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Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Practitioner - District Nursing

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Institution code: S82
UCAS code: N/A
Start date: March 2025
Duration: Full time, one year.
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: Please see entry requirements .
Institution code: S82
UCAS code: N/A
Start date: March 2025
Duration: Full time, one year.
Location: Ipswich
Typical Offer: Please see entry requirements .

Overview

This program is grounded in three core values:

  1. The delivery of patient and family-centered care.
  2. Student-centered learning.
  3. Practice-focused development.

Additional contributory values include collaboration, partnership, professional expertise, and innovation. These values shape and inform both the theory and practice to ensure the delivery of high-quality care in a rapidly changing and diverse primary care environment.

Practitioners who enroll in this program will be highly motivated and demonstrate a strong commitment to developing District/Home Nursing practice through the integration of critically appraised evidence with professional expertise. It is expected that students will bring a wealth of previous experience that will be utilized, challenged, and built upon. The program adopts a facilitative approach to learning, with a focus on supporting the practice element at the core of the program.

The curriculum of this program has been developed to prepare practitioners to meet the demands of advanced practice in the contemporary context of primary health care. All modules are mandatory and align with the Standards for Specialist Education and Practice (District Nursing), endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. They are also mapped against the education and practice standards developed for District Nursing by the Queen's Nursing Institute (2015).

The core learning outcomes specified by the NMC SPQ standards encompass:

  1. Clinical nursing practice.
  2. Care and program management.
  3. Clinical practice leadership.
  4. Clinical practice development.

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

  1. Clinical Care.
  2. Leadership and Operational Management.
  3. Facilitation of Learning.
  4. Evidence, Research, and Development.

The University of Suffolk is world-class and committed to our region. We are proudly modern and innovative and we believe in transformative education. We are on the rise with a focus on student satisfaction, graduate prospects, spending on academic services and student facilities.

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Course Modules

Downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Records

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This module is 20 credits.

This module is 20 credits.

This module is 40 credits.

This module is 40 credits.

There are also three practice elements assessed at three set points during the programme. These practice elements are non-credited.

Course Modules 2024

Downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Records

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This module is 20 credits.

This module is 20 credits.

This module is 40 credits.

This module is 40 credits.

There are also three practice elements assessed at three set points during the programme. These practice elements are non-credited.

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WHY SUFFOLK

2nd in the UK for Career Prospects

WUSCA 2024

3rd in the UK for spend on academic services

Complete University Guide 2025

4th in the UK for Teaching Satisfaction

Guardian University Guide 2024

Entry Requirements

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Nursing student
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Career Opportunities

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. 

Here are some potential career paths:

  • District Nurse Specialist

  • Clinical Nurse Manager

  • Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)

  • Healthcare Manager/Administrator

  • Educator/Trainer

  • Clinical Researcher

  • Policy Advocate/Analyst

  • Quality Improvement Specialist

  • Home Health Agency Manager

  • Health Consultant

  • Clinical Supervisor

  • Telehealth Nurse

  • Global Health Nurse

Fees and Funding

UK Full-time Tuition Fee

£6,060

per year
UK Part-time Tuition Fee

£1,010*

per 20 credit module
International Full-time Tuition Fee

£9,720

per year

*Please contact the Student Centre for further details

Postgraduate Loans are available for this course, we also offer University of Suffolk Alumni a 25% reduction on fees, find out more below.

Postgraduate Funding Alumni Loyalty Scheme International Students

Your Course Team

Stacey-Anne Penny

Stacey-Ann is Lecturer and Course Leader in Adult Nursing (District Nursing) and was awarded the title of Queen's Nurse in 2022.

Sarah Watkin

Sarah is Senior Lecturer in Non-Medical Prescribing.

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Colin Winter

Colin is Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and has worked in a range of environments including Critical Care and Management.

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How to apply

Applying for a postgraduate programme is simple, you can apply using the link below. You can also find out more about what to include on your application and how to contact us for support during the process on the Postgraduate Study link.

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