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Professional Practice Healthcare Courses - Module / PgCert / PgDip / MSc

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....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.


Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Top-Up Pathways
  • Study mode Part Time/Full Time
  • Location City South
  • Award Module / PgCert / PgDip / MSc
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

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Course overview

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

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

Healthcare

Alison Simons
Samantha Toland
Victoria Skerrett

Infection, Prevention and Control

Shirley Kirnon

Neonatal Critical Care

Sue Ward-Smith

Perioperative Practice

Ashley Winslow

Tissue Viability

Joanna Swan

This course is open to International students.

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins 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 manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

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.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

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.

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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. 

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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.  

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