BSc (Hons) Community Health

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Overview

Nursing is a demanding, yet rewarding profession. Our undergraduate programmes have been designed, developed and are delivered to recognise the core values of the NHS and the required standards of our accrediting body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), this course is designed for first level nurses, with post-registration experience and an active registration on the NMC professional register. It is aimed at those who wish to study a specialist practitioner qualification. Entry is direct to level six and 50% of the course takes place in the practice setting. Applicants require a supported practice placement. The majority of students are sponsored or seconded from an NHS Trust. Applications are made directly to the Trust concerned.

The programme builds on the core values of the NHS constitution and is approved by the NMC to offer students the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in District Nursing or General Practice Nursing (approval is pending).

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

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

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

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Further information

All applicants must:

Additionally, students must have active registration on specific parts of the NMC Professional Register as determined by the NMC (2001):

For the District Nursing pathway:

All applicants must be registered as a first level nurse – adult (RN1, RNA)

For the General Practice Nursing pathway:

All applicants must be registered as a first level nurse – adult (RN1, RNA) or a first level nurse – children (RN8, RNC)

Course details

Community Health is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to offer registered nurses the opportunity to gain Specialist Practitioner qualifications in District Nursing.

The course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice. University teaching mostly takes place within the award-winning Brooks building. Practice-based learning is facilitated by a practice teacher or sign-off mentor throughout the duration of the course and takes place in an approved practice environment.

You must have active registration on specific parts of the NMC Professional Register in order to enter the professional awards, as determined by the NMC (2001).

For the District Nursing pathway:

You must be registered as a first level nurse – adult (RN1, RNA)

For the General Practice Nursing pathway:

You must be registered as a first level nurse – adult (RN1, RNA) or a first level nurse – children (RN8, RNC)

This course consists of a mix of mandatory core units and mandatory core for award units.

You will undertake mandatory core units as part of the Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ) awards which may also be accessed by students from a range of professional backgrounds, in order to promote multidisciplinary learning. A diverse range of teaching and learning strategies are used throughout the course. These include lectures, workshops, work-based learning, e-learning, directed study, seminars and group work.

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Core Units

Contemporary Issues for District Nursing

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

The overall aim of this unit is to enable you to explore relevant contemporary issues affecting district nursing practice. It locates 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.

This unit is mandatory is you are undertaking the BSc (Hons) Community Health - District Nursing pathway.

To be eligible to undertake this unit, you must:

  • Be enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Community Health - District Nursing pathway OR
  • Be a Specialist Practitioner – District Nursing OR
  • Be a first level nurse – adult (RN18, RNA) working within a district nursing service
Contemporary issues in General Practice Nursing

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 or 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. This unit is mandatory for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Community Health - General Practice Nursing pathway.

To be eligible to undertake this unit, students must:

  • be enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Community Health General Practice Nursing pathway OR
  • be a Specialist Practitioner – General Practice Nursing
  • or be a first level nurse working within general practice
District Nursing: Care Management, Interventions and Service Development

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)

The focus of this unit will be on the leadership role of the District Nurse in relation to care management, provision and service development. It offers opportunities for you to examine the evidence base of district nursing interventions, pertinent to the management of care for patients with long-term/life limiting conditions, and to explore the role of the District Nurse in service development/innovation and is mandatory if you are undertaking the BSc (Hons) Community Health - District Nursing pathway.

To be eligible to undertake this unit, you must:

  • be enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Community Health - District Nursing pathway  OR
  • be a Specialist Practitioner – District Nursing OR
  • be a  first level nurse – adult (RN18, RNA) working at a senior level within a district nursing service 
Principles of General Practice Nursing

As the intention of the unit is to 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. The unit also provides theory and practical components of cervical cytology and includes 2 day theory on Immunisation and vaccination.

The overall aim of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to 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 will 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. It can be taken 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

The overall aim of this unit is to enable you 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). The sign-off mentor/practice teacher, supported by the DN Award Leader, will be responsible for facilitating learning in the workplace. You will use a practice learning portfolio to guide their learning and support their achievement of the unit learning outcomes. Through this process you will 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

The overall aim of this unit is to enable you 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, General Practice Nursing pathway.

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. The sign-off mentor/practice teacher, supported by the GPN Award Leader, will be responsible for facilitating learning in the workplace. You will use a practice learning portfolio to guide their learning and support their achievement of the unit learning outcomes. Through this process you will 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

The overall aim of this unit is to enable you to 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 or subject focused tutorials.

Principles of Public Health

The overall aim of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to explore the theoretical principles underpinning public health practice.  You will be have the opportunity to 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. 

As the intention of the unit is to provide you with the opportunity to understand the theoretical frameworks within which work to promote health operates, key theoretical concepts and principles will be explored. 

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 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

The aim of this unit is to enable you to critique evidence-based practice and understand the relative merits and limitations the different types of evidence, which inform practice. You should 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.

Additional information about this course

Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require you 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

50% of the course takes place in the practice setting. You will be supported in the placement area by a sign-off mentor. You will require a supported practice placement.

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, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £771 per 10 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 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).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £1334 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 degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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 and 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/

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

The majority of students are sponsored or seconded from an NHS Trust. Applications are made directly to the Trust concerned. Contact the human resources department or community nurse manager in your NHS Trust for details for sponsorship or secondment.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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