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Foundation Degree Nursing Associate 2019/20

Year of entry

Foundation Degree Nursing Associate

This course is available to applicants via an apprenticeship scheme (employer supported) and self-funded.

This course is offered at both the Canterbury and Medway campus, although this is dependent on the number of applications received.

This Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate (FD NA) has been designed in partnership with local employers and current trainees in consideration of the knowledge, skills and attributes required for the future nursing associate workforce as detailed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

This Foundation Degree has additionally been mapped to the Apprenticeship Standards for Nursing Associates (NMC 2018), so enabling you to combine academic and professional work by accessing the apprenticeship delivery model and recognises the importance of developing evidence-based practice within the workplace so allowing both traditional and apprenticeship students to study together 

There are four driving forces behind this change: the first is associated with the similarities between the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Nurses and the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates, while there are fundamental differences in these roles there are also many similarities; the second is to create a more seamless onwards progression for Nursing Associates into Degree level Nursing programmes; the third is the recognition of this new professional role in nursing and the fourth is the alternative access route via the apprenticeship levy.

The programme design therefore considers the knowledge, skills and attributes required for the nursing associate and the flexibility of this evolving new role whilst balancing the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy (CCCU 2015) against the needs of the local healthcare workforce. Its development enhances the student experience by placing them at the centre of its delivery and recognises and values the contributions of their work-based experiences into the programme.

“I can't wait to see how I can improve my role towards better patient care.”

Shannon Goodfellow, Foundation Degree in Health & Care (Nursing Associate) student

The programme is designed to equip those working in a non-registered capacity, in the health and care sector, with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become a Nursing Associate. The programme will support you to become a compassionate, competent, confident and responsible practitioner through promoting reflection and reflexivity, independence and a critical awareness of your role boundaries. This will allow you to identify goals, engage in self-directed learning and achieve competence in the provision of holistic, safe, effective evidence-based care within the parameters of your practice.

“I never thought I was capable of achieving such an exciting opportunity when I am middle aged with two children. They are so proud of their mum.”

Sarah Phillips, Foundation Degree in Health & Care (Nursing Associate) student

This Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate (FD NA) has been designed in partnership with local employers and current trainees in consideration of the knowledge, skills and attributes required for the future nursing associate workforce as detailed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

This Foundation Degree has additionally been mapped to the Apprenticeship Standards for Nursing Associates (NMC 2018), so enabling you to combine academic and professional work by accessing the apprenticeship delivery model and recognises the importance of developing evidence-based practice within the workplace so allowing both traditional and apprenticeship students to study together 

The programme is undertaken over two years and will be divided equally between time spent in university studying a variety of different modules and time in a range of practice experience facilities including a fully equipped Simulation Suite and healthcare settings, including existing workplace if undertaking this as the apprenticeship.

The programme consists of a series of theory and practice modules designed to enable you to acquire the appropriate knowledge and skills to practise in a person-centred way. You will study nursing skills and knowledge, communication skills, professional issues, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, health and health promotion. Your modules use a problem-based learning approach and you will be introduced to a number of service user-based enigmas that will support your understanding by the integration of theory and practice. You will also follow some of these enigmas into our simulation suites where you will be able to develop, enhance and embed practical application so being able to develop confidence and competence in a safe environment. Your concluding module focuses on you becoming a registered professional through the consideration of leadership, management and the development of others within the unregistered workforce.

The programme is delivered in three fifteen-week blocks (trimesters) of study each year and consists of two elements; a university-based day which is fixed and placement application (duration is dependent on the pathway you are appointed to).

If you are undertaking the Apprenticeship pathway you will be based with your existing employer who will be sponsoring your attendance primarily via the Apprenticeship levy therefore your remaining time outside of the fixed university day is based in your hosted area (i.e normal place of work) with one day spent on an external placement as a learning opportunity (15 days per trimester).

If you are undertaking the Independent pathway you will attend placement in 6-week blocks of 4 days every trimester.

To deliver compassionate competent holistic care, Nursing Associate’s need an awareness of what a patient of any age may experience on their journey through health and care. It is an NMC requirement that each student  has placement experiences in the following settings:

  • At home: e.g. community health team, nursing home, prison, specialist nurse
  • Close to home: e.g. community hospital, step down care, health clinic, hospice
  • Not at home: e.g. emergency departments, acute hospital wards, diagnostic departments 

The programme embraces the values of the University as it supports the development of the whole person, respecting and nurturing the inherent dignity and potential of each individual.  

Each year of the programme you will study a variety of modules that will give you a total of 120 academic credits. You are required to pass all modules in order to progress to the next year of the programme. 

Year 1 (level 4) Core Modules

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Nursing Associate Practice 1 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to equip the you with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and attitudes and behaviours required to perform fundamental clinical cores skills as a Nursing Associate in a range of settings.

Accessed via the completion of a Practice Assessment Document within your place of work or placement area.

Wellbeing Across the Lifespan (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence health and wellbeing across the lifespan including end of life.

Clinical Supervision 1 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to equip you with the necessary skills to be a lifelong learner and to develop in to a reflective practitioner through the participation of group supervision.

Professionalism, Relationships and Fundamental Skills  (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to recognise your role as a partner in care and how this can be adapted to the care context through the exploration of core communication skills, professional code of practice and interprofessional person centred care

You will also apply knowledge and understanding of healthy human anatomy and physiology that is delivered within the Nursing Associate Practice 1 module

Compassionate Conversations  (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of common mental health conditions and detection of these when co-existing with physical health conditions. To develop the ability to facilitate caring conversations with those experiencing emotional distress.

Year 2 (Level 5) Core Modules

Nursing Associate Practice 2 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to enhance you with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and attitudes and behaviours required to perform the remaining identified clinical skills as a Nursing Associate in a range of settings.

Accessed via the completion of a Practice Assessment Document within your place of work or placement area.

The Evidence for Nursing Care (20 credits)

The module aims to enable the you to develop the skills of enquiry and analysis as you  explore the nursing care for a chosen service user and examine the evidence that informs the decision-making process.

You will also be applying the knowledge and understanding of  pathophysiology and pharmacology  that is delivered within the Nursing Associate Practice 2 module 

Clinical Supervision 2 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to equip you with the necessary skills to be able to utilise literature to enhance evidenced based practice and to embed reflexive conversations to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence-based practice through the participation of group supervision 

Transformation and Leadership (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to empower you with the knowledge and skills to apply evidence-based practice, quality assurance and priorities in care to service transformation initiatives, to develop sustainable solutions and proposals for change.

To explore your leadership role within the Nursing Associate role, equip you with understanding necessary to apply evidence-based practice through identifying areas for service improvement.

Collaboration, Engagement, Screening  & Assessment –Biopsychosocial Approaches to Mental Health  (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop understanding of and empathy for the experiences of service users experiencing serious mental health problems. 

In order to graduate you will need to pass all theory and practice assessments and complete the required number of  recognised practice hours.

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree will enable trainees to apply for a Nursing Associate role. In addition, the delivery of the programme has been designed in such a way as to equip trainees with transferable skills based on the University’s “Graduate Attributes Statement” which is embedded in the Learning and Teaching Strategy. The Graduate Attributes Statement states that:

“Canterbury Christ Church University is committed to the development of graduates who are intellectually curious, skilled and ethically engaged with the world and its future.  Through transformative experiences, trainees have the opportunity to develop critical and imaginative thinking and compassionate responsibility”.

Students may wish to continue in Higher Education and there are a number of progression routes (subject to application and interview) for example:

  • Undergraduate Professional programmes;
  • BSc Applied Practice to gain a top-up degree (without registration) or other top up level 6 programmes

If you are undertaking an apprenticeship via the Apprenticeship pathway you will be required to be nominated by your employer and successfully complete the end point assessment prior to recommendation to the NMC.

Employers may access their apprenticeship levy or government co-investment to fund the programme as part of an apprenticeship.

