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Keele University School of Nursing & Midwifery offer this pathway as an NMC approved, full-time one-year Specialist Community Nursing programme. Read more

Overview

Keele University School of Nursing & Midwifery offer this pathway as an NMC approved, full-time one-year Specialist Community Nursing programme: District Nursing. Specialist Community Nurses provide up-to–date, specialist and highly technical care to patients in their own environments as well as supporting families and carers. As a district nurse today you need to be highly skilled and educated to manage the changing demographics of communities and populations you will work within; you will be expected to lead teams of both qualified and support staff in a community setting. Recent government policy outlines a call to action and model for district nursing services and this award, providing a qualification in Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing Pathway), is timely to support this, leading to a recordable specialist qualification with the NMC.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/specialistcommunitynursing-districtnursingpathway/

Course Aims

The course has been designed to produce specialist community nursing practitioners who are safe, competent, and professional, to lead district nursing in a community nursing setting. This includes meeting Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for Specialist Community Nursing, Education and Practice. You will develop your leadership skills whilst on the programme, so that you are able to plan and lead services and initiatives which promote health, support long-term conditions, and provide specialist nursing care, including community practitioner prescribing as applicable to your role. You will achieve the recordable qualification through the Postgraduate diploma; however, there is the opportunity to undertake a dissertation through a part-time route to convert this post-graduate diploma to a Master’s Degree.

A new vision developed for District Nursing (DH 2013) Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing will underpin the content and delivery of the pathway with a focus on 'Compassion in Practice' underpinning the new model focussing on:
- Population and case load management
- Support and care for patients who are unwell, recevoering at home and at end of life
- Support and care for independence

The aim of this programme is to support the development and enhancement of essential knowledge and skills in the registered practitioner to equip them for a career in specialist community nursing. This will be actualised through building upon the theoretical and clinical basis of their specialised area of practice, through delivery of a cohertent programme of study.

The District Nursing pathway will have a contemporary focus and is designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Specialist Education and Practice (UKCC 2001).

The programme will support students in applying their skills of critical reflection to enhance their professional, personal and academic development. It will encourage the development of sound District Nursing practice based on the critical application of research and evidence and will introduce students to theories and practice of leadership and partnership working.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Completing your Masters

The Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting & School Nursing pathways) and the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing pathway) awards – registerable with the NMC – each comprise of six taught modules to meet individual or service requirements in year 1 as a full time student.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma will lead to the NMC approved specialist and registerable qualification ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)’, ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)’ or the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing), depending upon the route that the student registers for.

Students who have met the requirements for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible to proceed into year 2, onto the Masters’ award – subject to the rules of progression. The award of an MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) requires successful completion of the Professional Practice dissertation (MSc route 1) or the Faculty dissertation module (MSc route 2), on a part-time basis.

The Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) programme will share modules with the P.G Dip/MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme. This will enhance Inter-professional learning with other community specialist nurses working in primary care.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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The School Nursing pathway reflects the current standards and initiatives for School Nursing, developing public health awareness and the understanding of key health challenges using a social model of health and well-being. Read more

Overview

The School Nursing pathway reflects the current standards and initiatives for School Nursing, developing public health awareness and the understanding of key health challenges using a social model of health and well-being. The course has a particular in-depth focus on the physical, social and emotional aspects of school-age health and well-being, recognising how these contribute to social capital and life chances.

The programme will support students in applying their skills of critical reflection to enhance their professional, personal and academic development. It will encourage the development of sound School Nursing Practice based on the critical application of research and evidence and will introduce students to theories and practice of leaderhship and partnership-working. Students' clinical placement experience will enable them to gain expertise in the full range of School Nursing skills, through observation and practice supervised by a Practice Teacher.

Through undertaking the award, you will be prepared to work with communities, families and individuals to improve health and reduce health inequalities, to optimise life chances, in partnership with people and organisations, in support of the government health and social agenda. On successful completion of this course you are able to register with the NMC on the third part of the register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/specialistcommunitypublichealthnursingschoolnursingpathway/

Course Aims

This course has been designed to produce specialist community public health practitioners who are safe, competent, and deliver professional practice in a community public health setting, meeting Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. The programme will support you in applying the skills of critical reflection to enhance your professional, personal and academic development. It will encourage the development of a sound School Nursing practice, based on the critical application of research and evidence and will introduce you to theories and practice of leadership and partnership-working. You will engage within clinical placements and gain expertise in the full range of School Nursing skills, through observation and practice supervised by a Practice Teacher. You will achieve the recordable qualification through the Postgraduate diploma; however, there is the opportunity to undertake a dissertation through a part-time route to convert this post-graduate diploma to a Master’s Degree.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Completing your Masters

The Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting & School Nursing pathways) and the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing pathway) awards – registerable with the NMC – each comprise of six taught modules to meet individual or service requirements in year 1 as a full time student.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma will lead to the NMC approved specialist and registerable qualification ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)’, ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)’ or the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing), depending upon the route that the student registers for.

Students who have met the requirements for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible to proceed into year 2, onto the Masters’ award – subject to the rules of progression. The award of an MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) requires successful completion of the Professional Practice dissertation (MSc route 1) or the Faculty dissertation module (MSc route 2), on a part-time basis.

The Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) programme will share modules with the P.G Dip/MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme. This will enhance Inter-professional learning with other community specialist nurses working in primary care.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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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-school-nursing2

Why choose this course?

• Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a School Nurse, 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 school nursing
• 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-school-nursing

Course detail

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

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 School Nurse whilst pursuing a postgraduate course of study in a supportive learning environment.

Opportunities for conference attendance and presentations. Studentfocused, self-directed and guided learning, small group tutorials, encouragement of peer support, using a variety of teaching methods e.g. e-learning, work based learning, problem based learning, simulation, role play, studentled seminars. Emphasis on continuing personal and professional development (lifelong learning).

Modules

• Assessment And Interventions In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) (CEL031-6) Compulsory
• Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (CEL037-6) Compulsory
• Service Improvement Project In School Nursing (CEL015-6) Compulsory
• Specialist Community Public Health Practice (School Nursing) (CEL034-6) 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 students 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, 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 students can tailor them to professional interests, experience and development needs. They area also designed so that students 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 school nurse. 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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On completion of this programme you will be able to. Understand research, policy and other evidence in your chosen branch of nursing. Read more
On completion of this programme you will be able to:

• Understand research, policy and other evidence in your chosen branch of nursing
• Apply advanced knowledge when caring for client groups within legal, ethical and professional frameworks in an innovative and confident way
• Practice as a registered adult or mental health nurse
• Assess the needs of healthy and sick adults in different settings
• Understand nursing activities associated with caring for adults and their families

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/nursing-rn-adult-mental-health-children-young-people

Suitable for

Graduates from any discipline who are interested in developing the knowledge and practical skills to practice as a nurse.

Course detail

A blended learning approach will provide the foundation to the teaching and learning strategy by way of Seminars, Masterclasses, action learning, guided independent study, simulation and workshops. Theoretical learning will be complemented by Field of Practice and Level specific seminar group facilitation, discussion, dissemination and formative feedback.

The course has an equal split between time spent in theory and time spent in practice.

Applicants should be aware that in order to successfully complete the Programme and be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), that they will need to evidence 2300 hours of theoretical learning and 2300 Practice learning (4600 hours in total). This is a Programme requirement and so may not be reflected in the allocated specified hours of learning on the academic module specifications.

Modules

• Public Health and the Context of Nursing (30 credits)
• Critical Application of Nursing to Self and Others (30 credits)

You will take one of the following modules depending on the pathway you have chosen.

• Adult Nursing Practice 1 (30 credits)
• Mental Health Nursing Practice 1 (30 credits)
• Children's Nursing Practice 1 (30 credits)
• Judicious Nursing Practice (30 credits)
• Critical Analysis of Contemporary Nursing Issues - students will choose to study 2 themes (30 credits)

You will take one of the following modules depending on the pathway you have chosen.

