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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.

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Overview

The programme aims to ensure that students are prepared to promote health and social well- being through the achievement of the standards of proficiency of specialist community public health nursing (NMC 2004) and adherence to The Code (NMC, 2018).

Practitioners are challenged to consider the socio-economic, political and professional factors that influence and reflect health care demands and provision. They are facilitated in developing their knowledge and skills to enhance the provision of health care, by applying appropriate theory, research and evidence, to reflect contemporary perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon acknowledging the multi-dimensional nature of human beings and providing health promoting care through collaborative working.

Health visitors and School Nurses as Specialist Community Public Health Nurses will have the scope to develop strategies to expand their capacity to lead public health practice and participate in local health plans. The role for health visitors and school nurses focuses on individual, family and community centred public health to improve and tackle health inequalities.The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

 

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration:

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.

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 full-time fees please see the LBR page. Part-time tuition fees will be £6408 over 2 years


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Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

All students must have an effective registration on either the Nursing or Midwifery part of the NMC professional register as a first level nurse. 

And:

Also possess a Bsc (Hons) 2:2 or above or professional qualification deemed by the University as equivalent.

 

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

 

Core modules:

Contemporary Approaches to child Development 0-19

Promoting the wellbeing of Children and Young people 0- 19

Public Health

Using Research Evidence in Practice

Organisational Development and Change in Contemporary Healthcare

An Assest Approach to Support Effective Parenting

Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Adults

Complex Health Needs

Teaching and assessment

A range of appropriate strategies will be used. Strategies may include:

  • Lectures, online learning and discussion methods, providing the knowledge to underpin practice and to promote student participation and the sharing of views.
  • Tutor led seminars to promote reflection, clinical learning, academic progress and to provide opportunities to address student issues.
  • Group work to explore complex issues and difficult concepts in regards to problem solving and skill development.
  • Computer based learning/internet facilities to access web based information
  • Student led seminars to promote reflection, participation and academic development.
  • Independent learning to develop the skills necessary for student centred life long learning flexible learning.

The assessments will include a range of possible approaches:

  • Portfolio of learning
  • Case studieswritten examination
  • Reflective accounts
  • Community Profile
  • Presentations
  • Essays
  • Report writing

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.

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 apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the 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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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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