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  PgDip Person-centred Practice (District Nursing)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh    School of Health Sciences

Full time & Part time September PGDip 1 year full-time or 18 months part-time 31 January 2024
Nursing & Health (27)

About the course

District nurses make a difference every day to the lives of the people they visit at home or in a homely setting. This course will allow you to gain the level of knowledge and skills required for advanced practice and to work in the community in a district nursing capacity.

The course leads to a Specialist Practitioner Qualification with the NMC. It is delivered both full and part-time with start dates in September each year and is part of our Person-Centred Practice Framework.

Why QMU?

  • Specialist qualification: The course is validated and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to a Specialist Practitioner Qualification which is recordable on the NMC register.
  • Contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches: The learning environment will generate an ethos of engagement where learners can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support.
  • Staff expertise and support: You will be taught by a team of academic staff who have clinical experience and expertise in district and community nursing, with many of the team annotated as SPQ DN on the NMC register. They have experience in senior strategic and clinical roles. Academic staff with the DN qualification act as Academic Assessors in line with NMC requirements for student supervision and assessment.  
  • Our reputation: QMU has a reputation for innovative curriculum design, being supportive and responsive to learners and extensive online resources.
  • Relevance: Our conceptualization of person-centredness is consistent with the WHO Framework of ‘integrated people-centred healthcare’.

Who is this course for?

This course is for Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registered nurses already working in, or wishing to work in the community as a district nurse.

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Entry Requirements

All applicants must be on part 1 of the NMC register Adult/ Children’s Nursing.

It is recommended that applicants have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice; have a degree and access to practice placement and Practice Assessor/ Practice Supervisor. This is the responsibility of the sponsoring health board to arrange prior to commencement of the course.

Interview: Interviews will take place in collaboration with partner Health Boards.

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

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