Research course

Specialist Practice Community

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

  • Registration on the appropriate part of the NMC register
  • Completion of a degree in nursing or a health-related field
  • Normally, a minimum of two years’ post-registration experience
  • Successful/undertaking completion of a Level 6 Mentorship module
  • Support from the sponsoring trust or organisation
  • Evidence of practice in a closely related area of specialism

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides student-centred and interdisciplinary opportunities for the development of a critically informed specialist practitioner in community nursing who will be instrumental in changing and developing nursing practice, and who will be a leader of their profession.

Specialist practitioners are defined as leaders who are able to exercise higher levels of judgement and discretion.

The overarching aim of our course is to produce a competent, independent community practitioner working at postgraduate level, capable of promoting the development and delivery of community nursing practice across a variety of settings.

Pathways include:

  • District Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • General Practice Nursing
  • Community Childrens’ Nursing

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and this is integrated across the duration of the course. You will undertake the theoretical component in the University, and undertake the practice component in a community setting under the supervision of a qualifi ed Mentor or Practice Teacher from the defi ned area of practice.

We use a range of teaching strategies within the course, such as lectures, tutorials and e-learning.

There is also the opportunity for the Pathway Lead to visit you and your Mentor in practice to aid learning and support. This will allow you to reflect upon your practice and to show progression within the course.

Practice is assessed via a Practice Learning Portfolio under the supervision of a qualified Mentor or Practice Teacher. Modules are assessed in a variety of ways, e.g. examinations, assignments, presentations, oral examination and portfolio.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
10 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Health and Social Care