A group of students walk near the Hub towards the western side of campus.

PGDip Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

Join a dedicated programme for registered nurses that enables you to train in a second field of nursing and gain eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified learning disability nurse.

  • Book an Open Day
  • Request a Prospectus
  • Download Course Leaflet
  • You can opt out at any time at the bottom of each email or by getting in touch.

    See our full privacy notice for details of how we use your information.

    • Professional Practice Placements
    • Professional Accreditation

    Overview

    Covid-19 - Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Essential Information

    View essential information and videos about the changes to teaching and learning and campus facilities from September 2020

    Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time, 18 Months Part-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021, January 2022
    Subjects: Nursing
    Location: Edge Hill University

    Recognising the increasingly integrated nature of health service delivery, this postgraduate diploma meets the demand for highly employable nurses who can work with complex morbidities across the lifespan and within different settings. It enables qualified adult, children’s and mental health nurses, who have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, to undertake an additional professional role in learning disability nursing. Through access to practice learning opportunities, you will enhance your personal and professional values and beliefs and develop into a highly competent, resilient and empowered second registrant. You will graduate eligible to register as a qualified learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way.

    • Student Support
    • Enquire Online
    • Live Chat
    • Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine building
    • Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

    In Depth

    What will I study?

    This postgraduate diploma 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.

    The programme offers a unique opportunity to acquire all of the proficiencies required in a second field of nursing, while consolidating your existing knowledge and skills. There will be a key focus on gaining the leadership and management skills required to enable a smooth transition to professional practice in your chosen additional field.

    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?

    Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials and technology enhanced learning will be used to deliver this programme. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some learning may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

    You will develop confidence in learning disability nursing through a combination of simulated education and extensive time in practice undertaken in hospitals 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 will 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 practice learning experience outside the region, within the United Kingdom or internationally.

    How will I be assessed?

    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 be 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

    Seven students sit around three tables in a seminar room in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine.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.

    Themes

    The programme adopts a non-modular approach which covers the entire year of full-time study and 18 months of part-time study.

    Contextualising Nursing Practice (120 credits)

    Contextualising Nursing Practice enables you to acquire all of the proficiencies required in a second field of nursing. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop clinical leadership skills across both learning disability nursing and your existing field of nursing specialism, ensuring you can provide truly seamless, integrated care to improve and enhance the experience of service users.

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

    Timetables

    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.

    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

    You must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse and provide evidence of having worked as a registrant in your intended second field.

    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.

    Applicants without a degree may be considered based on practice experience, subject to demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline, including an in-depth awareness of current issues. Skills in critical analysis and evaluation, as well as the ability to learn in a flexible, independent manner, are essential.

    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.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    You will graduate with an academic and professional qualification in learning disability nursing, building on your existing registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This will open an assortment of fascinating career opportunities across both fields of practice.

    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.

    Nursing and Midwifery Council registration is recognised the world over and following registration you can pursue a career in a variety of settings, including the NHS, private, voluntary and independent sectors. Career opportunities also include clinical practice, research, leadership, management and education. There are significant opportunities for further professional development and specialism, including the opportunity to progress to a Masters degree through the completion of a 60-credit dissertation.

    Finance

    Tuition Fees

    Tuition fees for full-time study on this Postgraduate Diploma are £9,250 for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 (subject to final Government approval).

    Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Diploma are £4,625 per annum for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 (subject to final Government approval).

    Tuition fees for EU students enrolling on postgraduate courses in academic year 2021/22 are still to be announced. If you are a prospective EU student, you are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2021.

    Apply

    How to Apply

    There is an online application process for this programme.

    Applications for September 2021 entry will open soon. Please keep checking this page for updates.

    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.

    Visit Us

    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

    If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

    If you would like to talk to the programme leader or deputy programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

    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.

    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. No material changes have been made to the information for this programme in that time. Any future amends will be tracked here.

    Covid-19 - Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Essential Information

    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.