Community Specialist Practitioner PGDip

Community Specialist Practitioner PGDip

School of Community Health and Midwifery


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    Full-time: 40 weeks , Part-time: Two- four years

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The course aims to promote the evolution of an adaptable, reflexive and responsive practitioner who promotes the highest standards of client health care. The course incorporates the key principles of specialist practice within the domains of clinical practice; care and programme management; clinical practice development and clinical practice leadership. The course comprises of 50% theory and 50% practice. Assessment methods vary and include: examinations, essays, presentations, business report, and practice assessment.


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Entry Requirements

All applicants must have:-

An effective appropriate 1st level registration on the NMC professional in respect of the route they wish to take, as follows:

  • General Practice Nursing: entry on sub part 1: Adult - RN1 or RNA or Child - RN8 or RNC
  • Community Children's Nursing: entry on sub part 1: Child - RN8 or RNC
  • Community Nursing in the Home: entry on sub part 1: Adult - RN1 or RNA.

The equivalent of at least one year's post-registration practice experience.
Experience of practicing within a healthcare environment for a minimum of 18 hours per week (or equivalent part-time) clinical activity.
Hold the equivalent of 360 credits of which 120 must be at Level 6 (degree level) in a relevant Nursing Practice or Social Sciences related subject.
Have the commitment of your employer to support your course fees.
Your manager’s support for the course (where appropriate).
You are required to have a current DBS clearance which will be organised through your employing organisation.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Principles of Public Health and Social Policy
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Research,
  • Community Specialist Practice in Perspective

Semester 2

Option Module,

  • Community Practitioner Prescribing and 10 credit option OR 20 credit option module,
  • Clinical Leadership for Practice Innovation, Perspectives of Community Specialist Practice

Semester 3

  • Consolidation of Specialist Practice

Further Information

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:

  • Communication 
  • Personal and People Development 
  • Health Safety and Security 
  • Service Improvement 
  • Quality 
  • Equality and Diversity

In addition individual pathways will meet a number of elements within the following specific dimensions, for example:

  • Health and Wellbeing 
  • Information and Knowledge


Students will undertake the equivalent of 6 standard modules, totalling 120 credits, of which all 120 credits must be at Level 7.

All students on the programme will undertake the following modules:

  • Principles of Public Health and Social Policy (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Research (20 credits) 
  • Leadership in Practice (20 credits) 
  • Community Specialist Practice in Perspective (40 credits)

This equates with 100 credits for all pathways except Community Nursing in the Home students who will also undertake an additional compulsory 10 credits through completing V100 Community Practitioner Prescribing.

A further 20 credits of option modules (minimum of 10 credits for Community Nursing in the Home students) is required to complete the award.

How to Apply

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.

Internal Recruitment

Please note that this is 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 -

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:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: TBC
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The curriculum design facilitates development of a wide range of learning experiences to encourage lifelong, independent learning. These approaches include reflection, critical reading, problem-based activities, directed study, lectures, discussion groups, role play and eLearn (a virtual learning environment). Fifty per cent of learning will take place within a practice placement.

Various modes of assessment are included within the programme. These include assignment essays, case studies, written and oral examinations.