Wexham Glyndwr University is the only provider within North Wales which offers the MSc Health and Social Care (Community Specialist Practice) programme which covers the District Nursing qualification.
The course is designed for qualified nurses who hold a current registration as a nurse (part 1) with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council Register (equivalent to parts 1 or 12 of the NMC Register). The programme enables the student to qualify as a District Nurse and record the qualification with the NMC.
An attractive feature of the programme is that the Post Graduate Diploma element of the courses can be taken full time for 1 year (self-funded) or part time over 2 years (possibility of Welsh Government funding if you work in Wales) or flexibly by a module by module approach (over 4 years).
The Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) is open to students who hold a minimum of 120 credits at level 6.
On successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma students can continue their studies and achieve a full Masters, titled MSc Health and Social Care (Community Specialist Practice).
This programme is also offered at Undergraduate level - see BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practice for more details.
Key Course Features
The specific aims of the programme are to: -Broaden the student’s understanding of key aspects of district nursing including the acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge at the forefront of care. -Prepare students for study and competent practice at a specialist level within district nursing in order to meet the NMC (2001) Standards for Specialist Practice. -Develop a critical awareness of the role and responsibilities of Specialist Community Nurses in contemporary society. Utilise contemporary research and advanced scholarship to critically analyse and evaluate key aspects and developments in District Nursing.
Additional features: -You will be taught by a dedicated team of professional nurses who have backgrounds in District Nursing and Community Nursing Roles. -On successful completion of the Community Specialist Practice Programme, the District Nursing qualification will be recordable with the NMC. -The programme consists of 50% theory and 50% practice (minimum of 600 hours practice) within a district nursing team and has a 6 week period of practice consolidation at the end of the programme, ensuring that you feel fully prepared for your new role as a District Nurse. -On successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma students who have accrued the required credits at level 7 can be offered the opportunity to undertake a 60 credit dissertation leading to a full Masters qualification titled MSc Health and Social Care (Community Specialist Practice).
What Will You Study?
MODULES -Foundations of Community Practice -Research Methods -Clinical Portfolio -Nurse Prescribing (V100) -Assessing Complex Needs -Managing Community Specialist Practice -Innovations in Community Practice -Consolidation of Practice (NMC requirement) -Students who wish to continue their studies on completion of the Post Graduate Diploma will undertake a dissertation module. -Dissertation Module to gain full Masters
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Assessment & Teaching
District Nursing students are assessed in a variety of ways over the course of their studies. The balance between the different forms of assessment is determined by the different aims and learning outcomes of the modules.
Assessment methods include academic assignments, case studies, poster presentations and examinations. As the programme is about learning in practice, all students have a clinical portfolio which is completed as students’ progress through the modules. All students are allocated a mentor/sign off mentor within practice who will assess your competency against the NMC Specialist Practice Standards for District Nursing.
On successful completion of the Community Specialist Practice Programme, the District Nursing qualification will be recordable with the NMC. This coveted qualification will enable you to apply for Band 6 roles within District Nursing and will increase opportunities within Community Nursing as a whole.
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