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Our Specialist Practitioner (District Nurse) course will prepare you for 21st century district nursing. It combines theory and practice and you will develop your knowledge to become a safe, autonomous and competent specialist practitioner district nurse.

In addition, you will possess the expertise to initiate, lead and deliver contemporary district nursing practice.

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice and is underpinned by the philosophy and values of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the requirements for a recordable qualification as a Specialist Practitioner District Nurse.

The programme consists of six core modules, some of which are discipline specific and others which are shared. The shared learning provides a highly effective experience and contributes to the overall strength of the programme. All modules provide new knowledge, understanding and skills needed for contemporary district nursing practice.

100% overall student satisfaction - Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2017

Course Details

Our course consists of six core modules, some of which are discipline specific and others which are shared. The shared learning provides a highly effective experience and contributes to the overall strength of our course. All modules provide new knowledge, understanding and skills needed for contemporary district nursing practice.

The practice component will be undertaken within the District Nurse setting and you will be supervised and assessed by a Practice Teacher or an experienced District Nurse who is a sign-off mentor.

On completion of our course you will receive an academic award of Postgraduate Diploma and the professional recordable qualifications of:

  • Specialist Practitioner District Nursing
  • Community Practitioner Prescriber
  • Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescriber

Teaching & Assessment

Our course encompasses both theoretical and practice based learning experiences with an equal distribution of each, comprising 50% theory and 50% practice (United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC), 2001)

A range of innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods are utilised within our PG Dip to enable inspirational and transformative learning. Our emphasis is on the development and application of both your academic and clinical skills.

A range of teaching strategies will be used which will include:

  • interactive lectures
  • electronic teaching materials
  • interactive synchronised discussion forums
  • ongoing practice e-portfolio
  • group work
  • enquiry case studies
  • problem solving
  • interactive quizzes

 You will be assessed using a range of assessments including:

  • preparing literature reviews
  • poster presentation
  • presenting a research proposal
  • OSCE practice assessment
  • written reports
  • pharmacology
  • numeracy class test
  • presenting case-studies
  • analysis of practice based problems

Throughout the duration of your course you will be fully supported by a Personal Tutor.


Visit the Specialist Practitioner (District Nurse) - PGDip page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

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