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|Course Length:||2 Years Full-Time|
|Start Dates:||September 2021, September 2022|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
Please note, this programme is closed to further applications for September 2021 entry.
Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers to enter and on qualification registered nurses are employed in a variety of settings. Learning disability nurses work with people who have a diverse range of health conditions, some of whom will be facing the most challenging life events. As a learning disability nurse you will deliver care to a range of adults and children with learning disabilities, while also gaining a broader awareness of the needs of all client groups and meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. With access to practice learning placements, this Masters degree provides the opportunity for graduates to enter the nursing profession. It will enable you to register as a qualified learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), having developed the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way.
What will I study?
This two-year Masters degree is delivered in a supportive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to achieve nursing proficiencies, aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency, which represent the skills, knowledge and attributes that learning disability nurses must demonstrate.
In Year 1 you will focus on professionalism, communication, personal resilience and emotional intelligence. You will discover the principles of person-centred care, focus on the promotion of health and wellbeing, and engage in simulated education and practice placements where you will be supported by practice supervisors and assessors. You will also examine research methodologies and enhance your skills and understanding in evidence-based care.
Year 2 enhances your core and field-specific competencies in person-centred care. There will be a focus on leadership and management, evaluating care and working in teams, as well as disciplines such as pharmacology and medication management. You will also be introduced to the principles of organisational change and public policy and the development of political awareness. You will undertake further practice placements where you will confirm your achievement of nursing proficiencies in preparation for professional registration.
This programme adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. 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?
The programme places emphasis on independent learning, supported by classroom-based sessions and the use of technology enhanced learning. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.
You will develop clinical skills confidence through a combination of simulated education and extensive time in practice undertaken in hospital and community settings within the NHS, local authorities, and independent and voluntary organisations. You will be supported by a practice placement assessor and supervisor.
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 may also be the opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, either within the United Kingdom or internationally.
How will I be assessed?
In each year, you will be assessed by a written assessment, oral assessment, a simulated practical assessment and an examination.
While on practice placement, you will be supported in the development of the application of knowledge and skills, leading to the assessment of related proficiencies.
Who will be teaching me?
You will taught by professionals in learning disabilities nursing, other fields of nursing, and other specialist areas within health and social care.
The programme team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working in the health and 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
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.
Year 1: Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse (90 credits)
Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse provides you with a range of core and field-specific learning opportunities. You will learn the principles of person-centred care and assessment to understand why it is important to build a more complete picture of a person in terms of their physical, social and psychological needs. As nurses are paramount as promoters of good health, this year of study will also focus on promoting health and wellbeing, as well as the prevention of ill health. You will discover how to meet the health and social care needs of people and their families/carers during all life stages. Learning will also cover the importance of professional nursing principles. These include professional values, effective communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice, decision making, leadership, management and teamwork. A comprehensive introduction to research will also be provided that focuses on the value of evidence-based practice to inform safe, effective nursing care.
Assessment: Coursework: 50% , Written Exam(s): 25% , Practical(s): 25%
Year 2: Developing Nursing Practice (90 credits)
Developing Nursing Practice enhances your core and field-specific competencies. Additionally, you will build on your knowledge and understanding of leadership and management skills and effective teamwork while continuing to focus on the importance of evidence-based practice and person-centred approaches to assessment and care. Disciplines such as pharmacology and medication management will be included to further strengthen your knowledge, skills and understanding of safe, effective nursing practice. You will also gain knowledge of contemporary health and social care policy and legislation to gain insight into how such processes influence the delivery of nursing care.
Assessment: Coursework: 50% , Written Exam(s): 25% , Practical(s): 25%
You can expect to receive your timetable at 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 or evening of the week.
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.
You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). Health-related subjects are preferred but not essential. Other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.
An interview forms part of the selection process.
Pre-registration nursing programmes are typically three years in duration so, in order to join this two-year MSc, you will be required to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This will be in the form of three short pieces of written work (essays) and evidence which will also confirm that you have met a minimum of 700 hours of appropriate health-related occupational or voluntary experience. Further details about RPL, including guidance on the development of your three short academic essays, will be sent to you upon successful completion of an interview.
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.
What are my career prospects?
Learning disability nurses work to ensure that the wider health and social needs of individuals with learning disabilities are met across the lifespan. Working alongside individuals and those close to them, they promote and maintain physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing. They also support individuals and groups of people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible. This may include the teaching of skills which are required to support everyday living, access to employment, promoting good health and wellbeing, as well as supporting and managing more complex health-related needs.
Following registration as a learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you can pursue a career in settings including residential homes, supported living accommodation, assessment and treatment units, and specialist learning disabilities teams in the community. Increasingly, qualified learning disabilities nurses are acquiring posts within mainstream services as health facilitators and specialist advisors to support people with learning disabilities.
This course will also prove useful in the areas of leadership, management and consultancy, as well as education and research. There are significant opportunities for further professional development and specialism.
If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum (subject to final Government approval).
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
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.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. This includes a training grant of at least £5,000 per annum for Nursing students.
Please note, unless you are applying to Student Finance Wales, if you are applying to study an MSc Nursing pathway, for student finance purposes you should apply for financial support as if you are an undergraduate Nursing student rather than for postgraduate funding. Student Finance Wales treat the programme as a postgraduate course.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2021.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.
How to Apply
There is an online application process for this programme.
Applications for September 2022 entry will open later this year.
Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information 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.
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 our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.
Request a Prospectus
If you would like to explore our full range of taught Masters degrees, MBA awards and our Masters by Research (MRes) degree before you apply, you can order a postgraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradprospectus.
Get in Touch
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Course ChangesExpand 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.
1st May 2020 - Change to Programme Structure
The course will be non-modular in nature with effect from September 2020 entry.
NUR4000 Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse (90 credits) replaces PUP4001 Care Coordination in Evidence Based Practice (30 credits), PUP4002 Critically Appraising Research Methods (30 credits), PUP4095 Developing Competence in Inter-Professional Practice (20 credits) and PUP4096 Enhancing Competence in Inter-Professional Practice (20 credits) as core study in Year 1.
NUR4001 Developing Nursing Practice (90 credits) replaces PUP4099 Achieving Competence in Inter-Professional Practice (20 credits), PUP4103 Person-Centred Holistic Care for Individuals with Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs (30 credits) and PUP4104 Leadership in Professional Practice (30 credits) as core study in Year 2.
1st May 2020 - Changes to Entry Requirements
There is no longer a requirement for GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) or to provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application.
The RPL requirements for this course have also changed. Since pre-registration nursing programmes are typically three years in duration, in order to join this two-year MSc it is necessary to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This will now be in the form of three short pieces of written work (essays) and evidence which will also confirm that a minimum requirement of 700 hours of appropriate health-related occupational or voluntary experience has been met. Further details about RPL, including guidance on the development of your three short academic essays, will be sent to you upon successful completion of an interview.
There has been a further minor clarification to the degree requirements to advise that health-related subjects are preferred but not essential.
Covid-19 - Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Essential Information
Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Course StatementIn line with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, delivery will consist of face-to-face delivery by lecturers. This will be a mix of live interactive teaching in an online environment and attendance on campus. Attendance in clinical practice is also an essential part of the programme. For the theory component of the programme, there will be campus attendance and online learning comprising of synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support. For practice learning, you will attend clinical practice where student safety has been assured. This will include learning using simulation, which will be either on campus or via virtual learning environments. Attendance on campus will be compliant with current Public Health England guidelines. If government advice allows, there will a minimum of six hours on-campus attendance on one day per week. This may include theoretical learning, pastoral/academic support and/or independent learning activities.
Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020
In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.
Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020
In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.