UWE Bristol - MSc Specialist Practice District Nursing

UWE Bristol

MSc Specialist Practice District Nursing

Developing your leadership and influencing capabilities, you'll build the confidence to shape and enhance community nursing practice, and gain the skills to inspire and lead large nursing teams. You can choose to complete the course to PG Dip or MSc level.

Why study district nursing?

Working in the community, district nurses lead nursing teams to provide care and support for patients with a variety of acute and long-term health conditions. Many employers require nurses in team leadership roles to hold the district nurse qualification. An opportunity to take your career to the next level, it's also a chance to build your leadership skills and play a more strategic role in how care is delivered in the community.

Why UWE Bristol?

MSc/PG Dip Specialist Practice (District Nursing) is a professional practice programme for registered adult nurses working in the community and aspiring to move into team leader grade roles.

Once you have completed the programme to PG Dip level, you will be eligible to claim the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) specialist practitioner qualification in District Nursing.  

You can then continue to full master's level if you wish, to continue your development and take your learning that step further. With outstanding onsite facilities, and a 50/50 split between theory and practice-based learning, you'll gain the strong academic and practical grounding you need to practise competently and confidently as a district nurse.

Where can it take me?

NHS employers increasingly require band 6 community nurses to hold the NMC recordable specialist practice qualification (SPQ) in district nursing. You'll achieve this by completing the course to PG Dip level.

You can then continue to master's level to take your learning and career further, carrying out your own research on an area of practice that interests you.

Career Prospects

NHS employers increasingly require district nurses to hold the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable specialist practice qualification (SPQ) in district nursing. You'll achieve this by completing the course to PG Dip level.

You can choose to continue to master's level if you want to take your learning further, carrying out your own research on an area of practice that interests you.

You'll be equipped to lead teams of nurses in the community, and to work in more senior district nurse roles. You will be sought after for your leadership skills, strategic thinking, and ability to manage large teams of nurses in challenging and complex environments.

The prescribing module means that as a graduate, you'll also be qualified to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers Formulary for Community Practitioners.

Course Details

Learn from a highly experienced team of community nurses at UWE Bristol, with a depth of knowledge across many areas, including advanced clinical practice, research and education. Develop the higher level critical thinking skills that come with master's level study, as well as strong skills in decision-making and leadership.

You'll be equipped to lead, plan and evaluate care in complex and unpredictable contexts, and to lead teams effectively and confidently. Highly relevant to the changing landscape of community nursing, the course will deepen your understanding of current issues, and help you take a more strategic and political view of the care you and your teams provide drawing on policies, literature and evidence that influence your care delivery. You'll graduate as an independent and self-critical practitioner, able to question and challenge practice, and well equipped to lead and manage teams of nurses to provide effective evidence-based care.

Compulsory modules
Current Issues in Community Practice
Health and Social Care Research and Methodologies
Leadership and Innovation
V100 Prescribing Practice
Community Specialist Practice

One optional module
Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
End of Life Care
Advancing Practice in Long Term Conditions
Complexities of Caring for Older People
Principles of Dementia Care.

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