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

About the course

The following programme will be run once a year from September 2014. The last January intake will be 2014.

The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is designed to enable students to achieve both the professional and academic competencies required for the practice of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, with NMC registration of either Health Visiting or School Nursing.

  • Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist community public health nursing, to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Enhance your employability with the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace
  • Choose a specialist pathway and range of optional modules, relevant to your career interests
  • Opportunities to undertake the NMC recorded qualification Nurse prescribing (V100)
  • Flexible delivery and attendance modes allow you to study alongside work commitments
  • Our experienced academic staff are all registered and practising specialist community public health nurses
  • Our strong links, and direct input from experienced clinical practitioners, ensures your learning is relevant to current practice
  • Study an integrated theory and practice approach, to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for safe and effective practice
  • Inter-professional learning alongside other healthcare professionals develops your ability to work as part of a multi- professional team

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 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 disclosure application form 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.

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 and 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 across 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 (has SCPHN registration) 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 socioeconomic, political and professional factors that influence and reflect healthcare demands and provision.

You must complete a total of 180 credits for the MSc or a total of 120 credits for the PG Dip.

Core modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues In the Context of Public Health
  • Using Evidence to Develop and Advance Clinical Practice
  • Influencing and Developing Clinical Practice Through Transformational Leadership
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Adults

You will also undertake a pathway specific core module, including one of;

  • Health Visiting - Development Through The Early Years – 0-5 years
  • School Nursing - Child And Adolescent Development – 5-19 years

Tailor the course to your career and learning interests, with optional modules including;

  • Innovative Approaches to Health Promotion through the Public Health Agenda
  • Diverse Sexual Health Issues • Enhancing and Developing

Skills for Effective Parenting;

  • Therapeutic Communication Interventions

You must also undertake a final core module;

  • Supervised Practice To achieve the full MSc;
  • A Service Development Project – will need to be agreed with service

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 nurse 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

Fees below are for 2013 / 2014

UK/EU Students
2013/14 entry Fees haven’t yet been confirmed for this course. Click here| for more information
International Students
2013/14 entry Fees haven’t yet been confirmed for this course. Click here| for more information

Learn more about fees and funding information|.

 All students will be required to attain a secondment from the sponsoring NHS Trust funded from the Education Commissioning Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

Scholarships

As part of the universities commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14.
Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >|

Contact details

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

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) can be considered where there is a shortfall in entry requirements.  A maximum of 45 credits can be brought to this programme via APL.


 
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