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This flexible part-time Specialist Practice course is designed for all health and social care practitioners wishing to enhance and develop their skills in a specific area of their practice. Read more
This flexible part-time Specialist Practice course is designed for all health and social care practitioners wishing to enhance and develop their skills in a specific area of their practice. It can be achieved over a five year period with Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma interim awards.

Course detail

The course aims to enhance practice competencies through critical reflection on practice and development of your practice in line with current professional standards. You will be encouraged and supported to increase your level of autonomy and cross boundary working in your specialist roles.

In today's healthcare the term 'specialist' is no longer confined to a specialist unit as all areas of health are specialisms in their own right. Evidence suggests that patients have better outcomes if cared for as a client group by practitioners with the skills and knowledge in their specialism.

For students working in the community who wish to achieve the NMC Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ), there is an option to follow the 'community pathway'. This applies to district and and community children's nurses and must be completed over a five year period.

Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits

• No core modules
• Optional modules

Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits

• Contemporary Issues in Advancing Practice (15 credits)
• Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (15 credits)
• Optional modules

MSc Specialist Practice 180 credits

• Contemporary Issues in Advancing Practice (15 credits)
• Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (15 credits)
• Dissertation (45 credits)
• Optional modules

MSc Specialist Practice (SPQ) 180 credits

Students undertaking the community pathway leading to the Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ), have five years to complete the programme and are required to undertake a number of compulsory modules:
• Current Issues in Community Practice (20 credits)
• Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (20 credits)
• Synoptic module with or without V100 (Community Prescriber) (40 credits)
• Optional modules

Optional modules

A range of specialist practice and option modules have been developed specifically for this course that will help you meet the learning outcomes of the course in full.

Format

The emphasis of the learning and teaching will be student-centred, aimed at utilising the diversity of students' experience. A wide range of learning and teaching methods will be employed ranging from lectures to group work and discussion forums as well as independent study.

Strategies embedded within individual modules will foster collaborative working with opportunities for peer support, enabling you to focus on one of these specialist areas within an integrated framework. Some of the modules will use skills laboratories that provide you with additional opportunities to develop your skills and integrate theory with practice. Some modules will be delivered online but for the most part there will be a dynamic, blended learning approach in many modules.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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This programme is designed to offer a flexible practice education pathway for those involved in supporting health and social care learners both in practice and academic settings. Read more
This programme is designed to offer a flexible practice education pathway for those involved in supporting health and social care learners both in practice and academic settings. It is possible to 'step off' or pause after the Practice Teacher Award (40 credits), or the PgCert Practice Education (60 credits), and after the award of PgDip in Practice Education (120 credits). This course is delivered part-time on Mondays.

The programme incorporates the elements required by Nurses and Midwives who wish to become Community or Specialist Practice Teachers or Nurse/Midwife Teachers recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The programme also meets the needs of those Allied Health Professionals who wish to be recognised by their professional bodies.

Applicants will be graduates, a registered health or social care professional currently employed in a post that supports learning and assessment in practice. This may take a variety of forms, from: supporting mentor updating and development, having an active clinical role whilst supporting staff in their professional development, having a clinical role whilst supporting staff in their professional development, being involved in practice development and or/contributing to practice based-research, acting as a link tutor or even teaching full-time in an Higher Education Institution (HEI). Your teaching role will be underpinned by appropriate professional and academic qualifications, research, education and/or practice development activity that provides the evidence base for your teaching.

The Practice Teacher Award and PgCert are recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and lead to recognition as Associate Fellow or Fellow of the HEA.

Applicants undertaking the full MA Practice Education Dissertation will also be provided with additional group tutorials throughout the length of the dissertation unit.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/practice-education-associate-fellow-pgcert-pgdip-ma

Modules

Community/Specialist Practice Teacher:
- Practice education 1
- Practice education 2

PGCE (as above, plus):
- Curriculum perspectives

PgDip (as above, plus):
- Research methodology and strategy
- Leadership in practice education
- Plus optional units from the practice education pathway or the wider postgraduate framework

MA (as above, plus):
- Dissertation 18-20,000 words

It will take one year to complete the Specialist Practice Teacher Award and PgCert / NMC Recorded Teacher Status, two years to complete the PgDip and up to 5 years can be taken to complete the MA part-time.

Employability

The programme incorporates the elements required by nurses and midwives who wish to become community or specialist practice teachers or nurse/midwife teachers (recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council). The programme also meets the needs of those allied health professionals who wish to be recognised by their professional bodies.

