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SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY

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WELCOME to th e

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY At the School of Nursing and Midwifery, we are well known for providing excellent levels of support and encouragement to all our students. In fact, our student-focused approach is recognised both locally and nationally, with our courses rating consistently high in one of the country’s most respected university league tables. Our courses are also highly rated by employers. That’s because we go to great lengths to make sure they meet the needs of healthcare providers, service users and carers. Study with us for your nursing or midwifery degree and you will be taught by professors and lecturers with considerable expertise in both teaching and clinical practice. While to help you make the most of your time with us, we will support your studies with opportunities for practice and work experience. Our pre-registration courses will allow you to gain both the academic and professional qualifications necessary to work as either a registered nurse or midwife in the UK or even overseas. Through placements in acute hospital settings and in the community, you will explore the dynamic, highly rewarding world of either nursing or midwifery, gaining the valuable skills that will help you catch the eye of employers upon graduation. With all our courses focused on improving nursing or midwifery care, we are sure you will find studying with us to be exciting, challenging and rewarding. To find out more about us, please visit: www.staffs.ac.uk/nursing Roy Thompson, Head of School

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WELCOME

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


It is a pleasure being the Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, working with a dedicated team of academics and practitioners, all of whom are committed to nursing and midwifery education. The reward to me is the positive feedback from employers and patients as to how our students enhanced the care delivery. Roy Thompson, Head of School

CONTENTS: Introduction

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Key Facts

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School Overview

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The Staffordshire Graduate

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Open Days

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Courses: At a Glance

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Our Courses

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Funding your Study

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How to Apply

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KEY FACTS

Here are just a few key reasons why we believe you should study with us. To really find out if we’re right for you, please come along to one of our Open Days. We’d love to meet you.

HIGH RANKING Intending to study Nursing or Midwifery with us? Then you’ll be joining one of the top universities in the UK for your course.

A DYNAMIC CURRICULUM Our Nursing and Midwifery pre-registration courses have been updated during 2013. This updating involved listening to current students, employers, service users and carers to ensure we address all the contemporary issues within the Nursing and Midwifery professions.

BOOST YOUR

CLINICAL SKILLS Our clinical skills laboratories are available for you to use, so you can safely practice and rehearse your practical skills under the supervision of expert staff.

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PRACTICE PATIENT CARE 50% of your course will be delivered in clinical practice. Your placements will take place in hospital settings and within the community, all to give you an understanding of how nurses and midwives have to alter their approach to deliver patient care.

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


STUDY

A SUPPORTIVE

ENVIRONMENT

OVERSEAS

Our entire focus is on helping you achieve your best. You will have a personal tutor throughout your course. They will provide support during your studies and help you develop and grow both academically and professionally.

Towards the end of your studies, you can plan, organise and complete a short clinical learning opportunity in an area of specific interest. This learning can take place locally, nationally or even overseas – the choice is yours.

PROFESSIONAL

DEVELOPMENT

EXPERT

TEACHING WORK-READY

WORLD-READY On successful completion of one of our professional courses, you’ll be equipped to apply for registration with the United Kingdom’s regulator of nurses and midwives. You will also gain the qualities of ‘The Staffordshire Graduate’ and have the knowledge, attributes and expertise that employers look for.

Your pre-registration course is only the start of your professional life. Once qualified, you could develop advanced skills through our wide range of post-qualifying modules and courses.

Our courses are delivered by academics that have worked in clinical practice and can help you relate the theory to its practical application. You’ll find that their considerable expertise will bring the subjects you study to life.

HIGH GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT

100% of our 2011 Midwifery Practice graduates were in employment six months after graduation. (Source: HESA DLHE 2011)

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A SCHOOL WITH

A REAL-WORLD

REPUTATION… It would be hard to find a more fascinating, diverse and challenging career than that of a nurse or midwife – and it could also be hard to find a better place to study for your pre-registration degree than the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Staffordshire University. Our pre-registration undergraduate courses in Midwifery, Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing and Mental Health Nursing give you the opportunity to gain both an academic award and a professional qualification. Once qualified you could then further enhance your professional skills by completing a module in an area of interest – such as infection control or nurse prescribing. Or you could work towards an additional professional qualification in, for example, Practice Nursing, District Nursing, School Nursing or Health Visiting. Whatever you decide, now or in the future, we will be there to guide, support and advise you, to help you make informed choices and explore the considerable opportunities for work, study and research in the field of nursing or midwifery.

OUR SUBJECT AREAS: ADULT NURSING Adult Nurses deliver care during times of sudden ill health, by assisting individuals to recover from and manage their health issues. In addition to this role, they play an important part in promoting health with individual patients and their families. Adult Nurses don’t only work in hospitals. They practice in environments where care is needed – such as in someone’s home, in a walk in centre, factory or prison.

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OUR COURSES REPUTATION REAL-WORLD

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


CHILDREN’S NURSING Children’s Nursing involves caring for babies, infants, children and young people up to 18 years of age. This means nurses have to understand about physical and emotional development in order to provide appropriate care of both the child and their family, often during very difficult and emotional times. Children’s Nursing offers an exciting, interesting, challenging and particularly rewarding career.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING Mental Health Nursing involves working with people of all ages. It can range from working with a family where a child needs support, through to working with adults who have severe depression or dementia. Mental Health Nursing requires patience and perseverance, as it can take several weeks or even months to help someone change their behaviour. But the benefits can directly enhance the quality of that person’s life.

MIDWIFERY Our Midwifery programme will equip you with the necessary clinical and academic skills to work as a midwife in a range of settings. It will enable you to fulfil the lead practitioner role, promoting and enhancing normal birth, as well as providing care for women with high-risk and complex pregnancies. Your course will also include the opportunity to co-ordinate care and support for women and their partners throughout their childbearing experience.

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We are proud of our strong graduate employment rate; 71% of our students went into graduate level jobs within 6 months of graduating, earning an average salary of £21,000.* *Source: Staffordshire University ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey 2011 (based on those surveyed and employed within 6 months)

our graduates

make the world what it is.

You’ll find Staffordshire graduates all around the world – in successful careers across business, commerce, industry, media, the arts and the professions.

A FUTURE

Every one of them has left the University fully equipped; not simply with the academic qualifications, skills and experience to hit the ground running in their chosen career, but with a good idea of what’s expected of them in the real world. Study at Staffordshire and we’ll help you to develop the skills and qualities necessary for success in the 21st Century. By working together, we’ll aim to equip you to become ‘The Staffordshire Graduate’ – an individual with the knowledge, personal attributes and expertise that employers look for, and the ability to stand out in the job market. With a thorough understanding of your chosen field, you’ll be a reflective, critical learner with a truly global perspective. Work-ready and highly employable, you’ll also fully understand the importance of being enterprising and entrepreneurial – essential skills whether you go into employment or start your own business. When you graduate from Staffordshire University, you’ll also be in some very good company. Our graduates have gone on to become leading names in industry, successful stage and TV actors, coroners, lawyers and computer games designers. Some have made their name in media, health, HR, science and sport. Others have been employed in the production of Hollywood blockbusters. While others have used the skills and knowledge they gained with us to set up successful companies.

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THE GRADUATE OUR STAFFORDSHIRE COURSES

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


A fantastic opportunity “I’m glad I chose Staffordshire University. The nursing and midwifery team gave me the opportunity to work within four different paediatric inpatient settings and a wide variety of community placements. During my three years’ training, I worked on general paediatric wards; Ear, Nose and Throat; Special Care Baby Units; A&E, and an Orthopaedic specialist ward. I was also able to work with health visitors, community nurses, school nurses and other professionals – such as child protection specialists, child psychologists, epilepsy and asthma nurse specialists, and even palliative care workers. The University gave me the chance to experience nursing in a number of settings. My placements allowed me to appreciate the importance of nurses in the community and their role in ensuring children develop in as normal an environment as possible. 9

Fully supported Clinical placements are a fantastic opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt in lectures. Working alongside skilled nurses, I was offered support from mentors and co-mentors to achieve objectives set by myself, and the University to meet the demands of the care setting. In all my placements, I felt fully supported and was able to form positive professional relationships with my mentor and other members of the team, in order to contribute to the ward and develop professionally. As I gained confidence, I was able to facilitate the care of my own patients, working alongside my mentor and making decisions based on my observations and assessment of the patient. As a student I felt I was at times in a better position to build good relationships with families in order to gain trust than some staff nurses. I will always remember when a young adolescent told me how nice it was that I had taken 10 minutes out of my day to stop and have a conversation with her. I honestly believe this made the world of difference to her day. When undertaking written assessments, I again felt very well supported. Tutors and lecturers were always available for tutorials and easily accessed by email. All my assignments were geared towards Paediatric nursing and always included the opportunity to research areas of interest, or where my knowledge was lacking. The library contained a vast amount of books, ranging from anatomy and physiology to specialist literature, such as asthma care. Staffordshire University fully equipped me with the skills and knowledge I needed to undertake my job as a Staff Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. I have, however, learnt that your learning as a nurse only really begins when you set foot on the wards as a staff nurse. Staffordshire University has a very good reputation for producing knowledgeable and highly skilled nurses – which I feel is due to the wide range of opportunities given to students.” Kirsty Lewis – RN Dip. Nursing Practice (Children’s) Staff Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London

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Nursing Standard Nurse Of The Year

“I did my nursing training at Staffordshire University and qualified with a BSc in Child Health in 2004. After qualifying, I took up a post in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I’m now working as a Staff Nurse at HMP Stafford. I wanted to let you, and all the other tutors that helped and supported me through my nurse training, know that in March I won ‘Nursing Standard Nurse Of The Year 2012’. So many thanks for all the support that I received during my time as a student with you. If at any time you’d like me to come into the University and give a talk to the student nurses, I would be more than happy to.” Johanne Tomlinson, BSc(Hons) Nursing Practice (Children’s) BSc(Hons)Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

“The lecturers are really friendly and approachable. I always feel supported by them, and know if I have any problems I can talk to my personal tutor. The variety of clinical placements has given me the opportunity to link the knowledge I have gained in University to clinical settings, developing my confidence, communication and nursing skills. I have had lots of great experiences in practice and look forward to a future in nursing.” Hayley Smith, BSc(Hons) Nursing Practice (Children’s)

“Recently a friend asked me what was the best part of my job. My answer: seeing our nursing students emerge as confident and enthusiastic professionals, with a knowledge and skill set which can positively change the future of nursing. The knowledge that I have contributed in part is true job satisfaction.” Leisa Meigh, Children’s Nursing lecturer

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OUR COURSES

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship are the key skills of a Staffordshire Graduate.

The skills to help you succeed. Nowadays, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the university you choose equips you for success in the world of work.

Employability We will help you develop the talents, knowledge and personal attributes necessary to be more likely to gain employment, have the capability to be effective in the workplace and successful in your chosen career.

As a Staffordshire Graduate you will: Have an understanding of the forefront of knowledge in your chosen field Be prepared to be work-ready and employable, and understand the importance of being enterprising and entrepreneurial

Enterprise

Have an understanding of global issues and of their place in a globalised economy Be an effective communicator and presenter and be able to interact appropriately and confidently with a range of colleagues Have developed the skills of independence of thought and, where appropriate, social interaction through teamwork Have the ability to carry out inquiry-based learning and critical analysis Be a problem solver and creator of opportunities Be technologically, digitally and information literate Be able to apply Staffordshire Graduate attributes to a range of life experiences – to facilitate life-long learning and life-long success

Being enterprising involves having the skills and ability to identify opportunities and even find new solutions to old problems. With enterprising skills, you will be creative in your approach and understand both risk-taking and innovation. Employers value enterprising people.

Entrepreneurship Being entrepreneurial often involves calling on enterprising skills to create new businesses and ideas and bring them to market. Being entrepreneurial also involves thinking and behaving in a way that enables you to come up with new methods of doing things well and having the foresight to change career direction.

