Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) PG Dip

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

September 2017

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

Please note that the full-time version of this course is offered at both Cambridge and Chelmsford and the part-time version is offered at Cambridge only.
Theory: one to two days per week, 9am–4pm; practice: one to three days per week, 9am–5pm.

Part-time teaching times: Thursdays 9am-4pm (Cambridge)

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Overview

Specialise in improving the health and wellbeing of children, family and populations. Combining theory and practice, our course will prepare you for part three Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) registration on completion.

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Full description
The support during this course has been exemplary. The whole team, lecturers and administrators, have always been willing to assist myself and other students
Danniella

Careers

You’ll be qualified to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, with skills that are also applicable to other roles in public health, safeguarding or primary care and community agencies.

Work placements

Placements range from one to three days a week, with a final ten-week, five-day-a-week period of consolidated practice at the end.

Links with industry and professional recognition

Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Research in Public Health Theory
    This module will enable students to critically review and systematically evaluate key relevant contemporary literature and the application of this to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) practice. It will foster students with the complex knowledge and skills to be able to search for current information which underpins the delivery of SCPHN care. Students will develop enhanced skills to critically appraise the literature to derive relevance and meaning from their findings. This will draw into practice the evidence on which public health practice is delivered. Research, policy and professional standards will be comprehensively synthesised to embed a deep understanding of literature underpinning SCPHN. The ability to link these concepts into the practical world of SCPHN will be developed to enable the student to maintain a contemporary knowledge. This knowledge base which the service delivered can be justified in order to work proactively within a SCPHN context. The module will consider concepts of information validity utilising learning sessions which incorporate research methods and the skills and knowledge to develop advanced scholarship in the comprehension of literature quality. Sessions will cover: Data collection, qualitative and quantitative research, epidemiology, data base searching, ethical, cultural and gender issues reliability, validity, bias and research interpretation. Students will evaluate methodologies and develop critiques which may lead to the proposal of new hypothesise. Students will be encouraged to read literature related and applied to this specialist public health area including legislative and health literature that encourage ethical argument and debate. This literature will be drawn from disciplines such as; social, psychological, medical sciences and education in addition to those of the SCPHN. Students will systematically and creatively review, evaluate and synthesise current policy drivers related to public health reflecting on the need for a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approach to working with children and their families. Students will be encouraged to explore literature at the forefront of SCPHN theory that is in place to inform SCPHN practice. Summative assessment for the module will be a 1,500 word research critique which addresses a public health topic at an individual, local or national level and a practice competency document. Within this document students will be required to achieve a pass at the required competency level whilst reflectively demonstrating their critical analysis and evaluation skills via 1,200-word detailed reflection(s) from practice.
  • Leadership, Commissioning and Public Health Practice
    This module will develop leadership skills to a strategic level, enabling practitioners to become effective advocates on behalf of children and families. Furthermore, this module will develop the practitioner's knowledge base with respect to the commissioning of services in order to ensure that a quality service is provided to children and their families.
  • Fundamentals of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
    The Department of Health (DOH, 2009) suggests that the foundations of a healthy and fulfilled adult life are laid in childhood and adolescence. Neuro-scientific and genetic advances have enhanced our understanding of physiological and psychological childhood development and how this can be both promoted and damaged. It is imperative that the children’s public health workforce is adequately equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to deliver the Healthy Child Programme (2009). This theory/practice module focuses on the universal components of the progressively universal framework for practice delivered to infants, children, young people and their families, beginning in early pregnancy, right through into early adulthood, as described in the Healthy Child Programme (DoH 2009). This module will focus on the key issues around health and developmental reviews within the 0-19 framework in order to enable SCPHN students to develop an understanding of the identification/assessment of and management of, abnormalities or deviations from the norm. In order to ensure that practitioners are prepared effectively to work within the challenging and dynamic arena of children’s public health, this module will explore the background theories that are integral to working with children, young people and their families, and communities. Furthermore, this module will recognize, apply and communicate aspects of care and highlight the compassionate skills required in relation to the key content listed in 6b. Summative assessment for this module will comprise of an essay totalling 1,500 words, and a practice competency document. Within this document students will be required to achieve a pass at the required competency level whilst reflectively demonstrating their critical analysis and evaluation skills via 1,200-word detailed reflection(s) from practice.
  • Enhanced Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
    This module is designed to help you develop a strategic, political and ideological grasp of contemporary public health policy in relation to professional and ethical health care practice. The review enables you to critically analyse existing health and/or social care policy and its impact on the planning and delivery of local services to children and their families.
  • Critical Policy Review
    This module is designed to help students develop a strategic, political and ideological grasp of contemporary public health policy in relation to professional and ethical health care practice. The review enables practitioners to critically analyse existing health and/or social care policy and its impact on the planning and delivery of local services to children and their families.
  • Consolidated Practice
    This module is specifically related to the Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course (Health Visiting or School Nursing). It is a ten- week period at the end of the course which will enable you to consolidate your education and competence in your field of practice. A work-based based learning approach will be used and supported throughout the delivery, and you'll be expected to explore theories and reflect on your experiences in order to integrate theory and practice. The learning component of the delivery is supported by VLE (virtual learning environment). It is anticipated that this method of learning facilitates the development of transferable lifelong learning skills. You'll also commit to completion and submission of all assessed work to meet the NMC (2004) Standards for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing before commencing the Consolidated Practice Module. You will, however, be monitored on a fortnightly basis by a Practice Teacher who will continue to report on your progress, completing the appropriate documentation which is a pass/fail element of the course.
  • 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.

In some cases, you will be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with either of the optional modules. You will choose one of the two optional modules below.

Optional modules

  • Understanding Contraception and Sexual Health (School Nursing only)
    The module will develop your understanding of contraceptive and sexual health. You’ll explore all methods of contraception, gain an insight into sexually transmitted diseases and learn about the impact of sexuality on the individual, the family and wider society. You’ll consider contraception and sexual health care across the entire reproductive lifespan as well as thinking about access for those with disabilities. You’ll look at factors which influence human sexuality and the surrounding legal and ethical issues.

You may be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with one of the two above optional modules. This is only applicable to you if you already have a Nurse Prescribing qualification recorded with the NMC (health visiting students) or if the Nurse Prescribing module is not relevant to your future qualified role (school nursing students). Should this be the case, you will need to get agreement from your organisation and from the university. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including, essays, case studies, a critical incident analysis, competency based portfolio and a critical policy review.

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.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
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Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

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

£6,100

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

£3,050

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,200

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

£7,100

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

£3,550

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£11,900

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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International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

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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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