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Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser BSc(Hons)

Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser BSc(Hons)
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 public health nurses (Health Visiting, School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser) and is suitable for those who wish to develop a career in public health nursing. The course content covers the four principles of public health practice and students will be involve in: the search for health needs; the stimulation of awareness of health needs; the influences on policy affecting health; the facilitation of health enhancing activities. The course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice. Assessment methods vary and include examinations, essays and presentations.

The course will enable registration as a specialist community public health nurse (SCPHN) on the third part of the Nursing and Midwifery register. The course has also been mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework to assist with career progression.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

BSc(Hons)

Ancillary Award:

Post-Registration

Level:

Undergraduate

Study Mode:

Full time and Part time

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

Full-time: One year, Part-time: Three years

School:

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

September

Entry Requirements:
All applicants must have:
  • An effective current registration on either part one or two of the NMC register
  • Normally the equivalent of at least one year's post-registration practice experience
  • The equivalent of 240 credits of which 120 must be at level 5 (Diploma level)
  • A current CRB clearance which will be organised through your employing organisation

Please note this programme is also offered at a postgraduate diploma level - see separate factsheet for further details.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2016/17 | 2017/18.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The course will enable registered nurses and midwives to develop professional proficiency underpinned by sound, evidence-based theoretical knowledge, within the practice of specialist community public health nursing. The course promotes independent, shared and autonomous learning in the development of a specialist community public health nurse who is fit for practice, purpose and award and who is equipped as a clinician, educator, manager and leader, to proactively meet changing public health care needs and the expectations and demands of individuals, groups and populations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society.

The course is delivered on a full or part-time basis normally at the Preston Campus. The full-time programme will be delivered over a minimum of 52 weeks, whereas the part-time option will be delivered over a minimum of 104 weeks. The course is composed of:-

An equal division of theory and practice.
A consolidation period of practice equivalent to a minimum of 10 weeks at the end of the programme.
For 50% of the course time where you will be in practice you will be supported by a practice teacher that is arranged by the seconding/ sponsoring NHS Trust/employer.

The course incorporates the key principles of public health practice in the context of specialist community public health nursing, grouped into four domains:

Search for health needs
Stimulation of awareness of health needs
Influence on policies affecting health
Facilitation of health enhancing activities.

Students will undertake the equivalent of 6 standard modules at level 6 (120 credits).

Core modules (for all pathways)
All students on the programme will undertake the following core modules:

Social Policy in Community Practice (10 credits)
Principles of Public Health (20 credits)
Valuing Research (20 credits)
Public Health in SCPHN Practice (20 credits)
Developing Leadership Skills (20 credits)

Health visiting pathway only
For the health visiting pathway you will undertake all the above core modules plus the following 2 modules:

Context of Health Visiting Practice (20 credits)
Consolidation of Health Visiting Practice (10 credits)

School nursing pathway only
For the school nursing pathway you will undertake all the core modules plus the following 2 modules:

Context of School Nursing Practice (20 credits)
Consolidation of School Nursing Practice (10 credits)

Sexual Health Adviser pathway only
For the sexual health adviser pathway you will undertake all the core modules plus the following 2 modules:

Context of Sexual Health Adviser Practice (20 credits)
Consolidation of Sexual Health Adviser Practice (10 credits)

Whilst each pathway module has aspects specific to the students chosen pathway there are common elements in the modules to enhance shared learning.

There will also be an option module of a minimum of 10 credits.

Course at glance

Year 1
Social Policy in Community Practice
Principles of Public Health
Valuing Research
Context of Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser Practice

Year 2
Public Health in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Developing Leadership Skills
Context of Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser Practice
Option Module

Year 3 
Consolidation of Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser Practice

Course at glance extra
Throughout the programme students continue with practice learning under the supervision and guidance of a Practice Teacher. In semester three the number of practice weeks increases to enable the student to consolidate their learning.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The course is designed for practitioners who have post-registration practice experience and bring a variety of professional and life experiences. The emphasis of the teaching and learning strategy is student-centred and aimed at utilising and maximising your own experiences to assist the learning process. The diversity of experience enables the use of a variety of approaches to teaching and learning particularly the use of group discussion, problem-based learning, action learning, seminars, reflection and work-based learning. These approaches are further enhanced by the commitment to shared learning. Module materials will also be available on the University's Virtual learning Environment i.e. eLearn.

Assessment is through a mixture of assignments, presentations, examinations (short answers and multiple choice), portfolio and practice assessment. The practice assessment requires completion of the Practice Assessment Document that demonstrates achievement of the NMC standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses (2004). The NMC standards will be formatively assessed in semesters one and two, whereas in the third semester you will be summatively assessed. Learning contracts will be developed in partnership with you, your practice teacher and an identified educationalist to support the achievement of the NMC standards along with individually identified learning outcomes.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

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
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The programme has been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

Testimonials

UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

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.

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.

Internal Recruitment:-
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.

External Recruitment:-
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.

UCAS

UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839

Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk