Whether you're new to the field of District Nursing or an experienced District Nurse looking to enhance your skills and achieve a degree level qualification, our Community Specialist Practice District Nursing programme can help you achieve your goals.
Community Specialist Practice in District Nursing is a recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which allows you to tailor your learning needs to your client population. For example, undertaking the Public Health module will allow you to consider a public health issue within your field of practice, such as smoking cessation and diabetes. The Consultation and Physical Examination Skills module will enable you to improve your patients’ experience when assessing and formulating a treatment plan for a range of issues from a long term condition to the care of a wound.
We will help you link theory to practice through the assessment of practical skills. The programme is designed and delivered by our expert tutors who will offer their own knowledge and skills gained through many years of experience; you will also have access to a work place mentor to support the work-based learning element of the programme.
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Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.
You will take part in a challenging and flexible learning environment to develop as a competent and reflective nurse in community specialist practice. We will facilitate development of broad knowledge and skills relating to public health, evidence-based practice, leadership, change management and collaborative working. You'll develop specialist knowledge and skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management, and actively encouraged to work with other health professionals to enhance your knowledge and understanding.
Your course will be 50% theory and 50% practice, helping you improve your academic knowledge of nursing whilst focusing your skills in the real world. Whether you choose part-time (80 weeks) or full-time (40 weeks), you'll develop specialist knowledge and skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management. The course comprises 120 credits of learning at level 6, and qualifies you for practice in your specialist pathway. You'll also have the opportunity to gain alternative practice experience in another relevant setting during the course.
- HPHG 6110 Leading Evidence Based District Nursing
- HLLG 6018 Evidence Based Practice
- HPHG 6050 Public Health in Practice
- HPHG 6028 Facilitating Health Behaviour Change
- HLLG 6012 Consultation and Physical Examination: Health Assessment Skills
- HPHG 9006 QPU - Community Specialist Practice
- HPHN 9001 QPU - Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing
- HPHN 9002 QPU - Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
1st or 2nd class honours degree.
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures.
If you apply for this course you must be currently 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.
Making your application
Applications should be made online directly to the university - visit our website or contact email@example.com for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.
UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
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All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.
Successful completion of the course will allow you to apply for the NMC Nursing register, recording this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber. This will enable you to work as a District Nurse and progress to work as a team leader in your field.
If you wish to take your learning further, you could use your qualification to study at a Masters level.
Resources and facilities
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