Everything you need to know...
- Enhance and develop your leadership and management skills.
- Foster excellence in practice to meet the challenges involved in complex care provision.
- Develop detailed knowledge and meet the Standards for Specialist Practice.
- Develop personal resilience as an autonomous and independent decision maker.
Aimed at students who can demonstrate their ability to study at the required level, this course helps you to extend and develop a critical understanding of the advances in district nursing practice. You will learn how to maximise relationships with key partners and coordinate care for people in their own homes and other environments.
How you learn
Your lecturer's view
You will be allocated a supervisor to support you. Communication may be face to face, via email, via telephone or Skype.
You will be required to submit a proposal for the study, which is reviewed by the supervisor and a second reviewer who in time acts as the second marker for the dissertation.
While masters dissertation projects may be very diverse and may combine different elements, five broad types are defined. These definitions should help you choose the most appropriate proposal to inform the dissertation project. They are
- research projects
- evaluation projects
- service development projects
- advanced professional practice projects
- theoretical or literature based projects
You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.
Course leaders and tutors
You must have sponsorship (employment) with a health care provider for the duration of the course. Students will be assigned a placement and practice teacher/mentor within their sponsoring healthcare organisation. Practice experience occurs as a combination of block and day placements. Alternative practice placements are negotiated with the practice teacher and would normally be spent in a different placement or organisational setting.
Further opportunities, usually with experience or further study include
- leading and managing district nurse teams
- leading and managing integrated care teams
- working in other areas, such as general practice, independent sector, voluntary and charitable organisations
- in complex case management
- as a community matron
On completion we encourage you to continue your professional career development. This can be achieved by undertaking our MSc Specialist Practice District Nursing. Additional funding is required for you to go on and complete a further 60 credit dissertation module for the award of MSc.
Successfully completing the course allows you to be on the NMC register as a
• specialist practitioner – district nursing
• community practitioner – nurse prescriber
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
To complete the course you typically need
• at least 120 credits at level 6 (or pending results prior to the course starting)
• current registration on part one (nursing) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council-s (NMC) register
• normally at least one year's post-registration experience
• to be working as a community staff nurse working in a community team
• self-declaration of good health and character as required by the NMC
• to have successfully applied for a student district nurse NHS training post
• to have a sponsoring health care organisation and be employed by the NHS for the duration of the course
If you are shortlisted you attend a joint NHS and Sheffield Hallam Interview. You must bring original copies of your qualifications, certificates, NMC registration, course application form and references with you. This interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the personal, NHS values based and intellectual qualities to complete the course and meet the required standards to become a district nurse.
You must show how you strive to improve health and wellbeing and peoples experience of the NHS.
You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any
• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
You also need to complete
• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by your employer.
If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements - from when you apply to the end of your course - you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
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 and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Advancing District Nursing Practice||Credits: 30||
|Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 15||
|Module: Evidence Based Approaches To Long Term Conditions||Credits: 15||
|Module: Fundamentals Of District Nursing||Credits: 15||
|Module: Nurse Prescribing (V100)||Credits: 15||
|Module: Researching For Practice (Taught)||Credits: 15||
|Module: The Enhanced Critically Thinking Leader||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £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 £11,222 available for Home 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)
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