District nurses perform essential work, caring for housebound patients in their own homes and keeping them out of hospital for longer.
Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), this postgraduate diploma gives you the advanced grounding to specialise in this ever-changing and vitally-important area of nursing.
Gain specialist skills and knowledge
District 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 patients in their own homes, and leading large teams of nurses in this area of practice.
Take your learning to a deeper level
This specialist course will take you through key aspects of contemporary district nursing practice, from mental health across the lifespan and safeguarding to effective caseload management.
Developing strong leadership, critical thinking and research skills, you will also learn to take a more strategic view of the way healthcare is delivered in the community, drawing on the latest research, ideas and policy.
Well known for our district nurse training
Highly regarded by students and practice partners for our teaching in this area, Bucks has a strong reputation for its district nurse training. 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.
This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for district nurses.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the complexities of working in a community setting
- Develop 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 patients in their homes
- Analyse how decisions about care are made, drawing on relevant research
- Work at the forefront of caring for people with a range of healthcare needs, including highly complex ones.
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 district 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 full time for a year. You will spend two days a week at university and two days a week in practice.
What are the course entry requirements?
The academic criteria for admission to this programme are a degree (120 credits at level 6) in child or adult nursing. The NMC professional requirements are for applicants to be entered on the appropriate part of the NMC Register.
Applicants will be a level 1 nurse and have a qualification in child or adult nursing, and have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes. This will be assessed at interview.
Year 1 Modules
- Enhancing Specialist Community Practice (DN)
- Philosophical Enquiry in Practice
- Critical Perspectives in Managing Complex Health Needs in the Community Setting (optional)
- Leading Innovative Healthcare in the Community Setting (optional)
- Critical Issues in Mental Health Across the Lifespan (optional)
- Contemporary Issues in Community Palliative Care (optional)
- Nurse Prescribing or Post Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing
- Clinical Decision Making for Non-Medical Prescribing
- Applied Pharmacology for NonMedical Prescribing
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £8,950
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,100
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