This course is for registered nurses wishing to pursue a career in community nursing. It can lead to either a PGDip or MSc in Community Health Studies, a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing or general practice nursing.
The course aims to:
• Develop a critical awareness and understanding of discipline specific knowledge, informed by current practice and scholarship.
• Judiciously apply the evidence-base to clinical situations that are complex and justify decisions to the inter-professional team.
• Develop discipline specific competencies to Masters practice level demonstrating self-direction and the ability to act autonomously in the management of patient care, within the scope of professional practice.
• 50% theory and 50% practice.
• Provides a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing.
• Fully supported by local service providers.
• Incorporates community practitioner nurse prescribing qualification, V100.
All students will attend the three core generic modules and one core specialist module that apply to the particular pathways for the award of District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.
Successful completion of all four modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Science - Community Health Studies and recordable NMC specialist practice and community practitioner nurse prescriber qualifications.
You will then have the option to continue to the dissertation (MSc) stage.
Successful completion of a dissertation module will lead to the award of MSc in Healthcare Science - Community Health Studies.
The PGDip takes 3 years to complete by part-time study.
For a list of the modules please see the website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-pgdip-part-time
The MSc can be completed in 1 year with full-time study or in 4 years by part-time study.
For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-msc
For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-msc-part-time
Learning and teaching methods will include lectures, guided reading activities, seminar discussions, online activities, and discussion forums. Screen and podcasts, lecture-capture, and supervisory blogs are also planned to enhance and promote learning.
As some students may have concerns about the level of IT skills required to undertake the course, each student accepted onto the course will be provided with pre-programme support.
The face-to-face taught component of the module will also provide an opportunity for students to meet and develop insights into each other’s roles and experiences.
Assessment is via a variety of methods, including written assignments, exams, presentations and a practical assessment (clinical portfolio). Assignments vary according to the module.
The programme is 50% theory and 50% practice. The practical element will be assessed through a summative clinical portfolio.
Successful completion of this course should equip you with skills and knowledge to help advance your career in nursing.
The ongoing shift of care closer to home is driving the continued development of primary care services both locally and nationally, and community nurse education features strongly in these plans to ensure the workforce is fit for purpose.
Service reconfiguration requires specialist district nurses and practice nurses to be able to lead and deliver services to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population.