Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) (PgDip) Part-time

This programme is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. The programme will lead to the professional award of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (health visitor), with subsequent registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

This two-year, part-time Postgraduate Diploma course is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.

It leads to the professional award of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) with subsequent registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Half the course takes place on a clinical placement, and Welsh Government funding may be available.

Only by completing the Postgraduate Diploma (Pg Dip) programme will practitioners be eligible to have their names recorded on the third part of the NMC register.

Distinctive features

  • Enables registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, annotated as a health visitor on the third part of the professional register.
  • You will spend 50% of the course on placement (this placement may not be in their local area and you will be expected to travel).
  • Funding available via the Welsh Government for students undertaking the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) programme.

Please note: Candidates must work for the NHS in Wales to receive funding from WEDS (Workforce, Education, and Development Services) which is currently available.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration2 years
QualificationPgDip
ModePart-time
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Admissions criteria

  • Candidates must be registered on either parts one or two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.
  • Candidates can enter the programme either with a diploma (120 credits at level 2) or with a degree.
  • Adult, children, mental health or learning disability nurses as well as practitioners who qualified as midwives via the three year direct entry route can undertake the programme and become health visitors.
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service check will be undertaken on prospective students and this must be deemed satisfactory before admission to the programme.

The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied.

You must address the following points in your personal statement, this list is not exhaustive:

  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about the programme?
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.

Application deadline: 30th April 2017.  Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

The Diploma course is divided into four modules that are credit rated. Each taught module offers 30 credits and all must be successfully completed in order for students to have their name included on the third part of the professional register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

The course offers an optional dissertation for those who wish to move to MSc level.

Each module is credit rated at M level and all five modules are compulsory.

Note: A clinical practice element will account for 50% of the taught programme, which is in accordance with NMC (2004) regulations. Students are required to pass assessment in both their clinical and theoretical work in order to achieve their qualification as a Specialist Community Public Health nurse.

Each student will be allocated a practice teacher (PT) who will take accountability and responsibility for assessing the student's clinical progress, which is evidenced through a clinical portfolio.

Students who complete the programme successfully will be awarded a Pg Dip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and registered at the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Health Visitor. Students may proceed to Part 2 to obtain a Master’s Degree in specialist Community Public Health Nursing any time within three years of completing the Pg Dip SCPHN.

Year one

Year two

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives students the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing their own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables them to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.

Feedback

We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats.  These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark.  You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by various means, including written work, classroom tests, and presentations, as well as a clinical portfolio for the practice element.

What skills will I practise and develop?

 By fully engaging in this course, you should develop the knowledge and skills to enable you to:

  • Develop academic knowledge and understanding to achieve Master’s level competence.
  • Achieve clinical prowess and integrity to be awarded a specialist qualification.
  • Practise effectively as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.
  • Register as a health visitor with the NMC.

This course is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.

It leads to the professional award of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor), with subsequent registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

 You will not need to provide any specific equipment.

 A clinical placement accounts for 50% of the course.