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New Masters in Nursing programmes will help to underpin the work of region's healthcare professionals

Published: 12 February 2010 at 10:27

New postgraduate programmes will be a boost for those involved in Adult Nursing and Children and Young People’s Nursing

Two new postgraduate nursing programmes have been introduced by the Faculty of Health & Social Care (FHSC) at Anglia Ruskin University to help underpin the work of the region’s highly skilled healthcare professionals.

The Masters of Science (MSc) course in Adult Nursing together with the MSc in Children and Young People’s Nursing will be delivered across the East of England to enhance academic ability and professional standing, to help advance the careers of individuals working within these specific nursing arenas.

All applicants should preferably hold a good first degree or equivalent in science or social care related subjects however students with a background in other academic disciplines will also be considered for the programmes.

Confirming the need for the new MSc in Adult Nursing, Patricia Turnbull from Anglia Ruskin University’s FHSC, said:

“A number of drivers have led to major changes in the provision of healthcare services and to changes to the roles and scope of practice of many professionals. Advances in technology, the expectation that practice will be evidence-based and increasing demands for quality health and social care are prominent features of our present healthcare system.”

“Today’s practitioners are now required to work as specialists, educators, researchers, managers, leaders and counsellors, with inter-professional practice central to patient outcome. The qualifications required for healthcare employees are therefore more diverse and multifaceted than ever before.”

“This new Adult Nursing course provides the opportunity for graduate students to enter the working environment and develop their academic studies at master level.  The NHS will benefit from the recruitment of quality candidates who are motivated and talented individuals.”

Speaking about the new MSc in Children and Young People’s Nursing, Chris Thurston from Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“The frequent occurrence of safeguarding issues in the press with regards to children and young people and the rise in long term physical conditions and mental health issues make the launch of a higher level degree in children’s nursing even more relevant. Fellow professionals from other agencies acknowledge both the unique contribution that nurses bring to the care of individuals and their families and also the extensive underpinning of expertise required to perform their role.  This specialism will all be covered by this new and dynamic programme.”