It will strengthen your leadership attributes in order to prepare you for the changing face of community nursing. You will become a skillful community specialist practitioner, able to lead and bring about change in your practice environments.

If you successfully fulfill the required criteria you can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.

The Community Nursing in the Home or District Nursing course from Oxford Brookes University is centred on practice and you will spend a large amount of time in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.

Why choose this course?
  • Gain an NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.
  • This course is an 'opportunity to stop, look at practice, critically analyse, develop self; this is a recognised specialist qualification, there is a national focus for team leaders to have this qualification'. Gabbie Parham, Senior Matron for community Nursing (Oxford Health)
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally and across the region.
  • We have well-established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels that ensure that the curriculum reflects current practice issues.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee Not specified
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 13 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

The four compulsory modules are:
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care will help you develop and apply the knowledge and conceptual and practice skills needed to be an effective leader within health and social care environments, in both the public and private sectors.
  • Community Specialist Practice 1 (DN) is a practice-based module, which enables you to develop an in-depth systematic understanding of the knowledge and skills in primary care nursing in relation to DN practice.
  • Community Specialist Practice 2 (DN) will enable you to demonstrate originality and initiative in the consolidation of your community specialist practice knowledge and skills. You are based in a practice placement which enables you to develop and extend your specialist practice leadership skills in DN practice and to discuss practice issues with colleagues and peers.
  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (V100) incorporates the learning outcomes specified by the NMC for registration to allow practitioners to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary for Community Practitioners.
Optional modules include:
  • Work-Based Learning (with a district nursing - DN - focus) is a practice-focused single module which will enable integration and consolidation of your specialist community knowledge and skills. You will work on a project based on the principles of work-based learning.
  • Operational Management in Health and Social Care examines the way in which the Health and Social Care environment utilises and controls its functions and resources.
  • Advanced Communication and Supportive Relationships explores verbal and non-verbal communication, and the development of supportive relationships, within the context of health and social care.
  • Advanced Symptom Management focuses on the development of assessment skills in the context of life-threatening illness, and on the management of distressing symptoms in palliative care.

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Applicants for the PGDip in Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing course will normally be health care professionals with a minimum of one year’s professional (ie post-qualification) practice.

This course is at level 7 (Master’s Degree) therefore evidence is required of recent study at level 6 (degree level).

In addition, you must normally:
  • be registered on the relevant nursing part of the NMC register and demonstrate evidence of Advanced Level study on entry
  • have the support of your manager or sponsorship from a Primary Care or Hospital Trust
  • have access to a community practice teacher
  • have a source of funding to enable you to meet the course fees.
  • entry on the course will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service clearance
  • evidence of being currently on the NMC register will also be required.
  • successful entry to this course is subject to satisfactory references.

All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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