University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Community Nursing Practice (District Nursing)

This course is specifically aimed at qualified registered nurses and has been designed to meet all NMC standards for this area of specialist practice. The course also meets all of the competencies required by case managers for supporting people with long-term conditions, for example leadership and management of complex care; supporting self care; collaborative working; and managing care at the end of life. For information regarding fees please contact the University direct.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold current registration on part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register. A period of post-registration nursing experience will be required, appropriateness of length of time normally being assessed on an individual basis at interview. Hold a 1st degree in nursing or other relevant health related subject or provide other evidence of the ability to study at post-graduate level. Examples of indicators of ability to study at Master's level that may be accepted as evidence including 1 or more of the following: Successful completion of a module(s) at Master's level; a report (written or verbal) of an aspect of practice role development or of clinical practice in which the applicant played a prominent role, identifying strategies utilised at key stages and academic skills required for successful completion of the project. Ideally this will include evidence of ability to undertake electronic searches and critically review relevant literature. Successful completion of a substantial amount of relevant study at Honours level for which credit has been awarded, as evidenced by an educational transcript, that indicates readiness to progress to studying at a more advanced level. Requests by applicants for accreditation of prior certificated learning (APL) and / or for accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) to enable entry to the course with credit will be considered by the admissions tutor and where considered appropriate. Entry to the course is subject to passing an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is undertaken by the University. Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to attend for an interview and are required to undertake a numeracy assessment as part of the selection process. Applicants must be released by their current NHS employer for 2 and a half days per week and have a named practice teacher.

Course modules

Modules include: Critical appraisal of research literature; leadership and management for healthcare practice; principles of managing complex care; managing complex care in community nursing practice; nurse prescribing from the community practitioners formulary (V100 mode 2) and (V150); operational frameworks for community based practitioners; promoting health and wellbeing in community nursing practice; project (health related); research project preparation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is a combination of coursework, practice and examination. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field, for example, report writing, case presentation and debate. 50% of the assessment is based on theoretical work and 50% is based on practice work assessed by a practice teacher, both of which must be passed.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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