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3 weeks

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Professional Diploma

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Course Summary

Programme Overview

The Diploma in Tropical Nursing (DTN) is awarded by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) as part of its suite of non credit-bearing Professional Diploma programmes aimed at enhancing the knowledge, skills and competencies of health care professionals working in low and middle-income resource settings.

The DTN aims to familiarise participants with common health issues in overseas settings, helping them develop their analytical, problem solving and practical nursing skills. The curriculum is flexible to include sessions relevant to current international events and also contains a strong laboratory element. The programme provides up-to-date factual knowledge and current best practice, as well as opportunities to develop practical hands-on skills.

The curriculum has been informed by the requirements of organisations deploying nurses in low and middle income countries (e.g. Medicins Sans Frontieres; Voluntary Service Overseas) and is designed to introduce common health topics that nurses and midwives are likely to come across whilst working in these settings.

The DTN begins with a period of self-study and formative evaluation (estimated 20 learning hours) before commencing an intensive, 3 week taught element. It concludes with a 3 week assessment period supported by online tutoring. This format of concentrated contact time combined with flexible self-study makes the programme accessible to participants concurrently engaged in professional practice.

This course aims to:

  • Equip participants with knowledge and practical skills relevant to nursing in low and middle income countries.
  • Produce graduates who are informed and effective professionals, able to work in teams as well as individuals.
  • Facilitate high quality learning that is informed by up-to-date knowledge and current best practice.
  • Develop independent and reflective approaches to study that will enable graduates to continue to learn in the future.

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Entry requirements

Applicants need to be a Registered General Nurse or Midwife. They need to have at least two years post-registration practice.