FdSc Nursing Associate

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Overview

UCAS Code:B745
Course Length:2 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020, January 2021
Department:Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:EE (A Level) or PPP (BTEC)
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Subject to written confirmation of accreditation.

  • Register as a qualified nursing associate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and join this growing profession;
  • Develop the skills and understanding required for a new role in the nursing team and work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses in a range of health care settings in England;
  • Benefit from a wide range of practice opportunities and experience caring for a diverse client group.

This foundation degree will help you to develop the skills, understanding and evidence-based practice needed to deliver care in a safe and compassionate way as a nursing associate. The role of nursing associate is a new position in the nursing team in England, where you will work across all four fields of nursing with healthcare workers and registered nurses. You will gain experience supporting a variety of people of all ages across a range of healthcare settings. Typical duties of a nursing associate may include undertaking clinical tasks, supporting individuals and their families and carers, performing and recording clinical observations, discussing and sharing information with registered nurses on a patient’s condition, behaviour, activity and responses, ensuring the privacy, dignity and safety of individuals is maintained, and recognising issues related to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults.

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In Depth

What will I study?

This two-year foundation degree is delivered within a supportive learning environment. It offers perspectives on health, ill health, health promotion and protection, life sciences and nursing practice in a range of settings. It comprises approximately 50% theory and 50% practice.

You will have the opportunity to achieve national proficiencies relating to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates. This will enable you to become an accountable professional, promote health and prevent ill health, provide and monitor care, work as part of a team, improve safety and the quality of care, and contribute to integrated care.

In Year 1 you will be introduced to the foundations for nursing associate practice in which you will develop knowledge of the principles that underpin professional practice and patient care.

In Year 2 you will prepare to undertake the professional role of the nursing associate and gain the skills and experience required to become a partner in care with both your patients and members of the multidisciplinary team.

This programme adheres closely to the NHS’ six core values. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations. Further information about the core values can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.

How will I study?

You will be taught through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and technology enhanced learning. The theory part of the programme typically involves attendance at university on two days per week. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some sessions may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

You will spend a substantial amount of time in practice. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis in hospitals, community settings and people’s homes. You will be supported by a practice placement supervisor, a practice education lecturer and a practice assessor.

Placements include weekend, 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. There is also an opportunity to undertake a diversity practice learning experience either within the United Kingdom or internationally.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous, assessed against Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies, where students are required to demonstrate evidence of their achievement. A range of assessments includes assignments, written exams, clinical reasoning and simulated practice exams. You will also be assessed in practice.

Who will be teaching me?

All lectures are delivered by professionals within the field of nursing as well as specialists in other areas. The programme team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working within the health and/or social care sector. Most importantly service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating your learning so that you gain an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.

A Great Study Environment

Two students prepare a syringe to use on a mannequin patient while using the clinical skills facilities which simulate a hospital ward.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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NUR1010The Foundations of Nursing Associate Practice (120 credits)

The Foundations of Nursing Associate Practice provides you with a foundation of the fundamental principles which underpin professional practice to equip you with the skills, knowledge and competencies required to deliver safe and effective care in a range of settings. The module covers the concepts of professionalism, accountability and personal and professional development, establishing the values required of a nursing associate and considering the parameters of person-centred care. You will gain expertise in nursing procedures necessary for real-world practice and develop communications skills for practice with a range of client groups, across a variety of settings, underpinned by knowledge of biology, psychology and sociology across the lifespan.


Assessment: Coursework: 25%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 50%.

NUR2010Preparing for the Role of the Nursing Associate (120 credits)

Preparing for the Role of the Nursing Associate recognises that research evidence underpins real-world practice. The module therefore supports the development and enhancement of critical thinking skills which can be applied to the delivery of person-centred care and patient safety. Preparation for the workplace is key to this module and the focus on care organisation as well as the delivery of care will enable you to position yourself as a partner to both the patient and interdisciplinary care teams. You will use evidence-based practice to develop your understanding of, and ability to provide, holistic care across the lifespan and to a range of groups and health and social care settings. As you progress towards registration, you will develop your coaching, supervision and delegation skills and gain an understanding of how research and reflection activities can enhance the quality of patient care and services.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.

Timetables

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. 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

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 32 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

You must also have GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

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 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 32 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: EE;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Pass, Pass, Pass (PPP);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3.

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

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 academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will gain eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified nursing associate, ready to join this growing profession in England.

As a nursing associate, you will gain experience of caring for people across the lifespan and will therefore be able to work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses across all four fields of nursing: adult, children’s, mental health and learning disabilities.

While nursing associate is a new and varied role within the nursing team, it also provides a platform from which to develop further. You may wish to train in a specialist field of nursing, for example, commencing your studies in Year 2 of a typical three-year degree, to become a qualified nurse. Alternatively, you could progress onto a non-professional BSc (Hons) award.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this foundation degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £6,165 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 foundation 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 2020/21 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2020.

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.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

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.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

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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Course Changes

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