Everything you need to know...
- Attain a recorded professional award as a specialist practitioner of health visiting or student nursing
- Undertake assessments to have your qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Identify and meet the needs of children and families as a health visitor or student nurse
- Build on your existing knowledge as a registered professional nurse
- Learn practical and theoretical skills to excel as a valuable and respected community health specialist
This course is aimed at post-registration nurses or midwives who wish to become specialist practitioners. You'll develop your professional nursing practice and become a registered health vistor or student nurse.
How you learn
In this course, you'll study to attain valuable credentials as a specialist practitioner, either as a health visitor or student nurse. You can also complete the assessments for the prescribing from the community practitioner formulary to become a nurse prescriber. The course is 50% practice and 50% theory - you'll work under the close supervision of the SCPHN teaching team in each instance, who utilise dynamic approaches to teaching practice.
You learn through
- Lectures, seminars and workshops
- Simulated role plays
- Case studies
- Client stories
- Conducting real consultations under exam conditions
- Producing written records of consultations
You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit ourcontinuing professional development website for more information.
When it comes to putting what you have learnt into practice, you benefit from strong partnerships with health, education and local authority organisations in the region. The modern and diverse placements you undertake are designed to meet the changing needs of children, young people and families. Placements may be with social services, education or voluntary sector organisations.
You'll undertake a community development project which involves meeting the identified health needs of a population. This shows the close integration of practice with public health theory.
Service users, nurses, students and lecturers all contribute to on-going development of this course and the student experience. These industry and community links, as well as your placements and projects, offer ample opportunity for networking.
Completing the course enables you to be registered with the NMC as a registered specialist community public health nurse - as either a health visitor or school nurse. It also enables you to be annotated on the NMC register as a community practitioner nurse prescriber.
This course prepares you for a career in
- A specialist role - working with early interventions, homeless, asylum seekers, safeguarding, looked after children (LAC), domestic violence (DV), child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- Practice education – community practice educator, mentor
- Family nurse partnership nursing (FNP)
- Sexual health advice
- Management opportunities
- Overseas with the voluntary overseas service
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visitor or School Nurse.
You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in the UK.
To access the full course and gain the NMC recognised qualifications, you need to be sponsored by an employing NHS organisation (hence have NHS contract for the length of the course).
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
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You will normally have:
- 120 credits at level 6 (or pending results prior to the course starting)
- Current registration on part 1 (Nursing) or part 2 (Midwifery) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register
- Enhanced level of disclosure Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- Self-declaration of good health and character in line with the NMC requirements
- Funding arrangements identified (Sponsored place/ min 1 year contract with NHS employer) if this employment is terminated at any point this will result in the loss of your place on the course.
- Opportunity and managerial support to access an appropriate placement overseen by a Practice Teacher
- Ability to demonstrate the potential to practice at specialist level on completion of the programme
- IELTS level 7
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
|Module: Developing Specialist Practice||Credits: 30||
|Module: Evidence Based Approaches To Public Health Practice||Credits: 15||
|Module: Family Centred Public Health||Credits: 15||
|Module: Developing Therapeutic Relationships With Clients||Credits: 15|
|Module: Nurse Prescribing (V100)||Credits: 15|
|Module: Perspectives On Safeguarding For Scphn Practice||Credits: 15|
|Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning)||Credits: 15|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/2021 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting this course in 2019/20 are £9,250 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,906 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Nursing and midwifery courses (PDF)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.
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