This programme supports progression to specialist practice level in District Nursing and is an NMC recordable qualification. An experienced award leader organizes and monitors your progression. The aim of the programme is to provide and support opportunities that enable students to develop in-depth specialist knowledge and skills, demonstrating they have appropriate attitudes to carry out the professional role required from a Specialist Practitioner.
The carefully selected range of modules mean that students will be exposed to a range of opportunities enabling them to become critical reflectors; able to analyse and evaluate theory and practice from an evidence base; identify need; instigate, lead and manage change in complex and demanding clinical and community settings. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of local and national policy within their clinical environment and in health and health care generally.
A variety of teaching and learning methods are incorporated into the modules and assessment strategies are planned to ensure that theoretical concepts are linked to practice. Some modules are offered as distance learning modules – this brings a greater level of flexibility to the programme.
Practice based learning is supported by an experienced Practice Educator or mentor who is identified by the sponsoring Trust and who works in collaboration with the academic team. These individuals have a key role in facilitating practice opportunities, providing support, supervision and guidance in clinical practice to ensure the outcomes for practice are met.
The District Nursing and Community Public Health Nursing Specialist Practice programmes are somewhat different to traditional Degree/Post Graduate awards as they require you to be seconded by a sponsoring Trust and you will be/remain a Trust employee for the duration of these courses. The NMC require the programmes to be a blend of academic and practical learning. Trust involvement and support is essential in facilitating this and it is the Trust who allocate you a Community Practice Educator; these are the individuals who will co-ordinate and manage the clinical component of the programme. This practice based learning constitutes 50% of the programmes and both this, and the academic element, must be passed for you to complete the awards and be eligible to record your qualification with the NMC. The programmes are carefully planned so that your practical and academic pathways are clear to you at the start of your learning journey. Unfortunately, without Trust sponsorship students cannot be enrolled onto these programmes. You should make contact with your Trust to investigate the possibility of funding/secondment.