The application deadline for the next intake is: 15 December 2023
This 30-credit, level 7 module provides children's nurses with the knowledge and skills to undertake enhanced clinical assessments of babies, children and young people to help reduce avoidable hospital reviews and admissions.
It is appropriate for Band 5 and 6 nurses (or equivalent) working in a range of settings, including hospitals, community, and other settings such as schools and hospices.
Delivered in partnership with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the EPNS course allows nurses to develop knowledge in anatomy and pathophysiology, and skills in clinical assessment, using a blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and asynchronous E-learning.
On completion of the course, you will be able to undertake a patient history and physical examination, and communicate your findings and recommendations to senior clinical colleagues in a safe, effective and timely manner.
If you have any questions, please email the module leaders:
Although much of the teaching is delivered online, applicants must be able to attend City Campus on the following dates:
- Wednesday 31 May 2023
- Wednesday 12 July 2023
This module is subject to having a viable number of students to run.
This programme is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing.
Learning and assessment
Students will be assessed using a variety of methods, including:
- a practice-based clinical skills workbook
- a multiple-choice examination
- a reflective assignment
- assessment of practical skills
What you will study
This module is provided in partnership with clinical colleagues from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Training will be delivered by advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, clinical educators and paediatricians.
The module will include:
- anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal systems and dermatology
- pathophysiology, investigations and management of common paediatric conditions, including: gastroenteritis, chromic constipation, physiological jaundice, viral-induced wheeze, asthma, bronchiolitis, croup, diabetes mellitus, nephrotic syndrome, eczema and sepsis
- how to recognise and respond appropriately to a deteriorating baby, child or young person
- how to take a history and perform a basic examination of a baby, child or young person, including: general inspection, cardiovascular, respiratory and abdominal examinations
- communication skills around effective SBAR handover, escalating concerns and communicating with babies, children, young people and their families
To successfully apply, you must:
- be a registered nurse with around 18 months clinical experience
- be employed in a clinical area with the ability to practice enhanced assessment skills
- have a clinical supervisor (usually an ACP or doctor) who can assess your clinical skills
- have a first level degree, or equivalent
Fees, finance and scholarships
- 10 credits: £598
- 20 credits: £1,194
- 30 credits: £1,794
- 40 credits: £2,388
- Dissertation modules (if applicable): £2,584
There may be additional costs that you may incur as a student. Though these are not essential to your programme of study you need to be aware of them as a student of the University. A list of the sort of costs you might expect can be found on our fees and finance section.
Health Education England may fund some health courses/modules at the University of Bradford for healthcare staff providing NHS services working within West Yorkshire and Harrogate, against organisational training priorities identified through the organisation's training needs analysis.
You are therefore advised to contact the SSPRD Signatory within your organisation regarding their organisational training priorities.
See our fees and financial support section.
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships section.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
This module can support your career progression in your chosen field. You can choose to build upon this module with further study that can lead to a full MSc award.