BSc (Hons) / PgDip CHILDREN'S NURSING - SECOND REGISTRATION PROGRAMME

Overview

These programmes lead to a second registration in children’s nursing.

If you are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as either an Adult, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse you can gain a second registration as a Children's Nurse by completing either the Postgraduate Diploma or the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The NMC require Registered Nurses seeking registration in a second field to undertake a standard pre-registration nursing programme, against which Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claims, including relevant practice learning are made.

As part of the RPL process, your Professional Portfolio has to be available for examination. It should contain the required original evidence: certificated learning, reflective accounts of clinical experience, evidence of attendance at clinical updates, evidence of best practice in evidence based care and the dissemination of this to others, feedback from service users, involvement in projects, a current appraisal and other material that may be relevant.

To demonstrate nursing practice experience, the role you undertook, the dates and the approximate length of time spent in each area need to be verified by the university or your nurse manager. Confirmation will be obtained from the verifying signatory.

All NMC registered nurses are eligible for the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing programme and applicants with either a first or second class honours Degree in nursing are eligible for the PGDip Children's Nursing programme.Students on these courses must be seconded by their employing trust. Please be aware that the duration of the programme will be dependant on the previous practice  learning experiences.

Both the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing and the PgDip Children's Nursing require students to complete a total of 2300 hours of relevant nursing practice, which could include previous practice. Where applicants have less than six months of children's nursing practice the duration of their programme may be extended.

The minimum duration of these programmes is one year and can be up to two years.

BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing

This programme is suitable for Registered Nurses with either a certificate, diploma or third class honours degree. The 3 year BSc programme incorporates eighteen children's nursing and generic modules.

On application for the second registration course, you'll be required to make an Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to demonstrate prior academic knowledge. The modules you take as part of the second registration programme will be dependent upon a successful RPL application.

PG Diploma in Children's Nursing

To be eligible for this programme you must be a nurse on the NMC register and have a Bachelor degree with a  2:2 minimum classification and have at least one year of clinical practice in children's nursing. You'll also need to make an RPL claim. You'll follow a one year PG Diploma pathway.

The process of RPL is lengthy and only completed once you have a conditional offer for the course. You are advised to start work on this as early as possible.

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time DurationVariable - dependent on RPL. Approximately 12 - 25 months. Start dateSeptember Application code4Q22 Application method UCAS
ModeFull-time DurationVariable - dependent on RPL. Approximately 12 - 25 months. Start dateSeptember Application code4Q22 Application method UCAS

Course Accreditations

  • NMC

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level Requirements

  • Evidence of current registration with the UK Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Current employment in a children's nursing setting
  • Funding and secondment agreement from your employer (normally from the NHS) students will remain in this employment.
  • Agreement from the employer to provide suitable clinical placements where possible
  • Level 7 IELTS if educational qualifications have not been obtained in the English language
  • Successful interview
  • Satisfactory occupational health clearance
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Additional programme specific entry requirements:

BSc Children's nursing

  • Registration as a nurse with the NMC
  • Secondment from the Employing Trust/Institution – students will remain in employment
  • Successful Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim for Transfer of credits

The RPL claim must show that you have sufficient academic credit and duration of practice to match the value of those modules that you wish to make a claim for. Successful accreditation then reduces the amount of modules that you will be required to undertake.

PgDip in Children's Nursing

  • A second class honours degree in nursing (minimum)
  • Registration as a nurse with the NMC
  • Secondment from the Employing Trust/Institution – students will remain in employment
  • Significant experience (at least six months) of working within children's nursing as a registered nurse
  • A successful Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim for Advanced Standing.

Advanced Standing is required to both demonstrate the ability to undertake studies at a higher academic level and show that the 2300 hours duration of practice required by the NMC can be achieved.

The one year PgDip programme includes 675 practice hours. If your RPL credit is less than 1,625 hours you will therefore need an extension to the length of the programme. n.b. can include previous pre-registration placement experience.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

Second registration funding

Health Education England are no longer providing funding to cover student fees. They will be providing a training grant to some NHS organisations in place of salary support. If you have any questions about this, please contact the education lead in your NHS organisation who will be able to answer your questions about this.

