Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work
School - School of Health and Society
Subject area - Social Policy and Social Work
Start Date(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £12,300 per year
- Incorporates Social Work and Registered Nurse in Learning Disability qualifications
- Professional preparation to work in the Learning Disability Service
- Only course of this kind in Greater Manchester that combines nursing with social work
- Overall student satisfaction for this course is 100% (NSS 2017)
- An interview will be required for admission onto this course
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- Clinical placement opportunity
This exciting and innovative course offers you the opportunity to study for two professional qualifications whilst gaining the knowledge, skills and experience required to support people with learning disabilities in a range of health, social care and community settings.
You will study a number of related topics including sociology, psychology, social policy, law and ethics, risk and abuse, health promotion and human growth and development, which are applicable to working with people with learning disabilities and their families and communities.
This course places a strong emphasis on working in partnership for and with people with learning disabilities. It adopts a person centred approach to understanding the assessment, planning and implementation of care and support.
Half of the time on the course is spent on placement where you will be supported by qualified practitioners, including nurses and social workers. Here you will relate the theories of the professions to real world practice and demonstrate your knowledge and skills through direct work with people with learning disabilities, their families and communities.
When you qualify, you will be able to register as a qualified nurse (learning disability) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and to the Health Care Professions Council as a social worker.
The lecturers and other students were so supportive, helping me every step of the way. I had 6 placements and each one helped to shape me into the professional I am today. I couldn’t be happier; now I see the difference I make on a day to day basis. I’ve trained over 160 medical professionals and reduced the fear of medical professionals for a number of people with learning disabilities. This job is such a worthwhile one, i've definitely found my calling!"Laura Platt, graduated 2016
This is an integrated curriculum that incorporates all the requirements of study for the generic social work and registered nurse in learning disabilities qualifications. It recognises that people with learning disabilities may have health and social care needs that require differing levels of support and intervention. An emphasis is placed on the empowerment, enablement and independence of people to meet these needs within their own communities.
Core principles of nursing and social work care delivery are explored from a theoretical and practical perspective. This includes: an understanding of human growth and development from physical, psychological and sociological perspectives; an application of legal, ethical and moral frameworks to social work and nursing practice; an appreciation of the wider context of health and social policy; using evidence based practice and research skills to inform decision making; An exploration of learning disabilities from a socio-political perspective both nationally and internationally to inform integrated professional practice.
Your time will be split equally between theory and practice. You will study a number of related topics including sociology, psychology, social policy, law and ethics, risk and abuse, health promotion and human growth and development which is applicable to working with people with learning disabilities and their families and communities.
Placements represent a fundamental aspect of the course and you will gain a wealth of experience in a diverse range of settings including NHS, local authority, secure settings and the independent sector. You will complete over 2,300 hours on placement which will give you valuable insight and experience of supporting people in the real world.
The University makes every effort to assist students in finding a placement but is unable to guarantee that a placement opportunity will be available or that students will have access to the placement of their choice. There is a nationally recognised shortage of placements and availability is dependent upon external providers who are able to offer a limited number of placements opportunities. If you are unable to take up a placement opportunity you will need to return any funding that you receive from the Student Loan Company if you are not actively attending the programme.
Further guidance is available from the Practice Education Lead, Allison Coleman.
Demonstrate the competencies outlined in the Practice Assessment document that is commensurate with Year 2 Semester 3 Demonstrate the outcomes outlined by the NMC/GSCC for progression point 2
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.