• Adult Nursing Practice 2 (30 credits)
• Mental Health Nursing Practice 2 (30 credits)
• Childrens Nursing Practice 2 (30 credits)

Adult Nursing:

• Personal and Professional Practice in Adult Nursing (30 credits)
• Analytical Enquiry in Adult Nursing (30 credits)
• Adult Nursing Practice 3 (30 credits)

Mental Health Nursing:

• Personal and Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing (30 credits)
• Analytical Enquiry in Mental Health Nursing (30 credits)
• Mental Health Nursing Practice 3 (30 credits)

Children and Young People's Nursing:

• Personal and Professional Practice in Children's Nursing (30 credits)
• Analytical Enquiry in Children's Nursing (30 credits)
• Children's Nursing Practice 3 (30 credits)

Assessment

Assessment methods are varied and include assignments, presentations, observed structured clinical examinations, exams and portfolio assessment.

Career prospects

Following successful completion of this course you will be able to gain employment in the nursing field related to your choice of branch. You will be equipped to embrace the challenges that working in health care in the 21st century brings. You will be employable within the NHS and in private health care organisations and may wish to pursue a career in health care management having already experienced study at postgraduate level.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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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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The Master of Advanced Nursing, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, will prepare you for leadership roles in clinical nursing, management and education. Read more
The Master of Advanced Nursing, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, will prepare you for leadership roles in clinical nursing, management and education. Clinical specialisations include emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing. These specialties require concurrent employment as a registered nurse in the area. The course helps you develop advanced practice knowledge and leadership in specialist practice. It will equip you with skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, and formulate policy for a diverse and multicultural society.

Specialisations include:

- emergency nursing
- general studies in advanced nursing
- intensive care nursing
- mental health nursing
- nursing education
- nursing leadership and management

You can also exit the course early with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing or a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Management if you meet the requirements.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/advanced-nursing-m6006?domestic=true

Career Opportunities:

Graduates are employed in a wide range of general and specialist clinical, educational and health care environments in senior positions. They contribute to the health of individuals, families and communities, and the development of the profession.

Professional accreditation

Applicants who wish to undertake some clinical streams of study - (Emergency Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing or Nurse Practitioner) will be required to have registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and appropriate clinical employment in an approved clinical agency prior to application. Please see entry requirements that relate to the relevant specialisation for more details.

Progression to further studies

Students entering at Entry levels 1 and 2 can complete a research thesis (24 points) that will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the Masters course:

- Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing after successful completion of 24 points with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above. Students who complete 24 points from a particular specialisation in Part A will have the name of the specialisation on their transcript.

- Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing after successful completion of 48 points, with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above. Students who complete 24 points from a particular specialisation in Part A will have the name of the specialisation on their transcript.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/medicine

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

The Faculty is also home to a number of leading medical and biomedical research institutes and groups, and has contributed to advances in many crucial areas: in vitro fertilisation, obesity research, drug design, cardiovascular physiology, functional genomics, infectious diseases, inflammation, psychology, neurosciences and mental health.

Notwithstanding the relatively short history of our University, the Faculty is ranked in the top 50 in the world for its expertise in life sciences and biomedicine by the Times Higher Education and QS World University 2012 benchmarks.

Courses offered by the Faculty include medicine, nursing, radiography and medical imaging, nutrition and dietetics,emergency health studies, biomedical sciences, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social work. A range of research and coursework postgraduate programs is also offered.

The Faculty takes pride in delivering outstanding education in all courses, in opening students to the possibilities offered by newly discovered knowledge, and in providing a nurturing and caring environment.

Further details may be found at: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/about.html

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/advanced-nursing-m6006?domestic=true#making-the-application

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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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Surrey is a leading UK university for nursing education – students of our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) programme are taught by staff with internationally recognised expertise. Read more
Surrey is a leading UK university for nursing education – students of our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) programme are taught by staff with internationally recognised expertise.

The programme focuses on the importance of caring and compassion and will prepare you to respond to the complex, diverse and evolving nature of healthcare.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in adult nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.

