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Health and Social Care pre-course information

Welcome to the Health and Social Care Pre-Course Information website

Kingston Hill Campus

We are pleased that you will be joining us in September to embark on your studies at Kingston University. We have put together some important information to help with your course preparation. Please do read information pertaining to your course and the DBS & Occupational Health guidance carefully as there are some actions you will need to take now.

For your information the course start dates are:

MSW Social Work – Monday 7 September 2020, 11am

BSc’s and MSc’s in Nursing, Foundation Degree Nursing Associates, BSc’s and PGDips in Midwifery, BA Social Work & BA Working with Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy students –
Monday 14 September 2020

We look forward to meeting you in September. In the meantime, if you do have any questions, please get in touch by emailing preregadmissions@kingston.ac.uk quoting your Kingston ID or telephone us on 020 8417 5735.

Best wishes

Health & Social Care Admissions Team

Kingston University

THINGS TO DO

Refer to your individual programmes and the checklist provided for what you need to be doing now and preparing for in your studies.

However, ALL students must complete and return (where appropriate) the following:

  1. Occupational Health questionnaire & GP report
  2. DBS application
  3. Submit outstanding original qualification certificates
  4. All other forms – refer to your specific course for a full list
  5. Complete online enrolment – end of August – beginning of September
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Welcome from Year 1 Area Lead

Dear Student

BSc (Hons) NURSING – REGISTERED NURSE

INTAKE DATE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

On behalf of the staff of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, I would like to welcome you to the Faculty. It is a very interesting and exciting time to be entering the nursing profession and I hope that you find your time with us to be both stimulating and satisfying.

Students commencing their BSc (Hons) Registered Nurse course in September 2020 will qualify in the year 2023 and the Faculty will make every effort to ensure that you are well prepared both academically and clinically to meet the challenges that will be presented to the healthcare professions in the future.

In this website, you will find information concerning the start of the course and forms which require completion prior to the course.

Please note that if you have been advised that we need to see your birth or educational certificates, or other documentation, you should forward these without delay for verification and return to you. Please scan and send these documents by email to preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk.

You should have received an occupational health form to complete by email. If you have not returned this to us, please do so as a matter of urgency as this may delay you joining the course. You should also have received an email about completing the DBS application online. If you have not received this information, please refer to the DBS & Occupational Health tabs for guidance on what you need to do or contact us at preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk quoting your Kingston ID or your UCAS Personal number.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735.

Kind Regards

Anne Ambridge

Senior Lecturer and Year One Lead

BSc Nursing Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and return Occupational Health & GP report As soon as possible
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as possible
3 Subscribe to the Update Service if you wish to keep your certificate current Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
4 Return Placement Information form As soon as possible
5 Submit outstanding qualification certificates (refer to conditions on offer) As soon as possible
6 Apply for Accommodation (if required) As soon as possible
7 Apply for Student Finance (if required) As soon as possible
8 Complete online enrolment (Stage 1) Beginning of September
BSc Nursing Term Dates

BSc (Hons) NURSING – REGISTERED NURSE

TERM DATES

Nursing and midwifery students have longer term dates than other students at the University. Students have only seven weeks annual leave per annum.

The term dates are as follows:

Autumn Term
Monday 14 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020
(2 weeks holiday)

Spring Term
Monday 4 January 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021
(1 week holiday)

Summer Term
Monday 26 April 2021 – Friday 20 August 2021
(4 weeks holiday)

BSc Nursing Induction/Enrolment Timetable

Enrolment Information

Prior to the start of the course you will receive enrolment information from Kingston University. This is sent at the end of August/beginning of September by email and will outline the process of completing enrolment which you will need to complete online.

For Stage 1 (online) enrolment, you will need to confirm your personal details and the details of the course you will be joining as well as uploading a passport style photograph. This is done via the online student information system (OSIS).

Please note this photograph will be used to issue your smartcard needed for your placements and must be an appropriate image. Any inappropriate images will be rejected and could potentially affect you from starting your placement.

It is extremely important that you enrol in OSIS prior to the Stage 2 enrolment session as failure to do so will delay the issue of your student identification card and registration for the various student services at the University.

You will need the following as proof of identity to the Stage 2 enrolment.

At least one of

  • Passport
  • UK photographic drivers licence
  • EU National Identity Card
  • Citizen Card

PLUS

One passport sized photograph only if you have not uploaded your photo onto the online student information system (OSIS)

NHS Student Smart Card

You will be registered for your NHS Student Smart card during the enrolment session.

You will receive further communication via email detailing the requirements for the Smart Card applications in due course. Please ensure that you read and adhere to the instructions issued.

BSc Nursing Course Information

BSc (Hons) NURSING – REGISTERED NURSE

COURSE INFORMATION

The 3 Year Pre-Registration Course in Nursing
On successful completion of the academic and practice elements of the programme, all students will be eligible to register on the NMC Professional Register of Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors and to be employed as Registered Nurses.

Academic Work and Nursing Practice Placements
Nursing practice experience will be gained in a variety of settings in the community, in hospitals and in the voluntary sector. The theoretical elements of the course which are based at the Kingston Hill Campus and the practice placement elements are undertaken in alternating blocks throughout the course. Placements will be in London, Surrey and Sussex and you will be expected to travel to areas to ensure you acquire the breadth of experiences required to complete your course.

Teaching of clinical skills involves the practice of certain skills on other students and allows others to practice on you. Clinical skills teaching takes place in mixed gender classes. As per the Student Learning Agreement, as a student nurse, you agree to participate in these classes.

Attendance
The pre-registration nursing programme is an attendance based course. In order to be eligible to be entered on to the Register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on successful completion, you must complete the minimum number of hours required of both theoretical and practice learning.

Attendance for theory is normally Monday through to Friday from 9am through to 5pm but may also extend to 6pm. Practice learning attendance times may vary to reflect the 24-hour, 7-day week nature of the Registered Nurse’s work. You are likely to work a variety of shift patterns during your practice e.g. morning, evening, long days, nights and weekend shifts.

Holidays
HOLIDAYS DURING THE COURSE ARE AT FIXED TIMES as per the Course Plan, which will be given to you on commencement.

Timetables
Your personal timetable will be accessible online via the Online Student Information System (OSIS) and through the KingstonUni mobile app (on iOS and Android devices) or via the webapp (if using a PC, Windows Phone or Blackberry). If you have not already installed the KingstonUni mobile app, it can be downloaded here. These links and further guidance on understanding timetables are available from OSIS.

In order to access your timetable you need to have completed the first stage of enrolment on OSIS.

Please note that timetables are subject to change and you should note that this initial timetable will not include all sessions. You will be allocated to a tutor group following your enrolment. If you are trying to plan for childcare or holidays we would remind you that the nursing programmes are attendance based and you should be available at all times during the term times for the course.

Please check your timetable regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information.

Smartphones/Tablet computers
Whilst having a smartphone and/or tablet computer is not a course requirement, mobile access to the electronic timetable and course materials will be much easier with one of these devices.

Travel

It is expected that the excess costs of travelling to and from clinical placements will reimbursable by the Faculty on a retrospective basis. Please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/lsf to acquire further information and guidance.

Car Parking
Parking facilities vary between Faculty sites. You are advised to check whether you may park at any of the sites as parking is restricted to staff on some of them. Students may apply for a permit to park on the Kingston Hill site. No reserved spaces are available; parking is on a first come, first served basis.

There is a parking amnesty in the first few weeks of starting the programme so you do not need to obtain a car parking pass until the beginning of October. You can apply for a permanent car pass from the Main Reception in the Stable Block, Kingston Hill once you have your student identification card.

Professional Administration Services Information

BSc (Hons) NURSING – REGISTERED NURSE

PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICES (PAS)

The Faculty’s Programme Offices provide administrative support for all stages of the student lifecycle from enrolment through to graduation. This typically includes processes relating to:

  • student enrolment and induction
  • assessments and examinations
  • student progression and graduation
  • student enquiries
  • student support and guidance

The Programme Office is based on the Ground Floor of the Sir Frank Lampl Building (KH FL2004) at our Kingston Hill campus.

The Opening Hours are:

Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Email address: npo@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Tel: 020 8417 5739

The Practice Education Support Team are also based in room FL0004 and work with the academic staff to allocate appropriate placement opportunities to ensure you complete the breadth of experiences required for qualification.

Please note that prior to starting the course you should direct any queries to the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735 or email preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

BSc Nursing Placement Information
BSc Nursing Uniform Information

Each student will be dressed in a manner appropriate to the surroundings and at all times reflecting an appearance suitable to the nursing profession.

Uniform:
A uniform will be issued to all students. The uniform must be worn when in practice settings and must be kept clean and tidy. Only in previously agreed circumstances will non-uniform clothing be allowed in the practice setting.

Students are to provide their own flat black lace-up shoes and navy blue cardigan.

When in uniform:

  • Hair will be worn off the collar
  • Make-up and hairstyles should be discreet
  • No nail varnish will be worn
  • Only wedding rings and one stud earring per ear are permitted. Nose studs are not permitted, unless for religious reasons
  • Name badge may be worn in safe positions. No other badges are allowed.
  • Shoes must be black with low heels. Further guidance will be given on type of shoes when on programme
  • A fob-watch should be worn

The wearing of uniform in public places is not allowed except when travelling directly from home to place of work or vice-versa, when a raincoat must be worn at all times.

Useful Tip:
Any black lace up shoes that you buy should be comfortable as you may be on your feet for most of the day. Wear them in before you go on placement!