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COME

SEE US

FOR YOURSELF

The only way to find out if university really is the place for you, is to come and see us in person. Why not bring your family and friends too – you’ll all be made to feel very welcome.

So book a place on one of our Open Days during 2013 Saturday 19 October 2013 Saturday 16 November 2013 We’ve packed lots of information and activities into our Open Days so that you’ll get a real feel for what life here is like. As well as a tour of the campus, you can check out the Students’ Union, library and IT suites, take a look at our sporting facilities and see the halls of residence where you may be living. You’ll get the chance to meet expert lecturers, see live demonstrations of lab and studio sessions, chat to current students and attend a presentation relevant to your chosen subject area. It’s also an opportunity to gather lots of practical hints and tips. There’ll be workshops on managing your student finances and ways to fund your study, plus useful advice on how to write a strong personal statement. You’ll go away with a much better idea of everything Staffordshire University has to offer. And, most importantly, you’ll be fully equipped to make one of the most important decisions of your life. Learn more about our Open Days or book your place at: www.staffs.ac.uk/opendays

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OPEN DAYS

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


COURSE LIST

Here’s a list of our current undergraduate courses. Specific course information is available online or you can request information to be sent to you by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/prospectus or call our Enquiry Team on 01782 294400.

2014 Course Title

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MIDWIFERY PRACTICE BSc (Hons) B720 300

Stafford and NHS Funded Shrewsbury

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NURSING PRACTICE (ADULT) BSc(Hons) B740 260

Stafford or Shrewsbury

NHS Funded

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NURSING PRACTICE (CHILDREN’S) BSc(Hons) B730 260

Stafford or Shrewsbury

NHS Funded

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NURSING PRACTICE (MENTAL HEALTH) BSc(Hons) B760 260

Stafford or Shrewsbury

NHS Funded

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The fees listed within this document are for 2014/15 entry. * Adult, Children’s and Mental Health Nursing courses are delivered at both our Stafford and Shrewsbury sites please contact us to confirm the site of the course you are interested in. * Children’s Nursing has one intake per year in September. * Adult and Mental Health Nursing courses have intakes in September and March.

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BSc(Hons) MIDWIFERY PRACTICE UCAS code: B720

Key Facts School:

Nursing and Midwifery

Location:

Stafford and Shrewsbury

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fee:

NHS Funded

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 300 A levels: BBB (a science and/or health care related subjects are preferred). To include GCSE grade C in Mathematics and English and a Science subject, preferably Biology. All applicants are individually assessed. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

At a glance Midwives are key professionals in ensuring that women have a safe and emotionally satisfying experience during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. They work in partnership with women and their partners to provide support, care and advice during their childbearing experience and help parents to have a confident start to family life. The aim of this three year midwifery programme is to equip you with the necessary clinical and academic skills to work in a range of settings and to meet the new challenges and opportunities for midwives in the coming decade. The programme will enable graduates to fulfil the lead practitioner role, to promote and enhance normal birth and provide care for women with high-risk and complex pregnancies. The education environment in the University, the enthusiastic teaching team and the variety of clinical placement settings with a high normal birth rate, provide the perfect opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required. You will develop skills of reflection, critical thinking and complex decision making and will be provided with the opportunity to provide and co-ordinate care and support for women and their partners throughout their childbearing experience. In the latter part of the programme you will develop independence, initiative, problem solving skills and leadership qualities that are vital for the future of midwifery practice. The programme is delivered in a blended learning format, an innovative teaching strategy that enables face to face and online learning. Learning is delivered through Blackboard - an interactive visual learning environment - enabling a connection to university from your home or local library. Face to face learning is provided through attendance at University for either one day a week or in blocks of three to four days a week. You will also have the opportunity of inter-professional education with students from other disciplines.