On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse. 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.
-Practice Module
-Transitions in Care
-Care Provision in Long-Term Conditions
-Innovation and Leadership
-Managing Physical and Mental Health Challenges
-Research for Professional Practice
-Immediate Care
-Effective Decision Making from Fundamental to Complex Care
-Clinical Leadership and Consolidated Practice

WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?

Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme. This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time.

Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services. Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities. Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme aims to:
-Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
-Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
-Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
-Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
-Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
-Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
-Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
-Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge and research evidence that underpins practice thus enabling an appropriate response to a wide range of health and dependency needs
-Critically apply knowledge and skills based upon best available evidence in the planning, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective care, accessing or referring to specialist services as required
-Demonstrate an ability to meet complex and co-existing needs of people in their own field of nursing in any setting
-Demonstrate and appraise knowledge of the relationship between common physical and mental health problems in both acute and long terms conditions
-Critically appraise and apply high quality evidence to support and develop practice whilst identifying and proposing areas for further investigation
-Demonstrate the importance of and be able to evaluate safe practice, which is informed by best available evidence and through a critical understanding of risk management strategies, local and national guidelines
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Demonstrate an advanced level of critical thinking and decision making skills in the assessment, documentation and interpretation of a comprehensive systematic nursing assessment that takes account of relevant physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors
-Applies knowledge, synthesises ideas and information in order to generate and evaluate solutions in planned and uncertain situations across a range of health care environments
-Be capable of innovative and creative thinking and develop the ability to improve professional practice and quality outcomes by using a range of methods and clinical governance processes
-Critically apply relevant theoretical and research evidence in the evaluation of nursing interventions and health care provision and evaluate and ensure the use of findings help to improve peoples’ experience in order to shape future services
-Critically appraise the evidence and research base of new and emerging health care technologies to advise about their appropriateness and use
-Evaluate own performance and need for personal and professional development demonstrating learning from experience, feedback and reflection

Professional practical skills
-Act to care for and safeguard the public practicing in a compassionate and respectful manner whilst working within professional, ethical and legal frameworks in order to maintain, improve, and lead on high standards of care
-Practice autonomously and be responsible for the delivery and leadership of high quality evidenced based care, whilst maximising peoples’ ability to care for themselves
-Communicate safely and effectively and ensure decisions about care are shared when working across health and social care environments and in partnership with other professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families
-Act upon an understanding of how peoples’ lifestyles, cultures, environments and choices influence their health and wellbeing and adapt practice to meet the changing needs of service users
-Demonstrate excellence in team working and the ability to lead the co-ordination, delegation and supervision of care, whilst remaining accountable for care given
-Use leadership skills to support and manage others and make significant contributions to the planning, designing, delivering and improvement of future services
-Work innovatively and act as change agents, using leadership skills to challenge practice in order to enhance people’s wellbeing and experience of health care

Key / transferable skills
-Demonstrate a range of highly effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the use of communication technologies
-Build high quality partnerships and therapeutic relationships with service users, carers, families and other professionals in order to ensure safe, effective and non-discriminatory communication
-Accurately communicate and document using appropriate and plain language both verbally and in written and electronic formats
-Manage health information and information systems in order to search for valid and relevant information to inform nursing practice
-Abstract, analyse and interpret data using a range of techniques including assessment monitoring, audit and the use of research data to inform and develop the delivery of high quality care
-Demonstrate safe and effective medicines management

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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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 (School Nurse) 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 (School Nurse) and be recorded as a community prescriber. It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a school nurse, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level.

Course details

You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities with individuals and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the new school nursing agenda.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children, young people and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and young people; the new school nursing agenda; 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.

Core modules
-Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing
-Advancing Contemporary School Nursing 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

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.

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.

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and 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

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 (school nurse), be recorded as a community prescriber on the NMC register and eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing).

Following completion of the PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full time study after SCPHN (SN) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PgDip.

The course prepares you to work as a school nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic school nursing profession.

