Community Nursing Programme

If you are an experienced, motivated nurse looking to progress in community nursing, we offer a range of specialist community nursing courses.

We have a strong track record of developing and delivering these programmes for NHS trusts and healthcare services. So we are well placed to give you the advanced skills and knowledge you need to take your career forward.

Specialist Community Public Nursing – focusing on either health visiting or school nursing

BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
MSc (PG Diploma entry) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Specialist Practitioner Qualification

BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner Qualification (Community Children’s Nursing)
BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing)
Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Practitioner Qualification (Community Children’s Nursing)
Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing)
MSc (PG Diploma entry) Specialist Practitioner Qualification (Community Children’s Nursing)
MSc (PG Diploma entry) Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing)

MSc Community Healthcare Practice

If you have already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) or Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ District NursingCommunity Children’s Nursing) in the UK, our MSc in Community Healthcare Practice will allow you to top-up to a full master’s qualification.

Questions about these courses? Read our FAQs below. If you have any other queries, please call us on 0330 123 2023 or email us for more information.

We also offer a number of standalone modules and study days that may be of interest:

The Graduate Certificate in General Practice Nursing will enable nurses new to General Practice to gain Royal College of General Practitioner’s competencies in all areas of their role in General Practice Nursing.

The Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing course is for nurses looking to becoming independent and supplementary nurse prescribers.

The Independent and Supplementary Prescribing study day is aimed at qualified independent and supplementary prescribers who are looking to refresh their existing knowledge and skills.

This module is an introduction to the management of long term conditions and their monitoring in general practice.

The Practice Teacher Award focuses on the role of the practice teacher in leading developments in practice education within an inter-professional context, along with the integration of learning between academic and practice settings.

Designed for nurses new to general practice nursing, this course will give you the opportunity to develop relevant clinical skills.

Transfer of Field of Practice by Portfolio is a ten week, practice based course aimed at qualified specialist community public health nurses, health visitors and school nurses who wish to transfer and change their field of practice.

Do I need to be a nurse to do these courses?

You need to be registered as a level 1 nurse on the appropriate part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register  .

How do I apply and get funding for these courses?

To study one of these courses, you need to apply to a health trust for sponsorship because you will need support from a suitably qualified practice teacher. You can look for training places on NHS Jobs or the individual trust websites.

Can I do the courses part time?

There are full-time and part-time routes available. The route you choose may depend on your sponsoring trust.

What academic qualifications do I need?

Normally, to do one of the BSc courses, you will need 120 credits at Level 5 (diploma). However, if you have relevant experience, you may able to do the course without this qualification – and you could potentially do a standalone module to help with your study skills. It is best to discuss your individual situation with the course leader. Call us on 0330 123 2023 or email us and we will put you in touch with the relevant person.

If you want to study at postgraduate diploma level, you will need a first degree in nursing.

If you already have a postgraduate diploma in nursing, you can study the integrated MSc course (MSc (PG diploma entry).

Who do I contact for more advice?

If you have any questions about these professional courses, please call us on 0330 123 2023 or email us. We will put you in touch with the course leader, who can talk to you in more detail about what is on offer and the benefits of studying with us at this level.

What qualifications do I need to do this short course?

You will need a BSc, PG Diploma or MSc in Specialist Community Public Nursing, and be on the third part of the register as a health visitor or a school nurse.

What academic level is this course?

Level 7.

Can I do this course if I am a district nurse?

No, this course is for health visitors or school nurses who want to change their field of practice or work in a 0-19 team.

How long is this course?

This short course lasts for 10 weeks in your chosen field (either health visiting or school nursing).

How is it assessed?

By e-portfolio.

Who is this course for?

It is for practitioners with a specialist qualification (Specialist Community Public Nursing or Specialist Practitioner Qualification), who do not have the V100 community nurse prescribing qualification.

How is this course taught?

You will attend three study days at the university and do a written exam, including numeracy questions. You also need to maintain a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your competence in nurse prescribing in the community. You will work with a qualified nurse prescriber in clinical practice, who will sign off your competence to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary for community practitioners.

Who do I contact for further advice?

For more information about this course, please call us on 0330 123 2023 or email us for more information.

The Transition to Community Nursing is a preparatory course for nurses new to community practice who want to develop their knowledge and skills in this area.