To be eligible to apply to the Student Loan Company for funding, students on a 2nd registration course need to be on a two-year full time course with the second year being a minimum of eight weeks contact time (placement and/or theory). This has different implications for students on the PgDip route to those applying for the BSc route.

Registered Nurses are NOT eligible for the NHS Bursary - https://www.gov.uk/nhs-bursaries/eligibility.
You will not get an NHS bursary if you’re a first level nurse or midwife and you’re registering for a second field in nursing or midwifery.

PgDip route

  • The PgDip course is exactly 12 months long and this means that students on this route are not eligible to apply for a loan from the student loan company to cover. Course fees will need to be funded by the student or their employer.
  • Course fees include a tablet, uniforms, occupational health (OH) clearance and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.
  • These fees do not cover accommodation or living costs nor are travel costs to university or placement included. You may also need to buy textbooks and other learning materials during the course.

BSc route

  • The length of course for students applying for the BSc 2nd registration course depends on an individual’s RPL.
  • In the past the vast majority undertake a 12 - 15 month course but we cannot confirm this until the RPL process has been completed. The RPL process will be started once a student has accepted their place on the course.
  • If following RPL, your course is less than 1 year + 8 weeks you will not be eligible to apply to the Student Loan Company for a loan to cover their fees. In this situation, the course fees will need to be funded by the student or by their employer.
  • If following RPL, your course is more than 1 year + 8 weeks you will be eligible to apply to the Student Loan Company for a loan to cover their fees. More details are available at https://www.slc.co.uk/.
  • There may be a slight increase for Year 2 of the course. Any increase will be determined by the fees increase announced by the Government. The fee for the second year of the course will be pro rota depending on the proportion of the course.
  • Course fees include a tablet, uniforms, occupational health (OH) clearance and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.
  • These fees do not cover accommodation or living costs nor are travel costs to university or placement included. You may also need to buy textbooks and other learning materials during the course.

If you have any questions or queries about these new funding arrangements please contact Amy Noakes (Cohort Leader; noakesa2@lsbu.ac.uk) or Alison Twycross (Deputy Dean and Lead Nurse; a.twycross@lsbu.ac.uk).

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time Duration Variable - dependent on RPL. Approximately 12 - 25 months. Start date September Application code 4Q22 Application method UCAS
Mode Full-time Duration Variable - dependent on RPL. Approximately 12 - 25 months. Start date September Application code 4Q22 Application method UCAS

Applications need to be made via UCAS via Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. The course code is 4Q22. The route you take will depend on your RPL claim.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students page.

We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. Please note that the RPL process needs to be completed prior to interview.

Four stage application

  1. Secure sponsorship from your employer
  2. Apply to us through UCAS
  3. Make your Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim
  4. Attend the University for a face to face interview

Personal statements

Remember the personal statement is extremely important. This is essentially a selling tool on why you are right for the course. The personal statement is taken into consideration when shortlisting applicants for interview. Read our guide on how to write yours.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants who are successful in the University's situational, literacy and numeracy tests will be invited to complete an RPL claim. This will then be processed prior to interview.

For the RPL claim, you should obtain your transcript of training from the institution you undertook your nurse training in as early as possible. If your training was undertaken abroad you should access the National Recognition Information Centre UK (NARIC) for a translation of the credits and values of your qualification, for comparison with the English university credits. This should be submitted with your RPL claim.

A maximum of 60 credits at Level 6 can be credited by RPL, therefore all students will need to undertake a programme that includes a minimum of 60 credits at level 6.

Interviews

On successful application you will be invited to interview via UCAS track. Interviews will take place online via MS teams and will be conducted by academics and trust partners. Interviews last approximately 15 minutes. You will be required to provide photographic ID (Driving licence/passport) and your UCAS personal ID number at the start of the interview. The results of the interview will be available via UCAS track.

There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.

