The course aims to develop you as safe, competent and Professional Specialist Community Nurse, fit for practice in the field of General Practice Nursing. On successful completion of the course you will be able to register as a Specialist Practitioner on the NMC register.
The course will also:-
You are normally sponsored by the NHS Trust to study on this pathway. You will focus on educational issues that are related to Practice Nursing and Primary Healthcare. The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and so learning experiences also take place in the practice . The programme steers strongly towards health promotion, triage and physical assessment and is designed to encourage the empowerment of patients. The theoretical modules are underpinned with evidence based practice and application to practice is highlighted throughout. Other key aspects of the course are inter-professional working, leadership and management and innovation.
The course will involve both assessments in theory and practical elements. Your theoretical assessments involve measuring academic knowledge at Masters level which will underpin your professional practice. Practical assessments are aimed at measuring knowledge, skills, expertise and attitudes to ensure that an appropriate theory/practice balance is achieved.
The modules you will study are:
Students accessing this course are from a wide range of areas from within the West Midlands. Networking between students is encouraged and the extensive support offered to students is considered to be a strength of this course. Students are also visited individually in practice by a member of the course team to provide additional support.
The Practice Nursing course has a designated full time member of staff who acts as a course leader and who has expertise in the specific field of practice that the student is studying and as well as having experience of working as a practitioner in the same specialist area. In addition the award, course leader and course team have engaged in research, published books and journal articles within Practice Nursing.
Innovation on the course is strongly encouraged and Practice Nursing students have won the Innovation Award from the University of Wolverhampton.
You will by the end of the course be able to apply to be recorded as a Specialist Practitioners with the NMC.
On completion of the course you will:
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The MSc in General Practice is aimed at providing you with an understanding of managerial, clinical and educational issues that will develop general practice, and with the complementary skills required to contribute to and influence development and evaluation of general practice in the context of the current health and changing agenda.
It seeks to offer a mix of theoretical and practical skills appropriate to an ever-changing primary health care agenda. The emphasis will be upon effective service provision, efficient delivery by practitioners who are able to care for patients and themselves.
This MSc programme aims to offer maximum flexibility to general practitioners who can only participate in this type of work part-time. It fills a gap locally in higher education and its supportive and flexible approach should make it attractive to practitioners in the north of the region.
This programme believes in the importance of life-long learning and endeavours to provide the practitioner with an educational framework that is both professionally relevant and appropriate for applying theory to live practice. The MSc programme with its available exit awards will be particularly relevant to newly qualified principals within ten years of qualification who wish to undertake Higher Professional Training, or for the more experienced principal with ten years or more post-qualification experience.
The modules enable students to develop, integrate and apply understanding and skills in the personal and professional management, organisation and delivery of general practice in an on-going climate of change, the conduct and use of research, and to develop and use skills in collaborative working, debate, research and presentation.
Teaching and learning will focus on the development of conceptual understanding and knowledge appropriate to postgraduate level study, the application of understanding to personal and professional practice and experience, and the development of relevant skills to enhance understanding and practice. Teaching and learning methods include formal lectures, experiential work, seminars, student presentations, group discussions and activities, independent individual and group study.
Assessment methods include personal education plans, practice plans, portfolios, negotiated projects, research proposals, essays, analytical assignments and dissertation.
General practice nurses (GNPs) provide a vital service in supporting people with long-term conditions, as well as providing a wide range of services and care such as screening, immunisation and health promotion.
Our programme will teach you the necessary high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding that is required to work successfully as a GPN. It benefits from strong links with practice, and is responsive to changing practice needs.
Furthermore, it will guide you to display the values required in modern healthcare, such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
These aims have been guided by the NMC Standards of proficiency for specialist practitioners.
The programme aims to enhance the student’s understanding, knowledge and expertise to lead and develop primary and community care practice. The programme will develop a critical and discerning practitioner who will be able to innovate and evaluate change in health and social care practice based on a sound knowledge and evidence base.
It will provide the opportunity to develop clinical leadership necessary to achieve effective provision of care through and inter-professional approach to education across disciplines and organisations.
It aims to enhance students’ competence in complex decision making to enable them to make a significant contribution to service development through innovation, leadership and research.
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
This programme has been developed to meet the changing skill-mix required in the primary care workforce. The programme is informed by recent work to clarify professional career pathway stages and competencies for advanced practice in primary care.
The programme covers core competencies relating to advanced practice including: direct clinical competence as a generalist, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.
