Learning Disabilities Nursing (pre-registration) MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

HLST257

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,200

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Course code:

HLST257

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,200

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

HLST257

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £14,700

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

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.

This course meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Realising Professionalism: Standards for Education and Training (NMC, 2018). To be eligible to apply for registration as a Learning Disability Nurse with the NMC, all modules, all clinical placements and all collaborative capabilities must be passed.

In addition to eligibility for NMC registration, upon successful completion, you will also graduate with a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited qualification in Global Professional Development and have the opportunity apply to become a member of the CMI.

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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recogition

This is course is recognised by the following professional bodies:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The course is currently fully accredited by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on successful completion and, providing you also meet the NMC requirements, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (additional costs apply).


Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Level 7 Award in Coaching & Mentoring

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Level 7 Award in Coaching & Mentoring

The course includes the Coaching & Mentoring module, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation. Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Your learning is enhanced by the involvement of practitioners, service users and carers in programme development and delivery. In partnership with practice and academic assessors, you will have an opportunity to experience a variety of placements which may be across community, acute and independent sectors.

Course information

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and psychology.

Your studies will focus on the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services for people with Learning Disabilities. You will be encouraged to act as a champion for the service users you work with and support their diverse needs. There are eight mandatory theory modules within the programme which define the MSc in Learning Disability Nursing.

Modules

Overview

The delivery of theory components is through a range of theory modules which focus on extending your knowledge and cognitive skills, providing you with a sound critical, analytical and reflective approach to person-centred care delivery.

The practice component considers the knowledge base that underpins person-centred care delivery/management, and the range of skills required to care for individuals with specific psychosocial and learning disability-related problems.

Modules

  • Year 1: Theory

    • Research & Evidence-Informed Nursing Practice:
      The development of evidence-informed and evidence-based care from a solid research base is essential to the science of nursing care. The module content is organised to demonstrate the use of evidence within nursing and healthcare practice - for example, in governance policy/guidelines - and how they affect everyday nursing practice. The background understanding of how research is used to develop the evidence base for contemporary nursing practice will be examined by applying research principles to a clinically relevant action research project.
    • Health Assessment:
      The module will enable you to develop skills in identifying and assessing existing conditions, as well as screening for factors predisposing persons to ill health. You will be able to critically apply healthcare assessment skills used in nursing across the lifespan to formulate a person-centred plan of care.
    • Clinical Decision-making:
      Clinical decision-making in nursing requires an evaluation of many complex factors. In conjunction with a barrage of health-related information, the nurse needs to have the cognitive skills to appropriate this information to make decisions about the person’s care. This model will assist you in developing strategies for clinical decision-making in the context of person-centred care. The module content will be organised around a variety of subjects to include the professional, legal and ethical responsibility and other subject-theory domains that influence clinical decision making.
    • Therapeutic Interventions:
      In health and social care environments, practitioners meet people living with complex, multiple physical and learning disability co-morbidities across the lifespan. Complex care necessitates treatment from multi-professional services and service user involvement in care management and care delivery. The module aim is to facilitate you in developing the necessary knowledge and proficiency to coordinate and manage patient-centred care in the multidimensional healthcare setting. The module content will include a critical review of the current policy and legislative documents that drive, influence and enhance the coordination of complex care.

  • Year 2: Practice

    As part of your placement modules, you will be expected to contribute to the health of the local community throughout the course during practice placements where you work approximately 40 hours a week. You will provide a range of nursing care to people across the lifespan, and in a variety of care settings.

    • Practice 1: Understanding Nursing Practice:
      This module introduces you to the foundations of nursing practice in the workplace. The experience will provide you, under supervision, with learning opportunities which will begin to develop the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic, person- and family-centred care.
    • Practice 2: Critically Review and Evaluate Nursing Practice:
      This module provides further opportunity for you to review and deliver nursing practice in the workplace. This experience will enable you to demonstrate and promote professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to provide safe and effective holistic person-centred care. The module is underpinned by the NMC Future Nurse Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (2018); and Realising Professionalism: Standards for Professionalism and Education (2018) for nursing and midwifery. The content and assessment will be developed and applied to the different fields of nursing and will provide you with learning opportunities in the workplace to practise nursing.

    We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

Overview

Modules

  • Year 2: Theory

    • Coordinating Complex Care:
      In the healthcare environment, practitioners meet patients living with complex, multiple physical and Learning Disability co-morbidities across the lifespans - necessitating invasive/non-invasive treatments and multi-professional services and service user involvement in the care management and care delivery. The module aim is to facilitate you in developing the necessary knowledge and proficiency to coordinate and manage patient-centred care in the multidimensional healthcare setting. The module content will include a critical review of the current policy and legislative documents that drive, influence and enhance the coordination of complex care.
    • Global Professional Development-Coaching & Mentoring:
      This module gives you practical and theoretical understanding of how coaching and mentoring is used in a range of settings in different organisations and sectors. You will typically have the opportunity of working with other students - across disciplines or from a variety of workplace settings - to facilitate an appreciation of how different sectors approach coaching and mentoring and how it is possible to learn from each other to come up with novel approaches. As part of this module, you will devise a coaching and mentoring plan and consider how its impact may be evaluated. Alongside coaching and mentoring, you will study the principles and practice of strategic leadership. The topics of leadership and management, leadership styles and issues such as empowerment and trust will be considered. In particular, you will consider how leadership can set or influence an environment in which coaching and mentoring can flourish. The module will engage you in wide-ranging debates and problem-solving exercises using examples from organisations, small businesses, communities and the third sector.
    • Ethical, Legal Decision-making:
      This module provides you with an understanding of the interrelationship between law and ethical healthcare practise, related to the British legal system. You will explore the areas of contention which may include but are not limited to: disagreement with caregivers, treating patients with impaired decision-making, dignity in care, assisted suicide, end-of-life/Advanced directives and controversial interventions. You will be equipped to recognise and manage the ethical challenges relating to your practices, as well as individuals’ legal and ethical rights in the context of healthcare and wellbeing across a range of care settings.

  • Year 2 : Practice

    At the end of year two, at the final progression point, you should be deemed to be proficient in practice when you have successfully achieved the NMC (2018) practice competencies, signed off by an assessor. You will work 40 hours a week, and the cumulative evidence must demonstrate that you are safe and effective in practice at the end of the course.

    • Practice 3: Assessing Complex Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan:
      This module provides you with further opportunities in the workplace to enable you to work more independently with less direct supervision in an increasingly proficient and confident manner in your delivery of quality holistic person and family-centred care. It will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate through your practice your potential to become an autonomous practitioner. The NMC Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018) and Realising Professionalism: Standards for Professionalism and Education (2018) for nursing and midwifery, reinforce this module. The content and assessment are applied in the context of the different fields of nursing, providing you with field-specific learning opportunities in the workplace to practice nursing.
    • Practice 4: Coordinating Care and Becoming the Autonomous Practitioner:
      This module aims to provide you with opportunities to practice the proficiencies identified for registration as a nurse which are stipulated by the NMC (2018). This includes demonstrating your capability to lead the delivery of patient care autonomously and role model what constitutes best practice to others, positively impacting on the culture of care environments. The module is underpinned by the NMC Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018) and Realising Professionalism: Standards for Professionalism and Education (2018) for nursing and midwifery.

In more detail...

  • Access to learning from subject and clinical experts
  • The opportunity to enter the nursing profession in two years
  • Obtain a desirable qualification which may enhance career opportunities
  • Coventry University was ranked 7th for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide 2021
  • Multimillion 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
  • Interprofessional learning (IPL) with a range of students from nursing and other disciplines
  • Ability to achieve critical thinking and complex care coordination and clinical decision-making skills
  • Develop independent/self-directed learning
  • A Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Award in Coaching & Mentoring
  • Improved job satisfaction through dual qualification (where appropriate).

The thematic content will be appropriate to the intended purpose of the award and the professions regulating body, the NMC:

• Exhibit the cognitive processes of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, judgement and reflectivity for decision-making
• Proficiency in assessing, evaluating and synthesising research to inform nursing practice
• Analytical proficiency of the political, social and ethical and legislative issues which influence and impact nursing.

Knowledge for Professional Nursing Practice:
• A systematic understanding of knowledge/theory, application of that knowledge to inform clinical practice
• Demonstrate an understanding of knowledge advancement through research and the application of research concepts to improve services and care delivery.

Transferable Skills:
• Core nursing skills that enable the delivery of compassionate nursing care consistent with the NMC mission statement
• Communication skills, written, oral and presentation for professional practice
• Independent learning, self-motivation and time management in studies and practice
• Leadership skills that contribute to organisational performance.

A range of teaching and learning methods are employed in the MSc in Learning Disability Nursing programme including lectures, clinical simulation, seminars, workshops, tutorials, practical clinical work in a practice setting and work-based learning. The teaching and learning activities are intended to engage you with the relevant theory and facilitate understanding of the module content, to question and formulate ideas and perspectives on the subject material, in preparation for assessment.

You will have support in preparation for the assessments from a variety of sources. These could include your module leaders or a subject specialist in the library resources on the course-web platforms. Furthermore, you will also have support from practice educators in the clinical placement areas which are an integral part of this programme.

In addition to the teaching and learning methods, a key learning feature of the Master's in Learning Disability Nursing is independent study. This means you will take the initiative and responsibility for working through the learning material and make decisions on how to collate, manage and present the information for your assessment.

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.

You will be eligible to apply for registration as a Learning Disability Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice as a registered professional in nursing.

This is a full-time course and you are expected to attend for a minimum of two and a half days each week during term time.

There are four practice modules which equate to six placements throughout the two-year course; these modules are mandatory, and attendance is a necessity to meet the practice hours requirement for NMC registration.

You must pass all modules to meet the eligibility requirement for professional registration with the NMC.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods

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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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

• 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.

• 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 Adult 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.*
• Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to Level 7 of IELTS with no element below 6.5.
*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.

English as a Foreign Language Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to Level 7 of IELTS with no element below 6.5.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

• 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 Adult 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.*
• Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to Level 7 of IELTS with no element below 6.5.

*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.

English as a Foreign Language Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to Level 7 of IELTS with no element below 6.5.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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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.

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Fee


January 2022

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,200 (per year)


UK 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.

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Fee


January 2022

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


January 2022

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £14,700 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The course is a strong indication to current and potential employers that you have both the ability and the academic characteristics required for working in a variety of Learning Disability settings. The programme is developed to position you for an accelerated career pathway to become a future nursing leader, clinical expert, educator or researcher within the profession.

Where our graduates work

For nursing provision, employability is nearly 100%, and employment is possible in a variety of clinical/specialist areas in a range of public and private healthcare settings. It may be possible to use your qualification to work overseas.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.