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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) PgD

Course Description

We'll help you increase your skills and knowledge towards being a specialist practitioner within Health Visiting, You'll learn to think, read and write critically around contemporary issues, looking at how research can influence innovative practice. Our academic staff are experts both in university and clinical settings, and will be happy to share their wealth of experience to enhance your studying.

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 expand your career further as a specialist in your field.

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 your 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

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include 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 recentness of prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from a Primary Care Trust or your employer and be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course. If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local PCTs. The PCTs advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact you local PCT and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local PCT in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local PCT will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/international/

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

Entry Requirements

If you apply for this course you must be current on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 6 within the last 5 years or complete an approved study skills course. See course description for further admission details.

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