Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing)

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 from 20 weeks of 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.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: You will need: current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one) a minimum of one year's post-registration experience 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing Additional information: RPL is accepted on this programme If you have any specific queries, please contact Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC. View country specific entry requirements: Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:

Course modules

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning. Core Modules Public Health (20 credits) Advancing Leadership through Action Learning (20 credits) Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 1 with V100 Nurse Prescribing (20 credits) Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 2 (20 credits) Long Term Conditions: Context, Assessment and Management (20 credits) Research for Specialist Practice (20 credits) Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 1 (without V100 Nurse Prescribing) (20 credits)

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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Faculty of Education, Health and Community (Health)
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