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THIS COURSE PROVIDES A PRACTICE ORIENTATED PROGRAMME
OF STUDY FOR NURSES WISHING A COMMUNITY QUALIFICATION
RECOGNISED BY THE NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL.
This course is for qualified nurses working or wishing to work in the community. It aims to facilitate the development of community nurses who can critically analyse, reflect on and utilise evidence in taking forward advances in community health nursing practice that focuses on the needs of patients, carers and communities and clients. It will enable you to critically evaluate and synthesis the evidence-base for community practice and to develop an innovative, reflective and pro-active approach to meeting the public health, nursing and social needs of individuals, families, groups and communities.
The course will enable you to build on your experience and develop the higher level knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice by opportunities for professional and personal development in community health nursing. It leads to the Nursing and Midwifery Council recorded Specialist Practitioner Qualification of: Community Learning Disability Nursing or Community Nursing in the Home: District Nursing or General Practice Nursing. Or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Registration (Part 3) - Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting/School Nursing).
The course is modular and can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Studying full-time, you will normally undertake degree level or postgraduate level core modules in a prescribed route over the 52 weeks of the course. The part-time route is more flexible and you can take six to nine modules per year. The course is 50% practice-based and requires placement in an approved practice with a qualified practice teacher. Placements and funding are normally discussed with NHS representatives during joint interviewing. Individual modules can be taken by registered practitioners for CPD. However, the pre-requisites and practice requirements for the community modules must be met for access.
Modules from the programme are available to registered practitioners who are currently working in the community and/or those who already have a recognised community nursing qualification
as 'stand alone' modules. Any modules successfully completed prior to commencement of the
course may be RPL
- Leading in healthcare
- Making judgements and decisions in practice
- Evidence-based health and social care
- Contemporary nursing practice
- Anticipatory Care or Advanced
Approaches to Patient Assessment 1 (Level 11 only)
- Principles and practice of managing people with complex needs or
- Principles and practice in the health and social care of individuals, children and families
- V100 community practitioner prescribing
- Practice consolidation
Teaching and Assessment
The teaching and learning methods used will encourage participative and independent learning. Assessment methods will include essays, examinations, portfolio development, poster and seminar presentations.
The programme is supported by utilising electronic resources.