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MSc/PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

Course Description

When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services.

The focus is on developing your competence, confidence and expertise in assessing the needs of your clients, and working in partnership with them to make informed, holistic health choices.

The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting2

Why choose this course?

• Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a Health Visitor, and increase your prospects of fulfilling employment
• Explore the latest research and practice, and develop a range of public health nursing skills that are pertinent to health visiting
• Develop your sensitivity and understanding in relation to cultural and religious values, beliefs, abilities and the needs of individuals, groups and populations
• Gain an understanding of the evidence on which care interventions are based in order to promote, evaluate and design interventions, and critically develop effective questioning techniques to enhance your communication skills
• Benefit from student-focused, self-directed and guided learning that uses a variety of teaching methods including e-learning, work and problem based learning, simulation, role play and student-led seminars.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting

Course detail

This course offers the opportunity to study for a combined Master of Science / Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor) qualification. Success in the Master of Science in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) or in the intermediate qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) will provide the professional qualification and eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting).

Emphasis throughout the course is placed on your continuing personal and professional development with the aim of improving your employability prospects. You will focus on issues of direct relevance to the achievement of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing status as a Health Visitor whilst pursuing a postgraduate course of study in a supportive learning environment.

Opportunities exist for conference attendance and presentations. The course adopts a studentfocused approach underpinned by self-directed and guided learning. A variety of teaching methods are used to create a stimulating learning environment including e-learning, work-based learning, simulation and solution-focussed learning


• Assessment And Interventions In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) (CEL030-6) Compulsory
• Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (CEL037-6) Compulsory
• Service Improvement Project In Health Visiting (CEL014-6) Compulsory
• Specialist Community Public Health Practice (Health Visiting) (CEL033-6) Compulsory
• Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Leadership (CEL016-6) Compulsory


The course assessment strategy is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate professional relevance; draw on expertise-by-experience; foster active learning and be leaner-centred in approach. A distinct feature of the course is the range of assessment tasks, including those that allow you to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a service improvement project, assessed practice within your placements; and a portfolio of evidence of learning in practice and a profile of the health needs of your local practice area. The course assessments also include a timed, invigilated exam as this is an NMC requirement

Assessment tasks are designed so that you can tailor them to professional interests, experience and development needs. They are also designed so that you can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant.

There are specific professional requirements for passing some of the units in the course. These requirements are stated on the relevant unit information forms (UIFs).


During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as a health visitor. The course provides a student- focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs. Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding potential career development. You will carry out a service improvement project in your workplace which will both consolidate your knowledge and further enhance your career opportunities.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MSc/PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English language requirements: View Website

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