Put theory into practice
This course is made up of 50% theory and 50% practice, so it gives you a chance to put your knowledge into practice, and develop the skills needed to become a specialist practitioner in your field of expertise. This course meets Nursing and Midwifery Council standards, so you will gain a registered qualification in health visiting or school nursing.
You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of professional roles and functions, including leadership, and be encouraged to bring about integrated and high quality health and social care.
Provide high quality care
Your knowledge and skills in evaluating current research and evidence-based practice will also help you to influence and provide high quality care. To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, it takes one year of full-time study, subject to your sponsoring area. Assessment is varied to reflect the broad range of skills required and includes assignments, viva voce, case study and a portfolio.
When you apply for this course, you will need to be active on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register and sponsored by a community h
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 registerable 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 aims to support you in utilising the skills and knowledge you have already acquired in your nursing practice, and to add to these to ensure you meet the specific competences set by the NMC as Standards of proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC, 2004).
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.
You’ll study the following core modules (totalling 100 credits), and will choose an optional module to complete the 120 credits required for the PG Diploma.
Specialist Professional Issues and Continuing Professional Development (Health Visiting and School Nursing)
During this double module, you will develop your understanding of the present children’s agenda, together with wider public health issues. This module is delivered face to face.
Public Health, Inequality and Associated Vulnerability
You will 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 will look at the influence that public health nurses can have on public health activities. This module is delivered 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.
Research Methodologies - Application to Advanced Practice
This module is designed to enable you to explore the research based 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 to ensure evidence-based practice. This module is delivered face to face.
You will also choose one optional modulefrom the following modules:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
If you are working with children and adolescents, this module will enable you to apply your theoretical understanding of disorders and psychological problems that influence your professional assessment and communication with young people. This module is delivered face to face.
During this module, you will explore theories of child development, including the concepts of attachment and resilience. Assessment tools and models of care are identified and constructively critiqued. Within the present climate of supporting children to meet their potential, there will be supported debate and discussion about practice and safeguarding issues that are pertinent within the multiagency environment. This module is delivered face to face.
We have designed this module to enhance your understanding of clinical supervision in contemporary health care practice. You will consider the most frequently used theoretical models, the barriers to implementation and evaluate the impact on practice. Throughout the module you will consider these issues in the context of professional and specialist practice, such as patient safety and clinical governance. This module is delivered face to face.
Ethical and Legal Issues
This module provides an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the role of the mentor, making you capable of critically evaluating the learning environment and resources within workplace settings. You will also gain the skills to plan, implement and evaluate an educational experience to optimise teaching, learning and assessment. This module is delivered online.
You will study this module to gain the full MSc:
This research based module will allow an in-depth exploration of a specific area of practice. You will study this module over a year to gain the full MSc. Self-funding is required for this stage.
When you graduate you´ll:
Have the skills to become an effective specialist nurse in your chosen area of expertise
Be committed to lifelong learning, encourage colleagues to be, and contribute to national debates
Be able to master clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice leadership, and clinical practice development
Show leadership and have a critical in depth knowledge of professional roles and functions, so you can bring about integrated and high quality health and social care, through working with other professionals effectively, networking and team working
Have knowledge and skills in evaluating current research and evidence based practice so you can influence and deliver high quality care.
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