UWE Bristol - Postgraduate Diploma Public Health Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

UWE Bristol

Postgraduate Diploma Public Health Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma course has been designed to produce knowledgeable and skilled public health practitioners, able to work inclusively with client groups across different settings within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Standards (2018). You'll reflect this knowledge and skill development by demonstrating your achievement of the NMC standards of proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (2004).

The NMC standards include four key domains which require a practitioner to search for health needs; stimulate an awareness of health needs; influence policies affecting health and facilitate health- enhancing activities in different public health settings. The course delivers knowledge and skills linked to the Public Health Knowledge and Skills Framework.

The course embraces a family/child/workplace-centred public health role with individuals, families, and populations, and focuses on improving health and tackling health inequalities. The approach requires you to work within a dynamic socio-cultural and service provision context across traditional boundaries, to network and develop services in partnership with service users, other professionals, and the voluntary sector. You'll learn to lead, assess, work collaboratively, evaluate public health provision, and accept responsibility and accountability for the safe, effective, and efficient management of that provision.

This course is for people who wish to register on the third part of the NMC register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse: Health Visitor, School Nurse, or Occupational Health Nurse. The course requires effective registration on Part 1 (Nursing) or Part 2 (Midwifery) of the NMC register.

The aim of our course is to prepare specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) students with the skills and knowledge to provide leadership and innovation in community health. Our wider goals are to improve population health, in particular the health of children and families, and to prevent illness. As a SCPHN graduate, you'll have the community capacity building skills you need to support the development of fair, inclusive and ever-improving community-based health and well-being services.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have the following:

  • Active first level registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register.
  • Post Graduate Diploma applicants will require a 2:2 Honours Degree either in nursing or a health-related subject.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • register with NMC as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse
  • register as a Community Practitioner Nurse prescriber (if you have completed the V100 element of the course)
  • enhance and build on your previous professional qualifications and practice
  • develop your public health knowledge and skills
  • start a career in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

Course Details

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

During the course you'll gain experience in a range of different settings and areas of professional practice through collaborative working and inter-professional learning.

You'll cover the following areas:

  • In settings and with age groups that are central to the responsibilities for the defined area of practice, health visiting, school nursing or occupational health nursing.
  • Working with diverse populations, individuals and families facing multiple disadvantages, health inequalities and factors that contribute to health and wellbeing.
  • Working with age groups considered as either important or that may be a potential area of responsibility even if not central to the areas of responsibility.
  • Completing 60 days of consolidated practice within your defined area of practice to be completed over 12 weeks.

The practice element of the course is divided into two parts, taught and consolidated.

The taught practice element includes 15 days alternative practice experience, where students get the opportunity to gain an insight and understanding of services provided in settings or with population groups that would not be central to their pathway.

A period of consolidation provides an opportunity for you to focus on your specific profession, building on the previous experiences developed through the course and in practice. This period allows time to prioritise your workload and development your proficiency, as well as fitness to practise as a safe, accountable, and effective practitioner.

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice with designated time at the University in directed study, as well as time in practice with an allocated practice assessor who will co-ordinate and support your learning.

Principles of Evidence-b Based Public Health
Public Health and Health Promotion
Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Leadership and Enterprise.
V100 Prescribing Practice
Promoting the Health of School-aged Children in the Community
Workplace, Health and Wellbeing.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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