Graduate Profile. BA (Hons/Ord) Learning Disability Nursing

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1 Graduate Profile BA (Hons/Ord) Learning Disability Nursing

2 The following information, in conjunction with the graduate's individual practice portfolio and C.V., constitutes the graduate profile for the named award. Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University and Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Programme Accredited / Approved By: Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)) Final Awards: BA/BA(Hons) Learning Disability Nursing. Registered Nurse (Learning Disability) on NMC professional register of nurses Programme Aims Graduates from the above named programmes have demonstrated themselves as confident, skilled, knowledgeable, sensitive and responsive practitioners in the field of Learning Disability Nursing. In order to meet the requirements of the Professional body and the University, graduates have achieved: hours of theory, gaining the following CATs points:- 120 Basic 240 Advanced 2300 hours of supervised practice, caring for people with a learning disability in a variety of statutory, private and voluntary settings. Graduates have demonstrated their competence in caring for people with a learning disability across the age range, with a range of additional conditions, ranging from mild to multiple and profound disability. Graduates have completed a programme of studies which incorporates shared learning with other health professionals and fosters an inclusive understanding of the health needs of all individuals, with consideration given to cultural, racial and ethnic differences. Learning Outcomes Achieved On completion of this programme and award the individual will have developed the: Knowledge and Values to: Understand learning disability nursing in the broad context of health, illness and health care environments, across a life span continuum. Develop research and evidence based knowledge and skills in order to: a) working within a person centred philosophy, plan, provide and document sensitive nursing care which is based on individual needs, working in partnership with the person with a learning disability their family/carers. b) incorporate the legislative and ethical components of health care. Recognise and utilise a range of knowledge in order to evaluate and reflect on practice. Utilise effective self-management, teaching and teamwork including demonstrating the potential for leadership. Demonstrate a broad range of academic skills, particularly those of appraisal and the ability to construct a logical argument. 1

3 a) identify and respond effectively to own learning needs; b) present information and arguments coherently utilising a range of media where appropriate; c) demonstrate logical reasoning in written work and discussion; d) advance logically reasoned arguments through the medium of discussion, debate and negotiation; e) demonstrate understanding of the importance of research and evidence based practice and its contribution to developing Learning Disability Nursing; f) have an awareness of the range of research methods that can be used in relation to generation of knowledge; g) be able to describe key concepts and theories; Recognise and value the contribution of each member of the health care team. Identify and promote collaborative working practices within the health care team in order to promote the interests of a person with a learning disability, their relatives and carers, and achieve integrated care. Recognise the need for on-going evaluation and flexibility of health care roles in response to changing patterns of client need. Professional Strategies to: Have met all the requirements of the NMC Outcomes for completion of the Stage 1 and Common Foundation Programme Have met all the requirements of the NMC for entry to the register Have completed a Portfolio of experience that includes a Personal Profile and reflections on practice. Transferable Skills Graduates will demonstrate the following transferable skills:- SELF MANAGEMENT Manages personal learning by identifying own learning needs clarifying personal values, setting personal objectives, managing own time, evaluating own performance. Self confident in presenting material to colleagues within a local environment Reflects on personal growth and development Developed assertiveness skills Developed confidence and competence in change management Managed own emotional involvement with clients Developed self-awareness LEARNING SKILLS Ability to learn effectively and be aware of own learning strategies Ability to work, independently, co-operatively Ability to use library skills, find and organise information Ability to use information technology Academic skills (reading for a purpose, appreciating research methods and findings, integration, synthesis) Thinking style -analytic, conceptual, evaluative, reflective, strategic 2

4 COMMUNICATION Uses appropriate language and form when writing and speaking Able to listen actively and participate in lectures and seminars Able to listen with empathy in practice Able to present ideas with effective use of audio-visual aids Articulates an argument to peers, through presentation, written material and debate TEAM WORK Participates and co-operates within a group. Able to take initiative and lead others in specific projects Able to listen actively to others contribution Facilitates encouragement and support for others Able to recognise and negotiate individual/group objectives Shares and asserts own feelings and opinions whilst valuing those of others Identifies personal contribution to the multi-disciplinary team Evaluates team/contribution to Learning disability Nursing care PROBLEM SOLVING Identifies problems and opportunities amenable to change Lateral thinking in relation to resources and strategies Identifies options for service planning and evaluation Identifies options for service planning and evaluation Identifies resources and strategies in order to achieve objectives INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY This refers to a student s general ability to use IT appropriately for their learning and employability. Abilities required to do this successfully include: Able to use IT as a communication and learning tool Able to use IT to access and manage information Able to use IT to present ideas Able to use specialist software where relevant to the discipline QAA (for Higher Education) Subject Benchmarking: The programme facilitated achievement of the graduate characteristics identified below:- Working as a professional in health care: expectations Manage oneself, one's practice and that of others in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct, and critically evaluate own abilities and limitations; Select and apply knowledge and skills to complex and unexpected situations; Implement strategies to promote and evaluate partnership working; Anticipate potential stressful situations and participate in minimising risk; Recognise the complexity of the professional ethical and legal framework and its impact on nursing care decision-making; Demonstrate sound clinical judgement across a range of situations and critically evaluate the effectiveness of clinical judgement across a range of professional care contexts; Participate in a range of quality assurance and risk management strategies to create and maintain a safe environment; 3

5 Provide appropriate levels of guidance, role-modelling and support to others in the delivery of health care; Critically analyse roles within the multi-professional team and propose ways to strengthen patient-centred care. Principles and concepts: application Demonstrate critical understanding of research-based knowledge and the application to practice; Contribute to the development of protocols to guide the provision of quality care and minimise risk; Capitalise on the potential for health improvement for patients, clients and groups through the development of health education/promotion strategies; Articulate and justify decision-making and problem-solving processes associated with nursing practice; Use relevant theoretical and research evidence to inform a comprehensive, systematic assessment of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients, clients and communities; Monitor and update priorities within a changing environment and communicate appropriately; Critically evaluate research findings and suggest changes to planned care; Demonstrate an ability to critically challenge the nursing care delivered taking into account the dynamic social, cultural, spiritual, legal, political and economic factors; Critically evaluate outcomes of nursing and other interventions, adjusting care accordingly; Contribute with skill and confidence to effective multi-professional/multiagency working. Subject knowledge, understanding and associated skills Use knowledge and understanding of the subjects underpinning to provide creative solutions to health care situations; Critically examine the impact of political and social contexts on the provision of health care; Understand the differences in beliefs and cultural practices of individuals and groups and recognise and challenge discriminatory practice; Confidently present information orally, in writing and, where appropriate through the use of technology, to provide coherent and logical arguments in the support of decision-making; Critically evaluate research findings, suggest changes to practice and contribute to health care research to inform practice development; Engage in, and disengage from therapeutic relationships through the creative use of theories and skills, demonstrating ethical discernment and clinical judgement; Use practical skills and knowledge with confidence and creativity to enhance the quality of care; Critically analyse and interpret data and appraise the value for care delivery and management. Reviewed Jan

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