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When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services. Read more
When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services.

The focus is on developing your competence, confidence and expertise in assessing the needs of your clients, and working in partnership with them to make informed, holistic health choices.

The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting2

Why choose this course?

• Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a Health Visitor, and increase your prospects of fulfilling employment
• Explore the latest research and practice, and develop a range of public health nursing skills that are pertinent to health visiting
• Develop your sensitivity and understanding in relation to cultural and religious values, beliefs, abilities and the needs of individuals, groups and populations
• Gain an understanding of the evidence on which care interventions are based in order to promote, evaluate and design interventions, and critically develop effective questioning techniques to enhance your communication skills
• Benefit from student-focused, self-directed and guided learning that uses a variety of teaching methods including e-learning, work and problem based learning, simulation, role play and student-led seminars.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting

Course detail

This course offers the opportunity to study for a combined Master of Science / Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor) qualification. Success in the Master of Science in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) or in the intermediate qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) will provide the professional qualification and eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting).

Emphasis throughout the course is placed on your continuing personal and professional development with the aim of improving your employability prospects. You will focus on issues of direct relevance to the achievement of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing status as a Health Visitor whilst pursuing a postgraduate course of study in a supportive learning environment.

Opportunities exist for conference attendance and presentations. The course adopts a studentfocused approach underpinned by self-directed and guided learning. A variety of teaching methods are used to create a stimulating learning environment including e-learning, work-based learning, simulation and solution-focussed learning

Modules

• Assessment And Interventions In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) (CEL030-6) Compulsory
• Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (CEL037-6) Compulsory
• Service Improvement Project In Health Visiting (CEL014-6) Compulsory
• Specialist Community Public Health Practice (Health Visiting) (CEL033-6) Compulsory
• Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Leadership (CEL016-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The course assessment strategy is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate professional relevance; draw on expertise-by-experience; foster active learning and be leaner-centred in approach. A distinct feature of the course is the range of assessment tasks, including those that allow you to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a service improvement project, assessed practice within your placements; and a portfolio of evidence of learning in practice and a profile of the health needs of your local practice area. The course assessments also include a timed, invigilated exam as this is an NMC requirement

Assessment tasks are designed so that you can tailor them to professional interests, experience and development needs. They are also designed so that you can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant.

There are specific professional requirements for passing some of the units in the course. These requirements are stated on the relevant unit information forms (UIFs).

Careers

During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as a health visitor. The course provides a student- focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs. Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding potential career development. You will carry out a service improvement project in your workplace which will both consolidate your knowledge and further enhance your career opportunities.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting) and be recorded as a community prescriber. Read more

This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting) and be recorded as a community prescriber. It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a health visitor, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level.

Course details

You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in order to work effectively with individuals, families and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the contemporary health visiting agenda.

Professional accreditation

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting), and be recorded as a community prescriber on the NMC register. You continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full-time study after Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Vistor) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the programme.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and their families; the new health visiting agenda, UNICEF Baby Friendly Inititiative standards; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions; prescribing from the community practitioners’ formulary, and designing and managing a service evaluation.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing
  • Advancing Health Visiting Practice
  • Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
  • Advancing Public Health
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health
  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evaluating Practice
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Where you study

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

How you learn

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal, skill simulations and a service evaluation project. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Employability

This programme prepares you to work as a health visitor and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic health visiting profession.



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This innovative Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) course enables you to develop your practice as a specialist public health nurse. Read more
This innovative Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) course enables you to develop your practice as a specialist public health nurse. You will complete the programme as a collaborative public health practitioner, who is able to lead practice forward and work in partnership with clients and other professions and agencies.

The overall philosophy of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting or School Nursing (SCPHN) course is to provide an excellent course structure and teaching and learning methods in both academic and practice settings. We believe that academic preparation is an integral part of practice development and that both are part of the same process. Our aim is to enable you to be a high-quality practitioner who is a skillful public health nurses in school nursing or health visiting, and is able to bring about change in your practice environments.

