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The BSc Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities) coursehas been specifically developed to equip you with the high level of knowledgeand expertise required to successfully care for the needs of those with alearning disability.

With a strong focus on understanding patients’lifelong needs, you will possess an in-depth understanding of the transitionsand communities of practice that ensure safe, effective and compassionate care.

Delivered in our specialised clinical skills centre, you willhave access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at theforefront of the healthcare industry. You will also undertake a number ofplacements and have the option of applying for an international placement in thesecond year of your course.

Successful completion of this degree will enable you to applyfor professional registration with NMC as a learning disability nurse, and youwill be offered an array of additional training opportunities throughout theduration of your course.

This degree boasts a very high employment rate, with 97%of students progressing to work within six months of graduating (Unistats 2016).

The BSc Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities) coursehas been specifically developed to equip you with the high level of knowledgeand expertise required to successfully care for the needs of those with alearning disability.

With a strong focus on understanding patients’lifelong needs, you will possess an in-depth understanding of the transitionsand communities of practice that ensure safe, effective and compassionate care.

Delivered in our specialised clinical skills centre, you willhave access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at theforefront of the healthcare industry. You will also undertake a number ofplacements and have the option of applying for an international placement in thesecond year of your course.

Successful completion of this degree will enable you to applyfor professional registration with NMC as a learning disability nurse, and youwill be offered an array of additional training opportunities throughout theduration of your course.

This degree boasts a very high employment rate, with 97%of students progressing to work within six months of graduating (Unistats 2016).

Course Information

UCAS Code
B741

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Nursing at Northumbria

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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

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This course is delivered by a specialist team of registered learning disability nursesand clinicians with an established background in nursing practice, managementand research. This ensures that they fully understand how best to support youand prepare you for the demands of the ever-changing workplace.

Many of our team hold, or are working towards, Nursing andMidwifery Council (NMC) Teaching Qualifications and Fellows of the Higher EducationAcademy, in addition to boasting memberships to national and internationallearning disability projects and groups.

We also regularly welcome external speakers who are expertsin their field and well established within the nursing profession. 

In addition to a dedicated tutor and mentor whilst onplacement, you will receive regular support from practitioners that areactively working with learning disability patients and their families. 

Book An Open Day / Experience Nursing Studies/Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities BSc (Hons)

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Working in conjunction with patients’ families and otherhealthcare professionals, this course will equip you with the skills requiredto assess, plan and evaluate individualised evidence-based nursing care.

You will leave with the solid foundations required to providecare that is compassionate and family-centred, alongside the ability toacknowledge future public health challenges.

Teaching is delivered through a mix oflectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, which are supported with on-siteplacements to further enhance your learning. You will also be offered theunique opportunity to apply for an international placement in the second yearof your course, in addition to the option of undertaking further specialisttraining that is directly related to the learning disability nursingprofession.

This course utilisesa range of assessment methods including written assignments, presentations,reflective personal portfolios and the direct observation of skills andcompetencies. You will also create a Personal and Professional Development File(PPDF) that will facilitate your development and document your skills.

In your final year you willcomplete a dissertation where all of the skills and knowledge you have acquiredcan be put into practice. 

Book An Open Day / Experience Nursing Studies/Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities BSc (Hons)

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

This course is based at our Coach Lane campus, which houses our Clinical Skills Centre – a purpose-built facility that will allow you to develop practical skills and gain valuable experience of nursing within a simulated scenario.

Our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in the industry.

You will have access to our University library – which has been recognised as third best in the UK – and well equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists.

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all of thiscourse’s modules and many of our teaching team are research-active clinicianswith their own areas of specialism.

This course will encourage you to develop your own skills,as you will be required to undertake your own research and discuss yourfindings with your peers and tutors, before producing a dissertation in thefinal year of your course.  Undertakenunder the supervision of your tutor, your dissertation gives you theopportunity to conduct applied research in a field of learning disabilitynursing that interests you most.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartilein the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing.Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciencesand Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014),with a high amount of graduates achieving first class honours.

Developed in-line with the competencies identified withinthe NMC standards and the values that underpin the NHS constitution, you willleave this course prepared for the workplace and with the relevant clinicalexperience to apply for professional registration.   

