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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.

How to apply
Online application form and guidance notes

Scholarships:
At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor’s Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

  • 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 Development 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.

Core modules include:

  • SCPH 3010 Contemporary Issues in the Context of Public Health
  • SCPH 5010 Contemporary approaches to Child Development (0–5)
  • SCPH 5002 Utilising Evidence to Advance and Develop Nursing Practice
    Entry Criteria: 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 will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.
  • SCPH 5001 Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Adults
    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.
  • SCPH 5004 Innovative Use of Transformational Leadership
    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.
  • SCPH 5020 Contemporary Approaches to Child and Adolescent Development (5-19) BSc (5-19) (SN only) -15 credits (Semester 1)
    This core module for school nurses will enable students to gain the knowledge required to develop strategies to contribute to the health and well-being and health needs of a specific client group. School nurse students from a range of backgrounds will explore and examine child and adolescent development.

Optional modules include:

  • SCPH 5101 Diversity in Sexual Health 
    Entry criteria: This is an optional 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.
  • SCPH 5103 Enhancing and Developing Skills for Effective Parenting
    Entry criteria: This is an optional 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.
  • SCPH 5100 Innovative Approaches to Health Promotion
    Entry criteria: This is an optional 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.
  • SCPH 5002 Therapeutic Interventions for Children and Young People
    Dates: Week commencing Monday 2 February – Monday 23 March 2015
    and week commencing Monday 13, 20 and 27 April 2015
    Time: 1pm–4pm
    Entry criteria: This is an optional 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.
  • SCPH 3010 Contemporary Issues in the Context of Public Health
    Entry Criteria: This is a core module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme (Health Visiting). If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.

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.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

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Graduate careers

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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