See the website https://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting-or-school-nursing/

Why choose this course?

Health care and the community environment are undergoing great change. For public health to be central to the service that is offered to clients and school students, there is a need for highly dynamic and flexible practitioners. You will need sound academic skills and evidence-based practice to enable you to lead positive change, both of your own practice and that of the health visiting and school health professions as a whole. The course will challenge you and help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you require in preparation for a future in public health nursing and the 0-19 agenda .
- This course will strengthen your leadership attributes in order to prepare you for the public health workforce as a SCPHN

- The curriculum content will reflect currency in practice issues, this will include the exploration of contemporary public health high impact areas across the fields of practice.

- We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, offering excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region, and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels to enable contemporaneous teaching material and speakers.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Professional accreditation

Students successfully completing this course will be eligible for registration by the NMC on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the register (third part), and for registration as able to prescribe from the community practitioners formulary (V100).

Teaching and learning

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the course reflects its interprofessional, client-centred and practice-focused approach. Opportunities for sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience are maximised. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able to discuss relevant issues with others from different primary care trusts and the wider health and care environments. In order to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used. They include seminars, discussions, debates and group work. The Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises) will also be used as part of the teaching and learning process. Some modules will have a greater emphasis on E-learning as a primary source of education. Teaching strategies will encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice and interprofessional collaboration.

Practice assessment is a key part of the assessment process throughout the course and many strategies are used to assess your overall practice competence; these are all clearly demonstrated in the course practice assessment document.

Approach to assessment

The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50% of time in the practice environment. Your community practice teachers (CPTs) are highly involved with the development and implementation of the course and there is a great deal of collaboration with the primary care trusts (PCT) education leads. You will be encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate SCPHN practice with your lecturers and CPTs, and your assignments will provide a focus for analysing practice. Your CPT will be responsible for facilitating your learning, supervising your progress and assessing your competence in practice.

Attendance pattern

This course is unique in nature as you will be paid full-time (or part-time) thus your attendance at university is recorded. Sickness and absence during the course will affect your sickness and absence record. Equally punctuality at university is a important part of your professional role.

How this course helps you develop

- The course enables experienced practitioners to build on their leadership and strategic development skills.

- Students exiting the programme have demonstrated their ability to be leaders in community public health nursing practice.

Careers

On successful completion of the course:
- You will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing).

- If you wish to meet the minimum NMC mentorship requirements, evidence from your practice documentation can be considered through Accreditation of Prior Learning processes within the Faculty.

- Your details will be forwarded to the NMC for registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (third part of the register), and for registration as able to prescribe from the community practitioner’s formulary (V100).

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

We have a number of both promising and experienced researchers working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff. Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS and general management at both senior and director level. They also have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the health and social care sector and their movement between that sector and education.

We are very pleased with the results received in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance in the assessment of research, of which 10% was rated as world-leading. The university has been careful to nurture emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by subjects allied to health demonstrates significant progress since 2001.

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This programme is for registered nurses or midwives, who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting) and be recorded as a community prescriber. Read more

This programme is for registered nurses or midwives, who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting) and be recorded as a community prescriber.

Course details

It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a health visitor, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level. You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in order to work effectively with individuals, families and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the contemporary health visiting agenda.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and their families; the new health visiting agenda, UNICEF BFI standards; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions; prescribing from the community practitioners’ formulary, and designing and managing a service evaluation.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing
  • Advancing Health Visiting Practice
  • Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
  • Advancing Public Health
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health
  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Where you study

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

How you learn

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and skill simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Employability

The course prepares you to work as a health visitor and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic health visiting profession.



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Are you seeking to train as a health visitor and build the knowledge and skills to achieve your career ambitions? Our PgDip SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme is NMC approved and delivered by our expert academic team working in in partnership with a number of local NHS organisations. Read more

Are you seeking to train as a health visitor and build the knowledge and skills to achieve your career ambitions? Our PgDip SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme is NMC approved and delivered by our expert academic team working in in partnership with a number of local NHS organisations.

