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School Nursing (Specialist Community Health Nursing) (PGDip)

Course Description

This programme focuses on public health nursing and prepares qualified nurses for registration on the Social Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. Applicants will choose a defined area of practice either health visiting or school nursing. Both of these pathways promote the health of individuals, groups and populations and prevent ill health through taking a pro-active approach to practice.

Through partnership working, health visitors and school nurses seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst safeguarding vulnerable individuals and populations. Public health work that promotes social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to practice. You will be encouraged to identify your learning needs in professional practice, in partnership with your practice teacher, and to develop competencies in areas that will enable you to meet the course learning outcomes. You will be allocated a personal tutor in the University who will help provide academic and professional support whilst you are a student.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/school-nursing-community-health-nursing-pgdip


You will normally complete all eight units, including a professional practice unit relevant to the defined pathway.

Core units:
- Evaluating research for health care
- A public health approach to promoting health and well-being
- Developing professional practice for school nursing
- Protecting vulnerable children
- Mental health and well-being of families
- Developing leadership and management skills for SCPHN

- Community nurse prescriber (V100)


This programme is for qualified nurses who wish to further develop their professional knowledge and skills to enable them to work as health visitors in the community promoting the health of children and families or school nurses working with the school-aged population. Qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurses may also obtain employment in the wider field of public health, for example, in community development work.

Students on the BSc programme may wish to further their studies in the field of public health. Postgraduate Diploma students may study for an MSc in SCPHN through doing a dissertation after qualifying as a SCPHN. Take a look at our online CPPD prospectus for more information about CPD options.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. The programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.

Visit the School Nursing (Specialist Community Health Nursing) (PGDip) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally applicants will berequired to have a Bachelor degree equivalent to Second Class Honours UpperDivision (2:1). Applicants must have sponsorship from an employing organisationthat provides a practice placement and practice teacher to fulfil NMC standards. Youalso require current registration with the NMC as a first level nurse with arelevant diploma or 60 credits Level 2 minimum including research APEL/APLconsidered on an individual basis as well as recent and relevant professionalexperience, normally two years minimum.

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