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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) Graduate Diploma

Course Description

If you want to increase your skills and knowledge as a specialist practitioner within Health Visiting, then our programme will provide you with the facilities and resources to reach the next level of your career. We'll encourage you to think, read and write critically around contemporary issues, looking at how research can influence innovative practice.

Our teaching staff are experts in their field both academically and in clinical settings, giving you the benefit of their experience to enhance your learning further. Our excellent working relationships with partner trusts allows for a supportive learning environment in which you can work in practice. By combining these practical skills with the theory learned in university, you'll have everything you need to qualify as a Specialist Practitioner within Health Visiting.

Course outline

You'll be prepared for a role as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within Health Visiting, allowing you to register your qualification with the NMC. You'll gain valuable knowledge and skills in relation to public health, evidence-based practice, leadership, change management and collaborative working. It will also develop specialist knowledge and skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management.

We provide a balance of 50% theory and 50% practice. This will be facilitated in an area specific to Health Visiting. There will also be opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in another relevant setting during the course.

Graduate destinations

Successfully completing the course will enable you to work as a Health Visitor. You will be eligible for registration on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway. By opting to study HPHN9001 and HPHN9002, you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber on the NMC nurse register.

You may also wish to consider an MSc in Practice Development

Other admission requirements

Training placements/secondments within Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas are advertised each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. You do not need to apply to the University initially; if you are successful in gaining a place through the trust then you will be asked to submit an application at that point.

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include NHS Health Trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as how recently you have studied, and your personal and professional development needs.

If you live further afield, you may be able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement and secure access to a practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local NHS Health Trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible. You may need to self-fund if your trust are unable to fund you.

You will need to have completed a Disclosure Barring Service clearance and Occupational Health Clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course.

Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) Graduate Diploma page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

If you apply for this course you must be currently on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 5/6 within the last five years. See course description for further admission details.

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