What the course offers

The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) course from the University of Bolton is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the health visiting profession, with the aim of equipping you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to succeed in your career. Our programme was the first in the country to be accredited by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, which recognises programmes that support mothers in effective breastfeeding. We also provide training in the Solihull Parenting Approach, which supports practitioners in promoting emotional health and wellbeing in children and families.

Studying a course curriculum developed in line with the professional standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you’ll cover subjects like leading health promotion practice, collaborative working for health improvement and safeguarding children. You’ll also have the opportunity to get hands-on and build your practical skills in partnership with primary healthcare trusts and within our state-of-the-art healthcare teaching and research facility, Bolton One.

On successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) and have your name registered on part 3 of the NMC's professional register.

Course Highlights:

  • We’ve successfully delivered healthcare programmes for decades – our health visiting course has a longstanding, excellent reputation.
  • Our dedicated academic team has a wealth of experience working in NHS settings and are engaging in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change. Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression strand of Agenda for Change.
  • Our students have the opportunity to benefit from supportive learning opportunities in partnership with primary healthcare trusts.

Key Features:

  • This course is designed to take account of the changing healthcare climate with a curriculum that combines flexible learning with the knowledge and insight to respond to industry developments.
  • Our teaching team has many years of experience working in healthcare and NHS settings, particularly in the fields of child care law, public health and safeguarding.
  • The course curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that contemporary theories are adopted.
  • We offer a supportive learning environment that includes small group lessons, one-to-one sessions and access to IT facilities and WiFi across campus.

For more information, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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Nursing.  is a demanding, yet rewarding profession. Our undergraduate programmes have been designed, developed and are delivered to recognise the core values of the NHS and the required standards of our accrediting body the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Read more

Nursing is a demanding, yet rewarding profession. Our undergraduate programmes have been designed, developed and are delivered to recognise the core values of the NHS and the required standards of our accrediting body the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

We are one of the largest university trainers of Nursing and Health Professionals in the north west of England and are very proud of our strong associations and partnerships with the local NHS trusts and other stakeholders. Our award-winning pre-registration Adult Nursing programme has been developed in partnership with practice colleagues and service users to provide a high quality, flexible, student-centred and patient-focused educational experience.

This course is designed to lead to careers in Health Visiting or School Nursing. Applicants must be a first level nurse or midwife with a current or pending registration on the NMC Professional register and must have a supported practice placement. All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required for the SCPHN role. There is a focus on public health, community development, health needs assessment and health inequalities.

The programme builds on the core values of the NHS constitution and is approved by the NMC to offer students the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in School Nursing or Health Visiting.

Features and benefits of the course

-All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing: Health Visiting or School Nursing.

-This course leads to registration on part three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.

-This course can also be studied at BSc(Hons)Level.

Placement options

50% of the course takes place in the practice setting. You will be supported in the placement area by a practice teacher.

About the Course

This course is designed to prepare you with the required knowledge and skills to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) in the field of Health Visiting or School Nursing and it leads to registration on part three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required to undertake the specialist role.

To apply you must be a first level nurse or midwife with an active registration on the NMC professional register, and must have a supported practice placement. These are always sponsored or seconded from a NHS Trust funded by NHS North West.

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice, focusing on core elements of public health and community development, health needs assessment and health inequalities.



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Specialise in improving the health and wellbeing of children, family and populations. Combining theory and practice, our course will prepare you for part three Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) registration on completion. Read more
Specialise in improving the health and wellbeing of children, family and populations. Combining theory and practice, our course will prepare you for part three Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) registration on completion.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting-or-school-nursing

Take your nursing or midwifery qualifications a step further with our challenging public health course. It leads to a Postgraduate Diploma that you can then ‘top up’ to a Masters Degree.

You’ll learn through a structured series of taught modules, which are interspersed with high-quality placements guided by experienced practice teachers.

The curriculum covers the theory and practicalities of working with children and families, as well as wider public health challenges such as critical policy review and strategic leadership & commissioning.

