Taught course

Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing)

University of Greenwich · School of Health and Social Care

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • Current NMC Registration for nursing (first level)
  • Community experience (minimum 6 months, preferably 2 years)
  • An honours degree normally at 2:1 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you have the leadership qualities to become a district nurse and inspire your own team in the community?

Our post graduate diploma is qualification for nurses who wish to pursue a career as a specialist practitioner in district nursing. On our programme you will integrate the study of health, policy, research and evidence-based practice in order to focus your career and specialise as a district nurse.

Our expert tutors will help you develop the required knowledge and skills to deliver care to patients of district nursing services. You will also learn essential leadership skills and how to head up your own team of staff responsible for this provision.

50:50 Practice and theory

We have a strong 50:50 theory and practice element to our diploma, meaning half of your learning time will be spent in practical work placements, where you will be assessed by qualified practitioners. We are proud to report that all our work placements have resulted in employment, with our students being recruited through the trusts they are seconded/ sponsored by.

Nursing skills theory is taught and assessed in our four state-of-the-art laboratories on campus. Learning clinical skills in laboratories ensures that our students develop competence in a safe, protected environment. Your studies with us will enable you to explore and debate policy, theory and research related to district nursing, all within the public health context.

We offer strong support to all our students. We aim to help you deliver and lead district nursing services safely and effectively at individual, group and community levels.

Our postgraduate diploma fully prepares you to innovatively promote health and wellbeing, while proactively preventing ill health within the context of contemporary local and national policy.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000