Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)

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 (School Nurse) and be recorded as a community prescriber. It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a school nurse, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £3,365 per year
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  • Limited HEENE funded places available for eligible applicants - you must check with admissions before applying.

Part-time

  • 2 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 addressing health inequalities with individuals and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the new school nursing agenda.

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children, young people and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and young people; the new school nursing agenda; 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 Contemporary School Nursing Practice

This module has been developed in line with the new school nursing agenda, developing your ability to critique and critically evaluate the complexities and opportunities associated with contemporary school nursing within a constantly changing health and social care setting. There will be an emphasis on child/adolescent/family-centred care. Key lecturers will introduce you to the theories underpinning school nursing practice and you will use enquiry-based learning to further develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes. Real-world problems will be used as a focus for applying and testing knowledge and developing practice. Simulations will be used to facilitate you to develop your ability to analyse complex practice situations. Workshops will enable you to develop debating skills, synthesis and the integration of your knowledge base

Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice

This module will facilitate you to critically evaluate your leadership philosophy and leadership abilities in the context of working within and across professional organisational structures. You will identify strategies to develop your leadership skills and behaviours that will enable you function effectively within clinical/professional practice and lead within collaborative working environments. A range of learning strategies will be used; seminars, student-led discussions and self-directed study. You will be 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.

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 and simulations. 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.

Work placement

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 (school nurse), be recorded as a community prescriber on the NMC register and eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing).

Following completion of the PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full time study after SCPHN (SN) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PgDip.

Career opportunities

The course prepares you to work as a school nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic school nursing profession.

Entry requirements

• a degree of 2:2 or above or
• successful study at postgraduate level.
• a 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 and subject to:
• support of an employing organisation who will give an undertaking to enable access to /or facilitate access to the appropriate learning opportunities. Normally you 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 Services check (to 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

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £3,365 per year
    More details about our fees
  • Limited HEENE funded places available for eligible applicants - you must check with admissions before applying.

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

Contact details

Further information