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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
Our innovative Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) course enables you to develop your practice as a specialist public health nurse. You will finish the course as a collaborative public health practitioner, who is able to lead practice forward.
We believe that academic preparation is an integral part of practice development. So the course content reflects current issues in practice issues. And includes the exploration of high impact areas of contemporary public health across the fields of practice.
You will be able to work in partnership with clients and other professions and agencies. You will strengthen your leadership attributes to become a high-quality practitioner who is a skilful public health nurse. Either in School Nursing or Health Visiting.
On successfully completing this course, you are eligible for registration by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC):
- on the third part of the register (specialist community public health nursing)
- and as able to prescribe from the community practitioners formulary (V100).
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 Bookers University.
A requirement of the application is that you are UK registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a working UK visa that would permit your employment in the NHS as a Nurse.
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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.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
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
You will need to take all seven course modules over a year, for the full time route.
On the part-time route, you will need to take seven modules over two years with the required amount of practice.
There are many opportunities for you to continue to study after the end of the course. We 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.
We have a number of both promising and experienced researchers working in established areas including:
- cancer care
- children and families
- drugs and alcohol
- physical rehabilitation and enablement
- interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. Along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.
Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS and general management at both senior and director level.
After you graduate
On successful completion of the course:
- you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
- your details will be forwarded to the NMC for registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (third part of the register), and for registration to prescribe from the community practitioner’s formulary (V100).
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.