This course offers the opportunity to further enhance yourCV through the completion of additional training in areas such as CognitiveBehavioural Therapy; Solution Focussed Therapy or Family Therapies; Theory ofNon-medical prescribing; Mental Health First Aid; MAKATON.

The completion of compulsory placements and an optionalinternational placement can also enhance your employment opportunities, as theyallow you to demonstrate that the skills you have acquired are transferable andrelevant to the workplace.

Whilst studying this course we encourage you tobecome involved in voluntary and awareness raising work around events such asWorld Down Syndrome Day, World Autism Awareness Day and National LearningDisability Week. These events are built into the curriculum and demonstrateyour passion for helping those with learning disabilities.

Learning disability nurses boast exceptional communicationskills and work inter-professionally, often as the only clinician specialisingin the care of patients with learning disabilities. This has resulted inlearning disability nurses being in high demand, with almost all graduatessecuring employment once qualified.

Successful completion of this course can provide many opportunitieswithin the private, public and voluntary sectors. Former graduates have pursuedcareers as learning disability nurses, school nurses andtherapists, in addition to working in services such as drug and alcohol, childmental health and other specialist divisions. Many learning disability nurseswill also progress to senior management positions.

Once you graduate you will have your BSc (Hons) and registration with the NMC/Registered Nurse qualification,as successful completion will prepare you for registration as a nurse with theNursing and Midwifery Council.

Graduatesmay also wish to pursue further study or doctoral-levelqualifications.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Are you passionate about the care and needs of those with learning disabilities? This course could be for you.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

 

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or University recognised equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

120 UCAS Tariff points

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBBD-BBBBC at Higher level, CCC-BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

ABBBB-AABBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit.  Candidates who do not hold the required GCSEs must ensure the access course includes English language and maths at a minimum of 6 credits at level 2, or 3 credits at level 3.

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Additional:

    A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit 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<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will be required to purchase a fob watch and suitable footwear for use in placement, which will cost approximately £80. You will need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be eligible to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority. Up to date information relating to this can be found at: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/student-services. If using a car to attend placement, you may also need to pay parking charges of approximately £200 per year.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

DB0405 -

Becoming a Learning Disability Nurse (NC, 20 Credits)

Here begins your journey into becoming a learning disability nurse, you will gain insight into the fundamental values, skills and knowledge required. You will acquire an overview of the needs of people with a learning disability and how as a specialist nurse you develop your understanding of how to meet those needs, and appreciate that people with a learning disability are full equal citizens. You will find out what a learning disability is, learn about how people with a learning disability experience specific conditions, develop your study skills and specific learning disability nursing skills and learn how to become a champion for people with a learning disability. You will discover how to search and apply the relevant evidence base in learning disability nursing.

Topics you will cover include, the complex and unique roles of a learning disability nurse, keeping people safe across the lifespan, person centeredness and the human condition and learning to learn.

You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families/carers. You will do this through engaging with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability. You will understand the causation and experiences of people with common conditions such as Autism Spectrum Conditions, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. This module enables you to discover and develop your value base, which will enable you to challenge discrimination.

Academics from learning disability nursing will support your learning and show you how you can integrate and apply theory to practice on your clinical placement.

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Safe Transitions across the Life-span (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about the importance of safe transitions for people with a learning disability. This learning spans the whole life time of people with a learning disability as health needs services change. You will assess current service provision against best practice. You will learn about risk and safety and its importance to people with a learning disability from birth to death. You will learn specifically about the physical health needs of people with a learning disability, as well as mental health and Positive Behavioural Support techniques. You will develop an approach that places the person at the centre of their transitional plans.

Topics you will cover include, children with a learning disability, considerations for parents, adolescents with a learning disability, transition from children services to adult services. Transition to independent lives across the continuum, the care journey – community to specialist provision back to community, transition to older person’s care, Positive Behavioural Support Centred Care, Affirmative/ Social model/social constructs of disability, nursing in non-specialist environments and collaborative working in context.

You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability, their families or carers through meeting with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability services. You will understand the challenges and experiences of people with a learning disability at times of transition in their lives. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your value base, skills for assessment and collaborative working that will be core throughout your career.

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Nursing Practice (1) (NC, 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 modules in each year of your programme 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.
During the first year, you will learn the fundamental skills that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice. Prior to your first placement there are a number of mandatory sessions which will enable you to practice with confidence to protect your patients. These sessions will include, moving and handling (M&H), basic life support (BLS), equality and diversity and infection prevention.
During the majority of your first year clinical placements you will return to university for one day a week to reflect on your experiences, learn together with your peers and examine theoretical concepts that will enhance your practice. Sessions will focus on a range of subjects including patient assessment, recording of vital signs and effectively monitoring a patient’s condition. You will learn about models of care, professional standards and basic medicine calculation and management. There will also be opportunities to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology and taught by experts.
These dynamic learning opportunities will help illustrate how you can gather evidence of your increasing abilities and confidence. You will learn how to develop a professional portfolio, how to critically reflect and how to self-assess. You will learn about the importance of patient centred care and will be asked to reflect effectively on service user feedback. These skills are the start of your development as an evidence-based practitioner.

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NS0416 -

Promoting Compassionate Nursing care (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will enable you to explore the concepts of care, compassion, communication, competence, commitment and courage (6Cs) from a variety of perspectives, reflecting the different areas of nursing practice. You will study the theory and research evidence that underpins the module themes and will consider its application within experiential learning activities in module sessions. The underpinning values of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code will be used as a framework to help you develop those skills which enable nurses to prioritise people and practise effectively building caring, professional relationships. The module will explore the art of nursing and the philosophies of holism and humanism that are fundamental to nursing practice. You will be enabled to develop transferable skills that demonstrate respect, dignity, empathy and unconditional positive regard within empowering relationships. You will build on your existing experience and abilities to explore a range of communication skills nurses need in order to demonstrate effective listening and responding to patients. Challenging situations for nurses can arise in clinical practice and you will use scenario-based activities to learn and practise the communication skills used by professional nurses to deliver safe and effective care. Active engagement with module materials and learning opportunities will help you develop the independent learning skills required within the module. Key themes of reflection and self-awareness will be integrated throughout the module which will foster the enquiring, analytical approach to your practice and development that is required as both a student nurse and a future professional registrant.

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Exploring Professional Identity (NC, 20 Credits)

This module enables you to explore the fundamental concepts and principles in relation to professional identity and image within your specific field of nursing and across other fields.
The key theoretical concepts/perspectives and issues of quality nursing are explored in the political context of wider contemporary healthcare.
You gain the knowledge and skills required to act in a non-discriminatory, compassionate, kind and sensitive manner within professional boundaries. You will consider and develop fundamental nursing skills to act in an honest way with integrity applying the principles of The Nursing and Midwifery Code (2015). You will demonstrate your ability to practice in a holistic, individualised, patient centred, non-judgemental, caring and sensitive manner, acknowledging the diverse needs of contemporary society. You will be introduced to the concept of collaborative working and its importance in nursing practice.
You will explore your Personal Professional Development File(PPDF),which you develop throughout the programme, where you keep a record of what you have learned and gather evidence for your learning and practice. It provides space to reflect on your learning and development as a nurse.

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Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Applied Life Sciences for Learning Disability Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you are offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with a learning disability through studying life sciences such as anatomy and physiology and mental and social determinants of health, and to apply this knowledge to offer quality support to people with a learning disability and their families. You will study the following;

• The politics of learning disability
• Positive Behavioural Support
• You will learn specifically about physical systems of the body and how this may effect someone with a learning disability and your practice.
• You will consider the psychological aspects of traumatic life events.
• You will consider the effects of certain syndromes on people with a learning disability and their families.
• Critical appraisal of evidence.

Topics you will cover include:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Mental health and major mental health issues
• Acute changes in health
• Assessment and referrals
• Interviewing people with a learning disability and their families and carers
• Understanding and utilising PBS
• MAKATON and other advanced ways of communicating

You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families or carers through meeting with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability. You will understand the experiences of people with a learning disability through the eyes of people with a learning disability and their carers. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your value set and your skills of helping people with a learning disability to stay healthy and safe.

