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Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing), PGDip

Do you have the leadership qualities to become a district nurse and inspire your own team in the community? Our postgraduate diploma will support your ambitions.

This one-year qualification is for nurses who wish to pursue a career as a specialist practitioner in district nursing. We combine the study of health, policy, research and evidence-based practice to focus your career. You will explore and debate policy, theory and research related to district nursing.

Our expert tutors help you develop the required knowledge and skills to deliver patient care in district nursing services. You will learn essential leadership skills and how to head up your own team of staff responsible for this provision. Nursing skills theory is taught and assessed in our four laboratories on campus, which provide a safe and protected environment for your learning.

Duration

  • 2 years full-time

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What you should know about this course

  • Graduates of the course can record with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) and Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.
  • Benefit from 50:50 theory and practice. We provide on-the-job training as well as theoretical learning in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • All our placements have resulted in employment. Students are usually recruited by the trusts to which they are seconded/sponsored.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) PGDip. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of expert practitioners and lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. All of our teaching team hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

  • Current NMC Registration for nursing (first level)
  • Community experience (minimum 6 months, preferably 2 years)
  • An honours degree normally at 2:1 or above.

Students also require a mentor or practice teacher and are usually seconded or supported by their employer to take the course.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

If you hold academic qualifications or courses from another Higher Education Institution, these may exempt you from courses of this programme. You will need to evidence these against the aims and learning outcomes for a particular module. An example of a recognised course is if you hold and have recorded the V150 Community Practitioner Prescriber.

How you will learn

Teaching

The course incorporates a range of different teaching methods and self- directed activities. We have a strong 50:50 theory and practice element to our diploma, meaning half of your learning time will be spent in practical work placements.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 20-30. Some lectures are also attended by students on the specialist community public health nurse programme and these would normally be attended by 40-50 students. Seminars/tutorials are also arranged with smaller numbers of students. This varies by module, particularly if they are shared between degrees.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student activities to support your learning.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

You will be assessed through presentations, written assignments, exams and in practice through a practice assessment document.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs
  • Alternative placements: you may need to contribute towards any trips required for your course.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Half of your learning time will be spent in practical work placements, where you will be assessed by qualified practitioners. We are proud to report that all our work placements have resulted in employment, with our students being recruited through the trusts they are seconded/sponsored by.

How long is my placement?

Placement runs throughout the course either as week placements or two days a week plus the final ten weeks of the course are spent in consolidation of learning and on placement.

What are the financial arrangements?

To undertake this course you will be seconded or sponsored and therefore will be paid a salary by the employing Trust; this is independent of the university.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to work in a wide range of community-based settings, mainly within health, social care and education sectors.

Are internships available?

Not applicable for this course.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

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