Non-standard Uniforms
Should particular dress need to be worn for religious reasons, the Admissions Tutor / Course Director should be contacted as soon as possible as any negotiations must take place in advance of the commencement of placements. Please discuss any concerns you have with the uniform outfitters on the first day of the programme.

Health and Safety and infection control measures are paramount and would normally supersede any dress code for religious purposes. Full exposure of the face in all practice and academic (e.g. classroom, skills / practical classes, assessments) settings is required. Head coverings are acceptable but individuals’ face must be exposed.

To ensure adequate communication and accurate identification, students must expose their face fully to patients / clients, colleagues, and staff in all practice and teaching contexts, Learning Resource Centres and examination rooms. This is important for the purpose of recognition by patients / clients and others within the University and practice areas. Students must understand that facial expression may be an important part of communication with patients / clients.

BSc Nursing Reading List
Welcome from Course Director

Dear Student

MSc NURSING – REGISTERED NURSE

INTAKE DATE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

On behalf of the Staff of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, I would like to welcome you to the Faculty.  It is a very interesting and exciting time to be entering the nursing profession, and I hope that you find your time with the Faculty to be both stimulating and satisfying.

Students commencing their MSc Nursing / Registered Nurse course in September 2020 will qualify in the year 2022, and the Faculty will make every effort to ensure that you are well prepared both academically and clinically to meet the challenges that will be presented to the healthcare professions in the future.

On this website, you will find enclosed information concerning the start of the course and forms which requires completion prior to the course.

Please note that if you have been advised that we need to see your birth or educational certificates, or other documentation, you should forward these without delay for verification and return to you.  Please scan and send these documents by email to preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

You should have received occupational health forms to complete by email. If you have not returned your occupational health please do so as a matter of urgency as this may delay you joining the course.  You should also have received an email about completing the DBS application online.

In addition to the above emails you will have been sent pre-course information and an RPL form to complete.

If you have not received this information, please refer to the pre-course information or RPL information within the MSc Nursing tab and the DBS and Occupational Health tabs for guidance on what you need to do or contact us at preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk.  Please remember to provide your UCAS Personal ID number or your Kingston ID number in all correspondence with the University.

If you have any queries arising from this letter or accompanying information, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735.

Kind regards

Karen Elliott
Course Director MSc Nursing

MSc Nursing Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and return Occupational Health & GP report As soon as possible
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as possible
3 Subscribe to the Update Service if you wish to keep your certificate current Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
4 Return the RPL Application form As soon as possible
5 Return Placement Information form As soon as possible
6 Submit outstanding qualification certificates (refer to conditions on offer) As soon as possible
7 Apply for Accommodation (if required) As soon as possible
8 Apply for Student Finance (if required) As soon as possible
9 Complete online enrolment (Stage 1) Beginning of September
MSc Nursing Term Dates

MSc IN NURSING /REGISTERED NURSE

TERM DATES

Nursing and midwifery students have longer term dates than other students at the University.  Students have only seven weeks annual leave per annum.

The term dates are as follows:

Autumn Term
Monday 14 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020
(2 weeks holiday)

Spring Term
Monday 4 January 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021
(1 week holiday)

Summer Term
Monday 19 April 2021 – Friday 23 July 2021
(4 weeks holiday)

Monday 23 August 2021 – Sunday 12 September 2021
(3 weeks Elective – this is not holiday)

MSc Nursing Induction and Enrolment

Enrolment Information

Prior to the start of the course you will receive enrolment information from Kingston University. This is sent at the end of August/beginning of September by email and will outline the process of completing enrolment which you will need to complete online.

MSc Nursing Course Information

MSc IN NURSING

REGISTERED NURSE

COURSE INFORMATION SHEET

The 2 Year Pre-Registration Course in Nursing

On successful completion of the academic and practice elements of the programme, all students will be eligible to register on the NMC Professional Register of Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors and to be employed as Registered Nurses.

Academic Work and Nursing Practice Placements

Nursing practice experience will be gained in a variety of settings in the community, in hospitals and in the voluntary sector.  The theoretical elements of the course which are based at the Kingston Hill Campus and the practice placement elements are undertaken in alternating blocks throughout the course

Placements will be in London, Surrey and Sussex and you will be expected to travel to areas to ensure you acquire the breadth of experiences required to complete your course.

Teaching of clinical skills involves the practice of certain skills on other students and allows others to practice on you. Clinical skills teaching takes place in mixed gender classes.  As per the Student Learning Agreement, as a student nurse, you agree to participate in these classes.

Attendance

The pre-registration nursing programme is an attendance based course. In order to be eligible to be entered on to the Register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on successful completion, you must complete the minimum number of hours required of both theoretical and practice learning.

Attendance for theory is normally Monday through to Friday from 09.00 hrs. through to 17.00 hrs. but may also extend to 18.00 hrs.  Practice learning attendance times may vary to reflect the 24-hour, 7-day week nature of the Registered Nurse’s work.  You are likely to work a variety of shift patterns during your practice e.g. morning, evening, long days, nights and weekend shifts.

Holidays

HOLIDAYS DURING THE COURSE ARE AT FIXED TIMES as per the Course Plan, which will be given to you on commencement. The term dates for this year are given in the term dates tab of this website.

Timetables

Your personal timetable will be accessible online via the Online Student Information System (OSIS) and through the KingstonUni mobile app (on iOS and Android devices) or via the webapp (if using a PC, Windows Phone or Blackberry). If you have not already installed the KingstonUni mobile app, it can be downloaded here. These links and further guidance on understanding timetables are available from OSIS.

In order to access your timetable you need to have completed the first stage of enrolment on OSIS.  You should be able to complete the first stage of enrolment from the beginning of September.

Please note that timetables are subject to change and you should note that this initial timetable will not include all sessions. You will be allocated to a tutor group following your enrolment.   If you are trying to plan for childcare or holidays we would remind you that the nursing programmes are attendance based and you should be available at all times during the term times for the course.

Please check your timetable regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information.

Smartphones/Tablet computers

Whilst having a smartphone and/or tablet computer is not a course requirement, mobile access to the electronic timetable and course materials will be much easier with one of these devices.

Travel

It is expected that the excess costs of travelling to and from clinical placements will reimbursable by the Faculty on a retrospective basis. Please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/lsf to acquire further information and guidance.

Car Parking

Parking facilities vary between Faculty sites.  You are advised to check whether you may park at any of the sites as parking is restricted to staff on some of them.  Students may apply for a permit to park on the Kingston Hill site.  No reserved spaces are available; parking is on a first come, first served basis.

There is a parking amnesty in the first few weeks of starting the programme so you do not need to obtain a car parking pass until the beginning of October.    You can apply for a permanent car pass from the Main Reception in the Stable Block, Kingston Hill once you have your student identification card.

Professional Administration Services Information

MSc NURSING – REGISTERED NURSE

PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICES (PAS)

The Faculty’s Programme Offices provide administrative support for all stages of the student lifecycle from enrolment through to graduation. This typically includes processes relating to:

  • student enrolment and induction
  • assessments and examinations
  • student progression and graduation
  • student enquiries
  • student support and guidance

The Programme Office is based on the Ground Floor of the Sir Frank Lampl Building (KH FL2004) at our Kingston Hill campus.

The Opening Hours are:

Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Email address: npo@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Tel: 020 8417 5739

The Practice Education Support Team are also based in room FL0004 and work with the academic staff to allocate appropriate placement opportunities to ensure you complete the breadth of experiences required for qualification.

Please note that prior to starting the course you should direct any queries to the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735 or email preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

MSc Nursing Placement Information
MSc Nursing Uniform Information

Each student will be dressed in a manner appropriate to the surroundings and at all times reflecting an appearance suitable to the nursing profession.

Uniform:
A uniform will be issued to all students. The uniform must be worn when in practice settings and must be kept clean and tidy. Only in previously agreed circumstances will non-uniform clothing be allowed in the practice setting.

Students are to provide their own flat black lace-up shoes and navy blue cardigan.

When in uniform:

  • Hair will be worn off the collar
  • Make-up and hairstyles should be discreet
  • No nail varnish will be worn
  • Only wedding rings and one stud earring per ear are permitted. Nose studs are not permitted, unless for religious reasons
  • Name badge may be worn in safe positions. No other badges are allowed.
  • Shoes must be black with low heels. Further guidance will be given on type of shoes when on programme
  • A fob-watch should be worn
  • Students are required to be bare below the elbow in clinical skills sessions

The wearing of uniform in public places is not allowed except when travelling directly from home to place of work or vice-versa, when a raincoat must be worn at all times.

Useful Tip:
Any black lace up shoes that you buy should be comfortable as you may be on your feet for most of the day. Wear them in before you go on placement!

Non-standard Uniforms
Should particular dress need to be worn for religious reasons, the Admissions Tutor / Course Director should be contacted as soon as possible as any negotiations must take place in advance of the commencement of placements. Please discuss any concerns you have with the uniform outfitters on the first day of the programme.

Health and Safety and infection control measures are paramount and would normally supersede any dress code for religious purposes. Full exposure of the face in all practice and academic (e.g. classroom, skills / practical classes, assessments) settings is required. Head coverings are acceptable but individuals’ face must be exposed.

To ensure adequate communication and accurate identification, students must expose their face fully to patients / clients, colleagues, and staff in all practice and teaching contexts, Learning Resource Centres and examination rooms. This is important for the purpose of recognition by patients / clients and others within the University and practice areas. Students must understand that facial expression may be an important part of communication with patients / clients.

MSc Nursing Reading List
Precourse reading and activities

There are a few things we would like you to do over the summer in preparation for your course; I’m sure you’ll find them interesting and helpful; take a look at the link below;

For help revising for your first MSC modules;

It may have been a while since you completed your first degree and nursing is a new discipline for you. Prior to starting the programme I would encourage you to read nursing journals e.g. Nursing Times or Nursing Standard to keep updated with the current changes in healthcare. There are also lots of online articles you can get free of charge via Google Scholar.

The BBC bitesize webpage also has resources to improve your English and Maths skills.

There are study skills guides which are available to purchase if you wish but this and other study skills texts are available in our libraries when you start with us, a Masters specific study guide that you may find useful is by:

  • Casey D. et al. (2017) Study Skills for Master’s Level Students, second edition: A reflective approach for health and social care. Lantern Publishing; Banbury.

This book should support you to develop the skills they need to make the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate thinking, researching and writing.

Alternatively another popular book with our current students is:

  • Stella Cottrell (2019) ‘The Study Skills Handbook’ 5th Edition by Macmillan (under £15). We all learn in different ways and this book provides you with a variety of skills that will support you throughout the programme.

You will receive a Critical Thinking Toolkit developed with the Nursing team when you start which we will use throughout the course to support the consolidation and development of your skills for academic writing and practice.

Welcome from Course Lead

Dear Student

Foundation Degree – Nursing Associate

INTAKE DATE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

On behalf of the staff of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, I would like to welcome you to the Faculty. It is a very interesting and exciting time to be entering the nursing profession and I hope that you find your time with us to be both stimulating and satisfying.

Students commencing their Foundation Degree course in September 2020 will complete their course by 2022 and the Faculty will make every effort to ensure that you are well prepared, both academically and clinically, to meet the challenges that will be presented to the healthcare professions in the future.

In this website, you will find information concerning the start of the course and forms which you need to complete prior to the start of course.

Please note: If you have been advised that we need to see your birth or educational certificates, or other documentation, you should forward these without delay for verification and return to you. Please scan and send these documents by email to preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk.

You will receive an occupational health form to complete by email. Please complete this as a matter of urgency as this may delay you joining the course. You should receive an email about completing the DBS application online. If you have not received this information, please refer to the DBS & Occupational Health tabs for guidance on what you need to do, or contact us at preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk quoting your Kingston ID or your UCAS personal number.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735.

Kind Regards

Jacqueline Chang

Senior Lecturer and Course Lead

Nursing Associate Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and return Occupational Health & GP report As soon as possible
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as possible
3 Subscribe to the Update Service if you wish to keep your certificate current Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
4 Return Placement Information form As soon as possible
5 Submit outstanding qualification certificates (refer to conditions on offer) As soon as possible
6 Apply for Accommodation (if required) As soon as possible
7 Apply for Student Finance (if required) As soon as possible
8 Complete online enrolment (Stage 1) Beginning of September
Nursing Associate Term Dates

Theory

  • 14 September – 4 December
  • 4 January – 26 March
  • 19 April – 11 June

Placements

  • Placement 1: 11/01/21 – 28/02/21
    Placement 2: 03/05/21 – 13/06/21

Holidays

  • 7 December – 1 January
  • 29 March – 18 April
  • 7 June – 28 August
Enrolment Information

Prior to the start of the course you will receive enrolment information from Kingston University. This is sent at the end of August/beginning of September by email and will outline the process of completing enrolment which you will need to complete online.

For online enrolment, you will need to confirm your personal details and the details of the course you will be joining as well as uploading a passport style photograph. This is done via the online student information system (OSIS).

Please note this photograph will be used to issue your smartcard needed for your placements and must be an appropriate image. Any inappropriate images will be rejected and could potentially affect you from starting your placement.

It is extremely important that you enrol in OSIS prior to the Stage 2 enrolment session as failure to do so will delay the issue of your student identification card and registration for the various student services at the University.

You will need the following as proof of identity for enrolment:

At least one of

  • Passport
  • UK photographic drivers licence
  • EU National Identity Card
  • Citizen Card

PLUS

One passport sized photograph only if you have not uploaded your photo onto the online student information system (OSIS)

NHS Student Smart Card

You will be registered for your NHS Student Smart card during the enrolment session.

You will receive further communication via email detailing the requirements for the Smart Card applications in due course. Please ensure that you read and adhere to the instructions issued.

Foundation Degree Nursing Associate Course Information

On successful completion of the academic and practice elements of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register of nurses, midwives and nursing associates and to seek employment as a Registered Nursing Associate. The nursing associate qualification is a generic qualification which will enable you to work in a wide variety of health and social care settings and with different client groups.

Academic Work and Practice Placements
Nursing practice experience will be gained in a variety of settings in the community, in hospitals and in the voluntary sector. The theoretical elements of the course are based predominantly at the Kingston Hill Campus. The theory and practice placement elements are undertaken in alternating blocks throughout the course.

Placements will be in London, Surrey and Sussex and you will be expected to travel to these areas to ensure you acquire the breadth of experiences required to complete your course. Wherever possible, placement allocation will take account of your term time address but will not remove the need to travel.

Teaching of clinical skills involves the practice of certain skills on other students and allows others to practice on you. Clinical skills teaching takes place in mixed gender classes. You will be expected to fully participate in these classes, as set out in the Student Learning Agreement.

Attendance
The nursing associate programme is an attendance-based course. To be eligible for entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register on successful course completion, you must complete the minimum number of learning hours set by the NMC, in both theory and practice learning.

Attendance for theory is normally Wednesday through to Friday from 9am to 5pm but there will be occasions where a full Monday-to-Friday attendance is required.

PLACEMENTS ARE AT FIXED TIMES and attendance times may vary to reflect the 24-hour, 7-day week nature of the Registered Nursing Associate’s work. You are likely to work a variety of shift patterns during your practice e.g. mornings, evenings, long days, nights and weekend shifts.

Holidays
HOLIDAYS ARE SCHEDULED AT FIXED TIMES as per the Course Plan, which will you will receive during course induction. If you are planning childcare or holidays please remember that the programme is attendance based and you must be fully available during term times to attend all scheduled sessions, assessments and practice blocks.

Timetables

Your timetable will be available to you via Canvas. This is the virtual learning environment that will support your learning whilst. You will be shown how to use Canvas at the start of the course. Please note that timetables are subject to change and your initial timetable may not include all sessions. Please check your timetable regularly to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Personal Tutor

You will be allocated to a personal tutor group following your enrolmentYour personal tutor will provide you with continuity of support during your time as a nursing associate student. If you are planning childcare or holidays we would remind you that the programme is attendance based and you should be fully available during term times to attend all scheduled sessions, assessments and practice blocks.

Smartphones/Tablet computers
Whilst having a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer is not a course requirement, mobile access to the timetable and course materials on Canvas will be much easier with one of these devices.

Travelling to Kingston Hill and St George’s 

Car Parking
Students may apply for a permit to park on the Kingston Hill site. No reserved spaces are available; parking is on a first come, first served basis. There is a parking amnesty in the first few weeks of starting the programme so you do not need to obtain a car-parking pass until the beginning of October. You can apply for a permanent car pass from the Main Reception in the Stable Block, Kingston Hill once you have your student identification card. Kingston Hill is also served by the KU intersite bus.

Parking facilities are restricted on the St George’s campus (Tooting) and hospital car park charges apply. The campus is well served by public transport and it is recommended that you travel by public transport wherever possible.

Placement information
Nursing Associate Uniform Information

Each student will be dressed in a manner appropriate to the surroundings and at all times reflecting an appearance suitable to the nursing profession.

Uniform:
A uniform will be issued to all students. The uniform must be worn when in practice settings and must be kept clean and tidy. Only in previously agreed circumstances will non-uniform clothing be allowed in the practice setting.

Students are to provide their own flat black lace-up shoes and navy blue cardigan.

When in uniform:

  • Hair will be worn off the collar
  • Make-up and hairstyles should be discreet
  • No nail varnish will be worn
  • Only wedding rings and one stud earring per ear are permitted. Nose studs are not permitted, unless for religious reasons
  • Name badge may be worn in safe positions. No other badges are allowed.
  • Shoes must be black with low heels. Further guidance will be given on type of shoes when on programme
  • A fob-watch should be worn

The wearing of uniform in public places is not allowed except when travelling directly from home to place of work or vice-versa, when a raincoat must be worn at all times.

Useful Tip:
Any black lace up shoes that you buy should be comfortable as you may be on your feet for most of the day. Wear them in before you go on placement!

Non-standard Uniforms
Should particular dress need to be worn for religious reasons, the course lead should be contacted as soon as possible as any negotiations must take place in advance of the commencement of placements. Please discuss any concerns you have with the uniform outfitters on the first day of the programme.

Health and Safety and infection control measures are paramount and would normally supersede any dress code for religious purposes. Full exposure of the face in all practice and academic (e.g. classroom, skills / practical classes, assessments) settings is required. Head coverings are acceptable but individuals’ face must be exposed.

To ensure adequate communication and accurate identification, students must expose their face fully to patients / clients, colleagues and staff in all practice and teaching contexts, Learning Resource Centres and examination rooms. This is important for the purpose of recognition by patients / clients and others within the University and practice areas. Students must understand that facial expression may be an important part of communication with patients / clients.

Nursing Associate Recommended Reading List

Reading is an essential part of your new Foundation Degree programme. The following texts are some of those which will be used during the course. You will also receive more specific references from module leaders, to include journal articles as well as government reports and other books.

The purpose of this list is for you to read through it and to familiarise yourself with the type of books that will be helpful to you once on the programme.

You might want to visit your local library or bookshops to see if they have any of the books – or, if you live near Kingston Hill, you can visit the Learning Resources Centre as a visitor – and browse through the books. Our advice is to read / browse the books but we strongly suggest that you do not buy books until you start the programme in September. Anyone wishing to purchase books from Sage Publishing beforehand can do so online at: www.sagepub.co.uk/studentdeal at discounted prices. The discount code to apply is UK14STKIN. Sage are invited to attend induction on the 18th September.

Once you are here you will have the opportunity to visit the Learning Resources Centre, discuss books with lecturers and Learning Resource Centre staff and then decide which particular books meet your specific needs. You can borrow the books that you need for your course from the Learning Resources Centre, and the Learning Resources Centre will provide many of the books to you online. The only exceptions to this guidance are the books in the Numeracy/Study Skills and Studying at University sections – they might be very useful in building your confidence as you prepare for the programme.

Numeracy/Study Skills/ Nursing Associate Studies

Starkings, S. & Krause, L. (2018). Passing Calculation Tests for Nursing Students. (4th edition). Sage. London.

Hargreaves, S. & Crabb, J. (2016 ) Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia. (3rd edition). Sage. London.

Peate, I. (2019) Learning to care: the Nursing Associate. Edinburgh. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Rowe, G. Ellis, S. Gee, D. Graham, K. Henderson, M. Barnes, J. Counihan, C & Carter-Bennett, J. (2020) The handbook for Nursing Associates and Assistant practitioners. Sage London.

Waugh, A., Grant, A., Chambers, G. and Ross, J. S. (2018) Ross and Wilson anatomy and physiology in health and illness. (13th edition). Edinburgh. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Adult Nursing
Delves-Yates, C (2018) Essentials of Nursing Practice. (2nd Edition). London: Sage.

Children’s Nursing
Price, J. & Mc Alinden, O. (2017) Essentials of Nursing Children and Young People. London: Sage.

Learning Disability Nursing
Barr, O. and Gates B. (eds) (2019) Oxford handbook of learning and intellectual disability nursing. Oxford: Oxford university press.

Mental Health Nursing
Wright, K. & McKeown, M. (2018). Essentials of Mental Health Nursing. London. Sage.

E-resources
BBC (2017) Skillswise: English and Maths for Adults. 

Websites

www.digitalhealth.net
www.dh.gov.uk
www.nmc-uk.org

Welcome from Year One Lead

BSc (Hons) / PG Dip MIDWIFERY – REGISTERED MIDWIFE PROGRAMMES

INTAKE DATE:  14 September 2020

On behalf of the Staff of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, I would like to welcome you to the Faculty.  It is a very interesting and exciting time to be entering the midwifery profession, and I hope that you find your time with the Faculty to be both stimulating and satisfying.

The Faculty will make every effort to ensure that you are well prepared both academically and clinically to meet the challenges that will be presented to the healthcare professions in the future.

To welcome you to the Department of Midwifery we have enrolled you onto a module in Canvas (our online learning environment) so you can get to know a little more about your community. Here you will find personal messages from the teaching teams as well as updates about what’s been happening recently to show some of the things you can get involved in on your journey to becoming a midwife whilst at Kingston.

Click on the link here: Becoming a Midwife

In addition to the Becoming a Midwife module please thoroughly review the tabs on this pre-course website where you will find information concerning the start of the course and forms which require completion prior to the course.

Please note that if you have been advised that we need to see your birth or educational certificates, or other documentation, you should forward these without delay for verification and return to you. Please scan and send these documents by email to preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk.

You should have received an occupational health form to complete by email. If you have not returned this to us, please do so as a matter of urgency as this may delay you joining the course. You should also have received an email about completing the DBS application online. If you have not received this information, please refer to the DBS & Occupational Health tabs for guidance on what you need to do or contact us at preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk quoting your Kingston ID or your UCAS Personal number.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5732.

Kind Regards

Angela Frankland

Senior Lecturer and Year One Lead

Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and return Occupational Health & GP report As soon as possible
2 Attend Blood Test at St Georges’s on 5 August or arrange alternative appointment As soon as possible
3 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as possible
4 Subscribe to the Update Service if you wish to keep your certificate current Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
5 Submit outstanding qualification certificates (refer to conditions on offer) As soon as possible
6 Apply for Accommodation (if required) – St George’s accommodation As soon as possible
7 Apply for Student Finance (if required) As soon as possible
8 Complete online enrolment (Stage 1) Beginning of September
Term Dates

Midwifery students have longer term dates than other students at the University.  Students have only seven weeks annual leave per annum.

The term dates are as follows:

Three Year BSc and PgDip programmes

Autumn Term      Monday 14 September 2020 – Sunday 20 December 2020
(2 weeks holiday)

Spring Term        Monday 4 January 2021 – Sunday 11 April 2021
(2 weeks holiday) 

Summer Term     Monday 26 April 2021 – Sunday 1 August 2021
(3 weeks holiday)

85 week BSc and PgDip programmes for Registered Nurses

First Term           January TBC

Second Term      TBC

Induction and Enrolment – information and timetable

Enrolment Information

Prior to the start of the course you will receive enrolment information from Kingston University. This is sent at the end of August/beginning of September by email and will outline the process of completing enrolment which you will need to complete online.

For online enrolment, you will need to confirm your personal details and the details of the course you will be joining as well as uploading a passport style photograph. This is done via the online student information system (OSIS).

It is extremely important that you enrol in OSIS prior to the Stage 2 enrolment session as failure to do so will delay the issue of your student identification card and registration for the various student services at the University.

You will need the following as proof of identity for Stage 2 enrolment:

At least one of

  • Passport
  • UK photographic drivers licence
  • EU National Identity Card
  • Citizen Card

PLUS

One passport sized photograph only if you have not uploaded your photo onto the online student information system (OSIS)

Midwifery Induction Timetable

Course Information

All midwifery courses will commence on 14 September 2020. On successful completion of the academic and practice programmes, all students will be eligible to register on the Nursing & Midwifery Council Professional Register of Nurses and Midwives and to be employed as Registered Midwives.

Academic Work and Midwifery Practice Placements

Midwifery practice experience will be gained in a variety of settings in the community, in hospitals and in the voluntary sector.  The theoretical elements of the course which are based mainly at the St George’s Campus and the practice placement elements are undertaken in blocks throughout the first year of the course

Placements will be in Epsom & St Helier, Kingston, St George’s and Croydon NHS Trusts, St Peters and Frimley Park Hospitals and the surrounding areas, as indicated on the Student Learning Contract.

Teaching of clinical skills involves the practice of certain skills on other students and allows others to practice on you. Clinical skills teaching takes place in mixed gender classes.  As per the Student Learning Contract, as a student midwife, you agree to participate in these classes.

Attendance

The pre-registration midwifery programmes are attendance based courses. In order to be eligible to be entered on to the Register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on successful completion, you must complete the minimum number of hours required of both theoretical and practice learning.

Attendance in the first year for theory is normally Monday through to Friday from 10am to 5pm.  Practice learning attendance times may vary to reflect the 24-hour, 7-day week nature of the Registered Midwife’s work.  You are likely to work a variety of shift patterns during your practice e.g. morning, evening, night and weekend shifts.

As previously stated and is re-iterated in the Student Learning Contract it is essential that you attend on the first day of the course (14 September 2020), failure to do so will result in your start date being deferred to the next available cohort. 

Holidays

Holidays are during the course are at fixed times as per the course time-table, which will be given to you on commencement. Some flexibility is available but you would need to agree any variations with the Year Lead in advance. The term dates for this year are given on a separate sheet, enclosed.

Timetables

Please note that timetables are subject to change. If you are trying to plan for childcare or holidays we would remind you that the midwifery programmes are attendance based and you should be available at all times during the term times for the course.

Please check your timetable regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information.

Travel

It is expected that excess costs of travelling to and from clinical placements will be reimbursable on a retrospective basis. Please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/lsf to acquire further information and guidance.

Car Parking

Parking facilities vary between Faculty sites.  You are advised to check whether you may park at any of the sites as parking is restricted to staff on some of them.  Students may apply for a permit to park on the Kingston Hill site.  No reserved spaces are available; parking is on a first come, first served basis.

There is a parking amnesty at the Kingston Hill campus in the first few weeks of starting the programme so you do not need to obtain a car parking pass until the beginning of October.    You can apply for a permanent car pass online following your enrolment.

Smartphones/Tablet computers
Whilst having a smartphone and/or tablet computer is not a course requirement, mobile access to the electronic timetable and course materials will be much easier with one of these devices.

Information about teaching at St George’s
Professional Administration Services (PAS)

The Faculty’s Programme Offices provide administrative support for all stages of the student lifecycle from enrolment through to graduation. This typically includes processes relating to:

  • student enrolment and induction
  • assessments and examinations
  • student progression and graduation
  • student enquiries
  • student support and guidance

The BSc Midwives are based at the Kingston Hill campus and use the Pre-Registration Student Support Office in.  The Opening Hours are:

Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Email address: midwifery@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8725 0193

Note: Every 2nd and 4th Friday the office will close at 3.00pm for team meetings

The main Programme Office is based on the Ground Floor of the Sir Frank Lampl Building (KH FL2004) at our Kingston Hill campus. When you are at Kingston Hill you can use this office for your enquiries.