The multiple mini interview process

Applicants are invited in small groups for interview. You will be introduced to the 'Interview Coordinator', either by the admissions tutor or a member of the team. The interview process will be explained to you so that you are clear what to expect on the day. You will then be escorted by one of the team and led to the seating area in the interview area. Applicants move around individual stations to be interviewed by separate interviewers in a one-to-one face-to-face interview. The starting point for each applicant is different but each interviewer will ask the same question of all applicants in turn. Four minutes is allowed for each answer and a minute for moving between stations.

In addition the first interviewer will ask a starter question so the time spent with the first  will be eight minutes.

After you have answered the last question you will be given a written question. You will be allowed five minutes to write a short written answer.

Long distance travel

If you have to travel a long distance you can request to be interviewed on the same day as your Literacy-Numeracy test. The first sitting of tests is at 2.00pm which means that if you are successful you will be ready for interview at 4pm,  the last interview session of the day.

Venue

You will be advised of the location of your interview and be met by a 'Health Interview Assistant', who is a Student Ambassador or member of staff. They will make you feel comfortable and should be able to answer your queries about being a university student. If you have been accompanied by anyone they will be asked to wait in a quiet area until your interview is over.

Identity check

Your identity will be checked against your Passport or Driving Licence. It is really important that you remember to bring your ID.  Unfortunately, if you forget this we will not be able to interview you.

Information regarding results

When the interview has finished you will be given information and advice as to what happens next, should you be either successful or unsuccessful.

Results

These will be made available through UCAS Track usually within two weeks.

If you are unsuccessful the application process for this year is over. Your application will not be accepted for either 'Extra' or 'Clearing'. LSBU will however accept another application for the following year. It is important that you read the comments in the results statement, so that you are prepared for any other interviews you may have.

If you are successful you will be invited to an Offer Holder day, which aims to help you make a final decision on whether to accept our offer or not. You will meet some of the team in the Department and take part in some 'taster' sessions.

Headstart day

Future students will be invited to meet with other students starting at the same time. There will be tours of the university library, lectures and teaching sessions and plenty of opportunity to make new friends, meet staff and to feel better prepared for starting your studies with us.

Secondment

Prior to the start of the course you will need to secure sponsorship from your employer. At your interview we start the process of checking your eligibility for NHS funding. You will need to fulfil residency requirements to be eligible for UK student status and fees. Whilst fees are paid by your sponsor you need to ensure that they are prepared to pay the additional fees should you be regarded as an international student

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2023.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?

Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.

What do I need to declare on my DBS?

Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.

Who reviews my DBS?

As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.

Which address do I use?

You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list (PDF File 248 KB) to be verified.

Document check on campus

Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm

Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm

Document check at the Post Office

If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Occupational Health (OH)

An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.

Questionnaire

Once you have enrolled, students will be asked to complete an occupational health check, the first part is completing an online questionnaire sent from our occupational health provider.

GP appointment

The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB)
GP Vaccination and Screening History (PDF File 117 KB)

Occupational Health appointment

After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.

The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 588 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be double vaccinated?

Yes - government legislation advises that everyone must be double vaccinated to work in a health care setting with effect from 1 April 2022.

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.

I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?

Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.

If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?

The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.

Numeracy practice

Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Uniforms

Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

Frequently asked questions

Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?

Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.

Which uniforms will I receive?

Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.

How long do the uniforms need to last?

The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.

How do I know what size I am?

A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.

Can I order more uniforms?

You are welcome to purchase additional items at Work in Style. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.

Can I try on my uniforms?

You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

The BSc course has 15 modules, but your programme of study will be unique, depending on your prior learning.

