This part-time course is for registered nurses working in a community setting who aspire to be district nursing leaders.
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.
This SPQ course is focused on developing your leadership and influencing skills so you will develop the confidence to implement quality improvements and lead large nursing teams. Successful completion will lead to registration of a Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) in District nursing.
This district nursing course is fully funded by the Welsh Government for the first two years and gives you a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the contemporary primary and community health agenda.
District nursing means working collaboratively with patients, family, carers, other community nurses, health professionals and individuals from both statutory and voluntary organisations. As such, this course will enhance your leadership skills and encourage reflective inquiry, self-awareness, assertiveness and critical thinking skills. Excellence in case load management is also fostered.
During the first year of study, you will undertake three core modules.
Fundamentals of Community Practice – 30 credits
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- 10 credits
This module enables you to critically explore decision making processes as they relate to practice.
Specialist Practitioner (district nursing) – 20 credits
The module enables students to critically analyse district nursing specialist practice knowledge and expertise within the context of a variety of settings, complexity and change. It promotes prepare that will enable students to take the lead in working as a specialist clinician, adapting to meet challenges, to develop both generalist and specialist skills in order to provide timely and comprehensive care to individuals and populations, maximising health across all sectors of the community.
During the second year of study, you will undertake two or three modules.
Law, ethics and nurse prescribing – 20 credits
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
Research Project – 20 credits
This module aims to provide a comprehensive grounding in research paradigms and methods. Enabling the student to demonstrate critical appraisal and synthesis regarding the relationship between the research context, research question, method and knowledge development
Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.
Diabetes – 20 credits
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 – 20 credits
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 – 20 credits
This module enables 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).
The course is taught on the Glyntaff campus where you will be taught alongside other community nurses. The academic team possess the SPQ qualification and are supported by other members of the academic team and practitioners.
The NMC require forty academic days to be completed. Twenty-six of these require attendance on a Tuesday, from September to May. The other fourteen academic days will be self-directed and recorded in a course diary.
Each academic day is counted as 7.5 hours, thus achieving 300 hours of student effort. You will also undertake 40 clinical practice days between September and May, again equating to 7.5 hours, thus 300 hours of student effort.
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops and self-directed study.
If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.
Whilst undertaking the course you will meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (1994) Standards for specialist education and practice. On successful completion you will be awarded a specialist practitioner qualification (SPQ), which is recorded with the NMC, as well as a MSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner District Nursing).
Please note, this course fully funded by the Workforce, Education and Development Services department of Welsh Government.
Undertaking the MSc Community Health Studies (District Nursing) course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.