The University of Wolverhampton

BNurs (Hons)Learning Disability Nursing at Walsall Campus

Aims

Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton provides exciting, challenging opportunities to work with people, providing care across a range of diverse health and social care settings. It is a demanding vocation which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem solve, work independently and as part of a team.

The BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective nursing care to people with learning disabilities and if successful register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practice as a Learning Disability Nurse in a variety of health and social care settings. This is a professional vocational award that carefully integrates theory and practice with 50% of the programme delivered in practice and 50% within the University.

It is designed from a person-centred, practice focused perspective to equip you with the increasingly complex practice skills required by today’s healthcare profession. We prepare you to practice in the 21st century by developing your skills in therapeutic communication and your understanding of the uniqueness of individuals. The course aims to provide a professional award that will provide students’ with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to enable people with Learning Disabilities to achieve their full potential.

When you successfully complete the BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing course you will be able to register with the nursing governing body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This allows you to use the title ‘Registered Nurse’ (RN).

You can find out more about careers in Learning Disability Nursing at our Learning Disability Nursing Careers Awareness Days.

Entry requirements

2013 Entry

GCSEs at grade C or above in an English based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).

PLUS EITHER

  • 240 UCAS points with a minimum of 200 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Diploma at a MMM grade/ BTEC National Certificate at a DD grade
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade MMM/BTEC QCF Diploma at grade DD
  • OCR National Diploma at a D grade / OCR National Extended Diploma at a M3 grade
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma at a C grade
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. You are also required to achieve 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics if you have not already achieved GCSE English and Maths at grade C.
  • Foundation degrees /HND/ HNC will be considered with GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent.

Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees will be considered without the GCSE requirement

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be subsequently required to meet enhanced CRB checks and Occupational Health requirements.

Please note only students meeting the eligibility criteria for an NHS bursary can be accepted on this course. Please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students for further information relating to residency and eligibility criteria.

Fees and finance

The funding information for the BNurs (Hons) Nursing and BSc (Hons) Midwifery courses commencing academic year 2012/2013 is summarised as follows:

2013/4 data will be available from March 2013 onwards.
  • Course Tuition Fees will be paid in full by the NHS.
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS Grant (not means-tested) of £1000.
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS means–tested Bursary (45 week course) - Living with Parents up to £3351 / NOT living with parents up to £4395 - These figures may be reduced according to the income of parents, spouse or partner.
  • NHS Dependants Allowance is available to students with dependent children and/or dependent partner – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • NHS Childcare Grant is available to students with dependent children who require OFSTED registered childcare – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • Students are eligible to apply for a Student Loan - Living with parents £1744 / NOT Living with parents £2324.

Students apply for their Bursary, Grant and additional allowances (dependants allowance and childcare grant) through the NHS Student Grants Unit at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students but must apply for their Student Loan at http://www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance.

Employability

This course will build and develop upon your knowledge and skills as a practitioner working with people with learning disabilities in a variety of settings. The management and organisation of service provision is constantly changing and developing in line with health and social care policy and you are working with and being involved with such changes.

Hence you need to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance your employability and to accept the greater responsibilities that these changes will bring and to be prepared for such changes.

Employability’ is concerned with the development of skills aimed at enhancing your employment prospects in learning disability services throughout your time here at the University of Wolverhampton. Developing specialist subject and academic knowledge is important for employers but they also want to employ individuals who are able to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Work in a team and have good interpersonal skills.
  • Solve problems
  • Work on their own using their own initiative and are able to adapt to changing situations
  • Be self-confident
  • Demonstrate flexible and transferable skills whilst working in a variety of settings

This course will assist you in developing your skills to analyse practice by using appropriate evidence to improve service delivery and to promote empowerment for life chances and healthy lifestyles for people with learning disabilities

Accreditation

The course has been accredited and validated by the Nursing and midwifery council and the University of Wolverhampton, through a partnership arrangement with local stakeholders, who have approved both our professional and academic awards.

Course content

In order to meet all of these requirements you will need to fulfil a set number of hours of study which are compulsory, this will include attendance both in the University and in your designated practice areas.

Your course has been specially designed to provide you with the opportunity to fulfill the requisite number of hours. These have been agreed as 4600 hours in three years. 50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% in practice areas.

When you are working in placement areas you will be required to demonstrate professional conduct at all times. Your placement experiences will include providing nursing care to some of societies’ most vulnerable people, the elderly, those who are physically ill or have a physical disability, a learning disability, and those who have perhaps been through some very challenging situations. In order to ensure all the people you care for are protected and kept safe, you will be expected to abide by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance for student nurses. In addition we will expect you to conduct yourself in a highly professional manner and this will form part of our assessment of you in practice.

Learning Disability field students study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field specific (Learning Disability focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences. Your practice experiences will assist you in developing practical skills and professional awareness.

Your modules will also contain a range of key skills which are essential for lifelong learning, including numeracy (essential for medicines management), information technology, communication and working with others, problem solving and how to improve your learning.

The course aims to help you prepare yourself to adapt to new roles and the environments you will be working in. You will continuously learn in order to develop your nursing knowledge and skills as the start of your career progression. Theoretical material will reflect the requirements of the National Health Service and Social Care Services and the changing needs of today’s population.

Practice experiences will build throughout the course and will include a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, community placements and the independent/ voluntary care sector. There will be opportunities to learn with other fields of nursing and other health related disciplines. At the end of the third year you may opt to undertake a placement overseas.

By successfully achieving all components of the BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing course you will be entitled to register as a Nurse.

Outcomes

As a Registered Nurse you will:

  1. Meet the NMC Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education.
  1. Provide nursing care that is safe, effective and ethical and assume full responsibility and accountability for your own practice as a Nurse registered on the NMC register within the legal framework of the country in which you are employed.
  1. Reflect upon and critically evaluate evidence to reach sound nursing judgements and exercise effective decision making in complex situations within the learning disability sphere of practice.
  1. Critically examine the impact of political, professional and social contexts on your provision of person centred learning disability nursing care within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  1. Effectively apply your learning to identify, manage and lead enterprising innovations and service improvements in learning disability practice.
  1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced technologies to quality assure and enhance your learning disability nursing practice and maintain your life-long learning.

Why Wolverhampton?

BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing course enables you to experience:

  • Excellent opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning across all nursing pathways and with midwifery, social work and social care students.
  • Excellent placement opportunities across a range of health, education, day services and social care settings
  • Opportunities to contribute to national and regional Learning Disability conferences
  • Opportunities to publish in national learning disability journals
  • Opportunities to participate in national and regional research projects
  • International placement opportunities such as Spain, Finland, Norway

You are currently entitled to a NHS means tested bursary and your course fees are currently paid by the NHS

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