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Advanced Practice: (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing / Health Visiting / School Nursing) PG Dip

Course Description

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

Key benefits:

- Completion of clinically-focused evidence-based core modules
- Access to teachers who are active researchers in health visiting and school nursing
- Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.

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

Course detail

- Description

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

- Course purpose

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

- Course format and assessment

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

Core modules:

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

Career prospects

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

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

Why study at King's:

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

Visit the Advanced Practice: (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing / Health Visiting / School Nursing) PG Dip page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)


988.jpg I have enjoyed the resources that are available which are fantastic. It has been great to see the quality of the teachers, knowing that you have such a great experience in their speciality fields. It is also a joy to be able to study with such a quality group of students. Having the mixed master's and doctorate students makes discussions very interesting as people may be at different levels of education and knowledge and can learn from one another.

I would highly recommend attending King’s mainly due to the high quality of teaching available and the quality of the other resources available. King’s College London will look very good on your CV!


Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). Applicants wishing to enrol on this pathway must have secured sponsorship from a community healthcare organisation for the duration of the programme. Applicants must be a qualified or newly registered level 1 nurse (all branches) or midwife. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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