To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant health and social care education, we are excited to be offering a newly designed programme of interprofessional education from September 2017, designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual.
The interprofessional education design is based on years of experience that we have in teaching collaborative learning.
Within the new design our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play, use of discussion boards and online simulated activities. These, and other activities, will support their learning and teaching, and their assessment.
Our Health and Social Care courses are subject to the approval of a relevant statutory regulatory body. This allows students to apply for registration upon successful completion of the course.
The course will equip you with knowledge and skills required to become a Registered Children’s Nurse. You will learn how to care for infants, children, young people and their families in a holistic manner.
The pathophysiology and nursing care of short and long term illness and injury, as well as more complex issues, will be introduced allowing you to build knowledge, year on year.
Consideration will also be given to promoting the health of children and young people, and understanding of current issues within children’s nursing will also be explored.
Professional and personal development will be a theme throughout the course, allowing you to improve skills of leadership and to support you with finding your first job as a children’s nurse.
Clinical placements are an integral part of the course.
Experience in practice constitutes 50% of the programme and links with the taught elements. Placements take place in a variety of settings both in hospital and the community. Students are usually allocated to a children's ward which is their base ward for the whole of the programme. During their placements, students are provided with a named supervisor(s) who supports them during their practice placements. Initially, students observe qualified practitioners and gradually begin to participate in care delivery as their knowledge and skills increase.
The expectation is that students normally work the same shifts as their supervisors, which will involve working in the evening, some weekends and nights. Since placements are widespread throughout Kent, travelling is inevitable and unavoidable.
The assessment strategy of the programme is designed to test whether the student has attained the academic level required for the award of BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child), and the knowledge and clinical expertise necessary for eligibility for entry on to the NMC Register (Registered Nurse (Child)). Candidates are therefore required to pass both their theoretical assignments and their assessments in practice placements in order to complete the IPL Child Nursing programme.
“Staff in uni have been of great support and I am sad to be leaving. The course was very informative and the combination of placements and uni was helpful and enjoyable. I feel I have a good understanding of different areas of nursing. I have felt supported throughout.”