Teesside University

Teesside University

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (health visiting) and be recorded as a community prescriber. It offers students the opportunity to gain registration as a health visitor, community prescriber and for academic development at Master's level. Students develop public health practice knowledge and skills in order to work effectively with individuals, families and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable them to contribute to the contemporary health visiting agenda. Students study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and their families; the new health visiting agenda, UNICEF BFI standards; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions; prescribing from the community practitioners' formulary, and designing and managing a service evaluation.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: a degree of 2.2 or above; or evidence of successful study at postgraduate level; an NMC-valid registration as either a registered nurse or midwife; successful interview and subject to: support of an employing organisation who will give an undertaking to enable access to/or facilitate access to the appropriate learning opportunities; a nominated practice teacher who will contribute to the teaching and assessment process; a satisfactory work-based risk assessment; current satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check This will be carried out by the employing organisation.

Course modules

Core modules: advancing community practitioner prescribing; advancing health visiting practice; advancing leadership in the context of specialist practice; advancing public health; contemporary issues in public health; designing research projects; evaluating practice; evidence-based practice; specialist community public health nursing practice.

Assessment methods

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal, skill simulations and a service evaluation project. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include the student, practice teacher and academic mentor.

Sponsorship information

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information relating to funding will be updated on Teesside University website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

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School of Health and Social Care
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01642 384176