What will I learn?

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers to enter and on qualification registered nurses are employed in a variety of settings. Learning disability nurses work with people who have a diverse range of health conditions, some of whom will be facing the most challenging life events. As a learning disability nurse you will deliver care to a range of adults and children with learning disabilities, while also gaining a broader awareness of the needs of all client groups and meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. With access to practice learning placements, this Masters degree provides the opportunity for graduates to enter the nursing profession. It will enable you to register as a qualified learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), having developed the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way.

What will I study?

This two-year Masters degree is delivered in a supportive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to achieve nursing proficiencies, aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency, which represent the skills, knowledge and attributes that learning disability nurses must demonstrate.

In Year 1 you will focus on professionalism, communication, personal resilience and emotional intelligence. You will discover the principles of person-centred care, focus on the promotion of health and wellbeing, and engage in simulated education and practice placements where you will be supported by practice supervisors and assessors. You will also examine research methodologies and enhance your skills and understanding in evidence-based care.

Year 2 enhances your core and field-specific competencies in person-centred care. There will be a focus on leadership and management, evaluating care and working in teams, as well as disciplines such as pharmacology and medication management. You will also be introduced to the principles of organisational change and public policy and the development of political awareness. You will undertake further practice placements where you will confirm your achievement of nursing proficiencies in preparation for professional registration.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Learning disability nurses work to ensure that the wider health and social needs of individuals with learning disabilities are met across the lifespan. Working alongside individuals and those close to them, they promote and maintain physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing. They also support individuals and groups of people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible. This may include the teaching of skills which are required to support everyday living, access to employment, promoting good health and wellbeing, as well as supporting and managing more complex health-related needs.

Following registration as a learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you can pursue a career in settings including residential homes, supported living accommodation, assessment and treatment units, and specialist learning disabilities teams in the community. Increasingly, qualified learning disabilities nurses are acquiring posts within mainstream services as health facilitators and specialist advisors to support people with learning disabilities.

This course will also prove useful in the areas of leadership, management and consultancy, as well as education and research. There are significant opportunities for further professional development and specialism.

Which department am I in?

Nursing

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed

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Start date

September 2022

Venue

Edge Hill University

St Helens Road,

Ormskirk,

Lancashire,

L39 4QP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have degree awarded with minimum GPA of 2.75 from a recognised University.

For international students

Students should have a degree equivalent to UK second class honours (2:2 or above) in a health-related subject. Other subjects may be considered on an individual basis. They will also need GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics. Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application and be able to demonstrate relevant voluntary/work experience. An interview forms part of the selection process. Pre-registration nursing programmes are typically at least three years in duration so, in order to join this two-year MSc, students will need to demonstrate prior learning. In order to meet the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) requirements of this programme, students will be expected to provide a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how they have met a minimum of 500 hours of appropriate voluntary or occupational experience. IELTS Overall 6.5 with no element below 6.0. TOEFL Overall score of 90 or above with minimum elements of listening 21, reading 22, speaking 23 and writing 21.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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