PgDip Community Health

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Overview

Our 40-week, full-time course gives you the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in District Nursing (CSPDN).

It’s designed for nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and with active registration on specific parts of the register for the pathway you’d like to study, either District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

When you’re at university you will study some units as a whole group, with core topics including leadership theory and the influence of local government on the health of individuals, communities and populations.

On this course, you will spend half of your time on placements, and so you’ll need to have a supported practice placement (most of our students are sponsored or seconded from an NHS Trust).

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

As a graduate, you’ll be able to apply for a specialist practitioner role in the field of practice you studied on this course. You’ll usually work in a variety of settings, including people’s homes, GP surgeries, community clinics, and residential centres.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for PgDip will normally have a first degree in a relevant subject, with a minimum of a 2:2 classification and demonstrate the ability to study independently at level 7.


Additionally, all applicants will have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated preregistration outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice. You must be supported in practice for the duration of the course by an appropriately qualified Sign-off Mentor or Practice Teacher. You must also meet the NMC specific entry requirements for the Specialist Practitioner Qualification.

Course details

We have designed our course curriculum in consultation with service users, students, practice teachers, and managers. This is to ensure that we are preparing you for the realities of working as a specialist nurse in a community setting.  

In a Specialist Practitioner role, you’ll usually be part of a multidisciplinary team. You’ll work alongside healthcare professionals such as social workers, nurses or GPs, and support your patients together.

To help you develop skills in communication and teamwork, and share clinical experiences, you’ll study some of the units with students from our other nursing programmes.

The the duration of your course, you'll cover the following units:

  • Contemporary Issues for District Nursing (Level 7)
  • Contemporary Issues in General Practice Nursing (Level 7)
  • District Nursing:Care Management, Interventions and Service Development (Level 7)
  • Principles of General Practice Nursing (Level 7)
  • Specialist Practice in District Nursing (Level 7)
  • Specialist Practice in General Practice Nursing (Level 7)
  • Developing Leadership and Professional Practice
  • Principles of Public Health
  • Evidence Based Practice

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

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Core Units

Contemporary Issues for District Nursing (Level 7)

This unit will be influenced by current political and professional issues, but typical content may include:

  • the evolving role of district nurses;
  • changes in the context of care delivery;
  • contemporary policy/guidance/issues of particular relevance to district nursing;
  • health and wellbeing issues of particular relevance to District Nurses’ main client groups

We aim to enable you to explore relevant contemporary issues affecting district nursing practice. You'll look at district nursing work within a context of evolving models of service delivery and examines District Nurses’ contributions to the implementation of government and professional policy and initiatives.

Contemporary Issues in General Practice Nursing (Level 7)

Current political and contemporary professional issues will influence the curriculum but typical content is likely to include:

  • Epidemiology;
  • practice profiling;
  • health screening and surveillance;
  • the impact of public health issues such as cancer, coronary heart disease, obesity, smoking, alcohol misuse; sexual and reproductive health.
  • Men’s and women’s health;
  • travel health.

Teaching and learning strategies may vary according to the group size and learning preferences of group members. They may include: lectures; group work; seminars; e-learning; case study analysis, reflection on practice; directed study activities; subject focused tutorials

The overall aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning the role of the General Practice Nurse within the context of public health and health protection, health promotion and health education.

District Nursing:Care Management, Interventions and Service Development (Level 7)

Current political and professional issues will influence the curriculum but typical content is likely to include:

  • current issues relating to long term and life limiting conditions;
  • evidence based care; innovations in clinical care/services;
  • service development; collaborative working;
  • resource management;  
  • team leadership issues (e.g. delegation, skill mix, managing complex situations)

In this unit, you'll focus on the leadership role of the District Nurse in relation to care management, provision and service development. You'll examine the evidence base of district nursing interventions, pertinent to the management of care for patients with long-term and life-limiting conditions. You'll explore the role of the District Nurse in service development and innovation.

Principles of General Practice Nursing (Level 7)

In this unit, we'll provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake the role of a Practice Nurse, fundamental principles applied to practice will be explored. This will include contemporary issues relating to Practice Nursing, focusing on screening, prevention and management of long- term conditions such as asthma, diabetes, dementia etc, with particular emphasis on the rapidly changing culture within Primary Care and the modernisation agenda.g. QOF, Five year Forward view etc. You'll also look at theory and practical components of cervical cytology and includes 2 day theory on Immunisation and vaccination.

You'll explore the fundamental, theoretical principles underpinning the role of the General Practice Nurse with a particular focus on their role in managing long term conditions. You'll be able to critically analyse the needs of patients accessing the service and develop insights into the range of skills and approaches necessary to improve the health of individuals and populations. You can take this as a standalone unit and is also the first award specific unit on the Community Health Specialist Practitioner General Practice Nursing programme.

Teaching and learning strategies will vary according to the group size and learning preferences of group members. They may include: lectures; group work; seminars; e-learning; case study analysis, reflection on practice; directed study activities; subject focused tutorials

Specialist Practice in District Nursing (Level 7)

In this unit, we aim to enable students to apply the knowledge, skills and clinical competencies to practise safely and effectively in their area of community specialist practice. This unit is restricted to students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Community Health, District Nursing pathway

The curriculum is informed by the QNI/QNIS (2015) ‘Voluntary standards for district nurse education and practice’ and formulated around the UKCC (2001) ‘Standards for specialist education and practice’  (currently upheld by the Nursing and Midwifery Council). With your sign off mentor, you'll translate this into an individualised programme of placement learning devised to your achievement of the unit learning outcomes.

Your sign-off mentor, supported by the DN Award Leader, will be responsible for facilitating learning in the workplace. You'll use a practice learning portfolio to guide your learning and support your achievement of the unit learning outcomes. Through this process you'll have a unique, individualized strategy for achieving competence in specialist practice. Placement learning is supported by 14 hours of class-based activities

Specialist Practice in General Practice Nursing (Level 7)

In this unit, we aim to enable you to apply the knowledge, skills and clinical competencies to practise safely and effectively in their area of community specialist practice.

The curriculum is informed by the QNI/QNIS (2017) ‘Voluntary standards for general practice nursing education and practice’ and formulated around the UKCC (2001) ‘Standards for specialist education and practice’ (currently upheld by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It is translated by the student and sign-off mentor/practice teacher into an individualised programme of placement learning devised to support the student’s achievement of the unit learning outcomes.

The sign-off mentor/practice teacher, supported by the GPN Award Leader, will be responsible for facilitating learning in the workplace. You'll use a practice learning portfolio to guide their learning and support their achievement of the unit learning outcomes. Through this process You'll have a unique, individualized strategy for achieving competence in specialist practice. Placement learning is supported by 14 hours of class-based activities

Developing Leadership and Professional Practice

In this unit, you'll acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to lead and develop professional practice and work flexibly and collaboratively within a health/social care environment

Content may include:

  • Organisational theory;
  • creating a culture for learning and development;
  • accountability and quality issues; 
  • leadership theory;
  • emotional intelligence;
  • developing strategic vision;
  • service development proposals,
  • planning,
  • budgets,
  • reports;
  • risk assessment;
  • change theory;
  • project management; 
  • team working and collaboration;
  • communication,
  • negotiation and conflict resolution

Teaching and learning strategies may vary according to the group size and learning preferences of group members. They may include: lectures; group work; seminars; e-learning; reflection on practice; directed study activities; subject focused tutorials

Principles of Public Health

Promoting health and prevention of disease and illness is not achieved simply through the efforts of health professionals and the health service.  The factors that influence health and disease are multi-factorial (Dahlgren and Whitehead 1991) and it is important that those working in health and social care have an understanding of the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, in order to realistically frame the contribution of interventions and support at an individual level.  Appreciating the wider context of health underpins the importance of inter-professional, interagency work and recognises the influence of national and local government on the health of individuals, communities and populations.   

In this unit, we'll provide you with the opportunity to explore the theoretical principles underpinning public health practice.  You'll explore the complexity of work to promote health and develop insights into the range of skills and approaches necessary to improve the health of individuals and populations. 

You'll explore and develop your understanding of the theoretical frameworks within promoting health, key theoretical concepts and principles.

This will include discussion around the nature of health, health promotion, public health; factors that affect health including inequalities in health; an overview of public health policy; approaches to the promotion of health including community development, equity and empowerment; ethics and public health.  Reference will also be made to principles and evidence that underpins public health/health promotion work (e.g. understanding and analysing the contribution of epidemiology and the broad principles health needs assessment and the principles and challenges around evaluation of public health/health promotion). 

Teaching and learning strategies will vary according to the group size and learning preferences of group members. They may include: lectures; group work; seminars; e-learning; case study analysis, reflection on practice; directed study activities; subject focused tutorials

Evidence Based Practice

In this unit, you'll critique evidence-based practice and understand the relative merits and limitations the different types of evidence, which inform practice. We'll enable you with the skills to be able to locate and interpret primary source evidence and thereby be enabled to make informed judgements about applying evidence to practice.

Teaching and learning strategies may vary according to the group size and learning preferences of group members. They may include: lectures, group work, seminars, e-learning, case study analysis, reflection on practice, directed study activities, subject focused tutorials.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

Additional information about this course

Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Placement options

To help you gain experience in a variety of community health settings, you’ll spend half of this course on placement, which equates to one/two days per week depending on the length of the course.

When you’re away from university on placement, you’re allocated a Practice Teacher or Sign-Off Mentor and they will supervise and support you in practice. The award leader will act as your personal tutor for academic support.

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice.

The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £400 per 10 credits per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £400 per 10 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Professional Costs

£23

Responsibility for Disclosure and Barring Service clearance on employment based and CPD programmes normally lies with your employer and not the University. Where a new DBS check is required for placement but not supported by your employer, the University will pay the cost of your first check. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs / There is a fee to record the qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (currently £23) on successful completion. Current fees are available at www.nmc.org.uk/registration/staying-on-the-register/adding-qualifications/

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

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How to apply

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Secondment opportunities are advertised by organisations either internally or via NHS jobs. In the first instance, applications are made via the seconding Trust’s recruitment procedures – applicants are also required to submit the Direct Admissions form.   

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