The course specifically caters for clinically experienced nurses seeking a flexible route to a master’s level qualification that has a recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification (PG Diploma only) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Reasons to study Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) with NMC Recordable SPQ at DMU:
- With an integrated theory and practice approach, you will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for safe and effective specialist practice to patients and clients, as well as the confidence to deliver higher level clinical decision making, make consistent developments and advancements in clinical healthcare, and drive through strategic or operational change within your workplace
- Our strong links with clinical practice, combined with direct input and teaching from experienced colleagues in clinical settings, ensures your learning is relevant to current practice
- You will benefit from experienced visiting lecturers, ensuring your learning is at the cutting-edge of developments in the sector
- Our practitioner, researchers, and academic staff are experienced specialists in clinical areas of practice and will offer a unique perspective to your learning
- Inter-professional learning develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team
- You will obtain a specialist practitioner recordable qualification with the NMC
- Through the form of a project you can undertake a service development initiative to positively impact upon the patient experience as part of the master’s qualification
This is a standard programme and you will not need to select individual modules when making your application. Specialist academic and clinical colleagues have worked collaboratively to develop expert core and clinical modules for the following areas:
- Specialist District Nursing including Community Formulary Prescribing v100 (full-time or part-time)
Structure and assessment
PG Certificate in Accountability and Consultation Skills (non-NMC recordable) – all modules to be undertaken by all students:
- Accountable Practitioner (15 credits) – semester one
- Using Evidence to Develop Service and Advance Nursing Practice (15 credits) – semester one
- Physical and Psychosocial Examination and Consultation Skills for Specialist Practice (30 credits) – semester two
For the PG Diploma, the nature and focus of the core modules demonstrate a commitment to give you not only the knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist nursing practice to patients and clients, but the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace. The range of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to your professional needs.
PG Dip/MSc core modules (NMC recordable) – all modules to be undertaken by all students:
- Accountable Practitioner (15 credits) – semester one, year one
- Influencing/Innovating and Problem Solving in Clinical Practice (15 credits) – semester two, year two
- Physical and Psychosocial Examination and Consultation Skills for Specialist Practice (30 credits) – semester two, year two
- Using Evidence to Develop Service and Advance Nursing Practice (15 credits) – semester one, year one
PG Dip/MSc ‘expertise’ modules (NMC recordable) – one only to be undertaken by all students:
Semester one, year two
- Developing Expertise in District Nursing (30 credits) – with v100 Community Formulary prescribing “0” credit Module
PG Dip/MSc ‘option/student choice’ modules – one only to be undertaken by all students:
Semester two, year two
- The Community Agenda (15 credits)
Additional final core module for all MSc students only
- Service Development Project (60 credits)
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilties
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
As part of the university’s commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships.
Nursing practice provides an essential aspect of your professional portfolio and career development; supporting your career progression through the advancement of your own practice in providing high-quality patient, family, group and community specialist nursing care in clinical practice.