The University of Wolverhampton

PGDipPostgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

Why choose this course?

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.

What happens on the course?

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.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The health visiting course at the University of Wolverhampton is one of only a few Universities to have been accredited by UNICEF for Stage 2 of Baby Friendly Standards. Health visiting students will undertake breast feeding training inline with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Programme and will be issued with a certificate at the end of their course
  • The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing / Health Visiting course is widely regarded as being one of the best and most dynamic in the country and consistently attracts students from a wide area. The support received from tutors is extensive and is a hallmark of the course.

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Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

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

Who accredits this course?

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Entry requirements

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 already have a health related degree and have access to a practice placement in the community in your chosen pathway.

Applicants should apply direct to the University

Course fees and finance

Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact us for further information.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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