Taught course

Community and District Nursing Specialist Practice

University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

• an undergraduate degree in a health related subject or evidence of ability to study at level 7 (pre-course interview and assessment) • registered nurse and/or midwife on either part 1 or part 2 of the NMC register • support from a relevant employing organisation for clinical experience and study • work in a relevant clinical setting • Support of recognised practice teacher • enhanced DBS check

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Community and District Nursing Specialist Practice is the NM C approved programme that prepares practitioners for the challenges of meeting complex care needs in the community in collaboration with key partners.

Students are able to complete a dissertation stage module or a service improvement module (masters stage award) on completion of the postgraduate diploma to gain a full MSc in Community and District Nursing Specialist Practice. Themes within the programme will develop highly professional, autonomous community nurses who are well prepared to support patients with acute, complex and palliative conditions in their own homes and other community settings.

Key subject areas explored within the programme reflect the three core elements of the DH/NHS/QNI 2013 district nursing vision and model. These are: population and caseload management; support and care for patients who are unwell, recovering at home or at end-of-life; and care and support for independence. Theory will be applied in practice by students leading and managing person-centred care, which will focus on the individual and their specific needs.

Key themes will also be addressed in multidisciplinary forums, encouraging discussion and debate and guiding student activities. As a result, there is an integrated matrix of ways in which these pivotal topics underpin the overall programme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Professional practice50
Teaching activities50

Course contact details

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