This course will enable you, as an experienced NMC Registered Nurse, to expand your knowledge, skills and proficiency inyour role as a Community Specialist Practitioner.
This course is made up of 50% theory and 50% practice, so it gives you the chance to put your knowledge into practice and develop the skills needed to become a specialist practitioner in your field of expertise.
You’ll study modules that are linked to clinical practice, such as public health, research methodologies and leadership and management to help your professional development. You’ll focus on the importance of leadership and develop an in-depth knowledge of professional roles, so you can bring about integrated and high quality health and social care.
Half of your time will be spent on placement, giving you hands-on experience that will support the theoretical aspects you’ve studied. You’ll study the Postgraduate Diploma full-time for one year or part-time for two years. The MSc stage will take a further year.
have an entry on an appropriate part of the NMC Register
be employed by the Primary Care Trusts providing sponsorship
have 120 credits at degree level or equivalent academic credits or Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
be working in an area which enables achievement of the individual pathway aims and module learning outcomes.
If you´re undertaking a recordable pathway, you must have completed a period of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice. This will normally be one year.
It will be the employer´s responsibility to ensure that any necessary CRB and health checks are carried out before confirming the offer of a course place.
This course is made up of two stages – Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. You can study individual modules as standalone courses as part of your professional development.
To achieve a recordable qualification in District Nursing, you’ll study these core modules:
Specialist Issues and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
You’ll produce a portfolio of evidence of learning while you’re in specialist practice. Combined with an action plan, this will form a firm foundation to meet your CPD requirements now and in the future. You’ll also apply the specialist practice standard by gaining knowledge of policy, non-medical prescribing, team leadership and strategic case-led management. Additionally, there is a V100 prescribing examination and a viva voce assessment. This module is taught face to face.
Research Methodologies – Application to Advanced Practice
This module is designed to enable you to explore the research approaches and methodologies that affect the delivery of health care practice. It will also help you to develop a reflexive approach to the application of knowledge in order to ensure teaching, learning and assessment. This module is delivered online and face to face.
Leadership and Management in a Commissioning Based Health Care Environment
Health services of the future will need to be innovative, flexible and led by staff that actively anticipate change and can adapt to it. This module considers visionary leadership and the importance of supportive management infrastructures to enable positive change. It is delivered face to face.
Public Health, Inequality and Associated Vulnerability
You’ll explore the health and sociological factors that affect the health outcomes of individuals, communities and populations from a historical perspective through to the present day. You’ll look at the influence public health nurses have on public health activities. This module is delivered face to face.
And you will choose one optional module from the following:
Clinical Supervision - This module is delivered face to face
Ethical and Legal Issues - This module is delivered online
Introduction to Health Promotion and Health Improvement - This module is delivered face to face and online
Mentoring in Practice - This module is delivered face to face and online
Palliative Care - This module is taught face to face and online
Principles of Long Term Condition Management - This module is delivered face to face
Strategic and Clinical Management of Long Term Conditions - This module is delivered face to face
Tissue Viability: Principles and Practice - This module is delivered online and face to face
You’ll study this module:
This triple module is a major component of this course. It will enable you to demonstrate mastery in the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation gained over the duration of the course. This is achieved through the production of a major piece of independently researched work.
In addition, skills such as academic writing, knowledge transfer strategies and critical reflexivity will be developed, helping to inform and shape your future practice. This module is delivered by distance learning.
You´ll gain a qualification which meets the standards of proficiency, and fits with the current health agenda in the area of community specialist practice, so it´ll really boost your career.
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