1 PROGRAMME APPROVAL FORM SECTION 1 THE PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION 1. Programme title and designation MSc Nursing (TMSC1KTNUR) For undergraduate programmes only Single honours Joint Major/minor 2. Final award Award Title Credit ECTS Any special criteria value equivalent MSc MSc Nursing N/A 3. Nested award Award Title Credit value Postgraduate Diploma PGDip in Nursing with Registration as an Adult, Children s or Mental Health Nurse 4. Exit award Award Title Credit value Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Certificate PGDip in Health Studies PGCert in Health Studies ECTS Any special criteria equivalent Students must successfully complete both academic and clinical components of the programme to achieve the programme award of Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing with registration as an Adult, Children s or Mental Health Nurse. (Please see 19). TDPP1KTNUR ECTS Any special criteria equivalent Students who successfully complete all academic modules within the Post Graduate Diploma but do not meet the requirements for professional registration are eligible to be considered for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies. (Please see 19) Students who successfully complete academic modules within the Post graduate Diploma to the value of 60 credits but do not meet the requirements for professional registration are eligible
2 to be considered for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies. (Please see 19). 5. Level in the qualifications framework 7 6. Attendance Mode of attendance Minimum length of programme Maximum length of programme Full-time Part-time Distance learning 3 years for MSc 2 years for PGDip 5 years 7. Awarding institution/body King s College London 8. Teaching institution King s College London 9. Proposing department Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery 10. Programme organiser and contact Programme Lead Details Dr Jaqualyn Moore Strategic Lead for Pre-registration nursing programmes Angela Parry 11. UCAS code (if appropriate) N/A 12. Relevant QAA subject benchmark/ Professional, statutory and regulatory body guidelines 13. Date of production of specification September 2011 Nursing & Midwifery Council (2010) Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education. London: NMC QAA (2008) The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mansfield: QAA QAA (2001) Subject Benchmark Statements. Healthcare Programmes: Nursing. Gloucestershire: QAA European Directives 77/453/EEC and 89/595/EEC World Health Organisation (2009) Global Standards for the initial education of professional nurses and midwives (Tuning project) Geneva: Human Resources for Health
3 14. Date of programme review 2015/ Educational aims of the programme i.e what is the purpose of the programme and general statements about the learning that takes place over the duration of the programme The overall aim of the programme of study is to enable graduate to acquire advanced understanding, knowledge and skills in nursing in order that they may deliver, develop, lead and research healthcare practice. This aim is achieved through successful completion of the linked awards of a professional nursing qualification and a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. Successful students may progress to the final year of the MSc programme leading to the award of MSc Nursing. The specific aim of the MSc in Nursing is to enable the student to develop: A systematic understanding of the knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in relation to professional nursing practice A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to advanced scholarship Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in nursing Conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in nursing; and to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them Specifically, the aim of the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing, with registration as an adult, children s or mental health nurse, is to enable the student to excel in their role as a competent independent practitioner (RN) at the point of registration. This will be demonstrated through: A high standard of achievement in the outcome proficiencies specified by the professional registration body A critical understanding of the relevant evidence base and policy framework through an advanced understanding of research Originality in the application of knowledge in the delivery of safe, high quality, effective evidence based client care Leadership abilities within their own field of practice and when working collaboratively with others The ability to communicate complex material clearly and appropriately to a range of audiences and using a range of techniques. A pro-active approach to their own continuing professional development Fulfilment of the academic requirements of King s College London for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma The aim of the Post Graduate Diploma in Health Studies, is to enable the student to achieve the following: A critical understanding of the relevant evidence base for health care through an advanced understanding of research Originality in the application of knowledge within the sphere of healthcare The ability to communicate complex material clearly and appropriately to a range of audiences and using a range of techniques Fulfilment of the academic requirements of King s College London for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma
4 The aim of the Post Graduate Certificate in Health Studies is to enable the student to achieve the following: A critical understanding of the relevant evidence base for health care Fulfilment of the academic requirements of King s College London for the award of a Post graduate Certificate 16. Educational objectives of the programme/programme outcomes (as relevant to the SEEC Credit Level Descriptors) The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and skills in the following areas: Knowledge and understanding The programme enables students to develop knowledge and understanding of the following: The evidence-base for nursing practice Holistic identification and assessment of health care needs including formulation of plans and strategies for meeting health care needs and delivering person-centred nursing practice. Natural and life sciences including content as specified in EU Directive 2005/36/EC Social, health and behavioural sciences content as specified in EU Directive 2005/36/EC Determinants of health and illness Pharmacology Ethics, law and the humanities Communication and interpersonal skills Information gathering Environments and frameworks for care delivery Evidence-based care delivery and evaluation Responding to emergency or unplanned situations Data collection and interpretation Information management and technology Numeracy Medication management Methodologies and techniques of research Critical understanding of the These are achieved through the following teaching/learning methods and strategies: Lectures, tutorials, group discussions, e-learning, evidence-based and problem based learning, directed and self-directed learning, clinical experience and mentorship in practice Assessment: Unseen written and e-examinations Portfolio of clinical learning Practice assessment document Research review Essays
5 relationship between research and practice Critical analysis of research Self awareness Role of the registered nurse Patient safety Safe and unsafe practice Professional competence including accountability, advocacy, autonomy, confidentiality, informed choice and informed consent Professional regulation Skills and other attributes Intellectual skills: Students will develop the ability to: Work with theoretical and researchbased knowledge at the forefront of their academic discipline demonstrating critical understanding of research based knowledge and its application to nursing practice Articulate and justify decision making and problem solving processes Critically evaluate research findings and suggest changes to planned care Analyse scientific and clinical data Critically challenge care delivered taking into account social, cultural, spiritual, legal, political and economic factors Critically evaluate the outcome of care in planned and emergency situations and adjust accordingly Demonstrate a critical understanding of the roles of other healthcare professionals and their interrelationship with nursing practice Reflect on own and others functioning in order to improve practice Demonstrate a commitment to own continuing professional development and personal supervision Practical skills: Students will be able to: The ability to meet the essential physical and mental health needs of people of all ages Deliver safe and effective evidence- These are achieved through the following teaching/learning methods and strategies: Problem-based learning, lectures, case studies, problem-solving exercises, group discussions, research critique. Reflection on clinical practice, mentorship in practice. Clinical supervision will provide an opportunity to reflect on practice Assessment: Essays Practice Assessment Document Unseen examinations These are achieved through the following teaching/learning methods and strategies: Clinical experience: learning is facilitated by appropriately qualified and experienced academic lecturers and
6 based client care to individuals and groups in own field of practice in a range of situations based on a cycle of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation Demonstrate competence, dexterity and sensitivity in the full range of skills and procedures required to meet the outcome competencies and essential skills in the delivery of holistic person centred care Demonstrate observation and diagnostic skills Manage medical devices and technologies Demonstrate effective skills in public health, health promotion and teaching Develop cultural competence Develop compassion, comfort and promotion of dignity Develop, sustain and end helpful, and enabling therapeutic relationships Demonstrate consultation, problem solving and negotiation skills Select and apply knowledge and skills to complex and unexpected situations in own field of practice Experience a range of care as specified by EU Directive 2005/36/EC and NMC competencies (NMC, 2010) Demonstrate sound clinical judgement across a range of situations Participate in quality assurance and risk management strategies Work with other health professionals in partnership and to integrate care across professional boundaries Work with patients/clients/service users/families/groups/organisations in partnership, across care and agency boundaries responding appropriately to individual need and difference Identify reasonable adjustments to promote optimum health/access to services Appreciate quality assurance measures Utilise risk assessment and management strategies Provide appropriate levels of guidance, role modelling and support to others in the delivery of health care Critically analyse roles including one s mentors in clinical practice The use of the skills laboratory and simulated practical scenarios Assessment: Practical assessment Portfolio of clinical learning Practice Assessment Document Demonstration of safe practice in written assignments and examinations
