About your course
Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) and have your professional competencies, set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, assessed in practice.
- Study for a registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting
- Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists on this contemporary programme which encompasses registration for practice
- 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 22 weeks of practical placements
- This course will only run subject to minimum numbers
Our practice-focussed curriculum is designed to broaden your workplace experience. Evaluations continue to be excellent, the students commenting on the varied lectures, innovative teaching and the support and commitment from academic staff.
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?
Designed to develop clinical knowledge and skills and a true appreciation of collaborative working, this contemporary programme combines 50% theoretical study with 50% supervised practice in primary care settings.
On completion of the SCPHN course you will be equipped to lead the development of future primary care services.
Practical experience is the prime focus of the programme, with academic research and theoretical perspectives informing practice innovation and development. You will devote 22 weeks to practical placements, gaining experience in various settings and with clients important to your current/potential area of responsibility.
During the course you will develop a comprehensive partnership approach, using your skills and expertise to examine and reflect on practice from a public health perspective.
You will explore topics such as: health education, health promotion, health protection, community development, empowerment, advocacy, autonomy and informed choice. You will consider the wider determinants of health and focus on maximising health improvement and addressing inequalities within local contracting priorities.
The programme promotes a non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, respectful approach, valuing diversity and supporting freedom of choice. It encourages you to challenge accepted wisdom, equips you to deal with conflicting priorities and diverse health needs and enables you to support the empowerment of individuals, carers, groups and communities.
Programme outline and structure
Teaching builds on your existing clinical experience, extending your theoretical and professional knowledge and understanding. Many sessions are shared with other LJMU community nursing programmes, enabling you to better understand and appreciate the roles of other healthcare specialists.
As a public health nurse you must be able to work flexibility and creativity, demonstrating high quality practice leadership. The programme prepares you to take responsibility for vulnerable individuals, identify healthcare needs, facilitate health-enhancing activities, safeguard health and welfare and influence health policies.
You can study full time (52 weeks) or part time (104 weeks), with modules delivered two or three 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 - 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.
- Public Health
- Leadership and Management
- Research in Health and Social Care
- Vulnerability and Integrated Practice
- Contemporary Issues in SCPHN Part 1
- Contemporary Issues in SCPHN Part 2
- Managing Complexity in Safeguarding
- Engagement for Health
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 Blackboard – 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 accounts, vivas, 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 variety of research interests which inform course learning
- infant mental health
- parenting programmes
- online support groups
- school nurse impact and outcomes
- childhood weight management
- service user involvement in education
- qualitative methods
Entry requirements (Home)
To apply for the course, you need:
- current first level registration on the NMC professional register (part 1 or 2)
- 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at Level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing
This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.
Application and selection
Applications should be made through NHS jobs at www.jobs.nhs.uk
As part of your application, you 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
- 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 which should:
- demonstrate progression towards a career in Specialist Community Practice or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
- show an understanding of the role you are applying for, be that District Nurse, Community Children’s Nurse, Health Visitor or School Nurse
- include relevant, reflective diaries
- demonstrate that you will be able to adapt to the role of a student
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
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).
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.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
There are many opportunities for networking during the course, not only amongst your multi-disciplinary peer group, but also with the clinical practitioners you will encounter on placements, as guest speakers or taking part in the annual masterclass.
To maintain the professional relevance of the 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, Netherland; University College Thomas More, Belgium and KPY University, Malaysia. We also work with charities and community/ voluntary groups.
This Specialist Community Public Health Nurse programme is specifically designed to balance academic content and practical experience. It is geared towards securing motivating and rewarding employment as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (heath visitor or school nursing). As a graduate you may go on to lead and develop future services, take a strategic job in public health or progress to further study.
To find out more about becoming a health visitor, go to: www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/details/default.aspx?id=807
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
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes