Northumbria University Newcastle

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) Higher Apprenticeship with MSc option

This apprenticeship programme is for qualified nurses /midwives who wish to study to be School Nurses and gain a qualification in Specialist Community Public health nursing. This is annotated with the NMC to allow an apprentice to work as a Specialist Public Health Nurse in School Nursing.

As a graduate of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) programme at the University of Northumbria, apprentices will build on existing nursing knowledge to advance evidence-based practice. Apprentices will be able to apply critical thinking and synthesis in the expert learning within the field of school nursing and will learn specialist skills for public health and community working and be supported to develop effective leadership skills and advanced partnership working across all areas of practice.

Apprenticeship Standard: Apprenticeship programmes at Northumbria University are designed to support apprentices in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours and retain the integrity of the apprenticeship standard as defined by IFATE.

Entry Requirements

Recruitment for the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing apprenticeship is directly through an employing organisation such as NHS or local authority.

Apprentices will be required to complete a university application once they have secured a place following interview with an employing organisation. The university application process is to register the entry requirements for the programme and enrol the apprentice with the University.

Northumbria University guides both employer and apprentice through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

Career Prospects

In partnership with Northumbria University, an employer will support the apprentice at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying, the apprentice will be required to work full-time, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

  • The programme is 18 months full time, with 50% of time allocated to on-the-job practice learning in an area related directly to School Nursing practice, and 50% to support academic learning.
  • The placement area is decided by the employing organisation, and apprentices may work across more than one placement area, all placements will be within the field of School Nursing. This enables apprentices to gain specialist public health practice skills and be assessed against the standards for specialist community public health nursing.

Course Details

This programme offers a varied range of assessment strategies in order to help maximise learning and provide opportunities to develop a wide selection of skills that can be transferred into specialist practice. Modules include;

  • Fundamental Skills for Public Health  
  • Building Community Capacity
  • Research and Evidence for Contemporary practice
  • Advancing and Leading Specialist Practice
  • Community Prescribing

To achieve the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse standards apprentices must successfully pass both the practice elements and the academic components of the programme. The assessment strategy reflects both formative and summative components. Practice-based assessment will be ongoing throughout the 18 months of the programme supported by a practice assessment document and gives apprentices the opportunity to engage in self-assessment and apprentice-led learning.

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