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Developing highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates for the health and social care professions.

Summary

Study Health and Wellbeing at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This programme responds to the ever changing healthcare requirements of the twenty-first century by developing highly knowledgeable and skilled postgraduates from the health and social care professions, including nurses and midwives. The programme particularly extends the knowledge base necessary for practitioners to function at an advanced level and to develop into expert or advanced practitioners, advisers, managers or educators within their particular area of expertise.

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About this course

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About

This is a new programme which has superseded a previous programme (PG Diploma Health and Social Care) and has evolved as a dynamic coherent course which is intended to appeal to a wide range of professionals working within the health and social care setting.

This programme responds to the ever changing healthcare requirements of the twenty-first century by developing highly knowledgeable and skilled postgraduates from the health and social care professions, including nurses and midwives. The programme particularly extends the knowledge base necessary for practitioners to function at an advanced level and to develop into expert or advanced practitioners, advisers, managers or educators within their particular area of expertise. There is emphasis upon the application of knowledge to practice, thus enhancing the leadership capacity of graduands. The programme is based on interprofessional learning which helps students to acquire the broad theoretical and practical perspectives relevant to today’s complex health and social care arena.

The underpinning knowledge base of the PG Dip Health and Wellbeing programme requires students to address expectations of national and local directives aimed at improving the standards of health and social care in partnership with key stakeholders such as service providers and commissioners.

Attendance

1 – 3 years part-time.

Attendance
Students are required to attend for at least 75% of all campus-based modules. Some modules are online – students are required to log on to the website and interact on a weekly basis.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Research Methods for Health and Social Care

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to research methods and enables students to develop and apply theoretical and scientific knowledge and problem solving skills, in order to develop their understanding of the philosophical and practical aspects of research within health and social sciences.

Contemporary Issues in Health & Wellbeing

Year: 1

This module explores and debates issues in contemporary health and social care utilising a theoretical base to provide a springboard for discussion, reflection and more insightful practice through a rigorous analysis of current dilemmas and topical issues. Assessment is by Coursework.

Fundamentals of Urological Cancer

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 6 module provides a theoretical basis for a foundational understanding of essential concepts in caring for and promoting well-being in people who have urological cancer. It provides a crucial basis upon which further study in urology can be built. The module is offered on-line and is assessed by coursework and examination.

Essentials of Effective Communication and Education in Health and Social Care Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 6 module provides conceptual frameworks for study of communication and education and provides the essential knowledge and skills base for students to develop in two related areas of professional competence: communication and education. It aims to enhance the integration and application of a repertoire of skills related to these core areas which are central to the success of professional competence in professional health and social care practice. Assessment is by 100% coursework.

Advances in Case Management

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module develops an understanding of the professional and policy context of long term conditions, and the implications of that for persons (and their loved ones) living with long term conditions; the progress of current and future and evidence based therapeutic interventions. Assessment is 100% coursework

Health Assessment

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 6 module provides an opportunity for students to develop and enhance the knowledge base and practice of health assessment, in order that appropriate interventions and management can occur. Students will begin to develop their assessment skills under the guidance of a mentor during this module. Assessment is 100% coursework

Fundamentals of Forensic Healthcare Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

The underpinning knowledge base of this core 30 credit undergraduate module in the forensic healthcare pathway requires students to address expectations of national and local directives aimed at improving the standards of forensic health care in partnership with service providers and commissioners.

Caring for People with Urological Disorders

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 6 module helps to prepare care professionals to deliver high quality care for patients with urological disorders by equipping them with essential knowledge and attitudes that promote skilled, knowledgeable and holistic intervention. Ultimately the module seeks to assist the professional to acquire a high level of knowledge and personal reflection to facilitate the future development of evidence based urological care. Assessment is by coursework.

Foundations in Stoma Care

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module helps students to develop an in-depth understanding of the basic sciences and disease processes that can lead to stoma formation. Students will be assisted to discuss critically the care challenges that can be experienced by people who have a stoma and identify how they can play an influential role in assisting the person living with a stoma to improve their well-being and life quality.

Pathophysiology for Case Management

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module is designed to prepare suitably qualified nurses to care for patients with specific chronic illnesses in the community. It is a co-requisite and complements the module on health assessment. The module is assessed entirely by coursework which consists of a class test and a case study.

Principles and Practice of Neuroscience Care

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module prepares students to meet the complex and specific needs of people with acute and continuing neurological disorders. It provides them with the physiological understanding of the conditions in order that therapeutic interventions can be rationalised. The module enables them to critically evaluate their practice in light of new knowledge and perspectives, while also consider the experiences of people in their care. A variety of learning and teaching approaches are used to deliver this module to actively engage students. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Leadership in Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module will develop the students capacity to engage with theories of leadership and to apply this knowledge to leadership in healthcare practice. It will encourage the development of effective leadership strategies, based on best evidence to meet the challenges faced by healthcare professionals and promote the development of cultures of compassionate leadership. Assessment is by presentation, discourse and coursework.

Year two

Evidence Based Dissertation

Year: 2

This core module provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in retrieving and using research evidence in the planning and delivery of health and social care. This module meets the dissertation requirements for the award of a BSc (Hons) degree. Assessment is by coursework.

