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This course prepares registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specialist community public health nurses (Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser) and is suitable for those who wish to develop a career in public health nursing. Read more
This course prepares registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specialist community public health nurses (Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser) and is suitable for those who wish to develop a career in public health nursing. The course content will cover the four principles of public health practice and students will be involved in: the search for health needs; the stimulation of awareness of health needs; the influence on policies affecting health; the facilitation of health enhancing activities. The course comprises 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. Assessment methods vary and include: examinations, essays, presentations and business reports in addition to practice assessment by a named practice teacher.

The course will enable registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse on the third part of the Nursing and Midwifery register. The course has also been mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework to assist with career progression.

DBS CHECKS

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The programme has been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The course is designed for practitioners who have post-registration practice experience and bring a variety of professional and life experiences. The demands and requirements of postgraduate study require an emphasis on informal methods of learning and the promotion of independence in the planning and organisation of learning. This requires your involvement in a variety of learning and teaching approaches designed to further develop your skills of academic discourse, independent study and scholarly enquiry. These approaches may include group discussions, problem-based learning, action learning, seminars, reflection and work and web-based learning, further enhanced through a commitment to shared learning.

Assessment is through a mixture of assignments, examinations (short answers and multiple choice), viva, portfolio and practice assessment. The practice assessment requires completion of the Practice Assessment Document that demonstrates achievement of the NMC standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses (2004). The NMC standards will be formatively assessed in semesters one and two, whereas in the third semester you will be summatively assessed. Learning contracts will be developed in partnership with you, your practice teacher and an identified educationalist to support the achievement of the NMC standards along with individually identified learning outcomes.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The aim of this course is to prepare and develop registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specialist community public health nurses. The course offers the opportunity to practice as a Health Visitor or School Nurse or Sexual Health Adviser.

The course will enable registered nurses and midwives to develop professional proficiency underpinned by sound, evidence based theoretical knowledge, within the practice of specialist community public health nursing. The course promotes independent, shared and autonomous learning in the development of a specialist community public health nurse who is fit for practice, purpose and award and who is equipped as a clinician, educator, manager and leader, to proactively meet changing public health care needs and the expectations and demands of individuals, groups and populations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society.

The course will enable registration as a specialist community public health nurse on the third part of the Nursing and Midwifery register. The course has also been mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework to assist with career progression.

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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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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 course will prepare practitioners to work in defined areas of community public health practice. You'll demonstrate achievement of the ‘Standards of Proficiency’ required by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC 2004) for Registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) Health Visitor. Read more
This course will prepare practitioners to work in defined areas of community public health practice. You'll demonstrate achievement of the ‘Standards of Proficiency’ required by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC 2004) for Registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) Health Visitor.

During the course you will be exposed to the breadth and depth of public health working and demonstrate your ability to participate safely in the practice of Health Visiting. You will be prepared to lead and manage the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (DH 2009) provision in collaboration with other health and early year providers.

The course is equally divided between theory and practice based study, with attendance required at BU. 50% of the programme is practice based where your learning will be supported by a Practice Teacher within your seconding NHS Trust.

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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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This is a CPD programme for registered nurses. This award winning programme gained the Innovations in Occupational Health Award in 2011. Read more
This is a CPD programme for registered nurses.

This award winning programme gained the Innovations in Occupational Health Award in 2011. It is led by Anne Harriss who was named Occupational Health Nurse of the Year in 2011. Anne and a programme graduate then gained the 2013 Innovations in Occupational Health. In the same year Anne achieved Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Occupational health (OH) nursing is a distinct specialty within the family of public health nursing. OH nurses practice in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of programmes offered by LSBU have gained employment with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies.

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and you spend 50% of the course in an OH practice setting. Shared learning with other practitioners who work in the OH setting is encouraged.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/occupational-health-nursing-community-public-health-pgdip

Modules

The degree course consists of six modules each worth 20 credit points. Of these; one is a research module and is taught across a range of primary care programmes. The remaining five are OH pathway specific. Some modules are available on a standalone basis. This is subject to availability - priority for places on these units is given to those enrolling on the entire degree course.

Full-time:
The full-time course will be completed within one year of study.

Semester 1:
- Role of the occupational health practitioner
This module explores the ethical, legal and professional issues impacting on OH practice.

- Assessing risk 1
This module introduces risk assessment, provides an overview of health and safety legislation and introduces ergonomics.

- Assessing risk 2
This module further develops the skills of risk assessment focusing on physical hazards and food hygiene.

