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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting - with Integrated Nurse Prescribing (PgDip)

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Are you seeking to train as a health visitor and build the knowledge and skills to achieve your career ambitions? Our PgDip SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme is NMC approved and delivered by our expert academic team working in in partnership with a number of local NHS organisations.

What the course offers

The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) course from the University of Bolton is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the health visiting profession, with the aim of equipping you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to succeed in your career. Our programme was the first in the country to be accredited by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, which recognises programmes that support mothers in effective breastfeeding. We also provide training in the Solihull Parenting Approach, which supports practitioners in promoting emotional health and wellbeing in children and families.

Studying a course curriculum developed in line with the professional standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you’ll cover subjects like leading health promotion practice, collaborative working for health improvement and safeguarding children. You’ll also have the opportunity to get hands-on and build your practical skills in partnership with primary healthcare trusts and within our state-of-the-art healthcare teaching and research facility, Bolton One.

On successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) and have your name registered on part 3 of the NMC's professional register.

Course Highlights:

  • We’ve successfully delivered healthcare programmes for decades – our health visiting course has a longstanding, excellent reputation.
  • Our dedicated academic team has a wealth of experience working in NHS settings and are engaging in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change. Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression strand of Agenda for Change.
  • Our students have the opportunity to benefit from supportive learning opportunities in partnership with primary healthcare trusts.

Key Features:

  • This course is designed to take account of the changing healthcare climate with a curriculum that combines flexible learning with the knowledge and insight to respond to industry developments.
  • Our teaching team has many years of experience working in healthcare and NHS settings, particularly in the fields of child care law, public health and safeguarding.
  • The course curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that contemporary theories are adopted.
  • We offer a supportive learning environment that includes small group lessons, one-to-one sessions and access to IT facilities and WiFi across campus.

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Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting - with Integrated Nurse Prescribing (PgDip) page on the University of Bolton website for more details!




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