Glyndwr University

PGDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (Health Visiting or School Nursing) is designed to enable qualified graduate nurses or midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2004) Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. Following successful completion, students achieve eligibility for registration as either health visitors or school nurses on part 3 of the NMC register. Within these programs, students also meet requirements for integrated community nurse prescribing as outlined in the Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (NMC, 2006)

Why choose this course?

This program of study is made up of theory and practice-based learning and is grounded in public health practice. This allows registered nurses and midwives to enhance their professional skills to a specialist level in one of the two routes offered.

Successful completion of the course enables you to register on Part III of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register ad practice as a specialist community public health nurse. The course also includes the Community Nurse Prescribing (V100) program (integrated into the Specialist Practice modules), which you will be able to record with the NMC.

Entry Requirements

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject
  • IELTS 6.5 (with no individual skill score below 6.0) 2 years before the course start date.
  • AS / A Level English Language and/or Literature Grade C

Career Prospects

Health Visiting is a diverse, satisfying, and challenging role that involves bonding with families over time. It suits nurses and midwives with an interest in health promotion, public health, and working in the community.

Health Visitors are best placed to help families and young children. A growing body of evidence underlines the importance of the role in the first few years of a person's life, and in recognition of these facts, the Welsh Government has currently increased the recruitment numbers for Health Visitor training. The English Government has also increased recruitment of health visitors, and therefore employment prospects with the NHS are very positive.

Community Health Nurse Responsibilities

  • Medical treatment.
  • Rehabilitation.
  • Health education.
  • Advocacy.
  • Research.
  • Collaboration with other healthcare workers and with government agencies

Course Details

This 52 week full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme comprises 22.5 weeks of theoretical study and 22.5 weeks of learning in a practice setting, under the supervision of a practice teacher and specialist mentor. The full-time route comprises of two days of attendance at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, two days in practice and one study day per week during term time. The course is also available as a part-time modular route.


Family Approaches to Health for Health Visitors and School Nurses
V100 Prescribing
Individual Approaches to Health for Health Visitors and School Nurses (including associated practice period)
Population Approaches to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Leadership in Health Care Practice
Process of Enquiry at Level 6/Research Methods at Level 7

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