Semester 2:
- Evaluating research for health care
This module develops the ability to critique research papers.

- Environmental impact
This is public health focused module considering the environmental impact of a workplace.

- Applied pathology and rehabilitation
This module further develops the effect of work on health and health on work and gives an overview the development of return to work recovery strategies.

Part-time:
The part-time course will be completed within two years of study.

Year 1:
- Role of the occupational health practitioner
This module explores the ethical, legal and professional issues impacting on OH practice.

- Assessing risk 1
This module introduces risk assessment, provides an overview of health and safety legislation and introduces ergonomics.

- Evaluating research for health care
This module develops the ability to critique research papers.

Year 2:
- Assessing risk 2
This module further develops the skills of risk assessment focusing on physical hazards and food hygiene

- Environmental impact
This is public health focused module considering the environmental impact of a workplace.

- Applied pathology and rehabilitation
This module further develops the effect of work on health and health on work and gives an overview the development of return to work recovery strategies.

Employability

Occupational Health (OH) nursing is a distinct specialty within the family of public health nursing. OH nurses practice in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of programmes offered by LSBU have gained employment with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

The team are proud of their links with the occupational health services of a range of organisations including the military, Surrey Police, Virgin Atlantic Airways, NHS Trusts, and Perkins Engines.

Jo-Anne Kitney an OH graduate and MD of Kitney Occupational Health and Safety in Brisbane, Queensland is an honorary senior lecturer. Jo-Anne offers Skype lectures, webinars, and career coaching opportunities to our students. Prof Diana Kloss barrister, employment tribunal judge and Chair of the Council for Work and Health is also a frequent contributor to our programme. It is envisaged that Chris Packham, MD of Enviroderm, will teach about Skin Protection on the programme this academic year.

Placements

It is a Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) requirement that you must gain experience in the OH practice setting throughout your studies. This can be achieved through employment in an OH service or as a result of a practice placement undertaken on an unpaid basis. In order that you gain a placement appropriate to your learning needs and personal circumstances. This experience is negotiated and secured by the student.

Teaching and learning

Each module equates to 200 hours of student effort, 36 hours of which take place in the classroom. This is supplemented with blended learning initiatives including electronic learning activities and workplace visits.

Teaching consists of formal lectures, seminars, group work and field work activities including a risk assessment activity which takes place in the Palm House of Kew Gardens.

A variety of assessment strategies are used including essays, case studies, reports, a professional practice portfolio and one examination.

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The aim of this course is to prepare and develop registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specalist community public health nurses. Read more
The aim of this course is to prepare and develop registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specalist community public health nurses. The course offers the opportunity to practice as a Health Visitor or School Nurse.

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Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) and have your professional competencies, set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, assessed in practice. Read more
Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) and have your professional competencies, set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, assessed in practice.

•Study for a registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting
•Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists on this contemporary programme which encompasses registration for practice
•Benefit from a curriculum praised for its enhanced practice perspective and ‘outstanding’ fitness for practice from the NMC
•Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice
•Experience 22 weeks of practical placements
•This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

Teaching builds on your existing clinical experience, extending your theoretical and professional knowledge and understanding. Many sessions are shared with other LJMU community nursing programmes, enabling you to better understand and appreciate the roles of other healthcare specialists.

As a public health nurse you must be able to work flexibility and creativity, demonstrating high quality practice leadership. The programme prepares you to take responsibility for vulnerable individuals, identify healthcare needs, facilitate health-enhancing activities, safeguard health and welfare and influence health policies.

You can study full time (52 weeks) or part time (104 weeks), with modules delivered two or three days a week and clinical placements interspersing the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as non-module specific sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

You will be appointed a personal tutor to support and oversee your progress through the course and you will work with an experienced practitioner - your practice teacher - on work placements.

Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on-site catering facilities.

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Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) and have your professional competencies, set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, assessed in practice. Read more
Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) and have your professional competencies, set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, assessed in practice.

-Study for a registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting
-Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists on this contemporary programme which encompasses registration for practice
-Benefit from a curriculum praised for its enhanced practice perspective and ‘outstanding’ fitness for practice from the NMC
-Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice
-Experience 22 weeks of practical placements
-This course will only run subject to minimum numbers


Teaching builds on your existing clinical experience, extending your theoretical and professional knowledge and understanding. Many sessions are shared with other LJMU community nursing programmes, enabling you to better understand and appreciate the roles of other healthcare specialists.

As a public health nurse you must be able to work flexibility and creativity, demonstrating high quality practice leadership. The programme prepares you to take responsibility for vulnerable individuals, identify healthcare needs, facilitate health-enhancing activities, safeguard health and welfare and influence health policies.

