The course will prepare practitioners to work in defined areas of community public health practice and demonstrate the achievement of the ‘Standards of Proficiency’ required by the NMC for registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) (2004).
During the course you will be exposed to the breadth and depth of public health working and will demonstrate your ability to participate safely in public health work and accept responsibility for the effective leadership and management of that provision in collaboration with other health and social care workers.
The course is divided between theory based study, with some attendance required at university, while the remainder will be practice-based, facilitated in practice settings by specifically prepared Practice Teachers (NMC 2008). During time away from the university your studies will be supported through a web-based learning environment (myBU), where additional resources, help and advice are signposted.
Normally a relevant degree or equivalent (practice experience will also be considered); Part One or Part Two registration on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register; Secondment from your employing DHUFT.
Professional Role (Health Visiting)
This unit aims to develop critical insight into the complex specialist role of the SCPHN HV practitioner. Working in a practice setting you will be able to develop and demonstrate the NMC proficiencies to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate evidence based public health strategies with individuals, groups and communities. Safeguarding issues are addressed within the unit, enabling you to prevent, identify and minimise the risk of abuse of vulnerable individuals. You will develop the skills to critically appraise relevant evidence and consider its application to practice. The unit faciltiates the achievement of the V100 prescribing requirements (NMC 2007).
Context & Scope of Public Health
You will be introduced to the context and scope of the current public health agenda. This is a core unit that will build upon your previous experience and knowledge of public health practice and strategy, forming a foundation for the study of further units.
Principles of Enquiry and Evidence Based Practice in Health & Social Care
This unit is a core to all Masters level degrees as it serves as a foundation for a range of more advanced units in research methodology. Supported by generic theoretical learning materials, it allows you to consider enquiry in relation to your discipline, specific practice experience and explore both problems in the practice setting and areas for further learning.
Public Health Leadership & Management (Health Visiting)
This unit aims to enable your development of a critical insight into the strategic leadership and ethical management roles of the SCPHN HV practitioner. You will develop the skills that allow you to critically evaluate available evidence to underpin public health practice. This will provide you with the ability to challenge and address gaps in the contemporary literature, apply risk assessment and management strategies, critically evaluate the quality of service provision and governance issues and demonstrate the ethical management of self, people and resources. Achievement of the NMC (2004) proficiencies for Part 3 registration will be assessed within this unit.
Public Health Management Strategies
This unit will enable you to explore the ways in which public health strategy is implemented in the contexts covered in the ‘Context and Scope of Public Health’ unit. It aims to enable you to critically evaluate public health strategies and interventions nationally, and to place this within an international context. You will be enabled, through critical evaluation, to begin to formulate strategies and solutions to public health issues.
Health Promotion & Partnership Working
This unit will enable you to draw upon, and constructively critique the various bodies of knowledge, which can contribute to health promotion. Additionally, it will help you to work collaboratively with professionals in a number of sectors. The concept is to consider the scope of public health practice, in relation to working in partnership with residents/users as well as with other agencies.Professional Role (Health Visiting): Develop critical insight into the complex specialist role of the SCPHN (Health Visitor) practitioner. Working in a practice setting, you will develop and demonstrate the NMC proficiencies for assessing health needs and planning, delivering and evaluating evidence-based public health strategies which aim to reduce health inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of children, families and young people Safeguarding is considered as the overarching principle of the Health Visitor service offer. The unit encompasses the V100 prescribing requirements and you will exit as an NPF prescriber.
Context & Scope of Public Health: An introduction to the scope of the current public health agenda. You’ll gain an understanding of national and international public health issues.
Exploring & Evaluating Evidence: Learn about the nature of knowledge and the various approaches to research and knowledge production. You’ll explore different research methodologies and how to assess research carried out by others.
Public Health Leadership & Management (Health Visiting): Develop a critical insight into the strategic leadership and ethical management roles of the SCPHN HV practitioner. You’ll gain skills for evaluating evidence that underpins public health practice, giving you the ability to challenge gaps in contemporary literature, apply risk assessment and management strategies, evaluate the quality of service delivery and governance issues and show ethical management of self, people and resources. This unit assesses achievement of the NMC (2004) proficiencies for part three registration.
Public Health Management Strategies: Explore the ways in which public health strategy is executed in the area covered in the Context and Scope of Public Health unit. You’ll evaluate national public health strategies and interventions nationally and to place this in an international context. Through evaluation you’ll create strategies and solutions to public health issues.
Health Promotion & Partnership Working: Evaluate the role of partnership working in health promotion, considering the issues involved in health promotion and health promoting partnerships. You’ll examine the evidence base for health promotion and partnership working in public health practice and explore issues such as the role and function of different agencies, needs assessment, planning, execution and evaluation.
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