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MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Health Nursing)

Course Description

This health visiting course has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise.

Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), ie, health visitors or school health nurses, aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health.

We place emphasis on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries.

What You Will Study

PgD modules:

Development Across the Lifespan for SCPHN
Research Methods SCPHN
Law, Ethics and Nurse Prescribing
Professional Development and Governance for SCPHNs
Contemporary Issues for SCPHN
The Public Health Agenda and SCPHN
Successful completion of the above modules and the 24 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (in either health visiting or school health nursing) and exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma.

If you then undertake the 60-credit SCPHN dissertation module and successfully complete a dissertation, you will graduate with an MSc award. For this, you will critically examine a key area of SCPHN theory and/or practice in health visiting or school health nursing, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability. You usually submit this within a calendar year of ending the taught modules. Please note that dissertation study is not funded by the Welsh Government.

How You Will Study

This course has been designed to meet the NMC (2004) SCPHN requirements of a 50/50 ratio of theory and practice. Learning and assessment will take place both at the University and in a range of clinical environments, and all modules involve theoretical and clinical assessments of equal weighting.

Where appropriate, there are work experience opportunities that involve use of the Welsh language. The PgD course attracts Welsh Government funding for NHS staff.

How does this course make me employable?

This course prepares SCPHNs to work in complex and varied settings and have the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practise effectively in today’s health service. Graduates are usually employed by NHS local health boards and wider employment opportunities are developing.

Visit the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Health Nursing) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dawn Fear

What attracted you to study at Glamorgan?
I had previously studied for my nursing degree and found the support from staff outstanding. The structure of the university – particularly Care Sciences was excellent. There are plenty of resources available with assistance when needed.

What did you think about the course ?
Very good, a great deal of support, very interesting, further developed skills and knowledge.

Why did you choose this subject?
I was a children’s nurse and wanted to progress further, I studied on the course to gain the qualification to be able to work in a school for children with special needs. The course gave me the knowledge to identify the needs of the children. and plan and promote a healthy lifestyle for the children and families.

Overall the course has been outstanding, from the theory to the practical experience. I can’t praise the tutors enough for their support and guidance throughout the year I spent at the university. I will certainly be returning to the university in the future to further develop professionally.


Entry Requirements

Applicants need professional and academic qualifications. You must have NMC professional registration of at least one year’s duration and be on Part One and/or Part Two of the NMC Register as a Registered Nurse and/or a Registered Midwife.Applicants should usually have an Honours degree, although consideration will be given through the accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) mechanism if you do not possess these qualifications.Prospective candidates will be interviewed by the course team, which in most cases would include a member of the NHS trust that provides student placements for 50% of the course duration.

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