7 own within the multi-professional team Confidently present information orally and in writing Manage self professionally within the boundaries of a professional caring, therapeutic relationship Generic/transferable skills: The student will develop the ability to: Gather and evaluate evidence and information from a wide variety of sources including the humanities and sciences Confidently undertake database searching Demonstrate logical and systematic thinking and the ability to draw reasoned conclusions and sound, sustainable judgements Demonstrate effective skills in communication, giving of advice, instruction, referral, collaboration and professional opinion to colleagues, patients, clients and carers Demonstrate the ability to record, enter, store, retrieve and organise data Demonstrate ability in understanding, manipulating, interpreting and presenting numerical data Demonstrate the ability to engage with technology, particularly the effective and efficient use of information technology Demonstrate ability to work with other health care professionals and to integrate care across professional boundaries Demonstrate initiative and originality in problem solving Demonstrate the ability to adapt to change Prioritise and manage time effectively Develop self and others utilising a range of strategies Team working skills Orientate to community service These are achieved through the following teaching/learning methods and strategies: Information retrieval skills teaching Lectures, tutorials, group discussions, e-learning, evidence-based and problem-based learning, directed and self directed learning, mentorship in practice Assessment: Practice assessment document Portfolio of personal and professional development Unseen examinations 17. Statement of how the programme has been informed by the relevant subject benchmark statement(s)/professional, statutory and regulatory body guidelines
8 Nursing & Midwifery Council (2010) Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education. London: NMC Nursing and Midwifery Council (2009) Guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students London: NMC Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) The Code London: NMC QAA (2008) The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mansfield: QAA QAA (2001) Subject Benchmark Statements. Healthcare Programmes: Nursing. Gloucestershire: QAA European Directives 77/453/EEC and 89/595/EEC NMC QA Factsheets: C/2004UK; F/2004ENG; I/2004UK World Health Organisation 2009) Standards for the initial education of professional nurses and midwives (Tuning project) Geneva: Human Resources for Health World Health Organisation (2010) Patient Safety Curriculum guide: multi-professional edition Geneva: WHO available at: 18. In cases of joint honours programmes please provide a rationale for the particular subject combination, either educational or academic N/A Which is the lead department and/or School?
9 19. Programme structure Please complete the following table and, if appropriate, to include joint, major/minor or other variations Code = code of each module available for the programme Title = title of each module available for the programme, plus its credit level and credit value Status = please indicate whether the module is introductory (I), core (Cr), compulsory (Cp), one or more of however many modules must be passed to progress (CrCp), (P) professional (i.e. module testing skills/competency that has no credit level or value but is a professional body requirement) or optional (O) for each type of programme. For postgraduate programmes use the "single honours" column Pre-requisite/Co-requisite = where appropriate please indicate whether the module is pre-requisite to another module or co-requisite by noting pre or co and the module code that it is pre/co-requisite to. Assessment = please indicate in broad terms the assessment for the module eg written examinations, coursework (Note: the availability of optional modules may vary slightly from year to year; the following are the modules available at the commencement of the programme) Code Title Credit Level Full-time Study First Year 7KNIE701 Professional Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice Credit Value Status (I, Cr, Cp, CrCp, P, O) for each type of module Single Joint Major/ Minor Pre-requisite/ Corequisite (Please note the module code) Single Joint Major/ Minor Assessment 7 15 Cr Portfolio of clinical learning (3,500 words) 7KNIE702 Nursing Bioscience 7 15 Cr Unseen examination (2 hours) 7KNIPF1A Practice Learning - - P Practice assessment document Portfolio 7KNIM747 Healthcare Research: 7 15 Cr Unseen examination (2 hours) Principles and Practice For students following Adult Nursing Pathway: 7KNIA701 Nursing Adults Cr Essay 90%, Peer assessment 10%
10 For students following Children s Nursing Pathway: 7KNIC701 Applied Children s Nursing 7 15 Cr Essay Theory, Policy and Practice For students following Mental Health Nursing Pathway: 7KNIM730 Assessment, Formulation 7 15 Cr Practical examination and Management of Care Second Year 7KNIM110 Evidence-Based decision Cr Essay Making in Healthcare 7KNIE703 Policy and Politics for 7 15 Cr Essay Clinical Leadership For students following Adult Nursing Pathway: 7KNIA702 Nursing Adults Cr Essay 90%, Peer assessment 10% 7KNIPA71 Practice Learning - - P Practice assessment document Portfolio (Adult Nursing): Progression Point 1 7KNIPA72 Practice Learning - - P Practice assessment document Portfolio (Adult Nursing): Progression Point 2 For students following Children s Nursing Pathway: 7KNIC702 The Child in Children s 7 15 Cr Essay Nursing 7KNIPC71 Practice Learning - - P Practice assessment document Portfolio (Children s Nursing): Progression Point 1 7KNIPC72 Practice Learning Portfolio (Children s Nursing): Progression Point P Practice assessment document
