University of Bolton

University of Bolton

Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing)

Community health care nursing acknowledges the specialist contribution of nurses to the delivery of high quality health care and health promotion to a diverse range of patients and clients in varied settings within the community; community specialist practice is the exercising of higher levels of judgment, discretion and decision making in clinical care, enabling you to develop and innovate community nursing practice; this programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudinal qualities necessary to select and employ a range of soundly-based practices to meet the changing health needs of the population; this forms the basis for leadership and management of care within a multidisciplinary team; students will also undertake care and programme management within the context of organisational settings and policy/legal frameworks and provide leadership within appropriate team situations; in addition you will examine factors that promote and inhibit effective collaborative working and taught nurse prescribing within the parameters of current legislation; nurse prescribing is optional for those students undertaking the general practice nursing programmes.

Entry requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of their recent professional and academic development; and have an entry on part 1 of the NMC's professional register; and have 1 year's post-registration experience of professional practice; the course has a practice element and students need a sponsorship from a participating primary care trust; Lower 2nd Class Honours degree (2.2) in a relevant subject; if English is not an applicants 1st language: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) enhanced disclosure is also required for this course.

Course modules

Specialist modules include: principles and practice for specialist community nursing (level HE6 or HE7 - 40 credits); integrated care delivery for long term conditions (level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits); the core modules include: leading and managing teams (level HE6 - 20 credits); critical evaluation, evidence and practice (level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits); leading health promotion practice (level HE6 or HE7 - 20 credits).

Assessment methods

Examination, written assignments and the development of a professional portfolio of learning.

Sponsorship information

The course has a practice element and applicants will need sponsorship from a participating primary care trust.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
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
University of Bolton Bolton BL3 5AB North West

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