Taught course

Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing)

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need:

  • current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one)
  • a minimum of one 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

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 or 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

January, September

Course content

Study for this recordable Specialist Community Practitioner/District Nursing qualification at Liverpool John Moores University. Combining theory and primary care practice, the course prepares practitioners to lead service development.

  • Study for a District Nursing qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Follow a curriculum developed by a team of nationwide policy influencers
  • Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists
  • Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice
  • Benefit from 20 weeks of practice placements with an NMC approved practice teacher
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers
This District Nursing programme combines theoretical study and supervised practice within a primary care setting. It involves a great deal of critical analysis, synthesis, evaluation, discussion, dialogue and debate.

The course’s student-centred approach values prior learning and experience and builds on existing clinical and theoretical knowledge.
You will be encouraged to share your past experiences as you network within your peer group and beyond.

Many sessions are co-taught with other community nursing programmes enabling you to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the roles played by, and the challenges faced by, other healthcare specialists.

You can study full time (40 weeks) or part time (80 weeks). Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as complementary module-related sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

You will be appointed a personal tutor to support and oversee your progress throughout the course and you will work with an experienced practitioner 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

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
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part time
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Further details of qualification

You can study full time (40 weeks) or part time (80 weeks). Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090