The programme aims to develop expert generalists who are able to provide accessible, first contact preventive care, and diagnosis and management of acute and long term conditions.
It produces practitioners who are able to work well within a skill-mix team to develop a responsive and effective person-centred primary care. The programme facilitates the development of a portfolio of competencies across clinical areas.
And we’re dedicated to educating them. We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.
The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You’ll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill and the best students’ union in the country on your doorstep.
Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.
We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.
You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, small group work and practical clinical skills teaching. You’ll be assessed on an observed structured clinical exam, case-study presentations, short answer exam paper and MCQs (multiple choice questioning), essay writing.
The course is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as practice nurses and wish to develop their skills and progress their career with a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc qualification.
Throughout the world, the provision of preventive, treatment and rehabilitation services is rooted increasingly in primary care.
City’s Primary Care (Practice Nursing) course supports students in developing new skills for use in the general practices in which they work. The course is focused on practice and practical application, and is relevant to the varied communities from which our students are drawn.
The Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) consists of 120 credits. Three of the modules are core or compulsory, with 5 optional modules. The choice of optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will allow you to choose modules that are relevant to your work as a practice nurse within the general practice environment.
The MSc consists of 180 credits. Three of the modules are core, with one MSc Conversion top-up consists 60 credits dissertation module is core. The choice of 15 optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation .
The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.
The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehelath and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst they study.
The Programme Director and other members of the practice nursing team have considerable experience and expertise in the field of practice nursing and advanced practice.
Members of the team have published research, books, as well as peer reviewed professional journals relevant to practice nursing and advanced practice.
Assessments are designed to assess students ability to:
Both formative and summative assessments will be transparent throughout the practice nursing course. Formative feedback will be available on group/individual presentations and/or tutorial support.
Summative assessment will integrate a variety of assessments, which will be dependent on your choice of optional modules including:
The course is made up of both core and optional modules, with the structure depending on whether students study on a full or part-time basis.
Students progressing to MSc must undertake:
You can choose from a wide range of optional modules, including:
Students have the option of exiting with 60 credits to receive the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert). In order to receive this award, students must have successfully completed 60 credits, which must include one of the core modules – Key Concepts in practice nursing and 3 other optional modules.
To study the MSc, the choice of optional modules will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation:
The completion of the MSc will enable you to develop higher order critical skills, which will enhance your clinical practice underpinned by a strong evidence base. Practice Nurses may on completion of their programme choose to specialise in certain clinical areas, especially the care and management of long term conditions and in the area of triage.
Furthermore, this will enable those who have completed the MSc to negotiate a higher salary in their current post by extending their leadership and clinical skills within the general practice environment.
The PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) will give you greater opportunities to deliver diverse services within general practice. The range of services can be tailored to your individual practice needs due to the selection of modules that can be taken as part of your continuing professional development.
Successful completion of the PgDip is achieved when you have completed 8 x 15 credit modules [120 credits]. Students also have the option of gaining a PgCert by completing 4 modules [60 credits] one of which includes the core module – Key Concepts of Practice Nursing.
You will graduate with a substantial understanding of the field of practice nursing, together with enhanced clinical and analytical skills. These attributes will enable you to make a substantial contribution within the general practice environment.
Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor.
To understand what a Physician Associate does on a day-to-day basis, Health Education England have produced this informative Day in the Life of a Physician Associate video.
We also run a flexible MSc Physician Associate programme for those who already have their Postgraduate Diploma from a UK or Irish institution.
Please note: the British Physician Associate programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.
The University of Birmingham has been training Physician Associates (formerly Physician Assistants) since January 2008. As one of the longest running programmes in the country, we are delighted to offer this opportunity to graduates to make a valuable contribution to the nation’s health. We work in partnership with hospitals and practices in the Midlands and beyond.
The development of the profession has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of General Practitioners as well as the profession itself through the former UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) which is now the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. University of Birmingham staff have taken a key role in the development of the programme at a national as well as a regional level in response to need identified by local healthcare providers. Successful completion of the programme will qualify you to practise as a Physician Associate in the UK.
Please note: the UK PA training programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.
The course leaders regard integration of theory and practice as fundamental to clinical learning.
This is a very intense course with a large amount of knowledge and skills to acquire in a relatively short time. You will need to dedicate at least 50 hours each week to learning, much of it by yourself and with your learning set.
