Full-time: One year, Part-time: Three years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
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Preston (Campus code: U)
BSc (Hons) - Post-registration
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.
All applicants must have:
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
Social Policy in Community Practice
Principles of Public Health
Context of Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser Practice
Public Health in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Developing Leadership Skills
Context of Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser Practice
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.
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:-
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:
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:
For the health visiting pathway you will undertake all the above core modules plus the following 2 modules:
For the school nursing pathway you will undertake all the core modules plus the following 2 modules:
For the sexual health adviser pathway you will undertake all the core modules plus the following 2 modules:
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.
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:
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.
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.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
The programme has been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
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.