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The BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice Programme includes awards in Community Nursing in the Home, District Nursing and Community Mental Health Nursing. Read more
The BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice Programme includes awards in Community Nursing in the Home, District Nursing and Community Mental Health Nursing. This award supports progression to specialist practice level in the chosen route and is an NMC recordable qualification.

An experienced award leader organizes and monitors each award. The aim of the awards is to provide and support opportunities that enable students to develop in-depth specialist knowledge and skills about their particular chosen route, demonstrating they have appropriate attitudes to carry out the professional role required by a Specialist Practitioner.

The carefully selected range of modules mean that students will be exposed to a range of opportunities enabling them to become critical reflectors; able to analyse and evaluate theory and practice from an evidence base; identify need; instigate, lead and manage change in complex and demanding clinical and community settings. In addition students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of local and national policy within their clinical environment and in health and health care generally.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are incorporated into the modules and assessment strategies are planned to ensure that theoretical concepts are linked to practice.

Practice based learning is supported by a Practice Teacher or mentor identified by the sponsoring Trust who works in collaboration with the academic team and has a key role in facilitating practice opportunities, providing support, supervision and guidance in clinical practice to ensure the award outcomes for practice are met.

Course content

The award has a flexible structure, comprising 50 percent theory and 50 percent practice; both components are equally weighted for assessment purposes. There is a strong focus throughout the awards to ensure the integration of theory and practice.

There are four core modules - Professional Practice, Leadership, Health Promotion and Research. Students are also able to select from a defined range of route specific and option modules. The V100 Nurse Prescribing module is a compulsory component of the District Nursing award and can be taken as an option module for the other award.

Other admission details

The District Nursing and Community Public Health Nursing Specialist Practice programmes are somewhat different to traditional Degree/Post Graduate awards as they require you to be seconded by a sponsoring Trust and you will be/remain a Trust employee for the duration of these courses. The NMC require the programmes to be a blend of academic and practical learning. Trust involvement and support is essential in facilitating this and it is the Trust who allocate you a Community Practice Educator; these are the individuals who will co-ordinate and manage the clinical component of the programme. This practice based learning constitutes 50% of the programmes and both this, and the academic element, must be passed for you to complete the awards and be eligible to record your qualification with the NMC. The programmes are carefully planned so that your practical and academic pathways are clear to you at the start of your learning journey. Unfortunately, without Trust sponsorship students cannot be enrolled onto these programmes. You should make contact with your Trust to investigate the possibility of funding/secondment.

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District nursing is a core service within the NHS. The Five Year Forward View (NHS England 2015) sets out an expectation that more care will be provided in the community in the future. Read more
District nursing is a core service within the NHS. The Five Year Forward View (NHS England 2015) sets out an expectation that more care will be provided in the community in the future. This care will be to people with increasingly complex needs and the people working in these health and social care structures will have to be more flexible to accommodate this.

Course details

The district nurse must respond to these challenges and the Queen's Nursing Institute/Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (QNI/QNIS) Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice (2015) provide a strong framework for district nurses in the current NHS as well as the skills and knowledge base needed to respond to the dynamic nature of community nursing.

There are two programmes at master’s level: the postgraduate diploma and the masters. (The postgraduate diploma is Year 1 of the full master's degree.) By successfully completing either of these programmes you achieve the new QNI/QNIS Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice as well as the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the Specialist Practice in Nursing in the Home/District Nursing professional qualification which is recorded on the NMC register. This qualification has integrated within it the Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100) qualification (NMC 2006), enabling you to prescribe from the community practitioner’s formulary.

You will also have demonstrated skills at Level 3 of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines in brief interventions which is a requirement for a district nurse as set out in the Health Education England’s District Nursing and General Practice Education and Career Framework (2015).

The programmes have been designed in consultation with local employers, professional standards bodies, students (past and present), service users and carers, and district nurse educators from across the country. We hope that this has led to programmes of study which are challenging, contemporary, inspiring and enjoyable.

When you successfully complete your chosen programme, you are well prepared for the dynamic and inspiring world of community nursing as well as being in a strong position to apply for position as a district nurse and team leader.

Professional accreditation

After successfully completing your course you are eligible to be awarded the recordable qualification of the Specialist Practice Qualification in District Nursing which has integrated within it the V100 recordable qualification of the Community Practitioner Prescriber.

