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Community Specialist Practitioner

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

Build on your experience and skills as a community nurse or midwife with our Community Specialist Practitioner postgraduate, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)-approved course.

You’ll enhance your practical and theoretical knowledge of working and caring for people in the community, as we support you to become an adaptable, reflexive and responsive practitioner who promotes the highest standards of client health care. 

Why study with us

  • The course is 50% theory, delivered at our main Preston Campus, and 50% practice via a placement.
  • You’ll study the key principles of care and programme management, clinical practice development and leadership to meet the diversity of community health and social care needs in a changing climate.
  • And you’ll benefit from an expert course team who are all qualified in their field, holding relevant NMC registration and active in publishing their work.

What you'll do

  • The course meets 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).
  • You’ll acquire lifelong, independent learning skills through reflection, critical reading, problem-based activities, directed study, lectures, discussion groups, role play and eLearn (a virtual learning environment).
  • Fifty percent of learning will take place within a practice placement.
Please note modules will vary depending on your chosen pathway

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise


  • This course is validated by the NMC, the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Future careers

Successful completion of the Community Specialist Practitioner course means you’ll be on record as a community specialist practitioner on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. 

As a clinician, educator, manager and leader you’ll proactively meet changing health care needs and the expectations and demands of individuals, groups and populations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society. 


This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery located in the Faculty of Health and Care

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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