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Understanding and Responding to Acute Changes in Health and Behaviour (NC, 20 Credits)

On this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with a learning disability who have acute health, psychological or behavioural distress. This learning spans the whole life span of people with a learning disability as services and patient needs change. You will identify and respond to the symptomology of acute health changes as timely and appropriate care can prevent harm, deterioration and death of people with learning disability.
As communication is sometimes difficult the nurse is required to be clinically observant and identify changes in the individuals baseline presentation as outlined in the NMC Code of Conduct (2015).
You will learn about:
• Recognising and treating the deteriorating patient
• Positive Behavioural Support
• Physical health needs and long term effects of dementia and cancers, epilepsy, common childhood illnesses, diabetes and poor nutrition
• You will consider the psychological aspects of traumatic life events

Topics you will cover include:
• Issues of abuse
• Behavioural Analysis and techniques
• Acute changes in health
• Common conditions such as dementia, cancer and diabetes.
• Assessment and history taking
• Understanding and utilising PBS
You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families or carers through meeting with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability. You will understand the experiences of people with a learning disability through the eyes of people with these acute conditions. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your value set and your skills of helping people with a learning disability to stay healthy and safe.

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Understanding and Supporting People with a Learning Disability with Specific Needs (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about specific conditions and the needs of the person with a learning disability. This learning spans the whole life time of people with a learning disability as services and patient needs change.

You will learn about:
• Syndromes and conditions commonly associated with learning disability such as Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Down Syndrome as well as rare types of syndromes and conditions.
• You will learn specifically about the physical, mental and social health needs of people with a learning disability with these conditions as well as Positive behavioural Support techniques.
• You will consider the psychological aspects of the having these conditions and their effects upon education, social development and health of people with a learning disability and their families.

Topics you will cover include:
• Genetics and their influence upon development
• Specific communication and sensory difficulties
• Cerebral palsy and physical disabilities
• Health needs associated with syndromes
• Common co-morbidities with specific conditions
• Positive Behavioural Support centred care
• Collaborative working
• Overcoming barriers to good health for people with specific conditions and a learning disability
You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families or carers through meeting with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your value set and your skills of helping people with a learning disability develop independence, social skills, life skills, behavioural techniques and resilience that will be useful to them throughout their life span.

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Nursing Practice (2) (NC, 40 Credits)

This module will support your practice learning and help you further develop the knowledge and skills you gained from your clinical placements in year one. It will help you develop greater confidence and autonomy, allowing you to contribute effectively to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. The practice modules in each year of your programme 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.
While in university you will be updating and exploring in greater depth some of the fundamental skills you acquired in year one, these will include, moving and handling (M&H), basic life support (BLS), first aid and information governance. This module will also offer you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of medicine management and pharmacology supported by additional e-learning materials.
The module will focus on issues of patient safety including, assessment, decision-making and communication within teams. You will also learn about strategic health priorities, risk, human factors and incident management. Some of your learning will be with students from other fields of nursing and other professional programmes providing the opportunity to learn more about other roles in the multidisciplinary team.
You will continue to develop your professional portfolio and will be asked to reflect effectively on contemporary patient safety priorities. These dynamic learning opportunities will help illustrate how you can gather evidence of your increasing abilities and confidence as you work towards becoming an independent practitioner.

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Public Health in Contemporary Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)

Promoting the health and well-being of children, young people and adults through facilitation of health enhancing activities, is a pre-requisite of the nursing role and this module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to do this successfully.You will learn about contemporary public health, implications for the population and relevance to all fields of practice. As you develop your understanding you will learn how to analyse the impact of national and local public health policy on individuals including people with a learning disability or experiencing a physical or mental health problem. You will explore a range of public health strategies, health promotion approaches and models used in clinical practice and cover a wide range of topics, such as, smoking, obesity, dementia, sexual health and alcohol. This module takes a technology enabled learning (TEL) approach using a ‘flipped classroom’ which means you will have access to online e-learning packages before the seminars and practicals. Understanding of public health theory is developed through formative learning exercises within the e-lectures and this knowledge is then shared and applied to fields of practice within seminars and practicals with your lecturers and peers. You will apply your learning within a summative assignment requiring you to analyse your current practice and make recommendations for improvement where appropriate. You will also appraise the role of the nurse in health improvement within your field of practice and consider service user involvement within public health decision making using an interprofessional approach to Making Every Contact Count.

