Professional Practice Healthcare Courses

Attendance:
Short Course
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

The Professional Practice Programme is the new flexible programme that has replaced the Dimension in Health Care Programme and the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies, MSc Pain Management and MSc Health and Social Care awards. 

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk 

Below is a list of the routes offered, route leaders and a link to a list of all the modules and dates they will be running. 

Professional Practice Programme Route Names
(BSc, BSc (Hons), Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma, MSc
Module/Pathway Leader

Acute Care

Claire Perkins
Adult Acute Mental Health

Andrew Walsh

Adult Critical Care

Lorraine Marsons
Burn Care / Plastic Surgery / Burns and Plastics

Jane Leaver

Cancer Care / Haemato-oncology / Cancer and Haemato-oncology

Alison Simons

Cardiac Care

Simon Dobbs

Child, Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mental Health

Paul Millwood

Dementia and Frailty

Catherine Jenkins

Healthcare

Alison Simons
Samantha Toland
Victoria Skerrett

Infection, Prevention and Control

Shirley Kirnon

Neonatal Critical Care

Sue Ward-Smith

Perioperative Practice

Simon Nixon

Tissue Viability

Pat Davies

This course is open to International students

Midwifery and social work

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Alison Simons

Senior Lecturer

Alison was a cancer nurse for 18 years looking after patients with a variety of cancer and receiving a variety of treatments. She was the junior sister of a mixed oncology ward within a large teaching hospital.

Alison then went on to become a professional development sister responsible for the educational needs of 200 oncology and haematology nurses.

She joined BCU in 2009 as a senior lecturer and pathway leader for cancer and haematology within the dimensions of health care framework (now professional practice), for post registered nurses. She has since gone on to gain her master’s in education.

Samantha Toland

Senior Lecturer in Haematology

Sam has been a cancer / haemato-oncology nurse for 18 years, having worked initially in Haemato-oncology and stem cell transplant, she then went on to become a Chemotherapy nurse trainer, responsible for the chemotherapy training and education of all nursing staff in a large teaching hospital trust. 

Victoria Skerrett

Senior Lecturer

Victoria has worked in mental health nursing and nurse education since 1998, with her time in practice being spent in Forensic Mental Health settings and as a Community Mental Health Nurse. She entered mental health work after studying Theology at the University of St Andrews and the University of Birmingham to further her interest in the way in which people make sense of their life experiences. 

In addition to academic studies in Theology and Nursing she took an MA in the Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health at the University of Warwick, focusing on the function which extraordinary experiences, such as voice-hearing and delusional beliefs, might have in the life of the person experiencing them. Her dissertation focused on psychotic phenomena and religious experience. Victoria has since been a member of the advisory panel for the healthtalk.org psychosis project. 

During her time at BCU Victoria has developed case studies and simulation for nurse education, she has helped to design OSCEs, and has developed a number of video resources. She is the Pathway lead for the Forensic Mental Health Pathway for post-qualifying students, and also the coordinator of the Nursing in Society Module for the undergraduate nursing programme.