You can also expand your nursing responsibilities with the Nurse Prescribing module. On completing the course you can register to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.

Theory: one to two days per week, 9am–4pm; practice: one to three days per week, 9am–5pm.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting-or-school-nursing

Careers

You’ll be qualified to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, with skills that are also applicable to other roles in public health, safeguarding or primary care and community agencies.

Work placements

Placements range from one to three days a week, with a final ten-week, five-day-a-week period of consolidated practice at the end.

- Links with industry and professional recognition
Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Core modules

Research in Public Health Theory
Leadership, Commissioning and Public Health Practice
Fundamentals of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
Enhanced Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
Critical Policy Review
Consolidated Practice
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing - see notes below

In some cases, you will be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with either of the optional modules. You will choose one of the two optional modules below.

Optional modules:
Understanding Contraception and Sexual Health (School Nursing only)
Work-Based Learning

You may be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with one of the two above optional modules. This is only applicable to you if you already have a Nurse Prescribing qualification recorded with the NMC (health visiting students) or if the Nurse Prescribing module is not relevant to your future qualified role (school nursing students). Should this be the case, you will need to get agreement from your organisation and from the university. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including, essays, case studies, a critical incident analysis, competency based portfolio and a critical policy review.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

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This health visiting course has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise. Read more
This health visiting course has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise.

Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), ie, health visitors or school health nurses, aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health.

We place emphasis on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries.

What You Will Study

PgD modules:

Development Across the Lifespan for SCPHN
Research Methods SCPHN
Law, Ethics and Nurse Prescribing
Professional Development and Governance for SCPHNs
Contemporary Issues for SCPHN
The Public Health Agenda and SCPHN
Successful completion of the above modules and the 24 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (in either health visiting or school health nursing) and exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma.

If you then undertake the 60-credit SCPHN dissertation module and successfully complete a dissertation, you will graduate with an MSc award. For this, you will critically examine a key area of SCPHN theory and/or practice in health visiting or school health nursing, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability. You usually submit this within a calendar year of ending the taught modules. Please note that dissertation study is not funded by the Welsh Government.

How You Will Study

This course has been designed to meet the NMC (2004) SCPHN requirements of a 50/50 ratio of theory and practice. Learning and assessment will take place both at the University and in a range of clinical environments, and all modules involve theoretical and clinical assessments of equal weighting.

Where appropriate, there are work experience opportunities that involve use of the Welsh language. The PgD course attracts Welsh Government funding for NHS staff.

How does this course make me employable?

This course prepares SCPHNs to work in complex and varied settings and have the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practise effectively in today’s health service. Graduates are usually employed by NHS local health boards and wider employment opportunities are developing.

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This course aims to develop you as a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practitioner, fit for practice in a designated field of primary care. Read more

This course aims to develop you as a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practitioner, fit for practice in a designated field of primary care. You will be equipped with the skills to evaluate, enhance and develop your public health practice and create and develop leadership skills within the context of Public Health Nursing Practice.

You will be taught how to adopt reflective practice and lifelong learning that allows you to develop your intellectual skills and promote personal and professional development. You will learn about Codes of Professional Conduct to protect human rights and equality in the delivery of health care.

What happens on the course?

You are normally seconded by your employer to study for this pathway. You will focus on educational issues that are related to primary healthcare – study takes place in a community setting. The programme steers strongly towards public health and health promotion, and is designed to encourage the empowerment of patients/clients.

The course will involve both theory and practical elements. Your theoretical assessments involve measuring academic knowledge which will underpin your professional practice. Practice assessments are aimed at measuring knowledge, skills, expertise and attitudes to ensure that an appropriate theory/practice balance is achieved.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The health visiting course at the University of Wolverhampton is one of only a few Universities to have been accredited by UNICEF for Stage 2 of Baby Friendly Standards. Health visiting students will undertake breast feeding training inline with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Programme and will be issued with a certificate at the end of their course
  • The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing / Health Visiting course is widely regarded as being one of the best and most dynamic in the country and consistently attracts students from a wide area. The support received from tutors is extensive and is a hallmark of the course.