11 For students following Mental Health Nursing Pathway: 7KNIM729 Engagement and 7 15 Cr Essay Recovery 7KNIPM71 Practice Learning - - P Practice assessment document Portfolio (Mental Health Nursing): Progression Point 1 7KNIPM72 Practice Learning - - P Practice assessment document Portfolio (Mental Health Nursing): Progression Point 2 Third Year 7KNIM725 Dissertation 7 60 Cr Project If a Masters programme, are level 6 credit levels permitted within the programme? No Maximum number of credits permitted with a condoned fail (core modules excluded) None Are students permitted to take any additional credits, as per regulation A3; 5.10? No Are students permitted to take a substitute module, as per regulation A3, 20.7? No Are there are any exceptions to the regulations regarding credits, progression or award requirements? (where relevant the information should also differentiate the particular requirements of pathways within a programme or nested/exit awards) To comply with statutory requirements (NMC, 2010) the programme is divided by progression points. The progression points for the programme are situated at week 42 (progression point 1) and week 79 (progression point 1) of the programme. Students have the opportunity to complete all scheduled outcomes for each progression point, including a re-assessment opportunity*, before progressing to the next part of the programme. Should mitigation apply a student will have the opportunity to complete outstanding assessments within the following 12 week period. Students will not be progressed until they have completed outstanding assessments. Students for whom mitigation / exceptional circumstances apply but who do not complete outstanding assessments within this 12 week period will either be returned to the previous part of the programme to meet the shortfall or be discontinued.
12 To achieve progression point 1 (NMC, 2010) students must successfully complete modules 7KNIE701 and 7KNIPF1A by week 29. Should mitigation apply the student will have until week 42 to complete these modules. This complies with Statutory Regulations (NMC, 2010). To achieve progression point 2 (NMC, 2010) students must successfully complete modules 7KNIE702, 7KNIA701, 7KNIC701, 7KNIM730, Healthcare Research: Principles and Practice (code tbc) and the practice learning portfolio by week 67. Should mitigation apply the student will have until week 79 to complete these modules. This complies with Statutory Regulations (NMC, 2010). To achieve professional registration (NMC, 2010) and the programme award of Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing with registration as an Adult, Children s or Mental Health Nurse all remaining academic and clinical components of the programme must be successfully completed. (*Please note there is one exception to this: the PG Dip programme permits one opportunity for students to complete the practice learning portfolio for progression point one within the assessed period of that part of the programme. This takes into consideration APL practice hours. Students who are unable to meet this requirement and who do not have mitigation / exceptional circumstances will be required to be returned to the previous part of the programme for a period of re-assessment) Students who successfully complete all academic modules within the Post graduate Diploma but do not meet the requirements for professional registration are eligible to be considered for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies Students who successfully complete four academic modules (60 credits) are eligible to be considered for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies. Please note: A student who lodges a first stage academic appeal is not permitted to undertake scheduled clinical practice learning but may be permitted to attend academic modules. A student who lodges a second stage or subsequent academic appeal is not permitted to attend academic modules or scheduled clinical practice learning. Other relevant information to explain the programme structure Please note that new students enrolling on the information provided on this section of the PAF will have these regulations stipulated throughout their programme of study. The only exception to this will be if there are changes made by Professional, Regulatory or Statutory Bodies that are noted to this programme. During the first year of the Programme all students study 7KNIE701, 7KNIE702 and Principles and Practice of Healthcare Research. Students following the Adult Nursing Pathway will also study module 7KNIA701; students following the Children s Nursing Pathway will study module 7KNIC701; while students
13 following the Mental Health Nursing Pathway will study module 7KNIM730. In year two all students study modules 7KNIM110 and 7KNIE703. Students following the Adult Nursing Pathway will also study module 7KNIA702; students following the Children s Nursing Pathway will study module 7KNIC702; while students following the Mental Health Nursing Pathway will study module 7KNIM729. Congruent with statutory guidance for pre-registration nursing students, clinical practice modules are not credit based. Completion of the Post Graduate Diploma with Registration as a Nurse is a two-year full time programme, which requires successful completion of all clinical and academic components. A student will be eligible for the award of Post Graduate Diploma in Health Studies should they complete all academic components of the Programme but fail to complete the clinical components. Students who complete the full time Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing with Registration, as ratified by the Examination Board, are eligible to progress to the MSc Nursing. The final year of the programme, for the award of MSc, may be undertaken on a full time or part time basis. Should immediate progression be requested students would normally have passed all academic modules at the first attempt. Students may choose to complete the final year of the MSc sometime after the completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing with Registration. These students will be viewed as having prior accredited learning as determined by College Regulations.