The Opening Hours are:

Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Email address: npo@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Telephone Numbers for the programme office is 020 8417 5739

Please note that prior to starting the course you should direct any queries to the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735 or email preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Uniform Information

Each student will be dressed in a manner appropriate to the surroundings and at all times reflecting an appearance suitable to the midwifery profession.

Uniform:
A uniform will be issued to all students in accordance with the Uniform Issue Procedure, details of which will be available in the Student Handbook. A copy of the Handbook will be given to each student on commencement.  The uniform must be worn when in practice settings and must be kept clean and tidy. Only in previously agreed circumstances will non-uniform clothing be allowed in the practice setting.

Students are to provide their own flat black lace-up shoes and navy blue cardigan. They will also need to provide a blue lab coat for their dissecting laboratory sessions.

When in uniform:

  • Hair will be worn off the collar
  • Make-up and hairstyles should be discreet
  • No nail varnish or false nails will be worn
  • Only wedding rings and one stud earring per ear are permitted. Nose studs are not permitted, unless for religious reasons
  • Name badge may be worn in safe positions. No other badges are allowed.
  • Shoes must be black with low heels. Further guidance will be given on type of shoes when on programme

The wearing of uniform in public places is not allowed except when travelling directly from home to place of work or vice-versa, when a navy blue or black full length coat or raincoat must be worn at all times.

Useful Tip:
Any black lace up shoes that you buy should be comfortable as you may be on your feet for most of the day. Wear them in before you go on placement!

Non-standard Uniforms
Should particular dress need to be worn for religious reasons, the Admissions Tutor / Course Director should be contacted as soon as possible as any negotiations must take place in advance of the commencement of placements. Please discuss any concerns you have with the uniform outfitters on the first day of the programme.

Health and Safety and infection control measures are paramount and would normally supersede any dress code for religious purposes. Full exposure of the face in all practice and academic (e.g. classroom, skills / practical classes, assessments) settings is required. Head coverings are acceptable but individuals’ face must be exposed.

Students must abide by the dress codes of the organisations in which they undertake placements during their course. For example, in the clinical context, students must adhere to the NHS Trust policies regarding ‘bare below the elbows’. This means they will not be able to wear long sleeves that prevent hand washing and compromise cleansing procedures which would put patient safety at risk.

To ensure adequate communication and accurate identification, students must expose their face fully to patients / clients, colleagues, and staff in all practice and teaching contexts, Learning Resource Centres and examination rooms. This is important for the purpose of recognition by patients / clients and others within the University and practice areas. Students must understand that facial expression may be an important part of communication with patients / clients.

Welcome from Course Director

I am Kathleen Henderson, your course leader for the Master in Social Work. I am a qualified registered social worker and practice educator, with 33 years’ experience of working with children and families.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to Kingston University and the Department of Social Work and Social Care’s MSW programme.

The first day of the course is on Monday 7 September starting at 11am. There will lots of opportunities to get to know staff, fellow students and your personal tutor.

You can view the MSW Induction 2020 here.

Due to Covid regulations, we will be dividing your cohort into two smaller groups, so we can manage social distancing. The induction programme will take place during the first week.

Following the induction week, the full-time course will be taught on the following days:
In Semester 1 (September – December) the course is taught Monday – Wednesday (Thursday and Friday are for self-directed learning) and is based at the Kingston Hill campus. Some teaching will be on campus and some will be online.

In Semester 2 (January – May) the course is taught Monday – Wednesday (Thursday and Friday are for self-directed learning) and is based at the Kingston Hill campus.

Part time students will attend induction and the begin their first module on 2 November 2020.

Car Parking
Students may apply for a permit to park on the Kingston Hill site. No reserved spaces are available; parking is on a first come, first served basis.

There is a parking amnesty in the first few weeks of starting the programme so you do not need to obtain a car parking pass until the beginning of October. You can apply for a permanent car pass from the Main Reception in the Stable Block, Kingston Hill once you have your student identification card.

An introductory reading list can be viewed on this webpage.  Purchase of these books is not necessarily required.  You may wish to wait until you arrive to make decisions about purchases.  The list provides a range of titles from which you may select in order to orientate yourself to the forthcoming course.

Once enrolled, you will have access to the electronic Student Handbook (including the Programme Specification) and a full timetable for the year.  The handbook provides you with an overview of the aims, objectives, structure and management of the course.

Full details of enrolment will be sent to you separately by Student Services.  See also the general information on enrolment.

You should already have received occupational health forms and an email to with instructions on completing an online Disclosure and Barring Service application.  We would like to remind you that all offers are conditional upon satisfactory occupational health and police clearance.  Failure to return the occupational health forms and proceeding with the online Disclosure and Barring Service application may affect you being able to start the course in September. Please contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5731 if you have not yet received the relevant forms or email.

You should also have been notified by us if you are one of the 27 nominees for the bursary.  If you have been notified that you are one of the nominees then please be sure to make your bursary application.  Information on making your bursary application can be found at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/825.aspx

If you have any queries about joining the University, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5732.

We hope that you will enjoy your time at Kingston University and we look forward to welcoming you on 7 September.

Yours sincerely

Kathleen Henderson
MSW Course Director

Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and return Occupational Health & GP report As soon as possible
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as possible
3 Subscribe to the Update Service if you wish to keep your certificate current Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
4 Submit outstanding qualification certificates (refer to conditions on offer) As soon as possible
5 Contact the NHS Business Authority for a Bursary Application Form if you have been nominated for the bursary
6 Sponsored students only – get a letter from your employer confirming that they will be sponsoring you and paying your fees As soon as possible
7 Apply for Accommodation (if required) As soon as possible
8 Apply for Student Finance (if required) As soon as possible
9 Complete online enrolment (Stage 1) Beginning of September
Term Dates

The term dates are as follows:

Autumn Term
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Spring Term
Monday 4 January 2021 – Friday 23 April 2021

Summer Term
Monday 10 May 2021 – Friday 27 August 2021
(Practice Placement)

Induction and Enrolment – info and timetable

Enrolment Information

Prior to the start of the course you will receive enrolment information from Kingston University. This is sent at the end of August/beginning of September by email and will outline the process of completing Stage 1 enrolment which you will need to complete online.

For Stage 1 enrolment, you will need to confirm your personal details and the details of the course you will be joining as well as uploading a passport style photograph. This is done via the online student information system (OSIS).

It is extremely important that you enrol in OSIS prior to the Stage 2 enrolment session as failure to do so will delay the issue of your student identification card and registration for the various student services at the University.

You will need the following as proof of identity for the Stage 2 enrolment:

At least one of

  • Passport
  • UK photographic drivers licence
  • EU National Identity Card
  • Citizen Card

PLUS
One passport sized photograph only if you have not uploaded your photo onto the online student information system (OSIS)

Proof of academic and professional qualifications:
Degree certificate
Maths GCSE or equivalent certificate

Letter from your sponsor if they are paying your fees.  This should include details of how much they are willing to pay and to whom the invoice should be sent.  Unless this letter is provided all invoices for fees will be sent to the student.

Students may apply for a permit to park on the Kingston Hill site.  No reserved spaces are available; parking is on a first come, first served basis.   There is a parking amnesty in the first few weeks of starting the programme so you do not need to obtain a car parking pass until the beginning of October.    You can apply for a permanent car pass from the Main Reception in the Stable Block, Kingston Hill once you have your student identification card as cars parked illegally on the site will be clamped.

If you have any further questions about enrolment please contact the Social Work Programme Office on 020 8417 5013

Professional Administration Services (PAS)

The Faculty’s Programme Offices provide administrative support for all stages of the student lifecycle from enrolment through to graduation. This typically includes processes relating to:

  • student enrolment and induction
  • assessments and examinations
  • student progression and graduation
  • student enquiries
  • student support and guidance

The Programme Office is based on the Ground Floor of the Sir Frank Lampl Building (KH FL2004) at our Kingston Hill campus.

The Opening Hours are:

Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Email address: socialwork@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8417 5739

Please note that prior to starting the course you should direct any queries to the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735 or email preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Reading List
Welcome from Course Director

BA (Hons) SOCIAL WORK

INTAKE DATE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

My name is Farrukh Akhtar and I’m looking forward to welcoming you onto the BA(Hons) Social Work. The first day of the course is on Monday 14 September 2020.

I’m delighted that you’re signing up to gain not only a degree, but also a professional qualification that will give you entry into the most exciting and challenging of careers. You’re joining a community of students and staff and will be building relationships that will support you for many years to come.

Here at Kingston there are lots of exciting activities to take part in over the summer; keep an eye on the Kingston Welcome  pages, which are regularly updated with new things to do; you might well find something that you would like to take part in, even virtually. You can also check out our Departmental Instagram page here, and feel free to also join as a member of LinkedIn Department of Social Work and Social Care Group.

Preparing for your course

There are a few things you could do over the summer in preparation for your course. I hope you’ll find them interesting and inspiring.

If you fancy doing some preparatory reading over the summer, there is a range of materials below, including articles that relate to some of the modules you’ll be studying in your first year. Just click on the links to access.

Introduction to social work

Articles introducing semester one’s teaching:

Human growth and development: nature or nurture?

 Getting ready for practice (Readiness for direct practice)

Diversity: Is everyone equal in today’s society? Read about two different aspects of diversity, in preparation for the module Working with Ethics and Diversity in Professional Practice:  

Social policy and law: These articles highlight the importance of law and its changing nature in social work:

In the first week, we will provide you with a Course Handbook and a full timetable for the year.  You will also have access to a copy of the Programme Specification.  This provides you with an overview of the aims, objectives, structure and management of the course.

Details of enrolment and an accommodation application form will be sent to you separately by Student Services.  See also the enclosed general information on enrolment.

