Taught course

Specialist Community Nursing - Health Visiting Pathway

Keele University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Entry requirements

Please note this programme is available for Home students only.

Months of entry


Course content

The Health Visiting pathway reflects the current standards and initiatives for Health Visiting Practice, underpinned by the Health Visiting Implementation Plan: A Call To Action, 2011—2015 (DH 2011). The course focuses on developing public health awareness and understanding of key health challenges using a social model of health and well-being, and has a particular in-depth focus on the physical, social and emotional aspects of the developing child from 0—5 years, including attachment, recognising how these contribute to social capital and life chances.

The programme will support you in applying your skills of critical reflection to enhance your professional, personal and academic development. It will encourage the development of sound Health Visting practice based on the critical application of research and evidence and will introduce you to theories and practice of leadership and parternship working. Your clinical placement experiences will enable you to gain expertise in the full range of Health Visting skills, through observation and practice supervised by a Practice Teacher.

Through undertaking the award, you will be prepared to work with communities, families and individuals to improve health and reduce health inequalities to optimise life chances, in partnership with people and organisations, in support of the government health and social agenda. On successful completion of this course you are able to register with the NMC on the third part of the register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

For information on how to apply please contact our administration team at nursing.cpd@keele.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    (secondment) 12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    You will achieve the recordable qualification through the Postgraduate diploma; however, there is the opportunity to undertake a dissertation through a part-time route to convert this post-graduate diploma to a Master’s Degree. Students who have met the requirements for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible to proceed into year 2, onto the Masters’ award, subject to the rules of progression. The award of MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) requires successful completion of the 60 credit NUR-40037: Advanced Work Based Practice Project module on a part-time basis.

Course contact details

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