Specialist Community Practitioner Children

Specialist Practitioner: Community Children's Nursing PgDip/BSc (Hons)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: N/A
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: n/a
International full time annual tuition fee: 

Course type



Nursing and Allied Health

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this recorded qualification in Community Children’s Nursing (Specialist Practitioner: Community Children’s Nursing) and have your professional competencies, set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, assessed in practice.

  • Study for a recorded qualification in Community Children's Nursing. 
  • Learn from expert nurses and specialists on this contemporary programme
  • Benefit from a curriculum praised for its enhanced practice perspective and 'outstanding' fitness for practice from the NMC
  • Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice
  • Experience 17.5 or 22* weeks (*dependent on the length of your programme) of practical placements

I felt really supported by my tutor through the entire course, I’ve built networks which will undoubtedly enhance my future practice and my awareness of CCN policy, legislation and current issues has increased significantly. After successfully completing this course I feel energized and motivated to continue to promote and implement positive changes in practice

Annette Dunning

Our Service has greatly benefitted from the recent experience that Annette had on the SPQ CCN course. She has returned to her post with an added confidence around the leadership role she has. She demonstrates this with assertive, constructive comments in her daily work. She has also brought new ideas into the Service.

Denise Hogg, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Introduction to the School

The School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes.

The School’s wide-ranging portfolio of cutting-edge postgraduate courses enables you to enhance your existing skills in the field of health and social care, develop specialised knowledge and expertise and improve your long-term job prospects.

All programmes meet the needs of the current healthcare agenda and the growing demand from this ever-evolving sector for increasingly skilled healthcare professionals.

Each programme is informed by cutting edge research, ensuring you have the opportunity to study the latest developments alongside world class experts. Indeed, in the 2014 REF, 68% of LJMU’s health-related research was considered world leading or internationally excellent.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a recordable qualification, this programme meets the aims of all four groups of children within the NHS at Home (DH2011) document.

The course covers the treatment of children with:

  • acute and short term conditions
  • long-term conditions
  • disabilities and complex conditions, including those requiring continuing health care and neonates
  • life-limiting and life-threatening illness, including those requiring end of life care

As a community children’s nurse you must be able to demonstrate flexibility and creativity, working collaboratively with children, young people and their families and demonstrating high quality practice leadership to maximise patient independence in collaboration with partner organisations.

The specialist practice experience and theoretical learning provided by this course will enable you to deliver seamless, high quality, holistic care. You will use your existing skills, knowledge and experience to provide holistic nursing care to children, young people and their families at home, or close to home. The course will also equip you to lead and develop community children’s services.

Informed by the very latest developments, the course examines:

  • the role of the Community Children’s Nurse
  • transition care from children’s to adult services
  • leading and developing CCN services for the future
  • development of Continuing Health Care Funding for Children
  • children’s palliative care
  • clinical supervision
  • risk management

Programme outline and structure

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and, alongside its strong academic framework, there is a series of placements to enrich your learning and allow you to experience a variety of partner settings.

You will spend time in a children’s hospice, a special school, A&E, a children’s walk-in centre and a neo-natal unit. These invaluable placements will enable you to build up a network of contacts and a greater appreciation of where your role a Specialist Community Children’s Nurse fits into the overall scheme of healthcare provision.
You can study full time (40 weeks) or part time (80 weeks), with modules delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements interspersing the classroom learning blocks.
Theory days can be used for activities such as non-module specific sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

You will be appointed a personal tutor to support and oversee your progress through the course and you will work with an experienced practitioner - your practice teacher/mentor - on work placements.
Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on site catering facilities.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Public Health Leadership and Management
  • Research in Health and Social Care
  • Vulnerability and Integrated Practice
  • Delivering Contemporary Community Children's Nursing
  • Managing and Developing Community Children's Nursing Services
  • Paediatric Clinical Examination and Minor Illness

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

    Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

    Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

      How will I be assessed?

      At this level of study you are expected to work independently and much of the learning is self-guided. Lectures, workshops, seminars and reading lists provide a framework around which you can think, discuss, debate and produce your assessments.

      Formal lectures introduce concepts and tutorials and workshops offer the opportunity for deeper investigation. You will then be invited to present a paper at a group seminar which will be used as a starting point for peer group debate.To support your independent study, course materials, presentations and handouts are available on Canvas – the University’s virtual learning environment.

      Practice is at the heart of the curriculum and all course modules build the foundations for this practice. During your placements you will work with a Practice Teacher and will need to demonstrate what you have learnt through the Practice Evidence Tool.

