UKAP Level 7 Diploma in Child Health aims to encourage the synthesis of experience, knowledge and new learning in order to influence children’s nursing within contemporary health and social care settings. 
At postgraduate level, the Child Health course; develops nurses who can champion and promote leadership in children’s nursing, facilitate reflection on contemporary children’s nursing in order to encourage innovation and creativity in children’s nursing and enables nurses and midwives to apply and utilise research that will support innovations contributing to the development of children's nursing.

The course allows practitioners to reflect upon and expand their clinical capability within multi- agency, multidisciplinary and inter-professional teams and participate in developing and promoting appropriate practice developments to facilitate the delivery of quality care.



·       Introduction to Postgraduate Research (C)

·       Thinking Children (C)

·       Shaping the Future for Child Healthcare Practice (C)




3 optional modules from the following list:


·       Writing and presentation skills (O)

·       Solution focused interventions (O)

·       Advanced research methods (O)

·       The safeguarding of children in multi-disciplinary environments (O)

·       Care of the child with cancer (O)

·       Leadership in practice (O)

·       Multiprofessional support of learning and assessing in practice (O)

·       Assessing and responding to the critically ill child (O)



·       Triple dissertation

·       or Double dissertation

·       plus Practice Improvement Through Change (C)


(C) = Compulsory



The course covers the following subject areas within the arena of children and young people’s healthcare practice:

·       Developing practical research skills

·       Facilitation of critical thinking / reflection in and on practice

·       Leadership, change, management, innovation and interprofessional education

·       Quality assurance

·       Collaborative working across professional and organisational boundaries

This course is delivered on a part-time basis, usually over three years. The course comprises of three single compulsory modules in Year One: Introduction to Postgraduate Research; Thinking Children; Shaping the Future for Child Health Care Practice. Year Two comprises three optional modules from the list included in Course at a Glance. Year Three comprises of either a triple dissertation or a double dissertation and single compulsory module - Practice Improvement Through Change.

180 credits equating with nine modules. All students will take three compulsory modules, three optional module and either a triple dissertation or a double dissertation and single compulsory module.

Additional awards: If you leave before completing the course you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).


·       Keynote lectures to provide subject overview

·       Directed critical reading allied to student-led seminars, workshops, discussions and debates

·       Workshops to promote practical skill development supporting assessment activity e.g. database access, search strategies, critical appraisal

·       Problem-based learning

·       Work-based learning

·       Clinical skills laboratory with simulation

·       Individual dissertation supervision and associated group workshops

·       e-Learn offers access to additional resources including chat rooms and discussion boards

·       Development centre which promotes self-assessment through reflection

·       Formative feedback at workshops, seminars, tutorials

·       Written assignments in the form of essays and scholarly papers, reflective accounts

·       Storyboards

·       360 degrees feedback

·       Oral presentations

·       Objective Structured Clinical Examinations

·       Portfolios

·       Dissertation



Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from your nearest Affiliated Centre in your country.



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