Our Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 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. Successful completion of this course will allow you to work at specialist practitioner level within complex primary health care arenas.
This course provides you with a programme of preparation and learning if you are a registered nurse or midwife and wish to become registered with the Nursing and 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 of this course.
There is a focus on work-based learning throughout this course 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 course 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 current specialist community public health practice.
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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 postgraduate diploma consists of six compulsory modules, two of these modules are practice focused and incorporate key theoretical concepts enabling theory to inform practice and vice versa. You will have completed a consolidating period of practice equivalent to at least ten weeks by the end of the course, in keeping with NMC SCPHN Standards (2004).
All modules are linked to service delivery and developments within Primary Care/Public Health and are intended to develop your core skills in research, practice development, public health activity and education. You will complete half of the programme in a practice environment which is commensurate with the specific annotation you 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 fulfill this role.
In order to achieve the named award you must meet all requirements of the award map.
Course modules (17/18)
Research Methods in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
- Module code: SLSM004
- Core module Y
Therapeutic Communication Interventions (20 credits)
- Module code: NURM008
- Core module Y
Leading Public Health Practice (20 credits)
- Module code: NURM009
- Core module Y
Advancing Children, Young People and Family Well-being 1 (20 credits)
- Module code: NURM019P
- Core module Y
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing Formulary (0 credits)
- Module code: NURM011P
- Core module N
Advancing Children, Young People and Family Well-being 2 (20 credits)
- Module code: NURM020P
- Core module Y
Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations (20 credits)
- Module code: PODM007
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, you must successfully complete all compulsory modules.
If you have previously undertaken any of the compulsory modules within previous courses, the programme team will find an appropriate alternative module.
If you would like to top-up to MSc in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, you must successfully complete the Dissertation Module OTHM010.
Please note, you may be required to take NURM011P in addition to the Compulsory modules.
Methods of Learning
The course consists of 45 programmed weeks for full-time students (half of which is in practice and the other half is 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 if you are following the full-time course, you 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).
If you are following a part-time route you 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-time or part-time route which will be negotiated with the sponsoring Provider Service.
This course comprises of a range of assessment strategies which enables you to demonstrate your 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 your knowledge and skills but also to develop these skills (for instance, the ability to present to a group of people). You 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 your opportunities to extend your responsibilities and take on new roles in practice within clinical teams. On successful completion of the course, you will be registered with the Nursing and 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.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
You are advised to contact the course leader as soon as possible if you require information as to which NHS Trusts are likely to offer sponsorships.
If you are following a full-time course (45 weeks) you 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.
In order to be eligible for this course you 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. In addition, you will need to hold a first or second class honours degree.
If you do not have the above qualifications, but can demonstrate its equivalent in terms of experience relevant to the programme of study, you may be able to access the course as an associate student. For more information regarding this please contact the course leader Helen Kimble: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
This course is only available via sponsored full-time and part-time routes. Please contact Helen Kimble: email@example.com for further information.
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.