To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more.
If you were unable to attend the events in July and September, you can view the welcome presentation and the the finance presentation online. You can also take a look at the slides from the induction timetable review event that took place on 5 September.
You’re also invited to the following online event before your course begins:
Your final Q&A
Friday 22 September. AM and PM event options.
Two time slots are available for this session. You only need to join one session if you have any questions.
Important: Occupational Health
You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health (OH) appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus. The clinics will be held within the first weeks of when you start the course (dates are yet to be finalised).
Please remember that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH. If you don’t meet this requirement your place on the programme could be jeopardised. It’s also important to remember that if you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to fully enrol on your course. This could then mean you can’t access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England.
So, to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.
If you’re unable to attend your allocated time slot, you must contact us, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice. If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. The OH and School team will try to provide another appointment, but this is likely to be at the OH department based in Wigan and you will need to make sure that you attend.
Most of our placement settings will also require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.
We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance. Unfortunately, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.
Professional standards and the NMC
The regulatory body for the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The NMC have produced standards of proficiency that have to be met in order for you to be able to register, practice and remain registered as a nurse. The NMC are the professional regulatory council for Nurses and Midwives in the UK and Nurse associates in England. They do not register any other professions under their regulations.
Below you will find more information about the NMC and some tasks further down the page that will help you to become familiar with the standards of proficiency before you start your programme.
What do the NMC do?
- They maintain the register of Nurses and Midwives who meet the requirements for registration in the UK
- Set the requirements of professional education that supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for entry to, or annotation on, our register
- Investigate serious concerns about nurses, midwives and nursing associates fitness to practice and take action if needed
- Shape the practice of professionals in developing and promoting standards including the code, and lifelong learning through revalidation
Your tasks – to be completed
- Take a look at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) website
- Familiarise yourself with the role of the NMC
Visit The Code on the NMC website.
- Familiarise yourself with the main headings of ‘about us’, ‘standards’, ‘education’, ‘concerns’, ‘registration’ and ‘news’.
- Focus on the heading ‘standards’ and read about the role of the NMC and in particular the standards of proficiencies and professional standards..
As a registered nurse, you’ll be expected to uphold these standards.
Make a note of any questions you have. We’ll be looking at professional standards and professionalism in much more detail during the first two weeks of your programme. And we’d love to hear your thoughts.
You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
In the meantime, there are a couple of books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest the following:
- BARBER, P. and ROBERTSON, D., 2020. Essentials of pharmacology for nurses. 4th ed. Berkshire: Open University Press.
- COOK A., SHEPHERD A., and BOORE, J., 2020. Essentials of anatomy and physiology for nursing practice. 2nd ed. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
- COTTRELL, S. 2019 The Study Skills Handbook. 5th ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing
- ATHERTON, H, L. and CRICKMORE, D, J., 2022. Learning disabilities: Towards Inclusion. 7th ed. London: Churchill Livingstone.
- ATKINSON, S., and LAY, J., 2015. Intellectual disability in health and social care. Oxon: Routledge.
- GATES, B., FEARNS, D. and WELCH, J., 2015. Learning disability nursing at a glance. West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.
- HARDY, S., CHAPLIN, E. and WOODWARD, P., 2016. Supporting the physical health needs of people with learning disabilities: A handbook for professionals, support staff and families, Hove: Pavillion.
- TALBOT, P., ASTBURY, G., and Mason, T., 2010. Key concepts in learning disabilities. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
- A fob watch with second hand
- Mini Dictionary for Nurses
- Access to the British National Formulary (BNF)
Things to do over summer
The regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), will give you detailed information about the professional code and associated standards.
The NMC (2018) acknowledge that our society is changing and so care is changing with it. Nurses provide vital care throughout our lives. As a future qualified nurse, you will spend time developing knowledge, skills and behaviours that every nurse must have.
Your programme offers an equal balance of theoretical and practice learning to facilitate achievement of the standards of proficiency so that you maximise the health and well-being of those in your care.
Shortly after you start with us in September, you will have a week-long induction. Your induction will include a number of themed events that are designed to familiarise you with the content of the programme. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with key staff and also interact with your fellow peers.
Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example: