Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration has been designed to support a wide range of registered nurses who wish to undertake health visiting or school nursing. You must have successfully achieved a secondment by a provider in order to access the course.
Reasons to study Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at DMU:
- Benefit from flexible study alongside your work commitments
- Choose from two specialist pathways and a range of optional modules relevant to your career interests
- While gaining Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration in either Health Visiting or School Nursing you also benefit from opportunities to undertake the NMC-recorded qualification Nurse Prescribing (V100)
- Enhance your employability with the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace
- Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist community public health nursing, to individuals, families, groups and communities
- Study an integrated theory and practice approach, to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for safe and effective practice
- Our experienced academic staff are all registered and practising specialist community public health nurses
- Our strong links and direct input from experienced clinical practitioners ensure your learning is relevant to current practice
Inter-professional learning alongside other healthcare professionals develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team.
Structure and assessment
The nature and focus of the core modules demonstrates a commitment to give you, not only the knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist community public health nursing, but the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace.
Throughout the course, you will be challenged to consider the socio-economic, political and professional factors that influence and reflect healthcare demands and provision.
You must complete 180 credits for the MSc or 120 credits for the PG Dip.
SCPH 5201 Contemporary Approaches to Child Development 0-19 (15 credit)
This module will enable SCPHN (HV, SN) students to gain the knowledge required to develop strategies to contribute to the health and well-being needs children 0-19 years.SCPHN students from a range of backgrounds will explore and examine child and adolescent development. Developing skills to critically evaluate strategies used to assesss growth development, health and well being and factors influencing human development, to innovatively apply skills and underpinning theory to practice.
SCPH 5206 Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young people 0-19 (15 credit)
This module will enable SCPHN (HV, SN) students to gain the knowledge required to develop assessment strategies to contribute to the health and well-being of children 0-19 years. SCPHN students from a range of backgrounds will explore evidence to underpin public health nursing to meet the changing health needs of the diverse client group within the community.
SCPH 5202 Public Health (15 credit)
This module is a core module for both health visitors and school nurses undertaking the SCPHN programme. The aim of the module is to enable the student to critically examine the impact of public health nursing and to further develop systematic skills in understanding the theories that underpin the public health nursing role taking a salutogenic approach to promote and improve health for individuals, families and communities.
This is a core module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme delivered at level 7. You will need to have a BSc (Hons) to undertake this module or a research module studied at level 6. If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.
SCPH 5203 An Assets Approach to Support Effective Parenting (15 credits)
This module will enable students to understand and develop principles and skills by engaging in a range of therapeutic concepts and relevant strategies known to be useful to parents. The students will be able to apply evidence based, integrated approaches to a range of complex challenges in childhood.
SCPH 5205 Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Adults (15 credits)
This module is a core module for both health visitors and school nurses undertaking the SCPHN programme. The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to explore the meaning of ‘safeguarding’ in relation to the protection of children, and adults. It will examine how health practitioners contribute to multi agency working in reducing risk areas and improving long term health outcomes for Children and their families.
SCPH 5204 Complex Health Needs (15 credits)
This module explores specialist knowledge, practice skills, and attitudes that underpin complex care needs of children in the community by promoting assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation resulting in the enhancement of health care. Existing knowledge of anatomy and physiology will be utilised to develop practice.
This module is a core module for both health visitors and school nurses undertaking the SCPHN programme. The aim of the module is to enable the student to critically evaluate methods of leadership in understanding and developing further skills to enhance and optimise service provision, considering service constraints. The module will critically explore how students can utilise a range of influencing, communication and problem solving skills and apply these to decision making within the public health nursing role. This is a core module for students undertaking the SCPHN programme delivered at level 7. You will need to have a BSc ( either hons or non-hons) to undertake this module. If you are not undertaking the SCPHN programme you will need to contact your programme leader before applying for this module.
SCPH 5208 Supervised Practice
This module is designed to provide a controlled placement with a variety of experiences in which the student can consolidate the learning from the first part of the course and further develop the required skills, knowledge and attitudes for specialist community public health nursing in the identified pathway. The module will also afford the student an opportunity to practise community specialist public health nursing with a degree of independence, but within a framework which provides adequate support and guidance, in order that the student may develop the proficiency standards required to practise and register as a specialist community public health nurse.
V100 Community Formulary Prescribing
This module aims to prepare Specialist Community Public Health Nurses to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the community Practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers. Lectures cover basic pharmacology and therapeutics, prescription writing, ethical/legal issues for community formulary prescribers and accountability.
The practice assessment for each module will be undertaken within a portfolio. Module learning outcomes for each semester will printed at the beginning of the portfolio. The module learning outcomes are linked to the standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nursing (NMC 2004) and will be assessed by a Practice Teacher within the practice portfolio. Opportunities will be available for formative feedback throughout the module from the Practice Teachers. A summative assessment of pass/fail for the practice assessment will be recorded at the end of every semester.
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
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 >
A postgraduate academic qualification and NMC registration in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Heath Visiting or School Nursing) will enhance your professional portfolio and support your career progression in providing high-quality patient, family, group and community public healthcare.