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Our District Nursing PGDip is community nurses who want to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role.
The course prepares you for the changing face of community nursing. You will:
- strengthen your leadership attributes
- become a skilful specialist practitioner
- learn how to lead and bring about change in your practice environments.
A large amount of your time will be spent in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.
Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas. They maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally and across the region. We also have well-established links with national and international colleagues, organisations and institutions. This ensures that the curriculum reflects current practice issues.
You will gain a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) community specialist practitioner (CSP) award.
How to apply
Oxford Brookes University works in partnership with Berkshire, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Oxford community NHS Trusts in the recruitment of students; you may apply to any of these NHS Trusts for a place.
Please ensure that you have been offered a place in an NHS Trust before applying to Oxford Bookes University
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
Funding is secured via application to an NHS Trust for a student post for the 52 week course (Student School Nurse or Student Health Visitor); this will involve an application to NHS jobs for the student vacancy followed by a joint interview with a community NHS Trust and the University. A values based recruitment strategy is used for all aspects of selection. please ensure that you are familiar with NHS Constitution values for professionals.
You should not apply for this course at Oxford Brookes until funding has been secured with an NHS Trust and you have a conditional offer in writing from an NHS Trust to commence the course.
For more information please contact the Programme Administrator.
Learning and assessment
The PGDip in District Nursing (DN) comprises six modules. You will be sponsored or seconded to study full-time over a period of 12 months, or two years part-time.
The importance of working collaboratively is a central philosophy of our course. Interdisciplinary, interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration is key to effective service delivery.
We have a strong research profile. Our experienced researchers work in the following areas:
- cancer care
- children and families
- drugs and alcohol
- physical rehabilitation and enablement
- interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
Our researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff.
Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, amongst others.
Academic staff have extensive experience of NHS and general management at both senior and director level.
They also have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership.
After you graduate
On successful completion of the course:
- you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in District Nursing
- your details will be forwarded to the NMC to inform of your recordable qualification, and for registration to prescribe (V300).
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.