Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting) and be recorded as a community prescriber. It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a health visitor, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1-2 years

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £5,050 per year
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  • Requires sponsorship from employing organisation

Part-time

  • 3 years

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in order to work effectively with individuals, families and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the contemporary health visiting agenda.

Professional accreditation

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting), and be recorded as a community prescriber on the NMC register. You continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full-time study after Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Vistor) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the programme.

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and their families; the new health visiting agenda, UNICEF Baby Friendly Inititiative standards; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions; prescribing from the community practitioners’ formulary, and designing and managing a service evaluation.

Course structure

Core modules

Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing

This module prepares specialist community public health Nurses (ie health visiting and school nursing) to prescribe from the Community Practitioners’ Formulary. It is undertaken by students studying health visiting and school nursing and utilises seminars, student-led discussions, learning sets and exposure to supervised prescribing experiences with their practice teacher in the student’s practice placement.

There will also be periods of self-directed study based upon the indicative content and an assessment of your own learning needs in relation to prescribing. E-learning via the e-learning@tees.ac.uk site will be used as a resource for you to keep a learning log of prescribing practice experience from which you will develop a selection of case studies for analysis

Advancing Health Visiting Practice

Within this module you explore the many factors impacting on the health and wellbeing of children and their families in a variety of settings and life circumstances. You critically evaluate current policy and legislation, linking this to the protection of children and families throughout the module. This module builds on existing experience and enable you to adapt your practice, knowledge and skills to the needs of children and families, providing a foundation for specialist community public health nursing (health visiting) practice in the community setting.

Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice

You gain skills to critically evaluate your leadership philosophy and leadership abilities in the context of working within and across professional organisational structures.

You identify strategies to develop your leadership skills and behaviours that enable you to function effectively within clinical/professional practice and lead within collaborative working environments. A range of learning strategies are used; seminars, student-led discussions and self-directed study.

You are encouraged to share your experiences of clinical leadership and organisational contexts to enable debate and examination of leadership styles and behaviours relevant for specialist community public health practice and working in a collaborative and social care context.

Advancing Public Health

This module is shared by all fields of practice. It aims to develop confident and effective public health practitioners who can reflect, respond and contribute to the public health agenda. It explores health, health needs assessment, health improvement and community development from a theoretical perspective and within the social, political and economic context. You will apply the principles to your own field of practice. You will learn through a combination of lectures, discussions, group work and experiential learning.

Contemporary Issues in Public Health

This module is designed to enable you to study in-depth a range of contemporary and emerging issues in specialist community public health nursing practice and their potential implications for practice. You will synthesise, critically evaluate and robustly challenge and debate new and emerging areas of public health nursing and their legal and ethical dimensions and potential implications of the advances for specialist community public health nursing practice. You will then build on these skills through learning sets to facilitate developing your own personal decision-making skills and practice through action learning sets.

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

Evaluating Practice

TThis module will enable you to demonstrate the knowledge and experience of developing and advancing practice. It allows you to synthesise your learning from previous research and theoretical modules through the evaluation of a focused area within your field of practice. In addition to some taught workshops, you will be supported by a dissertation supervisor who will monitor your progress and support you through the process of ethical clearance

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health care. This module also helps your transition to postgraduate study. You develop key skills that are transferable to subsequent modules, such as literature searching and using advanced critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. You also learn how to apply the principles of change management to implement evidence in practice. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including e-learning, formal lectures, seminars and practical activities.

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

This module will enable you to develop your competence and skills in practice and demonstrate achievement of the SCPHN Standards of Proficiency through achievement of the Practice Progress File.

 

Modules offered may vary.

Where you study

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

How you learn

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal, skill simulations and a service evaluation project. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you to work as a health visitor and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic health visiting profession.

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • a degree of 2:2 or above or
  • evidence of successful study at postgraduate level
  • an valid Level 1 registration on part 1 or part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register (defined area of practice apply)
  • successful interview

    After achieving the above your offer of a place on the progrramme is subject to:
    > the support of an employing organisation who will facilitate your access to appropriate learning opportunities - normally you will have supernumerary status throughout the programme of learning
    > a nominated practice teacher who will contribute to the teaching and assessment process
    > a satisfactory work-based risk assessment.
    > a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (to be carried out by your employing organisation.


Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

Course information

Full-time

  • 1-2 years

More full-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £5,050 per year
    More details about our fees
  • Requires sponsorship from employing organisation

Part-time

  • 3 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

Contact details

Further information