Career path

You will by the end of the course be able to apply to the third part of the NMC register to practice as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse / Health Visitor.

Further career opportunities are available in specialist clinical roles; Education and Management.

What skills will you gain?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have an understanding of the principles of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, including the development and maintenance of the health of communities and individuals.
  • Use theories of research and evidence based information to identify trends in Health Policy and the implications for health care and health care services.
  • Help to promote health and wellbeing, influence policies and develop smooth effective health care services through partnerships and collaborative working.
  • Be able to develop, analyse and present information, constructing rational and logical arguments to support
  • Practice competently and evaluate personal and professional performance as well as being able to organise and lead others

Who accredits this course?

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).



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You should consider this programme if you are a nurse or midwife with a degree who wishes to pursue a career in health visiting or school nursing. Read more
You should consider this programme if you are a nurse or midwife with a degree who wishes to pursue a career in health visiting or school nursing.

This programme has been developed in response to on-going work by the Department of Health to re-affirm the essential role of the school nurse and health visitor in delivering a universal and early intervention service to children, young people and their families.

This programme has been developed with local partner healthcare organisations. It is intended to meet the needs and expectations of the new agenda and make a difference to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. This programme leads to a nationally recognised qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Please note Prescribing for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses is not a core course for the programme. However, most NHS employers will require you to complete this within your programme of study.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable you to integrate the study of health, policy, research and evidence-based practice within the context of specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) practice

- To facilitate you to explore and debate policy, theory, and research related to health visiting and school nursing within the public health context

- To prepare you to meet the demands of delivering a service that meets the contemporary SCHPHN agenda

- To provide you with eligibility to work in a wide range of community-based settings mainly in health and education sectors.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/hsc/public-health-nursing

Health and Social Care

With over 20 years’ experience as a trusted provider of health and social care training and education, we are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills to become valued members of the community and to the continuing professional development of qualified professionals.

We are at the forefront of research and innovation in the field of health and social care and our teaching staff have both practical know-how and academic expertise.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Promoting Health of Children and Young People in Practice (15 credits)
Safeguarding Children and Young People in Community Practice (15 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 1: Foundations for Practice (Level 7) (20 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 2: Developing Proficiencies (Level 7) (20 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 3: Developing Leadership (Level 7) (20 credits)
Research & Development 1 (H&SC) (30 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 1: Foundations for Practice (Level 7) (20 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 2: Developing Proficiencies (Level 7) (20 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Promoting Health of Children and Young People in Practice (15 credits)
Safeguarding Children and Young People in Community Practice (15 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 2: Developing Proficiencies (Level 7) (20 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 3: Developing Leadership (Level 7) (20 credits)
Research & Development 1 (H&SC) (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through essays, prescribing (open book exam/practice assessment document evidence of prescribing proficiencies), poster presentation/essay based on practice placement community health profile, case study, presentation, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), practice assessment document/portfolio of practice, and examination.

Career options

On completion of the programme you will be eligible to work in a wide range of community based settings mainly within Health and Education Sectors.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Why Surrey?. Our dynamic MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme enables registered nurses to develop the academic and professional skills needed to qualify as a Health Visitor. Read more

Why Surrey?

Our dynamic MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme enables registered nurses to develop the academic and professional skills needed to qualify as a Health Visitor.

Graduates are equipped to practice in the fast-changing and complex area of public healthcare, deploying advanced critical analysis skills and leading on innovation and change.

Programme overview

Our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme will enable you to obtain an academic award and, through completing a specified period of practice, to register on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

Health Visitors are at the forefront of current government public health policy and our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of healthcare.

