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Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing (General Practice Nursing)

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Introduction

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 General Practice 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 (General Practice 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.
If you require details please contact the course leader: 

Lois Seddon

T:  01473 338542
E: l.seddon@uos.ac.uk

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Course modules

Entry Requirements:

  • Registration on Part One of the NMC Register
  • An honours degree normally at 2:2 or above     

Three years post registration experience, of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the  primary care setting Or:

  • Registration on Part One of the NMC Register
  • Evidence of the student’s ability to work at master’s level (to be discussed with Programme Lead)
  • Three years post registration experience, of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the  primary care setting

In addition:

  • Confirmation that a Practice Teacher or Sign-off Mentor will be available to supervise and assess in the practice area
  • Confirmation that a medical practitioner will be available to supervise and assess the prescribing element.
  • DBS check which needs to be within 3 years when commencing prescribing element

This programme is designed for experienced registered nurses who are based in the community setting within General Practice Nursing teams. The programme content is set by the Standards for Specialist Education and Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Council 2001). 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.

The modules you study are as follows:

  • Principles of care coordination in community settings (General Practice Nursing) (20 credits)
  • Holistic Assessment of Adults in Specific Care Settings (20 credits)
  • Independent and Supplementary Non – medical Prescribing V300 (40 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Leading and Managing Healthcare Practice in Community settings (General Practice 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

Fees and finance

2018/19

  • Full-time Home/EU: £5,100
  • Part-time Home/EU: £850 per 20 credits
  • Full-time International: £11,500
  • Part-time International: £1,915 per 20 credits

Further Information

  • At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for.