What you study

For both programme routes, you study seven modules full time across a total period of 44 weeks. The PgDip route (which is the first year of the master’s route) includes practice competencies which you achieve on placement. The balance of the course is 50% theory and 50% practice.

If you continue to the MSc route after your first year, you undertake an eighth module which gives you 60 credits as a part-time student. This module involves you carrying out live research or a systematic review.

Core modules
-Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing
-Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
-Advancing Patient Safety in District Nursing
-Designing Research Projects
-Evidence-based Practice
-Principles and Practice of Advanced Management of Long-term Health Conditions

MSc only
-Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

In Year 1 of the MSc (the whole of the PgDip) teaching is split equally between the practice placement and theoretical study.

The practice placement is organised by your local trust which sponsors you for your place on the programme. This placement is usually in a different team to the one in which you have been working to give you a contrasting learning experience.

The theoretical learning is largely at our Middlesbrough campus. If you are studying the MSc, then the teaching in Year 2 is largely self-directed with supervisor support and can be arranged to suit you and your supervisor.

These programmes require you to commit to a very comprehensive and individual approach to learning.

There are opportunities for some components of your learning to be accredited through recognised prior learning – this is agreed on an individual basis.

This course helps you gain confidence in accessing digital resources. You share some of your learning with other students on the postgraduate district nursing programme, some with students on other programmes and some further time with just your own programme.

Classroom teaching includes group discussions, presentations, project work and clinical skills development in practical labs. We highly value the experience and knowledge of service users and carers who are involved in the programme, for example through teaching activities and assessment. Your practice teacher plays a significant role in ensuring that you have access to great learning opportunities during placement. Their skills and experiences also provide you with an excellent role model.

The final dissertation module within the MSc route gives you the opportunity to focus on an aspect of district nursing which interests you. You investigate this issue in depth either through live research or a systematic review.

You are assessed in a number of ways as we know that everyone learns differently.

These include exams, essays, reflections, reports, viva voce, simulations, research proposals, assessment of competencies in practice evidenced through a portfolio, and dissertation (if you are on the MSc programme).

Your practice teacher or sign-off mentor is key to your practice assessments.

Employability

When you successfully complete the programme, you are well prepared for the dynamic and inspiring world of community nursing with an advanced level of professional knowledge. You are also well placed to apply for a position as a district nurse and team leader.

Following successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, you can return to Teesside University within five years to enrol on the MSc route.

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District nursing is a core service within the NHS. The Five Year Forward View (NHS England 2015) sets out an expectation that more care will be provided in the community in the future. Read more
District nursing is a core service within the NHS. The Five Year Forward View (NHS England 2015) sets out an expectation that more care will be provided in the community in the future. This care will be for people with increasingly complex needs and the people working in these health and social care structures will have to be more flexible to accommodate this.

Course details

The district nurse must respond to these challenges and the Queen's Nursing Institute/Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (QNI/QNIS) Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice (2015) provide a strong framework for district nurses in the current NHS as well as the skills and knowledge base needed to respond to the dynamic nature of community nursing.

By successfully completing this programme you achieve the new QNI/QNIS Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice as well as the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the Specialist Practice in Nursing in the Home/District Nursing professional qualification which is recorded on the NMC register. This qualification has integrated within it the Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100) qualification (NMC 2006), enabling you to prescribe from the community practitioner’s formulary. You will also have demonstrated skills at Level 3 of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines in brief interventions which is a requirement for a district nurse as set out in the Health Education England’s District Nursing and General Practice Education and Career Framework (2015). This programme has been designed in consultation with local employers, professional standards bodies, students (past and present), service users and carers, and district nurse educators from across the country. We hope that this has led to a course which is challenging, contemporary, inspiring and enjoyable.

Professional accreditation

After successfully completing your course you are eligible to be awarded the recordable qualification of the Specialist Practice Qualification in District Nursing which has integrated within it the V100 recordable qualification of the Community Practitioner Prescriber.

What you study

You study full time for 44 weeks undertaking six modules. This course includes practice competencies which are achieved whilst you are on placement. The balance of the course is 50% theory and 50% practice.

Core modules
-Applying Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
-Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100)
-Enhancing District Nursing
-Evidence Appraisal
-Practice Development in District Nursing
-Principles and Practice of Managing Long-term Conditions

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Programme teaching is split equally between the practice placement and theoretical study. The practice placement is organised by your local trust who sponsors you for your place on the programme. This placement is usually in a different team to the one in which you have been working to give you a contrasting learning experience. Your theoretical learning is largely at our Middlesbrough campus.