Year 1

  • Assessing needs and planning care in Children's Nursing
    This module will introduce students to the values, frameworks and skills that underpin children’s nursing. The module focuses on different methods and frameworks for engaging in holistic assessment underpinned by evidence-based practice. The module is mapped against the NMC (2018) Standards and prepares students to carry out fundamental nursing skills across the four fields of nursing utilising a combination of teaching methods including simulated practice.
  • Biosciences for nursing
    This module provides understanding of the structure and function of main body’s systems and how the human body maintains homeostasis. The content of this module has been selected and developed to equip student nurses with the necessary knowledge to inform their nursing practice and provide and for progression throughout the programme. This knowledge will enable students to go on to develop an understanding of pathophysiological processes and the fundamentals of pharmacology. Students are supported in their learning with extensive use of teaching strategies such as key-lectures, workbooks and e-learning.
  • Introducing evidence-based practice for nursing
    This module introduces the nature of evidence in health and social care and the importance of evidence-based practice for patients and their families and their safety and quality of experience. Students will develop skills in accessing evidence, gain familiarity with the library, including the use of electronic databases and learn how to use the University’s referencing system for their material. Students will learn key terms relating to research and evidence-based practice and be introduced to an evidence-based practice model. The module also sets out the context for the conduct of health and social care research, including funding and ethical aspects.
  • Communication for nursing (IPL)
    The focus of this module is on interprofessional working to promote patient safety. Nurses need to learn how communication can influence practice as well as therapeutic relationships and how to assimilate theoretical knowledge into practice to improve patient safety. It will identify the need for a range of alternative communication techniques to effectively manage, maintain and promote safe care.

Year 2

  • Applied physiology for Children's Nursing
    This module further develops the anatomy physiology themes which were introduced in year one of the programme, with a specific emphasis on application to child health and children’s nursing, focusing on the following systems:
    - Respiratory System
    - Circulatory System
    - Endocrine System
    - Gastrointestinal System
    - Immune System
    - Neurological System
    - Integumentary System.
  • Safe and effective practice (IPL)
    This module aims for students to reflect on their professional identity and to develop an understanding of multidisciplinary roles within teams. It will advance students’ knowledge in relation to interprofessional working and the skills needed to work in diverse teams such as teamwork, work environment, stress and fatigue and reflective practice. The focus of the module is on collaborative team practice from a service user perspective. It will link professional practice to theory through experimental learning.
  • Promoting health and preventing ill health
    This module introduces public health concepts and contemporary public health issues, the principles of which can then be applied at an individual and population level and within a local, national and global context. This module of study is aligned to the NMC Standard Platform 2, Promoting health and preventing ill health (NMC (2018) Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses).
  • Appraising evidence for practice
    This module considers how research questions are generated from practice with application to nursing. The steps in conducting research and audit and the main research methods in health and social care are explained and associated ethical aspects are discussed. Methods of analysing and presenting different types of research data are introduced. The rationale for appraising research is considered and critical appraisal tools are reviewed. The module equips children’s nurses with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice.
  • Providing care in Children's Nursing (skills)
    This module builds on students’ existing knowledge and skills and extends these for application to more complex scenarios in children’s nursing. The module focuses on the collaborative planning and delivery of holistic care. The module is mapped against the NMC (2018) standards and prepares students to think more critically about and carry out more complex nursing skills in their field, as well as developing skills shared across the four fields of nursing. The module uses a combination of teaching methods including simulated practice.
  • Mother and new-born
    This virtual learning module introduces the student to the nature of normal childbirth and neonatal care. It explores the concepts of antenatal care, childbirth and postnatal care and the role of the midwife in the delivery of woman centred care. Utilising a variety of on line resources, students will share knowledge gained with their peers on labour, infant feeding and maternal care. This module ensures compliance with European Union Directive 2005/36/EC.

