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Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Practitioner – District Nursing

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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 / Home 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.

The curriculum in this programme has been developed to ensure that practitioners are prepared to respond to the demands of an advanced level of practice in the contemporary context of primary health care. All modules are mandatory and are mapped against the Standards for Specialist Education and Practice (District Nursing) (endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council) and also mapped against the education and practice standards developed for District Nursing by the Queens Nursing Institute (2015).

The core learning outcomes determined by the NMC SPQ standards are:

  • Clinical nursing practice
  • Care and programme management
  • Clinical practice leadership
  • Clinical practice development.

The 4 Domains of the QNI /QNIS standards for District Nursing are:

  • Clinical Care
  • Leadership and Operational Management
  • Facilitation of Learning
  • Evidence, Research and Development.

If you require details please contact the course leader: 

Lois Seddon

T:  01473 338542

Further information about the University's relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

The modules you study are as follows:

  • Principles of Care Coordination in Community Settings (District 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 (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.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £5,490 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £915 per 20 credits
  • International full-time tuition fee: £7,290 p.a. plus a placement fee

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.

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 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 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.


Course Leader in Postgraduate Diploma District Nursing and Associate Professor