This programme requires you to commit to a very comprehensive yet individualised approach to learning. There are opportunities for some components to be accredited through recognised prior learning – this is agreed on an individual basis. We help you gain confidence in accessing digital resources. Some of your learning is shared with students on the postgraduate district nursing programme, some with students on other programmes, whilst some time is dedicated to just your programme. Classroom teaching uses lots of different techniques and approaches, for example group discussions, presentations, project work, clinical skills development in practical labs. We highly value the experience and knowledge of service users and carers who are involved in the programme, for example through teaching activities and assessment. Your practice teacher plays a significant role in ensuring that you have access to great learning opportunities whilst on placement. Their skill and experience also provide you with an excellent role model.

You are assessed in a number of ways as we know everyone learns differently. These include exams, essays, reflections, reports, simulations, projects and assessing competencies in practice evidenced through a portfolio. Your practice teacher or sign-off mentor is key to these practice assessments.

Employability

When you successfully complete the programme, you are well prepared for the dynamic and inspiring world of community nursing as well as being in a strong position to apply for position as a district nurse and team leader.

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Specialist practice with adults is facing a challenging period of transformation in relation to implementing new law such as the Care Act 2014, managing the demands of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and reacting to organisational changes. Read more
Specialist practice with adults is facing a challenging period of transformation in relation to implementing new law such as the Care Act 2014, managing the demands of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and reacting to organisational changes. It is essential that practitioners have opportunities to develop their learning and education to enhance their skills and knowledge. This course will enable practitioners to develop a broad understanding and application of knowledge related to adult social care practice, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence-based practice research. There will be learning opportunities to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with adults at risk; and learning opportunities to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving adults at risk.

This award is a specific pathway for practitioners in social work and social care and aims to build on their professional experience. Practitioners will be able to evidence their learning in each module in order to meet relevant CPD standards or HCPC requirements for renewing their registration.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.

Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.

Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.

The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.

A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.

OPPORTUNITIES

This award is aimed at practitioners in employment who may wish to advance their career in social work and social care practice.

Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work Care & Community will be eligible for any international travel opportunities relevant to their study.

The PG Cert is part of the Centre for CPD in the School of Social Work Care & Community. On successful completion of this award students can progress to PG Dip/MA awards as part of their CPD.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course will:
-Enable students to critically reflect on and review their professional development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery
-Enable students to consolidate, develop and demonstrate comprehensive understanding and application of the knowledge gained in their initial training, and knowledge related to specialist practice with adults, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence-based practice research
-Develop and enhance students’ capacity for critically evaluating and analysing key theoretical knowledge in relation to specialist practice with adults
-Provide learning opportunities for students who are practitioners to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with adults
-Provide learning opportunities for students who are practitioners to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving adults
-Enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level

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Wexham Glyndwr University is the only provider within North Wales which offers the MSc Health and Social Care (Community Specialist Practice) programme which covers the District Nursing qualification. Read more
Wexham Glyndwr University is the only provider within North Wales which offers the MSc Health and Social Care (Community Specialist Practice) programme which covers the District Nursing qualification.

The course is designed for qualified nurses who hold a current registration as a nurse (part 1) with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council Register (equivalent to parts 1 or 12 of the NMC Register). The programme enables the student to qualify as a District Nurse and record the qualification with the NMC.

An attractive feature of the programme is that the Post Graduate Diploma element of the courses can be taken full time for 1 year (self-funded) or part time over 2 years (possibility of Welsh Government funding if you work in Wales) or flexibly by a module by module approach (over 4 years).

The Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) is open to students who hold a minimum of 120 credits at level 6.

On successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma students can continue their studies and achieve a full Masters, titled MSc Health and Social Care (Community Specialist Practice).

This programme is also offered at Undergraduate level - see BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practice for more details.

Key Course Features

The specific aims of the programme are to:
-Broaden the student’s understanding of key aspects of district nursing including the acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge at the forefront of care.
-Prepare students for study and competent practice at a specialist level within district nursing in order to meet the NMC (2001) Standards for Specialist Practice.
-Develop a critical awareness of the role and responsibilities of Specialist Community Nurses in contemporary society.
Utilise contemporary research and advanced scholarship to critically analyse and evaluate key aspects and developments in District Nursing.

Additional features:
-You will be taught by a dedicated team of professional nurses who have backgrounds in District Nursing and Community Nursing Roles.
-On successful completion of the Community Specialist Practice Programme, the District Nursing qualification will be recordable with the NMC.
-The programme consists of 50% theory and 50% practice (minimum of 600 hours practice) within a district nursing team and has a 6 week period of practice consolidation at the end of the programme, ensuring that you feel fully prepared for your new role as a District Nurse.
-On successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma students who have accrued the required credits at level 7 can be offered the opportunity to undertake a 60 credit dissertation leading to a full Masters qualification titled MSc Health and Social Care (Community Specialist Practice).

What Will You Study?

MODULES
-Foundations of Community Practice
-Research Methods
-Clinical Portfolio
-Nurse Prescribing (V100)
-Assessing Complex Needs
-Managing Community Specialist Practice
-Innovations in Community Practice
-Consolidation of Practice (NMC requirement)
-Students who wish to continue their studies on completion of the Post Graduate Diploma will undertake a dissertation module.
-Dissertation Module to gain full Masters

The information listed in this section 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.

Assessment & Teaching

District Nursing students are assessed in a variety of ways over the course of their studies. The balance between the different forms of assessment is determined by the different aims and learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessment methods include academic assignments, case studies, poster presentations and examinations. As the programme is about learning in practice, all students have a clinical portfolio which is completed as students’ progress through the modules. All students are allocated a mentor/sign off mentor within practice who will assess your competency against the NMC Specialist Practice Standards for District Nursing.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the Community Specialist Practice Programme, the District Nursing qualification will be recordable with the NMC. This coveted qualification will enable you to apply for Band 6 roles within District Nursing and will increase opportunities within Community Nursing as a whole.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

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This course provides student-centred and interdisciplinary opportunities for the development of a critically informed specialist practitioner in community nursing who will be instrumental in changing and developing nursing practice, and who will be a leader of their profession. Read more
This course provides student-centred and interdisciplinary opportunities for the development of a critically informed specialist practitioner in community nursing who will be instrumental in changing and developing nursing practice, and who will be a leader of their profession.

Why Study Specialist Practice Community with us?

Specialist practitioners are defined as leaders who are able to exercise higher levels of judgement and discretion.

The overarching aim of our course is to produce a competent, independent community practitioner working at postgraduate level, capable of promoting the development and delivery of community nursing practice across a variety of settings.

Pathways include:

District Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Learning Disability Nursing
General Practice Nursing
Community Childrens’ Nursing
The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and this is integrated across the duration of the course. You will undertake the theoretical component in the University, and undertake the practice component in a community setting under the supervision of a qualifi ed Mentor or Practice Teacher from the defined area of practice.

What will I learn?

Our modules focus upon contemporary themes such as public health and leadership in addition to specialist practice. District Nursing students undertake Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing as a module.

You will also critically explore current political drivers which impact directly upon clinical practice.

How will I be taught?

We use a range of teaching strategies within the course, such as lectures, tutorials and e-learning.

There is also the opportunity for the Pathway Lead to visit you and your Mentor in practice to aid learning and support. This will allow you to reflect upon your practice and to show progression within the course.
Over the 40-week course you will have up to 190 hours of teaching; this will mostly consist of University attendance, but there are also elements of online learning structured within the course.
How will I be assessed?

Practice is assessed via a Practice Learning Portfolio under the supervision of a qualified Mentor or Practice Teacher. Modules are assessed in a variety of ways, e.g. examinations, assignments, presentations, oral examination and portfolio.

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Duration. 1 Year for the Specialist Practice Teacher Award and PGCert / NMC Recorded Teacher Status. 2 years for the PGDip. Up to 5 years can be taken to complete the MA (Part-time). Read more
Duration: 1 Year for the Specialist Practice Teacher Award and PGCert / NMC Recorded Teacher Status. 2 years for the PGDip. Up to 5 years can be taken to complete the MA (Part-time).

Non-standard entry requirements:
Applicants are welcomed from those who may not have completed a first degree but who have sufficient professional experience and a record of continuous professional development (CPPD) that would make them suitable to study at this level.

Course description

This programme is designed to offer a flexible Practice Education pathway for those involved in supporting health and social care learners both in practice and academic settings. It is possible to 'step off' or pause after the Practice teacher Award (40 credits), or the PGCert Practice Education(60 credits), and also after the award of PGDip in Practice Education (120 credits). The Practice Teacher Award and PGCert are recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and lead to recognition as Associate Fellow or Fellow of the HEA.

