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Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing) PGDip

Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing) PGDip

Key information
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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

District Nursing Nursing Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Course Overview

District nurses perform essential work, caring for housebound patients in their own homes and keeping them out of hospital for longer.

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), this postgraduate diploma gives you the advanced grounding to specialise in this ever-changing and vitally-important area of nursing.

Gain specialist skills and knowledge

District nursing is rewarding and challenging work that requires different skills and knowledge to those needed in a hospital. Studying at specialist practitioner level will hone your critical thinking and leadership capabilities, so that you become highly skilled at caring for patients in their own homes, and leading large teams of nurses in this area of practice.

Take your learning to a deeper level

This specialist course will take you through key aspects of contemporary district nursing practice, from mental health across the lifespan and safeguarding to effective caseload management.

Developing strong leadership, critical thinking and research skills, you will also learn to take a more strategic view of the way healthcare is delivered in the community, drawing on the latest research, ideas and policy.

Well known for our district nurse training

Highly regarded by students and practice partners for our teaching in this area, Bucks has a strong reputation for its district nurse training. You will work with highly skilled academics, who have worked in the community – and spend 50% of your time in practice yourself, consolidating and deepening your understanding and skills.

Who is it for?

This course is for qualified nurses with a degree. You will be sponsored by a health organisation or trust and achieve a postgraduate diploma, while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in an area of community nursing you want to specialise in.

Course Details

This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for district nurses.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

Understand the complexities of working in a community setting
Develop appreciate strategic influences on policy
Take a critical approach to nursing care in the community, with a strong emphasis on providing holistic, evidence-based care to patients in their homes
Analyse how decisions about care are made, drawing on relevant research
Work at the forefront of caring for people with a range of healthcare needs, including highly complex ones.

Employability

What are my career prospects

As a graduate of this course, you will be well equipped to advance your career as a team leader in community children’s nursing. Your specialist skills and knowledge will also be sought after in areas such as managing community services, or practice or academic teaching.

Different course options

Full time | High Wycombe Campus | 1 year | FEB-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

FEB-20

Modules

Philosophical Enquiry in Practice (30 Credits) - Core
Applied Pharmacology for NonMedical Prescribing (30 Credits) - Core
Enhancing Specialist Community Practice (DN) (30 Credits) - Core
Clinical Decision Making for Non - Medical Prescribing (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,750

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

You need to be registered as a level 1 nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register. You also need to be working in UK clinical practice, so this course is just available to UK students.

University information

Bucks New University is a friendly, vibrant place to study. It has over 125 years experience of providing employer-lead higher education, having started out in 1891, running evening classes for the local community and retraining soldiers into new employment. Today, the university still focuses heavily on employability, with courses which blend together academic teaching with professional and practical elements. There is an on-going commitment...more

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