Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

To apply for the course, you need:

  • current first level registration on the NMC professional register (part 1 or 2)
  • 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at Level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing

This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Application and selection

Applications should be made through NHS jobs at www.jobs.nhs.uk.

Supporting Statement

As part of your application, you 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 which should:

  • demonstrate progression towards a career in Specialist Community Practice or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • show an understanding of the role you are applying for, be that District Nurse, Community Children’s Nurse, Health Visitor or School Nurse
  • include relevant, reflective diaries
  • demonstrate that you will be able to adapt to the role of a student

Months of entry

January, September, March

Course content

Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) and have your professional competencies, set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, assessed in practice.

  • Study for a registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting
  • Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists on this contemporary programme which encompasses registration for practice
  • Benefit from a curriculum praised for its enhanced practice perspective and ‘outstanding’ fitness for practice from the NMC
  • Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice
  • Experience 22 weeks of practical placements
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers
Teaching builds on your existing clinical experience, extending your theoretical and professional knowledge and understanding. Many sessions are shared with other LJMU community nursing programmes, enabling you to better understand and appreciate the roles of other healthcare specialists.

As a public health nurse you must be able to work flexibility and creativity, demonstrating high quality practice leadership. The programme prepares you to take responsibility for vulnerable individuals, identify healthcare needs, facilitate health-enhancing activities, safeguard health and welfare and influence health policies.

You can study full time (52 weeks) or part time (104 weeks), with modules delivered two or three 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 - 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 (52 weeks) or part time (104 weeks), with modules delivered two or three days a week and clinical placements interspersing the classroom learning blocks.

Course contact details

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0151 231 5090