This predominantly on-line programme is for Nurses, Nursing Associates and Assistant Practitioners. Nursing teams within social care tend to stay in the background a little and are not always recognised for the skills they have. Therefore, with few specific qualifications to aim for that are nationally recognised, other than mandatory training and some clinically specific areas of training such as catheterisation and wound care, the proposed Advanced Diploma (CPD) in Adult Social Care Nursing will bridge the qualification gap.
In collaboration with university lecturers, a programme of study has been written through a set of nursing competencies, underpinned by the Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) Standards, that shall be available to social care nurses, covering a selection of necessary skills that can support the nurse in their role. This includes mandatory areas of care, clinical care, person centred approaches, care of chronic conditions as well as specific skills a nursing home nurse requires to practice effectively and safely. This is being accredited by University of Bolton and supported by Health Education England. It will carry approximately 30 Level 6 higher education credits and will run over 16 weeks of study to be completed via a mainly on-line platform and then a further 16 weeks to complete the accompanying clinical skills portfolio.
The programme will provide sector specific educators who will come to the home to ensure that the clinical modules are fully understood and undertaken to the required standard. Furthermore, the course will embrace innovative immersive technology to make the learning material interesting, relevant and compelling and will go hand in hand with the easy on-line modular approach, much of which can be completed on a range of devices including mobile phones. This is going to be run just in Devon, commencing in late 2023, all being well. Exciting!
We want to see social care nurses striving towards gaining this qualification with pride. They should be recognised within a standard as specialists in social care nursing and be fully equipped to work holistically at a higher level. We are very excited about this project, as it has been met with tremendous enthusiasm from our own nurses and healthcare professionals, both locally and nationally.
A new era of nursing is dawning and we are pleased to be very much part of it, so let your manager know you are interested to be part of this amazing team of nurses. Please send your email to the addresses below and sign up as a motivated nurse! It’s your first step towards furthering your amazing career!
Please call if you would like to know more about the programme, and we’ll be happy to help!
Margot Whittaker BSc., RGN, Queens Nurse.
Shaun Kershaw M.Ed., BA Hons, FHEA.
University of Bolton Satellite Centre for Nursing (based at Petroc)