The BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing course enables students to gain an Honours degree and a professional qualification recordable with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course is concerned with supporting the development of the knowledge and skills required to respond to health care needs of children and young people and their family/carer(s) in a variety of settings. Contemporary nursing practice is based upon sound theoretical foundations based in the life sciences, knowledge of interpersonal working, problem solving and ethical reasoning. The programme team, in partnership with colleagues from practice and service users, have been involved in the design of the course which will enable the student to become an informed, innovative, motivated, confident and above all competent practitioner.
The course is divided equally between theory and clinical practice placements.
All students are expected to comply with both the regulations that form UCS policy and the NMC (2010) Guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students – www.nmc-uk.org/Documents/Guidance/NMC-Guidance-on-professional-conduct-for-nursing-and-midwifery-students.PDF
Why study this course?
This course offers students the opportunity to focus on the specific health needs of children, young people and their family/carer(s). The programme is equally concerned with promoting evidence-based practice and safeguarding the health of children and young people and caring for them when they become unwell.
The nature of child health nursing means that students will be involved in working with the variety of children and young people who access the services provided by the health care system. This will range in both the age of the patient (from birth to 18 years) and for a variety of reasons, either short-term or long-term i.e. with physical, emotional, or mental health care needs. All of the children and young people that Child Health Nurses work with will have individual and diverse needs and some may have a long term condition with complex needs. Therefore, the philosophy underpinning the course and the skills students develop are centred on working in partnership with children, young people and their family/carer(s)
Learning and Teaching Strategy
The course delivers a blended approach to teaching and learning, including lectures; clinical skills teaching; use of a virtual learning environment; large group teaching; small group teaching and private study.
Students are well supported on this course. A personal tutor is allocated to work with students throughout the course. In clinical practice students are supervised by a mentor.
Base Site Locations and Clinical Placements
Base sites are used for clinical practice placements, the available sites are:
West Suffolk/Bury St Edmunds
All clinical placements throughout the three years of the course are child or young people focused. Each base site typically offers clinical placements in the following areas/or specialities:
A children’s ward in an acute NHS Trust
Children’s Community Nursing Team
When working in practice you complete a 37½ hour a week, this includes early shifts, late shifts, long days, weekends and night shifts depending on where you are placed.
Please note: You are expected to work on placement during the whole seven day week period. Shift hours vary according to where you are based. In the first year you will not be allocated to work any night shifts. During years 2 and 3 you will work a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 20 night shifts.
At the end of each semester/year students will be subject to summative assessment in theory and/or practice. The criteria that are applied are defined by the outcomes of the module and/or the practice expectations – these include, and are plotted against, the requirements and expectations of the NMC (2010) for the point of the programme.
Assessments in theory include; project work, presentation, examination (written and practical), practice portfolios and essays. Practice assessment is based on developing competencies and skills identified by the NMC (2010).
Upon successful completion of the course students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of places including community and hospital settings, education and research. With the increasing emphasis on nursing children and young people in the community the opportunities are continuing to grow for Child Health Nurses. Currently, UCS has a 98% recruitment, as identified in the Guardian University Guide (2014).
Content and Modules
There are two 22 week semesters in every year of the programme. Each semester consists of 50% practice and 50% theory.
Each year of the course has a title and follows a specific focus which is directly related to the kinds of skills and activities that the student will be expected to be learning during this year of the course.
Year 1: Contributing to Care (Level 4)
The focus is to develop core skills and knowledge on meeting the needs of patients and their family/carer(s) as well as promoting health and wellbeing
Core themes include nursing issues; professional, legal and ethical issues; communication; life sciences and service provision.
Year 2: Assess, Plan, Implement and Evaluate (Level 5)
Building on the core knowledge and skills gained in year 1, the second year of the course focuses on the student’s ability to develop skills and knowledge that enable the process of effective care delivery to meet specific health needs.
Content will support the student to focus on field specific knowledge and skills with a view to developing a critical approach to the evaluation of research evidence and practice.
Emphasis will be placed on keeping the patient at the centre of care delivery by supporting them to make informed choices and promoting individual recovery and wellbeing.
A range of interventions and approaches, that address a wide range of short, long and end-of-life health conditions and that are used by both nurses and other members of the wider health professional team, will be considered.
Year 3: Leading and Managing Care (Level 6)
The role of the registered nurse demands the development of leadership and management skills to help support and ensure safe and effective care delivery, within a variety of clinical settings and in conjunction with others.
This includes developing skills and knowledge to promote a positive patient and carer experience through supporting changes in service delivery and developing the skill of critical enquiry.
Consideration of research evidence and service improvement strategies contribute to the themes included in this year of study.
Emphasis is placed upon the on-going need to maintain a contemporary knowledge and skills base through continued professional development, seeking supervision and peer review where necessary and contributing to the continuing development of the nursing profession.
Students do not pay fees for these courses, and are entitled to apply for an NHS bursary. For details please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website or the NHS Careers website.
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The following feedback was received from a graduating student, talking about the aspects of the course they found beneficial:
"Brilliant support and guidance from Child Branch lecturers, excellent and wide range of placement areas; interesting modules that are relevant to child health nursing; interesting lectures; the range of resources available; good computing facilities; helpful support from library staff.”
Nazia (Mili) studies on the BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing programme:
"Having been on the course for over a year now, I can honestly say I have enjoyed all aspects of it. From learning about different aspects of care in theory to having placement on a children’s ward, and even practicing hospital bed making skills! I entered the course straight from sixth form and am very glad that I have found the right course and university for me."
What is included in your tuition fees
At UCS your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
Read full details of the included and additional costs for Child Health Nursing
Please note, UCS reserves the right to change this information as and when required.