explore your values and beliefs, exploring the concepts of resilience, recovery/ discovery, diversity/ sameness, collaboration, assessment and formulation. The way health and ill-health are understood will be considered through evaluation of several concepts including: sociological, psychological and biomedical perspectives. Key concepts surrounding the aetiology of distress will be explored and will include the ‘stress-vulnerability model’, the ‘power, threat, meaning framework’ and ‘attachment theory’. Crucially, we will explore the qualities both the providers and recipients of care bring to the relationship and the key concepts of mutuality and reciprocity and the impact this has on care delivery.

Practicing as a safe and knowledgeable nurse requires familiarity with clinical and professional literature to explore competing theories of practice. It also requires the nurse to be able to interpret and reason with the ‘evidence-base’ and supply a sound rationale for practice (expressed in both written and verbal formats). Evidence-based practice requires nurses to understand a scientific evidence-base whilst demonstrating respect for diversity and the individual’s interpretation of experience, how people live in their communities, what people value, believe and discover what it means to be human. You will explore the delivery of care within the context of co-production.

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MH0408 -

Theory Module 2: Applied life and social sciences - planning and evaluating care (20 Credits)

This module will enable you to apply the biosciences and social sciences to understand determinants of health- social, psychological, behavioural, environmental and biological factors. You will develop an understanding of the functioning of the body at different levels (cell, tissue, organ, system) and how the mind and body interact and influence one another. This knowledge will assist you in delivering safe, holistic, and person-centred care.

This module builds on the knowledge gained in semester 1 and considers the importance of holistic assessment.

In this module you are offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with mental health distress and how to apply this knowledge to offer high quality and safe care to service users and their families. You will study the following;

• Physical systems of the body and the reciprocal impact on mental health
• The psychological aspects of traumatic life events and the reciprocal impact on physical health

Topics you will cover include:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Deterioration in physical and mental health
• Drugs and medicines interactions within living systems
• Holistic assessment, planning, delivering and evaluating care
• Introduction to consent and legal frameworks within mental health services
• Introduction to Functional Analysis of Care Environments (FACE) risk and narrative risk assessment
• Diabetes
You will explore the experiences of people with a mental distress and their families through meeting with ‘Experts by Experience’ and practitioners specialising in mental health.

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NS0423 -

Practice Module 1: Becoming a Safe, Caring Professional (40 Credits)

This practice module will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to your current practice placement experiences. The practice module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, lead and manage nursing care, and work in teams.

During the first year, you will learn the fundamental skills that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice.

During the majority of your first year clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to reflect on your experiences. You will learn together with your peers and examine theoretical concepts such as professionalism, interprofessional learning, medicines management and safeguarding that will enhance your practice. Seminars and workshops will focus on a range of subjects that will enhance your professional nursing practice.

You will learn how to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and how to reflect on your personal and professional development. You will learn about the importance of patient centred and recovery focussed approaches and will be asked to reflect on feedback given by Experts By Experience (EBE). These skills are the start of your development as an evidence-based practitioner.

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NS0424 -

Nursing Skills 1: Introduction to Nursing Assessment Skills (20 Credits)

The content of Nursing Skills 1 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurse’ (NMC 2018).

The module will introduce the concept of safe nursing practice and the proficiencies nurses need when undertaking the physical assessment of people of all ages. You will learn how to observe and assess people of all ages in terms of symptoms and signs of physical ill health. You will learn how to take, record and interpret a patient’s vital sign and use communication tools to support verbal and written reports. An introduction to basic medicine calculation and management will also be part of your learning. These skills and proficiencies will be supported by opportunities to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology and taught by experts. These nursing skills are directly relevant to your practice learning and include nursing procedures that are necessary for safe and effective patient care. Before your first placement you will complete a number of mandatory requirements, which will enable you to practice with confidence and ensure patient safety. The learning opportunities in this module are designed to support you to develop knowledge, which will inform the attainment of communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

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NS0425 -

Nursing Skills 2: Development of Communication Skills and Nursing Interventions (20 Credits)

Nursing Skills 2 will build on the concept of communication and safe and effective practice which you have been introduced to in the previous skills module. You will further develop your communication and clinical skills relevant to your practice placement experiences. You will continue to learn a range of skills, such as recognition of the deteriorating patient, that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology, including human patient simulators, and taught by a specialist module team of lecturers in nursing, midwifery and health.

