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PgDip Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing)

Course content

Community Specialist Practice acknowledges the specialist contribution of nurses to the delivery of high quality health care and health promotion to a diverse range of patients and clients in varied settings within the community. Community specialist practice is the exercising of higher levels of judgment, discretion and decision making in clinical care, enabling you to develop and innovate community nursing practice.

This programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudinal qualities necessary to select and employ a range of soundly-based practices to meet the changing health needs of the population. This forms the basis for leadership and management of care within a multidisciplinary team.

During the programme your time is divided equally between the University and the practice setting. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate route is delivered on a modular basis. The University timetable is arranged to allow learning in the University and practice each week, and so that shared learning with other professionals in the University setting can take place. In the practice setting a programme of learning experiences is developed by an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner – the practice teacher - who is also responsible for assessment of competence.

All learning is directly relevant to your current and future roles. You will develop skills of critical reflection, enabling you to analyse and synthesize research materials, theory and practice and to adopt a systematic and rigorous approach to planning and evaluation of care and care programmes. You will employ a range of clinical, educational and public health interventions in a skilled and sensitive manner appropriate to the domain of practice.

You will also undertake care and programme management within the context of organisational settings and policy/legal frameworks and provide leadership within appropriate team situations. In addition you will examine factors that promote and inhibit effective collaborative working and taught nurse prescribing within the parameters of current legislation. Nurse prescribing is optional for those students undertaking the general practice nursing programmes.

The learning outcomes of the modules are achieved by both university and practice-based learning. Assessment is by examination, written assignments and the development of a professional portfolio of learning.

What you will study

The programme is comprised of core and specialist modules and can be studied either at level HE6 (BSc Hons) or HE7 (PgDip). All modules are compulsory.

The specialist modules include:
Principles and Practice for Specialist Community Nursing (Level HE6 or HE7 - 40 credits);
Integrated Care Delivery for Long Term Conditions (Level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits).

The core modules include:
Leading and Managing Teams (Level HE6 - 20 credits);
Critical Evaluation, Evidence and Practice (Level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits);
Leading Health Promotion Practice (Level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits).

Visit the PgDip Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

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