Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Learning Disabilities) PG Dip

The PG Dip Nursing (Learning Disabilities) blends the knowledge and theory of nursing and applies these into practice. The course is modelled around the NMC (2018) Future Nurse Proficiencies seven platforms allowing the student to explore the art of nursing using learning pedagogies and assessment techniques that are authentic and reflect skills and knowledge required in the practice setting.

The aim of this course is to produce autonomous, resilient analytical, critical thinking nurses with the ability to lead and work in a variety of settings yet maintaining the unique nature of their field of practice.

Alongside the theoretical underpinnings of nursing, this course utilises simulation to facilitate an understanding of the art of nursing and to learn and practice of nursing skills and procedures. In addition, simulation offers opportunity to rehearse interpersonal skills, to understand and demonstrate professionalism and the ability to maintain service, user dignity and respect. Working alongside practice partners, students will become proficient in a wide range of nursing skills and procedures measured and assessed against the standards of proficiencies for registered nurses. On completion of the course, students will be able to apply for registration with the NMC. Registrants will be knowledgeable in the core nursing skills with an ability to adopt a critical approach in applying these to their field of practice.

PG Dip Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

A first level degree with a classification of 2:1 or higher.

Employed in a healthcare environment for more than 6 months.

Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.

In accordance with Article 31(1) of Directive 2005/36/EC the applicant must have been in general education for a minimum of 12 years.

Evidence that the Part 1 proficiencies have been signed as complete by a Practice Assessor.

Evidence should be collected through Part one of the PAD to include in-point assessment 1.

Evidence to support the completion of the proficiencies will be documented in a portfolio that will show an appraisal of the literature, numeracy and a good standard of literacy o Portfolio and Part 1 of the PAD will be reviewed by an Academic Assessor and Course Leader prior to the start of the course and confirmed by an External Examiner.

Offers are subject to a satisfactory child and adult workforce DBS, occupational health assessment and the availability of Welsh Government commissioned places.

Selection occurs through a review of the applicant's personal statement and confirmation that the applicant meets the University and NMC requirements for admission to the programme. If these criteria are met the student will be offered an interview with a panel that consists of an academic, practitioner and/or service user. The interview ensures applicants have fully considered the demands of the course and profession and are able to articulate some of the values needed for the delivery of compassionate person cantered care. The applicants are expected to be fully cognisant the demands of their chosen field of nursing practice and have the character and good standing required to uphold the values of the NMC Code.

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