This course is designed to enable you to study at academic Level 7 (Masters) whilst also preparing you to become proficient practitioners within specialist community public health nursing/practice and work at specialist practitioner level within complex primary health care arenas.
This course provides a programme of preparation and learning for registered nurses and midwives who wish to become registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) on Part 3 of the register as a SCPHN Health Visitor (HV) or School Nurse (SN) (NMC 2004).
You will have the opportunity to gain the additional qualification of Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Council upon successful completion.
There is a focus on work based learning throughout which ensures clear integration of practice based learning, assessment and university based work. A shared learning approach is encouraged with inter-professional modules and integrated working incorporated within the overall programme structure.
The programme will be delivered by a range of teaching methods such as core lectures, group work, online activities, use of case studies and directed learning approaches. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this course and you will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present day specialist community public health practice.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
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This post registration award prepares you for a career in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at both strategic and operational levels. The PG Dip consists of six compulsory modules, two are practice focused modules underpinned with key theoretical concepts and run for the duration of the course enabling theory to inform practice and vice versa. A consolidating period of practice equivalent to at least ten weeks at the end of the programme is incorporated into this programme as per NMC SCPHN Standards (2004).
All modules are linked to service delivery and developments within Primary Care/Public Health and are intended to develop core skills in research, practice development, public health activity and education. 50% of the programme is in a practice environment which is commensurate with the specific annotation students are following: for example Health Visiting or School Nursing. This element of the programme is supported by designated practice teachers who have undertaken a formal education programme to fulfil this role.
Course modules (16/17)
Leadership: The People Challenge
- Module code: PODM003
- Core module Y
This module aims to orientate you to the field of leadership and organisational research policy and practice, and to examine how specific approaches and methods can be applied to enhance leadership practice.
Principles and Perspectives of Health Promotion
- Module code: NURM018
- Core module N
Research Methods in Health and Social Care
- Module code: SLSM004
- Core module Y
Therapeutic Communication Interventions
- Module code: NURM008
- Core module Y
Leading Public Health Practice
- Module code: NURM009
- Core module Y
Advancing Children, Young People and Family Well-being 1 and 2
- Module code: NURM019P and NURM020P
- Core module Y
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing Formulary
- Module code: NURM011P
- Core module N
Comparative Health Systems
- Module code: SLSM005
- Core module N
Political Agenda: Effect on Service Delivery
- Module code: PODM008
- Core module N
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
The course comprises of 45 programmed weeks for full time students (50% of which is in practice, 50% in theory), or no more than 208 weeks for part time students which is in accordance with NMC 2004 SCPHN regulations. An initial theory (university based) induction programme is timetabled at the beginning of the course, followed by a practice induction period.
Following this induction, the course integrates both practice and theory, so for those students following the full time course, they can expect to be in practice for part of the week and at university for the remainder of the week. One study day per week is also timetabled whenever possible. There are block weeks in practice which usually occur at least once per term, and block study weeks which, wherever possible, are timetabled to coincide with preparation for assignment submission dates. The final ten weeks of the programme is spent consolidating practice as per NMC standards (2004).
Students following a part time route will, under normal circumstances, attend university for one day per week, practice for the second day and have half a day study time each week. Block weeks will be timetabled as above, but will be for two and a half days per week.
The course is delivered by a wide range of blended teaching and learning activities including lectures; enquiry based learning; online activities; workshops; tutorials and group work. Specialist practitioners and service users input into the teaching elements of the course whenever possible.
Attendance is through either a full or part time route which will be negotiated with the sponsoring Provider Service.
This programme comprises of a range of assessment strategies which enables students to demonstrate knowledge, synthesis and analysis in a variety of forms. Assessment strategies include portfolios, exams, vivas, reports, essays, audio taped interventions and presentations alongside a practice proficiency document. The aim of the assignment programme is not only to test knowledge and skills but also to develop these skills (for instance, the ability to present to a group of people). Students can expect between one and three items of assessment per module.
Facilities and Special Features
- registered qualification with the NMC on part 3 of the register
- practice based learning
- robust mentorship programme in place to support students in practice
- shared learning on some modules
- sponsored programme through local NHS Trust
- this course is supported by designated practice teachers within the clinical environment
- the university offers a wide range of facilities to support your learning
The specialist nature of this award will enhance graduates’ opportunities to extend their responsibilities and undertake new roles in practice within clinical teams. On successful completion students will be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) on the third part of the register and will be able to apply for band 6 and 7 posts as Specialist Community Public Health Practitioners working within a wide variety of settings.
50% of the programme is in a practice environment which is commensurate with the specific annotation students are following, for example Health Visiting or Children’s or Young People’s Nurses (School Nursing).
This element of the programme is supported by designated practice teachers who have undertaken a formal education programme to fulfil this role.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Students are advised to contact the course leader as soon as possible if they require information as to which NHS Trusts are likely to offer sponsorships.
Students following a full time course (45 weeks) will not usually have annual leave during the course as this is given predominantly at the end of the programme (six weeks annual leave over the summer period). Over Christmas and Easter however block weeks of study leave are expected to be timetabled on both occasions.
Please contact Helen Kimble, Programme Leader, for any further information.
Applicants must be registered with the NMC as either a nurse or midwife, and provide evidence of sponsorship from Provider Services prior to commencing the course. University applications can be made prior to obtaining an offer of sponsorship.
The normal entry requirements should include applicants who have a first or second class honours degree.
Students who do not have the above qualifications, but can demonstrate its equivalent in terms of experience relevant to the programme of study, may be able to access the course as associate students. For more information regarding this please contact the course leader email@example.com.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
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It is important to note that there may be additional costs associated with the course in relation to purchasing relevant Public Health, Specialist and Research books, travelling to and from placements and travelling to any ‘off site’ modules. Students who are not successful at first attempt of modules, may decide to retake these and incur further module fees.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.