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Course content

This is a CPD programme for registered nurses.

Health Visiting consists of developing, leading and managing activities that aim to promote health and social well-being, prevent health breakdown and ameliorate ill health through working with individuals, families, groups and communities. Through partnership working, health visitors seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst protecting vulnerable members of society. Public health work that promotes social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to health visiting practice.

The course focuses on promoting the health of children, families and groups in a community setting. It considers the issues involved in safeguarding the health of vulnerable children, families and populations. The overall aim is to develop an effective practitioner who is able to identify actual and potential health needs, stimulate an awareness of health needs, facilitate evidence based health enhancing activities and influence policy at all levels.

Should I take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?
Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course, or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelors degree you should take this course - the PgDip. If you qualified as a nurse with an undergraduate Diploma you should take the BSc (Hons) Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme.


Core units:

Research methodology and strategy(subject to validation)
Developing professional practice for health visiting
A public health approach to promoting health and well-being
Protecting vulnerable children
Mental health and well-being of children and families
Developing leadership and management skills for SCPHN

Optional component:

Community practitioner nurse prescribing (V100)

For further details on individual course units, visit the online CPPD prospectus:


Visit the Heath Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) - PGDip page on the London South Bank University website for more details!





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