Community Specialist Practice District Nursing BSc (Hons)

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About this course 2018/19

Are you a registered nurse looking to specialise in district nursing?

Community-based nurses play a vital role in reducing the number of unnecessary hospital admissions. This NHS-sponsored course will give you specialist skills and knowledge in the area of district nursing. It develops specialist practitioners who can take a lead role in the organisation, management, implementation and evaluation of community-based health care delivery. Practitioners with the skills to respond effectively and flexibly to a changing healthcare agenda.

On this highly practical course you will spend time in homes, clinics and the local community to complement your classroom-based learning. From the outset you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to assess the specific needs of each patient, providing support and care that is tailored to their circumstances in the comfort of their own environment.

The academic and practice aspects of the BSc/Postgraduate Diploma have been developed to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements and the number of places are based on workforce projections which means prospects for graduates are excellent. On completion there would normally be 100% employment in the field of practice.

Modules and Learning

Throughout the course you will work with a Guidance Tutor and a Community Practice Teacher (CPT) to ensure your learning meets NMC Standards for district nursing at every stage.

The course is split 50/50 between classroom and community-based learning. In the earlier stages of the community-based learning your CPT will offer intensive supervision and support to help develop your knowledge and skills as you begin to put your theory into practice. As the course progresses and your confidence grows, you will be given greater independence. Campus based learning includes a mix of lectures, seminars, peer reviews, incident analysis and workshops.

The course includes a range of assessment methods. In some modules you will be given the opportunity to choose assessment topics based on your clinical practice experience. Integral to the course is a portfolio of evidence which is reviewed each semester to assess progress towards achieving NMC Standards.

Teaching Staff

Our academic team includes qualified nurses and health visitors with an established background in nursing practice, management and research. Their practical background means your tutors will fully understand how best to support you and prepare you for the demands of an ever-changing workplace.

The dedicated support of the Guidance Tutor on campus and the Community Practice Teacher in practice are crucial to your learning. You will work in partnership throughout the course to meet National Midwifery Council Standards for education and practice for district nursing.

We involve key stakeholders such as NUTH, Northumbria, South Tyneside and GHNT in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the course. This ensures that the course content stays relevant and up-to-date.

Facilities

The course is based at Coach Lane campus, home to the Clinical Skills Centre which includes some of the most advanced healthcare facilities in the country. Facilities that ensure your learning will progress in parallel with the latest developments in the nursing and healthcare industry.

You will have access to our University library – which holds Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence – and The Hub, a well-equipped working space which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You will also receive academic support through our e-learning platform, Blackboard, which gives you access to module handbooks, assessment information, lecture materials and reading lists.

Research-Rich Learning

Many members of our teaching team are research-active clinicians with their own areas of specialism. As a result, much of your learning will be based on the very latest medical evidence. In addition, many of our modules are structured to enhance the critical thinking skills that will help you analyse and improve your own approach to healthcare as you take your next step in the workplace.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Career Edge

The practical as well as the theoretical modules of the course have been designed to develop the analytical, decision making and leadership skills that are crucial in the community healthcare environment.

You will graduate with the skills to work effectively as part of a team as well as the ability to make independent decisions – sometimes under pressure – where necessary. You will be able to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences, from patients and their families to senior healthcare professionals with the aim of improving the healthcare experience for service users. You will develop skills in resource management and be able to use your leadership skills to respond to the changing demands of the healthcare sector.

Your Future

As an NHS sponsored course the number of places is linked to projected workplace need. As a result there would normally be 100% employment in the field of practice on completion of the Community Specialist Practice District Nursing course.

Developed in-line with NMC standards and founded on the values that underpin the NHS constitution, you will leave this course well prepared for the workplace.

About this course 2019/20

Are you a registered nurse looking to specialise in district nursing?

Community-based nurses play a vital role in reducing the number of unnecessary hospital admissions. This NHS-sponsored course will give you specialist skills and knowledge in the area of district nursing. It develops specialist practitioners who can take a lead role in the organisation, management, implementation and evaluation of community-based health care delivery. Practitioners with the skills to respond effectively and flexibly to a changing healthcare agenda.

On this highly practical course you will spend time in homes, clinics and the local community to complement your classroom-based learning. From the outset you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to assess the specific needs of each patient, providing support and care that is tailored to their circumstances in the comfort of their own environment.

The academic and practice aspects of the BSc/Postgraduate Diploma have been developed to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements and the number of places are based on workforce projections which means prospects for graduates are excellent. On completion there would normally be 100% employment in the field of practice.

Modules and Learning

Throughout the course you will work with a Guidance Tutor and a Community Practice Teacher (CPT) to ensure your learning meets NMC Standards for district nursing at every stage.

The course is split 50/50 between classroom and community-based learning. In the earlier stages of the community-based learning your CPT will offer intensive supervision and support to help develop your knowledge and skills as you begin to put your theory into practice. As the course progresses and your confidence grows, you will be given greater independence. Campus based learning includes a mix of lectures, seminars, peer reviews, incident analysis and workshops.

The course includes a range of assessment methods. In some modules you will be given the opportunity to choose assessment topics based on your clinical practice experience. Integral to the course is a portfolio of evidence which is reviewed each semester to assess progress towards achieving NMC Standards.

Teaching Staff

Our academic team includes qualified nurses and health visitors with an established background in nursing practice, management and research. Their practical background means your tutors will fully understand how best to support you and prepare you for the demands of an ever-changing workplace.

The dedicated support of the Guidance Tutor on campus and the Community Practice Teacher in practice are crucial to your learning. You will work in partnership throughout the course to meet National Midwifery Council Standards for education and practice for district nursing.

We involve key stakeholders such as NUTH, Northumbria, South Tyneside and GHNT in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the course. This ensures that the course content stays relevant and up-to-date.

Facilities

The course is based at Coach Lane campus, home to the Clinical Skills Centre which includes some of the most advanced healthcare facilities in the country. Facilities that ensure your learning will progress in parallel with the latest developments in the nursing and healthcare industry.

You will have access to our University library – which holds Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence – and The Hub, a well-equipped working space which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You will also receive academic support through our e-learning platform, Blackboard, which gives you access to module handbooks, assessment information, lecture materials and reading lists.

Research-Rich Learning

Many members of our teaching team are research-active clinicians with their own areas of specialism. As a result, much of your learning will be based on the very latest medical evidence. In addition, many of our modules are structured to enhance the critical thinking skills that will help you analyse and improve your own approach to healthcare as you take your next step in the workplace.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Career Edge

The practical as well as the theoretical modules of the course have been designed to develop the analytical, decision making and leadership skills that are crucial in the community healthcare environment.

You will graduate with the skills to work effectively as part of a team as well as the ability to make independent decisions – sometimes under pressure – where necessary. You will be able to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences, from patients and their families to senior healthcare professionals with the aim of improving the healthcare experience for service users. You will develop skills in resource management and be able to use your leadership skills to respond to the changing demands of the healthcare sector.

Your Future

As an NHS sponsored course the number of places is linked to projected workplace need. As a result there would normally be 100% employment in the field of practice on completion of the Community Specialist Practice District Nursing course.

Developed in-line with NMC standards and founded on the values that underpin the NHS constitution, you will leave this course well prepared for the workplace.

Course info

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start October 2019

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