It also has strong links with practice, encourages shared learning, draws upon an innovative research base and will guide you in displaying the values required in modern healthcare; such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Community Public Health Nurse award by a health care provider organisation.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. Students then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Students can also study part-time over two academic years, then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

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.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to advance the critical and analytical skills of the students to allow critical evaluation of current public health policy and practice, to equip students to initiate, lead and manage change, and to problem solve across disciplines and organisations, drawing on a breadth of knowledge from an inter- professional approach to education.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Draw on a range of research based information to inform their understanding of the practice of public health and underpin practice and service development
  • Utilise and critically evaluate appropriate tools and screening processes to identify individuals and groups who are at risk and in need of further support
  • Initiate and engage effectively in professional debate over policy and practice issues and development

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution to protect the public’s health and wellbeing from specific risks
  • Critically analyse and interpret data and communicate information about the health and wellbeing related needs of a defined population
  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply health policies relating to the wellbeing and protection of groups and communities and their environments
  • Evaluate and apply legal and ethical principles within their own area of practice
  • Recognise and determine complex problems and issues clearly and initiate and manage projects to improve health and wellbeing of individuals and groups
  • Critically evaluate and apply research methodologies and other evidence based knowledge to synthesise information for the advancement of public health practice

Professional practical skills

  • Establish working partnerships to raise awareness about health and social wellbeing and related factors, services and resources
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena
  • Identify opportunities to work collaboratively to initiate and develop health programmes and services to reduce inequalities

Key / transferable skills

  • Develop effective communication skills to empower individuals and groups to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Reflect on own and others’ functioning in order to improve practice
  • Develop as an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development
  • Work effectively with a public health team as a member and a leader, clarifying tasks and making effective use of the capacities of group members
  • Become an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development

Global opportunities

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.



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We have recently developed our innovative Masters in Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. Read more

We have recently developed our innovative Masters in Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. These routes offer practitioners the opportunity to build upon their experience and develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contributes to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations. You can opt to study the route which best meets your professional background and future aspirations.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Nurses already working in, or wishing to work in, the community can undertake a specified group of modules that allows them to achieve a community qualification or registration recognised by the NMC in District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing.

There are three core modules that enable you to obtain a PgCert. You will then study modules appropriate to your desired route.

The routes in the Person-Centred Practice Framework seek to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of person-centred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings.

The Framework is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of person centred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective approach to meeting the public health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

You can personalise your learning to your own situation eg mental health, social care, infection control, acute care and community health. International students are particularly welcome as they offer a varied and different perspective to the context in which the learning occurs.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore, preparedness to be open to

experiences and a resolve to keep going. This environment will generate an ethos of engagement and criticality where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support. We will achieve this learning environment through a focus on three pillars of learning activity namely:

- Student-centred experiential and collaborative learning;

- Reflexivity and critical discourse;

- Sustainable and ethical evidence-based teaching.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs; through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. In line with the framework’s philosophy, a wide range of sustainable strategies are used to ensure assessment diversity. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies which draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg [email protected], Values Exchange), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment.

For students undertaking NMC recognised specialist qualification and registration (District Nursing, Health Visiting, School Nursing), the course is 50% practice-based and requires placement in an approved practice with a Practice Teacher or Sign-off Mentor or Health Visitor Mentor. Placement will be negotiated with your supporting NHS area.

Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with professional bodies

The routes allow you to gain the higher level knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. It does not gain accreditation with the NMC unless students are undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District Nursing or registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN)

Modules

Core modules: Theory and Practice of Child and Family Centred Health and Social Care (30 credits)/ Leading Professional Practice (15 credits)/ Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (15 credits)

Route specific modules: Childhood Development 1 (15 credits)/ Childhood Development 2 (15 credits)/ Child Protection and Safeguarding (30 credits)/ Practice Placements: Health Visiting Context

Other entry requirements information

International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Criminal records check: For students undertaking NMC approved qualifications a satisfactory criminal records check will be required. Compliance with the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and mental health legislation for clinical placement and employability in statutory services, for work with children and in other sensitive areas of employment.



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Introduction

This course aims to equip nurses and midwives to develop an enhanced and applied knowledge base in Health Visiting Practice allowing you to exit with the required Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable qualification as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN)-Health Visiting (NMC 2004).

