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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing with NMC Registration BSc (Hons)

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 and school nursing. You must have successfully achieved a secondment by a provider in order to access the course.

Overview

 

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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.

Following successful course completion you will be awarded either:

  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (120 credits at level 6)

 

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

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

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

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

Fees and funding: Successful Secondment from provider to undertake the Specialist Community Public Health Programme.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

 

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Key facts for international students

Not available to international students

Entry criteria

BSc (Hons) route you must have:

  • Effective registration on the NMC professional register
  • Competence in the use of the English language to the satisfaction of the university
  • 120 credits at level four and five
  • Undertaken academic study in the last five years
  • Should be able to demonstrate the ability to study at level 6 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be considered where there is a shortfall in entry requirements.  A maximum of 45 credits can be brought to this course via RPL once the student has commenced on the programme.   

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

Modules Include:

Semester One

SCPH 3201 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 3206 Promoting the Wellbieng 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 3202 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.

NMAH 3373 Using Research Evidence in Practice (15 credit)

This module examines research evidence that is available to underpin health care practice. It explores the main methods of research which are used in health care and promotes critical thinking applied to the accessing, consideration and application of findings.

Semester Two

NMAH 3390 Organisational Development and Change in Contemporary Healthcare (15 credits)

This module introduces students to the evolving field of organisational development (OD) as a discipline and methodology to improve the effectiveness and capacity of the organisation and its members using a systematic approach to change management and implementation. It is underpinned by the NHS model of distributed leadership that recognises the role of quality improvement for staff at all levels.

SCPH 3203 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 3205 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 3204 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. 

Semester Three

SCPH 3208 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.

 

The course adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate the learning of a professional group; aiming to be efficient and motivating in the transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge, and to engage positively in actively negotiating, constructing and evaluating learning. Strategies include:

  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Discussions and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Focused reflection as well as a range of experiential teaching methods

A total of 120 credits at level six will allow both the professional qualification and academic award

A total of 120 credits for the PG Dip will allow the professional SCPHN award.

A key strength of our team is that pathway leads are experienced SCPH nurses registered on part three of the NMC register in health visiting and school nurse fields of practice; familiar with the evidence-based informing SCPHN 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

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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

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or 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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Placements

This course offers an optional sandwich year; usually as an employee of an approved NHS pathology centre, or a research or industrial laboratory.

Students undertaking the sandwich year often benefit from their placements being funded. Previous opportunities have included placements with:

  • The Health Protection Agency
  • Wickham Laboratories
  • Rutland Biodynamic
  • Local NHS Trusts
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Graduate Careers

A BSc (Hons) or PG Dip academic award and professional qualification (recommended to the NMC part three of the register) will allow you to practise as either as a health visitor or school nurse (dependent on field undertaken) in providing high quality child, family, group and wider community specialist public health nursing care in clinical practice.

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How to apply

Online application form and guidance notes

Course Leader
Dawn Loman
Edloman@dmu.ac.uk
T: 0116 201 3813

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