PgDip Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing)

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (full-time, per year): To be confirmed
Home (part-time, per year): To be confirmed
International (full-time, per year): To be confirmed

Contact details

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090


Education, Health and Community (Health)

0151 231 5829

health@ljmu.ac.uk


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About this course

LJMU's Specialist Community Practitioner/District Nursing course combines theory and primary care practice, preparing practitioners to lead service development.

  • Study for a District Nursing qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Follow a curriculum developed by a team of nationwide policy influencers
  • Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists
  • Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice 
  • Benefit from 20 weeks of practice placements with an NMC approved practice teacher
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

The course’s student-centred approach values prior learning and experience and builds on existing clinical and theoretical knowledge. 

You will be encouraged to share your past experiences as you network within your peer group and beyond. 

Many sessions are co-taught with other community nursing programmes enabling you to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the roles played by, and the challenges faced by, other healthcare specialists.

You can study full-time (40 weeks) or part-time (80 weeks). Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the 

 

classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as complementary module-related sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

You will be appointed a Personal Tutor to support and oversee your progress throughout the course and you will work with an experienced Practitioner 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.

Fees and funding

Money - postgraduate funding informationFunding

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 to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This District Nursing programme is specifically designed to balance academic content with practical experience. It is geared towards securing motivating and rewarding employment. Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to: ethical and anti-oppressive values, the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

As a graduate you may go on to lead and develop future services, follow a career in public health, work as a community educator, in a safeguarding role or a healthcare leadership/management position. There is also, of course, the opportunity to progress to further study.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.


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Core Modules

Public Health

This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to work at a strategic level and lead the public health agenda in a community setting. It introduces the discipline of public health and the use of evidence to improve services.

Advancing Leadership through Action Learning

This module enables you to enhance your skills and knowledge and take a central role in the development of practice in your own environment. You will engage in debate and discussion, helping you to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a leader in your own organisation. 

Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 1 with V100 Nurse Prescribing

This module aims to develop a critical awareness of the knowledge fundamental to the contemporary role of district nurse.

Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 2

This module will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to become an effective leader who can manage the care of individuals and groups within the primary care setting.

Long Term Conditions: Context, Assessment and Management

This module will prepare you to apply knowledge of disease process, history taking and clinical examination and arrive on a clinical impression leading to the development of a treatment plan.

Research for Specialist Practice

This module provides an overview and understanding of a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and their application in the clinical and social care environment. It enables you to read, understand and critically analyse clinical and social care research literature. You will:

  • examine a variety of research methods, used within the sphere of health and social care practice and development
  • develop skills in critical evaluation of literature available within the field of health and social care development and clinical management

Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 1 (without V100 Nurse Prescribing)

The aim of this module is to develop a critical awareness of the knowledge fundamental to the contemporary role of the District Nurse.

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

You can study full-time (40 weeks) or part-time (80 weeks). Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as complementary module-related sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

Teaching methods

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 whilst 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 the University's virtual learning environment. Practice is at the heart of the curriculum and all course modules build the foundations for this practice.

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During your placements you will work with a Practice Teacher and will need to demonstrate what you have learnt through the Practice Evidence Tool.

You will be appointed a Personal Tutor to support and oversee your progress throughout the course and you will work with an experienced Practitioner on work placements.

Applied learning

This is a very practical course featuring 20 weeks of practice placements.

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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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, poster presentations, reflective accounts, 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.



Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Caroline Boyle

Caroline Boyle

Programme Leader

Caroline qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1991 and worked on the Children’s Unit at St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals. She completed my Children’s Nurse qualification in 1993 at LJMU and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Following this she worked for 15 years at Whiston Hospital. In 2003 Caroline became lead nurse for the Hospital at Home team and two years later was successful in her application to establish a new Community Children’s Nursing Team in Knowlsey. In 2006 Caroline completed her Community Children’s Nurse Specialist Practitioner BSc (Hons) at the University of Central Lancashire and became Team mMnager for the Community Children’s Nursing Team and Special School Nursing Team in Knowsley. She is also a non-medical prescriber and gained her V300 qualification in 2011. Caroline qualified as an Advanced Practitioner in 2014 and joined LJMU in August 2016.

I am particularly interested in children with complex health needs and the impact of their condition on the family unit.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based in the City Campus, 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. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large café, IT facilities and social spaces.

LJMU's excellent educational and professional training facilities include £1.6 million practice suites which show a patient's journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We use the latest clinical equipment for simulations and developing clinical skills in child, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. We also have purpose-built, soundproof booths with video camera and playback facilities.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one)
  • a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience
  • 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing

Additional information:

  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact health@ljmu.ac.uk


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

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

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

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 statement should 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.

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Additional interview requirements

You will need to present an up-to-date professional portfolio demonstrating progression towards a career in or 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.

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.
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