MSc in Early Years Practice Health Visiting

General

Program Description

Overview

This one year full-time or two-year part-time course will provide you, as a registered nurse or midwife on Part 1 or Part 2 on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, with the opportunity to influence the health and social care provision of children and families. The course will equip you with the higher level knowledge and skills to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor as defined in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC, 2004).

The development and delivery of the course is supported by a multi-disciplinary collaboration with our NHS Health Board and Local Authority partners. This reflects the growing priorities that have been identified to provide an improved and more responsible level of care to support, protect and improve the health and well-being of children, young people and their families.

You'll be taught by a group of world-leading academics and your experience is enhanced by working in collaboration with other faculties and researchers. The course features an equal split of theory and practice to ensure you can put everything you learn straight to work in a professional setting. A unique feature of our course is the provision of master classes delivered by expert and keynote speakers. You’ll also benefit from a varied approach to teaching that includes online guided study, traditional face-to-face lectures, group-work, podcasts and experiential learning. Support and guidance is on hand from your personal tutor, as well as your supervising practice teacher.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 It's an approved programme of the Nursing and Midwifery Council

#2 Developed in close partnership with NHS health boards

#3 Health Sciences is ranked 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the UK for health research (REF 2014)

Course objectives

The course curriculum is designed to equip nurses and midwives to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor, as defined in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, the Report from the Education Sub Group of the Children, Young People and Families National Advisory Group, and key legislation from the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

The course focuses on three key themes:

  • Wellbeing
  • Assessing and analysing children’s needs including the impact of children’s experiences on their wellbeing
  • Improving outcomes for children and their families

Professional accreditations

This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council by passing quality assurance standards on maintaining public protection and safety.

Work placements

You’ll complete a work-based “Health Visiting in Practice” module which spans the entire duration of your studies. You’ll be assessed throughout it by a Practice Teacher who determines your eligibility for part-3 NMC registration. Health Visiting in Practice is designed in collaboration with practice partners via a working group of practice teachers, lead nurses and practice education facilitators from the NHS.

Course details

This course leads to both an academic award and a professional qualification. It's made up of 50% practice learning and 50% theory which are equally distributed across the course as prescribed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course length is 52 weeks full-time and 104 weeks part-time.

The course includes six core modules specifically designed to enhance your knowledge and expertise in the care of children, young people and their families. On successful completion of these modules, you can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma and professional registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse-Health Visiting on Part 3 of the NMC Register. If you want to gain the award of Masters/MSc, you'll be required to complete the dissertation module.

Teaching

The course takes a blended approach to learning, with content supported by web-based materials, including podcasts and discussion forums. In addition to e-learning, students will attend face-to-face seminars, small-group work and lectures. A unique feature of the course is the provision of masterclasses. These classes are delivered by keynote speakers recognised for their expertise in the field of child health and wellbeing.

The study days will be delivered at various locations:

  • University of Stirling Campus
  • Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

Assessment

A combination of assessment methods will be used across the modules of the course reflecting the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level of the course of study.

Course director

Alison Hackett

+44 (0) 1786 466383

alison.hackett@stir.ac.uk

Last updated Nov 2018

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