MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

This Masters course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise. Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), such as health visitors or school health nurses, aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health. We place emphasis on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries. Funded places are available for April.

100% of our MSc SCPHN Health Visiting graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016

Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years April Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years April Glyntaff A
  • Contemporary Developments in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice - 20 credits
  • Promoting the Public Health of Populations - 20 credits
  • Evidence Based Public Health - 20 credits
  • Law, Ethics and Safeguarding - 20 credits
  • Governance and Leadership - 20 credits

Successful completion of the above modules and the 16 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (in health visiting) and exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma at the end of one year if studying full-time.

If you wish to return and top up your credits to 180 and complete the MSc, we offer three 20-credit modules specifically for the SCPHN student.

  • Policy Analysis on Practice Development - 20 credits
  • Research Impact on Practice Development - 20 credits
  • Dissemination of Project Development - 20 credits

Each of the three modules require critical examination of a key area of SCPHN theory and/or practice in health visiting, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability. You can study all three modules in one calendar year and they are delivered through classroom based tutorials, distance learning and self-directed study. Please note that the Welsh Government does not fund these three modules.

Teaching

The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) course has been designed to meet the NMC (2004) SCPHN requirements of a 50/50 ratio of theory and practice. Learning and assessment will take place both at the University and in a range of clinical environments, and all modules involve theoretical and clinical assessments of equal weighting. Where appropriate, there are work experience opportunities that may involve use of the Welsh language. The Postgraduate Diploma course attracts Welsh Government funding for NHS staff.

 

Assessment

You will be assessed by a range of methods including written assignments, an oral presentation, poster presentation, examinations, a recorded presentation and clinical practice assessments.

Accreditations

The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).

Facilities

Lecturers

 

 

Applicants need professional and academic qualifications. You must have NMC professional registration on Part One and/or Part Two of the NMC Register as a Registered Nurse and/or a Registered Midwife.

Applicants should usually have an Honours degree, although consideration will be given through the accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) mechanism if you do not possess these qualifications.

Prospective candidates will be interviewed by the course team, which in most cases would include a member of the NHS trust that provides student placements for 50% of the course duration and a service user.

Applications for the April 2018 intake are currently open until the closing date of 30th September 2017. Interviews will take place during Oct/Nov/Dec 2017.
 

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
We strongly recommend signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement
Year 1 FT and Year 1 & 2 PT. Placement costs will vary depending on where the student is placed, but some costs can be reclaimed.
Other: Poster Printing £40
Year 1 FT and Year 2 PT
Other: Extra-curricular opportunities
Costs of conference attendance and extra- curricular activities are changeable, with some being free. However these are optional and extra-curricular opportunities. Costs vary depending on event and location.

Apply directly to the University for this SCPHN course.

Admissions statement 

This course prepares SCPHNs to work in complex and varied settings and have the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practise effectively in today’s health service. Graduates are usually employed by NHS local health boards and wider employment opportunities are developing.