Part 1 - Taught Component (Diploma):
The taught component of the programme is divided into six modules that are credit rated. Each taught module offers 20 credits and all must be successfully completed in order for students to have their name included on the third part of the Professional Register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. The programme offers an optional dissertation for those who wish to move to Masters level (Part 2).
The modules are:
* Module 1: Social & Political Perspectives in Public Health
* Module 2: Evidence & Evaluation for Practice
* Module 3: Developing Specialist Public Health Nursing Practice
* Module 4: Health Promotion, Protection & Surveillance
* Module 5: Leadership & Management in Specialst Community Public Health Practice
* Module 6: Therapeutic Interventions in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Modes of Study:
Full-time: The Postgraduate Diploma full time route consists of the student undertaking six modules over a 45 week period, then have a period of consolidation which takes you up to 52 weeks. Each module is credit rated at M level and all six modules are compulsory.
Part-time: Students undertaking the part time route would complete modules one, two and four in year one (attending Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and then complete modules three, five and six in year two (attending on Thursday and Friday). The course will then finish in September of year two.
Note: A clinical practice element will account for 50% of the taught programme, which is in accordance with NMC (2004) regulations. Students are required to pass assessment in both their clinical and theoretical work in order to achieve their qualification as a specialist community public health nurse. Each student will be allocated a practice teacher (PT) who will take accountability and responsibility for assessing the student's clinical progress, which is evidenced through a clinical portfolio.
Students who complete the programme successfully will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and may proceed to part 2 to undertake a Masters Degree in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.
Part 2 - Dissertation (MSc):
The MSc in SCPHN is optional and self funded. The dissertation comprises of the completion of a 20,000 word dissertation. (Students have three years following completion of the Postgraduate Diploma to submit the dissertation).