PGDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
You will complete the programme as a collaborative public health practitioner, who is able to lead practice forward and work in partnership with clients and other professions and agencies.
Health care and the community environment are undergoing great change. For public health to be central to the service that is offered to clients and school students, there is a need for highly dynamic and flexible practitioners. You will need sound academic skills and evidence-based practice to enable you to lead positive change, both of your own practice and that of the health visiting and school health professions as a whole. The course will challenge you and help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you require in these exciting and demanding times.
The overall philosophy of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting or School Nursing (SCPHN) course is to provide an excellent course structure and teaching and learning methods in both academic and practice settings. We believe that academic preparation is an integral part of practice development and that both are part of the same process. Our aim is to enable you to be a high-quality practitioner who is a skilful public health nurses in school nursing or health visiting, and is able to bring about change in your practice environments.
On successful completion of the course:
You will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing);
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;
Your details will be forwarded to the NMC for registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the register, and for registration as able to prescribe from the community practitioner’s formulary.
The course comprises six compulsory modules. All six modules need to be taken over the year for the full-time route. The two-year part-time route requires the six modules to be taken over the two years with the required amount of practice.
There are many opportunities for you to continue to study after the end of the course and we aim to encourage you towards lifelong learning. On successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, you may achieve a master's in Public Health Nursing by enrolling for the Student Designed Award and undertaking the research module and a triple dissertation module. This will require independent funding.
The six compulsory singles modules are:
Leadership in Health and Social Care
Advanced Health Promotion
Public Health Nursing 1
Public Health Nursing 2
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (V100)
Risk and Protection of Children
The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the course reflects its interprofessional, client-centred and practice-focused approach. Opportunities for sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience are maximised. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able to discuss relevant issues with others from different primary care trusts and the wider health and care environments. In order to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used. They include seminars, discussions, debates and group work. The Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises) will also be used as part of the teaching and learning process. Strategies will encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice and interprofessional collaboration.
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.
The course is centred on practice and you will spend a large amount of time in the practice environment. Your community practice teachers (CPTs) are highly involved with the development and implementation of the course and there is a great deal of collaboration with the primary care trusts (PCT) education leads. You will be encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate SCPHN practice with your lecturers and CPTs, and your assignments will provide a focus for analysing practice. Your CPT will be responsible for facilitating your learning, supervising your progress and assessing your competence in practice.
International Student Requirements:
You should have English as your first language, or GCSE or O-level English Language, or an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.