Full-time: Minimum of one year, Part-time: Minimum of two years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
This course prepares registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specialist community public health nurses (Health Visiting or School Nursing or Sexual Health Adviser) and is suitable for those who wish to develop a career in public health nursing. The course content will cover the four principles of public health practice and students will be involved in: the search for health needs; the stimulation of awareness of health needs; the influence on policies affecting health; the facilitation of health enhancing activities. The course comprises 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. Assessment methods vary and include: examinations, essays, presentations and business reports in addition to practice assessment by a named practice teacher.
The course will enable registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse 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:
Please note this programme is also offered at a BSc (Hons) level.
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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. The course offers the opportunity to practice as a Health Visitor or School Nurse or Sexual Health Adviser.
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 will enable registration as a specialist community public health nurse 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.
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 one standard Level 6 modules (totalling 20 credits) and five Level 7 modules (totalling 100 credits).
Core modules (for all pathways)
All students on the programme will undertake the following core modules:
Health Visiting pathway only
For the health visiting pathway you will undertake all the above core modules plus the following two modules:
School Nursing pathway only
For the school nursing pathway you will undertake all the core modules plus the following two modules:
Sexual Health Adviser pathway only
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.
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.
This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.
It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.
The programme has been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The course is designed for practitioners who have post-registration practice experience and bring a variety of professional and life experiences. The demands and requirements of postgraduate study require an emphasis on informal methods of learning and the promotion of independence in the planning and organisation of learning. This requires your involvement in a variety of learning and teaching approaches designed to further develop your skills of academic discourse, independent study and scholarly enquiry. These approaches may include group discussions, problem-based learning, action learning, seminars, reflection and work and web-based learning, further enhanced through a commitment to shared learning.
Assessment is through a mixture of assignments, examinations (short answers and multiple choice), viva, 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.
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: