Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (2 years)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

January 2017

 

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Overview

District nurses care for people in their home and in the community. If you’re already a qualified nurse, this course will develop your community nursing skills. You’ll learn to lead teams in delivering excellent patient-centred care, improve your caseload management and independent working skills, and gain a prescribing qualification.

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Full description
Approved by the NMC

Careers

When you graduate, you’ll be able to record your qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) with a prescribing qualification.

Employers will be impressed by the practical experience you gain on this course. You’ll have 120 days’ practical clinical experience under your belt, including a five-week consolidated practice placement. You’ll also have managed a small caseload under the supervision of your mentor, a qualified district nurse.

Modules & assessment

Level 6 modules

  • Fundamentals of District Nursing
    This module focuses on the essential aspects of the district nursing role, including the changing demographics within the 21st Century and in particular the growing ageing population living in community settings with complex healthcare. You will study caseload management of those living with long term conditions, supported by multidisciplinary teams. The module is aligned with both national and local policies supporting practice, compassion and quality of care in the community setting.
  • Leadership and Management in the Community
    This module will develop leadership and management skills to a strategic level, enabling you as a practitioner to deliver high quality patient care. The module will introduce practitioners to theories of leadership and management processes to support teams, including performance management and motivation. You will also reflect on integrating the values of courage and good communication and addressing the challenges organisational culture can present.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.

You will choose one of the following modules:

  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing - see notes below
    Please note: If you are a Health Visiting student and have already completed a nurse prescribing module that's recorded with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), your sponsoring Trust or healthcare organisation and the University may suggest you complete the optional Work-Based Learning module. If you are a School Nursing student, depending on your Trust or healthcare organisation's preference (after discussion with the University), it may be suggested that you replace the Nurse Prescribing module with one of the optional modules listed on this course page. The Nurse Prescribing module will prepare you to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the community practitioners formulary for nurse prescribers. The module is an alternative option to non-medical prescribing and is undertaken with allied health professionals.
  • Non-medical Prescribing
    This module prepares you to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary, within your area of competence. You’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively, as both an independent and supplementary prescriber. On successful completion of this module, you’ll be qualified to prescribe any medicine for any medical condition within your field of competence, including some controlled drugs.

Level 6 optional modules

  • Holistic Assessment Skills for Community Nurses
    This module enables you to develop systems-based assessment skills which are patient-centered and support accurate decision making, integrating the fundamental components of compassionate care. Holistic assessment skills incorporates the environment in which the patient lives and the environment in which care will be delivered. Supervision from a designated GP or Nurse Practitioner is essential within this module to achieve the relevant clinical assessment skills.
  • Clinical Assessment Skills for Health Professionals
    This module will focus on developing Clinical Assessment Skills and you will study physical examinations for all body systems using diagnostic equipment and interpreting investigations. You will examine the framework for Professional Practice and reflect on issue such as evidence-based practice, protocols, guidelines, reflective practice, and record-keeping. The module also addresses communication and the psycho-social aspects of healthcare. This covers topics such as influences on health status and health behaviour, communication skills, history-taking, record-keeping, clinical decision-making skills, and management of change. Finally, you will concentrate on the assessment of common conditions/injuries.
  • Principles of Palliative Care
    Palliative and end of life care involves the holistic care of patients living with advanced progressive illnesses, and the purpose is to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families. This course explores the core principles of palliative care. It will provide you with the skills you need to assess patient needs before planning and delivering holistic care. This course is particularly relevant if you are new to the field of palliative and end of life care or are interested in improving your knowledge and skills in this area.
  • Caring for People with Dementia
    On this course you'll learn person-centred approaches which are underpinned by respect for individuality, personal choice and family support. You’ll learn how changes in the brain can affect a person with dementia, and how this impacts on the way that person may think, feel and behave. You’ll consider how dementia is assessed and diagnosed. You’ll explore the broader ethical and legal issues relating to dementia and those who care for them. You’ll also consider contemporary research and policy issues, and how they inform best practice and service provision.
  • Law and Ethics in Health and Social Care
    You will explore the ethical and legal theories and principles that underpin health and social care, such as consent, confidentiality, duty of care and human rights. The module will explore the moral problems you may face in the course of your work, provide the background for recognising issues that may raise legal liability, and reflect on the legal, social and ethical context in which healthcare practice is situated. You will have the chance to deconstruct legal cases and practice putting forward your own contentions to construct, categorise and criticise different ethical arguments.
  • Symptom Management in Palliative Care
    At the heart of good palliative care is the management of pain and its symptoms, so this course will deepen your understanding of effective strategies for the relief of pain and its symptoms. You’ll consider the concept of total pain and the associated notion of suffering. You’ll explore the roles and value of pharmacology and the multi-disciplinary team. You’ll learn to critically apply in-depth knowledge to the management of pain and its symptoms in far-advanced cancer and palliative care.
  • Cancer Treatment Modalities
    You’ll look at cancer therapies and their effect on patient physiology and immunology, as well as quality of life. You’ll also consider the effect of cancer on fertility. You’ll explore a number of site-specific tumours, evaluating the impact of treatment on patients and their families. Topics will include: principles of cancer therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, biotherapies & surgery, complementary therapies, ethical theories, clinical research trials (informed consent, quality of life) and the management of some site-specific cancers.
  • Management of the Person with Diabetes
    You will develop the professional skills you need to care effectively and compassionately for people of any age with diabetes. The module examines the physiology, symptoms and impact of diabetes. You will understand the various interventions available, and how to manage acute and long-term diabetic complications. You will study the following topics: type 1 and 2 diabetes, the management of acute diabetic complications, non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions, the impact of diabetes, diabetes mellitus and the roles of insulin and glucagon.
  • Research Methodology
    You will learn to be analytical and insightful regarding research reports. You will gain an invaluable skill for anyone who wishes to provide effective and appropriate care in their individual sphere of practice. In addition, today's practitioner is required to work in a multi professional, multi-agency world which requires skills and insight into the efficacy of research. This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist you in further developing skills of critical analysis and ethical appraisal of published work.
  • Wound Management
    This module will help you deepen your clinical and technological understanding, enhance your patient-care skills, and advance your career prospects. You’ll focus on the healing of wounds at cellular level, enabling you to assess wounds arising from different causes within your own clinical setting. You’ll learn to critically appraise and make informed decisions about the use of different care strategies (generally and for individual patients) as well as advanced wound-healing technologies.
  • Management of Individuals with Long-Term Medical Conditions
    This module looks at helping people with long-term conditions to receive the best possible care as they approach the end of their lives. You will deliver an enhanced quality of care to your patients by deepening your understanding of the socio-economic and political context to long-term conditions, the pathophysiology related to key conditions, management and care systems, empowerment, health promotion and end-of-life care. You will learn to understand key conditions and how to manage them. You will also advance your professional skills in assessing needs, planning and managing care delivery.

Assessment

You’ll learn theoretical and practical skills on this course – and we’ll assess you on both. Essays, examinations, case studies, poster presentations, a competency-based portfolio, and an extended literature review all help to demonstrate you’re developing the skills you need.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£4,500

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements are for January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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