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Community Specialist Practice MSc

Course Description

The Community Specialist Practice MSc course aims to prepare community specialist nurses who are innovative and creative in their response to the healthcare needs of various client groups across different settings. This will be reflected in their capacity to meet the four broad areas of the NMC Standards for Specialist Education and Practice. This requires the ability to assess and problem-solve complex ambiguous situations in often contradictory and changing healthcare environments and to actively collaborate in the provision of equitable services. The pathways offered at University of Brighton include:

- General Practice Nursing
- Nursing in the Home / District Nursing.

This course provides the opportunity to gain both a professional qualification and an academic award at master’s level. Students are supported by a practice teacher (and mentors where appropriate) in practice placements within their employing trust.

Professional accreditation:

On successful completion of this course you will have your professional pathway award recorded on your nursing record with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Course structure:

Students are allocated practice placements by their employing trust, and are assigned a practice teacher to support their learning in practice. Students undertake a period of alternative practice when they can spend a week in another context that is of value to their role.
Our courses encourage shared learning between the community nursing specialities so that the benefits of developing intra-professional collaboration can be enhanced. Therefore programmes have been designed to include modules in which learning is shared with students from other disciplines, and where possible, other professions.
A variety of learning and teaching strategies are utilised including problem-based and work-based learning. You need to be highly motivated and be prepared to actively engage with all aspects of your learning.

Areas of study:

A central mandatory module within the course relates to leading change in practice development - an essential skill for specialist practitioners. An individual approach to planning is taken with each student through a personal development plan and learning contracts that are agreed between the student, university and employer. Modules also allow students to focus their practice assignment work on areas of value to their role. Core modules are as follows:

Work-based Learning

This module enables students to develop a specific area of practice, and is shared with other students in the graduate programme.

Research Methods

This module facilitates the development of knowledge and skills required to inform evidence-based practice and prepares students for the completion of their dissertation.
Leading Change in Practice Development

The aim of this module is to develop practitioners who will take a lead role in the management and development of effective strategies for health and social care interventions. This module is shared across the community nursing programmes and may be undertaken by others within the graduate programme.

Nurse Prescribing from the Community Nurse Prescribers Formulary
This module is mandatory for those undertaking the Nursing in the Home / District Nursing pathway.
In addition to the core modules mentioned above students can choose from a wide choice of optional modules allowing them to study topics of personal and professional interest.


Leadership and Management
Practising Public Health
Assessing Individuals and Families
Practice Development through Work-based Learning
Investigating Health and Social Care

Career and progression opportunities:

Most graduates go on to work within the NHS in a variety of community nursing and primary care settings. The context of practice both within and without the NHS is constantly changing and opportunities for innovative approaches to service provision exist.

It is possible to take modules for this course as single stand-alone modules, either as a sample of Masters level study, or as part of your continuing professional development.

Visit the Community Specialist Practice MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first degree in health related subject/education.

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