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Course Overview

Our 40-week, full-time course gives you the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in District Nursing (CSPDN).

It’s designed for nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and with active registration on specific parts of the register for the pathway you’d like to study, either District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

Course Structure

When you’re at university you will study some units as a whole group, with core topics including leadership theory and the influence of local government on the health of individuals, communities and populations.

On this course, you will spend half of your time on placements, and so you’ll need to have a supported practice placement (most of our students are sponsored or seconded from an NHS Trust).

Course Details

We have designed our course curriculum in consultation with service users, students, practice teachers, and managers. This is to ensure that we are preparing you for the realities of working as a specialist nurse in a community setting. 

In a Specialist Practitioner role, you’ll usually be part of a multidisciplinary team. You’ll work alongside healthcare professionals such as social workers, nurses or GPs, and support your patients together.

To help you develop skills in communication and teamwork, and share clinical experiences, you’ll study some of the units with students from our other nursing programmes.


Visit the Community Health - PGDip page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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