Career opportunities

The programme incorporates the elements required by Nurses and Midwives who wish to become Community or Specialist Practice Teachers or Nurse/Midwife Teachers recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The programme also meets the needs of those Allied Health Professionals who wish to be recognised by their professional bodies.

Typical background of applicant

Typically applicants will be graduates in a health and social care field, a registered health or social care professional e.g. nurses, midwives, social workers, general practitioners (GPs), physiotherapists, occupational therapists and will be in a post that involves a high proportion of practice education activities.

Applicants undertaking the full MA Practice Education Dissertation will also be provided with additional group tutorials throughout the length of the dissertation unit. These will be supported by Dr Louise Terry .

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Community Specialist Practice acknowledges the specialist contribution of nurses to the delivery of high quality health care and health promotion to a diverse range of patients and clients in varied settings within the community. Read more
Community Specialist Practice acknowledges the specialist contribution of nurses to the delivery of high quality health care and health promotion to a diverse range of patients and clients in varied settings within the community. Community specialist practice is the exercising of higher levels of judgment, discretion and decision making in clinical care, enabling you to develop and innovate community nursing practice.

This programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudinal qualities necessary to select and employ a range of soundly-based practices to meet the changing health needs of the population. This forms the basis for leadership and management of care within a multidisciplinary team.

During the programme your time is divided equally between the University and the practice setting. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate route is delivered on a modular basis. The University timetable is arranged to allow learning in the University and practice each week, and so that shared learning with other professionals in the University setting can take place. In the practice setting a programme of learning experiences is developed by an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner – the practice teacher - who is also responsible for assessment of competence.

All learning is directly relevant to your current and future roles. You will develop skills of critical reflection, enabling you to analyse and synthesize research materials, theory and practice and to adopt a systematic and rigorous approach to planning and evaluation of care and care programmes. You will employ a range of clinical, educational and public health interventions in a skilled and sensitive manner appropriate to the domain of practice.

You will also undertake care and programme management within the context of organisational settings and policy/legal frameworks and provide leadership within appropriate team situations. In addition you will examine factors that promote and inhibit effective collaborative working and taught nurse prescribing within the parameters of current legislation. Nurse prescribing is optional for those students undertaking the general practice nursing programmes.

The learning outcomes of the modules are achieved by both university and practice-based learning. Assessment is by examination, written assignments and the development of a professional portfolio of learning.

What you will study

The programme is comprised of core and specialist modules and can be studied either at level HE6 (BSc Hons) or HE7 (PgDip). All modules are compulsory.

The specialist modules include:
Principles and Practice for Specialist Community Nursing (Level HE6 or HE7 - 40 credits);
Integrated Care Delivery for Long Term Conditions (Level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits).

The core modules include:
Leading and Managing Teams (Level HE6 - 20 credits);
Critical Evaluation, Evidence and Practice (Level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits);
Leading Health Promotion Practice (Level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits).

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This programme supports progression to specialist practice level in District Nursing and is an NMC recordable qualification. An experienced award leader organizes and monitors your progression. Read more
This programme supports progression to specialist practice level in District Nursing and is an NMC recordable qualification. An experienced award leader organizes and monitors your progression. The aim of the programme is to provide and support opportunities that enable students to develop in-depth specialist knowledge and skills, demonstrating they have appropriate attitudes to carry out the professional role required from a Specialist Practitioner.

The carefully selected range of modules mean that students will be exposed to a range of opportunities enabling them to become critical reflectors; able to analyse and evaluate theory and practice from an evidence base; identify need; instigate, lead and manage change in complex and demanding clinical and community settings. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of local and national policy within their clinical environment and in health and health care generally.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are incorporated into the modules and assessment strategies are planned to ensure that theoretical concepts are linked to practice. Some modules are offered as distance learning modules – this brings a greater level of flexibility to the programme.

Practice based learning is supported by an experienced Practice Educator or mentor who is identified by the sponsoring Trust and who works in collaboration with the academic team. These individuals have a key role in facilitating practice opportunities, providing support, supervision and guidance in clinical practice to ensure the outcomes for practice are met.

