Specialist Practice - District Nursing PgDip

Location Stafford Campus
Duration 1 Year
Course start September
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This programme aims to:

  • Provide you with a programme of study that facilitates and develops the competencies necessary to achieve the NMC recordable qualification Specialist Practitioner – District Nursing. 

  • Enable you to develop new skills through the evaluation, understanding and application of research in order to advance the breadth and depth of their knowledge and that of the discipline. 

  • Develop the critical enquiry skills required for you to make sense of, and understand, complex issues and exploit these abilities to synthesise new perspectives, in order to deconstruct, interpret and manage unpredictable situations in the professional setting.

  • Foster autonomy in advanced scholarship and therefore enable you to make active contributions towards research within the sphere of district nursing and health care practice. 

  • Provide opportunities for you to work in a range of settings, which will engage you in an environment of multi/inter-professional learning.

The Specialist Practice - District Nursing award is a programme of preparation that is conjointly validated by the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which leads to a Postgraduate Diploma as well as the achievement of a recordable professional qualification.  You may study this award over one year full time, or as a two-year, part time, programme of study.

Course outline

This programme supports progression to specialist practice level in District Nursing and is an NMC recordable qualification.  An experienced award leader organizes and monitors your progression.  The aim of the programme is to provide and support opportunities that enable students to develop in-depth specialist knowledge and skills, demonstrating they have appropriate attitudes to carry out the professional role required from a Specialist Practitioner.

The carefully selected range of modules mean that students will be exposed to a range of opportunities enabling them to become critical reflectors; able to analyse and evaluate theory and practice from an evidence base; identify need; instigate, lead and manage change in complex and demanding clinical and community settings. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of local and national policy within their clinical environment and in health and health care generally.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are incorporated into the modules and assessment strategies are planned to ensure that theoretical concepts are linked to practice.  Some modules are offered as distance learning modules – this brings a greater level of flexibility to the programme.

Practice based learning is supported by an experienced Practice Educator or mentor who is identified by the sponsoring Trust and who works in collaboration with the academic team.  These individuals have a key role in facilitating practice opportunities, providing support, supervision and guidance in clinical practice to ensure the outcomes for practice are met.

Course content

The District Nursing and Community Public Health Nursing Specialist Practice programmes are somewhat different to traditional Degree/Post Graduate awards as they require you to be seconded by a sponsoring Trust and you will be/remain a Trust employee for the duration of these courses.  The NMC require the programmes to be a blend of academic and practical learning.  Trust involvement and support is essential in facilitating this and it is the Trust who allocate you a Community Practice Educator; these are the individuals who will co-ordinate and manage the clinical component of the programme.  This practice based learning constitutes 50% of the programmes and both this, and the academic element, must be passed for you to complete the awards and be eligible to record your qualification with the NMC.  The programmes are carefully planned so that your practical and academic pathways are clear to you at the start of your learning journey.  Unfortunately, without Trust sponsorship students cannot be enrolled onto these programmes.  You should make contact with your Trust to investigate the possibility of funding/secondment.  If you have any further questions, please contact the programme leads for the specific route you are interested – For District Nursing please contact : Shelley Howles email shelley.howles@staffs.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Applicants would generally have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a related subject

Teaching and learning

The award has a flexible structure, comprising 50 percent theory and 50 percent practice; both components are equally weighted for assessment purposes. There is a strong focus throughout the programme to ensure the integration of theory and practice.

There are four core modules - Professional Practice, Leadership, Health Promotion and Research.  The V100 Nurse Prescribing module is also compulsory component. Students are then able to select two modules from a defined range to complete their credit requirement. 

Employment opportunities

You will be sponsored by a Primary Care Trust for the duration of this programme.  Most students that have completed this award go on to gain promotion and/or secure employment in the sphere of District Nursing and Primary Care.

Contact

Enquiries Team
Cadman Information Point
College Road
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 2DE
United Kingdom
t: +44(0)1782 294400
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