Programme Specification

Return to Practice Nursing and Health Visiting

2010-2011

Printed: 25/10/14 Version: 17/01/07 Ref: 3369


1. Final Award

No Formal Award

2. Programme Title

Return to Practice Nursing and Health Visiting

3. Awarding Instituition / Body

University of Chester

4. Validating Institution

University of Chester

5. Programme Delivered By

University of Chester

6. Location of Delivery

As determined by the Faculty of Health and Social Care, including Wirral, Chester (Riverside), Leighton, Warrington and Isle of Man campuses.

7. Intermediate Awards

8. Frameworks

  • Continuing Professional Development

9. Programme Accredited By

Nursing and Midwifery Council professional accreditation leading to re-registration on the appropriate register.

10. Subject Benchmarking Group(s)

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

11. UCAS Code

N/A

12. JACS Code

B700

13. Mode of Study

14. Forms of Study

  • Classroom / Laboratory

15. Normal length of study

4-12 months

16. Maximum length of Study

As specified

17. Frequency of Intake/ starting month

18. Criminal Records Bureau Check Required by Students

  • Yes

19. Faculty

  • Health & Social Care

20. Date of Validation / Revalidation

21. Name of Subject / Programme Assessment Board

Post Registration Undergraduate Subject Assessment Board

22. Subject Area(s)

Health and Social Care


23. Educational Aims of the Programme

To enable students to renew registration and re-enter practice with up to date theoretical knowledge, practical skills and competencies that will underpin the delivery of modern, safe and effective nursing or health visiting.

24. Programme Structure and Features; Levels, Modules, Credits and Awards

The programme is informed by the validation requirements of the Nursing  and Midwifery Council and the University of Chester.  It will be delivered twice a year.

The programme consists of one 40 credit module available at level 5 or 6, and comprising 50% theory and 50% practice. These credits may be integrated into a diploma or degree programme, for example BSc (Hons) Professional Practice, should the student wish. 

The flexible programme is delivered over a maximum of 12 months. This is to facilitate the achievement of the practical component of the programme. However the theoretical component is delivered in a structured, taught mode to facilitate tutor and peer support and guidance within a safe environment.

 

Derogation

Please note, that having been granted derogation from the University Regulations, the following applies to this programme:-

Students must pass every component and module, with a minimum mark of 40%

Code Level Name Credit Core This Year
NM5035 2 Return to Practice 40    
NM6005 3 Return to Practice 40    

40 credits at either level 5 or level 6 enable the student to return to the relevant part of the NMC register.

25. Subject Benchmark Statements

NMC, QAA & specialist benchmarking group.

26. On successful completion of the programme students will have achieved the following outcomes

 

Level 5 

  1. Critically discuss the influence of health and social policy relevant to the practice of nursing, midwifery or health visiting.
  2. Present a rational argument for the requirement of professional guidelines, codes of practice, and policies relevant to the practice of nursing, midwifery or health visiting which benefit the practitioner, the patient/client and the public.
  3. Demonstrate an in depth awareness of the current structure and organisation of care - nationally and locally.
  4. Critically explore current issues in nursing, midwifery or health visiting education and practice.
  5. Support theory and practice with reference to evidence from research and published literature.
  6. Provide a rationale for care using the nursing/midwifery process to identify and assess patient/client need, design and implement interventions, and evaluate outcomes in all relevant areas of practice, including the effective delivery of appropriate emergency care.
  7. Utilise appropriate communication skills, teaching and learning skills to enhance the practitioner’s role.
  8. Utilise theories of team working to function effectively in a team and participate in a multi-professional approach.
  9. Identify strengths and weaknesses, acknowledge limitation of competence, and recognise the importance of maintaining and developing professional competence.

 

Level 6

  1. Discuss how health and social policy have influenced the current practice of nursing, midwifery or health visiting and the delivery of care.
  2. Explain how professional guidelines, codes of practice, and policies relevant to the practice of nursing, midwifery or health visiting benefit the practitioner, the patient/client and the public.
  3. Outline the current structure and organisation of care - nationally and locally.
  4. Explore current issues in nursing, midwifery or health visiting education and practice.
  5. Use relevant literature and research to inform the practice of nursing, midwifery or health visiting.
  6. Provide a rationale for care using the nursing process to identify and assess patient/client need, design and implement interventions and evaluate outcomes in all relevant areas of practice, including the effective delivery of appropriate emergency care.
  7. Explain how appropriate communication skills, teaching and learning skills enhance the practitioner's role.
  8. Utilise theories of team working to function effectively in a team and participate in a multi-professional approach.
  9. Identify strengths and weaknesses, acknowledge limitation of competence, and recognise the importance of maintaining and developing professional competence.

 

 

 

 

27. Learning and Teaching Methods

A variety of methods are employed such as lectures, seminars, skills teaching and group presentations. Student-centred learning is promoted, encouraging wide reading, discussion and inquiry. There is exposure to practice situations - observation, practice under direct supervision and recapitulation - and reflective analysis in and on practice, experiential learning, utilisation of  models and audio-visual aids.

Formative feedback is available in both practice placement settings and the class room environment. Formative assessment will be by a review of progress toward theoretical and practice learning outcomes at the intermediate assessment point. Formative feedback in practice will also be given at the intermediate point.

28. Assessment Strategy and Methods

Portfolio of evidence demonstrating achievement of learning outcomes, to include written assessed theoretical assignments,  assessment of observed clinical skills, log of clinical hours undertaken and completion of clinical assessment documentation. 

Re-assessment is by resubmission of failed element.

29. Graduate Characteristics

Completion of this programme allows the student to re-register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the part of the register to which the practitioner intends to return, and thereafter engage in professional nursing or health visiting practice in hospital or community settings.

30. Admissions Requirements

Previous registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the part of the register to which the student intends to practice.

31. Equality and Diversity

The programme is subject to the relevant code of practice, policies and procedures of the University of Chester as they relate to the issues of race, gender, disability and age. These include access to occupational health checks, the assessment of risk in practice settings and access to learning support staff.

32. Additional Information

Note that although Section 16 'Maximum length of study' reads 'As specified', the maximum amount of time the student can take to complete the Return to Nursing and Health Visiting programme is 12 months.