Course content

The District Nursing and Community Public Health Nursing Specialist Practice programmes are somewhat different to traditional Degree/Post Graduate awards as they require you to be seconded by a sponsoring Trust and you will be/remain a Trust employee for the duration of these courses. The NMC require the programmes to be a blend of academic and practical learning. Trust involvement and support is essential in facilitating this and it is the Trust who allocate you a Community Practice Educator; these are the individuals who will co-ordinate and manage the clinical component of the programme. This practice based learning constitutes 50% of the programmes and both this, and the academic element, must be passed for you to complete the awards and be eligible to record your qualification with the NMC. The programmes are carefully planned so that your practical and academic pathways are clear to you at the start of your learning journey. Unfortunately, without Trust sponsorship students cannot be enrolled onto these programmes. You should make contact with your Trust to investigate the possibility of funding/secondment.

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The Community Specialist Practice MSc course aims to prepare community specialist nurses who are innovative and creative in their response to the healthcare needs of various client groups across different settings. This will be reflected in their capacity to meet the four broad areas of the NMC Standards for Specialist Education and Practice. This requires the ability to assess and problem-solve complex ambiguous situations in often contradictory and changing healthcare environments and to actively collaborate in the provision of equitable services. The pathways offered at University of Brighton include:

- General Practice Nursing
- Nursing in the Home / District Nursing.

This course provides the opportunity to gain both a professional qualification and an academic award at master’s level. Students are supported by a practice teacher (and mentors where appropriate) in practice placements within their employing trust.

Professional accreditation:

On successful completion of this course you will have your professional pathway award recorded on your nursing record with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Course structure:

Students are allocated practice placements by their employing trust, and are assigned a practice teacher to support their learning in practice. Students undertake a period of alternative practice when they can spend a week in another context that is of value to their role.
Our courses encourage shared learning between the community nursing specialities so that the benefits of developing intra-professional collaboration can be enhanced. Therefore programmes have been designed to include modules in which learning is shared with students from other disciplines, and where possible, other professions.
A variety of learning and teaching strategies are utilised including problem-based and work-based learning. You need to be highly motivated and be prepared to actively engage with all aspects of your learning.

Areas of study:

A central mandatory module within the course relates to leading change in practice development - an essential skill for specialist practitioners. An individual approach to planning is taken with each student through a personal development plan and learning contracts that are agreed between the student, university and employer. Modules also allow students to focus their practice assignment work on areas of value to their role. Core modules are as follows:

Work-based Learning

This module enables students to develop a specific area of practice, and is shared with other students in the graduate programme.

Research Methods

This module facilitates the development of knowledge and skills required to inform evidence-based practice and prepares students for the completion of their dissertation.
Leading Change in Practice Development

The aim of this module is to develop practitioners who will take a lead role in the management and development of effective strategies for health and social care interventions. This module is shared across the community nursing programmes and may be undertaken by others within the graduate programme.

Nurse Prescribing from the Community Nurse Prescribers Formulary
This module is mandatory for those undertaking the Nursing in the Home / District Nursing pathway.
In addition to the core modules mentioned above students can choose from a wide choice of optional modules allowing them to study topics of personal and professional interest.

Syllabus:

Leadership and Management
Practising Public Health
Assessing Individuals and Families
Practice Development through Work-based Learning
Investigating Health and Social Care

Career and progression opportunities:

Most graduates go on to work within the NHS in a variety of community nursing and primary care settings. The context of practice both within and without the NHS is constantly changing and opportunities for innovative approaches to service provision exist.

It is possible to take modules for this course as single stand-alone modules, either as a sample of Masters level study, or as part of your continuing professional development.

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If you are post-registration, completing the postgraduate diploma allows you to specialise in district nursing and primary care practice. You gain the knowledge and skills required to work with varied, and often vulnerable people, in the primary care setting.

You develop your expertise as an autonomous practitioner and leader with an evidence-based skills set that meets the challenges of contemporary practice. There are many opportunities within the course to share learning from your peers and other disciplines from across the primary care team.

If you complete the postgraduate diploma award you gain a Postgraduate Diploma Community Specialist Primary Care Nursing – District Nursing. You then have the option to complete a dissertation and graduate with an MSc Nursing (specialist practice district nursing). Please note additional funding is required for you to go on and complete a further 60 credit dissertation module for the award of MSc.

You complete a research-based module which potentially leads to the dissertation. This equips you to use policy and research to underpin and develop innovative practice and gives you the skills to frame a research question, take empirical research and write up an academic dissertation.

To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, your studies consists of 50% practice and 50% theory. We structure the postgraduate diploma to reflect the important balance of the practice elements, which are designated practice days or work-based learning. Consolidated practice enables you to work independently while remaining under the supervision of a practice teacher. The theoretical elements involve a mix of learning approaches including self-directed study days.

