Duration: 1 year (full-time) MSc/PG Dip Primary Care MSc/PG Dip Primary Care (District Nursing)
Up to 6 years (part-time): MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Primary Care Up to 5 years (part-time): MSc/PG Dip Primary Care (District Nursing)
Non-standard entry requirements: A diploma of higher education or equivalent, with a minimum of 60 credits in relevant subject areas. It is expected that students completing these awards will spend at least part of their working experience in a primary care setting. Many of the units within the scheme have a practice component and students will need the support of their employer to enable them to meet the practice competencies and be assessed as competent. Some units require students to be registered health care professionals.
Course units: Awards comprise of core and optional units to provide maximum flexibility. A wide range of units are available for students to include within their individualised programme of study. For further information, please contact the Scheme Co-ordinator, Sue Boran.
Course description: These awards are for nurses and other health care staff working predominantly in primary care settings. This could include delivering care within patient’s homes, general practice, walk-in centres, polyclinics, urgent care centres, intermediate care centres etc. The Primary Care Scheme also offers a Nursing and Midwifery Council accredited Specialist Practice Qualification for District Nursing and V100 Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary, where the principles of the Primary Care Scheme apply but students follow a prescribed pathway.
Career opportunities; The National Health Service is promoting a secondary to primary care shift with more services being provided within a broader range of primary care settings. Working within primary care requires a different set of skills and knowledge to those learned in secondary care. The Primary Care Scheme has been designed to facilitate participants to design programmes of study that are pertinent to their needs and those of the service, recognising that this is a rapidly changing service environment. Students gaining these awards would be equipped to deliver care in a range of primary care settings such as within patient’s homes, general practice, walk-in centres, polyclinics, urgent care centres, intermediate care centres.
Professional Contact / Industry links: Guest speakers are invited with specialist expertise across the units to support the teaching team, for example practice-based commissioning, diabetes, mental health, service user involvement.
The MSc/PG Dip Primary Care (District Nursing) is a recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and incorporates the V100 Prescribing form the Community Practitioners Formulary.