This new MSc course offers graduates from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to enter the nursing profession in two years. You will explore the value of people with learning disabilities as equal citizens and people who have a real contribution to make to your development as a caring professional nurse in this ﬁeld of practice. You will have the opportunity to study and develop specialist skills in communication, comprehensive health assessment, equality and issues related to professional practice. This includes the study of complex health needs, profound and multiple needs, care packages and therapeutic approaches to service users with learning disabilities. The course is designed to equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing person-centred care and building therapeutic relationships to support people with a learning disability across all ages, regardless of personal characteristics or aspects of their lifestyle and circumstances, together with their families, carers, and friends.The Pre-Registration Master’s in Learning Disability (LD) Nursing is a two-year postgraduate course which leads to eligibility to register as a Learning Disability Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course is aimed at individuals with a prior undergraduate degree and evidence of experience in health and social care. Previous undergraduate degrees may include (but are not limited to) health-related disciplines, psychology, criminology or sociology degrees. Those with non-health-related degrees must demonstrate extensive experience in the clinical health and social care sector. It is also suitable for existing nurses looking for dual qualification. The MSc in Learning Disability (LD) Nursing course will enable you to apply a wide range of creative interventions that will facilitate quality care in varying settings, allowing service users to experience valued and fulfilled lives across their lifespan. The course aim is to develop nurses to achieve a high level of clinical expertise to take a lead role in the provision of holistic, person-centred care in a range of health and social care settings. The MSc course will facilitate the LD Nurses to lead in the implementation and coordination of positive behavioural approaches, adapted mental and physical health interventions and additional clinical specialism including the provision of care in forensic and secure environments. The Master’s aims to ensure that knowledge and skills acquisition will allow the LD Nurses to provide effective support for individuals with learning disabilities, including profound and multiple disabilities within healthcare and educational settings. The course will be equipped with the necessary theory-practice skills in trans- and multi-disciplinary assessment, which is at the core of best practice. This innovative course requires individuals with excellent communication skills and a person-centred and empathetic approach to those with healthcare needs. Clinical placements are integral to the MSc Learning Disability Nursing, accounting for 50% of the course. This includes clinical practice in a healthcare setting (organised by the University) and practice learning with local practice partners. Learning Disability nurses work in collaboration with the individual experiencing Learning Disability issues and with a range of other health professionals to provide a multidisciplinary approach to person-centred care. You will complete placements across four practice modules in a variety of areas such as community, in-patient, primary care and other Learning Disability Nursing services. Practice assessment is divided into three parts which build on proficiencies required to become autonomous nurse practitioners.
All assessment methods are aligned to the Master's in Learning Disability Nursing programme objectives, and the learning outcomes of each module reflect the programme objective. The theory modules include a range of different assessments methods, such as critical appraisal essays, presentations, viva-voce (oral test), reports, practice assessment and the service improvement dissertation. A Practice Assessment Document (MYEPAD) and Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) enable you to provide evidence for the acquisition of the core clinical nursing skills and field-specific skill. The assessments are summative and are a requirement at the end of the practice modules.
Applicants for Pre-registration MSc in Learning Disability Nursing should ideally hold a good honours degree of 2:2 or above in a health-related subject However, applications with other degrees and relevant care experience will also be considered on an individual basis As the MSc in Learning Disability Nursing is a two-year course, there is a requirement to demonstrate completion of 460 practice hours in relevant health/care settings through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to meet the NMC standard of nursing education of 2300 practice hours. The RPL process will credit students for 460 hours to meet the stated NMC criteria. Applicants will be supported in the RPL process.* *Care is defined as activities that include washing, dressing, feeding or toileting of an individual, as well as nursing intervention procedures. Care encompasses meeting the physiological and psycho-social needs of the physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled people of all ages, in all healthcare and other community settings. This can be undertaken in a formal workplace environment, or informally in the family setting. Please contact the admissions tutor if you are unsure whether your experience meets the requirements above.
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