Concepts of ?Holism? in Forensic Healthcare Practice

Year: 2

This module is optional

The 30 credit module aims to explore concepts of holism in forensic healthcare practice and the implications for assessment, management and treatment of forensic healthcare service users while also covering a variety of psychological therapy approaches. Assessment is by coursework.

Foundations of Adult Continence Promotion

Year: 2

This module is optional

This Level 6 module provides a theoretical basis for the understanding of the issues essential for the provision of evidence based, individualised care for people who experience incontinence. Normal anatomy and physiology are explored as the basis for a thorough understanding of the genesis of continence problems and their resolution. The module will be offered on-line, with the assessment being 100% coursework.

Foundations of Urology and Continence

Year: 2

This module is optional

This Level 6 module prepares members of the professional care team to deliver high quality care for patients with urological disorders by equipping them with the essential knowledge that underpins urology. Ultimately the module seeks to assist professionals to acquire high level understanding of the science that informs urological assessment and intervention so promoting well-being in the person. Assessment is by coursework.

Caring for People with Continence Disorders

Year: 2

This module is optional

This Level 6 module provides a theoretical basis for the delivery of evidence-based, continence care. The treatment modalities for both urinary and faecal incontinence are explored. The role of the ?Skills for Health? competencies to provide a mechanism to promote a standard of care delivery nationally is explored. The module will be offered on-line, with the assessment being 100% coursework.

Contemporary Health Care Ethics

Year: 2

This module is optional

This level 6 module examines a broad range of issues, emphasising selection of relevant topics to maintain a quality approach to ethical deliberation. The knowledge base will enable students to direct and apply subject matter to their own area of expertise through the contribution of teaching and professional expertise, and through reflection and integration of theoretical perspectives with practice experiences. Assessment is by coursework.

Introduction to Diabetes Care 1

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is the first of three modules aimed at nurses wishing to learning more about the area of diabetes care but not wishing to develop that knowledge to that of specialist level. The general aim of this module is to introduce nurses to diabetes mellitus and the care and screening practices employed to treat those affected. The module is developed for a wide variety of contexts such as medical nursing, surgical nursing, midwifery and paediatric care. Assessment of the module is by 100% coursework.

Care and Management of a Person with Diabetes: 2

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is the second of three modules aimed at nurses wishing to learning more about the area of diabetes care but not wishing to develop that knowledge to that of specialist level. The general aim of this module is to introduce nurses to the different care settings used in the management of diabetes. Also the module introduces students to the issues concerning management of patients in acute emergencies and with long term complications. The module is developed for a wide variety of contexts such as medical nursing, surgical nursing, midwifery care and paediatrics. Assessment of the module is by 100% coursework.

Advanced Practice Issues in Stoma Care

Year: 2

This module is optional

In this module the student will be able describe common stoma care issues encountered in neonates and children as well as discussing ?out of the ordinary? issues in stoma care and outline appropriate responses to such events. The module will discuss key issues associated with multi-professional care, professional development and the future-proofing of service and will examine ethical challenges involved in advocacy and working with healthcare industry agencies.

Developing Practice in Stoma Care

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module helps students to deepen existing knowledge on current issues in quality stoma care through the exploration of person-centered care responses to promote coping and positive living. The module explores pre-operative, immediate and long term needs of people living with a stoma and addresses wider issues through the examining of the potential impact of culture and religion on living with a stoma and the challenges they offer in of providing appropriate care.

Developing Neuroscience Practice

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity for students to identify and influence change in their practice within the neuroscience setting. They will develop their critical thinking and reflective skills to enable them to improve their practice and deliver the best possible care for the person and their family with a neurological disorder. Students will enhance their understanding of the ethical challenges related to decision-making in situations when autonomy is compromised. A range of learning and teaching methods will be used to facilitate the students? development of knowledge and skills in the practice of neuroscience care. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

This programme is direct entry into final year and thus not suitable for entrants directly from A Level.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

Under the University’s ‘Qualifications and Credit Framework’, the achievement of an Honours degree requires the successful completion of 360 credits of study at levels 4, 5 and 6. In regard to this programme, students would normally enter the programme at level 6 having gained exemption for level 4 and 5 modules through the University’s ‘Accreditation of Prior Learning’ policy when both prior certificated and experiential learning will be accepted in consideration of exemption. Where exemption is obtained for levels 4 and 5 modules, the programme is normally completed over one academic year in full-time mode and two academic years (up to a maximum of five years) in part-time mode

In order to achieve exemption from level 4 and 5 of the programme, an applicant shall:

1) be either a first level nurse on the NMC Register or equivalent in their own country or have a pre-registration nursing qualification at level 5.

or

in the absence of a professional qualification, students shall have achieved a Higher National Diploma (or equivalent) in a relevant health or social care subject.

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants are expected to have attained a relevant degree in a health and/or social care subject (or equivalent) in order to be considered for entry into the programme.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The majority of students will already hold a professional qualification in either health care or social care. This programme will offer them the chance to develop their career prospects within their area of practice. For those students not holding a professional qualification, on graduation, they will be well equipped to embark upon a career within health care and/or social care.

Apply

Application is online.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Contact

Faculty Office

Mrs Karen McCarroll

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8983

E: kl.mccarroll@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director (Jordanstown): Dr Wendy Cousins

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6185

E: w.cousins1@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director (Magee): Mrs Tracy Mullan

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5327

E: t.mullan@ulster.ac.uk