Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Specialist Community Practitioner/ District Nursing

Study for this recordable Specialist Community Practitioner/District Nursing qualification at Liverpool John Moores University. Combining theory and primary care practice, the course prepares 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 This District Nursing programme combines theoretical study and supervised practice within a primary care setting. It involves a great deal of critical analysis, synthesis, evaluation, discussion, dialogue and debate. 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. You can study full time (40 weeks) or part time (80 weeks). Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as complementary module-related sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation. You will be appointed a personal tutor to support and oversee your progress throughout the course and you will work with an experienced practitioner on work placements. Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on site catering facilities.

Course modules

All students study the following shared modules: Public health; leadership and management; vulnerability; integrated practice and research methods. You will also study 3 district nursing modules.

Assessment methods

At this level of study you are expected to work independently and much of the learning is self-guided. Lectures, workshops, seminars and reading lists provide a framework around which you can think, discuss, debate and produce your assessments. Formal lectures introduce concepts whilst tutorials and workshops offer the opportunity for deeper investigation. You will then be invited to present a paper at a group seminar which will be used as a starting point for peer group debate. To support your independent study, course materials, presentations and handouts are available on Canvas - the University's virtual learning environment. 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, seminar presentations, reflective accounts, vivas, 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 January 2018 - 12 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time January 2018 - 24 Months

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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