Community children’s nurses provide a vital role assessing, and reacting to, the health needs of children in the community – including those with very complex needs.
Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), this postgraduate diploma gives you the in-depth grounding to take your career forward in this dynamic area of nursing.
You can also top up to a full master’s , either straight away or later.
Gain specialist skills and knowledge
Community children’s nursing is rewarding and challenging work that requires different skills and knowledge to those needed in a hospital. Studying at specialist practitioner level will hone your critical thinking and leadership capabilities, so that you become highly skilled at caring for children in their own homes, and leading large teams of nurses in this area of practice.
Take your learning to a deeper level
Learning about the main aspects of contemporary community children’s nursing practice, you will study topics such as mental health across the lifespan, safeguarding and effective caseload management.
Developing strong leadership, critical thinking and research skills, you will also learn to take a more strategic view of the way children’s healthcare is delivered in the community, drawing on the latest research, ideas and policy.
One of the few places to study this
Highly regarded by students and practice partners for our teaching in this area, we are one of just a handful of universities in the country offering this type of specialist children’s nursing qualification. You will work with highly skilled academics, who have worked in the community – and spend 50% of your time in practice yourself, consolidating and deepening your understanding and skills.
Who is it for?
This course is for qualified nurses with a degree. You will be sponsored by a health organisation or trust and achieve a postgraduate diploma, while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in an area of community nursing you want to specialise in.
You can choose to study this course either full-time or part-time.
This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for community children’s nurses.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the complexities of working in a community setting
- Better appreciate strategic influences on policy
- Take a critical approach to nursing care in the community, with a strong emphasis on providing holistic, evidence-based care to children in their homes
- Analyse how decisions about care are made, drawing on relevant research
- Work at the forefront of caring for children with a range of healthcare needs.
Flexible, practice-based learning
The course makes use of a range of flexible learning and assessment approaches, to ensure you learn in the way that suits you best. We will be looking, in particular, at how well you apply the theory to your own nursing and leadership practice.
You will benefit from strong support throughout, with personal and link tutors at the university, and a practice teacher supporting you to learn in your trust.
As well as spending half your time in practice, case study-type simulations will allow you to explore the kind of issues you will face as a children’s community nurse. You will also work closely with students from other community nursing courses at Bucks, building your experience of working in a multi-professional way.
By the end of the course, you will have developed the higher level of skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in this specialist field of nursing. Your e-portfolio will provide evidence of this, to validate your learning with the NMC.
Study this course part time over two years. You will spend a day a week at university and a day a week in practice.
What are the course entry requirements?
You need to be registered as a level 1 nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register.
You also need to be working in UK clinical practice, so this course is just available to UK students.
Year 1 Modules
- Enhancing Specialist Community Practice (CCN)
- Critical Perspectives in Managing Complex Health Needs in the Community Setting (optional)
- Critical Perspectives in Child and Adolescent Development (optional)
- Contemporary Issues in Community Palliative Care (optional)
- Critical Aspects of Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (optional)
- Clinical Decision Making for Non-Medical Prescribing
Year 2 Modules
- Philosophical Enquiry in Practice
- Leading Innovative Healthcare in the Community Setting (optional)
- Critical Issues in Mental Health Across the Lifespan (optional)
- Nurse Prescribing or Post Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing
- *Applied Pharmacology for Non-Medical Prescribing
How much does it cost
Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £4,350 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks