MNSW Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work

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Overview

UCAS Code:BL57
Course Length:4 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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  • Enables you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified Learning Disabilities Nurse and apply for registration with the regulator for social work as a qualified social worker;
  • Experience professional practice placements in both Nursing and Social Work;
  • Become a highly capable and critically analytical integrated practitioner.

This innovative and intensive integrated Masters degree will provide you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required for a career as an integrated Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work practitioner in a range of health and social care settings. Delivered alongside our partners in the Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership and conferring eligibility for two professional awards, the course combines perspectives from health, social care, education and related disciplines to ensure you graduate able to work highly effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment. If you can demonstrate a clear commitment to becoming an integrated Nursing and Social Work practitioner, while also having the ability to recognise the perspectives of service users, their families and carers, then this is the programme for you.

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In Depth

What will I study?

The programme is underpinned by the national requirements for both nursing and social work education. Its structure will enable you you to identify with Nursing and Social Work as distinct professions within the first two years of the programme, before facilitating professional integration.

Year 1 introduces contemporary nursing and social work as distinct professions. You will also receive a grounding in the life sciences which underpin both disciplines and be equipped with the relevant knowledge, practical skills and behaviours in preparation for your first placement experience in nursing.

Year 2 equips you with detailed knowledge in relation to current practice with adults, as well as children, young people and their families, across a diverse range of contexts and settings. Practice learning experiences cover both nursing and social work. You will also explore relevant issues in law and policy and consider their implications for nursing and social work practitioners.

The focus in Year 3 is on integrated complex care for people with learning disabilities, preparing you to address their complex health and social care needs. There is also an international strand to the modules which enables you to enhance your understanding and evidence base of increasingly complex health and social care at a local, national and international level. In addition to further nursing and social work placement experiences, as well as an exploration of research methods in health and social care, you may also have the option of completing a further placement overseas (subject to availability).

Year 4 enables you to engage in research development, gain leadership skills and consolidate your learning in integrated nursing and social work practice.

How will I study?

Seminars, lectures, work based learning, tutorials and technology enhanced learning will be used to deliver this programme. The theory part of the programme is delivered during the normal working week (Monday to Friday). While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

Time in nursing and social work practice will be undertaken in a variety of health and social care settings within the NHS, independent and voluntary organisations. Practice placements hours will include weekends, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24 hour care. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.

How will I be assessed?

The programme incorporates a range of assessment opportunities. These include essays, presentations, text analysis, group work, portfolios, carers’ assessments, video/audio diaries, role plays and exams. Practice learning is also assessed by appropriately qualified nursing mentors and social work practice educators.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by research-active professionals within the fields of nursing and social work who have expert knowledge of a wide range of service settings.

Contributors to the programme also include people who have direct experience of services, specialist practitioners, senior managers and policy makers.

Social work education at Edge Hill University is provided in collaboration with the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership. The teaching partnership comprises of four universities, eight local authorities, two community NHS trusts and one voluntary sector organisation, drawn from the partnership’s geographical footprint across Greater Merseyside, Cheshire West and Chester, and West Lancashire.

A Great Study Environment

Three students discuss and make notes during a seminar.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

The leading edge clinical skills facilities include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at more than 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

Modules

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Year 1

PUP1200Contemporary Social Work (30 credits)

Contemporary Social Work introduces you to social work as a concept and an activity and locates it within both historical and contemporary frameworks. Core concepts underpinning the practice of social work are introduced as a means of providing you with both theoretical and conceptual frameworks within which to locate your practice. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the settings and contexts within which practice takes place and explore issues regarding inter-agency and inter-professional collaboration. The module introduces you to issues relating to social justice, structural inequality, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice. The importance of values and ethics, the nature of society and the range of practices undertaken by social workers and other professionals in identifying and responding to social need will also be considered.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

PUP1201Contemporary Nursing (30 credits)

Contemporary Nursing introduces contemporary nursing practice and explores the values and behaviours that underpin professional nursing practice across all fields. The module will familiarise you with the many factors that influence the health and social wellbeing of all individuals across the lifespan. You will explore the fundamental principles of health and wellbeing and gain an understanding of the skills, knowledge and values essential for the development of person and family-centred care. You will also gain key skills in the holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan and all fields of nursing.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PUP1202Foundations for Integrated Practice (30 credits)

Foundations for Integrated Practice prepares you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the needs and expectations of people across a range of health and social care settings. The module develops a variety of practice skills in preparation for your first placement experience. On every placement, you will be encouraged to seek feedback from service users and their carers in order to inform and enhance your practice and to gain an understanding of the health and care experience from the service user’s perspective. In preparation for registration with the professional bodies, personal development planning and portfolio development will be a key component of this module.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

PUP1203Foundation Science, Theory and Method in Nursing and Social Work (30 credits)

Foundation Science, Theory and Method in Nursing and Social Work provides an introduction to the life sciences that underpin nursing and social work. The focus of the module will be on the theory of biological, psychological, social sciences and the pharmacological contexts of contemporary practice. Developing your understanding of anatomy and physiology, as well as knowledge of the key psychosocial concepts that affect individuals, families, groups and communities, is essential in order to underpin the principles of safe and effective practice. A recognition of diversity and the need for anti-discriminatory practice will also be emphasised.


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

Year 2

PUP2240Adults Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context (30 credits)

Adults Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context provides you with the knowledge relating to current practice with adults within and across a diverse range of contexts and settings. It is a primary focus of government policy and professional practice to promote and support the wellbeing of adults, many of whom are vulnerable, and to ensure that their needs are addressed and that they are protected from harm. Practitioners need to understand the range of theories, legislation, policies and other structures that both frame and guide practice and must be able to transfer knowledge and skills across a range of contexts involving adults within different settings across the health and social work landscape. Inherent within this module is the need for you to engage critically with issues appertaining to agency and capacity, to consider the importance of critical awareness, working with uncertainty and in ethically challenging situations, and to gain effective and robust assessment skills.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PUP2241Children, Young People and Their Families Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context (30 credits)

Children, Young People and Their Families Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context provides you with the opportunity to develop your subject specific knowledge and a range of critical abilities to be able to deal confidently and competently with the complexities of children, young people’s health and social care needs. In doing so, you will consider the range of ethical and other dilemmas faced by practitioners operating within the arena of integrated health and social work provision. A case study approach will be used throughout the module as a means of providing you with the opportunity to work with real life scenarios facilitating effective linkage between theory and real world practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

PUP2242Law and Policy in Nursing and Social Work (30 credits)

Law and Policy in Nursing and Social Work builds upon knowledge of the legal and social policy frameworks within which social work and nursing practice is located. The module will enable you to examine some of the tensions and contradictions in the relationship between professional practice, the law and social policy. You will consider the relationship between legal rules, organisational context and professional practice, in addition to the professional duties and responsibilities of legal systems and their application to various practice settings. Exploring the relationship between law and professional practice, you will also examine the ethical and moral dimensions of applying the law in specific areas. The module will also enable you to build up your portfolio of relevant skills and provide a safe learning environment in which to rehearse these.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

PUP2243Developing Capability for Integrated Practice (30 credits)

Developing Capability for Integrated Practice enhances your knowledge, skills and behaviours in preparation for professional practice. Practice experiences, which include a 70 day social work placement, enable you to explore the challenges of working as part of a team with the opportunity to apply your learning to practice in nursing and social work environments. In accordance with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will develop an understanding of the needs of pregnant and postnatal women and build a range of skills that will support your developing competence and confidence in practice. Personal development planning is an additional, key component of this module.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

Year 3

PUP3260Enhancing Confidence and Capability for Integrated Practice (30 credits)

Enhancing Confidence and Capability for Integrated Practice provides an opportunity to evaluate the current challenges that inter-professional teams are facing, thereby also developing confidence in your own approach to integrated practice. The aim is for you to demonstrate the ability to work more independently, with less supervision, and the potential to work autonomously. In addition to nursing and social work placement experiences, there may be an opportunity for you to choose a national or international placement experience.