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The programme is modular in format and a variety of teaching and learning strategies are used and so take account of individual learning needs. The proportion of learning in theory and practice is 50/50. Through the programme you will develop a broad knowledge base relating to midwifery theory and biological sciences, together with the application of related sciences, sociology, psychology, philosophy, ethics, law and spirituality to midwifery practice. Extensive practical experience will give you the opportunity to develop as a clinician with the integration of theory and practice and the provision of evidence-based care. Assessments of theory are varied and assessments in practice are conducted by midwife mentors, with the aim of ensuring that you are competent in practice. During the final year you will have the opportunity to extend your knowledge and understanding of midwifery by undertaking an elective placement, either locally, within the UK or abroad. Successful completion of the midwifery degree programme allows graduates to register as a midwife and to apply for posts within NHS Trusts, HM Armed Forces, private healthcare sector or to practice independently or gain employment abroad. You will then have the opportunity to follow a career in midwifery practice, research or education. We also offer an 18-month midwifery programme for those registered with the NMC as a nurse level 1 - Adult. Applications for for this programme should be made directly to the Faculty of Health Sciences. An interview, enhanced DBS check and occupational health screening (including TB, hepatitis B and C and HIV) form part of our selection process. All students on Health and Social Care pre-qualifying awards are required to sign a Contract of Professional Behaviour on commencement of the award.

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


Course outline Year 1 (Core) • Prenatal Care and the Midwife • Birth and the Midwife • Transition to Parenthood • Developing Skills for Midwifery Practice • Clinical Placements in Community and Midwife-led Unit Year 2 (Core) • Introduction to Medicine and Surgery • Developing Evidence-based Midwifery Care • Promoting Women’s Health and Wellbeing • Partnerships in Practice • Clinical Placements in Medicine, Surgery, Antenatal, Postnatal and Labour Ward Year 3 (Core) • Contemporary Midwifery Practice and Leadership • Promoting Neonatal Health • Research Methods and Appraisal for Midwifery Practice • Clinical Placements in Community, Neonatal Unit, Antenatal, Postnatal and Labour Ward • Elective Experience

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BSc(Hons) NURSING PRACTICE (ADULT) UCAS code: B740

Key Facts School:

Nursing and Midwifery

Location:

Stafford or Shrewsbury

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fee:

NHS Funded

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 260 A levels: BCC typically. GCSE grade C in Maths, English and a Science. All applicants are individually assessed and a range of qualifications are accepted so applicants are invited to enquire directly with the School. Detailed entry requirements can be found online by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – graduates from the programme will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC.

At a glance Employment opportunities for nurses are varied and exciting, offering a dynamic and fulfilling career. Locally we have an excellent employment record for the nurses we have educated and who have successfully graduated from Staffordshire University. Our graduates find employment with a range of local and national employers providing acute or community services in both the NHS and independent sectors. Some of our graduates also take the opportunity to use this internationally recognised qualification to work and travel abroad. The RN/BSc(Hons) Nursing Practice (Adult) is an honours degree offering a challenging programme with a strong emphasis on the application of academic study to the practice of nursing. Throughout the three years, you will undertake a number of clinical placements in a range of settings linked to the theory you will be studying in the School. The course is delivered over an extended academic year (45 weeks), with 50% of the course based in clinical practice in a variety of hospital and community settings. You will need to travel to placements, plus work shifts to gain the full range of learning experiences.

Adult nursing also involves the promotion of good health and working in the community setting as well as hospitals. Please note: An interview, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and occupational health screening form part of our selection process. All students will be required to sign the Health and Social Care awards Contract of Professional Behaviour at the start of the programme.

Course outline Year 1 (Core) • Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviour • Evidence in Contemporary Health Care • Clinical Skills for Nursing • Adult Nursing Practice Year 2 (Core) • Evidence-based Nursing Practice Skills • Care of the Older Adult • Community-based Care • Developing Adult Nursing Practice Year 3 (Core) • Competent Adult Nursing Care • The Graduate Nurse (Adult Field)

Year 1 focuses on studying your chosen field of nursing. You will gain an introduction to the principles of nursing along with the underpinning disciplines and begin to develop the essential care skills necessary across nursing. The integration of theory and practice is supported by a variety of clinical placements. As you progress through your course the specific skills and knowledge you receive to practice as an adult nurse increases, so that on successful completion you will gain an Academic qualification of BSc(Hons) and will be eligable to register as an Adult Nurse. Adult nursing is concerned with the care of people from the age of 18 and above. The work of an adult nurse ranges from the delivery of care to people during time of sudden or severe ill health, to that of assisting an individual to recover and mange an illness that they may have to live with for the rest of their life.

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To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


BSc(Hons) NURSING PRACTICE (CHILDREN’S) UCAS code: B730

Key Facts

At a glance Employment opportunities for nurses are varied and exciting, offering a dynamic and fulfilling career. Locally, we have an excellent employment record for the nurses we have educated and successfully graduated from Staffordshire University. Our graduates find employment with a range of local and national employers with some of our graduates also taking the opportunity to use this internationally recognised qualification to work and travel abroad.

During your course, you will gain experience in a variety of clinical placements, you will care for children from birth to 18 years old. This will include healthy and acutely ill children and those with longterm conditions and complex needs. Please note: An interview, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and occupational health screening form part of our selection process.

Stafford or Shrewsbury

The RN/BSc(Hons) Nursing Practice (Children’s) is an honours degree offering a challenging programme with a strong emphasis on the application of academic study to the practice of nursing.

Course outline

Fee:

Throughout the three years you will undertake a number of clinical placements in a range of settings. The course is delivered over an extended academic year, with 50% of the course based in clinical practice in a variety of hospital and community settings. You will need to travel between different sites for some placements, plus work shifts to gain the full range of learning experiences. The programme consists of child field specific learning from the beginning with some shared learning with other disciplines throughout. Year 1 focuses on an introduction to the principles of nursing along with the underpinning disciplines and begin to develop the essential care skills necessary across nursing. The integration of theory and practice is supported by a variety of clinical placements. Each year must be successfully completed before you can progress into the following year. In the subsequent two years, the Field Programme allows you to focus upon Children’s Nursing. On successful completion, you will gain an academic qualification and will be eligible for registration as a nurse.

School:

Nursing and Midwifery

Location:

Duration:

3 years full-time

NHS Funded

Year 1 (Core) • Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviours • Evidence in Contemporary Health Care • Clinical Skills for Nursing • Children’s Nursing Practice Year 2 (Core) • Developing Children’s Nursing Practice • Valuing and Protecting Children • Evidence-based Nursing Practice – Skills • Community-based Care Year 3 (Core) • Competent Children’s Nursing Practice • The Graduate Nurse (Children’s)

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 260 A levels: BCC typically. GCSE grade C in Maths, English and a Science. All applicants are individually assessed and a range of qualifications are accepted so applicants are invited to enquire directly with the School. Detailed entry requirements can be found online by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – graduates from the programme will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC.

Children’s nurses provide care to children and young people in partnership with the family. They also offer support and education to the whole family and work within a multi-professional team.

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BSc(Hons) NURSING PRACTICE (MENTAL HEALTH) UCAS code: B760

Key Facts School:

Nursing and Midwifery

Location:

Stafford or Shrewsbury

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fee:

NHS Funded

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 260 A levels: BCC typically. GCSE grade C in Maths, English and a Science. All applicants are individually assessed and a range of qualifications are accepted so applicants are invited to enquire directly with the School. Detailed entry requirements can be found online by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – graduates from the programme will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC.

At a glance Employment opportunities for nurses are varied and exciting, offering a dynamic and fulfilling career. Locally, we have an excellent employment record for the nurses we have educated and successfully graduated from Staffordshire University. Our graduates find employment with a range of local and national employers providing mental health services, while some take the opportunity to use this internationally recognised qualification to work abroad. The RN/BSc(Hons) Nursing Practice (Mental Health) is an honours degree offering a challenging programme with a strong emphasis on the application of academic study to the practice of nursing. Throughout the three years, you will undertake a number of clinical placements in a range of settings linked to the theory you will be studying in the School. The course is delivered over an extended academic year (45 weeks). You will need to travel to placements, plus work shifts to gain the full range of learning experiences. Year 1 focuses on studying your chosen field of nursing. You will gain an introduction to the principles of nursing along with the underpinning disciplines and begin to develop the essential care skills necessary across nursing. The integration of theory and practice is supported by a variety of clinical placements. Year 1 must be completed before you can progress into your chosen field. In the subsequent two years, the Field Programme allows you to focus upon Mental Health Nursing. On successful completion, you will gain an academic qualification and will be eligible for registration as a nurse.

challenging career. If you enjoy working with people and their problems then this may be the career for you. Please note: An interview, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and occupational health screening form part of our selection process. All students will be required to sign the Health and Social Care awards Contract of Professional Behaviour at the start of the programme.

Course outline Year 1 (Core) • Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviour • Evidence in Contemporary Health Care • Clinical Skills for Nursing • Mental Health Nursing Practice Year 2 (Core) • Evidence-based Nursing Practice Skills • Care of the Older Adult • Community-based Care • Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice Year 3 (Core) • Competent Mental Health Nursing Practice • The Graduate Nurse (Mental Health)

Mental health nursing involves working with people of all ages and can range from working with a family where problems might manifest themselves in one of the children, through to working with adults who are severely depressed or who have a dementia. Mental health nurses work collaboratively with a wide range of other health and social care professionals to offer the users of mental health services the best possible care. Mental health nursing is an interesting, rewarding and

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To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


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Funding YOUR

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FUNDING YOUR STUDY

STUDY To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


BURSARIES The NHS Business Services Authority administers bursaries for students studying health care courses. If you are undertaking a Nursing or Midwifery course you may be entitled to a bursary or other financial support during some of your course. To find out more go to: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

Part-time study If you would prefer to study part-time, you could be eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan. To find out more, please visit Student Loans England. More information about all support available can be found at: www.staffs.ac.uk/feesandfunding

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Full-time undergraduates should apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Visit: www.ucas.com To complete your UCAS application you’ll need the correct UCAS course code for each course you’re applying for, as well as the campus code where applicable. You’ll find these on our website, in the course information, or on the UCAS site. You’ll also need an Institution Code. The Institution Code for Staffordshire University is S72. Contact Enquiries Team, Customer Contact Centre, Cadman, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent t: +44 (0)1782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk

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HOW TO APPLY

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WHEN TO APPLY The closing date for all UCAS applications is 15 January. If you miss this deadline don’t panic, call us on 01782 294400.

DEFERRED ENTRY If you wish to defer entry to your chosen course for one year we’ll still welcome your application

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? After we’ve considered your application, UCAS will notify you of our decision. If you’re successful, we’ll also invite you to visit us and attend one of our Visit Days. In some cases, you may be invited to attend an interview before we decide whether to offer you a place.

AFTER RECEIVING YOUR RESULTS However confident you are about achieving the results you need, things don’t always go to plan. Prepare for all eventualities. If you don’t meet the precise conditions of the offer we made you, don’t worry. It may still be possible for us to offer you a place on your chosen course. Contact us for advice as soon as you can.

CLEARING The UCAS clearing process gives students an additional opportunity to find a place. Most universities prefer to consider students who made an application first time round.

UCAS EXTRA This is the opportunity to apply for another course if you have used all five choices and not secured a place. UCAS Extra runs from the end of February until the end of June.

OTHER COURSES Application forms for part-time and other courses can be obtained by calling us on: 01782 294400.

APPLYING FOR PART-TIME You need to complete an application form for the part-time course of your choice. You can apply online by completing the part-time application form, visit www.staffs.ac.uk/parttimeform or complete a paper application form, which can be obtained from the Customer Contact Centre.

ENROLMENT Enrolment for full-time and part-time courses usually takes place in September, with teaching starting soon after. As some courses do vary, please check out the enrolment times for your particular course. Don’t worry, when you apply you will be given all the details so you will know where to go, at what time and on what day.

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