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Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

B761

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

This professional course aims to enable you to make real changes to the lives of people with learning disabilities, one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in society.

It 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.

Ranked 7th in the UK for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry University offers a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. Our nursing courses enjoy high levels of student satisfaction – 95% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The course is fully accredited by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and on successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Our Facilities

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Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

 

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SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

 

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

What our students say...

My training at Coventry University was second to none. I was supported fully by the lecturers, who had the appropriate skills and knowledge in the field of learning disability nursing. I can’t recommend this course or University highly enough.

Alex Dobbyns, BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing, qualified in 2009, now working as a Matron at CWPT

Course information

In modern health and social care settings nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at its core. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. This course will give you the opportunity to become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.

You will have the opportunity to learn 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 unique 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 complex health needs, profound and multiple needs, care packages and therapeutic approaches to service users with learning disability, their families and carers.

The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.

Your degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will write a 5,000-word report. Past students have covered topics as diverse as effects of antipsychotic medication, uptake of annual health checks, treatment of people with LD in acute hospital settings, experiences of parents with LD and experiences of offenders with LD, for example.

94%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Introduction to Nursing and its Fields of Practice

  • Introduction to Assessment of Health and Wellbeing

  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing

  • Introduction to Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • The Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing

Overview

Modules

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

  • Introduction to Managing Person Centred Care

  • Managing Person Centred Care

  • Legislation, ethics and social policy

  • Therapeutic Approaches in Learning Disabilities Nursing

  • Assessment and Care Pathways Across the Lifespan (Learning Disabilities Nursing)

Overview

Modules

  • Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and Research

  • Specialist Care in Learning Disability Nursing

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement

  • Development and Coordination of Complex Care (Learning Disabilities Nursing)

  • Transitions to the Accountable Practitioner

  • The Autonomous Practitioner

7th

Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked 7th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2019.

In more detail...

  • Nursing at Coventry is ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.
  • Field trips within the UK include visits to the first operating theatre in London and museums capturing the history of nursing and healthcare.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 95% overall and 94% for the quality of teaching for ‘Nursing’ subjects in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Well established clinical placements, teaching and research links with local partner Trusts within the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare providers, such as private hospitals, hospices and community settings.
  • State-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice.
  • Currently there is a high demand for LD nurses locally and across the country. Typically, final year students are offered a range of posts within the NHS and the private sector prior to qualifying and 100% of students gained employment in 2014/15.

Our course meets the professional outcomes that are identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as essential pre-requisites for registration as a Learning Disability Nurse.

Your main study themes are:

  • Learning Disabilities Nursing: People with LD across the lifespan. Children and adults with challenging behaviour, children and adults with complex needs, evidence based nursing interventions across diverse settings including NHS, private sector and Local Authorities, residential, domiciliary, respite, prison, police and secure services. Leadership and Management, specialisation in epilepsy, autism, Downs Syndrome and other syndromes, etc.

  • Nursing practice: Develops the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic person centred care. You’ll cover the key concepts of nursing, caring and clinical skills, as well as factors influencing care, for example, National Service Frameworks. Clinical skills acquisition which underpins these care factors will be taught and practiced in the simulated environment of clinical skills laboratories.

  • Assessment and care pathways across the lifespan: Develops your ability to assess, interpret and manage a range of care requirements for service users. You’ll be introduced to the concept of health and wellbeing, enabling an understanding of the bio psychosocial needs of your patient group across the life span in all fields of nursing. You’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of how assessments support and inform clinical judgement and decision making in practice, explored across primary, secondary and third sector care environments

  • Evidence informed practice and decision making: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.

  • Communications and professionalism: Communication is highlighted as an essential skill for all health care professionals because it impacts on patient satisfaction. You will have the opportunity to develop the key professional attributes incorporating the six ‘C’s model of communication, commitment, courage, care, competence, compassion. 

The course can be studied full-time over three years and on a part-time basis, typically taking four-and-a-half years. It offers start dates in February and September.

This course uses a wide variety of stimulating approaches to teaching and learning to suit individual learning styles. This includes a series of interactive lectures with associated seminars, skills lab activities and practical placements. All modules are mandatory to enable you to exit the programme with the knowledge, values and skills to be able to work within integrated care settings and enhance the delivery of care for service users, their families and carers.

The course is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards patients and their families. We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems, equipping you with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients.

Throughout your studies, in groups and individually, you will have the opportunity to undertake profession specific health and social care related projects and case studies. These may, for example, include an appraisal of the role of the nurse in ethical and legal decision making, considering service improvement bids or complex care planning and delivery via the multi-disciplinary team. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a group poster presentation demonstrating your understanding of research underpinning patient care.

We’ll undertake a range of interesting fieldtrips (additional costs may apply), previously to the Old Operating Theatre Museum at Guy’s Hospital, listed by Time Out as one of the top 101 things to do in London. You’ll have the opportunity to make use of our extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation dummies, which emulate patient responses and test resuscitation skills. You will also use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care and especially medication administrations.

Gaining experience using simulation across a range of care settings is aimed at building your confidence and knowledge about how to act in these situations. You can practise and develop your clinical and interpersonal skills in a safe but realistic environment. We also use actors to enhance these experiences in scenarios such breaking bad news, demonstrating emotional resilience, conflict, aggression, teaching, child protection conferences, relationship issues in learning disability, alternative communication (e.g. Makaton, communication aids etc.), consent and capacity, ethical issues in caring for vulnerable people, and counselling individuals, parents and staff.

Course assessment includes examinations, written coursework, care study, reflective critique, poster presentations, portfolio, practice assessment grid, project development and skills inventories.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Assessments within practice placements: 50%
  • Coursework: 42%
  • Formal examinations: 8%

42% assessed by coursework

On completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The implications of current legislation, professional regulation, standards of performance and the NMC Code.
  • The nurses’ role in the enhancement of public health and biological, psychological and social wellbeing of service users.
  • The biological, physiological, pharmacological, psychological and sociological knowledge, which underpins all nursing practice across the lifespan.


On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective individual and team leadership skills and apply quality monitoring initiatives.
  • Discuss service user and carer needs in respect of equity, fairness, antidiscrimination, rights, values, customs, culture, beliefs, sensitivity, diversity, lifestyle and environment. 
  • Utilise and disseminate current research findings and other forms of evidence that underpin nursing practice. 
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and adapt practice to meet varying, unpredictable and complex circumstances. 
  • Seek clinical supervision to develop safe and effective nursing practice. 
  • Critically evaluate relevant research, possible interventions and the most up-to-date technology to support quality care delivery. 
  • Critically analyse situations and incidents through reflective practice activities.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic health assessment of service users’ needs across the lifespan using a range of appropriate assessment tools. 
  • Plan, implement and monitor nursing care, involving service users and carers. 
  • Evaluate and revise expected outcomes, nursing interventions and priorities in accordance with changes in the individual’s condition, needs or circumstances across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate a range of essential nursing skills and seek supervision to develop safe, compassionate, skilful and autonomous nursing practice.
  • Consult with service users and carers to identify and respond to their need and desire for health promotion advice, education, support and the development of services. 
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of nursing and healthcare within one’s sphere of professional accountability, including people with complex and co-existing needs.
  • Provide safe and effective immediate care to all people.

As 50% of the course is practice based, this requires 40 hours per week in placements. In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 21 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours each week of seminar preparation or group work per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 10 hours of workshops or activity led seminars per week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours led lectures per week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 14 hours each week of private study which can include syndicate learning and online activities which augment other approaches.

Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today. There are also opportunities to study specific issues of interest to you, such as people trafficking, working in war torn or developing countries. Some of this is supported by guest lecturers or simulation facilitators and others through topical issues covered within the course.

For students who have performed well in their academic studies, it is possible towards the end of the second year to devise a short placement abroad within Europe or beyond – typically three to four weeks’ duration (additional costs may apply). We have existing links with universities in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Kenya, as well as agreements with several European institutions which have been utilised for incoming and outgoing student exchanges.

Students and visiting lecturers from other countries provide an input into the course, previously from areas such as Hong Kong, Japan and Africa. We also participate in a number of senior staff exchanges, for example, from India and China, who can provide additional insights to students into international issues. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

Career prospects

There are over 3,500 learning disabilities nurses within the NHS and demand for these specialist nurses is high.

You will have opportunities to support people of all ages with learning disabilities in a range of settings, including: hospital wards such as epilepsy and palliative care; mental health trusts; adult education; residential and community centres; patients' homes; workplaces; and schools. This can lead to specialist areas such as education, sensory disability or service management or move into areas such as management, teaching or clinical research.

During your three years on the programme you will have the opportunity to undertake at least six placements  in a range of service settings, working with and alongside qualified learning disability nurses, and therefore potential local and regional employers. On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practise immediately.

As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ Employability and Placements Unit will support you when you are ready to begin your professional career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

The majority of our graduates find employment as qualified nurses in the NHS with a growing emphasis on community settings, in acute hospitals, military nursing or within the private and independent healthcare sector, in private hospitals, nursing or care homes. As your career progresses, a number of options are open to you as a lecturer or specialist practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, consultant nurse or manager.

Recent graduates have gone on to roles such as working in forensic services, generic and specialised children’s services, end of life care (adults and children), neurology services, dementia services, prison and court diversion, police diversion, schools, research and many more.

£22K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.