This innovative Community Specialist Practice course will enable you to become a skilful community specialist practitioner, able to lead and bring about change in your practice environments. The course will challenge you, and help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you require in these exciting times.
Students who successfully fulfil the required criteria within the Community Children's Nursing PGDip course can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award, which includes being a non-medical prescriber able to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary. If you wish to meet the minimum NMC mentorship requirements, evidence from your practice documentation can be considered through Accreditation of Prior Learning processes within the Faculty.
The course is centred on practice and you will spend a large amount of time in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.
The PGDip in Community Children’s Nursing comprises six single modules, four of which are compulsory and two of which are chosen from a possible three acceptable modules. You will be sponsored or seconded to study full-time over a period of 12 months, or two years part-time. The four compulsory modules are:
Leadership in Health and Social Care
Community Specialist Practice 1 (CCN)
Community Specialist Practice 2 (CCN)
Work-Based Learning (with a community children's nursing (CCN) focus)
The acceptable modules are:
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (V100)
Advanced Health Promotion
Risk and protection of children
The teaching, learning and assessment strategies which underpin the courses reflect their interprofessional, client-centred and practice-focused approach.
We encourage group work and discussions so that you can develop new skills, knowledge and experience. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able to discuss the relevant issues with others from different primary care trusts and the wider health and social care environment. To make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed, including seminars, discussions, debates and group work. You will also have access to the 'Brookes Virtual’ learning environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises).
The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and interprofessional collaboration. Staff will support the development of your academic and professional practice.
Practice assessment is a key part of the assessment process and many strategies are used to assess your overall practice competence. These are all clearly demonstrated in the course practice assessment document.
Assessment is based on a developmental process of acquiring, modifying and refining skills and knowledge during each module. A variety of assessments is used, including written assignments, a practice portfolio and examinations. Your practice knowledge and skills will also be assessed, so that you can demonstrate your ability to critically reflect on and develop practice in line with current professional standards.
International Student Requirements:
This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.