BSc Professional Practice - named awards

Stacked pebblesThe Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is delighted to offer the BSc in Professional Practice with named awards.

In order to achieve a BSc in Professional Practice, students need to complete a minimum of 60 credits at SCQF level 9. Please note: all students must satisfy admission requirements. The BSc in Professional Practice (and with named awards) is designed for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals without a degree but with professional registration which should preferably have relevance to the programme of study.

In order to qualify for a named award, students need to select 60 credits from the specialist grouping of modules. Please see below for the named award choices and the modules they consist of.

BSc in Professional Practice

Students who do not follow one of the designated pathways will be awarded the BSc in Professional Practice. Provided requirements are satisfied, these students may choose a selection of modules from any of the named awards below to complete their 60 credits. Unless indicated, each module below comprises 20 credits.

BSc in Professional Practice (Child Health)

This named award is designed to develop the expertise of health and allied professionals working with children and their families in a variety of roles and settings. Students will develop skills to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice; deliver effective children’s services in a unified approach to enhance service provision for children, young people and their families/carers; enhance their ability to critically review and introduce current evidence to practice or other investigative strategies.

 Choose 60 credits from: Credits
NURU233 GIRFEC: A multi-agency approach to practice 20
NURU225 Work-based Learning 20
NURU228 Gateway to Further Studies* 20

BSc in Professional Practice (Foundations in Dermatology)

This named award provides a solid foundation in dermatology including optional choice modules in principles of tissue viability and work-based learning. Suitable for nurses, doctors and AHPs, students will develop the following skills: the identification of risk related skin integrity; development/promotion of preventative strategies; the identification and critical use of key information relating to dermatology practice. After completion of the CORE module, optional modules allow students to continue to enhance their learning and knowledge and improve patient outcomes.

 Choose 60 credits from: Credits
NURU204 (CORE)  Dermatology for Health Professionals  40
and 20 credits from:
NURU201 Principles of Tissue Viability  20
NURU225  Work-based Learning 20 
NURU228 Gateway to Further Studies* 20 

BSc in Professional Practice (Palliative Care)

This named award reflects the growing interest and changes that are taking place in the management and delivery of palliative care. With changing demographics, an older population and rising co-morbidities, this named award ensures students develop skills to assess and manage symptoms for those with palliative care needs, irrespective of diagnosis. Students are supported in the development of a critical understanding of multi-professional assessment of symptoms in palliative care. Students will also: develop their ability to critically explore and evaluate assessment tools; develop their knowledge and analysis of the biopsychosocial model of care as a framework for symptom management and develop an advanced knowledge of psychological, pharmacological and supportive care measures incorporated in the assessment and management of specific symptoms.

 Choose 60 credits from: Credits
NURU220 (CORE) Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care  20
and 40 credits from:
NURU152 Pain 1: Understanding and Assessing Pain 20

NURU195

Advanced Clinical Assessment & Examination
20

NURU225

Work-based Learning 20
NURU228 Gateway to Further Studies* 20

BSc in Professional Practice (Tissue Viability)

This named award is designed to develop and enhance your knowledge of all aspects of tissue viability. Key outcomes include: development of reflective practitioners who will be enabled to assess, diagnose and plan care for patients with wounds; identification of risk related to skin integrity; the promotion of appropriate prevention strategies for skin breakdown; the facilitation of practitioners who may independently search for, identify, critique and use information related to their tissue viability related practice.

 Choose 60 credits from: Credits
NURU201 (CORE) Principles of Tissue Viability 20
and 40 credits from:
NURU204 Dermatology for Health Professionals 40
NURU195 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Examination 20
NURU225 Work-based Learning 20
NURU209 Non-Medical Prescribing 40
NURU228 Gateway to Further Studies* 20

BSc in Professional Practice (Paramedical Science)

The paramedic workforce is changing, moving from a ‘treat and transport’ model to an ‘assess, treat and refer’ model. This named award helps students meet the challenges of change and equips students with the knowledge and professional skills required to meet the needs of patients, employers and other health/social care professionals they may work with. This named award encourages students to develop and build on existing skills, enhancing professionalism and ensuring accountability. This learning experience takes place within a workplace context, building a solid foundation for further study. Key learning outcomes include: development of and building on existing skills; enhancing professionalism and accountability; providing a learning experience which takes place within a workplace context; building a solid foundation for further study.

 Choose 60 credits from: Credits
NURU218 Recognition of Acute Physical Illness in Adults 20
NURU152 Pain 1: Understanding and Assessing Pain 20
It is recommended that students opt to complete at least one of the above modules before gaining further credits from:
NURU195 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Examination 20
NURU233 GIRFEC: A multi-agency approach to practice 20
NURU225 Work-based Learning 20
NURU228 Gateway to Further Studies* 20
NURU220 Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care 20

BSc in Professional Practice (Unscheduled Care)

Developed for professionals working in this clinical environment, this named award has been designed to be vocationally relevant and complements the strategic development of Unscheduled Care in line with the NHS National Out of Hours and Unscheduled Practice Agenda. This award offers high quality supportive teaching and learning environments encouraging students to: Develop and enhance their clinical skills; developing reflective practice; enhancing decision-making and achieve core competencies focused on their own practice within unscheduled care; develop relevant knowledge and skills relating to the safe management of acute emergencies, crisis situations and common unscheduled care needs of patients across the lifespan.

 Choose 60 credits from: Credits
NURU195 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Examination (RECOMMENDED) 20
NURU209 Non-Medical Prescribing 40 
NURU218 Recognition of Acute Physical Illness in Adults  20
NURU225 Work-based Learning 20
NURU233 GIRFEC: A multi-agency approach to practice 20
NURU228 Gateway to Further Studies* 20

 

For additional information or to apply, please contact:

Faculty of Health Sciences,
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA

Tel: +44 (0) 1786 466 336
Email: health.sci.cpd@stir.ac.uk

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If you would prefer further discussion, please contact:

Dr Nicola Cunningham,
Director, BSc Professional Practice/CPD
Email: n.a.cunningham@stir.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1786 466356


Additional notes:

  • All modules are 20 credits unless specified.
  • Where modules have pre-requisites, additional documents are required to be completed. Please ensure you submit these along with your application.
  • Modules will be offered subject to demand and need to meet a minimum class size.
  • All applications should be submitted by the application closing date. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered. All aspects of the application must be completed. 

 

*NURU228 Gateway to Further Studies
If you are considering completing the Gateway to Further Studies as part of your chosen Named Award, you are strongly recommended to complete this module prior to beginning this programme of study. If you have limited study experience and/or it has been some time since you studied, please contact Dr Nicola Cunningham, Director BSc Professional Practice for further discussion.

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