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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.

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.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
October 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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The carefully selected psychology and criminology modules blend practical and theoretical content. Your practical skills will be developed through hands-on learning sessions in specialist learning laboratories, and learning is reinforced through traditional lectures and seminars. We run a number of guest lectures and networking opportunities with expert practitioners to bring these subjects to life and you will be able to apply your theoretical knowledge to real social issues during an optional field trip to Amsterdam as part of the Crime and Society module.

We believe in innovative teaching and use social media, apps and podcasts along with the eLearning Portal, lecture capture and online submission and feedback tools to support your learning.

You will be assessed through written assignments, oral and poster presentations, and examinations, culminating in a final year research project, driven by your personal interests and career aspirations.

You will learn from inspirational, approachable, research-focused staff who are passionate about their subject and who are at the forefront of developments in the field. With a teaching team spanning a range of nationalities, we have formed global networks and partnerships through research and teaching which you can draw from to enhance your learning.

Across the department we specialise in areas as diverse as sleep research; identity; trust and security in social media; human mating preferences and attractiveness; body image; developmental and child psychology; and communications technology. Whatever your interests, our staff have the knowledge to support you in developing your own research skills and interests.

At Northumbria we value the importance of practical experience so we provide you with access to dedicated specialist and flexible teaching laboratories. Many of your teaching sessions will be held in the labs, and led by research-active staff. You can also book the rooms for your own project work and individual study.

There is an extensive collection of psychological testing material to support your learning, including current editions of most of the widely used group and individual tests. You will also benefit from being immersed in an active research environment with access to Northumbria’s innovative research centres.

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).

Exploring the application of psychology and criminology to the real world, you will develop core transferable skills such as communication, independent learning, reflection, problem solving and awareness of ethics that are essential in the psychology sector.

You will be able to tailor the subject of your final year research project to suit your career aspirations and build key skills in time and project management, communicating with a range of audiences, ethical awareness, and data analysis which, again, are valuable to employers.

With accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to provide Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), the BSc in Psychology and Criminology has been developed with employability in mind.

The Psychology and Criminology degree at Northumbria is designed to not only develop your understanding of psychology and criminology but also your valuable self-development skills such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, interpersonal skills and teamwork. You will graduate with practical experience, analytical and research skills along with the confidence and independent learning ability that will stand you in good stead for a variety of careers.

With the opportunity to apply for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) you can take your first steps to becoming a Chartered Psychologist and follow a career path into research, education or specialisms in psychology, and with the option to work in the criminal justice system.

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

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

2 years post-registration Nursing experience plus 120 Level 5 (Diploma level) CATS points

Applicants should have at least 2 years post-registration experience plus 120 Level 5 (Diploma level) Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) points or equivalent, or alternatively evidence of an ability to study at degree level.

The application and selection process is completed in partnership with NHS organisations. All applicants are required to complete a University application and apply for NHS vacancies, usually advertised on NHS Jobs (www.jobs.nhs.uk) between January and April.

Application forms can be requested via email to: hl.academic.support@northumbria.ac.uk 

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees, Scholarships and Discounts

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

** It is expected that fees will be as noted above for 20/21 entry.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs


Scholarships and Discounts

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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.

More information

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.

More information

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

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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