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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

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.

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

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 Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
October 2019

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Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Standard:

Applicants should have at least 2 years post-registration experience and 120 Level 5 (Diploma level) CAT points or equivalent or evidence of an ability to study at degree level. The application and selection process is a partnership approach with NHS organisations. All applicants are required to complete a University application and apply for Trust vacancies, usually advertised on NHS Jobs (http://www.jobs.nhs.uk) between January and April depending on the Trusts. Application forms can be requested via email to: hl.academic.support@northumbria.ac.uk
For more information contact: Lindy Turnbull, Senior Lecturer lindy.turnbull@northumbria.ac.uk</p

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Standard:

Applicants should have at least 2 years post-registration experience and 120 Level 5 (Diploma level) CAT points or equivalent or evidence of an ability to study at degree level. The application and selection process is a partnership approach with NHS organisations. All applicants are required to complete a University application and apply for Trust vacancies, usually advertised on NHS Jobs (http://www.jobs.nhs.uk) between January and April depending on the Trusts. Application forms can be requested via email to: hl.academic.support@northumbria.ac.uk
For more information contact: Lindy Turnbull, Senior Lecturer lindy.turnbull@northumbria.ac.uk</p

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

For International course fees please visit Northumbria University Fees for 2018/19

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

None - Trust employed

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AC0691 -

Preparation for Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100) (20 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

AC6643 -

Developing Evidence Based District Nursing Practice (30 Credits)

The transformation of community services, particularly in relation to long term conditions is of paramount importance to the role of the Community Specialist Practitioner in District Nursing. Therefore the explicit purpose of this module is to enable the student to develop the knowledge and skills commensurate with Community Specialist Practice in relation to the management of complex conditions in primary health care. Students will engage in professional debates around their role in the assessment and management of complex conditions and the prevention/delay of hospital admissions. This will be achieved through integrating theory, research and practice pertinent to the role. Fundamental to this will be the development of advanced history taking and clinical physical assessment skills. Learning will be facilitated through lectures, seminars, clinical skill development, peer review and action learning sets in practice. Furthermore as the NMC competencies for Community Specialist Practice are attached to this module. Learning in practice will take place with the support of a Community Practice Teacher (CPT) and a Guidance Tutor.

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AC6644 -

Building Community Capacity For Health Improvement (20 Credits)

Specialist Community Public Health nurses and Specialist Practice Community nurses play a key role in the Governments vision in building capacity to enable communities to improve local health. To enable students to carry out this role effectively, they will need to have a thorough understanding of the community and its needs as well as an in-depth knowledge of the determinants of health and evidence - based public health principles. This module will enable the student to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in capturing local community intelligence and using this to inform health improvement strategies. Key concepts such as inequalities, health need assessment, community health and building community capacity will be explored. Learning will be facilitated through lectures, action learning sets and workshops. Formative assessment will be provided through verbal feedback given in workshops, action learning sets and tutorials to support learning. Summative assessment will be in the form of a 3000 word assignment exploring a strategy for health improvement within the student’s chosen community that is based on evidence collected from a rapid health needs analysis. Written feedback will be provided according to level 6 marking criteria.

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AC6645 -

Leading and Managing Change (20 Credits)

Developing effective leadership skills and capacity to manage change are integral to the Government’s transformation agenda. Health professionals are central to supporting and developing patient centred care through effective leadership and service development. This module aims to integrate theory, research and practice to enable the practitioner to develop leadership capacity and capability in order to develop and lead change and instigate safe, effective service delivery at a variety of levels within the organisation. This will be achieved by utilising a variety of approaches to learning and teaching that support the students’ individual development. This will include the use of lectures, self assessment/diagnostic tools and the e-learning portal. Formative and summative assessments will involve students critiquing organisational culture, leadership and change to improve service delivery. The summative assessment will culminate learning within a 3000 word essay

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AC6646 -

Advancing District Nursing Practice (30 Credits)

This module aims to develop student’s capacity to integrate theory, research and practice. This will be achieved through the delivery of variety of learning and teaching methods such as lectures, action learning sets, peer review, workshops, group and individual tutorial. This will enable students to determine the relevance and quality of a variety of sources of evidence and theoretical concepts. Students will have the opportunity to apply and relate this to their role as a specialist practitioner in district nursing based on their clinical practice experience on the programme. Drawing on their practice experience students will prepare a 6000 word essay.

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RV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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