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Designed to meet the NMC requirements for the preparation of a Specialist Practitioner Qualification, this course equips you with skills to care effectively for patients in their own homes or in community settings. Is this course for me?
If you are an experienced, highly motivated nurse seeking to develop your career in one of the three specialist pathways listed below, undertaking this postgraduate qualification will prove to be extremely fulfilling.
What will this course cover?
This modular based postgraduate course has been specifically designed to meet the NMC requirements for the preparation of Specialist Practitioners in Community Health Care Nursing. The three pathways include:
* Community Children's Nursing
* District Nursing
Why choose this course?
This course gives you an understanding of the complexities of working within a community setting, giving an increased awareness of strategic influences on policy. With the changing demographics of patients being cared for in their own homes, this programme provides you with an underpinning knowledge to equip you with skills to care effectively for patients/clients in their own homes or community settings.
How will I be taught?
Assessment will be by course work, portfolio development, presentations and examination (Nurse Prescribing). The assessment of practice is undertaken using a community practice portfolio. The Practice Teacher is responsible for the teaching and assessment in practice and they work closely with the Link Tutor, who will visit the practice learning environment on at least three occasions during the year
The teaching, learning and assessment methods are wide-ranging to fit the variety of student learning styles. In all cases these methods will focus on application to practice, and a critical approach to nursing care in the community. Academic tutor support is offered to all students to facilitate their academic development at a postgraduate level. Learning is facilitated in the community practice environment as well as the classroom and the methods used here are those of discussion as well as critical observation and demonstration, enabling you to analyse your decisions and the decision making process.
The understanding of research based knowledge underpinning the decisions is of key importance. You are also encouraged to consider the development of innovative research into your specialist area of practice. Within the classroom, lectures, discussion and seminars are used to enable you to both build your knowledge and share experiences with your peer group.
This sharing of experience is seen as a major element in the development of community nurses who are able to practice at a high level, taking responsibility for complex decisions within a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency environment.
Start date and attendance
Start date: September
Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time
* Full-time: two days per week at the University and two days per week in practice
* Part-time: one day per week at the University and one pay per week in practice
A typical offer will include registeration on the appropriate part of the NMC register and a first degree in a subject relating to nursing. You will also need to make arrangements for a suitable practice placement to run concurrently with the theoretical element of the course. Most practitioners who undertake the specialist practitioner qualification receive sponsorship from a Primary Care Trust. The practice placement is then arranged by the sponsoring Trust.
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