The aim of this course is to prepare and develop registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specialist community practitioner (General Practice Nursing or Community Children's Nursing or Nursing in the Home) (UKCC 2001) and the 'Standards for Approval of Higher Education Institutions and Programmes' (ENB 1997). These standards have been accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council from April 2002. The course is available full-time over 40 weeks or it can be accessed as a part-time course over two years. The course will be delivered at the main university campus site in Preston, but fifty per cent of learning will take place within a practice placement.
The course incorporates the key principles of specialist practice and is grouped into four domains:-
- Clinical Practice
- Care and Programme Management
- Clinical Practice Development
- Clinical Practice Leadership.
This course meets the following core Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) dimensions:-
- Personal and People Development
- Health Safety and Security
- Service Improvement
- Equality and Diversity.
In addition individual pathways will meet a number of elements within the following specific dimensions, for example:
- Health and Well Being
- Information and Knowledge
Students will undertake the equivalent of 6 standard modules at level 6 (120 credits). All students on the programme will undertake the following modules:
- Principles of Public Health and Social Policy (20 credits)
- Valuing Reseach (20 credits)
- Developing Leadership Skills (20 credits)
- Community Specialist Practice in Context (40 credits).
This equates with 100 credits for all pathways except Community Nursing in the Home where students will also undertake an additional compulsory 10 credits through completing V100 Community Practitioner Prescribing. A further 20 credit option module (minimum of 10 credits for Community Nursing in the Home students) is required to complete the award. Each of the three pathways has a named pathway leader and they will guide you in making appropriate choices for your chosen pathway's option module. The selection of option modules will be discussed with you at interview, pre-course briefing day and also again during enrolment week. You will be required to discuss the rationale for your choice with the pathway leader and appropriate advice and guidance will be available.
The School of Health is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to our programmes. The approaches to delivery and the content of our programmes aim to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of:
- Working together for patients
- Respect and dignity
- Commitment to quality of care
- Improving lives
- Everyone counts.
How to Apply
This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. Where this is the case, students will be legally required to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which is administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Following successful registration individuals will be issued with an ISA Registration Number which will stay with that person for the rest of their career. If you are not already registered, your employing organisation will take you through the process.
Access to this course is dependent on a successful application and interview process. Interviews are conducted jointly by staff from both the university and primary care trusts.
Please note that this may be a secondment opportunity for staff who wish to be seconded by the NHS Trust that they already work within.
Please complete your Trust internal application form before the closing date. Application forms can be found on your Trust internal communications system.
For informal enquiries please contact your Trust Professional Development Manager.
Joint interviews by the Trust and the University will take place over two days each year.
Please note that this is an opportunity for applicants who wish to seek sponsorship from an NHS Trust which they are not currently employed by.
To apply for external recruitment, please see the relevant Trust website and apply using their application process. These courses are also advertised on the NHS Jobs website at - www.jobs.nhs.uk
External interviews take place each year, after internal recruitment has taken place
Our student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.