Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) PG Dip

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

January 2017

Course duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

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Overview

Build on the community knowledge, skills and experience you’ve gained as a qualified nurse with this Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)-approved course

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Full description

Careers

Graduates in this programme can expect to achieve a role as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nurse).

Links with industry and professional recognition

This is an NMC recordable qualification as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing).

Modules & assessment

Core 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, in particular the growing ageing population living in community settings with complex healthcare. The module incorporates caseload management of those living with long term conditions, supported by multidisciplinary teams. 'Fundamentals of district nursing' is aligned with both national and local policies supporting practice, compassion and quality of care in the community setting. Completion of a practice-based competency portfolio is assessed by a specialist practice teacher. This is an essential component to this module.
  • Leadership and Management in the Community
    This module will develop leadership and management skills to a strategic level, enabling practitioners to deliver high quality patient care. The module will introduce practitioners to theories of leadership, management processes to support teams including performance management and motivation. Integrating the values of courage and good communication address the challenges organisational culture can present, this topic will too be explored with this module.

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 is 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, dependent 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 specialist community nurses 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.
  • Advanced Non-Medical Prescribing
    This module will prepare nurses, midwives, specialist community public health nurses and pharmacists to prescribe safely and cost effectively as independent and supplementary prescribers. Alongside the holistic assessment skills module, this educational programme will provide the practitioner with key skills to deliver community agendas, providing care close to home. Supervision and assessment from a designated GP or Nurse Practitioner is essential within this module in order to meet the 78 hours clinical practice requirement. It also aims to prepare allied health professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively as supplementary prescribers and provide an opportunity for interprofessional students to debate, analyse and synthesise key issues within safe prescribing practice and its contribution to health care.

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 incorporate 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.
  • Advancing Decision Making for Healthcare Professionals
    The aim of this module is to advance your decision making skills through critical reflection particularly in the area of advanced organisational practice. The demands of modern healthcare systems require the development of roles for confident autonomous organisational practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing health sector environment and to play key roles in service development. This is particularly important in advanced organisational practice and you will be encouraged to focus on new or advanced areas of service developments and consider issues such as ethics, legislation and quality assurance. You will need to be able to utilise both strategic and operational decision making skills within an area of advanced organisational development and/or practice and to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the outcomes of the decision making process, either as an individual or within a team/organisational context.
  • Law & Ethics in Health & Social Care
    This module highlights the ethical and legal aspects related to your professional practice. There will be an analysis of legal cases and the statutory provision driving practice coupled with an exploration of current ethical issues, such as resource allocation and judicial review, issues of consent, death and dying and respecting life. The application of principles, theories and the legislative framework will be presented to you via reflective activities, case situations and scenarios, which will enable students to access their knowledge, trace their implications, refine their outcomes and evaluate the degree of moral justification they possess. You will also have the opportunity to focus on particular aspects of law and ethics that have relevance to your practice or personal interest This module is particularly relevant to health and social care professionals wishing to develop crucial insights into legal and ethical issues in practice.
  • Research Studies
    This module is designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It will provide you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project. The module requires you to prepare and write a research proposal which will normally lead to a level 4 dissertation. Hence prior knowledge of some research approaches at level 3 is normally expected. This module is taken by students on a variety of courses. Learning will usually be with a group of students who bring different academic and/or professional interests to their study, thus providing a community of collaborative learning well suited to interdisciplinary exploration.
  • Advanced Communication Skills
    This interprofessional module is based upon experiential learning to explore the student's own learning needs in relation to communication issues. You will reflect upon the importance of good communication and explore the theory of communication in complex situations. You will have the opportunity to practice and critically review your micro skills in a safe environment. This will enable the development of reflexivity and increased self awareness in relation to your own performance. The module will require students to identify stressors prevalent in this work in order to broaden their repertoire of coping strategies.
  • Facing Death: Patients, Families and Professionals
    In this module we shall explore some of the psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of patients' encounters with death, contemplating the potential for multiple losses and grief and also the possibility of growth and transcendence at this time. Here the demand is for truly holistic practice from a multi-disciplinary team. The module will consider the needs for support and care for all the parties involved: patients who face their own death, family/friends who face the death of loved ones, and care staff who expend their energies and emotions caring for patient and families. The module deals with theory related to death, loss and bereavement, explores counselling skills, and considers the importance of the caring relationship to patients and lay and professional carers. It considers the patient's network of relationships and their dynamics. The module also invites further attention to palliative care ethics and discusses contemporary issues in palliative care practice.
  • Advanced Clinical Practice in Palliative Care
    This module seeks to explore and clarify advanced clinical practice in palliative care by defining the advanced role and advanced level of expertise, and by exploring activity at advanced practice level. You will be required to identify advanced practice relevant to your role.
  • Integrated Care in the Community
    This module will help you develop the theoretical knowledge which supports the concept of integrated care, with opportunities to apply it to practice. This module is 50% theory 50% practice, the theory will be delivered online and you will work with your district nurse mentor for the practice. Subjects studied include: Care around the clock, the international perspective, history and political drivers for integrated working, multi professional working and how it benefits patient care, governance, the autonomous patient and communication.

You will take one module from the above list. The choice will depend on modules you may have completed in the past and on availability. The course leader will discuss your options with you at the beginning of the course. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

Assessment includes essays, examinations, case studies, poster presentations and a competency-based portfolio.

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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Cambridge
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Fees & funding

Course fees

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

£4,733

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

£2,367

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£5,400

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)

£2,700

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support

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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.

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