This course is for qualified nurses who wish to work as specialist practitioners (district nursing). You should have a first degree and be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The course will develop your professional, evidence-based knowledge and skills, enabling you to meet the demands of contemporary practice in district nursing and respond and contribute to local and national contemporary health policy and practice.
Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to review and critically analyse many of the issues that impact on service delivery and outcomes from a theoretical and practice perspective.
The course comprises a total of 52 weeks with 50% theory and 50% practice.
This postgraduate-level course will require you to demonstrate, through both theory and practice, your ability to appraise research evidence and extrapolate implications for practice improvement and development. You will also develop critical insight into how you can contribute to organisational practice developments through leadership and innovation.
The selection process will include a joint interview with the University and NHS Trust.
What modules will I study?
Full-time Modules (at Level 7 unless otherwise indicated) Credits
Assessment for Clinical Care 20
Foundations for Professional Practice 20
Clinical Care Management 20
V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber 10
Developing Leadership for Professional Ppractice 30
Enquiry Skills for Research in Health Care Practice 20
To meet present NMC requirements, you must:
Be a qualified nurse (adult branch).
Hold current NMC registration.
Have a relevant degree, normally at 2.1 or above.
Recruitment will be in partnership with local healthcare organisations (NHS trusts), which will employ successful applicants for the length of the course. NHS Trusts will also advertise for external candidates for Student District Nurses via NHS jobs. Search www.jobs.nhs.uk for Student District Nurse vacancies to apply. As an employee of the healthcare organisation, you will be required to have an occupational health assessment and undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service police disclosure.
If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have an IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in any individual skill).