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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing MSc/PG Dip

Achieve both the professional and academic competencies required for the practice of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration of either Health Visiting or School Nursing.

Overview

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration has been designed to support a wide range of registered nurses who wish to undertake health visiting or school nursing. You must have successfully achieved a secondment by a provider in order to access the course.

Reasons to study Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at DMU:

  • Benefit from flexible study alongside your work commitments
  • Choose from two specialist pathways and a range of optional modules relevant to your career interests
  • While gaining Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration in either Health Visiting or School Nursing you also benefit from opportunities to undertake the NMC-recorded qualification Nurse Prescribing (V100)
  • Enhance your employability with the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace
  • Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist community public health nursing, to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Study an integrated theory and practice approach, to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for safe and effective practice
  • Our experienced academic staff are all registered and practising specialist community public health nurses
  • Our strong links and direct input from experienced clinical practitioners ensure your learning is relevant to current practice

Inter-professional learning alongside other healthcare professionals develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration:
SCPHN (health visiting and school nursing) with or without V100

Full-time 52 weeks PG Diploma Nursing SCPHN (health visiting and school nursing) with or without V100

Full-time 52 weeks There is one cohort per year that commences in September.

MSc: Additional core module; Service Improvement project of 60 credits.

Attendance:
Differs between module days

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

If you work in the NHS you may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.


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Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

PG Dip/MSc route you must have:

  • Effective registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register
  • A UK honours degree with at least a second class honours in a nursing field (or equivalent at the discretion of the programme leader)
  • To have undertaken academic study within the last five years

Applicants must apply through an advert advertised through NHS jobs and be successful at a joint interview process.

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

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.

Throughout the course, you will be challenged to consider the socio-economic, political and professional factors that influence and reflect healthcare demands and provision.

You must complete 180 credits for the MSc or 120 credits for the PG Dip.

Modules Include:

Semester One

SCPH 5201 Contemporary Approaches to Child Development 0-19 (15 credit)

This module will enable SCPHN (HV, SN) students to gain the knowledge required to develop strategies to contribute to the health and well-being needs children 0-19 years.SCPHN students from a range of backgrounds will explore and examine child and adolescent development. Developing skills to critically evaluate strategies used to assesss growth development, health and well being and factors influencing human development, to innovatively apply skills and underpinning theory to practice.

SCPH 5206 Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young people 0-19 (15 credit)

This module will enable SCPHN (HV, SN) students to gain the knowledge required to develop assessment strategies to contribute to the health and well-being of children 0-19 yearsSCPHN students from a range of backgrounds will explore evidence to underpin public health nursing to meet the changing health needs of the diverse client group within the community.

SCPH 5202 Public Health (15 credit)

This module is a core module for both health visitors and school nurses undertaking the SCPHN programme. The aim of the module is to enable the student to critically examine the impact of public health nursing and to further develop systematic skills in understanding the theories that underpin the public health nursing role taking a salutogenic approach to promote and improve health for individuals, families and communities.

SCPH 5207 Utilising Evidence to Advance and Develop Nursing Practice (15 credits)

This is a core module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme delivered at level 7. You will need to have a BSc (Hons) to undertake this module or a research module studied at level 6. If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you wil need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.

Semester Two

SCPH 5203 An Assets Approach to Support Effective Parenting (15 credits)

This module will enable students to understand and develop principles and skills by engaging in a range of therapeutic concepts and relevant strategies known to be useful to parents. The students will be able to apply evidence based, integrated approaches to a range of complex challenges in childhood.

SCPH 5205 Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Adults (15 credits)

This module is a core module for both health visitors and school nurses undertaking the SCPHN programme. The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to explore the meaning of ‘safeguarding’ in relation to the protection of children, and adults. It will examine how health practitioners contribute to multi agency working in reducing risk areas and improving long term health outcomes for Children and their families.

SCPH 5204 Complex Health Needs (15 credits)

This module explores specialist knowledge, practice skills, and attitudes that underpin complex care needs of children in the community by promoting assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation resulting in the enhancement of health care. Existing knowledge of anatomy and physiology will be utilised to develop practice.

SCPH 5004 Innovative Use of Transformational Leadership (15 credits)

This module is a core module for both health visitors and school nurses undertaking the SCPHN programme.  The aim of the module is to enable the student to critically evaluate methods of leadership in understanding and developing further skills to enhance and optimise service provision, considering service constraints. The module will critically explore how students can utilise a range of influencing, communication and problem solving skills and apply these to decision making within the public health nursing role. This is a core module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme delivered at level 7. You will need to have a BSc ( either hons or non-hons) to undertake this module. If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.

Semester Three

SCPH 5208 Supervised Practice

This module is designed to provide a controlled placement with a variety of experiences in which the student can consolidate the learning from the first part of the course and further develop the required skills, knowledge and attitudes for specialist community public health nursing in the identified pathway. The module will also afford the student an opportunity to practise community specialist public health nursing with a degree of independence, but within a framework which provides adequate support and guidance, in order that the student may develop the proficiency standards required to practise and register as a specialist community public health nurse.

V100 Community Formulary Prescribing

This module aims to prepare Specialist Community Public Health Nurses to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the community Practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers.  Lectures cover basic pharmacology and therapeutics, prescription writing, ethical/legal issues for community formulary prescribers and accountability.

Practice Assessment

The practice assessment for each module will be undertaken within a portfolio. Module learning outcomes for each semester will printed at the beginning of the portfolio. The module learning outcomes are linked to the standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nursing (NMC 2004) and will be assessed by a Practice Teacher within the practice portfolio. Opportunities will be available for formative feedback throughout the module from the Practice Teachers. A summative assessment of pass/fail for the practice assessment will be recorded at the end of every semester.

Teaching and assessment

Our student-centred approach to learning includes a wide variety of learning and teaching strategies, including:

  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Small group work
  • Action learning sets
  • Workshops
  • Podcasts
  • Reflection
  • Student presentations
  • Focused tutorials

Through integrated practice and a course portfolio, you will develop your skills to critique and synthesise ideas, evaluate and reframe arguments and apply the knowledge to clinical practice. The ability of the student to be able to evaluate the evidence base for public health nursing is a core theme that runs throughout the course.

To recognise the importance of the partnership approach between the university and our practice partners to this course, the programme leader, personal tutor, pathway leaders and practice teachers will work together to provide support and guidance for the student while on placement. The personal tutor allocated (SCPHN registered) will be involved in the monitoring of the students’ progress through a tripartite approach.

Academic expertise

A key strength of our team is that pathway leads are experienced Specialist Community Public Health nurses registered on part 3 of the NMC register in health visiting and school nursing fields of practice; familiar with the evidence-based informing specialist Community Public Health Nursing and a wide range of accompanying issues and debates.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of public health nursing regionally and nationally. In addition, many staff members are actively involved in undertaking research within this area of practice.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

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A postgraduate academic qualification and NMC registration in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Heath Visiting or School Nursing) will enhance your professional portfolio and support your career progression in providing high-quality patient, family, group and community public healthcare. 

 

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