This part-time course is for registered nurses working in a community setting who want to progress their careers. Successful completion of the course will lead to registration of a Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) in District nursing and V100 nurse prescriber status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Currently all staff applying for band 6 and band 7 leadership positions within district nursing teams are required to have (or be working towards) an SPQ so this is an essential qualification to gain if you wish to enhance your career within community services.
Primary services are being increasingly developed to meet the increasing needs of a complex and ageing population providing care closer to home. Community nurses need to have the specialist knowledge to be able to lead and deliver these services while ensuring quality of care for their patients.
This SPQ course will enhance your knowledge of the management of adult patients and their families within a community setting. There is an emphasis on leadership skills, reflective inquiry, self-awareness, assertiveness and critical thinking skills. Excellence in case load management is also fostered, as well as optional modules in key areas such as long term health and diabetes care.
This course is funded by the Workforce, Education and Development Services department of Welsh Government.
Year One: District Nursing course
During the first year of study, you will undertake three core modules.
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
This module prepares you to work safely, effectively and efficiently in a community setting, with patients, clients, families, colleagues and members of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.
- Decision Making
This module enables you to critically explore decision making processes as they relate to practice.
- Specialist Practitioner (district nursing)
This module prepares you to develop specialist knowledge and specialist clinical expertise, within the complex and changing context of caring for, and working with, children, young people, and their families in community settings.
Year Two: District Nursing course
During the second year of study, you will undertake two or three modules.
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
This module aims to assist you to utilise and make judgements about the legal and ethical frameworks relating to patient and clients in society. To analyse the accountability of Community Health Nurses and to prepare community participants to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers.
- Practice Project
This module involves an analysis of evidence-based practice and the production of a literature review. The 40 credit modules aims to develop the student’s analytical approach to the application and dissemination of relevant theoretical knowledge to their clinical practice. The 20 credit module aims to develop the student’s analytical approach to the application of theoretical knowledge relevant to their clinical practice.
Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.
This module aims to enable you to acquire further evidence-based knowledge of issues related to diabetes care and to understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in the care of people with diabetes.
- Living well with long term health conditions
This module aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of Long Term Health Conditions and its management to enable Service Users to live with the
conditions and improve their health and wellbeing.
- Minor Illness
This module enable you, as a first contact practitioner, to attain clinical knowledge and skills to meet the health needs of the practice population in delivery of care for a range of undifferentiated minor illnesses and or minor injuries (focus is primarily on the general practice nurse role).