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The Health Visiting pathway reflects the current standards and initiatives for Health Visiting Practice, underpinned by the Health Visiting Implementation Plan. Read more

Overview

The Health Visiting pathway reflects the current standards and initiatives for Health Visiting Practice, underpinned by the Health Visiting Implementation Plan: A Call To Action, 2011—2015 (DH 2011). The course focuses on developing public health awareness and understanding of key health challenges using a social model of health and well-being, and has a particular in-depth focus on the physical, social and emotional aspects of the developing child from 0—5 years, including attachment, recognising how these contribute to social capital and life chances. Through undertaking the award, you will be prepared to work with communities, families and individuals to improve health and reduce health inequalities to optimise life chances, in partnership with people and organisations, in support of the government health and social agenda. On successful completion of this course you are able to register with the NMC on the third part of the register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/specialistcommunitypublichealthnursing-healthvisitingpathway/

Course Aims

The programme will support students in applying their skills of critical reflection to enhance their professional, personal and academic development. It will encourage the development of sound Health Visting practice based on the critical application of research and evidence and will introduce students to theories and practice of leadership and parternship working. Students' clinical placement experiences will enable them to gain expertise in the full range of Health Visting skills, through observation and practice supervised by a practice teacher.

This course has been designed to produce specialist community public health practitioners who are safe, competent, and deliver professional practice in a community public health setting, meeting Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. You will develop your leadership skills whilst on the programme, therefore enabling you to plan and lead services and initiatives which promote health improvement, as well as community practitioner prescribing as applicable to your role. You will achieve the recordable qualification through the Postgraduate diploma; however, there is the opportunity to undertake a dissertation through a part-time route to convert this post-graduate diploma to a Master’s Degree.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Completing your Masters

The Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting & School Nursing pathways) and the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing pathway) awards – registerable with the NMC – each comprise of six taught modules to meet individual or service requirements in year 1 as a full time student.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma will lead to the NMC approved specialist and registerable qualification ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)’, ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)’ or the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing), depending upon the route that the student registers for.

Students who have met the requirements for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible to proceed into year 2, onto the Masters’ award – subject to the rules of progression. The award of an MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) requires successful completion of the Professional Practice dissertation (MSc route 1) or the Faculty dissertation module (MSc route 2), on a part-time basis.

The Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) programme will share modules with the P.G Dip/MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme. This will enhance Inter-professional learning with other community specialist nurses working in primary care.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice. Read more
Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.

This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Aims

The following specialisms are available:
Health Visiting: Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level.


Occupational Health Nursing: Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace.


School Nursing: Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families.

Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.

This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Aims

The following specialisms are available:
Health Visiting: Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level.


Occupational Health Nursing: Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace.


School Nursing: Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families.
Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.

This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Aims

The following specialisms are available:
Health Visiting: Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level.

Occupational Health Nursing: Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace.

School Nursing: Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families.
Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.

This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Aims

The following specialisms are available:
Health Visiting: Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level.


Occupational Health Nursing: Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace.


School Nursing: Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families.

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We offer post graduate pre-registration nursing in two fields of nursing (adult and mental health) and have excellent links with the NHS and other care providers. Read more
We offer post graduate pre-registration nursing in two fields of nursing (adult and mental health) and have excellent links with the NHS and other care providers. Nursing skills are taught and assessed in four laboratories. Learning clinical skills in the laboratories ensures that students develop competence in a safe, protected environment. In order to develop multi-professional and collaborative working, there is shared learning between nursing and midwifery students in areas such as biological and social sciences, informatics, research, ethics, health policy and management.

This programme offers both practice and theoretical learning in a variety of institutional and community settings. For adult nursing, placements are in hospitals and the local community, such as GP practices and with community nurses and health visitors. Mental health nursing placements are much more community-focused, in clinics, forensic services and health centres.

Applications for these programmes should be made via UCAS. Please note that this programme is not available to international students.

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop the personal and professional skills needed to competently undertake the role and responsibilities of a registered nurse

- To promote higher order thinking and the potential ability to undertake a leadership role in professional practice

- To work collaboratively with other professionals, service users and carers.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/hsc/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.