You will consider and develop your nursing skills, acting with integrity, applying the principles of The Code (NMC, 2018). You will demonstrate your ability to practise in a holistic, individualised, person centred, non-judgemental, caring and sensitive manner, acknowledging the diverse needs of a contemporary society. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in nursing practice. You will learn about the importance of person centred care and effective communication skills. These learning opportunities will continue to help you gather evidence of your abilities and confidence and will inform your attainment of communication and safe and effective practice as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

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MH0511 -

Theory Module 3: Psychosocial Approaches in Mental Health Nursing (20 Credits)

This module will enable you to learn about the concepts and principles of psychosocial approaches as used within mental health nursing practice. You will be encouraged to critically explore contemporary theoretical perspectives and approaches, focussing upon the recovery model and principles. Consideration will be given to their application in meeting the individualised needs of the person receiving care and support, whilst also incorporating the needs and involvement of their family and /or carers.

Central to contemporary mental health nursing practice is the notion of recovery, you will debate themes and principles crucial to recovery-orientated practice, co-produced stories of health; collaborative partnership between professionals and the individual receiving care; and collaborative partnerships between other professionals and agencies. How such approaches impact on shared decision-making in relation to treatment options, assessment and co-construction of care plans will be a central theme of the module, as will a critical review of the current evidence of psychosocial approaches.

You will critically consider competing perspectives in relation to traditional models of care and more contemporary understandings using bio medical social constructs and reflecting on the relational influence with intervention and recovery. Utilising a strengths-based approach you will develop an understanding of humanistic inter-personal approaches to psychosocial interventions and on-going care. Exploring the nature of the helping relationship underpinned by a collaborative formulation approach to care you will be developing a broad ranging perspective of the person within the context of risk, resilience and their personal, social and environmental domains.

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Theory Module 4: Perspectives of Complex Care in Mental Health Nursing (20 Credits)

Within this module you will explore the concepts, principles and perspectives of complex care in mental health nursing. You will be encouraged to critically explore contemporary theoretical perspectives and approaches, focussing upon recovery model principles, and the application to the individualised needs of the person receiving care and support including their family / carer.

You will explore more nuanced understandings of aetiology, including exploring iatrogenic and salutogenic causation; the ‘adverse childhood experiences’ literature and understanding the neurobiological impact of trauma and the subsequent reciprocal impact on the physical, psychological and the social being- who is situated within a social network. You will explore how complex mental health needs are supported within legal, professional and clinical frameworks from the Mental Health Act, the Care Programme Approach and on to more advanced clinical formulation. Collaborative partnerships with other professionals and agencies are integral to working practice in this area of mental health nursing to ensure safe and effective care.

You will critically consider competing perspectives in relation to traditional models of care and more contemporary approaches such as recovery focussed and coaching approaches’. Utilising an assets-based approach, you will develop an understanding of ‘humanistic inter-personal approaches to care by co-creating the therapeutic relationship across various levels of complexity. Weaving throughout the module will be a review and reflection of the professional narrative aligned with the personal lived experience and the tensions which can arise whilst working within a system that can exercise power and control over the lives of the people it has been created to serve.

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Practice Module 2: Developing Shared Decision Making (40 Credits)

This practice module will provide you with an opportunity to build upon and extend your portfolio of skills and knowledge relevant to your clinical practice. This module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, lead and manage nursing care, and work in teams.

During your module you will explore clinical decision making in practice through collaboration and partnership working. In your clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to share your experiences with your peers and module tutors to help develop effective decision making. You will be provided with opportunities to critically reflect on your own role and professional responsibilities in making shared decisions for your continued development as a safe and effective student nurse. By using a developing concept curriculum approach, you will be able to practise safely and have an awareness of your own limitations, demonstrating increasing autonomy and independence when performing a range of practical skills. You will apply your developing knowledge of pharmacology, social and life sciences to nursing practice.

You will continue to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and reflect on your personal and professional development as an evidence-based practitioner. You will reflect on the importance of patient and family centred approaches in addition to the effectiveness of patients and client feedback. Some of your learning will be online via online learning resources stored on BackBoard Ultra as we help you to facilitate, and organise your independent learning.

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NS0525 -

Nursing Skills 3: Developing Evidence-Based Skills for Best Practice (20 Credits)

This module will build on the concepts from year one and introduce more complex skills linked to the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B ‘Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurse’ (NMC, 2018). This will support your practice learning and help you further develop the knowledge and skills you have gained from your year one clinical placements. The module will help you develop greater confidence and autonomy, allowing you to contribute effectively to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. This skills module will support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively While in university you will also be updating, consolidating and learning new communication and relationship management skills, nursing procedures and elements of patient safety to ensure safe and effective practice.

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NS0526 -

Nursing Skills 4: Enhancing Clinical Skills for Complex Care (20 Credits)

The content of Nursing Skills 4 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurse’ (NMC, 2018).

This module will build upon your knowledge of medicine administration whilst being exposed to the challenges of complex care needs. You will learn about nursing interventions associated with people of all ages with complex care needs exploring the principles, approaches and concepts of safe nursing practice and the delivery of holistic care. You will build your knowledge of safe ethical medicines management with an emphasis on the clinical application of these skills and understanding. There will be a particular focus on the challenges of medicines optimisation in people with complex care needs, which requires understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Alongside this you will learn to develop professional accountability to ensure safe administration of medicines including competency in drug calculation. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in nursing practice.

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Theory 5: Transition to Accountable Practitioner in Mental Health Nursing (40 Credits)

The module builds on the skills and knowledge that you have developed during the programme and supports your transition towards becoming a confident accountable practitioner. Scholarship within mental health nursing will be embraced; this will enable you to critically analyse and challenge the status quo, demonstrating courage and professional curiosity. The module content encourages independent thinking skills and creativity. Research and practice development philosophy is explored, which will support your summative assessment which is a Practice Project Proposal.

You will critically reflect upon a presenting operational, practice, or leadership challenge within a clinical setting. In order to do this, you will explore contentious elements of mental health practice including consent & capacity, advocacy, global health priorities and health economics. Patient safety and cost effectiveness are competing forces in mental health practice, and you will examine this paradox alongside the maintenance of high-quality care with finite resources. You will also understand human factors within organisations and/or systems are paramount to its success, and appraise the evidence, particularly in relation to working within teams, utilising archived serious case reviews, critical incidents and ‘never events’. By critically appraising pertinent literature you will promote understanding of organisational culture and compassion fatigue, increasing your determination and resilience to become a competent accountable practitioner. Moreover, research and practice development provide rich evidence to support innovation and action. This module will develop your ability to analyse and select appropriate methods of research/practice development to fulfil the summative assessment requirements and prepare you for the future.

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Practice Module (3) Leadership, Quality and Team Work (40 Credits)

In this third year module which is based in practice, all of your learning will be online via BlackBoard Ultra, except for a single face to face seminar to explain expectations as we help you to facilitate greater independent learning as you transition to become a registered nurse. This module will provide you with the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge directly relevant to your third year practice placement experiences and prepare you for working life as a registered nurse. It will specifically focus on leadership, quality and team work.

By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to become an accountable professional, working in teams to lead and manage quality nursing care. Within the context of your practice placements you will critically reflect and debate contemporary theories and explore service improvement models, which support sustainable service improvement. Applying your knowledge of team and Interprofessional working you will learn how to coordinate safe and effective high quality care. This will include a collaborative approach embedding the views of service users, lay carers and colleagues in the delivery and enhancement of care. You will be provided opportunities to critically reflect on your own personal and professional responsibility for your continued development as a manager and future leader of service improvement. You will learn how to manage uncertainty and put into practice the strategies that develop resilience in yourself and others.

