The Specialist Practitioner District Nursing course is fully funded by the Welsh Government and gives you a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the contemporary primary and community health agenda. It is focused towards inspiring, innovating and implementing improvements in the quality of specialist district nursing care, and will support your progression towards becoming a district nursing leader of the future.
District nursing means working collaboratively with patients, family, carers, other community nurses, health professionals and individuals from both statutory and voluntary organisations. The Specialist Practitioner District Nursing course will focus towards enhancement of leadership skills, reflective inquiry, self-awareness, assertiveness and critical thinking skills. Excellence in case load management is also fostered. This Specialist Practitioner District Nursing degree meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for community nursing specialist practice. When you successfully complete this degree, you will have the NMC recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Health District Nursing.
During the first year of study, you will undertake three core modules.
During the second year of study, you will undertake two or three modules.
Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.
The course is taught on the Glyntaff campus where you will be taught alongside other community nurses.
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 BSc (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.
You will be assessed using a range of methods including written assignments and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.
Fundamentals of community practice
The practical assessment will require developing and completing a portfolio demonstrating achievement of the four clinical learning. The academic assessment will take the form of a 5000 word case study examining in-depth, the theoretical outcomes associated with the four themes.
You will complete three academic ‘enabling activities’. These activities will consider decisions made by yourself relating to your own workplace. Each activity has equal weighting and will be marked out of 100. The completion of a clinical portfolio of evidence that supports and demonstrates the decisions made (within the Summative assignment).
Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing)
Academically you will present a 20 minute oral presentation of a short quality improvement exercise within your practice area. Sign-off mentor verification of achievement of the five clinical learning outcomes.
Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
Poster presentation exploring one of the themes of this module applied to Community Health Nursing, which aims to recognise ethical and legal issues which have implications for nursing practice and take appropriate action A written examination consisting of four parts and to achieve a clinical learning outcome.
Practice Project (40 credits)
A written 6,000 word review addressing a negotiated subject area, exploring the relationship between the theory that underpins student's practice and its application to practice. To include recommendations that can be disseminated and to achieve all four clinical learning outcomes.
Practice Project (20 credits)
A written 3,000 word assignment that explores, in detail, a negotiated area of the students’ sphere of practice. The study must address the relationship between the theory that underpins the students practice and its application to practice. Two clinical learning outcomes to achieve.
A 3,000 word assignment focusing on an aspect of diabetes care, examining relevant literature and discussing implications for diabetes care. One clinical learning outcome to achieve
Living Well with Long Term Health Conditions
A case study that identifies an individual with at least one Long term Health Condition, which critically examines how the professional works with the service user and other professional to enable them to improve their health and wellbeing. One clinical learning outcome to achieve.
The student will undertake a 3000 written piece of work, whereby they will need to analyse the evidence base for the management and treatment of five prescribed pharmacological scenarios’ commonly seen in practice. Three clinical learning outcome to achieve.
The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).
Students must achieve 40 clinical days within a community setting that meets the needs of adult clients. Clinical placement dates are negotiated and agreed by the mentor or health board.
Students can arrange placements with appropriate teams and practitioners to aid their understanding of the clinical learning outcomes. The mentor will generally enable the student to source useful placements. The course does not hold any exchange partnerships, although the students can arrange placements outside of Wales if they are deemed to be helpful in meeting the clinical learning outcomes. The course lead has links with managers of community nursing teams in six health boards.
As part of the Decision Making module you will use the Hydra Suite which is used to help analyse and improve decision making for a variety of scenarios faced by professionals within district nursing.
The academic team possess the SPQ qualification and are supported by other members of the academic team and practitioners. The course team are supported by other members of the nursing faculty and outside speakers who are specialist in their topic area.
Main team members are:
Applicants must have a first level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Ideally applicants will be working as a qualified nurse in the community before enrolment. You must have acquired a credit rating of 120 credits at Level 5 (Diploma).
If you have not achieved 120 Level 5 credits, there is a process of accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) you can undertake.
In addition a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check is required (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent).
Fees: This course is fully funded by the Welsh Government.
Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is now available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course in 2018-19. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
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Students have to cover their travel costs for their placement. The costs vary, depending on location.
Undertaking this District Nursing course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Employers such as the Welsh Government, commissioners and nursing managers value this specialist practitioner qualification.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.