Independent pathway self-funding 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are as follows.

Fees

The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £6,575 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Learning, teaching and assessment is heavily orientated towards work-based learning where knowledge gained is applied your role in the workplace and reflection and evaluation further enhances practice. 

The emphasis of the teaching throughout the programme is centred on the programme’s aim to support you to become a compassionate, competent, confident and responsible practitioner who is able to deliver a wide range of clinical, care and inter-personal skills underpinned by a systematic knowledge base’ (HEE, 2016). The programme aims to equip Nursing Associates with the knowledge and skills; and behaviours and attitudes to work across the fields of nursing, across the lifespan and in a full range of settings across health and care. The Nursing Associate will have the skills and knowledge to monitor and review the care they deliver, identify when the care plan needs amendment, and refer back to the nurse when necessary (NMC, 2018).

A blend of face-to-face and online activities has been purposively chosen to meet the modules learning outcomes and to provide a connectedness between university and work-based learning.  For example, core information may be provided via narrated PowerPoint presentations, suggested readings and learning activities while learning at university will encompass action learning sets, formative peer-feedback and student-centric activities which fuse theoretical and practical knowledge.  The number of face-to-face days for academic direction will normally be five per 20 credit module and in general academic direction will incorporate face-to-face, directed and on-line activities.  Importantly face-to-face facilitates active learning and enhanced engagement in work-based learning as you value and accredit the knowledge and skills which have been learnt through the medium of work.  This allows you to demonstrate knowledge and skill development relevant to your work and enables you to enhance practice and consider new ways of working. 

Directed learning is a significant aspect of all modules and an important process to enhance and supplement learning.  You are encouraged to reflect on the classroom teaching and carry out structured activities to reinforce, consolidate and revise learning.  Self-directed learning is less structured and encourages autonomy and independent learning and can be enhanced by the use of the e-library where you will have access to online journals and books.

To build on the interprofessional skills, problem-solving will be a consistent feature. The use of service-user case studies and scenarios will test understanding of the topic and elicit appropriate judgements, behaviours and actions.  This approach will also contribute to your journey to self-regulative practitioner able to contextualise learning to the context of care delivery. 

 

During your time on the Foundation Degree  you will be expected to complete a variety of different assessments. Assessment is an essential element of this programme and is embedded within each module to demonstrate the integration of both theory and practice throughout the programme.

Each module has formative (developmental) activities that will support and prepare you for your summative (formal - used to evaluate the learning, skill acquisition and academic achievement) assessments and these are either graded or pass/fail.

Formative Activities will consist of group discussion and feedback sessions, draft assignment plans, feedback via simulated practice learning sessions, mock and practice safe medicate assessments, as well as every six weeks triennial reviews within your place of work.

In order to graduate you will need to pass all theory and practice assessments. The nursing associate pathway also stipulates 675 external placement hours over the two years.

Contact your learning and development manager to discuss access to an apprenticeship.

For generic enquiries, please contact  apprenticeships@canterbury.ac.uk

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • Apprenticeship pathway: 2 years full-time - one day a week at University and one day a week in an external placement. Three days a week in your usual place of work.

    Self-funded pathway: one day university attendance and up to 24 days per trimester in placement.

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Apprenticeship pathway:

    You must have the support of your employing organisation either as a Nursing Associate Apprentice or confirmation of funding and placement availability

    Be employed in a trainee nursing associate role in the UK health and care sector providing care for a minimum of 30 hours in order for you to meet the work-based learning outcomes

    Have the support of your employer who will sign the relevant agreement form linked to the Apprenticeship

    Have certified evidence of level 2 Maths and English (GCSE or equivalent) or be willing to undertake and complete by the end of programme. (if endorsed by your employer and is linked to an apprenticeship)

    Self-funded pathway:

    Have experience of at least six months of working or voluntary experience in the UK health and care sector (minimum of 10 hours a week) or have a level 3 qualification in a health and social care (A level or equivalent)

    Have certified evidence of level 2 Maths and English (GCSE or equivalent)

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