Three years full-time
This innovative course will offer you the opportunity to qualify both as a registered nurse working with people with a learning disability and as a registered social worker. It is based on the new nursing standards (NMC, 2010) and the University of Salford will be the first in Greater Manchester to validate a joint course using the new NMC standards.
This course acknowledges that the rights and needs of people with a learning disability are not clearly divisible into health or social care services. While recognising that some distinct teaching of nursing and social work is necessary, this course adopts a holistic approach and emphasises the need for training courses to develop transferable skills and strategies for caring.
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.
|Police Clearance||All offers on this course are made subject to police clearance. The University adheres fully to the CRB Code of Practice.|
|Health Clearance||All offers on this course are subject to Mandatory Health Clearance.|
|Other qualification||Knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with learning disabilities and their families|
|GCSE||All applicants must have English and Maths of at least Grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||260-300 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.
Please note that the GCSE requirements remain in place for candidates going through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme onto this course.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum 7 in reading, writing and speaking is required for this course.
Applicants should demonstrate a clear desire and commitment to work with people with learning disabilities. This may be achieved through any number of expressions of: personal experience of caring for people with learning disabilities, exposure to working in environments where people with learning disabilities attend, desirable personal characteristics/attitudes, insightful perceptions of nursing and social work, an insight into career opportunities, an appreciation of the the contributions nurses and social work make to care, relevance of recent study no more than five years ago, hobbies, involvement in voluntary activities, relevance of involvement in college/work activities, an appreciation of the value of life experiences.
Successful applicants who meet the criteria will be offered an interview. At interview, applicants will be tested on literacy and numeracy, ability to communicate effectively and to work in groups to achieve a task within allocated time and your values in relation to caring. There will also be an individual interview where applicants will have to answer questions posted by service users/carers.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. In the first instance you should discuss this will the relevant Admissions Tutor.
A variety of teaching and learning methods are used.
You will be on placement for a total 320 days during this three year course.
When you qualify, you will be a valuable asset to employees because of your dual qualification. This will enable you to apply for a wide range of jobs within the NHS, Local Authorities and the independent sector. Many learning disability practitioners also occupy roles as managers and lead teams of support staff.
As a practitioner who recognises the importance of collaboration across the social and health care divide, you will be extremely valuable to employers. You will be well equipped to take up a range of posts, many within statutory services, for example in day, field or residential services. You may also go on to be a staff nurse, community nurse, social worker or care manager and decide to work with adults with complex health needs or children with challenging behaviour.
We have formed strong and varied partnerships with a large number NHS Trusts and social work agencies in the North West which means your learning is informed by current practice and developments. You will undertake your practical placements in a variety of setting depending on what area you wish to specialise in which include hospitals, community settings, third sector and private health care organisations.
Our Simulation Laboratory has a ward setting and six patient simulators. It will give you the chance to take part in real-world scenarios under the supervision of our qualified staff. Our Clinical Practice Wards are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment or community settings. The rooms are furnished with patient’s beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area. The environment can be adapted to simulate a sitting room in residential care areas.