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  1. Public Health (District Nursing Health Visiting or School Nursing)
    1. 2016
    2. 2017

Public Health (District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing)

MSc / Postgrad Diploma |
Practitioners, on all pathways, are equipped to lead, plan and evaluate care at individual, community and population level.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

The length of the programme is 52 weeks full-time, or 104 weeks part-time.

Each year has 45 programmed weeks. Annual leave and Bank Holidays are built into the programme. To sustain professional currency, the programme must be completed in no more than three years including interruptions for full-time students and four years for part-time students, including interruptions.

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UK/EU

Full-time: Fees are paid by the sponsoring NHS Trust.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for qualified nurses or midwives with a commitment to prevention and health promotion and evidence-based practice in a community setting.

Applicants will want to develop their practice in the sphere of district nursing, health visiting or school nursing, as well as gain an academic qualification which can lead to an MSc.

Objectives

The programme offers registered nurses and midwives an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skills to improve health within communities. City offers the three specialist community practitioner routes in District Nursing, Health Visiting and School Nursing.

The course aims to support you to:

  • Acquire a deep and systematic understanding of the professional and technical skills and knowledge of public health policy, practice, care delivery and service development
  • Develop knowledge, skills and professional competencies
  • Critically analyse social and cultural perspectives of public health, health and disease and the influence they have on judgements and decisions for practice, practice development and service delivery
  • Promote multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working in relation to public health practice
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and apply Specialist Public Health Nursing or Primary Care Nursing knowledge, policy and practice to work in different settings
  • Develop skills and knowledge to practise autonomously and organise and appraise practice and learning
  • Achieve the competency to prescribe from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers.

Accreditation

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This course is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Students who successfully complete the programme are eligible to apply to the NMC stating that they either achieved a Specialist Practice District Nurse qualification or entry to the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the register if meeting health visitor or school nurse competencies.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree in a health or allied subject with either a first or upper second classification. You are required to present evidence of study in the past five years at HE level 6 or above.

District Nursing applicants require active registration on Part one of the NMC register as an Adult Nurse.

Applicants for Health Visiting programmes should also have active registration on Part one or Part two of the NMC register.

School Nursing applicants should have active registration on part one of the NMC Register.

If health visitor or school nurse applicants are newly qualified evidence of this registration must be provided within two months of commencing the programme.

English requirements

Your English must allow you to be employed at staff nurse level.

The literacy and numeracy of all applicants will be assessed as part of the selection process.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Recruitment to this course is now managed locally by NHS Trusts with vacancies advertised on NHS Jobs. Please monitor NHS Jobs for vacancies or contact your local Trust for further information.

When completing the application form please ensure you clearly list all qualifications you have completed as both the NHS Trusts and City University London need to be certain you meet our entry requirements. You will also need to provide us with your original documents so we can verify these.

On your application you should select City University London as your preferred HEI. Once your application is received, if you are shortlisted you will be invited to a joint interview undertaken by your Trust and the University and asked to present your original qualifications and identity documentation. Please note: candidates must also undertake numeracy and literacy testing as part of the selection process.

City University London is part of the North Central and East London Local Education and Training Board (LETB). We work closely with Barts Health, Homerton, East London (Newham Community) and Whittington to provide training for health visiting, school nursing and district nursing, and Enfield to provide training for district nursing. You are entitled to apply to one than one Trust; however you may accept only one Trust's offer of a training place.

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Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Funding is provided by the sponsoring NHS Trust from HEE NCEL. Please note there is no self-funding opportunity for this course. We suggest that you carefully consider which NHS Trust you are interested in working for and check that this Trust will sponsor health visiting, school nursing or district nursing students at City University London. To apply for the programme at City University London you must submit an online application through a suitable job vacancy as advertised through NHS Jobs.

You should try to establish a connection with your preferred NHS Trust, particularly if you want to study part time, as you will also have to arrange to work part-time for your sponsoring NHS Trust.

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

Placements

Practice is an integral part of the programme. In the practice setting, you will work alongside a practice teacher or practice teacher and mentor from the specific sphere of practice, while completing learning activities and a practice assessment document.

You are required to undertake 15 days additional experience in an area of, or that may be of, responsibility, even if not central to the defined area of practice. This can be anywhere in the world. Past students have visited Denmark and Scotland, for example, as well as working elsewhere in London. They have worked with food banks, specialist nurses, environmental health officers and been involved in community development projects.

For the final ten weeks of the programme, you will work consistently in practice, consolidating your learning.

During your placement, you will have at least three visits from your link lecturer (who is also your personal tutor) to support learning in practice and facilitate theory- practice development.

Academic facilities

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The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated six-bed high-dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Sciences is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio - City TECS. City TECS is a specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while you study.

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Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods will include lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions. On practice placements student learning is supported through portfolio development and guided reflection.

The course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice. When on placement in a community setting, students work with the support of a practice teacher (a qualified practitioner and educator) within their sponsoring NHS Trust. This practice teacher facilitates reflection and learning.

Assessment

Formative assessment strategies (these are developmental strategies that support learners in passing a final assessment) will include seminar presentations and feedback on the development of practice-based portfolios.

Summative (final or marked) assessment focuses on the evaluation and application of theory and practice through essays, examinations, poster presentations, research proposals and development of a practice portfolio.

