This course is for registered nurses looking to develop their skills in district nursing. Your studies enable you to develop a critical, innovative and reflective approach to address the health care needs of individuals, families, carers, groups and communities. You study full-time and go on placement with one of our healthcare organisation partners. You must have sponsorship (employment) with a health care provider for the duration of the course.
The course is aimed at experienced registered nurses who wish to specialise in the growing area of district nursing.
The course is 50% theory and 50% practice, ensuring inter-professional learning and the opportunity to work alongside other statutory agencies and voluntary organisations.
The full time course is over 44 weeks and starts in September, the part time course is typically over 2 years. 100% attendance is required with allocated annual leave across the academic timetable.
As a student you develop specialist skills in the field of district nursing, equipping you to lead and manage multi-professional teams in an integrated setting, providing personalised care, empowering service users and promoting self-care.
You enhance and develop your leadership skills and foster excellence in practice, through the development of detailed knowledge and evidence based care, in order to meet the NMC (2001) Standards for Specialist Practice.
You develop personal resilience as an autonomous and independent decision maker, caring for people in their own homes and other environments, in situations that are often complex and unpredictable.
Service users, students, practice teachers and lecturers all contribute to your ongoing development during this course. This broad contribution helps enhance the course content and apply theory to practice. When it comes to putting your learning into practice, you benefit from strong partnerships with health, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations in the region. You have the opportunity to negotiate and organise an alternative placement to enhance your learning experience.
You develop specialist skills and the ability to exercise higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision making to meet the complex needs of the changing healthcare environment and be sufficiently flexible to be employable by a range of organisations.
Key areas of study
Key areas include • applying evidence to practice • person centred approach to caring for people with long term conditions • leadership for innovation • safe and effective nurse prescribing • interprofessional working to influence and develop services • behaviour change to promote self care • management of common clinical conditions in the community
Study individual modules
You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a Nurse in the UK.
Successfully completing the course allows you to be on the NMC register as a
• specialist practitioner – district nursing
• community practitioner – nurse prescriber
2017 entry requirements
Typically you need to
• have at least 120 credits at level 5
• be registered on part one of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register
• have at least one year of post registration experience
• have successfully applied for a student district nurse NHS training post
• have a sponsoring health care organisation, and then employment 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.
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 will be completed 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.
Full-time – forty four weeks including annual leave
Typical modules may include
• fundamentals of district nursing • enhancing quality of services through effective collaborative practice • nurse prescribing (v100) • management of common clinical conditions in the community • advancing district nursing practice • evidence based approaches to long term conditions • the critically thinking nurse leader
Greater emphasis is being placed on bringing care to patients, carers and their families. This means that specialist practice district nurses have more influence in defining needs and services.
There are opportunities for district nurses to
• lead and manage district nurse teams
• lead and manage integrated care teams
• work in other areas such as general practice, independent sector, voluntary and charitable organisations
• complex case management
• community matron
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
The Department of Health funds this course.
Further information is available on the NHS Employers' website.
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.
How to apply
To apply for this course you must have successfully been shortlisted for a student district nurse NHS training post.
University interviews are between March and June for students who have been successful at the NHS interview.
After you have been invited to an interview at an NHS Trust, you need to apply to Sheffield Hallam by completing the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form and then bring the hard copy to your interview.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.