BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)

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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.

We are one of the largest university trainers of Nursing and Health Professionals in the north west of England and are very proud of our strong associations and partnerships with the local NHS trusts and other stakeholders. 

This course is designed to lead to careers in Health Visiting or School Nursing. Applicants must be a first level nurse or midwife with a current or pending registration on the NMC Professional register and must have a supported practice placement. All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required for the SCPHN role. There is a focus on public health, community development, health needs assessment and health inequalities.

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 School Nursing and Health Visiting qualifications.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

The choice of possible career routes is diverse and after graduation there are opportunities for work within the National Health Service, in the private sector, or overseas. There are also a range of opportunities for postgraduate study and research. Some of our degree programmes provide a range of practitioner options, and the nature of the units available can contribute to current personal and professional development.

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Entry requirements

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

Applicants must be a first level nurse or midwife and have a supported practice placement.

Further information

*Applicants must be a first level nurse or midwife with an active registration on the NMC professional register DipHE or completed Stage 2 of a relevant undergraduate degree. Applicants must have a supported practice placement and are always sponsored or seconded from a Primary Care Trust funded by NHS North West. Interview required.

Students must demonstrate study at diploma level or equivalent 120 credits at level 5.

Course details

This course is designed to prepare you with the required knowledge and skills to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) in the field of Health Visiting or School Nursing and it leads to registration on part three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required to undertake the specialist role.

To apply you must be a first level nurse or midwife with an active registration on the NMC professional register, and must have a supported practice placement. These are always sponsored or seconded from a NHS Trust funded by NHS North West.

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice, focusing on core elements of public health and community development, health needs assessment and health inequalities.

If you are a full-time student you will complete 120 credits in one year. If you are a part-time student the 120 credits will spread across two years. All students are required to commit to independent study for each unit, the nature of which will be advised by the unit leads.

Typical School Nursing core units may be:

  • Principles of School Nursing
  • Contemporary Issues in School Nursing
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding for Public Health Nurses
  • Specialist Practice of School Nursing

Typical Health Visiting core units may be:

  • Principles of Health Visiting
  • Child Development for Health Visitors
  • Safeguarding for Public Health Nurses
  • Contemporary Issues in Health Visiting
  • Specialist Practice of Health Visiting

Typical Mandatory core units may be:

  • Principles of Public Health
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Developing Leadership and Professional Practice

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Core Units

Principles of School Nursing

The aim of this unit is to enable students to explore the underpinning principles of school nursing and develop their knowledge of the school nurse role.

Students must be enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN): School Nursing programme OR be a SCPHN: SN OR be a first level nurse working in school nursing

The content of this unit will be flexible to enable responsiveness to current school nursing practice. Typical content will include: principles of school nursing; current national school nursing policy drivers and health needs of young people and families.

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

Contemporary Issues in School Nursing

The overall aim of this unit is to enable you to explore how school nursing practice can be developed. There will be an emphasis on contemporary issues, effectiveness of interventions and working collaboratively with client groups and service providers

Students must be enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN): School Nursing programme OR be a SCPHN: SN OR be a first level nurse working in school nursing

Content for this unit may include:

  • Contemporary school nursing practice  
  • the evidence base and effectiveness of interventions
  • consulting and engaging with relevant client groups and communities
  • contemporary health and social care issues
  • clinical governance 
  • commissioning
  • policy and ethical issues
  • accountability and responsibility

 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.

Child Development for Health Visitors

This unit will cover the psychosocial, emotional, physical and cognitive stages of child development and the associated health visitor role.

You will explore underpinning child development theories, stages of development, assessment strategies, indicators of need and a range of appropriate interventions, the role of the health visitor and partnership working.

Contemporary Issues in Health Visiting

The overall aim of this unit is to enable you to explore how health visiting practice can be developed. There will be an emphasis on contemporary issues, effectiveness of interventions and working collaboratively with client groups and service providers

You must be enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN): Health Visiting programme or be a SCPHN: HV, or be a first level nurse working in health visiting

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.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

This unit will explore factors affecting the emotional health and wellbeing of school aged children in contemporary society. Appropriate interventions promoting emotional resilience will be analysed from the School Nurse perspective.

Topics may include:

  • normal emotional development of children
  • factors associated with mental distress
  • mental health conditions
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • self-esteem
  • Identifying and assessing mental and emotional difficulties
  • Early help
  • Appropriate interventions.

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.

Principles of Health Visiting

The aim of this unit is to enable you to explore the underpinning principles of health visiting and develop their knowledge of the health visitor role.

You must be enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN): Health Visiting programme OR be a SCPHN: HV OR be a first level nurse working in health visiting

The content of this unit will be flexible to enable responsiveness to current health visiting practice. Typical content will include: principles of health visiting, current national health visiting policy drivers and health needs of children and families.

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

Specialist Practice of Health Visiting

The overall aim of this unit is to allow you to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to practice safely and effectively in the area of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing: Health Visiting

In order for your practice placements to meet the NMC (2004) standards a wide range of practice experiences are required. You must be supported by an appropriate practice teacher/mentor (NMC, 2008)

You must be enrolled on the BSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN): Health Visiting programme.

You will work closely with their identified practice teacher/mentor to devise an individualised programme of learning which provides opportunities to meet the NMC (2004) ‘Standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses’

Specialist Practice of School Nursing

The overall aim of this unit is to allow you to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to practice safely and effectively in the area of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing: School Nursing

In order for the you practice placements to meet the NMC (2004) standards a wide range of practice experiences are required. You must be supported by an appropriate practice teacher/mentor (NMC, 2008)

You must be enrolled on the BSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN): School Nursing programme.

You will work closely with their identified practice teacher/mentor to devise an individualised programme of learning which provides opportunities to meet the NMC (2004) ‘Standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses’

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.

Safeguarding for Public Health Nursing

This unit will facilitate you to critically explore the current legislative   safeguarding framework, ethical and professional issues and develop a deep understanding of key safeguarding issues to prepare them for their professional role.

The content of this unit will remain flexible to enable a responsiveness to safeguarding practice. Typical content will include: underpinning legal and theoretical frameworks, categories of abuse, family and domestic violence, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, child sex exploitation, Looked After Children, interagency working, information sharing and findings from serious case reviews.

All SCPHN students will undertake core sessions together; then School Nurses and Health Visitors will receive additional content applicable to their field of practice.

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 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

50% of the course takes place in the practice setting. You will be supported in the placement area by a practice teacher.

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 up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Professional Costs

£23

Responsibility for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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

For the Health Visiting Studentship/ Secondment funding route, please apply via NHS jobs.

For all other applications download an application form www.mmu.ac.uk/applicationform

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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