Year 3

  • Transitioning to leadership
    This module will develop and build effective leadership skills in a complex and multidimensional health care setting. It will explore theoretical models of leadership, quality improvement and patient safety and provide an opportunity to explore how these concepts interrelate and impact on the delivery of care and prepare the students for their final clinical placement.
  • Implementing best practice
    This module brings together all the learning from the two previous evidence-based practice modules undertaken in years one and two. It involves the implementation of available research into practice. The module equips the potential graduate nurse with the core skills and understanding to be able to implement appropriate evidence, utilise, and evaluate in practice. It helps the student to learn how to translate evidence into practice.
  • Pharmacology and prescribing ready for Children's Nursing
    This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of pharmacology and medicines optimisation in order to make students prescriber ready when they register with the Nursing Midwifery Council. This module focuses on the nursing care of children, young people and their families, with an emphasis on the theoretical process of medicine prescribing and practical application of medicine administration via all routes including intra-venous. It will explore and discuss the general principles of pharmacodynamics and the complexities of pharmacokinetics in relation to the child. Commonly used medications will be identified and explored in the context of a variety of care settings. This module will consider and evaluate the role and responsibilities of the nurse in relation to the safe administration of medication in clinical practice, including competency with drug calculations.
  • Complex and critical care of children and young people
    This module has been designed to integrate the application of theoretical and clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to underpin managing the caring of the complex, critically ill child and young person and their families. The module will build upon a student’s knowledge and help develop a clinical reasoning approach to the care of a complex, critically ill child or young person. The module aims to examine the assessment, observation, close monitoring and intervention required to manage critically ill child or young person.
  • Enhancing and evaluating care in Children's Nursing
    The module develops students’ abilities to utilise clinical reasoning to respond to and manage unfamiliar and complex scenarios in children’s nursing, to evaluate care that is provided and to develop the skills of other members of the team. The module is mapped against the NMC (2018) standards and prepares students to carry out fundamental nursing skills across the four fields of nursing utilising a combination of teaching methods including simulated practice.

The PgDip course has 6 modules, but your programme of study will be unique, depending on your prior learning.

Year 1

  • Applied biological and pharmacological sciences for nursing
    This module is an introduction to biological and
    pharmacological sciences, which will be applied to the chosen field of nursing.
  • Children's nursing and professional practice
    Understanding of children's nursing and the associated professional, ethical and legal responsibilities. The underlying principles of negotiation and working in partnership will be examined. The focus is on developing an appreciation of how nursing theory evolved and became embedded in nursing practice and how the professional codes, ethical values and legal frameworks underpin that practice. The role of the children's nurses in facilitating children, young people and their carers as active members of the decision making process will be explored. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding of the need to use up-to-date knowledge including ethical, legal and professional obligations to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate care, communicate findings, influence change and promote health, welfare and best practice.
    In this module, professional and legal responsibilities of children's nurses are explored to ensure children's rights are upheld.

Year 2

  • Child development and common childhood conditions
    Aetiology of common childhood health conditions including common causes of injury or disease which may result in illness, deformity, disability or even death. Assessment and management of children with a common health condition and impact on the child and their family will be explored, with emphasis on
    multidisciplinary team working in community and hospital settings. Learning will be structured to encourage reflection on own experiences and preconceptions in order to develop objective and analytical approaches in care planning.
  • Acute and complex care of children
    This module will examine a range of acute and potentially life limiting and life threatening conditions requiring a higher level of nursing care and intervention. It aims to examine the assessment, observation, close monitoring and intervention required to manage children who are unstable, with the aim of preventing deterioration with early intervention. You will further develop confidence, competence and the clinical skills to care for and manage these patients. Emphasis of the module will be on safety and the techniques required for prioritising and managing complexity.
  • Politics and leadership
    This module will develop knowledge about the process of health care policy and leadership potential. Studying this module will help you to
    appreciate not only what is involved in leadership, but also how each individual nurse can make a contribution to the leadership within their area of practice.
  • Public health and well-being
    This module explores national and international health policies and examines the
    broader social, economic, environmental and political factors that impact health and well-being. You will investigate issues that have an impact on the health of individuals and communities, recognising the importance of supportive social, physical and cultural environments to promote health and well-being. The experience of mental health, physical illness and learning disabilities will be explored within the context of children's and adults lives and the impact these may have on physical and mental well-being.

Careers

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
  • Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

This programme allows experienced nurses gain a qualification and registration that allows for further career advancement in the field of Children's Nursing.

Your placements will be within your home Trust during the course, unless your Manager has negotiated a swap with another student. Success on this course makes you eligible to register as a Children’s Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Expert speakers

Children's nurses work in a multi-professional team, which is reflected in the variety of speakers who contribute to the course. Expert speakers include service users such as parents and charitable organisations, expert practitioners and other lead professionals in child health and children's nursing.


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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.

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