This dynamic programme enables registered nurses to develop the academic and professional skills needed to qualify as a Health Visitor and to practice in the fast-changing and complex area of public health care.
A Health Visitor needs high level clinical skills and an in-depth understanding of the context within which public health is delivered. Health Visitors also need to understand how care is commissioned, who funds it and how they can influence these decisions.
Our Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme will advance your clinical skills as well as your ability to critically analyse and lead on innovation and change in the public health environment.
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Health Visitors are at the forefront of current government public health policy, and the recognition of the importance of early years to children’s long term outcomes has reinforced this. Our programme is responsive to the dynamic nature of policy, demographic change and technological development within the public health setting.
Designed to reflect changing practice needs, the programme allows shared learning with practitioners from other specialities and draws on the innovative research base within the School of Health Sciences.
Our Public Health Practice MSc with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme will enable you to obtain an academic award and, through completing a specified period of practice, to register on Part 3/the SCPHN part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. The programme will also enable you to continue to develop your ability to display the values required in modern healthcare and within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.
Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Community Public Health Nurse award by a health care provider organisation.
Programme structure and modules
The programme is designed to allow you to achieve 120 level 7 credits and the registrable qualification of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) in 52 weeks. In this time, you will spend 50 per cent of your time in practice and 50 per cent of your time at University. You will be supported by a practice teacher (PT) and mentor in the clinical setting and you will have a personal tutor in the University. Your tutor visits you in practice to discuss your progress with your PT and mentor and you’ll complete three progress assessments throughout the year.
• Public Health Assessment
This module explores key public health concepts and facilitates the development of data analysis and application skills. It will also allow you build an overview of the public health needs of your area of practice.
• Leadership and Innovation
This module allows you to share learning with practitioners from a wide range of health backgrounds. As well as examining current management theories, you’ll reflect on your own management style and that of others you work with.
• Health Promotion: Partnership and Enablement
The module helps you to develop the key skills required for health promotion and examines the theoretical background to health promotion work. Teaching skills and poster presentation are two of the skills developed.
• Research Design and Methodology
On this module, you’ll learn alongside others from different health backgrounds. A wide range of research approaches will be explored, and you’ll be able to develop an area of interest to focus your research proposal on.
• Early Intervention Work with Children, Parents and Carers
The recent advances in knowledge about the importance of early years development is reflected in this module. Key concepts such as attachment, bonding, risk factors and resilience are explored and applied to practice situations.
• Professional Practice in SCPHN
Relevant topics are examined in this module such as nutrition, mental health and sexual health. The module allows you to develop the knowledge base needed to underpin your professional practice.
• Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
The module explores safeguarding practice in relation to children, young people and vulnerable adults, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of current practice. Underpinning theories and concepts are examined and applied to practice
• V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (at the discretion of your sponsoring organisation)
The module equips you with the skills and knowledge to prescribe safely from the Nurses’ Formulary. You are required to pass the academic component of the module and also complete 18 hours of prescribing experience in practice.
• Sexual Health
• Skills in Contraception
• Innovations in Clinical Practice
Awards and modes of study
At the end of the programme, students can leave with the award of Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and the registrable qualification of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor).
Alternatively, you may choose to continue with the Masters-level dissertation module (60 credits) and, on successful completion of 180 credits, exit with the award of MSc Public Health Practice.
The programme can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis according to University regulations. You may start your dissertation immediately at the end of 52 weeks, or defer it for 12 months.
One year/ 12 months to achieve the Post Graduate Diploma and registrable qualification of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) Practitioner.
You may then choose to continue to complete your MSc (programme length 24 months) or defer your dissertation module for a year (programme length 36 months).
104 weeks/ 24 months to achieve the Post graduate Diploma and registrable qualification of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) in.
You may then choose to continue to complete your MSc (programme length 36 months) or defer your dissertation module for a year (programme length 48 months).
MSc Public Health Practice with Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Award
Students undertaking this programme will obtain both the academic award and in addition, through completing a specified period of practice, will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on part three of the register as an SCPHN.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
MSc/PGDip Public Health Practice: students registering for the Postgraduate Diploma will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 360 level 3 credits, of which at least 120 will be at HE Level 3. MSc/PGDip Public Health Practice with SCPHN: students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 360 level 3 credits, of which at least 120 will be at HE Level 3, and be named on Part One or Part Two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register (NMC 2006a). IELTS minimum overall: 7.0, minimum by component: 7.0