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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing MSc/PG Dip


Course Description

(with NMC SCPHN registration as either a Health Visitor or School Nurse) Subject to validation and joint approval with the NMC in October 2012.

This course is designed to enable students to achieve both the professional and academic competencies required for the practice of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (with NMC registration of either Health Visiting or School Nursing) along with the option to undertake integral to the course the NMC recorded qualification Nurse prescribing (V100).

Students will be given the opportunity within a supportive learning environment to build upon and to reach their full potential to provide effective specialist community public health nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities.

Students will be challenged to consider the socio-economic, political and professional factors that influence and reflect health care demands and provision. They will develop the knowledge and skills to enhance personal performance and effectiveness in the provision of health care, which is underpinned by appropriate theory, research and evidence, and which reflect contemporary perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon acknowledging the multi-dimensional nature of human beings and in striving to provide health promoting care and support with the assistance of the multi-disciplinary team, appropriate organisations and agencies.

Course Modules
The nature and focus of the core modules demonstrates a commitment to give you, not only the knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist community public health nursing, but the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace. The range of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to your needs. You must complete a total of 180 credits for the MSc or a total of 120 credits for the PG Dip.

Core modules – 75 credits to be taken by all students:

•Contemporary issues in the context of public health (30 credits)
•Using evidence to develop and advance clinical practice (15 credits)
•Influencing and developing clinical practice through transformational leadership (15 credits)
•Safeguarding and protecting children and adults (15 credits)
Core modules pathway specific – 15 credits to be taken by all students:

•Health visiting – Development through the early years - 0-5 years (15 credits)
•School nursing – Child and adolescent development – 5-19 years (15 credits)
Optional modules – 30 credits to be taken by all students:

•Innovative approaches to health promotion through the public health agenda (15 credits)
•Diverse sexual health issues (15 credits)
•Enhancing and developing skills for effective parenting (15 credits)
•Therapeutic communication interventions (15 credits)
Final core module to be taken by all students:

•Supervised practice (0 credits)
•Additional final core module for all MSc students only
•Service development project (60 credits)

Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing MSc/PG Dip page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

•A UK honours degree with at least second class honours •Competence in the use of the English language to the satisfaction of the University •Effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register •One year of relevant practice or equivalent experience •Successful interview You must complete a declaration form and enhanced CRB disclosure application form (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

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