Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.
This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.
The following specialisms are available:
Health Visiting: Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level.
Occupational Health Nursing: Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace.
School Nursing: Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families.
An additional 60 credit module fee is charged for the dissertation for the award of MSc.
Overseas students who are funded by the NHS will be charged the NHS fee. Fees should be available early summer, however this fee is paid by NHS London. Self funded overseas students will be charged the displayed fee.
The Postgraduate Diploma comprises 50% theory and 50% practice. Students undertake five modules.
Modules (all core)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Evidence Based Practice for Public Health
Promoting Public Health
Management of Public Health Practice
Students wishing to progress onto the MSc undertake the dissertation module.
You will generally work within the current research activities of the academic staff working in an area relevant to your disciplinary major. The refinement of the topic will be done in conjunction with your supervisor. The topic of research may include a quantitative project focusing on the measurement and analysis of data relevant to a question from within the discipline of your major, a qualitative project focusing on the professional (clinical) practice from within the discipline of your major, or a systematic review of the evidence relevant to a question from within the discipline of your major. This latter approach may itself be either qualitative or quantitative. In all cases final approval for the topic is subject to a supervisor´s or course leader´s approval.
Topics may rely on:
Where necessary you will need to seek and obtain the approval of relevant ethics committees before proceeding with the collection or analysis of data.
Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised work placements within the chosen area of specialist practice. You will be allocated an experienced practice teacher who provides support and undertakes assessment in practice. Strong links have been forged between the University, practice teachers, managers and purchasers to ensure a quality programme.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
Qualified nurse with active registration on the NMC Nursing Register in the UK.
A Nursing Diploma of Higher Education or the equivalent of 120 level 3 credits will be considered with nursing experience.
Health Visiting and School Nursing applicants should have active registration on the NMC Register in the UK.
All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their professional readiness to undertake the programme.
English Language Requirements
IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
No work experience is required.
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