Through dynamic learning opportunities in practice you will gather evidence to aid completion of your North East Electronic Practice Assessment Document (NEEPAD). Through critical reflection and self-assessment you will complete your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) demonstrating your capability and readiness for independent practice. This demonstrates to a future employer that you are fit to practise as a registered nurse caring for people of all ages and across all care settings.

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NS0622 -

Nursing Skills 5: Leading and Improving Safety and Care Quality (20 Credits)

Nursing Skills 5, will build on the concepts from years 1 and 2 and further enhance your skills. The module focuses on aspects of leadership to build your competence in the delivery of safe and effective person centred care. You will update and explore in greater depth skills you acquired in previous years, including mandatory skills and a range of more advanced techniques and procedures whilst preparing you for your role as a newly qualified nurse. In addition, you will build on your knowledge and experience of safe nursing practice, promotion of health and medicines management in relation to caring for people with acute, complex and advanced conditions. You will develop advanced communication and nursing procedure skills as appropriate to your field of nursing.

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NS0623 -

Nursing Skills 6: Advancing Nursing Skills (20 Credits)

This module will consolidate the concepts and nursing interventions from the previous skills modules and be delivered following Nursing Skills 5. Building on your existing knowledge and skills you will enhance your development and become an agile skilled practitioner in your relevant field of nursing. You will be learning to apply high level communication skills, previous knowledge and experience as well as your advanced knowledge of nursing procedures to prepare you for autonomous practice. History taking skills will be developed and used as a framework for enhanced assessment and care of people of all ages. A range of dynamic learning opportunities both in the simuated and real-life practice setting will help to to generate evidence, which will aid you in the completion of your Ongoing Record of Achievement, demonstrating that you are capable of a high standard of competent, safe and independent nursing practice.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

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Theory Module 1: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Ill Health – Mental Health Nursing (20 Credits)

You will be introduced to fundamental concepts of ‘health’ and ‘ill-health’, as a preliminary step within the evolving concept curriculum. You will develop an understanding of evidence-based practice, evolving in complexity over three years. You will explore fundamental concepts to becoming a self-aware, compassionate and knowledgeable mental health nurse. You will explore your values and beliefs, exploring the concepts of resilience, recovery/ discovery, diversity/ sameness, collaboration, assessment and formulation. The way health and ill-health are understood will be considered through evaluation of several concepts including: sociological, psychological and biomedical perspectives. Key concepts surrounding the aetiology of distress will be explored and will include the ‘stress-vulnerability model’, the ‘power, threat, meaning framework’ and ‘attachment theory’. Crucially, we will explore the qualities both the providers and recipients of care bring to the relationship and the key concepts of mutuality and reciprocity and the impact this has on care delivery.

Practicing as a safe and knowledgeable nurse requires familiarity with clinical and professional literature to explore competing theories of practice. It also requires the nurse to be able to interpret and reason with the ‘evidence-base’ and supply a sound rationale for practice (expressed in both written and verbal formats). Evidence-based practice requires nurses to understand a scientific evidence-base whilst demonstrating respect for diversity and the individual’s interpretation of experience, how people live in their communities, what people value, believe and discover what it means to be human. You will explore the delivery of care within the context of co-production.

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Theory Module 2: Applied life and social sciences - planning and evaluating care (20 Credits)

This module will enable you to apply the biosciences and social sciences to understand determinants of health- social, psychological, behavioural, environmental and biological factors. You will develop an understanding of the functioning of the body at different levels (cell, tissue, organ, system) and how the mind and body interact and influence one another. This knowledge will assist you in delivering safe, holistic, and person-centred care.

This module builds on the knowledge gained in semester 1 and considers the importance of holistic assessment.

In this module you are offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with mental health distress and how to apply this knowledge to offer high quality and safe care to service users and their families. You will study the following;

• Physical systems of the body and the reciprocal impact on mental health
• The psychological aspects of traumatic life events and the reciprocal impact on physical health

Topics you will cover include:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Deterioration in physical and mental health
• Drugs and medicines interactions within living systems
• Holistic assessment, planning, delivering and evaluating care
• Introduction to consent and legal frameworks within mental health services
• Introduction to Functional Analysis of Care Environments (FACE) risk and narrative risk assessment
• Diabetes
You will explore the experiences of people with a mental distress and their families through meeting with ‘Experts by Experience’ and practitioners specialising in mental health.

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NS0423 -

Practice Module 1: Becoming a Safe, Caring Professional (40 Credits)

This practice module will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to your current practice placement experiences. The practice module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, lead and manage nursing care, and work in teams.

During the first year, you will learn the fundamental skills that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice.

During the majority of your first year clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to reflect on your experiences. You will learn together with your peers and examine theoretical concepts such as professionalism, interprofessional learning, medicines management and safeguarding that will enhance your practice. Seminars and workshops will focus on a range of subjects that will enhance your professional nursing practice.

You will learn how to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and how to reflect on your personal and professional development. You will learn about the importance of patient centred and recovery focussed approaches and will be asked to reflect on feedback given by Experts By Experience (EBE). These skills are the start of your development as an evidence-based practitioner.

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NS0424 -

Nursing Skills 1: Introduction to Nursing Assessment Skills (20 Credits)

The content of Nursing Skills 1 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurse’ (NMC 2018).

The module will introduce the concept of safe nursing practice and the proficiencies nurses need when undertaking the physical assessment of people of all ages. You will learn how to observe and assess people of all ages in terms of symptoms and signs of physical ill health. You will learn how to take, record and interpret a patient’s vital sign and use communication tools to support verbal and written reports. An introduction to basic medicine calculation and management will also be part of your learning. These skills and proficiencies will be supported by opportunities to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology and taught by experts. These nursing skills are directly relevant to your practice learning and include nursing procedures that are necessary for safe and effective patient care. Before your first placement you will complete a number of mandatory requirements, which will enable you to practice with confidence and ensure patient safety. The learning opportunities in this module are designed to support you to develop knowledge, which will inform the attainment of communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

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NS0425 -

Nursing Skills 2: Development of Communication Skills and Nursing Interventions (20 Credits)

Nursing Skills 2 will build on the concept of communication and safe and effective practice which you have been introduced to in the previous skills module. You will further develop your communication and clinical skills relevant to your practice placement experiences. You will continue to learn a range of skills, such as recognition of the deteriorating patient, that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology, including human patient simulators, and taught by a specialist module team of lecturers in nursing, midwifery and health.

You will consider and develop your nursing skills, acting with integrity, applying the principles of The Code (NMC, 2018). You will demonstrate your ability to practise in a holistic, individualised, person centred, non-judgemental, caring and sensitive manner, acknowledging the diverse needs of a contemporary society. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in nursing practice. You will learn about the importance of person centred care and effective communication skills. These learning opportunities will continue to help you gather evidence of your abilities and confidence and will inform your attainment of communication and safe and effective practice as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

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MH0511 -

Theory Module 3: Psychosocial Approaches in Mental Health Nursing (20 Credits)

This module will enable you to learn about the concepts and principles of psychosocial approaches as used within mental health nursing practice. You will be encouraged to critically explore contemporary theoretical perspectives and approaches, focussing upon the recovery model and principles. Consideration will be given to their application in meeting the individualised needs of the person receiving care and support, whilst also incorporating the needs and involvement of their family and /or carers.

Central to contemporary mental health nursing practice is the notion of recovery, you will debate themes and principles crucial to recovery-orientated practice, co-produced stories of health; collaborative partnership between professionals and the individual receiving care; and collaborative partnerships between other professionals and agencies. How such approaches impact on shared decision-making in relation to treatment options, assessment and co-construction of care plans will be a central theme of the module, as will a critical review of the current evidence of psychosocial approaches.