14 20. Marking criteria The College marking criteria will be used. 21. Will this Programme report to an existing Board, and if so which one? If a new Programme Board of Examiners is to be set up please note name of Board here The Programme will report to the Postgraduate Board of Examiners in the School of Nursing and Midwifery 22. Please confirm that the process for nominating External Examiners has commenced, and if known, note whom the nominated External Examiner(s) may be The External Examiners will be: Dr Susan McAndrew Dr Christine Barrett Dr David Clarke 23. Particular features of the programme which help to reduce the barriers experienced by disabled students and ensure that the programme is accessible to all students who meet the entry requirements Individual advice from the Programme Lead/Admissions tutor (or, in her absence, a relevant academic) enables students to be supported in following a study route that best suits their individual needs. This support can be provided either face to face or by telephone. A School appointed Disability Advisor is available to all students [current and prospective] for advice. She liaises with individual students, the College Disability Advisor and Student Welfare to ensure all reasonable adjustments are made to enable students to achieve their potential both in the classroom and practice setting. All students are allocated a personal teacher for pastoral support and academic monitoring during the programme. Study skills support is available electronically to students prior to, and once enrolled on, the programme. Individual academic support sessions can be organised if required. Learning support during the clinical placement component of the programme is provided by a well establish link lecturer system that works collaboratively with the clinical mentor system and follows Nursing and Midwifery Council guidance The School has an active Student Council and Student/Staff Liaison Committee that reports to the School Education Committee. These bodies are instrumental in monitoring and exploring the student learning experience to ensure disabled students undertaking this Programme are not disadvantaged because of their disability.
16 PROGRAMME APPROVAL FORM SECTION 3 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Not all of the information in this section will be relevant for all programmes and for some programmes this section will not be relevant at all 1. Programme name MSc Nursing 2. Is this programme involved in collaborative activity? Yes No If yes what type of Collaborative Provision is it (tick appropriate box)? Does the programme have an access/feeder Programme for entry into it? Does the programme have an articulation/ progression agreement for entry into it? Dual Award Franchised Provision Joint Award Partnership Programme Recognition of Study or Award of Credit through off-campus study or placement Staff and student exchange Validated provision Have the relevant stages and appropriate paperwork been approved and the paperwork forwarded onto ASQ Office? Yes No Not applicable 3. If the programme is a joint award with an institution outwith the University of London, validated provision or franchised provision, has the necessary approval been sought from College Education Committee? Yes No Not applicable
17 Please attach a copy of Part 1 of the Partner Profile and checklist submitted to the College Education Committee 4. Partnership programme - in cases where parts or all of the programme are delivered away from one of the College campuses by a body or bodies external to the College please provide the following details Name and address of the off-campus location and external body N/A Percentage/amount of the programme delivered off-campus or by external body Nature of the involvement of external body Description of the learning resources available at the off-campus location What mechanisms will be put in place to ensure the ongoing monitoring of the delivery of the programme, to include monitoring of learning resources off-site or by the external body? Please attach the report of the visit to the off-campus location 5. Recognition of study or award of credit through off-campus study or placement - please indicate how the time will be spent, the length of time out, the amount of credit and whether it is a compulsory or optional part of the programme N/A Year abroad Year in employment Placement Other (please specify) Time spent Credit amount..compulsory/optional.. 6. Please provide a rationale for any such time outside the College, other than that which is a requirement of a professional, statutory or regulatory body N/A
18 5. Please give details if the programme requires validation or accreditation by a professional, statutory or regulatory body Name and address of PSB Nursing & Midwifery Council, 23 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PZ Date validation/accreditation commenced: January 2010 Date of last validation/accreditation: 29 th November 2011 Frequency of validation/ accreditation Date of next validation/ accreditation 5 years 15 th December 2016