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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    You need to obtain funding through your local NHS Trust

  • Last Updated

    03 July 2017

Course content

This innovative Community Specialist Practice course is aimed at community nurses wishing to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role.

It will enable you to become a skillful community specialist practitioner, able to lead and bring about change in your practice environments.

If you successfully fulfill the required criteria you can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.

The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50 per cent of time in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/community-nursing-in-the-home-district-nursing/

Why choose this course?

- Gain an NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.

- The curriculum reflects current practice issues.

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links within their specialist areas and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- Excellent opportunities for shared learning through multi and inter-professional networking and teaching.

Professional accreditation

This course meets the requirements of a Community Specialist Practitioner Award.

Teaching and learning

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies which underpin the course reflect its inter-professional, client-centred and practice-focused approach.

We encourage group work and discussions so that you can develop new skills, knowledge and experience. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able to discuss the relevant issues with others from different primary care trusts and the wider health and social care environment.

To make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed, including seminars, discussions, debates and group work. You will also have access to the 'Brookes Virtual’ learning environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises).

The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and inter-professional collaboration. Staff will support the development of your academic and professional practice.

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 CCN 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.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is based on a developmental process of acquiring, modifying and refining skills and knowledge during each module. A variety of assessments is used, including written assignments, a practice portfolio and examinations.

Your practice knowledge and skills will also be assessed, so that you can demonstrate your ability to critically reflect on and develop practice in line with current professional standards. Your community practice teacher will assess your competence in practice.

Attendance pattern

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.

If you successfully fulfill the required criteria within the Community Children's Nursing PGDip course can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award, which includes being a non-medical prescriber (V100) able to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.

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.


Graduates of the programme have demonstrated their ability to be leaders in Community Children's Nursing Practice.

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 areas and clusters

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 Brookes and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Visit the Community Nursing in the Home (PGDip) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!




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