Change the lives of children and their families within a meaningful profession.
- Gain a professional qualification in health visiting or occupational health nursing or school nursing
- Build your understanding of clinical practice, wider public health and leadership and management
- Develop specialist assessment, leadership and management skills
- Develop and build on your existing knowledge to ensure that you meet the competencies set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and you’re eligible to gain a registrable qualification
- Become part of the public health workforce working toward improving people's lives and their health outcomes.
This course is for NMC registered nurses who want to gain a professional qualification in health visiting or occupational health nursing or school nursing. If you have either a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in nursing studies this course can be studied at degree level to top up your qualification.
During this course you will:
- Develop the skills you need to become a practitioner in your own area of expertise, and work as a specialist public health nurse
- Learn how to share the core values of a practitioner with your colleagues to help them with their professional development
- Build up your skills in clinical practice, care and programme management, leadership, and public health, which will be essential when you become a practitioner
- Enhance your research skills that will help you to look at the quality of care in your current practice and suggest improvements
- Improve your understanding of professional roles and functions by networking, team building and communicating with other professionals.
Practice Assessment will encompass all the four domains of care, facilitation of learning, leadership and management, research and development.
We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change.
By completing this programme you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of clinical practice, care and caseload management, clinical practice leadership and clinical practice development to enable you to become an independent prescriber. Whilst studying on this programme you will spend equal amounts of time in practice and the learning environment.
You’ll also have the opportunity to go on an additional placement of your choice for three weeks.
You will study modules such as:
- Evidence Based Project.
- Leading for Quality
- Principles of Practice Assessment
- Public Health and Health Promotion
You will also have the opportunity to choose two other modules from a range of options including V100 Prescribing, V300 Non Medical Prescribing, Child Development, Clinical supervision and many more.
You’ll be taught in a variety of ways, such as clinical practical sessions, group discussions and lectures. You’ll spend half of your time on practice placement, so you’ll get the hands-on experience as well as learning the theory at University.
How you're assessed
You will be assessed through exams, observations, assignments, a presentation and a practice portfolio. You will also be assessed on your placement by your practice teacher.
Real world learning
External specialists in their field of practice actively the support the delivery of the programme. Examples include guest lecturers in the following areas: Safeguarding, Child and Infant Feeding, Children in Care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Commissioning and many more.
Who you will meet
Trudy Cowan is the programme leader and a pathway leader for School Nursing. Her research interests include sex education and parenting support of vulnerable families.
Suzanne Le Blond is a Health Visitor, nurse and senior lecturer. Her research interests include teenage pregnancy, Health Visiting and Prescribing.
Navjot Virk is a Health Visitor and the HV pathway leader, with interests in child development, education and vulnerable families
Wendy Shaw is a Health Visitor. Her research interests are in pregnancy, birth and beyond and prescribing.
Vikki Price is a lecturer in Occupational Health Nursing and has interest in health protection and risk management and sickness absence management.
This course is for NMC registered nurses who want to gain a professional qualification in either health visiting, occupational health nursing or school nursing. If you have either a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in nursing studies this course can be studied at degree level to top up your qualification.
- Hold a current nurse or midwife qualification and have a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Have gained a student Health Visitor or Occupational Health Nurse or School Nurse position from a seconding/sponsoring organisation
- 120 credits at Diploma level or equivalent academic credits or Recognition of Prior Learning.
- Have at least one year post registration experience due to the requirements of the V100 prescribing component and 2 years if taking the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification (NMC, 2006)
- It will be the Employers responsibility to ensure that any necessary Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and health checks are carried out, proof of this and indemnity will be required prior to commencement of the Programme.
- The student will have successfully applied for a clinical secondment/sponsorship with a local Care Provider/employer prior to applying for this Programme.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year
£1,155 per module
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
When you have completed this course, you will be able to apply for registration on part three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. This will allow you to practice as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in the UK.
When you graduate you will:
- Have the skills to become an effective specialist nurse in your chosen area of expertise
- Be committed to lifelong learning, encourage colleagues to be, and contribute to national debates
- Be able to master clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice leadership, and clinical practice development
- Show leadership and have a critical in depth knowledge of professional roles and functions, so you can bring about integrated and high quality health and social care, through working with other professionals effectively, networking and team working
- Have knowledge and skills in evaluating current research and evidence based practice so you can influence and deliver high quality care.
† Additional information about your studies
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.