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Programme Information

The BMed Sci in Nursing Studies (Adult) aims to prepare you for the complex world of health care practice and to be able to tolerate the development and change that is integral to this working environment.

You will develop an understanding of how the NHS and health and social care organisations function and interrelate, how policy and organisational factors impact on and influence the engagement and performance of all those involved and, importantly, you will develop the technical, intellectual and inter-personal skills necessary to engage actively and competently in multi-disciplinary, inter-agency care delivery.

The BMed Sci in Nursing Studies (Adult) is run on a full time basis and lasts 156 weeks, 50% of which are spent in clinical practice and 50% theory based. It comprises of six core practice-centred units of learning, 2 units per year.  There are no optional units within this programme.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1

Foundations in Nursing and Health 1

Unit 1 - 1st Year

Unit 1 is undertaken in a Primary/Community Care Context where you will be introduced to key concepts of Primary/Community Care and Public Health. The first unit of the programme is designed as generic to all nurses in that it lays the foundations for many skills required in contemporary, professional nursing practice across all fields of nursing including Mental Health, Learning Disability, Mother and Child and Child as well as Adult.

Unit 2

Foundations in Nursing and Health 2

Unit 2 - 1st Year

The overarching aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge in the art and science of nursing and understanding of health. It will reinforce knowledge/skills acquired in unit 1 to ensure a good foundational knowledge is developed which subsequent units build on. It further enables you to acquire a holistic core knowledge and skills base in the theory and practice of nursing and the placement for this module will be based in secondary care.

Unit 3

Patients with Acute and Short Term Needs

Unit 3 - 2nd Year

The third unit of the programme is designed to enable you to learn the principles of short term, acute and critical care nursing. Unit 3 is undertaken within a Secondary Care Context and you will continue to build upon those experiences and competencies obtained in Units 1 and 2, developing increasing proficiency in delivering holistic nursing care in a highly technical practice environment.

Unit 4

Patients with Long Term and Complex Needs

Unit 4 - 2nd Year

The fourth unit explores how to effectively meet the care needs of adults with long term conditions and complex needs. The unit offers a dual practice learning experience in both Primary Care and Secondary Care contexts to actively facilitate skill development in multi-agency, multi-professional working.

Unit 5

Transitions to Practice: Developing Autonomy

Unit 5 - Final Year

The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop skills in autonomous practice with the emphasis on developing your critical analysis skills in relation to the evidence base that informs current nursing practice. Whilst consolidating learning undertaken in Year two, you will now be expected to start developing management and leadership skills and consider how change can be managed effectively within a clinical environment.

Unit 6

Transitions to Practice: Managing and Organising Care

Unit 6 - Final Year

The sixth unit of the programme is designed to ensure that you are able to critically analyse knowledge from a variety of leadership and management theories and health care practices in order to deliver effective professional nursing care. You will be required to demonstrate leadership and management attributes during your care delivery, management and co-ordination of services for the patients within your care.

Clinical Skills Learning

Clinical skills learning through simulation will be a feature throughout your programme and will take place at our purpose built clinical skills facility at Samuel Fox House.

The centre consists of a suite of mock clinical ward areas, resuscitation suites, simulated theatres, simulated homes, teaching rooms and a fully equipped filming studio.

Clinical Skills Room

Some of the topics you'll be studying:

  • Concepts of nursing
  • Holistic care
  • Professional concepts
  • Lifestyle and health
  • Impacts on health
  • Anatomy and physiology in health and illness
  • Microbiology
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Sociological concepts
  • Psychological concepts
  • Health care policy and organisation
  • Ethics
  • Clinical skills
  • Pharmacology and medicines management
  • Patient safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant.  Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.  This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.  In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.