The course is delivered in collaboration with NHS Health Board and local authority partners in Western Isles, Highland, Tayside and Forth Valley, combining academic teaching and practice learning throughout the course.

On successful completion of the course you will be able to respond to the demands of contemporary public health practice in the community and to work to influence and improve the standard of care for children, young people and their families.

Academic requirements

All entrants to the MSc/Graduate Diploma in Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) Programmes must meet the following requirements (NMC 2004):

  • Valid registration on the Professional register maintained by the NMC;
  • The registrant must have developed their own knowledge, skills and competence beyond NMC registration, i.e. normally two year’s post registration experience as a registered nurse or midwife however other relevant professional experience can be considered.
  • In order to protect the public the NMC registrants are required to have an up-to-date membership of the Disclosure Scotland: Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme
  • Arrangements made to have a Practice Teacher allocated to the student for the duration of the Programme (allocated by the relevant health board area following successful interview).
  • Students must demonstrate the ability to study at degree level (minimum academic SCQF Level 9) (NMC 2004; Standard 5);
  • Understand the programme requirements regarding length of programme;
  • Support from Senior Practice Line Manager.

Course objectives

The course curriculum is designed to equip nurses and midwives to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor as defined in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC 2004), the Report from the Education Sub Group of the Children, Young People and Families National Advisory Group (CYPFNAG 2014) and key legislation from the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Scottish Government 2014). 

The key duties identified within current legislation are to promote, support and safeguard children’s wellbeing (Scottish Government 2014). 

Thus, the course focuses on the following three key themes: 

  1. A focus on wellbeing
  2. Assessing and Analysing Children’s Needs including the impact of children’s experiences on their wellbeing
  3. Improving Outcomes for Children and their Families

Why choose Stirling?

  1. You will gain a Masters degree or Postgraduate Diploma from a multi-award winning Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, led by a group of world-leading academics, with strong and established research records, real nursing experience and a wealth of world-class publications who will support you both personally and academically.
  2. This programme has been developed in close partnership with our practice partners, NHS Forth Valley, Highland and the Western Isles. User and carer, student and alumni representation have ensured the process of bringing together a curriculum that is fit for purpose and one that addresses the needs of both service providers and users.
  3. The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport has considerable experience in developing integrated health services for families across Scotland and is recognised for its world-leading maternal care and public health research.
  4. This programme has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council by passing Quality assurance standards on maintaining public protection and safety.
  5. Following graduation, you will be working towards the Scottish Government's vision of making Scotland "the best place to grow up". We have initiated and expanded our 'Getting it Right for Every Child' (GIRFEC) education in light of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Career opportunities

On completion of the course graduates will be eligible for employment as a qualified Health Visitor/ Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.



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Who is it for?. This course is suitable for qualified nurses or midwives with a commitment to prevention and health promotion and evidence-based practice in a community setting. Read more

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for qualified nurses or midwives with a commitment to prevention and health promotion and evidence-based practice in a community setting.

Applicants will want to develop their practice in the sphere of district nursing, health visiting or school nursing, as well as gain an academic qualification of BSc (Hons) Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma the last of which can lead to an MSc.

Objectives

The programme offers registered nurses and midwives an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skills to improve health within communities. City offers the three specialist community practitioner routes in District Nursing, Health Visiting and School Nursing.

The course aims to support you to:

  • Acquire a deep and systematic understanding of the professional and technical skills and knowledge of public health policy, practice, care delivery and service development
  • Develop knowledge, skills and professional competencies
  • Critically analyse social and cultural perspectives of public health, health and disease and the influence they have on judgements and decisions for practice, practice development and service delivery
  • Promote multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working in relation to public health practice
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and apply Specialist Public Health Nursing or Primary Care Nursing knowledge, policy and practice to work in different settings
  • Develop skills and knowledge to practise autonomously and organise and appraise practice and learning
  • Achieve the competency to prescribe from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers.

