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Undergraduate Programme Specification

BSc Professional Nursing Learning Disabilities Nursing

Academic Year 2021/22

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title BSc Professional Nursing Learning Disabilities Nursing Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code NAM-BSC-PN UCAS Code HECoS Code 100286 - Learning disabilities nursing - 100
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 3 Calendar Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 360
Exit Awards available

Institute Information

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 6

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Nursing (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 23-10-19

Regulation Information

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

Students should attend all timetabled classes. Students who fail to satisfy the attendance requirements will be referred to the Year Co-ordinator and if their absence is deemed to compromise satisfactory completion of the module they will be referred to the Board of Examiners. 100% attendance in clinical practice is mandatory. Students will normally have the opportunity to make up clinical hours for practice missed through absence or illness or other recognised extenuating circumstances. Students are required to pass 100% numeracy examination before completion of the programme. The pass mark for all modules is 40% unless otherwise stated. Re-sits will be facilitated at the next available opportunity. In addition to satisfying the University's Conduct Regulations, students will be required to meet the NMC requirements of Good Health and Good Character for eligibility for entry to the NMC Professional Register.

Programme Specific Regulations

Students should attend all timetabled classes. Students who fail to satisfy the attendance requirements will be referred to the Year Co-ordinator and if their absence is deemed to compromise satisfactory completion of the module they will be referred to the Board of Examiners.

100% attendance in clinical practice is mandatory. Students will normally have the opportunity to make up clinical hours for practice missed through absence or illness or other recognised extenuating circumstances.

Students are required to pass 100% numeracy examination before completion of the programme.

The pass mark for all modules is 40% unless otherwise stated. Re-sits will be facilitated at the next available opportunity.

In addition to satisfying the University's Conduct Regulations, students will be required to meet the NMC requirements of Good Health and Good Character for eligibility for entry to the NMC Professional Register.

Students are required to complete an annual self-declaration form prior to progression to each part of the programme declaring any criminal record they may have attracted. Outside the annual declaration process, students are required to inform the School immediately if they are under investigation for an offence, have been charged or have been released on bail for an offence.

Examinations and assignments shall be planned to assess the student's knowledge, skills and attributes, and demonstrate ability to achieve NMC Progression Points for entry to the appropriate part of the NMC Professional Register. Examinations and assignments will reflect module content and NMC requirements. Specific dates for submission of assignments will be available in each module's booklet and examination dates and times will be posted on the University Examination's website. Students must complete all formative assessments. To pass a summative assessment the students must obtain a mark of 40% or higher.

The Degree is a 3 year programme of preparation leading to the award of a BSc (Hons) Professional Nursing and eligibility to apply to the appropriate part of the Professional Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Students whose progress appears to be unsatisfactory at any stage of their studies, who are absent from a University examination for a reason not approved by the School, or who records two absent medicals for an assessable component of the course will be considered at the Board of Examiners.

A student on temporary withdrawal shall return to the programme at the point where they were last deemed competent.

A student whose temporary withdrawals from the course exceed two years will be required to permanently withdraw from the programme in line with current University Regulations. If the student wishes to return to the programme at a later time, they will be required to reapply to the School.

A student who has been required to take a temporary withdrawal will be required to complete a self-declaration form prior to return to the programme, declaring any criminal record they may have attracted during absence.

It is a regionally agreed requirement that there will be two progression points in the undergraduate pre-registration programme. These progression points will be at the end of year 1 and the end of year 2.

Year 1 and Year 2 progression
Year 1 and Year 2 assessments in both theory and practice must be achieved and confirmed by the appropriate Board of Examiners before progression to the next part of the programme.

Year 3 Progression
Students awaiting results may proceed to the final practice learning environment pending publication of their results and can undertake their final summative assessment. The result of the summative assessment is provisional until all practice hours are completed. The summative assessment decision may be reviewed should an issue (professional or otherwise) arise in the time between the assessment and all hours being completed.

The outline of the method of supervision and assessment in each practice learning environment is available in the NIPAD and the NIPAD Handbook. Practice modules will be assessed through formative and summative assessments across the three years of the programme.

Students must pass all modules and achieve satisfactory performance in all compulsory elements across theory and practice in order to be awarded the BSc (Hons) Professional Nursing and eligibility to seek registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register. Compensation between elements is not permitted.

Exit Points
The BSc (Hons) Professional Nursing is a degree programme comprising of a professional award which leads to eligibility to seek registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register. Students who do not wish or are not permitted to continue on the professional qualification programme may be permitted to transfer to another programme as follows:

1. Students who have successfully completed a minimum of 120 CATS at Level 1 and do not wish or are unable to complete their nursing programme may be awarded a Certificate in Applied Health Sciences.

2. Students who successfully complete 120 CATS at Level 1 and a minimum of 120 CATS at Level 2 and who do not wish or are unable to complete their nursing programme may be awarded a Diploma in Applied Health Sciences.

Students with protected characteristics

No impediments to applicants for this programme

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
Fitness to Practise programmes are those which permit students to enter a profession which is itself subject to Fitness to Practise rules.

