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About the course

Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.

This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

Literacy and Numeracy tests are being held as part of the centralised application process for Health Visiting and School Nursing. To gain sponsorship for the Health Visiting and School Nurse pathways most Trusts will require a numeracy and literacy assessment undertaken at a participating university. Click the link below for further information and to book your place.

If you are considering studying Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

The following specialisms are available:

Health Visiting: Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level.

Occupational Health Nursing: Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace.

School Nursing: Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families.

Course Content

Compulsory Modules - all programmes:

Mental Health and well being

Optional Modules - all programmes:

Nursing Prescribing

Compulsory Modules - all programmes:

Developing Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
Health Promotion and Public Health Leadership
Approaches to Research
Consolidated Practice

Occupational Health Nursing Programmes:
Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-OHN

School Nursing Programmes:
Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-SN

Health Visiting Programmes:
Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-HV

Work Placements

Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised work placements within the chosen area of specialist practice. You will be allocated an experienced practice teacher who provides support and undertakes assessment in practice. Strong links have been forged between the University, practice teachers, managers and purchasers to ensure a quality programme.

Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - MSc and PGDip page on the Brunel University London website for more details!





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