Accreditation

This course is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Students who successfully complete the programme are eligible to apply to the NMC stating that they either achieved a Specialist Practice District Nurse qualification or entry to the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the register if meeting health visitor or school nurse competencies.

Placements

Practice is an integral part of the programme. In the practice setting, you will work alongside a practice teacher or practice teacher and mentor from the specific sphere of practice, while completing learning activities and a practice assessment document.

You are required to undertake 15 days additional experience in an area of, or that may be of, responsibility, even if not central to the defined area of practice. This can be anywhere in the world. Past students have visited Denmark and Scotland, for example, as well as working elsewhere in London. They have worked with food banks, specialist nurses, environmental health officers and been involved in community development projects.

For the final ten weeks of the programme, you will work consistently in practice, consolidating your learning.

During your placement, you will have at least three visits from your link lecturer (who is also your personal tutor) to support learning in practice and facilitate theory - practice development.

Academic facilities

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 six-bed 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 you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Sciences is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio - City TECS. City TECS is a specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while you study.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is facilitated by qualified educators, the majority of whom are registrants from the appropriate sphere of practice.

In becoming a self-critical, lifelong, reflective learner, you will identify your learning needs and work towards meeting these.

Learning and teaching strategies will include formal lectures, seminars, student-led seminars, group projects, simulated practice, negotiated learning, e-learning, self-directed learning and practice-based activities.

Assessment

Assessment strategies seek to make links to practice. The following assessment methods will be used throughout the programme:

  • Essays
  • Practice Assessment Document
  • Vivas
  • Case studies
  • Written examinations
  • Reflections on Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Drug Calculations
  • Development of a research proposal
  • Community Health Needs Assessment Health
  • Project plan
  • Digital Pitch.

Modules

Throughout the programme, both practice and theory is used to develop learning. 50% of the time is in practice, working alongside a practice teacher or mentor, and the other 50% is learning time in the Institution.

This programme will generally include 50 organised learning days, most of which will be campus-based and 107 practice days of different sorts (supervised, alternative and consolidated). There are 57 study days when you are expected to undertake guided independent study.

As a paid employee, you are expected to attend all timetabled classes and placement learning experiences.

Career prospects

The programme is vocational, leading to practice and employment as a district nurse, health visitor or school nurse.

Such practitioners are employed by NHS Foundation Trusts, Social Enterprises and Commercial Providers.

The starting salary is generally at Agenda for Change Band six.

District nurses, health visitors and school nurses gain employment as:

  • Experienced practitioners
  • Practice teachers
  • Community matrons
  • Nurse consultants
  • Managers
  • Professional organisation officers
  • Institution lecturers.


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This Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice is the professional qualification for nurses who wish to gain entry to part three of the NMC nursing register as a health visitor or school nurse. Read more

This Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice is the professional qualification for nurses who wish to gain entry to part three of the NMC nursing register as a health visitor or school nurse. Places on this programme are sponsored centrally through service commissioners and in partnership with health visiting and school nursing service providers.

 Key benefits

  • Benefits of the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice include:
  • No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 3rd in the world (2017 QS World University Rankings)
  • Completion of clinically-focused evidence-based core modules.
  • Access to lecturers who are active researchers in health visiting and school nursing.
  • Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London.

Description

You will undertake core modules in leadership in public health, evidence-based practice, healthcare research, child protection, specialist practice and for health visiting students, nurse prescribing. School nursing students may choose a clinically focussed option after discussion with the pathway leader. Students progressing to the MSc undertake a substantial project relevant to their own area of practice.

Course purpose

These pathways are designed to furnish qualified nurses with the evidence to demonstrate eligibility to register their specialist practitioner status with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). They may also suit registered practitioners who are supporting autonomous practice, supporting educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership and who seek further educational opportunities to further this.

Course format and assessment

The programme begins in mid-September. Assessment is predominantly by coursework but at least one module is assessed by examination. Most modules have a single assessment and in addition students write up a project that analyses the research base or policy in an area of their choice.

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