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Broaden your understanding and develop a critical awareness of the role and responsibility of key aspects of district nursing, including the coherent an detailed knowledge at the forefront of care.


Our 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 Postgraduate 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 Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7) is open to students who hold a minimum of 120 credits at level 6. On successful completion of the Postgraduate 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?


Foundations of Community Practice

The Foundations of Community Practice module will enable registered practitioners to enhance their knowledge and problem-solving skills to a point where they can practise competently in a community setting. 

Research Methods

The Research Methods module aims to provide the student with a critical understanding of the philosophical, practical and ethical concepts of research and research methodology within the context of health and society.

Clinical Portfolio

The Clinical Portfolio module will enable the student to engage in critical reflection during their community placement and explore their professional practice and personal development.  

Nurse Prescribing (V100)

The Nurse Prescribing module aims to prepare community nurses to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary for Community Practitioners.

Assessing Complex Needs

The Assessing Complex Needs module will prepare students to deal with complex care situations systematically and creatively and make sound judgements within the boundaries of their own discipline.

Managing Community Specialist Practice

The Managing Community Specialist Practice module will equip the students with the underpinning knowledge of leadership and management in the context of district nursing practice.

Innovations in Community Practice

The Innovations in Community practice will enhance the students’ ability to lead and manage a district nursing team by recognising the need for change and designing and planning an innovation to reflect the needs within the locality. The module will also enable the students to disseminate this good practice.

Consolidation of Practice (NMC requirement)

Students will complete this module at the end of their studies and it will enable them to manage a small caseload of patients in readiness for embarking on their new role as a District Nurse. The students will feel fully prepared having worked towards the NMC proficiencies over a prolonged period of time.

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

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate independent thought and select, plan, prepare and write a dissertation which explores a topic relevant to District Nursing.   

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.

Career Prospects

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.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Visit the MSc Health & Social Care (District Nursing) page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!




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