Content (Adult Nursing)

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

Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 1 (Level 7) (30 credits)

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

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 1 (Level 7) (30 credits)
Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 2 (Level 7) (30 credits)
Care of the Acutely Ill Adult (Level 7) (30 credits)

Content (Children's Nursing)

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

Nursing Children and Young People with Minor Illness/Injury (Level 7) (30 credits)

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

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Nursing Children and Young People with Minor Illness/Injury (Level 7) (30 credits)
Meeting the Specific Healthcare Needs of Young People (Level 7) (30 credits)
Nursing the Acutely Ill or Injured Child (Level 7) (30 credits)

Content (Mental Health Nursing)

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

Psychosis and Anxiety: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)

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

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Psychosis and Anxiety: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)
Affective and Organic Disorders: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)
Complex Needs: Advancing Mental Health Nursing (Level 7) (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

Practice, portfolio, skills, essays, examinations, reports, case studies, oral presentations, and simulations.

Career options

Graduates have opportunities in the National Health Service in acute hospitals and Primary Care Trusts, and the independent health sector.

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

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care relating to the management of patients with differing care needs being cared for in an emergency department.

Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing worth 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/postgraduate-certificate-in-emergency-nursing-practice/

Why choose this course?

- Practitioners are educated to develop a critical understanding of emergency nursing and by applying evidence based practice, deliver the best outcome of care for the patient and their family.

- There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout, with learning assessments being based around practice and the workplace.

- Identifying the importance of developing practitioner skills for practice ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.

- Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature to help you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.

- Importance is placed on the individual's experience within the educational process and your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

This course in detail

This postgraduate certificate consists of three single (20 credit) compulsory modules. All the modules are delivered face to face.

- Modules
P44019 Children’s Emergency Care (20 credits)
This single level 7 practice module will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of providing care to a child in an emergency environment. Theoretical sessions combining lectures, seminars and practical sessions will enable development of skills in critical exploration of key theories and themes.

P44020 Adult Emergency Care (20 credits)
This level 7 single practice module will provide you with a systems based approach of in-depth knowledge and skills in the assessment of adult patients within the emergency environment. You will be expected to use your skills to critically examine key concepts and theories underpinning emergency care.

P44021 Governance in Emergency Care
This level 7 practice related module will allow in-depth exploration of current developments in the health service that guide and shape the provision of emergency care provided in England. This module covers current innovations and trends that guide our practice.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment strategy reflects the programme's student-centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. Each module strikes a good balance between structured learning activities and private study. You will have opportunities to share your existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group.

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules. There is a mixture of assessment strategies chosen for their appropriateness for an individual module, programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning within the group. Assessments are used to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

The assessments will also provide you with an opportunity to experience a range of postgraduate attributes that will prove valuable in your future career.

How this course helps you develop

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies include development of core postgraduate attributes encouraging development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy.

Careers

Students who have completed simiilar vocational health and life sciences postgraduate certificate courses have been employed within their speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables you as a practitioner to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to further your career progression.

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.

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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:

- Completion of clinically-focused evidence-based core modules
- Access to teachers 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.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-practice-nursing-pg-dip.aspx

Course detail

- 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.

Core modules:

- Leadership in Public Health Nursing
- Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare
- Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice
- Child Protection: Assessment and Intervention
- SCPHN Professional Portfolio
- Prescribing module (Health Visiting route)
- An appropriate option module (School Nursing route)

Career prospects

Possible options include: professional supervisor; public health specialist; consultant school nurse.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/index.aspx

Why study at King's:

• Internationally renowned clinicians and academics
• Largest provider of healthcare professional training in Europe
• Links with industry, health services and policy makers
• Clinical attachment with the best teaching hospitals as part of King’s Health Partners http://www.kingshealthpartners.org
• Integrated inter-professional learning throughout the courses
• Our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally
• Opportunities to study with nurses, midwives and other health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms
• King’s College London is ranked equal 19th university in the world (2015 QS World University Rankings)
• World's first professional nursing & midwifery education centre
• Top Nursing & Midwifery Faculty in the UK and 6th in the world (2016 QS World University Rankings)
• Located in the heart of London.

