Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing) at Liverpool John Moores University - UCAS

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Course summary

LJMU's Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing) course combines theory and primary care practice, preparing practitioners to lead service development.

  • Study for a District Nursing qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Follow a curriculum developed by a team of nationwide policy influencers
  • Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists
  • Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice
  • Benefit practice placements with an NMC approved practice teacher
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers
The course’s student-centred approach values prior learning and experience and builds on existing clinical and theoretical knowledge. You will be encouraged to share your past experiences as you network within your peer group and beyond. Many sessions are co-taught with other community nursing programmes enabling you to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the roles played by, and the challenges faced by, other healthcare specialists. You can study full-time or part-time. Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as complementary module-related sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation. You will be appointed a Personal Tutor to support and oversee your progress throughout the course and you will work with an experienced Practitioner on work placements. Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on site catering facilities. This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Assessment method

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic. Practice is at the heart of the curriculum and all course modules build the foundations for this practice. During your placements you will work with a Practice Teacher and will need to demonstrate what you have learnt through the Practice Evidence Tool. To gain the credits required for each module you must be able to demonstrate that you have achieved all of the learning outcomes for that module and completed the Practice Evidence Tool. Formal grading, which counts towards your final module results, involves essays, poster presentations, reflective accounts, exams and clinical skill observations. You will also receive feedback on your progress throughout the course. Theory assessments are awarded pass, refer or fail and practice assessments are classed as competent or not competent in each specific area.

Entry requirements

-120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at Level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing Relevant work experience: -to be practising as an Adult nurse -current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one) -a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience Extra Requirements: -non-graduates may, in exceptional circumstances, gain entry to the programme by virtue of a strong portfolio, which provides evidence of significant achievement, plus a DipHE in a related area (eg nursing or public health) and written work equivalent to the standard of a first degree -confirmation of satisfactory references and DBS check are also required -Students who wish to undertake V300 Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP) as part of the PgDip Specialist Community Practitioner Community Children's Nursing Programme must have at least one years’ post registration experience. Students wishing to undertake this module must also be deemed competent by, and obtain permission and support from their employer. -students must be seconded or sponsored by an NHS Organisation -RPL is accepted on this programme

Fees and funding

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Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing) at Liverpool John Moores University - UCAS