You can study full time (52 weeks) or part time (104 weeks), with modules delivered two or three days a week and clinical placements interspersing the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as non-module specific sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

You will be appointed a personal tutor to support and oversee your progress through the course and you will work with an experienced practitioner - your practice teacher - on work placements.

Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on-site catering facilities

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7

-Public Health
-Leadership and Management
-Research in Health and Social Care
-Vulnerability and Integrated Practice
-Contemporary Issues in SCPHN Part 1
-Contemporary Issues in SCPHN Part 2
-Managing Complexity in Safeguarding
-Engagement for Health

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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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.

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This course is designed to enable you to study at academic Level 7 (Masters) whilst also preparing you to become proficient practitioners within specialist community public health nursing/practice and work at specialist practitioner level within complex primary health care arenas. Read more
This course is designed to enable you to study at academic Level 7 (Masters) whilst also preparing you to become proficient practitioners within specialist community public health nursing/practice and work at specialist practitioner level within complex primary health care arenas.

This course provides a programme of preparation and learning for registered nurses and midwives who wish to become registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) on Part 3 of the register as a SCPHN Health Visitor (HV) or School Nurse (SN) (NMC 2004).

You will have the opportunity to gain the additional qualification of Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Council upon successful completion.

There is a focus on work based learning throughout which ensures clear integration of practice based learning, assessment and university based work. A shared learning approach is encouraged with inter-professional modules and integrated working incorporated within the overall programme structure.

The programme will be delivered by a range of teaching methods such as core lectures, group work, online activities, use of case studies and directed learning approaches. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this course and you will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present day specialist community public health practice.

Course content

This post registration award prepares you for a career in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at both strategic and operational levels. The PG Dip consists of six compulsory modules, two are practice focused modules underpinned with key theoretical concepts and run for the duration of the course enabling theory to inform practice and vice versa. A consolidating period of practice equivalent to at least ten weeks at the end of the programme is incorporated into this programme as per NMC SCPHN Standards (2004).

All modules are linked to service delivery and developments within Primary Care/Public Health and are intended to develop core skills in research, practice development, public health activity and education. 50% of the programme is in a practice environment which is commensurate with the specific annotation students are following: for example Health Visiting or School Nursing. This element of the programme is supported by designated practice teachers who have undertaken a formal education programme to fulfil this role.

Course modules (16/17)

-Leadership: The People Challenge
-Principles and Perspectives of Health Promotion
-Research Methods in Health and Social Care
-Therapeutic Communication Interventions
-Leading Public Health Practice
-Advancing Children, Young People and Family Well-being 1 and 2
-Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing Formulary
-Comparative Health Systems
-Political Agenda: Effect on Service Delivery

Methods of Learning

The course comprises of 45 programmed weeks for full time students (50% of which is in practice, 50% in theory), or no more than 208 weeks for part time students which is in accordance with NMC 2004 SCPHN regulations. An initial theory (university based) induction programme is timetabled at the beginning of the course, followed by a practice induction period.

Following this induction, the course integrates both practice and theory, so for those students following the full time course, they can expect to be in practice for part of the week and at university for the remainder of the week. One study day per week is also timetabled whenever possible. There are block weeks in practice which usually occur at least once per term, and block study weeks which, wherever possible, are timetabled to coincide with preparation for assignment submission dates. The final ten weeks of the programme is spent consolidating practice as per NMC standards (2004).

Students following a part time route will, under normal circumstances, attend university for one day per week, practice for the second day and have half a day study time each week. Block weeks will be timetabled as above, but will be for two and a half days per week.

The course is delivered by a wide range of blended teaching and learning activities including lectures; enquiry based learning; online activities; workshops; tutorials and group work. Specialist practitioners and service users input into the teaching elements of the course whenever possible.

Schedule

Attendance is through either a full or part time route which will be negotiated with the sponsoring Provider Service.

Assessments

This programme comprises of a range of assessment strategies which enables students to demonstrate knowledge, synthesis and analysis in a variety of forms. Assessment strategies include portfolios, exams, vivas, reports, essays, audio taped interventions and presentations alongside a practice proficiency document. The aim of the assignment programme is not only to test knowledge and skills but also to develop these skills (for instance, the ability to present to a group of people). Students can expect between one and three items of assessment per module.

