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The primary aim of this course is to develop your professional career beyond initial registration as a nurse or midwife.

To achieve this, the course aims to prepare you to meet the academic, practice and professional requirements that will enable you to apply to Part 3 of the NMC register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (HV or SN). It also aims to support your individual learning needs on your chosen pathway, either HV or SN and in the context of interprofessional practice; to practise as part of a team and apply professional judgement, to be accountable for decisions made in changing and challenging environments within the field of practice, either Health Visiting or School Nursing.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing.aspx

Course detail

Applicants are required to have current registration with the NMC as either a Nurse or a Midwife, and hold a diploma in Nursing or Midwifery (or have the equivalent academic credits i.e. 240 level 5 credits). If you have a degree and don't fulfil the criteria to study at Level 7 or do not want to, you can apply for the Level 6 Graduate Diploma.

Your current NMC registration must be maintained for the duration of the course and as part of professional registration.

If you don't have the academic credits we would advise you apply to undertake the Portfolio for Entry to Degree qualification in the CPD Scheme.

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing is currently offered in both School Nursing and Health Visiting pathways.


There are seven modules you will study reflecting the knowledge and understanding as well as skills required to practice safely and effectively in either the HV or SN pathway.

This will include:
• Perspectives of contemporary public health and the application to the SCPHN role;
• Research methods and the evidence base for practice which will develop skills for searching and applying data and information in your future career.
• Studying child development theories will prepare you to understand how children and young people grow and develop and the life experiences which can interfere with their development including emerging evidence of the contribution from neuroscience.
• Safeguarding children and young people you will build on your knowledge of assessment and observation skills from child development to study the importance of partnership and collaboration with families, professionals as well as the voluntary sector in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
• Leadership and the facilitation of change and working with teams will be explored as part of the programme.
• Skills of advanced communication including the ‘family partnership model’, motivational interviewing, self-efficacy and solution focussed helping strategies are also part of your studies.
• You will be able to study the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module as an optional part of the programme.


The programme will prepare you to become an independent lifelong learner by supporting your personal professional journey; providing teaching and learning experiences using a variety of active learning methods. Active learning is designed to enable you to interact with other students in and out of the classroom in activities directed by tutors as well as in self­directed study with your peers. Active learning encourages you to become a critical thinker capable of finding solutions to manage complex professional practice issues and to develop critical reflection skills to equip you with the skills to question your practice and the context and culture of practice. The programme uses clinical supervision, action learning sets, tripartite practice reviews, reflection activities, skills workshops, seminars to enable you to develop these skills.

You will be allocated a practice placement where 50% of your learning will take place and be supported by a suitably qualified Practice Teacher and SCPHN Mentor.


The programme uses a variety of different assessment techniques including examination and essays. You will be assessed by; undertaking group and interprofessional seminars, reflecting on case studies from practice and complete an video recording of an interview with a client.

The Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing V100 optional module will be assessed by an examination and portfolio. You will be allocated a Practice Teacher in your placement who will be responsible for your practice assessments and as part of this assessment you will compile a reflective portfolio from your practice experiences.

All students will organise and participate in a Mini conference in the Leadership Module.

What can I do next?

When you have successfully completed the programme you will have achieved the knowledge and skills required for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practice, in either the HV or SN pathway through your academic study combined with learning from your practice placement.

On successful completion of all compulsory elements of the programme you will be able to apply to Part 3 of the NMC register as either a HV or SN having met the academic standards.

Students who successfully complete the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module will be able to apply to the NMC to have their qualification recorded on the register.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx


-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

Visit the PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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