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  • Objectives
    This programme aims to enable the nurse to develop a deeper understanding of the dimensions of public health nursing practice and to apply this knowledge to their chosen discipline pathway.

    It will enable the qualified specialist community public health nurse to enhance her / his understanding of the research process and the application of evidence to develop and enhance Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) practice.

    It will also enable registration as a SCPHN on the third part of the Nursing and Midwifery Register.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:

    Candidates must be registered on either parts one or two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. Candidates can enter the course either with a diploma (120 credits at level 2) and 2 years' post registration experience or with a degree and one year's post registration experience.

    Practitioners who qualified as midwives via the three year direct entry route can undertake the programme and become health visitors.

    Applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh are required to provide proof of their proficiency in the English or Welsh language. They must satisfy the English and Welsh Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS no more than 3 years before the proposed date of entry.

    A Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check will be undertaken on prospective students and this must be deemed satisfactory before admission to the programme.
  • Academic Title
    Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (MSc/Diploma)
  • Course description
    Course Description:

    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).

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