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MNSW Children’s Nursing and Social Work course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university 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:

Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus between 26 and 29 September.

Can we remind you that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH and failure to meet this requirement could result in your place on the programme being jeopardised. If you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England as you cannot fully enrol.

To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

Please let us know if you’re unable to attend your allocated slot, 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. At such short notice, the OH and School team will try to provide a subsequent appointment, but it’s likely that it would be at the OH department based in Wigan and it’s your responsibility to ensure that you attend.

Please note that most of our placement settings will 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, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Important: Introducing Learning Edge and Blackboard

When you start your programme at Edge Hill University you will be using Edge Hill’s online environment for aspects of your learning and teaching.  This environment is called Learning Edge and part of this is the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

It is on the VLE that you will find your programme area and module areas.  These areas will contain all the information you need so it is very important that you become familiar with how to access and navigate them.

Please access the below links to information and videos that will help you to learn how to use the VLE.  You will not be able to access the full VLE until you have enrolled but you can take some time now to familiarise yourself with the terminology.

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.

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

Social Work England (SWE)

Social Work England are the professional regulatory body for qualified Social Workers in England. They do not register any other professions under their regulations.

What do they do?

  • Keep a register of professionals, known as ‘registrants’ who meet the standards
  • Set standards for professionals’ education and training and practice
  • Take action if professionals on the register do not meet the standards

To learn more about the standards that apply to you visit the SWE website.

The standards of proficiency in more detail

Each regulatory body has a set of professional standards that inform both your curriculum and your practice. These are split into defined sections:

NMC Platforms

SWE Professional Standards

Each section has sub-sections which provide specific detail about the requirement of the proficiency. In total the NMC has 103 individual proficiencies and SWE has 50 professional standards and have the professional capabilities framework.

Your task

Take a look at the standards for both nurses and social workers and begin to familiarise yourself with them. Reflect on why nurses/social workers are regulated and why they must adhere to professional standards.

Suggested reading

This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.

Before you begin, you can prepare for your modules by reviewing some of the core texts recommended below. You are not expected to buy all of the books as Edge Hill University has an extensive library service and access to electronic resources but having one good text-book at the start will be of great benefit to you. At Ormskirk, the library and learning services can be found in the Catalyst.


Social Work

Suggested materials

Before you begin you will need:

Things to do over summer

Working within the Health and Social Care professions is extremely rewarding and unique, as it involves a diverse range of skills and attributes, including being able to work independently and as part of a multi-professional team.

In order to identify the role of a Nurse/ Social Worker, it is essential for you to define:

  1. The role of a Nurse
  2. The role of a Social Worker

It is important to identify the key characteristics and core values of each profession. Please consider the similarities within the two professions.

As a qualified Nurse/Social Worker you will need to be able to demonstrate leadership, management, team work and clinical decision-making skills as well as provide care, support and empower people to make decisions that will change their lives.

Your programme has been designed to give you all of the above skills as well as many others and ensure that upon qualifying you will be fit for purpose and fit for practice at the point of registration, allowing you to begin a career that will be Dynamic, Challenging, Diverse, Rewarding and more importantly a Privilege.

You may want to have a look at both regulatory body’s websites, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Social Work England which will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.

Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:

Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself