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PgD - District Nursing Apprenticeship

Designed specifically to enhance your existing nursing skills and lead to NMC registration as a District Nurse. You will receive a Postgraduate Diploma for District Nursing with Integrated Independent Prescribing at Level 7.

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Course Overview

The PgD District Nursing Apprenticeship with NMC Community Specialist Practitioner Qualification course sets you up for success in an exciting new chapter of your career. Developed with employers, this 12-month programme (plus end-point assessment) has been designed to meet the contemporary health and wellbeing needs of individuals, communities and populations.

District Nurse Apprentices will strengthen their leadership attributes; become skilful community specialist practitioners; and learn how to lead and bring about change in their practice environments. This programme is designed to provide apprentices with the required knowledge, skills and behaviours to work as a Specialist Community Practitioner District Nurse.

On this course you will...

  • Successful students will have a specialist practitioner qualification recorded with the NMC.
  • The programme is 50% theory and 50% practice within District Nursing under the supervision of a qualified Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor.
  • The programme utilises an integrated theory and practice approach that will develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for safe and effective specialist practice.
  • Manage a caseload of patients in a variety of community settings using a person-centred approach including implementation of risk stratification and case management strategies to determine those at most risk of poor health outcomes.

Course Structure

What you will learn

This programme requires the development of a sound underpinning of research-informed theoretical knowledge to inform professional practice which, in turn, is informed by that practice. The programme approach is based on contextual learning. Contextual learning relates not just to theoretical knowledge, but also to the underpinning values, beliefs, ethics and skills, as applied to people of all ages and abilities, recognising differences and diversity within the population and is therefore relevant for qualified professional practitioners.

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