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MSc Nursing (Public Health)

If you are a post-registration nurse, this course gives you the opportunity to specialise in exciting and challenging public health nursing roles as a health visitor or school nurse. Successfully completing your studies means you fulfil the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements to practise in these roles.

Course length 2-6 Year(s)
Location Collegiate Campus

Course description

Studying on this course enables you to develop your knowledge and skills to work with children, young people, their families and carers to improve health and wellbeing.

You learn to develop a pragmatic public health philosophy for family healthcare and an evidence-based skill set applicable to the challenges of contemporary practice.

To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, your studies consists of 50% practice and 50% theory (alongside 100% attendance). We structure the postgraduate diploma to reflect the important balance of the practice elements, which are designated practice days or work-based learning. A 10 week consolidated practice block (in semester 3) enables you to work independently while remaining under the supervision of a practice teacher. The theoretical elements involve a mix of learning approaches including self-directed study days.

Another key aspect of your studies is to develop an understanding of the levels of accountability and responsibility you take on in these roles. You learn how to ensure public protection is developed to deliver safe and effective health improvements to individuals, groups and communities.

There are many opportunities on the course to share learning from your peers and other disciplines from across the primary /community care teams and services that work with children, young people and families.

When you start to put 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 go on are designed to meet the changing needs of children, young people and families, and may include placement with social services, education and a variety of organisations from the voluntary sector – foster collaborations with those that work alongside health visitors and school nurses.

You also complete a research-based module which provides a building block for further study from the exit award of PgDip to MSc qualification. The learning from the research module equips you to use policy and research to underpin and develop innovative practice and gives you the skills to frame a research question, take empirical research and write up an academic dissertation. If you successfully complete the PgDip, you can at a later date (pending additional funding and study) undertake a 60 credit dissertation module and gain an MSc qualification.

Key areas of study
Key areas include • applying evidence into practice; public health, quality of care –safety and public protection • working together for children and families - family centred care • a toolkit for behaviour change • developing therapeutic relationships • transforming services through innovation and influence • safe and effective nurse prescriber.

Experienced course teaching team
Experienced health visitor and school nurse lecturers deliver the course. As a student you learn from a highly motivated and proactive teaching team aiming to improve lives through excellence in professionalism. We ensure our students and the public benefit from a commitment to evidence-based education, application to practice and impact on quality of care.

Some lecturers are engaged in ongoing research and are publishing in peer reviewed journals with areas of expertise that include safeguarding, the child and families agenda, behaviour change and community development.

Four members of our teaching team are also Fellows of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), a professional body which strives for excellence in the health visiting profession.

Successfully completing the course
• gives you a deeper awareness of the need to maintain and develop your own competence and that of others in the changing context of health visiting and school nursing, with a specific focus on the leadership required to ensure high quality care and enhance service user experience.

• develops and enhances your leadership skills to foster excellence in public health practice and shape services to meet the identified needs of individuals, groups and communities.

Gaining an MSc qualification enhances your employability in advanced and specialist roles available to health visitors and school nurses. These may include working in public health positions in local authorities or in advisory and health education positions in acute health care.

Study individual modules

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.

Professional recognition

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).

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

To complete the postgraduate diploma you need

• a nursing related degree (120 level six credits)

• current registration on part one (nursing) or part two (midwifery) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register and have an active NMC PIN number

• Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check

• self-declaration of good health and character as required by the NMC

• ability to demonstrate the potential to practise at specialist level on completion 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 student health visitor or school 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

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Recruitment and selection

• Firstly, apply for a student health visitor or school nursing NHS training post. You need to be sponsored by an employing organisation- your NHS employer will then organise an appropriate qualified mentor/practice teacher to guide and assess your practice experience
• ALL applicants must complete NHS application form and a Hallam application form
Joint interviews between the trust and University for short listed candidates will be organised
• ALL applicants are asked to bring original copies of academic qualifications and certificates and NMC registration to the interviews; all documents will be checked by the interview panel, (and copies retained) and candidates must provide supporting references

Our interviews are compliant with NHS Constitution - values based recruitment (VBR).

Successful candidates must meet both the selection criteria as set out by the employing NHS organisation and Sheffield Hallam course entry requirements.

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

Successful candidates also need to complete Verification Form A (This will be sent to you along with a conditional offer letter)

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.
• Provide a copy of your NMC registration (verified at interview and at enrolment)

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.

2018 entry requirements

To complete the postgraduate diploma you need

• a nursing related degree (120 level six credits)

• current registration on part one (nursing) or part two (midwifery) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register and have an active NMC PIN number

• Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check

• self-declaration of good health and character as required by the NMC

• ability to demonstrate the potential to practise at specialist level on completion 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 student health visitor or school 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

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. This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

Recruitment and selection

• Firstly, apply for a student health visitor or school nursing NHS training post. You need to be sponsored by an employing organisation- your NHS employer will then organise an appropriate qualified mentor/practice teacher to guide and assess your practice experience
• ALL applicants must complete NHS application form and a Hallam application form
Joint interviews between the trust and University for short listed candidates will be organised
• ALL applicants are asked to bring original copies of academic qualifications and certificates and NMC registration to the interviews; all documents will be checked by the interview panel, (and copies retained) and candidates must provide supporting references

Our interviews are compliant with NHS Constitution - values based recruitment (VBR).

Successful candidates must meet both the selection criteria as set out by the employing NHS organisation and Sheffield Hallam course entry requirements.

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

Successful candidates also need to complete Verification Form A (This will be sent to you along with a conditional offer letter)

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.
• Provide a copy of your NMC registration (verified at interview and at enrolment)

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.

Course structure

Postgraduate diploma
• full time – one year (52 weeks)
• part-time – typically two years (This is only an option is you are supported by an NHS Employer)

MSc module - you must have successfully completed the PgDip in either health visiting or school nursing to be eligible to apply to the MSc
• full-time – two years
• part-time – three to six years

Start date
• PgDip – September
• MSc – September or January

Typical modules may include

Postgraduate diploma modules

• family centred public health • developing therapeutic reationships • perspectives on safeguarding for SCPHN • evidence based public health practice • developing specialist practice• nurse prescribing (v100) • research methods for practice

Masters

• dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment
  • critiques/critical reflection
  • reports
  • essays
  • objective structured clinical assessment and examination
  • examinations
  • portfolio including prescribing workbook, reflection and practice assessment document
  • research
  • dissertation (MSc only)

Employability

You will enhance your professional and academic development on this course. 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 (SCPHN-HV or SCPHN-SN). It also enables you to be annotated on the NMC register as a community practitioner nurse prescriber. This course will also provide you with advanced skills in research.

As a health visitor or school nurse you will develop specialist skills and attributes to work in different health, social and educational settings. You gain experience of public health at an individual, family and community level, working with children, young people, families.

You can develop your career

• in a specialist and/or consultant role - such as working with early interventions (parenting), homeless, asylum seekers, safeguarding, looked after children (LAC), domestic violence (DV), child sexual exploitation (CSE), public health.

• practice educators, such as community practice educators or mentors
• family nurse partnership nurse (FNP)
• counsellor
• sexual health advisor
• management opportunities, such as - children’s services manager, head of health and social services
• researcher in health, social care or education settings
• overseas with the voluntary overseas service

Fees

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)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course, £2,135 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

Some of the modules on this course may be funded by East Midlands learning beyond registration or Yorkshire and the Humber - specialist and post-registration development funding

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2018/19 academic year

£8,780 for the MSc course (based on 180 credits). 15 credits = £735 or 30 credits = £1,465

International student

2017/18 academic year

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

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 information

How to apply

To apply for this course you must have successfully been shortlisted for a student health visitor or school nursing NHS training post.

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.

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