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Nursing/Registered Nurse (Learning Disability) MSc

UCAS code Mode Duration Attendance Start date
B764 Full time 2 years Classroom based and clinical placements September 2018

Choose Kingston's Learning Disability Nursing MSc

This course is for is for students that want to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities. It has a strong practical focus and will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become a registered learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The course is taught in partnership with St George's, University of London, so you'll get combined expertise, facilities and interpersonal learning. You'll gain hands-on experience in our award-winning simulation suite and develop your skills and confidence in caring for people by working with the famous Baked Bean Theatre Company.

You will have access to a wide range of placements, including some internationally if you wish. You'll also have the opportunity to be a part of the wider Learning Disability Nursing UK and Eire network and can attend the Positive Choices Conference.

This course is designed for a small cohort of students, where you'll benefit from individual learning and support. You will be taught by our dynamic teaching team which includes leading researchers and experts in learning disability nursing from practice and the Department of Health. Our students are highly sought after and receive multiple job offers before their course is complete.

Graduates have gained employment in areas such as:

  • specialist nursing (eg. epilepsy)
  • as nurse therapists
  • senior managers and leaders of the profession
  • community, clinical liaison and consultant nurses.

Assessment

Assessment methods include; essays, exams, presentations and reports and clinical skills assessed in our simulation suites and by mentors in practice placements.

What will you study?

This course will share learning with adult, child and mental health nursing students, where you can develop your skills in caring for people from these areas of nursing with a learning disability.

Topics covered are the factors that affect the health and well-being of individuals in our changing and diverse society, health inequalities and promoting improved health outcomes for people with a learning disability.

At the end of Year 1, you will be offered an opportunity to undertake a national or international placement.

 In year 2 you will explore the management of complex conditions across the life span (eg. children, transition, adulthood, the older person and those with dementia) and the analysis and application of research and evidence base. You will also be prepared for the transition to registered nurse.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 modules (part one and two)

  • This is a core module for all graduate students. It introduces you to nursing and enables you to develop skills and critical knowledge that will enable the application of safe delivery of care for an individual through person-centred care and the care model pathways.

     
  • This module will be delivered in part 1 of the Masters nursing programme. The module prepares the novice student for their Practice Learning Opportunities in part 1 of the programme. The module focuses on the development of professional values and the delivery of safe, holistic compassionate care. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with core essential skills as identified by the NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

     
  • This module introduces you to health inequalities and their effect on people with a learning disability across the life span. You will identify a wide spectrum of health inequalities and individual needs and discuss the intricacies of care planning and delivery to improve outcomes. You will gain communication, skills and knowledge to effectively meet the needs of people with learning disability through safe, person-centred and evidence-based holistic care delivered within a multidisciplinary framework. The module provides you with a variety of tools to assess, implement and evaluate packages of care and analyse the impact on the quality of life of a person with a learning disability and their families/carers.

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  • This module explores the barriers to healthcare experienced by people with a learning disability and considers the role of the learning disability nurse in reducing inequalities. It focuses on the biopsychosocial needs of people with a learning disability across the life span, recognising the importance of health screening, early interventions and wellbeing approaches. It will enable you to implement health improvement strategies at individual and local levels. You will develop the knowledge and skills to support people with a learning disability in making choices about their health and care and to facilitate equal access. Multidisciplinary working and current frameworks used deliver person-centered care are explored.

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  • This module will be delivered in part two of the programme. The module prepares you for your Practice Learning Opportunity (PLO). It focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care in partnership with the client. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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Year 2 modules (part three)

  • The focus of this module is on the exploration of the complexities of learning disability nursing and service provision for people with learning disabilities. You will examine the issues relating to difficult to manage people and the management of complex conditions across the life span eg children, transition, adulthood, the older person and the patient with dementia. In addition, the module will examine the promotion of improved health outcomes and increasing access to general health and specialist service provision enabling social inclusion. You will develop the key skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to identify and support the facilitation of service change 

     
  • This capstone module will enable you to reflect upon your personal and professional growth. It will draw on evidence of learning and development compiled throughout the programme. It will foster the development and application of leadership, management and team working concepts required for clinical practice. This module will enable you to reflect on the skills necessary to facilitate the transition to a registered learning disability nurse.

     
  • This module is designed to enable you to further develop and consolidate your skills and knowledge regarding searching for, appraising, evaluating and applying evidence based practice to ensure a life-long focus on best care at all times for your particular patient/client group. The module will also enable you to systematically organise and make analytical and objective judgements on the reviewed evidence in your field-specific areas of practice.

     
  • This module prepares you for your practice learning opportunities (PLO) and final sign-off placement. The module focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care and the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs. The module aims to develop your clinical competence and confidence prior to registration. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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Admissions team, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5735
Email us

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