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Ellisse Vernon | BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
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This programme aims to prepare you to use your discretion and judgement to make high-level clinical decisions in the leadership and provision of quality care. Focusing on the co-ordination and provision of holistic approaches to healthcare, it offers you the opportunity to positively influence healthcare delivery in the community, and influence your own development needs.
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If you want the chance to make a difference in community healthcare, apply for the University of Bolton’s Postgraduate Diploma in Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing). Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and developed in line with the NMC’s Standards of Specialist Education and Practice and the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI/QNIS) Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice, this course aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to develop and influence community nursing services.
Working in a multidisciplinary team, you’ll be supported to complete core content that covers the topics of public health, innovation in healthcare management and leadership, critical evaluation for evidence-based practice, the principles of district nursing and non-medical prescribing (V100), as well as take on an elective module that you’ll select in conjunction with your employer.
You’ll have the opportunity to explore policy and legal frameworks, learn more about collaborative and proactive working, and use self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems. Course content is designed to be relevant to your current and future roles, and you’ll be expected to apply your knowledge in practice though clinical, educational and public health interventions that demonstrate the relevant skills and sensitivity.
On successful completion of the PgDip, you’ll have your name recorded on part 1 of the NMC's professional register as a Specialist Practitioner (DN) and a nurse prescriber within the context of district nursing.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
You’ll have the opportunity to develop skills of critical reflection and learn to adopt a rigorous approach to planning and evaluation of care and care programmes, as well as employing a range of clinical, educational and public health interventions in a skilled and sensitive manner. You’ll also be supported to undertake care and programme management and provide leadership within appropriate team situations. In addition you’ll be encouraged to examine factors that promote or inhibit effective collaborative working.
Furthermore, you’ll be guided to display the values required in modern healthcare, such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.
This course provides training for community specialist practitioners in district nursing. On successful completion of the PgDip, you’ll have your name recorded on part 1 of the NMC's professional register as a Specialist Practitioner (DN) and a nurse prescriber within the context of district nursing. Opportunities arising from this qualification include professional posts in community health care settings and supporting the management of out of hospital care.
After qualifying and gaining some experience, there are a variety of routes you could take as the next step in your career. You could lead a team and, with experience, you could progress to community sister/matron or work in community palliative care. Some nurses decide to go into management or clinical academic research.
On successful completion, you’ll also be invited to enrol onto the part-time MSc Community Health Care Nursing (Top-up) for District Nurses.
Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
Teaching staff on the PgDip Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) course use blended approaches to learning that combine direct and online techniques. The aim of these combined methods is to extend your previous professional practice education so that you can develop, contribute to and improve the quality of community health nursing.
To reflect the NMC’s Standards for Specialist Education and Practice, this course splits theory and practice learning equally. During lectures, you’ll be introduced to the relevant theory of your field, which will be built on via seminar discussions, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, group workshops and tutorials. In the practice setting, a programme of learning and experience will be developed by an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner (a Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor) who will also responsible for assessing your competence.
You’ll also be expected to spend time using the virtual learning environment, Moodle, where you can utilise learning resources like podcasts and video presentations, and regularly engage in self-directed study like preparing for seminars and reading around your subject.
Assessment takes various forms, including essays, reports, portfolios, critical reflection, presentations and exams, including objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE). The assessment strategies used may differ depending on the module and its intended learning outcomes.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 16%, Written exams 16%|
|Level two||Coursework 62%, Practical exams 6%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 5%, Placement/study abroad 8%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 19%, Placement/study abroad 42%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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