This programme is underpinned by three core values:
The delivery of patient and family centred care.
Student centred learning.
Practice focused development.
Further contributory values include collaboration, partnership, professional expertise and innovation. These values shape and inform both the theory and practice to ensure that high quality care is delivered to a rapidly changing and diverse primary care environment.
Practitioners who undertake this programme will be highly motivated practitioners who demonstrate a strong commitment to developing District Nursing practice based on the integration of critically appraised evidence with professional expertise. It is expected that students will have a wealth of previous experience which will be utilised, challenged and built upon. The programme embraces a facilitative approach to learning, coordinated to support the practice element at the centre of the programme
All modules are mandatory and are mapped against the Standards for Specialist Education and Practice (Home / District Nursing) (endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council).
The core learning outcomes determined by these standards are:
Clinical nursing practice.
Care and programme management.
Clinical practice leadership.
Clinical practice development.
The integration of theory and practice is an essential element of this programme. Students therefore undertake 50% of their learning and assessment in the practice placement where they are provided with opportunities to apply their developing knowledge and understanding of specialist nursing practice. On successful completion of the programme students will be eligible to have their specialist practice qualification and prescribing qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Further information about the University's relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is available in the PSRB register.
This programme is designed for experienced registered nurses who are based in the community setting within District Nursing teams. The programme content is set by the Standards for Specialist Education and Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Council 2001) and the Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice (The Queen’s Nursing Institute 2015).
The modules you study are as follows:
- Principles of care coordination in community settings (District Nursing) (20 credits)
- Physical Assessment for Health Care Practitioners (20 credits)
- V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (20 credits)
- Investigating and Applying the Evidence Base for Therapeutic Interventions in Primary Care (40 credits)
- Leading and Managing Healthcare Practice in Community settings (District Nursing) (20 credits)
- There are also 3 practice elements assessed at three set points during the programme – these are non-credited
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
- Registration on Part One of the NMC Register
- Diploma in Nursing or equivalent credits
- Two years post registration experience the latest of which must be in the Primary Care setting
- Confirmation that a Practice Teacher or Sign-off Mentor will be available to supervise and assess in the practice area
DBS check which needs to be within 3 years when commencing prescribing element.