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Public Health Nursing options (PgDip)

Course Description

This programme will enable first level nurses and midwives to obtain both an academic qualification and a professional qualification in public health nursing – health visiting or occupational health.

About the programme

The programme is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and has been developed in line with the Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC 2004).

Intake: September with Health Visiting also available in February

Additional Entry Information

Applicants must have the language and literacy skills to understand and use the written materials utilised in the learning and teaching of the course and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines (IELTS score of 7 or above) for practice-based placements.

Your learning

Core modules include:
• Responding to Public Health Challenges
• Research Methods for Health and Social Care
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Consolidation of Practice

Discipline-specific modules:
- Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor):
• Contemporary Health Visiting
• Safeguard Children, Enable Families

- Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health):
• Contemporary Occupational Health
• Managing Risk in Occupational Health

The final module at the end of the course includes a 10.5 week full-time period in the defined area of practice.

- MSc Health Studies – Community Health:
Following completion of the Postgraduate Diploma with professional registration students can undertake the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module to receive a Master’s degree.

Our Careers Adviser says

Offering both an academic and a professional qualification and with accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, graduates can seek challenging and rewarding careers as health visitors or occupational health practioners.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Public Health Nursing options (PgDip) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered as a first level Nurse on part 1 or Midwife on part 2 of the NMC professional register. Applicants who can evidence successful completion of their pre-registration nursing education course and who have applied for NMC registration canbe admitted to the programme. Applicants will normally be educated to degree level. Admission is permitted with relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning in accordance with the University’s Regulatory Framework.

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