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Public Health (School Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing)  MSc / Postgrad Diploma

Overview

Nursing is changing with recent shifts to graduate level entry and increasing focus on public health, prevention of ill health and community care. These changes mean more specialist nursing practitioners are required that are competent and confident in clinical, research and leadership knowledge and skills outside hospital contexts.

The Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (School Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing) offers qualified, NMC registered nurses and midwives an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skills base in ways that can improve health within communities. City offers three specialist community practitioner routes within the Postgraduate Diploma course, these are school nursing, health visiting or district nursing. These routes lead to an academic and professional award.

Students who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma may progress to the MSc, most students complete this over one year part-time study.

Who is the course for?

The course is for qualified, NMC registered nurses or midwives who are looking for a new career path in school nursing, health visiting or district nursing.
The course is for individuals who are confident, possess good communication skills and are excited by the prospect of working in the community.

Why study Public Health at City?

  • Undertake shared learning between school nursing, health visiting and district nursing students.
  • Gain from a rich diversity and wealth of learning opportunities by spending 50% of your learning time in community settings. 
  • Expand your career opportunities by being eligible to take on posts for school nurses, health visitors and district nurses in local Trusts. 
  • Undertake modules which are set in the context of the four domains of specialist public health nursing practice
  • Graduate from a NMC approved course.

Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (Health Visiting / District Nursing) 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 3 years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within 2 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.

The fee for the dissertation for 2014-15 is £2000 (Home students) / £4000 (Overseas students)

For further information on the MSc conversion please contact - Janice Christie (Janice.Christie.1@city.ac.uk)

To apply please contact healthprofessionals@city.ac.uk

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £See fees & funding
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Start Date:

September 2015

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The course is only available to students seconded by the NHS.

Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Applicants for the District Nursing route should be registered with the NMC as adult nurses. Applicants for the School Nursing and Health Visiting routes should be on parts one and two of the NMC register.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.5.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

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 at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years.

Course Content

To fully prepare students for specialist nursing roles in the community, the course offers students the opportunity to learn new knowledge and skills. It also promotes shared professional learning about clinical practice, evidence-based practice and leadership. Learning reflects current public health and community care policy agendas.

Course Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is usually undertaken as an intensive one year programme, it may be undertaken over two years of part-time study. Students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma modules may then opt to undertake a dissertation module to complete the MSc in Public Health.

Successful completion of the School Nursing and Health Visiting routes allows graduates to register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (third part of the NMC register). District Nursing graduates can record their specialist practice qualification with the NMC.

Students undertake seven core modules and one route-specific module, all at Masters level. This is an integrated course where learning is shared between routes so students can exchange ideas and gain a deeper knowledge and insight about their practice. Route-specific learning is offered within the Practice-based, Clinical assessment and Evidence for practice modules.

Core modules

  • Philosophy and Politics of Primary Healthcare
  • Innovations in Healthcare: Leadership and Management Perspectives
  • Public Health and Society
  • Research Methods 1
  • Practice-based Module, including Nurse Prescriber Course V100
  • Clinical Assessment in Primary Care
  • Evidence for practice

Read the full programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

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.

Read the full programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £See fees & 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.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes and over one third of international (non-EU) students received financial support from the School.

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.

Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (Health Visiting / District Nursing) 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 3 years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within 2 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.

The fee for the dissertation for 2014-15 is £2000 (Home students) / £4000 (Overseas students)

For further information on the MSc conversion please contact - Janice Christie (Janice.Christie.1@city.ac.uk)

To apply please contact healthprofessionals@city.ac.uk


About the School and Department

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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.