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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    January

  • Course Duration

    1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please check University website

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2017

Course content

Introduction

This course aims to equip nurses and midwives to develop an enhanced and applied knowledge base in Health Visiting Practice allowing you to exit with the required Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable qualification as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN)-Health Visiting (NMC 2004).

The course is delivered in collaboration with NHS Health Board and local authority partners in Western Isles, Highland, Tayside and Forth Valley, combining academic teaching and practice learning throughout the course.

On successful completion of the course you will be able to respond to the demands of contemporary public health practice in the community and to work to influence and improve the standard of care for children, young people and their families.

Academic requirements

All entrants to the MSc/Graduate Diploma in Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) Programmes must meet the following requirements (NMC 2004):

  • Valid registration on the Professional register maintained by the NMC;
  • The registrant must have developed their own knowledge, skills and competence beyond NMC registration, i.e. normally two year’s post registration experience as a registered nurse or midwife however other relevant professional experience can be considered.
  • In order to protect the public the NMC registrants are required to have an up-to-date membership of the Disclosure Scotland: Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme
  • Arrangements made to have a Practice Teacher allocated to the student for the duration of the Programme (allocated by the relevant health board area following successful interview).
  • Students must demonstrate the ability to study at degree level (minimum academic SCQF Level 9) (NMC 2004; Standard 5);
  • Understand the programme requirements regarding length of programme;
  • Support from Senior Practice Line Manager.

Course objectives

The course curriculum is designed to equip nurses and midwives to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor as defined in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC 2004), the Report from the Education Sub Group of the Children, Young People and Families National Advisory Group (CYPFNAG 2014) and key legislation from the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Scottish Government 2014). 

The key duties identified within current legislation are to promote, support and safeguard children’s wellbeing (Scottish Government 2014). 

Thus, the course focuses on the following three key themes: 

  1. A focus on wellbeing
  2. Assessing and Analysing Children’s Needs including the impact of children’s experiences on their wellbeing
  3. Improving Outcomes for Children and their Families

Why choose Stirling?

  1. You will gain a Masters degree or Postgraduate Diploma from a multi-award winning Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, led by a group of world-leading academics, with strong and established research records, real nursing experience and a wealth of world-class publications who will support you both personally and academically.
  2. This programme has been developed in close partnership with our practice partners, NHS Forth Valley, Highland and the Western Isles. User and carer, student and alumni representation have ensured the process of bringing together a curriculum that is fit for purpose and one that addresses the needs of both service providers and users.
  3. The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport has considerable experience in developing integrated health services for families across Scotland and is recognised for its world-leading maternal care and public health research.
  4. This programme has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council by passing Quality assurance standards on maintaining public protection and safety.
  5. Following graduation, you will be working towards the Scottish Government's vision of making Scotland "the best place to grow up". We have initiated and expanded our 'Getting it Right for Every Child' (GIRFEC) education in light of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Career opportunities

On completion of the course graduates will be eligible for employment as a qualified Health Visitor/ Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.


Visit the Early Years Practice Health Visiting [MSc, PGDip] page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

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