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Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) with NMC Recordable SPQ MSc/PG Dip

Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) is unique and innovative, designed to meet the needs of nursing practitioners who wish to advance their knowledge and skills to expert specialist level within their current practice domain.

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Overview

The course specifically caters for clinically experienced nurses seeking a flexible route to a master’s level qualification that has a recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification (PG Diploma only) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Reasons to study Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) with NMC Recordable SPQ at DMU:

  • With an integrated theory and practice approach, you will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for safe and effective specialist practice to patients and clients, as well as the confidence to deliver higher level clinical decision making, make consistent developments and advancements in clinical healthcare, and drive through strategic or operational change within your workplace
  • Our strong links with clinical practice, combined with direct input and teaching from experienced colleagues in clinical settings, ensures your learning is relevant to current practice
  • You will benefit from experienced visiting lecturers, ensuring your learning is at the cutting-edge of developments in the sector
  • Our practitioner, researchers, and academic staff are experienced specialists in clinical areas of practice and will offer a unique perspective to your learning
  • Inter-professional learning develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team
  • You will obtain a specialist practitioner recordable qualification with the NMC
  • Through the form of a project you can undertake a service development initiative to positively impact upon the patient experience as part of the master's qualification 

This is a standard programme and you will not need to select individual modules when making your application. Specialist academic and clinical colleagues have worked collaboratively to develop expert core and clinical modules for the following areas:

  • Specialist District Nursing including Community Formulary Prescribing v100 (full-time or part-time)

More courses like this:

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Duration: PG Dip Nursing (Specialist) Practice with/without NMC SPQ: One year full-time/MSc Nursing (Specialist) Practice with/without NMC SPQ: first year fulltime, then 2-6 years part-time.

Attendance: Days of attendance differ between modules and delivery mode

Induction: There is a three day specific induction for this course

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Eligibility: To be eligible for this programme you need to be an employee of a community nursing trust, and will be seconded on to the programme following an interview with your mananger.

For further information please contact Donna Edwards, Programme Lead at donna.edwards@dmu.ac.uk

 

 

This course is not currently available to international students

Entry criteria

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above in a relevant subject, or equivalent)
  • A minimum of 60 credits (inclusive of research) at level 6 plus three years’ clinical experience
  • Effective registration on the NMC professional register
  • At least two years’ clinical experience in nursing in a chosen field of practice, and demonstration of experience in leadership, within your clinical area either through continued professional development (CPD) or publication of clinical articles/material
  • You should also be able to demonstrate that you have the requisite clinical skills and relevant CPD required and therefore be in a position to develop higher level skills
  • Demonstration of direct and continuing contact with clients who have specialist care needs, prior to and continuing throughout the duration of the course
  • Provide two references, one giving emphasis to academic ability and the second relevant to clinical experience
  • You will be expected to attend an interview

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (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.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 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

PG Dip/MSc core modules full-time route (NMC recordable) - all modules to be undertaken by all students:

  • Developing Expertise in District Nursing (30 credits) - semester one
  • The Community Agenda (15 credits) - semester one
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals (15 credits) - semester one
  • Physical and Psychosocial Examination and Consultation Skills for Specialist Practice (30 credits) - semester two
  • Accountable Practitioner (15 credits) - semester two
  • Influencing/Innovating and Problem Solving in Clinical Practice (15 credits) - semester two
  • V100 Community Formulary prescribing "0" credit module - throughout the programme

MSc - additional final core module for all MSc students only

  • Service Development Project (60 credits) part-time 18 months up to 6 years.

Teaching and assessment

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
  • A range of experiential teaching methods

Academic expertise

A key strength of our team is that they are experienced specialists in clinical areas of practice; familiar with the evidence-based informing specialist nursing practice and a wide range of accompanying issues and debates.

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

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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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

Nursing practice provides an essential aspect of your professional portfolio and career development; supporting your career progression through the advancement of your own practice in providing high-quality patient, family, group and community specialist nursing care in clinical practice.

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