Children's Nursing

We are passionate about empowering and supporting our students to become proficient, confident and compassionate children's nurses.

Our students are highly respected within the NHS trusts and clinical areas we specialise in, and we have a high rate of employability, with 98% of our students working or studying six months after leaving us.

In addition to our highly-regarded degree programme, we offer continuing professional development courses, to help children’s nurses further enhance their practice and skills.

Our experienced tutors have worked in a wide variety of clinical specialities in community and hospital services, including:

  • accident and emergency
  • community nursing (including school nursing)
  • general paediatrics
  • learning disability
  • neonatal and paediatric intensive care
  • operating theatres
  • outpatients
  • safeguarding
  • oncology.

We maintain close links with practice to keep our programmes up-to-date and highly relevant.

98% of our children's nursing graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016).

  • We are one of the few pre-qualifying child nursing programmes who offer placements with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • With a vibrant academic nursing and health-related community, we have an excellent track record in educating new and experienced health and social care practitioners from pre-qualifying to doctoral studies.
  • We have a fully functional simulation suite with an operating theatre and recovery room, high dependency unit, and a three-bed clinical ward environment.
  • From April 2018, Band 5 nurses can expect a starting salary of £23,023*. (*healthcareers.nhs.uk).
  • The team frequently publish their work; for example Jayne Francis-Shama recently published her research on 'Perceptions of leadership among final-year undergraduate nursing students' in the Nursing Management journal, one of Royal College of Nursing (RCNi) publications.
  • Melanie Hayward, one of our senior lecturers, regularly writes for the Independent Nurse journal, and many of our tutors contribute to newspaper articles and key publications, and publish papers.
  • Karen Harrison-White and Liz King are both reviewers with Nurse Education Today and the Nursing Children & Young People journal.

We work with a number of NHS trusts and also place students in independent placements, such as private hospitals. Members of our teaching staff are assigned to each clinical area to support students while they are on placement.

Clinical experience opportunities may include:

  • accident and emergency departments
  • community nursing - with health visitors and paediatric nursing teams
  • general paediatric wards
  • learning disability units
  • neonatal intensive care
  • operating theatres
  • outpatient departments
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • private healthcare placement experiences.

The main trusts we work with include: