The course comprises seven modules. All seven modules need to be taken over the
year for the full-time route. The part-time route requires the seven modules
to be taken over the two years with the required amount of practice.
There are many opportunities for you to continue to study after the end of the
course and we aim to encourage you towards lifelong learning. On successful completion
of the postgraduate diploma, you may achieve a master's in Public Health Nursing,
for further information please discuss this with the course leader. This will
require independent funding.
The seven singles modules are:
- Foundations of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 1 is a practice-based module with clear links to currency in public health practice
and policy which enables you to develop an in-depth systematic understanding
of the knowledge and skills in public health nursing in relation to health
visiting or school nursing.
- Leadership in Health and Social Care allows you to develop and
apply the knowledge, conceptual and practice skills needed to be an effective
leader within health and social care environments, both in the public and private
- Risk and Protection of Children will critically examine contemporary
childhood from an international perspective including children's rights, child
welfare and well-being and children's experiences of harm in society.
- Foundations of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 2
is a practice-based module which will continue to enable you to demonstrate
originality and initiative in your consolidation of public health knowledge
and skills in relation to your field and practice.
- Advanced Health Promotion will explore practical aspects of
health promotion, including how to develop strategic and action plans.
- Psychosocial Care of Children, Adolescents and their Families,
this module develops psychosocial assessment skills using a sound theoretical
framework. Building on family strengths, this module aims to support the acquisition
of skills and knowledge in relation to assessment, planning interventions and
exploring therapeutic approaches.
- Foundations of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 3 is a practice-based module which aims to consolidate your knowledge and practice
experience in a single placement area - a minimum of 50 days will be spent
in the practice setting in this final element of the course. You will build
on your leadership skills in taking a lead role in managing a caseload of families.
- The Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (V100) recordable
qualification will be embedded into the specialist practice modules (foundations
of Specialist Community Public Health nursing 1, 2, and 3). This will enable
practitioners to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary for
Optional modules include:
- Work-Based Learning is a practice-focused single module which
will enable integration and consolidation of your specialist community knowledge
and skills. You will work on a project based on the principles of work-based
- Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice: This is a theory-based module.
The aim is to enable students to critically appraise knowledge and evidence
related to diagnostic tools used within practice. The development of this knowledge
will enable the student to provide a theoretical base from which to make efficient
and effective decisions in relation to patients/clients health care needs,
and their management.
- Advance History Taking and Assessment: This single, level 7
practice-focused module provides students with the opportunity to develop their
critical thinking through enhanced knowledge and skills in taking a comprehensive
patient history and performing a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment.
Students will be expected to demonstrate analysis and evaluation through their
assessment skills, and ability to accurately communicate a patient / client
health history and examination findings using appropriate terminology, reporting
deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary
- Advanced Research and Design aims to equip students with the
skills to find, appraise and utilise research, as well as plan and design a
piece of research work. It helps students define a suitable research question
and to use this as a basis for identifying the appropriate research methodologies
for a small scale research project or dissertation. Students will gain the
skills that will enable them to plan and outline a rationale for a piece of
primary research, secondary analysis, literature review or audit. It focuses
on research as part of a body of evidence used for health and social care practice,
and provides an overview of methodologies and methods commonly used in health
and social care policies and working environments.
Teaching and learning
The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the course reflects its inter-professional,
client-centred and practice-focused approach. Opportunities for sharing existing
and developing skills, knowledge and experience are maximised with student engagement
in teaching. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able
to discuss relevant issues with others from different community provider services.
In order to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within
the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used. They include
lectures, seminars, debates and group work. The Brookes Virtual Learning Environment
(an on-line repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises)
will also be used as part of the teaching and learning process. Some modules
will have a greater emphasis on E-learning as a primary source of education.
Teaching strategies will encourage self directed learning, self-reflection, the
integration of theory and practice and inter-professional collaboration.
Practice assessment is a key part of the assessment process throughout the course
and many strategies are used to assess your overall practice competence; these
are all clearly demonstrated in an electronic portfolio.
Approach to assessment
The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50% of time in the practice environment. Your community practice teachers (CPTs) are highly involved with the development and implementation of the course and there is a great deal of collaboration with the community provider service education leads. You will be encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate SCPHN practice with your lecturers and CPTs, and your assignments will provide a focus for analysing practice. Your CPT will be responsible for facilitating your learning, supervising your progress and assessing your competence in practice.
There will be an expectation that the course will consist of 45 weeks of structured
learning in the 52 week programme (or 90 weeks - 104 weeks part time). This will
comprise of 50% theory and 50% practice based experience.
You will be able to chose 5 days alternative practice placement experience in an
alternative Health Visiting or School Nurse setting.
In addition, you will gain 10 days in alternative practice settings (public health
days) which will be aligned to the public health nurse role in building
a wider picture of community practice.
Travel expenses will be incurred (only travel within the practice placement will
Core texts are available in the university library, there are no essential purchases
of books required.
Online submission of assessments eliminate printing costs for all modules.
This course is unique in nature as you will be paid full-time (or part-time) thus your attendance at university is recorded. Sickness and absence during the course will affect your sickness and absence record. Equally punctuality at university is a important part of your professional role.
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