PgD District Nursing Apprenticeship

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Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2022
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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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.

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of current problems and new insights, informed by the forefront of district nursing professional practice
  • Skills of enquiry and research
  • Coaching and teaching, Enhanced communication skills
  • Decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Leadership and management skills, prioritisation of individual and team work-load and case-load management
  • Advanced systematic history, consultation and physical assessment skills
  • Prescribing skills

Features of the programme:

  • The programme is 50% theory and 50% practice within District Nursing under the supervision of a qualified Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor
  • Successful students will have a specialist practitioner qualification recorded with the NMC
  • The programme utilises an integrated theory and practice approach that will develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for safe and effective specialist practice.
  • Staff highly regarded by students and practice placement partners for our teaching in this area, the University of Cumbria has a strong reputation for its District Nurse training. You will work with skilled academics who have held senior roles in District Nursing.
  • Excellent academic and pastoral support

Graduate destinations

All of our students are employed in the National Health Service (NHS); after graduation, our alumni generally pursue roles with NHS service providers that are commensurate with the professional qualification of Specialist Practitioner: District Nursing. As a clinician, educator, manager and leader you’ll proactively meet changing health care needs and the expectations and demands of individuals, groups and populations. You will have enhanced employment opportunities including senior roles in a wide variety of positions.

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