Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: a degree of 2:2 or above or evidence of successful study at postgraduate level; an NMC-valid registration as either a registered nurse or midwife 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 programme of learning; a nominated practice teacher who will contribute to the teaching and assessment process; a satisfactory work-based risk assessment. > current satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check This will be carried out by your employing organisation.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme 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. 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.

Professional accreditation

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting), and be recorded as a community prescriber on the NMC register. You continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full-time study after SCPHN (HV) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the programme.

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 programme 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.

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, skill simulations and a service evaluation project. 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

This programme 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

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care
+44 (0)1642 384176