BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner Community Children's Nursing)

This multi-professional course is designed for qualified children’s nurses wishing to advance their knowledge of the management of children with complex needs, life-limiting conditions and specialist care requirements.

It will provide students with the knowledge and skills to support families for whom the focus is providing care closer to home, enabling children to live at home and attend school with minimal hospital attendance.

You will develop knowledge and skills in decision making, law, ethics and multi-disciplinary teamwork, learning how to work with a wide range of services, both statutory and voluntary, for the benefit of the child and to further the agenda of integrated service provision.

Plus, you will have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice, and experience 40 days of practical clinical placements.

This Community Children's Nursing course is currently funded by the Workforce, Education and Development Services department of Welsh Government.

 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One

During the first year of study, you will undertake three core modules.

  • Fundamentals of Community Practice (30 credits)
    This module prepares you to work safely, effectively and efficiently in a community setting, with patients, clients, families, colleagues and members of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.

  • Decision Making (10 credits)
    This module enables you to critically explore decision making processes as they relate to practice.

  • Specialist Practitioner (children’s community nursing (20 credits)
    This module prepares you to develop specialist knowledge and specialist clinical expertise, within the complex and changing context of caring for, and working with, children, young people, and their families in community settings.

Year Two

During the second year of study, you will undertake two or three modules.

Core modules

  • Practice Project
    The practice project involves analysing evidence based practice and producing a literature review
    Students can choose to study Practice Project (20 credits) whereby you will develop your analytical approach to the application of theoretical knowledge relevant to your clinical practice within a review or Practice Project (40 credits) whereby you will develop your analytical approach to the application of theoretical knowledge relevant to your clinical practice within a review with detailed recommendations for dissemination of findings.

Optional modules

Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.

  • Transitions and Continuations of Care (20 credits)
    This module ensures you develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and capabilities to assess, plan and review the continuing care and transitional processes for children and/or young people.

  • Law, ethics and nurse prescribing (20 credits)
    This module you to utilise and make judgements about the legal and ethical frameworks relating to patient and clients in society, to analyse your accountability, and to prepare you to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers

  • Paediatric symptom management within palliative care (20 credits)
    This module enables you to explore issues in depth arising from contemporary paediatric palliative care especially in relation to symptom management.

 

Teaching

The course is taught on the Glyntaff campus. The NMC require forty academic days to be completed. Twenty-six of these require attendance on a Tuesday, from September to May. The other fourteen academic days will be self-directed and recorded on a course diary.

Each academic day is counted as 7.5 hours, thus achieving 300 hours of student effort. You will be taught alongside other community nurses by members of the team who possess a SPQ recordable with the NMC, and some practitioners.

You will also undertake forty clinical practice days between September and May, again equating to 7.5 hours, thus 300 hours of student effort. 

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops and self-directed study.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Whilst undertaking the course you will meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (1994) Standards for specialist education and practice. On successful completion you will be awarded a specialist practitioner qualification (SPQ), which is recorded with the NMC, as well as a BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner Community Children's Nursing).

Please note, this course fully funded by the Workforce, Education and Development Services department of Welsh Government.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.

Year One modules

Fundamentals module
The practical assessment will require developing and completing a portfolio demonstrating achievement of the four clinical learning. The academic assessment will take the form of a 5000 word case study examining in-depth, the theoretical outcomes associated with the four themes.

Decision making
Complete three academic ‘enabling activities’. These activities will consider decisions made by yourself relating to your own workplace. Each activity has equal weighting and will be marked out of 100. The completion of a clinical portfolio of evidence which supports and demonstrates the decisions made (within the Summative assignment).

Specialist Practitioner (children’s community nursing)
Sign-off mentor verification of achievement of the five clinical learning outcomes. Academically you will present a 20 minute oral presentation of a short improvement report.

Year Two modules

Practice Project (20 credits)
A written 3,000 word assignment that explores, in detail, a negotiated area of the students’ sphere of practice. The study must address the relationship between the theory that underpins the students practice and its application to practice. Two clinical learning outcomes to achieve.

Practice Project (40 credits)
A written 6,000 word review addressing a negotiated subject area, exploring the relationship between the theory that underpins student's practice and its application to practice. To include recommendations that can be disseminated and to achieve all four clinical learning outcomes.

Transitions and Continuations of Care
A 3,000 word assignment whereby you will assess the needs of a child or young person with a complex condition and plan appropriate care, and achieve a clinical learning outcome.

Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
Poster presentation exploring one of the themes of this module applied to Community Health Nursing. A written examination consisting of four parts and to achieve a clinical learning outcome, which aims to recognise ethical and legal issues which have implications for nursing practice and take appropriate action

Paediatric symptom management
A 3,000 word critical review of a chosen aspect of paediatric palliative care, and achievement of a clinical learning outcome.

Accreditations

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).

Placements

You will undertake forty clinical practice days between September and May. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if not you will need to negotiate a placement with a team in Wales. Students can arrange placements with appropriate teams and practitioners to aid their understanding of the clinical learning outcomes. Assistance in sourcing suitable placements is available should you need it. While in clinical practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence.

Lecturers

Applicants must have a first level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and be on part 8 or 15 of the NMC register.

You must have acquired a credit rating of 120 credits at Level 5 (Diploma).

If you have not achieved 120 Level 5 credits, there is a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) you can undertake.

An informal interview is held with the course leader.

Fees: This course is fully funded by the Welsh Government.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU:  £640 per 20 credits

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement * £0 - £300
Students have to pay for their travel costs when on placement. Costs vary, depending on location.

Please apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.