Facilities and Special Features

-Registered qualification with the NMC on part 3 of the register.
-Practice based learning.
-Robust mentorship programme in place to support students in practice.
-Shared learning on some modules.
-Sponsored programme through local NHS Trust​.
-This course is supported by designated practice teachers within the clinical environment.
-The university offers a wide range of facilities to support your learning.

Careers

The specialist nature of this award will enhance graduates’ opportunities to extend their responsibilities and undertake new roles in practice within clinical teams. On successful completion students will be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) on the third part of the register and will be able to apply for band 6 and 7 posts as Specialist Community Public Health Practitioners working within a wide variety of settings.

Work Experience

50% of the programme is in a practice environment which is commensurate with the specific annotation students are following, for example Health Visiting or Children’s or Young People’s Nurses (School Nursing).

This element of the programme is supported by designated practice teachers who have undertaken a formal education programme to fulfil this role.

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One year full time or max of 4 years part time. Health visiting. – Evidence-based Practice for Public Health. – Introduction to Public Health. Read more

Duration

One year full time or max of 4 years part time

Course units

Health visiting
– Evidence-based Practice for Public Health
– Introduction to Public Health
– Leadership and Management in Public Health
– Promoting the Health of Children and Families
– Assessing the Health Needs of Populations (Health Visiting)
– Safeguarding Children and Families
– Developing Practice Through Work-based Learning (Health Visiting)
– Practice Unit including Nurse Prescribing (Health Visiting)

School Nursing
– Evidence-based Practice for Public Health
– Introduction to Public Health
– Leadership and Management in Public Health
– Promoting the Health of Children and Families
– Assessing the Health Needs of Populations (School Nursing)
– School Health in Action: Safeguarding Children
– Developing Practice Through Work-based Learning (School Nursing)
– Practice Unit including Nurse Prescribing (School Nursing)

Assessment methods
Examination, assignment, poster presentation and presentations.

Course description

This programme focuses on public health nursing and prepares qualified nurses for registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Applicants will choose a defined area of practice – either health visiting or school nursing. Both of these pathways promote the health of individuals, groups and populations and prevent ill health through taking a proactive approach to practice.

Through partnership working, health visitors and school nurses seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst safeguarding vulnerable individuals and populations. Public health work that promotes social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to practice.

You will be encouraged to identify your learning needs in professional practice, in partnership with your practice teacher, and to develop competencies in areas that will enable you to meet the course learning.

Career Opportunities

On graduation from this programme you can expect to work in a range of settings dependant on your chosen specialist pathway. These settings include working with families, in schools and workplaces including the primary and secondary settings within the NHS, commercial and industrial settings or in a consultancy role.

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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.

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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Practitioners, on all pathways, are equipped to lead, plan and evaluate care at individual, community and population level. 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
Practitioners, on all pathways, are equipped to lead, plan and evaluate care at individual, community and population level.

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 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.

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.

For a complete module selection breakdown, see the website: http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/postgraduate-diploma-public-health

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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GCU has a long established history of delivering education for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN). Read more
GCU has a long established history of delivering education for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN).

This course provides education and training in the promotion of health and wellbeing at individual, group and community level to meet the challenging and diverse needs of individuals, families and communities of the future.

Working in the field of preventative and anticipatory care, the SCPHN Nurse occupies a unique position within the health service. It is a child and family centred public health role with a collaborative and empowering approach.

The expertise of the Health Visitor lies in rapidly assessing client needs, while building rapport and supporting and encouraging people in making the adaptations and changes associated with becoming parents.

As such good communication skills are essential. Leading a team of skill mix healthcare workers, a key part of the health visitors’ role involves a collaborative approach which enables clients to take ownership of their own healthcare needs and get the best healthcare outcomes for the child and family.

On completion of the SCPHN programme, students will exit with a PgD in SCPHN, a Recordable Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing qualification and entry to 3rd part of the NMC register.

This course is available for part time study - for more information, please view this web-page: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02939-1PTA-1718/Specialist_Community_Public_Health_Nursing_(Health_Visiting)_(Pt)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme Content

-Research
-Public Health Theory to Social Action
-Enhanced Health Visiting Practice
-Contemporary Leadership and Change
-SCPHN Consolidation of Practice
-Integrated throughout the modules is Nurse Prescribing V100

Placement

Placed with a qualified health visitor whois a qualified practice teacher or isinterested in undertaking this role

Progression to MSc Health and Social Care

In recognising some students may desire to automatically continue and progress beyond Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) level, this programme articulates as a discrete pathway within the MSc Health and Social Care.

Attainment of the MSc Health and Social Care will be conferred following successful completion of a Masters Research Dissertation.

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