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

PUP3261Research Methods in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

Research Methods in Health and Social Care equips you with an understanding of the core philosophies, paradigms, methods and procedures that underpin quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research design and practice. In addition, the module emphasises the importance of the applied nature of research and other forms of enquiry.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PUP3262Aspects of International Health and Social Care (30 credits)

Aspects of International Health and Social Care encourages you to examine your own notions of ethnicity, race and culture and develop knowledge of diverse cultural groups and culturally sensitive health and social care. You will examine the impact of political, societal and geographical influences on the health and social care provision to groups of people and will explore health and social care systems from an international perspective.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PUP3266Working with Complexity with Individuals with Learning Disabilities in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

Working with Complexity with Individuals with Learning Disabilities in Health and Social Care facilitates your understanding of the associated complex health and social care needs of people with learning disabilities and the impact these have on the individual and/or their families and carers. The term ‘complex needs’ encapsulates a variety of factors ranging from congenital disorders, chronic health conditions, psycho-social issues, communication difficulties, behavioural challenges, palliative and end-of-life care. A key focus of this module is for you to develop a systematic awareness of the implications of the person with learning disabilities and their families, carers and service providers for these complex needs. You will have an opportunity to explore and analyse complexities and dilemmas generated in practice as you receive thorough preparation to work within the arena of complex care.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Year 4

PUP4110MNSW Dissertation (40 credits)

MNSW Dissertation enables you to develop and demonstrate research mindedness and evidence-based knowledge relevant to current nursing and social work practice and the wider practice context. You will be expected to focus on a specialist area of integrated nursing and social work theory and practice and work independently to develop advanced understanding of the role of research and of your particular area of enquiry. The module will enhance your comprehensive understanding of research methods and their application in order to advance scholarship in your discipline. Working autonomously in planning, implementing and producing an extensive piece of research that demonstrates self-direction and originality, you will carefully consider the dissemination and implementation of your research project.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PUP4111Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care (40 credits)

Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care prepares you to understand and inhabit the leadership role required of qualified professionals in contemporary health and social care. The module equips you with a critical understanding of professional, service and organisational leadership and the essential contribution of the professional in the process of managing change. Consequently, the module examines core theory and the research of leadership, organisations and change within a context of the evolving role and value base of the integrated practitioner in health and social care. You will develop the skills that produce and promote safe, responsive and efficient services for people in need of health and social care support and foster the commitment to professional accountability, practice research and continuing development that underpin effective practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

PUP4112Achieving Competence and Proficiency for Professional Registration (40 credits)

Achieving Competence and Proficiency for Professional Registration is a module that is predominantly facilitated in practice. It enables you to consolidate and apply your acquired integrated knowledge skills and values, with a focus upon leadership and decision-making. Integrated practice experiences in this module, which include 100 days in social work practice, will enhance your confidence to meet the more complex and co-existing needs of people within nursing and social work practice. You will undertake work of increasing complexity in order to achieve the professional competence required of a newly qualified social worker and registered nurse. The expectation will be for you to consistently demonstrate and promote evidence-based care with compassion, confidence, competence and appropriate attitudes as you take increasing responsibility for care delivery.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month prior to enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria 2019/20

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 128 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required. You will also need GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or nationally recognised equivalent).

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application. An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professionals Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 128 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: ABB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS levels that haven’t been continued to A2, and General Studies AS/A2 awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 128 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required. You will also need GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or nationally recognised equivalent).

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application. An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professionals Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 128 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: ABB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS levels that haven’t been continued to A2, and General Studies AS/A2 awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Career prospects are excellent as the programme offers you the opportunity to achieve a Masters level academic qualification and two professional awards.

Individuals with learning disabilities who have complex and long-term conditions increasingly require a greater understanding from a more integrated health and social care perspective. This programme prepares you to undertake professional roles which fulfil that need.

The University is working with prospective employers to identify future areas of employment for practitioners with dual Nursing and Social Work registration.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this integrated Masters degree in academic years 2019/20 or 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this integrated Masters degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective pre-registration health and social care students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

18th January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

The previous requirement for at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or nationally recognised equivalent) has been revised to GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or nationally recognised equivalent) only.