Nursing FdSc

Full-time undergraduate (18 months)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

September 2016

Overview

The FdSc Nursing is designed to develop healthcare assistants to develop their roles and knowledge base. You will be working in your existing roles whilst studying and applying learning to the work environment. Completion of the course can lead to a career in Nursing.

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Full description

Careers

The course develops individuals within their work-setting and for a career in nursing either to apply for Band 4 roles in healthcare or as a step towards a nursing registration. A range of roles in health and social care and public health are available.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Foundations of Nursing Care
    Foundations of nursing care develops the students’ knowledge of how care is delivered and the underpinning guidelines and policy that impact on care delivery. Students will develop a greater understanding of how their role in care delivery fits to the wider provision of care through exploring the different services, individuals and agencies involved and relating this to the service user journey. The module includes effective team, inter-agency and inter-professional working with the role of the service user as a focal point.
  • Essential Communication and Study Skills
    You will focus on developing the communication and study skills which are essential within social care and also for success in academic studies. You will evaluate your current level of knowledge and develop a personal development plan in order to develop identified aspects. You will also develop skills necessary to all higher education courses such as writing literature reviews, reading academic sources effectively and referencing correctly. Finally, you will explore the principles of effective communication through a range of interactive exercises and reflection. Verbal and non-verbal approaches to communication and models of communication will be studied.
  • Context of Health Care Delivery
    Students from all fields of nursing will be supported to develop a comprehensive understanding of the professional values and attributes of Health Care practitioners. Students will consider what is meant by professionalism and what is expected of Health Care professionals. Students will be introduced to the context of health and social care in practice when delivering person-centred care with exploration of the rights to health and social care. This will be facilitated through discussion of individualised patient care, concepts associated with the core values of the NHS, patients’ rights and autonomy, advocacy and professional responsibility. Concepts of patient safety, safeguarding, care, compassion and candour will be explored.
  • Developing Nursing Practice 1
    The delivery of nursing care requires the practitioner to be competent in a range of skills in order to assess, plan, implement and deliver effective care. The module focuses on the students skills in the practice setting and meeting the cluster skills set by the NMC to enable transition to Registered Nursing where required. Students for this module will all be employed in nursing care settings and will bring with them a range of experience and existing skills. Health Care providers also provide mandatory training and this will be captured within the practice document. Students with their managers and mentors will identify skills that have not been addressed and also the depth of knowledge and understanding underpinning both new and existing application of skills. A personal development plan will then be developed.

Year two, core modules

  • Developing Nursing Practice 2
    The delivery of nursing care requires the practitioner to be competent in a range of skills in order to assess, plan, implement and deliver effective care. The module focuses on the students skills in the practice setting and meeting the cluster skills at level 5 set by the NMC to enable transition to Registered Nursing where required. Students will need to demonstrate attendance of mandatory training and this will be captured within the practice document. Students with their managers and mentors will identify skills that have not been addressed and also the depth of knowledge and understanding underpinning both new and existing application of skills. A personal development plan will then be developed.
  • Developing Nursing Practice 3
    This module enables students to develop their role in their own area of practice. The module looks at developing a range of skills including: risk assessment, managing quality of care, teaching and assessing others and the development of knowledge and skills related to the practice setting. The module will include core content related to clinical governance, teaching and assessing and management of change. Teaching and assessing others whether it be new members of staff, Health Care assistants or others, is a key aspect of developing Health Care practice. Theory underpinning what makes a good learning environment and the use of formative and summative assessment will be explored. In addition students will identify areas for development within their own area of practice, guided by their employer.
  • Health promotion in Health and Social Care
    You will gain the skills and knowledge to implement health promotion strategies within the work setting. The module will include: models of health promotion, social inequalities relating to health and perceptions of individuals and groups in relation to health, illness and expectations of care. You will develop skills in: targeting for, planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion strategies, on an individual or group basis and within the context of your own practice. The module will refer to current texts such as the Wanless Review (2004) and the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework: Handbook of definition (DH2011).

Optional modules

  • Working in Adult Health Care
    This is a theory module addressing the complexities of long term conditions and palliative care for adult patients. This module will provide the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology, pharmacology, ethical and legal issues and challenges faced by those affected by long term and life limiting conditions. Effective integrated care is critical to the patient experience and students will explore the impact of national drivers from a theoretical and practice based perspective, with a focus on the use and effectiveness of care pathways.
  • Working in Children's and Young People's Health Care
    This module will use the student’s previous knowledge and experience as a basis for exploring contemporary issues in child nursing across a wide range of areas in both practice and the classroom. It will support students to develop an understanding of the assessment needs of children and young people which will enable them to plan and deliver care in a variety of different practice areas. The importance of assessment, communication and partnership within an inter professional framework of care will be emphasised as the basis for developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to meet the needs of children, young people and their families/carers. The module will explore the developmental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of children and young people and the importance of the explicit knowledge required to deliver holistic family centred care.
  • Working in Mental Health Care
    This module will explore the nature of mental illness and mental health nursing practice within a biopsychosocial, cultural and historical context. Students will be asked to identify and explore both the purpose and process of assessment and care planning with people using mental health services. The module intends to challenge students pre-existing values, beliefs and opinions and aims to facilitate the development of core principles that support a philosophy of recovery led and service user focused care across the lifespan. Students will develop their own inter-personal and therapeutic engagement skills to ensure compassionate engagement with service users.

Please note that you will choose one of the above optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

We use a number of ways for you to demonstrate your learning from the modules, and to make sure you’re developing the knowledge and skills to complete our course. These include essays, presentations, exams, case studies and reports. You will also be assessed in the workplace by a named mentor.

Our course includes formative assessments in each module to provide feedback and enable you to develop before submitting a summative assessment. For each assessment, feedback is provided which “feeds forward” to the next assignment.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Cambridge
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£7,500

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£7,500

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For more information about tuition fees, please see our UK/EU funding pages

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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