You should have received an occupational health form to complete by email. If you have not returned this to us, please do so as a matter of urgency as this may delay you joining the course. You should also have received an email about completing the DBS application online. If you have not received this information, please refer to the DBS & Occupational Health tabs for guidance on what you need to do or contact us at preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk quoting your Kingston ID or your UCAS Personal number.

If you have not already contacted Student Finance England then you should do so immediately.

If you have any queries about joining the University please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5731.

We hope that you will enjoy your time at Kingston University and we look forward to welcoming you in September.

Kind Regards

Farrukh Akhtar
BA Social Work Programme Director

Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and return Occupational Health & GP report As soon as possible
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as possible
3 Subscribe to the Update Service if you wish to keep your certificate current Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
4 Submit outstanding qualification certificates (refer to conditions on offer) As soon as possible
5 Sponsored students only – get a letter from your employer confirming that they will be sponsoring you and paying your fees As soon as possible
6 Apply for Accommodation (if required) As soon as possible
7 Apply for Student Finance (if required) As soon as possible
8 Complete online enrolment (Stage 1) Beginning of September
Term Dates

Induction and Enrolment Week
Monday 14 September 2020 – Friday 18 September 2020

Teaching Blocks:

The teaching blocks  are as follows:

Teaching Block 1
Monday 21 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Teaching Block 2
Monday 4 January 2021 – Friday 2 April 2021

Please note that if necessary revision classes and resubmissions will take place between 14 June and 16 July 2021.

While the main teaching schedule is set out above, there are other course commitments and students should make themselves available for these.  Full details will be provided at the start of the course.

Induction and Enrolment – info and timetable

Enrolment Information

Prior to the start of the course you will receive enrolment information from the Student Services Unit of Kingston University.

Prior to enrolment you will need to confirm your personal details and the details of the course you will be joining on-line plus uploading a photograph and your passport. The enrolment package sent to you by Student Services will provide you with details on how to do this.  It is extremely important that you confirm your details prior to the enrolment session as failure to do so will delay the issue of your student identification card and registration for the various student services at the University.

Everyone will need one of the following as proof of identity for enrolment:

At least one of

  • Passport
  • UK photographic drivers licence
  • EU National Identity Card
  • Citizen Card

Home Students
We will require your Student Support letter (sent to you by Student Finance).  These forms will need to be kept by the University, please be prepared to surrender the originals or bring copies of the documents to enrolment.  Copying facilities will not be available at enrolment.  Any changes in your circumstances that generate a new Student Support Notification will also need to be sent to the University for re-assessment.

  • Employment-based students who are being sponsored by their employer should bring a letter from their employer confirming that they will be paying the fees for the course (please note that this will be required at the start of each new academic year). If the letter is not provided in good time you will be invoiced personally for the fees.
Professional Administration Services (PAS)

The Faculty’s Programme Offices provide administrative support for all stages of the student lifecycle from enrolment through to graduation. This typically includes processes relating to:

  • student enrolment and induction
  • assessments and examinations
  • student progression and graduation
  • student enquiries
  • student support and guidance

The Programme Office is based on the Ground Floor of the Sir Frank Lampl Building (KH FL2004) at our Kingston Hill campus.

The Opening Hours are:

Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Email address: socialwork@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Tel: 020 8417 5739

Please note that prior to starting the course you should direct any queries to the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735 or email preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Welcome from Course Director

I write to welcome you to Kingston University and the Department of Social Work and Social Care’s BA (Hons) Working with Children and Young People: Social Pedagogy programme.  The first day of the course is on Monday 14 September 2020.

Full details of the teaching schedule and a reading list will be provided at the start of the course.

An introductory reading list can be found on this webpage.  Purchase of these books is not necessarily required.  You may wish to wait until you arrive to make decisions about purchases.  The list provides a range of titles from which you may select in order to orientate yourself to the forthcoming course.

In the first week, we will provide you with a Student Handbook a full timetable for the year.  You will also receive a copy of the Programme Specification.  This provides you with an overview of the aims, objectives, structure and management of the course.

Details of enrolment and accommodation information will be sent to you separately by Student Services.  See also the enclosed general information on enrolment.

You will have received occupational health forms by email and an email with instructions on completing an online Disclosure and Barring Service application.  We would like to remind you that all offers are conditional upon satisfactory occupational health and police clearance.  Failure to complete the forms may affect you being able to start the course in September.  Please contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5731 if you have not received these forms.

If you have not already contacted Student Finance England then you should do so immediately.    

If you have any queries about joining the University please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5732.  We hope that you will enjoy your time at Kingston University and we look forward to welcoming you in September.

Kind regards

Yvalia Febrer
BA Working with Children and Young People: Social Pedagogy, Course Director

Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and return Occupational Health & GP report As soon as possible
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as possible
3 Subscribe to the Update Service if you wish to keep your certificate current Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
4 Submit outstanding qualification certificates (refer to conditions on offer) As soon as possible
5 Sponsored students only – get a letter from your employer confirming that they will be sponsoring you and paying your fees As soon as possible
6 Apply for Accommodation (if required) As soon as possible
7 Apply for Student Finance (if required) As soon as possible
8 Complete online enrolment (Stage 1) Beginning of September
Term Dates

Induction and Enrolment Week

Monday 14 September 2020 – Friday 18 September 2020

Teaching Blocks:

The teaching blocks are as follows:

Teaching Block 1
Monday 21 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Teaching Block 2
Monday 4 January 2021 – Friday 2 April 2021

Please note that if necessary revision classes and resubmissions will take place between 14 June and 16 July 2021.

While the main teaching schedule is set out above, there are other course commitments and students should make themselves available for these.  Full details will be provided at the start of the course.

Induction and Enrolment – info and timetable

Enrolment Information

Prior to the start of the course you will receive enrolment information from the Student Services Unit of Kingston University.

Prior to enrolment you will need to confirm your personal details and the details of the course you will be joining on-line plus uploading a photograph and your passport. The enrolment package sent to you by Student Services will provide you with details on how to do this.  It is extremely important that you confirm your details prior to the enrolment session as failure to do so will delay the issue of your student identification card and registration for the various student services at the University.

Everyone will need one of the following as proof of identity for enrolment:

At least one of

  • Passport
  • UK photographic drivers licence
  • EU National Identity Card
  • Citizen Card

Home Students

We will require your Student Support letter (sent to you by Student Finance).  These forms will need to be kept by the University, please be prepared to surrender the originals or bring copies of the documents to enrolment.  Copying facilities will not be available at enrolment.  Any changes in your circumstances that generate a new Student Support Notification will also need to be sent to the University for re-assessment.

Professional Administration Services (PAS)

The Faculty’s Programme Offices provide administrative support for all stages of the student lifecycle from enrolment through to graduation. This typically includes processes relating to:

  • student enrolment and induction
  • assessments and examinations
  • student progression and graduation
  • student enquiries
  • student support and guidance

The Programme Office is based on the Ground Floor of the Sir Frank Lampl Building (KH FL2004) at our Kingston Hill campus.

The Opening Hours are:

Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Email address: socialwork@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8417 5739

Please note that prior to starting the course you should direct any queries to the Admissions Team on 020 8417 5735 or email preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Reading List
DBS Application Instructions

DISCLOSURE and BARRING SERVICE (DBS) APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

As a condition of entry to the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education you are required to undergo an enhanced police check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to verify that you are safe to work with vulnerable adults and children.

In order to obtain your DBS clearance please follow the link below to begin an online DBS application. You will be required to follow the self-registration process. The cost of the DBS application will be met by the Faculty so there is no payment required on your part for this service.

Go to: https://gbg.onlinedisclosures.co.uk/Registration/Registration

  1. Click Register on the right hand side of the screen
  2. Enter the Kingston University Organisation Pin 147548
  3. The Secret Word for Kingston is Z4LQX
  4. Enter your full name
  5. Enter your email address and confirm it by entering it again
  6. Click Next Step
  7. Enter/confirm the Organisation’s Name as requested. The Organisation Name is: Kingston University – Health & Social Care
  8. Create a memorable password
  9. Confirm the password by entering it again
  10. Click ‘Complete Registration

Once you have completed and submitted the application form you will need to have your identification documents verified by the Post Office.

For full guidance on the application process please visit: https://gbg.onlinedisclosures.co.uk/

If you already have made a DBS Enhanced Application and have registered and maintained registration with the DBS Update Service then you will not need to complete a new application for Kingston University. Please contact the admissions team to obtain a DBS Data Consent form via hscapps@sgul.kingston.ac.uk.

You should receive a separate email with occupational health information. Please note: International students should obtain a certificate of good conduct from their home country.

It is essential that you start the application process for the DBS as a matter of urgency and prior to enrolment on the course and as Disclosures can often take months to process, you must take quick action to avoid any delays.

Please note you may not be accepted by a placement provider if you do not have DBS clearance. Therefore, it is extremely important that you contact us immediately if you encounter any issues concerning your application at preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about the DBS process.

DBS Important Information

DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE (DBS) IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Background information

A criminal record is not necessarily regarded as an obstacle to studying at Kingston. However, the University must balance its responsibilities towards its placement providers in which the placements are made. In addition, we have to take into account the requirements of various professional bodies that have legal responsibilities to protect special categories of people including vulnerable adults and children.

Declaring relevant information

You should have declared any relevant offences including cautions, reprimands and/or warnings on the form at interview. These should include any criminal charges/proceedings pending against you.  These will appear on your DBS enhanced disclosure.
We reserve the right to refuse to admit applicants where their criminal record makes it inappropriate for them to be admitted, in accordance with DBS filtering guidelines.

Without sight of your enhanced disclosure, we cannot enrol you on your course of study.

If you are charged with, convicted of, or accept a caution for any offence whilst on the course, you must report this to the Head of School immediately.

Time spent overseas and/or travelling

You will be required to account for any time you have spent out of the UK.  If you have been travelling, you will be expected to list all the countries visited and the dates you arrived and departed.  However, if you have lived abroad for any length of time at a fixed address, you must also obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from that country.  This is often a lengthy process but you must endeavour to complete this before you enrol.  There is often a charge, which varies according to the country, and further information is available here.

For applicants living in the Republic of Ireland, we will need to see an Irish Garda clearance. Please see the Garda website for more information.

If you have lived or worked overseas for a period of more than 3 months in the last 5 years, you should contact us with details of your overseas address (s) and confirm that you have requested a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant body.

Payment

The University will bear the processing cost for your DBS application; however, you will need to pay a small fee to the Post Office for the verification service.
There is also a cost of £13 per year to the applicant for the Update Service. Refer to the attached Update Service document for more details.

DBS Checklist

DBS checklist

The list of identity documents you need to process your DBS application can also be found here.

Original documents only to be taken to the Post Office for verification.

You must select at least ONE of the following documents for your application:

  • Current valid Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (UK)
  • Current UK Photocard Driving Licence, full or provisional
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) – – issued at time within 12 months of birth
  • Adoption Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
You must select at least at least TWO of the following proof of current address for your application.

If you have recently changed your name, at least one of these documents MUST confirm your current name at your current  address.

Key: *it should be less than 3 months old; **it should be issued within the past 12 months;

  • Current UK Driving licence
  • Current Non-UK Photo Driving Licence (valid for up to 12 months from the date the applicant entered the UK)
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) – issued after the time of birth by a relevant authority
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • HM Forces ID Card (UK) / EU National ID Card / Work permit/Visa (UK) (UK Residence Permit) valid up to expiry date
  • Mortgage Statement** (UK or EEA)/ Council Tax Statement** (UK & Channel Islands)
  • Utility bill* (UK) (i.e. electricity, gas, water, telephone). NOT Mobile Telephone
  • P45/P60 Statement** (UK and Channel Islands) / Benefit Statement* e.g. Child Allowance, Pension
  • Bank/Building Society Statement* (UK or EEA) / Credit Card Statement* (UK or EEA)
  • Bank/Building Society Account Opening Confirmation Letter (UK)
  • Financial Statement** e.g. pension, endowment, ISA (UK)
  • Cards carrying PASS accreditation logo (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider (Non-UK/Non-EEA only – valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application)
  • A document from Central/Local Government/Government Agency/Local Authority giving entitlement (UK & Channel Islands)* e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, Customs & Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security.
The Update Service

REGISTRATION WITH THE UPDATE SERVICE

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service allows you to keep your DBS certificate up-to-date.  We strongly encourage our student health, social care and education students at Kingston University to subscribe to The Update Service for the duration of their studies so that a current online check can be undertaken by the university.

There is an annual charge of £13 which is payable directly to the DBS. By subscribing to The Update Service you will be able to share the information on your DBS certificate with other Registered Bodies. This will save you time and money. In addition, if you decide to take a break from your studies during your course you will not be required to complete a new DBS form when you return, as long as you return to the course within three years of the date on your original DBS disclosure.

We will receive confirmation from our online provider GBG that your DBS application is complete but Kingston University will NOT receive a copy of your Enhanced Disclosure Certificate therefore we ask that you bring your certificate to the enrolment session in September.

You can subscribe to the service as soon as you make your online DBS application or within 19 days from the date your certificate is issued. Subscribing online is quick and simple. Just enter your DBS application form number, name, date of birth and address and pay the subscription fee securely from your account. When your subscription is confirmed you then start to see the benefits of this new service.

How to subscribe to the Update Service

Step 1

Go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Step 2

Enter your personal details and your DBS application form number. These must match those on your application form.

Step 3

Answer ‘No’ to the question ‘Does the above application relate to a voluntary position?’

Step 4

Click “continue”

Step 5

Make the payment for the subscription fee. A payment confirmation screen will confirm whether payment was successful.

Step 6

Make a note of your Update Service Number.

The Update Service Form

To coincide with the launch of the Update Service the DBS will no longer automatically issue a copy of your DBS Certificate to Kingston University. Therefore, we ask that you complete the consent slip on The Update Service form, giving permission for Kingston University to undertake a check via The Update Service during your studies and return it to the health and social care admissions team.
Occupational Health

As you will be aware, one of the conditions on your offer is that you have a satisfactory medical clearance before you start your course. It is important that you read this section carefully to get an understanding of what is required in terms of this check. We need to establish if you have any specific needs so we can ensure necessary support is put in place for when you start the course.

Attached are five documents concerning Occupational Health clearance:

  1. Instructions for completion of the occupational health forms
  2. Personal Occupational Health Questionnaire
  3. General Practitioner (GP) form
  4. Consent Form for your GP
  5. Vaccination Information

You need to complete the Personal Occupational Health Questionnaire yourself and you need to give the General Practitioner (GP) form to the GP with whom you are registered to complete.

Please note that both your GP form and your personal occupational health forms should be returned at the same time. If you return the forms separately the occupational health team will return the submitted form back to you until both forms are available. We would suggest that you save the documents with your KU Id number followed by your surname and first name in that order followed by the document type e.g. K123456 Burton Louise Health Questionairre; K123456 Burton Louise GP form; K123456 Burton Louise Vaccination Record

Before sending in your health forms we request that you scan and keep copies of all documents for your records. If you are requested to send in your original documents lost GP reports can be costly to replace.

We would like to remind you that all offers are conditional upon satisfactory occupational health clearance and police check. Please note that you will be able to start the programme if the result of your occupational health clearance and police clearance has not come through before the start date, however, in order to go out on your first placement you must have both clearances. Failure to have clearances prior to your placements will mean that you may be unable to continue on the course, so please do not delay in completing the attached forms.

Please return forms by email to: health.questionnaire@stgeorges.nhs.uk

You will receive also an email with regards completing an online DBS police check, if you have not received this in the next 2 hours please check your junk mail. If you still are unable to find this email please contact us and we will resend this to you.

Note: International students should aim to get the GP form completed by their equivalent health care practitioner in their home country.

Midwifery is classified as an Exposure Prone Procedure and as such you need to have blood tests prior to starting the course.  Please see Blood Test instructions for Midwifery Students.

We would like to remind you that all offers are conditional upon satisfactory occupational health clearance and police check.  Please note that you will be able to start the programme if the result of your occupational health clearance and police clearance has not come through before the start date; however, in order to go out on your first placement you must have both clearances.  Failure to have clearances prior to your placements will mean that you may be unable to continue on the course, so please do not delay in completing the required police and health forms.

Please return the completed occupational health forms in sealed envelope to:

Health & Social Care Admissions Team
Room FL1017
Sir Frank Lampl Building
Kingston Hill Campus
Kingston upon Thames
KT2 7LB

Clearly write your name (as it appears on your UCAS application) and the full title of your course on the back of the envelope.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please email preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Best wishes

The Health & Social Care Admissions Team

OH Blood Test Instructions for Midwifery students

Blood Test Instructions for Midwifery Students

In preparation for your Midwifery training there is a requirement to test your blood for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C & HIV

Please email ohadmin@stgeorges.nhs.uk or phone 020 8725 1661/2633/1662 to make an appointment for a blood test/ immunisation update ( includes MMR, Chickenpox, BCG and Hepatitis B vaccine history).

Explain that you are a prospective 2020 Midwifery Student.

When contacting the occupational health team, either by email or phone, they will need to register you on their system with first name, surname, DOB, title, gender, address, email address, mobile number so have this information to hand and if emailing provide this information in the body of the email.

When you are informed of the appointment time make sure you know whether to go to OH Unit 1 or OH Unit 2. Anyone with mobility issues should request to be seen in Unit 2 as Unit 1 has steps.

The occupational health team are based on the Perimeter Road within the St George’s Hospital grounds) St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT.

You will need take valid photographic identification (passport or drivers’ licence) to the appointment and all the vaccination information you have. You should be able to get your immunisation history from your Red Book, your GP records, or your Occupational Health Department (for those who have worked or are working in a health care setting already).

If you have completed (including height & weight & immunisation history ) & signed your health questionnaire and are in possession of the completed/stamped GP Report please take those documents with you and hand them over to the OH receptionist. Please ensure that you have taken photocopies.

Safety Notes:

  • You will be required to wear a surgical mask (provided) whilst in the department.
  • Anyone accompanying you should stay outside.
  • Please do not bring children with you.

It is important to arrive in time to register with reception before the appointment time. If you are late for the appointment you are likely to be requested to rebook.

Instructions for Completion of Occupational Health Forms

Instructions on Completion of Occupational Health Forms and Vaccinations

If you have already accepted, or are intending to accept, the offer at Kingston University you should complete and return both health forms to the Health & Social Care Admissions Team, FL1017, Kingston University, Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7LB in a sealed envelope, as soon as possible and ideally no later than 1 September 2020.  

You need to complete the Occupational Health Questionnaire yourself and you need to give the General Practitioner (GP) Report to the GP who you are registered with, to complete.

Please note that both the GP form and the Occupational Health form should be returned together, if you return any form separately the occupational health team will not act upon the information but will return the submitted form back to you until both forms are available.

