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

Students starting PG Dip courses in September 2017 will receive a NHS Tuition Fee Bursary to cover the full tuition fees for the duration of their course.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

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: Successful applicants are generally employed by a healthcare provider and their fees paid for them.

Application period

From March 2017 (Application is via healthcare providers who advertise from March each year onwards).

Until July 2017

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

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

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 six or above.

District Nursing applicants require active registration on Part 1 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

  • Watch for advertisements by health care providers for employment as a student district nurse, health visitor or school nurse in NHS Jobs.
  • Apply to such healthcare providers, usually via NHS Jobs, naming the preferred institution.
  • Undertake numeracy and literacy assessment.
  • After successful shortlisting attend a selection day at City, run in conjunction with the healthcare provider.
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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 of London.

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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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is facilitated by qualified educators, the majority of whom are registrants from the appropriate sphere of practice.

In becoming a self-critical, lifelong, reflective learner, you will identify your learning needs and work towards meeting these.

Learning and teaching strategies will include formal lectures, seminars, student-led seminars, group projects, simulated practice, negotiated learning, e-learning, self-directed learning and practice-based activities.

Assessment

Assessment strategies seek to make links to practice. The following assessment methods will be used throughout the programme:

  • Essays
  • Practice Assessment Document
  • Vivas
  • Case studies
  • Written examinations
  • Reflections on Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Drug Calculations
  • Development of a research proposal
  • Community Health Needs Assessment Health
  • Project plan
  • Digital Pitch.

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 Institution.

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 2 (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

The programme is vocational, leading to practice and employment as a district nurse, health visitor or school nurse.

Such practitioners are employed by NHS Foundation Trusts, Social Enterprises and Commercial Providers.

The starting salary is generally at Agenda for Change Band six.

District nurses, health visitors and school nurses gain employment as:

  • Experienced practitioners
  • Practice teachers
  • Community matrons
  • Nurse consultants
  • Managers
  • Professional organisation officers
  • Institution lecturers.

Application Deadline

July 2017


  • Watch for advertisements by health care providers for employment as a student district nurse, health visitor or school nurse in NHS Jobs.
  • Apply to such healthcare providers, usually via NHS Jobs, naming the preferred institution.
  • Undertake numeracy and literacy assessment.
  • After successful shortlisting attend a selection day at City, run in conjunction with the healthcare provider.

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