The course will prepare you for the role of Community Specialist Practitioner within General Practice Nursing. Successful completion entitles you to record your qualification with the NMC.
The course length is 40 weeks full-time or 80 weeks part-time. There is a balance of 50% theory and 50% practice. Practice experience is facilitated in an area specific to General Practice Nursing. There will also be opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in another relevant setting during the course. The course will facilitate development of broad knowledge and skills in relation to public health, evidence-based practice, leadership, change management and collaborative working. It will also develop specialist knowledge and skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management.
All students will undertake a 40-credit module in relation to their specialist pathway.
- HPHG 6110 Leading Evidence Based General Practice Nursing
Students will study the following core 20-credit modules:
- HLLG 6018 Evidence Based Practice
- HPHG 6050 Public Health Practice
- HPHG 6028 Facilitating Health Behaviour Change
- HPHG 6012 Consultation and Physical Examination: Assessment Skills
- HPHN 9001 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing
- (V100) Qualificatory Unit of Study
- HPHN 9002 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).
Download the programme specification
1st or 2nd class honours degree.
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures.
More information about levels and credits.
If you apply for this course you must be current on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 5/6 within the last five years or complete an approved study skills course.
You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include Trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as recent evidence of prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.
You will need support from a NHS Health Trust or your employer and be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Disclosure Baring Service clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course.
If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local NHS Trusts. The NHS Trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local NHS Health Trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.
Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local NHS Health Trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.
If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local NHS Health Trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.