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Course content

A Community Children’s Nurse (CNN) needs high-level clinical skills and an in-depth understanding of the context within which primary and community care is delivered.

Our programme will provide these, in addition to nurturing the values required in modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Our programme allows shared learning with practitioners from other specialities and draws on Surrey’s excellent research base within the School of Health Sciences. Students benefit from strong links with practice, and programmes are designed to be responsive to changing practice needs.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Practice Award by a health care provider organisation. Please contact the pathway leader for further details of this.

Example module listing

Educational aims of the programme

These aims have been guided by the NMC Standards of proficiency for specialist practitioners.

The programme aims to enhance the student’s understanding, knowledge and expertise to lead and develop primary and community care practice. The programme will develop a critical and discerning practitioner who will be able to innovate and evaluate change in health and social care practice based on a sound knowledge and evidence base.

It will provide the opportunity to develop clinical leadership necessary to achieve effective provision of care through and inter-professional approach to education across disciplines and organisations.

It aims to enhance students’ competence in complex decision making to enable them to make a significant contribution to service development through innovation, leadership and research.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive level of understanding and knowledge around their chosen pathway
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct regarding ethical dilemmas in professional practice
  • Make sound professional judgements in the assessment, planning and delivery of care/ services
  • Undertake research that contributes to the development and enhancement of primary and community care

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Assess, implement and evaluate changes in health and social care practice and critically analyse a wide range of issues governing specialist practice
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical knowledge and practice in a variety of settings
  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution, including risk assessment and management
  • Communicate complex knowledge relating to primary and community care effectively
  • Critically analyse and evaluate issues relating to primary and community care
  • Critically evaluate research and other sources of evidence and synthase information in order to inform current and future practice

Professional practical skills

  • Develop the capacity to initiate flexible and creative professional interventions with a sound theoretical basis
  • Become pro-active in identifying and meeting changing health and social needs within a complex multi- cultural and multi-ethnic society
  • Demonstrate fitness for practice by achieving competence to meet standards set by the NMC

Key / transferable skills

  • Work effectively with an inter-professional group as a member and where appropriate, a leader.
  • Reflect on own and other’s performance in order to improve practice
  • Develop a critical and analytic approach to engaging with relevant literature in delivering evidence based practice
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena giving clear evidence based and duly considered information

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.


Visit the Primary and Community Care (Community Children's Nursing) MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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