f you love caring for children in a healthcare setting, you’ll love this programme. It’s a journey well worth taking and you’ll meet some great people along the way.
- Deliver quality care at the sharp end of practice
- Be an innovator either at the bedside or in a leadership position
- Develop packages of care for children and enrich their care
This is a flexible, part-time course aimed at all nurses working with well and sick children in acute and primary care settings. It is particularly suitable for registered children’s nurses from an acute setting and adult practitioners with children's case care.
The course aims to develop existing knowledge, skills and attitudes and prepare you for further academic study, ultimately ensuring your effectiveness in caring for sick children.
- Modules begin in September and January each year
- Applications can be made all year round
- Most students complete within 2 to 3 years but can take up to 5 years
All modules can be taken individually or as part of the full course which means you can pick and choose those that are relevant to your area of expertise. If you wish to complete with the BSc (Hons) Acute Child Care you will need to undertake 3 core and 3 optional modules. With modules starting each September and January, there is the opportunity to step on and off the programme to suit your busy professional and personal life.
Evidence Based Practice 1 explores the research process in relation to best practice
With Evidence Based Practice 2 you move on to critically evaluate evidence retrieved in relation to a chosen topic, explore the impact of the review findings on professional practice and evaluate methods of disseminating evidence and of implementing it
Safeguarding Children promotes inter-professional understanding and appreciation of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working within the sphere of child protection. It will also create opportunities for personal and professional development. This module is a must for those working with children and allows you the opportunity to debate issues in a safe environment
You can choose your three optional modules from a wide menu, including:
- Care of the Highly Dependent Child
- Introduction to Observation and Clinical Assessment of Sick Children
- Consolidation of Skills of Observation and Clinical Assessment of the Sick Child
- Independent Learning Studies
- Intensive/Emergency Care of the Neonate
- Interprofessional Education
- Managing Children’s Pain (e-learning)
- Preparation for Mentorship (taught)
- Preparation for Mentorship (e-learning)
- Special/High Dependency Care of the Neonate
- Work Based Learning in Practice
We also operate an excellent Accreditation of Prior Learning system if you already hold level 3 credits from another institution.
Please note: If you are an advanced standing student, you are only required to undertake Evidence Based Practice 2, Safeguarding Children and Interprofessional Education.
What you can expect from Salford
You’ll find us on the Allerton Campus of the University which includes the Mary Seacole Building, a brand new development with state-of-the-art clinical practice wards, lecture theatres and offices, providing some the most up-to-date facilities in the UK.
Our programmes are delivered by teams of dynamic and supportive staff who are committed to helping you move professional practice forward. We have a strong tradition of working closely with healthcare organisations and this ensures this course will meet your needs.
Many of our staff are active in research and the Faculty is home to a vibrant and friendly Research Institute that explores a wide range of health and social care issues.
You will get additional support through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It can be accessed by registered users from anywhere in the world by using the Internet and provides a range of possibilities, including:
- The delivery of course materials, such as handbooks, lecture handouts, slides and web links which can be accessed easily by students both on and off campus
- The use of discussion boards that allows discussion between staff, students and others
- Online exchanges between staff, students and others who can be logged into a virtual classroom
- Taking online assessments with automatic marking and feedback facilities
KSF and You
The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework was introduced to provide greater flexibility and benefits for individuals and employers. It defines and describes the knowledge and skills which NHS staff need to apply in their work in order to deliver quality services. It provides a single, consistent, comprehensive and explicit framework on which to base the review and development of all staff.
- All our programmes are mapped against the NHS Key Skills Framework
- You can therefore show you have been exposed to the necessary knowledge and skills to help deliver a quality service. This is essential if you are interviewing for a job or looking to take on extra responsibility
Students may self-fund or be wholly or partially funded by their employers.
For those from an NHS background, this course can be funded under the SLA.