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Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing) PGDip

Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing) PGDip

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Full time | High Wycombe Campus | 1 year | FEB-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

FEB-21

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.

You can choose to study this course either full-time or part-time.

Flexible, practice-based learning

The course makes use of a range of flexible learning and assessment approaches, to ensure you learn in the way that suits you best. We will be looking, in particular, at how well you apply the theory to your own nursing and leadership practice.

By the end of the course, you will have developed the higher level of skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in this specialist field of nursing. Your e-portfolio will provide evidence of this, to validate your learning with the NMC.

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.

Modules

Applied Pharmacology for NonMedical Prescribing
Philosophical Enquiry in Practice
Nurse Prescribing or Post Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing
Enhancing Specialist Community Practice (DN)
Clinical Decision Making for Non - Medical Prescribing

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,950

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

Buckinghamshire New University is an employability-driven institution, with strong ties to regional industry networks. The university works in close contact with its network of industry partners, and its curriculum is informed by these relationships, ensuring that the course content is always at the cutting edge of the field. The university has been recognised by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2018 with a Silver Award, for...more

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