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Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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DB0601 -

NMC Competencies (Core, 0 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

DB0609 -

Complexity, Co-morbidity and Recovery in Learning Disability Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)

People with a learning disability are currently disadvantaged by society so their needs are many and complex. On this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with a learning disability who have complex and co-morbid health, psychological or behavioural issues. This learning spans the whole lifetime of people with a learning disability as services and patient needs change. You will learn about:

• Complex Mental Health and Learning Disability
• Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)
• Sexual abuse – victim support
• Self-harm and its effects on the person with a learning disability

Topics you will cover include:
• Debating human rights
• Debating secure settings and therapeutic interventions
• Approaches in Mental Health and schizophrenia
• Common co-morbidities with specific conditions
• Best practice interventions
• Clinical risk taking
• Understanding and utilising PBS
You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families or carers through meeting with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability. You will understand the experiences of people with a learning disability through the eyes of people with these complex conditions. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your value set and your skills of helping people with a learning disability to stay healthy and safe.

Your learning will be facilitated by staff representatives from your field of nursing to ensure appropriate application and integration into practice and to help you to develop links to the other modules on your programme.

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Specialist Learning Disability Nursing across Communities of Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

On this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with a learning disability in a variety of non-specialist and specialist practice provision. This will take place in health establishments such as; in GP surgeries, in health and social care provision and in schools. This learning spans the whole life time of people with a learning disability as services and patient needs change. You will learn about:
• Community Nursing
• Behavioural specialisms
• Health Facilitation
• Clinics in other health settings
• Health action plans
• Psychological therapies and patient ownership
• Person centeredness and working with families

Topics you will cover include:
• Practicing in challenging environments
• Practicing in primary health care settings
• Practicing in GP surgeries
• Learning Disability and health policy
• Championing the rights and health of people with a learning disability
• Teaching other health professionals
• Developing accessible information
• Clinical risk taking
• Understanding and utilising Positive Behavioural Support across communities of practice (PBS)
You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families or carers through meeting with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability and through the eyes of non- specialist professionals. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your creativity, value base and skills of helping people with a learning disability to stay healthy and safe. This module will also allow you to consolidate your specialist communication skills building from the skills developed at level’s 4 and 5.

You will be undertaking other modules focussing on specialist learning disability practice, alongside this module.

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Nursing Practice (3) (NC, 40 Credits)

This module will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to your third year practice placement experiences and prepare you for working life as a qualified nurse. It will specifically focus on leading and improving nursing practice, management and leadership.
While in university you will be updating and exploring in greater depth some of the skills you acquired in previous years, including moving and handling (M&H), basic life support (BLS), first aid and information governance. You will continue to have the opportunity to practice in a simulated environment and learn more about medicine management.
You will be asked to critically reflect and debate contemporary theories and explore service improvement models, which support sustainable service improvement. You will critically explore the role of collaboration and partnership working, with service users and members of the multidisciplinary team. You will be provided with opportunities to critically reflect on your own personal and professional responsibility for your continued development as a manager of safe and effective care delivery and as a future leader of service improvement in nursing practice. You will also learn about team leadership in an interprofessional working context and the challenges of leading teams in a realistic care environment to ensure patient and staff safety. Some of your learning will be with students from other fields of nursing and other professional programmes.
These dynamic learning opportunities will help illustrate how you can gather evidence and aid you in the completion of your professional portfolio, demonstrating that you are capable of independent practice and celebrating your achievements.

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Evidence Based Practice Dissertation (NC, 40 Credits)

The purpose of this module is for you to consolidate and further develop your knowledge and skills from your BSc (Hons) Nursing studies to undertake and produce an evidenced based practice report specific to your field of nursing. The module will allow you to critically explore ways in which current research evidence and health care policy can be used to inform and develop patient care. Building upon the research and evidence based practice skills in previous modules you will be able to source, critically appraise and synthesise findings from current research to make informed recommendations to inform and develop clinical practice. On successful completion of your report, many of the skills developed will help facilitate your transition to masters studies.

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RV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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