This multi-professional MSc Children’s Community Nursing course is designed for qualified children’s nurses wishing to consolidate or prepare for a leadership role within a community context.
Being able to critically analyse and evaluate both policy and practice is a central focus of this course. It aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use it to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care.
It will advance your knowledge of the management of children with complex needs, life-limiting conditions and specialist care requirements, and provide you with the skills to support families for whom the focus is providing care closer to home.
You will develop specialist knowledge in decision making, law, ethics and multi-disciplinary teamwork, as well as the confidence to lead, develop and bring about change in community and primary care.
You will gain a recordable specialist practice qualification in Children’s Community Nursing as well as the Masters qualification, and have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice through 40 days of practical clinical placements. This Community Children’s Nursing course is currently funded by the Workforce, Education and Development Services department of Welsh Government.
During the first year of study, you will undertake three core modules:
- Fundamentals of Community Practice – 30 credits
This module prepares you to work safely, effectively and efficiently in a community setting, with patients, clients, families, colleagues and members of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.
- Decision Making – 10 credits
This module enables you to critically explore decision making processes as they relate to practice.
- Specialist Practitioner (children’s community nursing) – 20 credits
This module prepares you to develop specialist knowledge and specialist clinical expertise, within the complex and changing context of caring for, and working with, children, young people, and their families in community settings.
During the second year of study, you will undertake one core module and two optional modules. Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.
- Research methods for practice – 20 credits
This module will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in research paradigms and methods. And will enable you to demonstrate critical appraisal and synthesis regarding the relationship between the research context, research question, method and knowledge development.
- Transitions and Continuations of Care – 20 credits
This module ensures you develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and capabilities to assess, plan and review the continuing care and transitional processes for children and/or young people.
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing – 20 credits
This module you to utilise and make judgements about the legal and ethical frameworks relating to patient and clients in society, to analyse your accountability, and to prepare you to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers.
- Paediatric symptom management within palliative care – 20 credits
This module enables you to explore issues in depth arising from contemporary paediatric palliative care especially in relation to symptom management.
- Transitions and continuations – 20 credits
This module enables you to develop a systematic understanding of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and capabilities required to critically assess, plan, review and evaluate continuing care and transitional processes for children and/or young people.
The NMC require forty academic days to be completed. Twenty-six of these require attendance on campus on a Tuesday, from September to May. The other fourteen academic days will be self-directed and recorded on a course diary.
Each academic day is counted as 7.5 hours, thus achieving 300 hours of student effort. You will be taught alongside other community nurses by members of the team who possess a SPQ recordable with the NMC, and some practitioners.
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops and self-directed study.
If you have undertaken the 30-credit Fundamentals of Community Practice module within the last five years, this can be transferred to the MSc.
Students can opt to finish after two years and exit with a postgraduate diploma and SPQ. Please note, the third year is not funded by WEDS.
You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.
The practical assessment will require developing and completing a portfolio demonstrating achievement of the four clinical learning. The academic assessment will take the form of a 5000 word case study examining in-depth, the theoretical outcomes associated with the four themes.
Complete three academic ‘enabling activities’. These activities will consider decisions made by yourself relating to your own workplace. Each activity has equal weighting and will be marked out of 100. The completion of a clinical portfolio of evidence which supports and demonstrates the decisions made (within the Summative assignment).
Specialist Practitioner (children’s community nursing)
Sign-off mentor verification of achievement of the five clinical learning outcomes. Academically you will present a 20-minute oral presentation of a short improvement project, and a written 2000 word report.
Research methods for practice
A 6,000 word research proposal. There are no clinical learning outcomes associated with this module.
Transitions and Continuations of Care
A 3,000 word assignment whereby you will assess the needs of a child or young person with a complex condition and plan appropriate care, and achieve a clinical learning outcome.
Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
Poster presentation exploring one of the themes of this module applied to Community Health Nursing. A written examination consisting of four parts. And to achieve a clinical learning outcome, which aims to recognise ethical and legal issues which have implications for nursing practice and take appropriate action
Paediatric symptom management
A 3,000 word critical review of a chosen aspect of paediatric palliative care, and achievement of a clinical learning outcome.
Undertaking this Children’s Community Nursing course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.