Educational Aims Of Programme

LD1 provide person centred care for people living with Learning Disability adopting a lifespan approach

LD2 deliver effective care to people with learning disabilities who have a range of multiple health morbidities and additional interrelated physical, psychological, emotional, social, and educational needs, resulting from their learning disability

LD3 apply evidence based knowledge and skills

LD4 Skilfully and respectfully communicate with individuals, families, health care professionals and other stakeholders within dynamic health and social care contexts

LD5 Demonstrate emerging leadership

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

LD1.4 Work in partnership with people, families/ carers and communities from culturally, religious and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.6 Recognise potential health deficits of service users in the community and working collaboratively with the service user/carer to prevent or reduce the risk of health needs arising.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD5.1 Provide nursing leadership by demonstrating best practice and be accountable for delegating care appropriately to others, including carers

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD5.3 Translate critical reflective practice across complex and dynamic health contexts to be agents for change

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

LD1.1 Enable individual self-determination and control and choice over their life and service provision through co-production and empowering people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.7 Acknowledge responsibilities in relation to child and adult safeguarding, and working as a member of a multidisciplinary team to address these issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD3.1 Apply evidence based theoretical knowledge to area of practice by providing a rationale for all aspects of care delivery

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD3.2 Critically engage with current research to improve quality in practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD3.3 Gather and apply relevant evidence from practice to support decision making

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.7 Acknowledge responsibilities in relation to child and adult safeguarding, and working as a member of a multidisciplinary team to address these issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD5.2 Lead practice through effective role modelling and supporting their own and other’s professional development.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

LD1.3 Empathise with and treat person with learning disabilities and their families, relatives and colleagues with dignity and respect.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.1 Respond to the changing profile of people living with Learning Disability and recognising the individuality of the person alongside their biopsychosocial and physical needs

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.2 Respond promptly, effectively and compassionately when a person with learning disability experiences poor physical heath, mental distress or complex behaviours.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.3 Recognise signs/symptoms of deterioration in health whether physical or mental and responding to these appropriately.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.4 Respond quickly and appropriately to changing need through regular reassessment and review of care plans.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.5 Respond creatively to challenges and problems that may arise to ensure each service user is fully involved and engaged in their care.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD2.6 Recognise potential health deficits of service users in the community and working collaboratively with the service user/carer to prevent or reduce the risk of health needs arising.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD1.2 Work as advocates to improve health and well-being, education and social outcomes.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD5.4 Ensure equitable access to health and social care, education and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD5.6 Consider how digital health and e-learning can enhance nursing practice contributing to improved outcomes for individuals, families and communities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

LD4.1 Professionally demonstrate a range of communication strategies within diverse practice settings demonstrating themselves as a kind, patient and understanding practitioner

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD4.2 Critically reflect on interpersonal skills and communication, including active listening, with others and how this impacts on care provision

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD4.3 Work collaboratively across all organisations to deliver seamless health and social care

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD4.4 Recognise and communicate to colleagues that quality of life for the individual with a learning disability living in the community is determined by that individual and not by nursing/medical staff.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD5.5 Flexible in leading and directing a team involved in the care of an individual with a learning disability or to be part of a team sharing information/ expertise and take direction accordingly.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

LD5.7 Recognise and acknowledge that importance of developing connections with different cultures, hence, promoting globalisation and international interconnectedness.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Nursing Children and Young People with Neuro Developmental Disabilities and Genetic Conditions NLD2128 2 40 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Essential Life Science and Foundations of Pharmacology NFM1122 1 20 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 0% 100% 0%
Evidence Based Nursing 1 NFM1121 1 10 YES YES 8 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Caring Communication in Nursing NFM1123 1 10 YES 5 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Public Health Perspectives NFM1124 1 20 YES YES 8 weeks N YES 10% 90% 0%
Evidence Based Nursing for Quality Improvement NFY3132 3 20 YES YES 8 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Developing Leadership and Professionalism NFY3131 3 20 YES 8 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Managing Complexity/Sustaining Health & Wellbeing of Adults&Older Adults with Learning Disabilities NLD3135 3 40 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 0% 100% 0%
Safe Medicate 3 - Learning Disabilities NLD3137 3 0 YES YES 18 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice NFY3133 3 10 YES 5 weeks N YES 0% 100% 0%
Co-Ordination of Care to Improve Quality of Life for the Person with Learning Disabilities NLD3136 3 20 YES 18 weeks N YES 0% 70% 30%
Safe Medicate 2 - Learning Disabilities NLD2127 2 0 YES YES 5 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Safe Medicate 1 NFM1125 1 0 YES YES 18 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Working Interprofessionally to Improve Mental Wellbeing NSY2124 2 20 YES 8 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Evidence Based Nursing 2 NSY2121 2 10 YES 5 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Foundation of Learning Disabilities Nursing NLD1126 1 40 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Inter-Professional Working NFY3134 3 10 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Applied Life Science NSY2122 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Essential Pharmacology NSY2123 2 10 YES 8 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Professionalism in Nursing NFM1120 1 20 YES 8 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Nursing People with Learning Disabilities across the Lifespan with Psychological & Behavioural Needs NLD2129 2 20 YES 5 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%

Notes