PgDip in Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing)

University of Bolton

Program Description

PgDip in Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing)

University of Bolton

Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) - PgDip full-time

Community Specialist Practice Nursing acknowledges the contribution of nurses to the delivery of high quality health care and health promotion to a diverse range of patients and clients in varied settings within the community. Community Specialist Practice is the exercising of higher levels of judgment, discretion and decision making in clinical care, enabling you to develop and innovate community nursing services.

This programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudinal qualities necessary to select and employ a range of soundly-based practices to meet the changing health needs of the population incorporating the basis for leadership and management of care within a multidisciplinary team.

About the course

Recruitment onto the course takes place annually, working in partnership with local NHS Trusts and NHS England.

During the programme your time is divided equally between the University and the practice setting. The course is delivered on a modular basis and the University timetable is arranged to allow learning in the University and practice so that shared learning with other professionals in the University setting can take place. In the practice setting a programme of learning and experience is developed by an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner – sign off practice teacher/sign off mentor – who is also responsible for assessment of competence.

The University of Bolton offers all students an excellent and supportive learning environment including small group learning and one-to-one support as well as 24/7 IT access (Moodle) and WiFi across campus.

Special features

  • The climate for health care delivery is changing. This is why the University of Bolton offers a programme of learning that is flexible to meet the needs of learners in specialist areas of practice, but is also responsive to policy developments and emerging health needs. This programme contains a range of workshops, seminars and directed study to meet those demands.
  • The academic team has many years’ experience of health care work in NHS settings. It brings particular expertise in district nursing, chronic disease management, palliative and end of life care.
  • The learning outcomes for the V100 nurse prescribing will be completed by the district nursing students, as required.

What you will learn

All learning is directly relevant to your current and future roles. You will develop skills of critical reflection, enabling you to analyse and synthesize research materials, theory and practice and to adopt a systematic and rigorous approach to planning and evaluation of care and care programmes. You will employ a range of clinical, educational and public health interventions in a skilled and sensitive manner appropriate to the domain of practice.

You will also undertake care and programme management within the context of organisational settings and policy/legal frameworks and provide leadership within appropriate team situations. In addition you will examine factors that promote and inhibit effective collaborative working and taught nurse prescribing within the parameters of current legislation.

The learning outcomes of the modules are achieved by both university and practice-based learning. Assessment is by examination, written assignments and the development of a professional portfolio of learning (Specialist Practice and Prescribing).

What you will study

The programme is comprised of core and specialist modules and can be studied at Level HE7 (PgDip). All modules are compulsory.

The specialist modules include:

  • Principles and Practice for Specialist Community Nursing (Level HE7 - 20 credits).

The core modules include:

  • Leading and Innovation (Level HE7 - 20 credits);

  • Critical Evaluation, Evidence and Practice (Level HE7 - 20 credits);

  • Leading Health Promotion Practice (Level HE7 - 20 credits);

  • Non-Medical Prescribing – V100 (Level HE6 – 20 credits).

  • Elective module: to be selected in conjunction with agreement from the employing organisation (Level HE7 – 20 credits).

Entry requirements

You must provide evidence of your recent professional and academic development; and have an entry on part 1, 2, 7 or 12 of the NMC's professional register; and have one year's post-registration experience of professional practice. The course has a practice element and you will need sponsorship from a participating NHS Trust.

For entry on to the PgDip programme you must also have at least a lower class second honours degree (2.2) in a relevant subject.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).

You will be interviewed as part of the application process.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2018
1 year
Full time
United Kingdom - Bolton, England
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