This Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course has been developed to meet the rapidly changing field of public health, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise.
Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs) such as school 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.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
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 school nursing) 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.
Each of the three modules require critical examination of a key area of SCPHN theory and/or practice in school nursing, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability.
You can study all three modules in one calendar year and are delivered through classroom based tutorials, distance learning and self-directed study. Please note that the Welsh Government does not fund these three modules.
The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) 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 is normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards.
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.
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 2020 intake will be accepted until the closing date of 31st October 2019. Interviews will take place during /Nov/Dec 2019
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.
These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards
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.
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
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.
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Year 1 FT and Year 2 PT
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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 the activity and location.
This school nursing 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.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.