Foundations in Community and Primary Care (degree and masters level)


Our short course is for registered healthcare practitioners (nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics, pharmacists, social workers) who are new to working in community and primary care or for those already working in this setting who wish to consolidate their current practice.

The course has been developed in partnership with Health Education England and the University of the West of England, and consist of three 20-credit modules that can be studied at degree or masters level.

Integrated community and primary care in context

Learn about partnership and integrated working for effective service provision; managing complexity including care coordination, risk assessment and safeguarding; and public health and social care perspectives including health inequalities, prevention and early intervention.

Integrated community and primary care practice 

Learn about holistic assessment including scope for telehealth/telecare; personalised care including managing challenging situations and motivational interviewing; and reflective practice.

Clinical skills in community and primary care

Gain the core clinical competences required to fulfil the role of the General Practice Nurse as defined by the Royal College of General Practitioners nursing standards, and in alignment with the Department of Health and Health Education England initiatives.

Why a course in community and primary care?

"As people live longer and with ever more complex long-term health needs the focus of care has made a dramatic shift from hospital to community and primary care services. There is a plethora of evidence to show that practitioners moving from the hospital environment to community, irrespective of their level of clinical practice, face a number of challenges.

At the University of Plymouth we have developed modules to support not only clinicians in this transition phase, but clinicians across all disciplines that have already made the move to community working. Our new and exciting modules will support this ever-growing workforce to deliver safe, high-quality and personalised care to individuals and populations across the region." 

Dr Kim Greening, APSL in Community Nursing

Dr Kim Greening, APSL in Community Nursing


These modules are commissioned by Health Education England and you may be eligible for funding through your employer. 

If you work in the NHS, contact your organisation’s education coordinator for guidance; and if you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, contact your employer for advice.

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries

+44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries

Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

8.30–17.00 (Friday 16.30)