Before sending in your health forms to the Admissions Office we request that you take copies of all documents for your records.  Lost GP reports can be costly to replace.

Occupational Health Questionnaire (Pre-employment Health Declaration)

All questions MUST be answered (3 pages) or your application will NOT be processed.

Health clearance must be achieved before you can go onto placement.

Please ensure that you enter the surname and first name that you used to make your application, in order that your health forms can be matched to your academic application.

Please ensure that your course title is entered on both forms.

Please print details and complete health forms in black

Once you have completed the Occupational Health form, and have obtained the completed GP form you need to send BOTH forms to the Admissions Team in a sealed envelope with your full name and course that you will be studying on the back of the envelope. Ensure that you pay sufficient postage for the weight and size of the envelope.

General Practitioner (GP) Report form

Please print out the General Practitioner Report form.  You should complete the top section of the form to include your name, address, date of birth and, importantly, the course you have applied for.  Take the form and the covering letter to your doctor to complete.

All GP’s have their own policies on charging fees for completion of reports.  The covering letter from Dr Sam Thayalan, Consultant Occupational Physician, asks the GP to consider only charging the minimum fee recommended by the BMA which is £30.00.  Some GP’s will not charge you for completion of the form but some GP surgeries are unable to make exceptions and will charge you the standard rate for their practice (in some cases this can be £50 or more). The form must be completed by the GP and be stamped with the practice stamp. Forms completed by a Practice Nurse will be returned

Neither the Faculty nor Occupational Health will be able to reimburse students for fees charged by GP’s.  As it is a condition of your place you need to get the GP form completed before you can be occupationally health cleared,  it is important that you anticipate sourcing money for the GP report, as failure to get this completed may jeopardise your place on the course.

We advise you to collect the completed form from your GP, take a photocopy of it and then post it together with your completed personal Occupational Health Questionnaire.  Some GP’s may suggest that they send the form directly to the Occupational Health Department, we strongly advise against this and advise that it is preferable for you to arrange to collect the completed form from the GP Practice, in person. However if they insist please ask them to keep a copy in your medical records

Vaccination Update

You should read the information on vaccinations sent separately.

We would like to remind you that all offers are conditional upon satisfactory occupational health clearance and police check.  Please note that you will be able to start the programme if the results of your occupational health clearance and police clearance have not come through before the start date; however, in order to go out on your first placement you must have achieved both clearances.   (There have been occasional instances of students having to step off the course due to excluding health conditions that were not identified prior to the course commencement date) Failure to have clearance prior to your placements will mean that you may be unable to continue on the course, so please do not delay in completing the attached forms.

Address to return forms in sealed envelope:

Health & Social Care Admissions Team
Room FL1017
Sir Frank Lampl Building
Kingston Hill Campus
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT2 7LB

Clearly write your name (as it appears on your UCAS application) and the full title of your course on the back of the envelope.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please email preregadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Best wishes

The Health & Social Care Admissions Team

Occupational Health Personal Health Questionnaire
GP Report Form
Consent Form for GP
Vaccination Information

Vaccination and Health requirements  

Occupational Health (OH) questionnaire and GP Report

Like all other healthcare institutions, we have a duty to check the fitness to study and practise of all potential students for the protection of both patients and candidates.

Please complete all sections of the confidential health questionnaire, including height, weight and immunisation history. This form is a declaration so please give adequate information about any health conditions. Ensure you sign and date the form.
You may be able to find immunisation records from your GP or in your “Red Book”

Your GP may need some weeks to complete the GP Report. When you collect it make sure it is signed and has a Practice stamp on it. It must be completed by a Doctor. Forms completed by Practice Nurses will be returned to you. Please note that there is likely to be a charge by the GP for completing the report. Payment is your responsibility.

Applicants are strongly advised to take photocopies of the completed OH forms and GP Report before submitting the originals. If you have not been health cleared before enrolment your registration will be provisional.

On receipt of the forms someone from the OH department may contact you with some questions or may send you an appointment for a face to face health interview assessment with an OH Doctor or may just pass you fit.

Once you have been assessed as fit, our OH department will inform the Admissions department. It is usual to class that stage as Level 1 clearance

There are a number of additional requirements you may need to be aware of and act upon:

Hepatitis B immunisation (Nursing and Midwifery)

All students who will be in contact with patients (excluding Social Work students) are required to be immunised against Hepatitis B. Please contact your GP to ask if you can arrange immunisation as soon as possible. The accelerated regimen is 3 injections over 3 months followed by a blood test then a 4th/booster injection at 12 months, unless the blood test result indicates that the 4th injection should be administered immediately. The GP may recommend a standard regimen over a longer period of time.

Please try to ensure that you have some or all of the course of Hepatitis B immunisations before enrolling in September. Your GP may suggest that you are vaccinated once you are at University, in this case you should try to have at least the 1st vaccination before starting the course. Further vaccinations will then be offered by our OH department once you have started your studies. Your GP might also charge you for vaccinations and this cost cannot be met by either the Faculty or Occupational Health.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Chickenpox (VZV) and Meningitis C containing vaccine (Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Working with Children and Young People Students)

New students are particularly at risk from contracting Meningitis, especially in the early weeks of their programme and so you should contact your GP before attending your course to discuss having a Meningitis C containing vaccination. This is generally administered to 18-24 year olds, attending university for the first time, who have not received the routine meningococcal A, C W135 and Y conjugate vaccine over the age of 10.

It is also recommended that all new students starting on healthcare related courses at university are protected against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Chickenpox (VZV). In the event that you are unable to prove immunity to MMR by providing accurate vaccine date information or serological evidence of immunity then your GP should administer a course of 2 x MMR vaccines, 1 month apart. Our OH department will be able to provide immunisations in the event of your immunisation history being incomplete.

In the event that you are not able to confirm immunity to Chickenpox by either a positive history of disease or serological evidence of immunity to the disease then the GP should administer a course of 2 x VZV vaccines, 1 month apart. It is a mandatory requirement, for optimal protection, to be immunised before you commence your study. Our OH department will be able to provide immunisations in the event of your immunisation history being incomplete. Students studying Child branch nursing may need additional blood testing for chickenpox immunity on commencement of their course.

Tuberculosis/ TB
Please try to elicit information from your GP, school or family about any BCG (TB) vaccination/s, Mantoux / Heaf skin tests results, Quantiferon blood tests results, Chest X-ray results.

On commencement of your course you will be seen in Occupational Health and a history will be taken to establish TB immunity

Hepatitis B, C & HIV screening (Midwifery only)

All students undertaking a Midwifery course must be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C before entry to their course. This will be carried out by our OH department.

Please phone the Occupational Health Department at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT on 020 8725 1661/1662/2633, or email ohadmin@stgeorges.nhs.uk to arrange an appointment, ideally before 01 September. Explain that you are a prospective 2020 Midwifery Student.

Occupational Health will need to register you on their system with first name, surname, DOB, title, gender, address, email address and your mobile number.

When you are informed of the appointment time make sure you know whether to go to OH Unit 1 or OH Unit 2. Anyone with mobility issues should request to be seen in Unit 2 as Unit 1 has steps.

Please ensure that you bring photographic ID to the appointment. Please bring all the vaccination information you have from GP records/Red Book/ previous Occupational Health Departments etc to the appointment.

You will be required to wear a surgical mask (provided) whilst in the department. Anyone accompanying you should to stay outside. Please do not bring children with you.

If you have completed (including height & weight & immunisation history) & signed your health questionnaire and are in possession of the completed/stamped GP Report please bring those documents with you and hand them over to the OH receptionist. Please ensure that you have taken photocopies.

It is important to arrive in time to register with reception before the appointment time. If you are late for the appointment you are likely to be requested to rebook.

You will be able to discuss any concerns you have with the OH department before testing, and the tests will only be carried out with your consent. If you are positive for one of the viruses it is still possible to complete your course successfully and practise as a professional in many specialties. However, you should be aware that if you are tested positive or you choose not to be tested, then you will not be able to take part in invasive procedures which are referred to as Exposure Prone Procedures.

All information regarding these tests will be retained by the OH department and treated confidentially, although some staff may need to be informed in order to make the necessary adjustments for you to complete your training safely.

Information about student funding can be found on the Kingston University website or by contacting Student Funding on 020 8417 7315

If you are a UK student or a European Union national, you may be eligible for help with your tuition fees. Information is available on this website. Contact number of Student Finance England is 0300 100 0607.

If you have a disability or dyslexia and require support while you are at University, you must contact the University Disability and Mental Health Support Service.

The contact details are:

Disability and Mental Health Support
020 8417 7314
Email: disability@kingston.ac.uk

Full details of the support services and facilities are also available here

In addition, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health & Social Care also before you start the programme. We are committed to providing you support during your studies and if we are aware of your specific needs in advance, we can make provisions and have these in place for your course start.

University Departments

Telephone number Email address
Health & Social Care Admissions
Main Switchboard 020 8417 9000
Accommodation Services 020 8417 7311 accommodation@kingston.ac.uk
Fees and Funding (undergraduate) 020 8417 7312 studentfunding@kingston.ac.uk
Fees and Funding (postgraduate) 020 8417 7312 studentfunding@kingston.ac.uk
Student Life Advisory 020 8417 7312
Disability and Mental Health Support 020 8417 7314 disability@kingston.ac.uk

Contact details for external organisations

Telephone number Email address
Student Finance England 0300 100 0607
DBS helpline 0300 0200 191
GBG Online Disclosures 0845 251 5000 onlinedisclosures@gbgplc.com