At the University of Birmingham we believe in very close integration between the theory learning (‘the hip is a ball and socket joints and the femur anatomy is as follows’ and clinical learning (‘when people fracture their hips it happens like this, they present like this, and your understanding of the hip anatomy enables you to understand why and how hips fracture’). You will also link theory and practice by learning, say, how to examine a hip on each other, on a simulated patient and (often) on a real patient before you see such a patient in a clinical environment.
Birmingham-trained Physician Associates have been very successful in the NHS jobs market with most of our graduates on NHS Agenda for Change Band 7 (starting at £31,383 p,a.) or higher.
Our graduates are working all across the UK (although about half have stayed in the West Midlands) and in a wide range of specialties including: general medicine, acute medicine, cardiology, paediatrics, breast surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, mental health, emergency medicine and General Practice. Many have also chosen to go into teaching and research (part-time while maintaining clinical duties), with five of our graduates currently teaching here at Birmingham.
The number of NHS Trusts and Practices seeking Physician Associates (and the average number working for each Trust/Practice) has increased rapidly throughout the last few years, and we would expect that number to continue to increase at a similar pace over the next few years.
Successful completion of this course will give you access to second-level registration on the NMC register as either a qualified general practice nurse, district nurse, or as a nurse in a home setting.
The course provides registered nurses with the opportunity to gain both a professional qualification and an academic award at degree level.
On graduation, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a capable and confident general practice nurse, district nurse, or home nurse.
We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments.
The values of the NHS constitution – respect, dignity, compassion and working together for patients – and the recognition that patients come first in everything the NHS does are embedded in our curriculum.
Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with community specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in community practice.
We have a dedicated team of academic staff who are actively engaged in internationalising the nursing and midwifery curriculum.
The course is delivered in a variety of ways, and is flexible enough to meet the needs of part-time students. Delivery is typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, workbooks for work-based learning and simulation in our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite and Flexible Learning Environment.
You will be allocated practice placements by your employing trust, and assigned a dedicated tutor to support your learning in practice. You will also undertake a period of alternative practice during which you can spend a week in another practice environment, to diversify your skills and experience base.
A variety of learning and teaching strategies are used including problem-based and work-based learning. You need to be highly motivated and be prepared to actively engage with all aspects of your learning.
Public health roles are diverse, and flexibility in the course gives you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to suit your personal and professional ambitions.
With the guidance of a tutor, you will set out a professional development plan (PDP) from the initial interview, which will be reviewed throughout the course. The PDP helps to integrate your personal areas of advancement with the existing requirements of the knowledge and skills framework. It also serves as evidence of your expanded skill set in order to boost your future employability.
The PDP also ensures that your needs are assessed on an ongoing basis and adjustments made accordingly, particularly useful if an extended part-time route is taken.
You will be supported throughout your course and placements by a practice teacher and mentors. An exciting variety of learning approaches are utilised in the course, which can be tailored to your preferred learning styles.
This module, shared with other students in the graduate programme, facilitates the development of knowledge and skills required to inform evidence-based practice, and prepares students for completion of a dissertation.
Research Evidence in Practice
This is a practice-based module focusing on the evidence underpinning clinical practice and theory – practice relationships.
Transforming Practice: the challenges of change
The aim of this module is to develop practitioners who will take a lead role in the management and development of effective strategies for health and social care interventions. This module is shared across the community nursing programmes with level 6 students.
Nurse Prescribing from the Community Nurse Prescribers Formulary
This module is mandatory for those undertaking the Nursing in the Home / District Nursing pathway.
In addition to the core modules mentioned above, you can choose from a wide choice of optional modules which allow you to study topics of personal and professional interest, including:
Flexible Learning Environment
The Flexible Learning Environment is an adapted home environment in a residential location where you'll be able to practise skills and learn from other students while taking part in a realistic training experience.
Every room is fitted with cameras and microphones, so that students can be directed and monitored from the control room while the observation room provides the opportunity to review, playback and debrief.
Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite
Our Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite is among the best equipped in the country, and is an invaluable tool for assessment and monitoring students' progress throughout the course.
You will benefit from practising nursing skills in an environment that simulates real-life professional experiences. Provided by the NHS’ South East Coast Ambulance Service, you may have access to our Simbulance, enabling you to work alongside paramedic students in an interprofessional learning environment. On board is a high fidelity mannikin with multiple uses, and a child-size mannikin for paediatric scenarios.
Learning by simulation means you will be confident in your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in your professional life.
Most graduates go on to work, or continue working, within the NHS in a variety of community nursing and primary care settings.