You will critically consider competing perspectives in relation to traditional models of care and more contemporary understandings using bio medical social constructs and reflecting on the relational influence with intervention and recovery. Utilising a strengths-based approach you will develop an understanding of humanistic inter-personal approaches to psychosocial interventions and on-going care. Exploring the nature of the helping relationship underpinned by a collaborative formulation approach to care you will be developing a broad ranging perspective of the person within the context of risk, resilience and their personal, social and environmental domains.

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MH0512 -

Theory Module 4: Perspectives of Complex Care in Mental Health Nursing (20 Credits)

Within this module you will explore the concepts, principles and perspectives of complex care in mental health nursing. You will be encouraged to critically explore contemporary theoretical perspectives and approaches, focussing upon recovery model principles, and the application to the individualised needs of the person receiving care and support including their family / carer.

You will explore more nuanced understandings of aetiology, including exploring iatrogenic and salutogenic causation; the ‘adverse childhood experiences’ literature and understanding the neurobiological impact of trauma and the subsequent reciprocal impact on the physical, psychological and the social being- who is situated within a social network. You will explore how complex mental health needs are supported within legal, professional and clinical frameworks from the Mental Health Act, the Care Programme Approach and on to more advanced clinical formulation. Collaborative partnerships with other professionals and agencies are integral to working practice in this area of mental health nursing to ensure safe and effective care.

You will critically consider competing perspectives in relation to traditional models of care and more contemporary approaches such as recovery focussed and coaching approaches’. Utilising an assets-based approach, you will develop an understanding of ‘humanistic inter-personal approaches to care by co-creating the therapeutic relationship across various levels of complexity. Weaving throughout the module will be a review and reflection of the professional narrative aligned with the personal lived experience and the tensions which can arise whilst working within a system that can exercise power and control over the lives of the people it has been created to serve.

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NS0524 -

Practice Module 2: Developing Shared Decision Making (40 Credits)

This practice module will provide you with an opportunity to build upon and extend your portfolio of skills and knowledge relevant to your clinical practice. This module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, lead and manage nursing care, and work in teams.

During your module you will explore clinical decision making in practice through collaboration and partnership working. In your clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to share your experiences with your peers and module tutors to help develop effective decision making. You will be provided with opportunities to critically reflect on your own role and professional responsibilities in making shared decisions for your continued development as a safe and effective student nurse. By using a developing concept curriculum approach, you will be able to practise safely and have an awareness of your own limitations, demonstrating increasing autonomy and independence when performing a range of practical skills. You will apply your developing knowledge of pharmacology, social and life sciences to nursing practice.

You will continue to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and reflect on your personal and professional development as an evidence-based practitioner. You will reflect on the importance of patient and family centred approaches in addition to the effectiveness of patients and client feedback. Some of your learning will be online via online learning resources stored on BackBoard Ultra as we help you to facilitate, and organise your independent learning.

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NS0525 -

Nursing Skills 3: Developing Evidence-Based Skills for Best Practice (20 Credits)

This module will build on the concepts from year one and introduce more complex skills linked to the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B ‘Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurse’ (NMC, 2018). This will support your practice learning and help you further develop the knowledge and skills you have gained from your year one clinical placements. The module will help you develop greater confidence and autonomy, allowing you to contribute effectively to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. This skills module will support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively While in university you will also be updating, consolidating and learning new communication and relationship management skills, nursing procedures and elements of patient safety to ensure safe and effective practice.

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NS0526 -

Nursing Skills 4: Enhancing Clinical Skills for Complex Care (20 Credits)

The content of Nursing Skills 4 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurse’ (NMC, 2018).

This module will build upon your knowledge of medicine administration whilst being exposed to the challenges of complex care needs. You will learn about nursing interventions associated with people of all ages with complex care needs exploring the principles, approaches and concepts of safe nursing practice and the delivery of holistic care. You will build your knowledge of safe ethical medicines management with an emphasis on the clinical application of these skills and understanding. There will be a particular focus on the challenges of medicines optimisation in people with complex care needs, which requires understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Alongside this you will learn to develop professional accountability to ensure safe administration of medicines including competency in drug calculation. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in nursing practice.

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MH0613 -

Theory 5: Transition to Accountable Practitioner in Mental Health Nursing (40 Credits)

The module builds on the skills and knowledge that you have developed during the programme and supports your transition towards becoming a confident accountable practitioner. Scholarship within mental health nursing will be embraced; this will enable you to critically analyse and challenge the status quo, demonstrating courage and professional curiosity. The module content encourages independent thinking skills and creativity. Research and practice development philosophy is explored, which will support your summative assessment which is a Practice Project Proposal.

You will critically reflect upon a presenting operational, practice, or leadership challenge within a clinical setting. In order to do this, you will explore contentious elements of mental health practice including consent & capacity, advocacy, global health priorities and health economics. Patient safety and cost effectiveness are competing forces in mental health practice, and you will examine this paradox alongside the maintenance of high-quality care with finite resources. You will also understand human factors within organisations and/or systems are paramount to its success, and appraise the evidence, particularly in relation to working within teams, utilising archived serious case reviews, critical incidents and ‘never events’. By critically appraising pertinent literature you will promote understanding of organisational culture and compassion fatigue, increasing your determination and resilience to become a competent accountable practitioner. Moreover, research and practice development provide rich evidence to support innovation and action. This module will develop your ability to analyse and select appropriate methods of research/practice development to fulfil the summative assessment requirements and prepare you for the future.

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Practice Module (3) Leadership, Quality and Team Work (40 Credits)

In this third year module which is based in practice, all of your learning will be online via BlackBoard Ultra, except for a single face to face seminar to explain expectations as we help you to facilitate greater independent learning as you transition to become a registered nurse. This module will provide you with the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge directly relevant to your third year practice placement experiences and prepare you for working life as a registered nurse. It will specifically focus on leadership, quality and team work.

By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to become an accountable professional, working in teams to lead and manage quality nursing care. Within the context of your practice placements you will critically reflect and debate contemporary theories and explore service improvement models, which support sustainable service improvement. Applying your knowledge of team and Interprofessional working you will learn how to coordinate safe and effective high quality care. This will include a collaborative approach embedding the views of service users, lay carers and colleagues in the delivery and enhancement of care. You will be provided opportunities to critically reflect on your own personal and professional responsibility for your continued development as a manager and future leader of service improvement. You will learn how to manage uncertainty and put into practice the strategies that develop resilience in yourself and others.

Through dynamic learning opportunities in practice you will gather evidence to aid completion of your North East Electronic Practice Assessment Document (NEEPAD). Through critical reflection and self-assessment you will complete your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) demonstrating your capability and readiness for independent practice. This demonstrates to a future employer that you are fit to practise as a registered nurse caring for people of all ages and across all care settings.

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NS0622 -

Nursing Skills 5: Leading and Improving Safety and Care Quality (20 Credits)

Nursing Skills 5, will build on the concepts from years 1 and 2 and further enhance your skills. The module focuses on aspects of leadership to build your competence in the delivery of safe and effective person centred care. You will update and explore in greater depth skills you acquired in previous years, including mandatory skills and a range of more advanced techniques and procedures whilst preparing you for your role as a newly qualified nurse. In addition, you will build on your knowledge and experience of safe nursing practice, promotion of health and medicines management in relation to caring for people with acute, complex and advanced conditions. You will develop advanced communication and nursing procedure skills as appropriate to your field of nursing.

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NS0623 -

Nursing Skills 6: Advancing Nursing Skills (20 Credits)

This module will consolidate the concepts and nursing interventions from the previous skills modules and be delivered following Nursing Skills 5. Building on your existing knowledge and skills you will enhance your development and become an agile skilled practitioner in your relevant field of nursing. You will be learning to apply high level communication skills, previous knowledge and experience as well as your advanced knowledge of nursing procedures to prepare you for autonomous practice. History taking skills will be developed and used as a framework for enhanced assessment and care of people of all ages. A range of dynamic learning opportunities both in the simuated and real-life practice setting will help to to generate evidence, which will aid you in the completion of your Ongoing Record of Achievement, demonstrating that you are capable of a high standard of competent, safe and independent nursing practice.

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