This course is designed to enhance your knowledge and practice in order to lead and deliver care to patients/clients with acute and/or long-term musculoskeletal conditions or injuries. You will study 60 specialist credits in Trauma and Orthopaedic Care to equip you with a standard that is valued by employers seeking to recruit nurses to these services.
The course is subject to a minimum number of confirmed students.
Course content will focus on the provision of individualised holistic care, based on a sound knowledge of pathophysiology, trauma management and a range of long term musculoskeletal conditions, with an emphasis on current evidence for orthopaedic practice.
Leading and Delivering Specialist Care (6HW011)
(September to May – year long)
This year long module provides an opportunity to demonstrate specialist orthopaedic care and professional practice through assessment of competency and a reflective portfolio.
Module content includes:
Searching, interpreting and applying evidence to inform practice; Practice development; reflective analysis; portfolio development.
1. 10 specialist practice outcomes* whilst continuing to work in your normal practice setting (Pass/Refer) *you will require a practice mentor to assess your practice.
2 A reflective portfolio of evidence (100%) which supports your competency in orthopaedic practice.
Co-ordinating Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW013)
(September to January - Semester 1)
You will focus on the care and management of patients with a range of long term musculoskeletal conditions, evaluating current guidelines and evidence underpinning assessment, diagnosis and treatment strategies.Module content includes:
Orthopaedic care across the lifespan; pathophysiology; musculoskeletal assessment; options in initial management; complications; working in a multi professional team.
A case study (100%) detailing a coordinated approach to orthopaedic care for an individual (and his/her family).
Enhancing Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW014)
(January to May - Semester 2)
You will study pathophysiology and evaluate guidelines and evidence relating to trauma and emergency management in orthopaedic care. Module content includes:
Trauma and emergency orthopaedic care; management and treatment methods; consequences of pathophysiology; ongoing prevention and management of acute and longer term complications.
1. A written report on an aspect of practice (50%)
2. An oral assessment of your ability to articulate your learning and apply to practice (50%)
You should study the Orthopaedic Care Course with us as it provides an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into your practice whilst also gaining a (non Honours) degree qualification.
Your specialist modules are firmly reflective of service provision and coursework is clinically focused with an emphasis on service improvement.
The course provides you with a variety of flexible learning opportunities which are soundly based in the orthopaedic care arena.
As a student of the University, you may enjoy the support of a virtual learning environment that allows you to study at a time and place most convenient to you.
I've really appreciated the time you've spent and the knowledge you've given me in the past 18 mths. The 3 years as a student nurse gave me the foundations to practice but the last 18 mths with the specialised orthopaedic and acute modules has given me the skills and knowledge to manage and oversee good orthopaedic care, support other nurses and act quickly and appropriately when patients deteriorate or are compromised.
Sharon, BSc Nursing Studies (Orthopaedic Care) graduate
The impact of recent change and modernisation on the health services has inevitably affected the management of care. Many healthcare professionals will need to be able to work across care settings and manage large patient groups with co-morbidities. This is reflected in the flexibility of the award.
As the nursing profession becomes all-graduate, studying this award ensures you will have a similar qualification to newly registered nurses and will enable you to guide and support future nursing students.
This programme covers a variety of skills important for the development of a qualified nurse in a way which brings together theory and practice. Graduate nurses will reflect a knowledgeable and enterprising approach to healthcare and adopt a critical, analytical and imaginative approach to nursing practice.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.