The skills and knowledge that you will have achieved by graduation can also be applied to a wide range of community nursing or public health roles in various settings.
The context of public health practice both within and outside of the NHS is constantly changing and the opportunities for career development and innovative approaches to service provision exist.
This dynamic and exciting programme offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your critical thinking an analytical skills whilst developing an enquiring, reflective and innovative approach to contemporary educational and professional practice.
It is suitable for a wide range of individuals from health and social care settings who wish to gain qualified teacher status.
The programme will enable you to pass on to your students the values required in modern healthcare, and within the NHS Constitution, including: compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.
All students are initially registered for five years. The programme is part-time. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate Education for Professional Practice programme NMC registered practitioners may apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for recognition of their Qualified Teacher Status and be recorded on their Registration record.
The programme is in line with the NMC Standards for Learning and Teaching in Practice (2008).
Example module listing
This pathway is open to individuals from health care environments who wish to extend their knowledge, skills and develop their understanding through critical thinking and analysis.
For nurses and midwives, this forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessing in Practice (Stage 4 - Teacher).
On completion of the three core modules, plus the requisite 360 teaching hours, the nurse or midwife can record this study as meeting the standards for the qualified teacher and therefore register the qualification with the NMC.
The ethos of the programme is based on an individual’s developmental learning journey and, as such, commences at the initial applicant enquiry.
It is at this stage that an informal discussion will take place possibly with the administrator, module leader and/or the Director of Studies (DOS) to offer information regarding the modules/programmes whether it is Mentorship, Practice Teacher or Qualified Teacher.
Through this enquiry, a general discussion takes place that will assist the individual to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning based on their learning needs, taking into account previous study and the requirements for their professional role in learning and teaching.
A nurse or midwife could apply for AP(E)L for up to 100 per cent against the Mentorship programme and the Practice Teacher qualification if appropriate study has been successfully completed.
This process takes place rarely but the mechanism is still in place. Each application for AP(E)L is considered on an individual basis by the AP(E)L committee using the University’s standard AP(E)L procedures.
The Mentorship module can be accessed by a variety of health care professionals who have a responsibility to support learning in practice and forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentor).
A nurse or midwife wishing to undertake this module will be required to have one year’s post-qualification experience prior to attending. In preparation for this module, you would be encouraged to engage in the Associate Mentor preparation provision, which will be offered within NHS Trusts, led by Trust personnel with educational responsibilities.
The Mentorship module is a generic module (offered at FHEQ Level 6 and FHEQ Level 7) and forms part of the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice (stage 2 – Mentor).
It assists participants to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through exploration, enquiry and reflexivity, aiming to develop and enhance effective assessment and facilitation skills.
Students will have an opportunity to explore learning and teaching strategies relevant to practice; assessment and evaluation in the context of giving feedback, measuring achievements, competence and quality.
The exciting challenge is to contextualise these areas for each student to ensure that the learning experience is meaningful.
Those who show an aptitude for learning, teaching and supporting learners or a keen interest in this area will be actively encouraged to progress on to further study.
The Practice Teacher NMC qualification can be accessed by individuals on the NMC register. This pathway includes Supporting Education in Practice, and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher.
Both modules are offered at FHEQ level 7. Pre-requisite study for this qualification is Mentorship FHEQ Level 6 or FHEQ Level 7.
This qualification forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Stage 3 – Practice Teacher), which offers preparation for Primary Care nurses who are supporting learners undertaking Specialist Community Public Health nursing qualifications and Specialist Practice qualifications.
Throughout the Practice Teacher programme, Practice Teacher students are supported by a qualified Practice Teacher to assist in developing skills associated with supporting specialist practice students.
Undertaking the Supporting Education in Practice module gives the opportunity for the student Practice Teachers to consider and critically evaluate links between theory and practice, and to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and support of learning within the workplace.
The Practice Module for the Practice Teacher is an effective strategy to test and extend your skills in supporting specialist practice students throughout their specialist practice programme.
Opportunities are given to actively be involved in formative and summative assessments whilst being supported by a qualified Practice Teacher.
On successful completion of the Supporting Education in Practice module and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher, the nurse can record this study as meeting the NMC standards for the Practice Teacher Qualification and be annotated on the local register of Practice Teachers which is held and maintained within their Trust.
Education Leads within the Trusts are sent information as to who has been successful in achieving this qualification.
Once the Practice Teacher qualification has been completed individuals are actively encouraged to continue with their postgraduate studies by undertaking the remaining modules associated with the Postgraduate Certificate.