Modules

Throughout the programme, both practice and theory is used to develop learning. 50% of the time is in practice, working alongside a practice teacher or mentor, and the other 50% is learning time in the University.

This programme will generally include 50 organised learning days, most of which will be campus-based and 107 practice days of different sorts (supervised, alternative and consolidated). There are 57 study days when you are expected to undertake guided independent study.

As a paid employee, you are expected to attend all timetabled classes and placement learning experiences.

Part one

District Nursing Pathway modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Health Policy and Politics (15 credits)
  • Exploring Public Health (15 credits)
  • Innovations in Health Care: Leadership and Management Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Clinical Assessment in Primary Care (15 credits)
  • Introudction to Long Term Conditions (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber (V100) (15 credits).

Health Visiting Pathway core modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Health Policy and Politics (15 credits)
  • Exploring Public Health (15 credits)
  • Innovations in Health Care: Leadership and Management Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice (Health Visiting, School Nursing and District Nursing) (15 credits)
  • Early Intervention for Working with Children, Young People and Families (15 credits)
  • Safeguarding the Health and Wellbeing of Children, Young People and Families (15 credits).

Health Visiting Pathway elective modules

Choose one. Typical options include:

  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber (V100) (15 credits) (The sponsoring employer may specify that this module must be undertaken)
  • Education in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Work-based Project (15 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Early Identification and Assessment (CAMH) (15 credits)
  • Child Protection: Working Together, Risk and Resilience (15 credits)
  • Promoting Child and Adolescent Psychological Development (15 credits).

School Nursing Pathway core modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Health Policy and Politics (15 credits)
  • Exploring Public Health (15 credits)
  • Innovations in Health Care: Leadership and Management Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice (Health Visiting, School Nursing and District Nursing) (15 credits)
  • Early Intervention for Working with Children, Young People and Families (15 credits)
  • Safeguarding the Health and Wellbeing of Children, Young People and Families (15 credits).

School Nursing Pathway elective modules

Choose one. Typical options include:

  • Work-based Project (15 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Early Identification and Assessment (CAMH) (15 credits)
  • Child Protection: Working Together, Risk and Resilience (15 credits)
  • Promoting Child and Adolescent Psychological Development (15 credits).

Part two (MSc)

To complete the MSc Public Health (District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing), you must successfully complete the School of Health Science MSc Dissertation module (60 credits).

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    Lecturer in Health Visiting working in the School of Health Sciences.
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    Lecturer in Public Health working in the School of Health Sciences.
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    Lecturer working in the School of Health Sciences.
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    Programme Director BSc/ Graduate Diploma/ PG Diploma Public Health (district nursing, health visiting and school nursing) working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

Successful completion of School Nursing and Health Visiting routes on this programme will enable you to gain second registration on the third part of the NMC register (professional award) plus a Postgraduate Diploma academic award. You will also be able to practise as a school nurse or health visitor. Successful completion of the District Nursing route will enable you to record a district nursing qualification with the NMC.

The programme is approved by the NMC. It is aligned to NMC standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses (School Nursing and Health Visiting routes). It is also aligned to V100 standards (community prescribing) and specialist professional qualification standards for District Nursing.

Previous graduates have taken up posts as school nurses, health visitors and district nurses in local Trusts.

After a period of consolidation and sometimes further study, our graduates can take up specialist or management posts within the NHS.

Conversion to MSc

Students who have successfully completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health at City University London should consider "topping up" their degree to a masters degree; MSc in Public Health. Students who have successfully graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health at City University London can convert to an MSc within three years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within two years of finishing the Postgraduate Diploma). Once students have graduated they can enrol for the conversion in either September or January.

Entry to this programme is not automatic, and places are limited. Students whose PG Dip were awarded with a distinction or merit will be at an advantage.

In order to be awarded a MSc, students are required to complete a dissertation, which is a major piece of research. For your dissertation you may choose different formats for your research, the options will be explained to you during two half-study days. You will also have one or two supervisors to help you in developing your work. The submission takes one of two forms, either a small scale piece of research, written up in the style of a journal article (this doesn't have to be submitted or published for the award of an MSc), or a 15,000 word dissertation. Most students do the conversion on a part-time basis (half to one day per week). The MSc conversion takes 12 months. Students will need to complete their project within this timescale.

Entry point is September of each year.


Recruitment to this course is now managed locally by NHS Trusts with vacancies advertised on NHS Jobs. Please monitor NHS Jobs for vacancies or contact your local Trust for further information.

When completing the application form please ensure you clearly list all qualifications you have completed as both the NHS Trusts and City University London need to be certain you meet our entry requirements. You will also need to provide us with your original documents so we can verify these.

On your application you should select City University London as your preferred HEI. Once your application is received, if you are shortlisted you will be invited to a joint interview undertaken by your Trust and the University and asked to present your original qualifications and identity documentation. Please note: candidates must also undertake numeracy and literacy testing as part of the selection process.

City University London is part of the North Central and East London Local Education and Training Board (LETB). We work closely with Barts Health, Homerton, East London (Newham Community) and Whittington to provide training for health visiting, school nursing and district nursing, and Enfield to provide training for district nursing. You are entitled to apply to one than one Trust; however you may accept only one Trust's offer of a training place.

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