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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

About the course

SCPHN

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.

Reasons to study Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at DMU Leicester

  • 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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Key facts

Duration: PG Dip two years part-time or one year full-time. MSc – three to six years part-time

Location: De Montfort University

Attendance: Differs between modules and attendance mode chosen. Please visit our website for more information

Start date: January and September 2014 or January 2015

  • BSc (Hons) 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 are two cohorts of the above programmes: September and January
  • MSc: Additional core module; Service Development project of 60 credits

Entry and admission criteria

To access the BSC (Hons) route you must have:

  • Effective registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register
  • Competence in the use of the English language to the satisfaction of the university
  • 120 credits at level 4 and 5
  • Undertaken academic study in the last 5 years.

To access the 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).

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

You must complete an occupational health check, 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.

Contact us for up-to-date information.

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.

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 5010 Contemporary approaches to Child Development (0–5)
    Module Leader: Sandra Martin
  • 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 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 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 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 5003 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 3010 Contemporary Approaches to Child Development (0-5)
    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.
  • 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.
  • SCPH 3101 Diversity in Sexual Health
    Entry Criteria: This is an optional module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme. If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.
  • SCPH 3103 Enhancing and Developing Skills for Effective Parenting
    Entry criteria: This is an optional module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme. If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.
  • SCPH 3100 Innovative Approaches to Health Promotion
    Entry criteria: This is an optional module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme. If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.
  • SCPH 3001 Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Adults
    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.
  • SCPH 3002 Therapeutic Interventions for Children and Young People
    Entry criteria: This is an optional module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme. If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.

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.

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.

Fees and funding

UK/EU
Full-time  
15 credit taught module N/A
Part-time
15 credit taught module £525
International
Full-time N/A

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

More information about funding|

Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates, we are offering Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit the Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships page|

Contact details

Programme Leader:
Deborah Millington
E:  dmillington@dmu.ac.uk|

 
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