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.
Caring for people in their own homes is different from caring for them in hospital. District nursing is a specialist role, a key part of which is to lead teams that provide support and care in the community. You’ll be working with patients (and their carers) in their own home or in care homes, helping to avoid hospital stays where possible.
With an ageing population, specialist district nurses are likely to be vital to the future of the NHS. They must provide community-based care compassionately and effectively to broad mix of people. Our degree course will give you the skills you need to take on this rewarding role, including a prescribing qualification.
You’ll learn to work with other agencies, including social services, commissioners, charities, and other health and social care organisations. This will help you build your teamworking skills as you experience the challenges and opportunities of multidisciplinary, multi-agency working.
You’ll also explore how individuals and their families can care for themselves at home, thereby enhancing people’s dignity and reducing hospital admissions. This in turn will develop your case management skills, enhance your clinical leadership and management, and deepen your understanding of legal and ethical issues.
Our course features a mix of classroom and online learning, and 120 placement days – with support from your tutors at all times. You’ll also have a mentor who’ll help you to develop a personalised programme of learning, hear from external speakers, and do your own research.
As the largest academic institution to train nurses in East Anglia, we offer outstanding facilities. These include our fantastic clinical skills resources in Cambridge and Chelmsford, and superb libraries.
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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.
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.
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.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
This course is fully funded
Places on this course are fully funded by Health Education East of England and the sponsoring employers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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