100% OF OUR MSC SCPHN HEALTH VISITING GRADUATES ARE IN EMPLOYMENT OR FURTHER STUDY SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATING
GRADUATE DESTINATION SURVEY 2016
The MSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) will prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. You will gain the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practice confidently, competently and effectively.
This Masters course has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise.
Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), such as health visitors, aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health. We place emphasis on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries.
Funding is available via the Welsh Government. Please note, candidates must work for the NHS in Wales to receive funding from WEDS (Workforce, Education, and Development Services).
- Contemporary Developments in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice – 20 credits
- Promoting the Public Health of Populations – 20 credits
- Evidence Based Public Health – 20 credits
- Law, Ethics and Safeguarding – 20 credits
- Governance and Leadership – 20 credits
- Foundations of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing – 20 credits
Successful completion of the above modules and the 16 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (in health visiting) and exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma at the end of one year if studying full-time.
If you wish to return and top up your credits to 180 and complete the MSc, we offer three 20-credit modules specifically for the SCPHN student.
- Policy Analysis on Practice Development – 20 credits
- Research Impact on Practice Development – 20 credits
- Dissemination of Project Development – 20 credits
Each of the three modules require critical examination of a key area of SCPHN theory and/or practice in health visiting, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability. You can study all three modules in one calendar year and they are delivered through classroom based tutorials, distance learning and self-directed study. Please note that the Welsh Government does not fund these three modules.
The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) course has been designed to meet the NMC (2004) SCPHN requirements of a 50/50 ratio of theory and practice. Learning and assessment will take place both at the University and in a range of clinical environments, and all modules involve theoretical and clinical assessments of equal weighting. Where appropriate, there are work experience opportunities that may involve use of the Welsh language. The Postgraduate Diploma course attracts Welsh Government funding for NHS staff.
This course prepares SCPHNs to work in complex and varied settings and have the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practise effectively in today’s health service. Graduates are usually employed by NHS local health boards and wider employment opportunities are developing.