This course aims to develop you as a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practitioner, fit for practice in a designated field of primary care. You will be equipped with the skills to evaluate, enhance and develop your public health practice and create and develop leadership skills within the context of Public Health Nursing Practice.
You will be taught how to adopt reflective practice and lifelong learning that allows you to develop your intellectual skills and promote personal and professional development. You will learn about Codes of Professional Conduct to protect human rights and equality in the delivery of health care.
You will need to have secured employment with an NHS Trust as a student health visitor in order to gain a place on this course. Please read the application guidance before applying.
You are normally seconded by your employer to study for this pathway. You will focus on educational issues that are related to primary healthcare – study takes place in a community setting. The programme steers strongly towards public health and health promotion, and is designed to encourage the empowerment of patients/clients.
The course will involve both theory and practical elements. Your theoretical assessments involve measuring academic knowledge which will underpin your professional practice. Practice assessments are aimed at measuring knowledge, skills, expertise and attitudes to ensure that an appropriate theory/practice balance is achieved.
The following modules are studied:
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice (School Nursing and health Visiting) 6NH014 - 20 credits
The Application of Research and Practice Innovation in Primary Care 6NH016 – 20 credits
Perspectives of Public Health and Social Policy within Specialist Practice 6NH025 - 20 credits
Vulnerability and Inequality: A Public Health Perspective 6NH017 – 20 credits
Protection of Child and Family Health 6NH015 - 20 credits
Leadership and Management Specialist Practice 6NH024 - 20 credits
You will by the end of the course be able to apply to the third part of the NMC register to practice as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse / Health Visitor.
Further career opportunities are available in specialist clinical roles; Education and Management.
On completion of this course you will:
Have an understanding of the principles of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, including the development and maintenance of the health of communities and individuals.
Use theories of research and evidence based information to identify trends in Health Policy and the implications for health care and health care services.
Help to promote health and wellbeing, influence policies and develop smooth effective health care services through partnerships and collaborative working.
Be able to develop, analyse and present information, constructing rational and logical arguments to support
Practice competently and evaluate personal and professional performance as well as being able to organise and lead others.
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
If you require the specialist practice qualification, you must be registered on the appropriate part of the NMC Register and ideally have a minimum of 2 years post-registration experience.
You must have 120 diploma level credits and have access to a practice placement in the community in your chosen pathway.
Applicants should apply direct to the University
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
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These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.