Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

Institution
Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care
Qualifications
PGDip

Entry requirements

• a Degree of 2:2 or above or

• successful study at postgraduate level

• a valid Level 1 registration on part 1 or part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register (defined area of practice apply)

• successful interview and subject to support of an employing organisation who will give an undertaking to enable access to/or facilitate access to the appropriate learning opportunities. Normally you will have supernumerary status throughout the course of learning

• a nominated practice teacher who will contribute to the teaching and assessment process

• a satisfactory work-based risk assessment.

Current satisfactory enhanced DBS. This will be carried out by their employing organisation.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course is for registered nurses or midwives, who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting) and be recorded as a community prescriber.

Course details

It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a health visitor, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level. You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in order to work effectively with individuals, families and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the contemporary health visiting agenda.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and their families; the new health visiting agenda, UNICEF BFI standards; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions; prescribing from the community practitioners’ formulary, and designing and managing a service evaluation.

Where you study

The course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

Course structure

Core modules

· Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing

· Advancing Health Visiting Practice

· Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice

· Advancing Public Health

· Contemporary Issues in Public Health

· Designing Research Projects

· Evidence-based Practice

· Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

How you learn

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and skill simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Career opportunities

The course prepares you to work as a health visitor and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic health visiting profession.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office, +44 (0)1642 342171, email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration

PGDip

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Name
School of Health & Social Care Admissions
Email
sohscadmissions@tees.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1642 384110