Taught course

Community Specialist Practitioner

University of Central Lancashire · School of Community Health and Midwifery

Entry requirements

All applicants must have:

  • An effective appropriate 1st level registration on the NMC professional in respect of the route they wish to take, as follows: General Practice Nursing: entry on sub part 1: Adult - RN1 or RNA or Child - RN8 or RNC Community Mental Health Nursing: entry on sub part 1: Mental Health - RN3 or RNMH Community Children's Nursing: entry on sub part 1: Child - RN8 or RNC Community Nursing in the Home: entry on sub part 1: Adult - RN1 or RNA.
  • The equivalent of at least one year's post-registration practice experience.
  • Experience of practicing within a healthcare environment for a minimum of 18 hours per week (or equivalent part-time) clinical activity.
  • Hold the equivalent of 360 credits of which 120 must be at Level 6 (degree level) in a relevant Nursing Practice or Social Sciences related subject.
  • The ability to be self-funding or have the commitment of your employer to support your course fees.
  • Your manager’s support for the course (where appropriate).
  • You are required to have a current CRB clearance which will be organised through your employing organisation.

Months of entry


Course content

The course aims to promote the evolution of an adaptable, reflexive and responsive practitioner who promotes the highest standards of client health care. The course incorporates the key principles of specialist practice within the domains of clinical practice; care and programme management; clinical practice development and clinical practice leadership. The course comprises of 50% theory and 50% practice. Assessment methods vary and include: examinations, essays, presentations, business report, viva and practice assessment.

The aim of this course is to prepare and develop registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specialist community practitioner (General Practice Nursing or Community Mental Health Nursing or Community Children's Nursing or Nursing in the Home) (UKCC 2001) and the 'Standards for Approval of Higher Education Institutions and Programmes' (ENB 1997). These standards have been accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council from April 2002.

The course is available full-time over 40 weeks or it can be accessed as a part-time course over two, three or four years. The course will be delivered at the main university campus site in Preston, but fifty per cent of learning will take place within a practice placement.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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