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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration has been designed to support a wide range of registered nurses who wish to undertake health visiting or school nursing. You must have successfully achieved a secondment by a provider in order to access the course.

Reasons to study Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at DMU:

  • Benefit from flexible study alongside your work commitments
  • Choose from two specialist pathways and a range of optional modules relevant to your career interests
  • While gaining Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration in either Health Visiting or School Nursing you also benefit from opportunities to undertake the NMC-recorded qualification Nurse Prescribing (V100)
  • Enhance your employability with the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace
  • Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist community public health nursing, to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Study an integrated theory and practice approach, to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for safe and effective practice
  • Our experienced academic staff are all registered and practising specialist community public health nurses
  • Our strong links and direct input from experienced clinical practitioners ensure your learning is relevant to current practice

Inter-professional learning alongside other healthcare professionals develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team.

Course modules

The nature and focus of the core modules demonstrates a commitment to give you, not only the knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist community public health nursing, but the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace.

Throughout the course, you will be challenged to consider the socio-economic, political and professional factors that influence and reflect healthcare demands and provision.

You must complete 180 credits for the MSc or 120 credits for the PG Dip.

Modules

Semester One

  • SCPH 5201 Contemporary Approaches to Child Development 0-19 (15 credit)
  • SCPH 5206 Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young people 0-19 (15 credit)
  • SCPH 5202 Public Health (15 credit)
  • SCPH 5207 Utilising Evidence to Advance and Develop Nursing Practice (15 credits)

Semester Two

Semester Three

  • SCPH 5208 Supervised Practice
  • V100 Community Formulary Prescribing
  • Practice Assessment

Teaching and assessment

Our student-centred approach to learning includes a wide variety of learning and teaching strategies, including:

  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Small group work
  • Action learning sets
  • Workshops
  • Podcasts
  • Reflection
  • Student presentations
  • Focused tutorials

Through integrated practice and a course portfolio, you will develop your skills to critique and synthesise ideas, evaluate and reframe arguments and apply the knowledge to clinical practice. The ability of the student to be able to evaluate the evidence base for public health nursing is a core theme that runs throughout the course.

To recognise the importance of the partnership approach between the university and our practice partners to this course, the programme leader, personal tutor, pathway leaders and practice teachers will work together to provide support and guidance for the student while on placement. The personal tutor allocated (SCPHN registered) will be involved in the monitoring of the students’ progress through a tripartite approach.

Graduate careers

A postgraduate academic qualification and NMC registration in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Heath Visiting or School Nursing) will enhance your professional portfolio and support your career progression in providing high-quality patient, family, group and community public healthcare. 


Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing MSc/PG Dip page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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