Taught course

Specialist Community Practitioner Children's Nursing

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

You must have: Current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one or part two). A minimum of a year’s post-registration experience. 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at Level 6 (to study at post graduate level) in nursing. Employment within a Community Children’s Nursing team or Hospital at Home Service for children and be seconded by your current employer. This course will only run subject to minimum numbers. Application and selection: Applications are to be made through NHS jobs at www.jobs.nhs.uk once the application process is open. Supporting Statement: As part of your application process you will need to provide a supporting statement. Please provide individual responses for criteria 1-7, using the criteria name as the sub-heading for the response. This must demonstrate the following: Sound knowledge of health policy relating to the role you have applied for (150 words); understanding of the role of the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse or Specialist Community Practitioner (200 words); well-developed communication and interpersonal skills (150 words); leadership potential (150 words); track record of professional values, behaviour and teamwork (150 words); computer literacy skills (50 words); appreciation and application of research and evidence-based professional practice (150 words). Your supporting statement or application form must also demonstrate the following: Professional values and behaviour; Reliable, innovative, flexible; Ability to learn and work hard under pressure; Self-awareness; Access to transport; Provision of an academic and professional reference. Please note: all of the above will also be assessed at interview. Additional interview requirements: You will need to present an up-to-date professional portfolio demonstrating progression towards a career in Specialist Community Practice or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and an understanding of the role you are applying for (District Nurse, Community Children’s Nurse, Health Visitor or School Nurse). The portfolio should include relevant, reflective diaries. You must also demonstrate that you will be able to adapt to student status.

Months of entry


Course content

Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this Registered Specialist Community Practitioner/Community Children’s Nursing qualification and have your professional competencies, as set out by the NMC, assessed in practice.

  • Study for this Community Children’s Nursing qualification which has been quoted as an example of good practice by the Department of Health.
  • Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists.
  • Explore a curriculum developed with partner organisations, stakeholders and families.
  • Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice.
  • Experience five weeks of bespoke practice placements.
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers .
The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and, alongside its strong academic framework, there is a series of placements to enrich your learning and allow you to experience a variety of partner settings.

You will spend time in a children’s hospice, a special school, A&E, a children’s walk-in centre and a neo-natal unit. These invaluable placements will enable you to build up a network of contacts and a greater appreciation of where your role a Specialist Community Children’s Nurse fits into the overall scheme of healthcare provision.

You can study full time (40 weeks) or part time (80 weeks), with modules delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements interspersing the classroom learning blocks.

Theory days can be used for activities such as non-module specific sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

You will be appointed a personal tutor to support and oversee your progress through the course and you will work with an experienced practitioner - your practice teacher/mentor - on work placements.

Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on site catering facilities.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community (Education) for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at marshadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 5340.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090