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Surrey is a leading UK university for nursing – students of our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing) programme are taught by staff with internationally recognised expertise. Read more
Surrey is a leading UK university for nursing – students of our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing) programme are taught by staff with internationally recognised expertise.

The programme focuses on the importance of caring and compassion and will prepare you to respond to the complex, diverse and evolving nature of healthcare.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules. On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.
-Practice Module
-Concepts of Engagement: Empowerment and Recovery
-Ways of Working and Building Bridges
-Innovation and Leadership Core
-Managing Physical and Mental Health Challenges
-Research for Professional Practice
-Effective Care Provision in the Crisis Situation
-Effective Decision Making from Fundamental to Complex Care
-Clinical Leadership and Consolidated Practice

WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?

Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme.

This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time. Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme aims to:
-Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
-Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
-Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
-Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
-Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
-Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
-Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
-Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
-Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge and research evidence that underpins practice thus enabling an appropriate response to a wide range of health and dependency needs
-Critically apply knowledge and skills based upon best available evidence in the planning, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective care, accessing or referring to specialist services as required
-Demonstrate an ability to meet complex and co-existing needs of people in their own field of nursing in any setting
-Demonstrate and appraise knowledge of the relationship between common physical and mental health problems in both acute and long terms conditions
-Critically appraise and apply high quality evidence to support and develop practice whilst identifying and proposing areas for further investigation
-Demonstrate the importance of and be able to evaluate safe practice, which is informed by best available evidence and through a critical understanding of risk management strategies, local and national guidelines

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Demonstrate an advanced level of critical thinking and decision making skills in the assessment, documentation and interpretation of a comprehensive systematic nursing assessment that takes account of relevant physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors
-Applies knowledge, synthesises ideas and information in order to generate and evaluate solutions in planned and uncertain situations across a range of health care environments
-Be capable of innovative and creative thinking and develop the ability to improve professional practice and quality outcomes by using a range of methods and clinical governance processes
-Critically apply relevant theoretical and research evidence in the evaluation of nursing interventions and health care provision and evaluate and ensure the use of findings help to improve peoples’ experience in order to shape future services
-Critically appraise the evidence and research base of new and emerging health care technologies to advise about their appropriateness and use
-Evaluate own performance and need for personal and professional development demonstrating learning from experience, feedback and reflection

Professional practical skills
-Act to care for and safeguard the public practicing in a compassionate and respectful manner whilst working within professional, ethical and legal frameworks in order to maintain, improve, and lead on high standards of care
-Practice autonomously and be responsible for the delivery and leadership of high quality evidence-based care, whilst maximising peoples’ ability to care for themselves
-Communicate safely and effectively and ensure decisions about care are shared when working across health and social care environments and in partnership with other professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families
-Act upon an understanding of how peoples’ lifestyles, cultures, environments and choices influence their health and wellbeing and adapt practice to meet the changing needs of service users
-Demonstrate excellence in team working and the ability to lead the co-ordination, delegation and supervision of care, whilst remaining accountable for care given
-Use leadership skills to support and manage others and make significant contributions to the planning, designing, delivering and improvement of future services
-Work innovatively and act as change agents, using leadership skills to challenge practice in order to enhance people’s wellbeing and experience of health care

Key / transferable skills
-Demonstrate a range of highly effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the use of communication technologies
-Build high quality partnerships and therapeutic relationships with service users, carers, families and other professionals in order to ensure safe, effective and non-discriminatory communication
-Accurately communicate and document using appropriate and plain language both verbally and in written and electronic formats
-Manage health information and information systems in order to search for valid and relevant information to inform nursing practice
-Abstract, analyse and interpret data using a range of techniques including assessment monitoring, audit and the use of research data to inform and develop the delivery of high quality care
-Demonstrate safe and effective medicines management

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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