To gain the NMC recognised qualifications, you need to be sponsored by an employing organisation and have an appropriately qualified mentor or practice teacher allocated by the sponsoring trust to guide and assess your practice experience.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdip-specialist-practice-district-nursing

Study individual modules

You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Professional recognition

Successfully completing the course allows you to be on the NMC register as a:
-Specialist practitioner – district nursing
-Community practitioner – nurse prescriber

Course structure

Postgraduate Diploma
-Full time – 44 weeks. Start date: September.
MSc
-Full-time – 2 years. Start date: September or January.

Postgraduate Diploma core modules
-Person-centred primary care
-Evidence-based case management
-Behaviour change
-Transformational practice through leadership and management
-Practice learning
-Research methods for practice
-Nurse prescribing

MSc
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment: critiques/critical reflection; reports; essays; objective structured clinical assessment/examination; examinations; portfolio including, prescribing workbook, reflection and practice assessment document; research; dissertation; e-activities (for distance learning).

Other admission requirements

If you are shortlisted you attend a joint NHS and Sheffield Hallam Interview. You must bring original copies of your qualifications, certificates, NMC registration, course application form and references with you. This interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the personal, NHS values based and intellectual qualities to complete the course and meet the required standards to become a district nurse.

You must show how you strive to improve health and wellbeing and peoples experience of the NHS.
Professional requirements
Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any
-Unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
-Disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments.
-Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations.

You also need to complete:
-A DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
-Occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by your employer.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.

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Become a confident and competent Specialist Practitioner within Community Learning Disabilities Nursing! We'll teach you how to think, read and write critically around contemporary issues, combining the theory you learn with the skills you have developed in practice to ensure you have a successful career. Our expert training staff have plenty of experience in their field, and our excellent working relationships with partner trusts allow for a supportive learning environment, advancing your skills and knowledge in practice. We have everything you need to be a specialist practitioner, so work towards continuing your professional development and gaining new employment opportunities in this area.

Course outline

We provide a challenging and flexible learning environment for registered nurses to develop in community specialist practice. As well as a broad knowledge in relation to public health, you'll develop specialist skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management. This course will last 40 weeks at full time study or 80 weeks part time.

Our course is half theory, half practice, facilitated in an area specific to your subject. There will also be opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in another relevant setting during the course - you will be encouraged to undertake five days alternative placement to provide a wide perspective of Community Learning Disabilities Nursing. Students are also actively encouraged to work with other health professionals to enhance their knowledge and understanding.

Graduate destinations

Successful completion of the course will allow you to apply for the NMC Nursing register, recording this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber. This will enable you to work as a Community Learning Disabilities Nurse and progress to work as a team leader in your field.

If you wish to take your learning further, you could use your qualification to study at a Masters level.

Other admission requirements

If you apply for this course you must be current on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 5/6 within the last five years or complete an approved study skills course. You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include Trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as recent evidence of prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from a NHS Health Trust or your employer and be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Disclosure Baring Service clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course.

If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local NHS Trusts. The NHS Trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local NHS Health Trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local NHS Health Trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local NHS Health Trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

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Course outline

We provide a challenging and flexible learning environment for registered nurses to develop in community specialist practice. As well as a broad knowledge in relation to public health, you'll develop specialist skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management. This course will last 40 weeks at full time study or 80 weeks part time.

Our course is half theory, half practice, facilitated in an area specific to your subject. There will also be opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in another relevant setting during the course - you will be encouraged to undertake five days alternative placement to provide a wide perspective of Community Learning Disabilities Nursing. Students are also actively encouraged to work with other health professionals to enhance their knowledge and understanding.

Graduate destinations

Successful completion of the course will allow you to apply for the NMC Nursing register, recording this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber. This will enable you to work as a Community Learning Disabilities Nurse and progress to work as a team leader in your field.

If you wish to take your learning further, you could use your qualification to study at a Masters level.

Other admission requirements

If you apply for this course you must be current on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 5/6 within the last five years or complete an approved study skills course.

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include Trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as recent evidence of prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from a NHS Health Trust or your employer and be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Disclosure Baring Service clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course.

If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local NHS Trusts. The NHS Trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local NHS Health Trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local NHS Health Trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local NHS Health Trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

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