      To gain the credits required for each module you must be able to demonstrate that you have achieved all of the learning outcomes for that module and completed the Practice Evidence Tool.

      Formal grading, which counts towards your final module results, involves essays, seminar presentations, reflective diaries, reports and essays, exams and clinical skill observations. You will also receive feedback on your progress throughout the course.

      Theory assessments are awarded pass, refer or fail and practice assessments are classed as competent or not competent in each specific area.

      Staff research interests

      Tutors have a wide range of research interests which inform programme learning. They are also widely published in their areas of expertise.

      “My research interests include transition for children and young people with complex health needs and I have recently been involved in some research with regard to this with my colleague Nick Medforth on behalf Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks Group. I am also interested in Asthma and have recently had a short chapter published in a book called ‘at a glance’ published by Wiley Blackwell.
      I have been involved in the scoping of CCN services and the New Service Vision due to be launched soon by the Department of Health. I have also been involved in evidencing ‘Good Practice’ within School Nursing for the Department.

      Last June I attended a CCN conference where I submitted a poster presentation reflecting the background work and development of the CCN course prior to validation of the programme.”

      Elaine Huntingdon, Course Leader

      Entry requirements (Home)

      You must have:

      • current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one or part two)
      • be a registered children's nurse
      • a minimum of a year’s post-registration experience
      • 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at Level 6 (to study at post graduate level) in nursing
      • employment within a Community Children’s Nursing team or Hospital at Home Service for children and be seconded by your current employer

      This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

        Application and selection

        Applications are to be made through NHS jobs at www.jobs.nhs.uk once the application process is open.

        Supporting Statement

        As part of your application process you will need to provide a supporting statement. Please provide individual responses for criteria 1-7, using the criteria name as the sub-heading for the response. This must demonstrate the following:

        • Sound knowledge of health policy relating to the role you have applied for (150 words)
        • Understanding of the role of the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse or Specialist Community Practitioner (200 words)
        • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills (150 words)
        • Leadership potential (150 words)
        • Track record of professional values, behaviour and teamwork (150 words)
        • Computer literacy skills (50 words)
        • Appreciation and application of research and evidence-based professional practice (150 words)

        Your supporting statement or application form must also demonstrate the following:

        • Professional values and behaviour
        • Reliable, innovative, flexible
        • Ability to learn and work hard under pressure
        • Self-awareness
        • Access to transport
        • Provision of an academic and professional reference

        Please note: all of the above will also be assessed at interview.

        Additional interview requirements

        You will need to present an up-to-date professional portfolio demonstrating progression towards a career in Specialist Community Practice or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and an understanding of the role you are applying for (District Nurse, Community Children’s Nurse, Health Visitor or School Nurse).

        The portfolio should include relevant, reflective diaries. You must also demonstrate that you will be able to adapt to student status.

        Will I be interviewed?


        Is RPL accepted on this programme?


        Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

        Financial support


        There are two routes for funding for this course:

        • Sponsorship (when a local NHS trust or organisation will sponsor you to train for the duration of the programme at LJMU)
        • Secondment (for those currently employed by a local NHS organisation that will provide the practice placement whilst studying at LJMU)

        Employer sponsorship

        Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

        Funding sources

        There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

        Graduate employment

        There are many opportunities for networking during the course, not only amongst your multi-disciplinary peer group, but also with the clinical practitioners you encounter on placements and as guest speakers visiting LJMU or taking part in the annual masterclass.

        To maintain the professional relevance of our course and enable you to forge key contacts, we work with local, national and international stakeholders. Our health and social care partners include: Merseycare NHS Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North West Ambulance Service. Our education partners include: City of Liverpool College; Alexian Research Centre, Germany; Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands; University College Thomas More, Belgium and KPY University, Malaysia. We also work with charities and community/voluntary groups.
        This Children’s Nursing programme is specifically designed to balance academic content and practical experience. It is geared towards securing motivating and rewarding employment.

        As a graduate you will be expected to go on to lead and develop future services. You may return to the specialist areas of practice you have visited during your course e.g. neo-natal units, children’s hospices, A&E, others will develop careers in public health, work in community clinical education, safeguarding or healthcare leadership/management. In addition to this, there is the opportunity to progress to further study.
        “The programme ensures that practitioners are prepared to undertake leadership roles in multi-disciplinary and multiagency teams in order to promote the health of the populations they serve.”

        Course Leader, Elaine Huntingdon

        International Study

        International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

        Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

        Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

        Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.


        LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

        These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

        You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

        Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

        • new international applicants
        • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
        • LJMU international alumni

        The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
        Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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