School of Nursing and Midwifery

PgDip District Nursing

This programme has been designed with close collaboration between key stakeholders including students, clinical representatives, academics and patient / service users, families and carers. Reflecting the constant changes within the community healthcare environment whilst building on existing good practice the programme has been designed to take into account strategic and professional changes.

The programme aligns with regional health care employers’ strategic objectives and goals around workforce planning. On successful completion students will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for the recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ), District Nurse.

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Key features

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role of the district nurse and critically examine the theory, practice and principles of district nursing using an evidence based approach to enable you to adapt and provide a wide range of nursing care in home and community based settings.
  • Develop a contemporary approach to community health and social care through advancing and utilising knowledge and skills in professional practice.
  • Deliver specialised advanced case management for people with highly complex and unpredictable needs, including those nearing the end of their lives.
  • Demonstrate confidence, competence, autonomy and legal, ethical and professional accountability.
  • Assume lead roles in district nursing practice leading clinical teams, coordinating care and managing complex and dynamic case-loads.
  • Ensure quality processes, service evaluation and improvement methodology as well as working collaboratively as part of a wider health care team.
  • Promote an understanding of the theory and procedures involved in research, to enable the use of research to improve care and services for people and communities.
  • Develop an understanding of the wider determinants of health, community profiling and health promotion activity in order to respond to community and public health needs, developing a critical understanding of the contemporary issues that influence health service delivery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the wider influences on and the principles of prescribing in order to practice safely and effectively within your scope of practice.
  • Remain part of the workforce and continue to contribute to patient care whilst working towards your qualification.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Advancing Practice in Context (APP701)

      This module will enable the student to develop their professional understanding within Advancing Practice, allowing them to consider the legal and ethical boundaries, the working environment and the complexities of their practice.

    • Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice (APP710)

      "This module will enable experienced practitioners to undertake a systematic and structured history taking assessment alongside a physical examination in order to integrate advanced assessment findings into clinical decision making. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of systems and patho-physiology when seeing and managing patients with undiagnosed and undifferentiated presentations across healthcare settings."

    • Fundamentals of Community Nursing (DNU701)

      This module offers a foundation to community nursing, exploring the concept of holistic assessment, therapeutic relationships and enhanced communication skills, exploration of the wider determinants of health and health promotion theory and its application.

    Optional modules

    • The Fundamentals of Health Assessment (APP717)

      This module is designed to enable healthcare professionals to critically examine and develop in an area of professional clinical practice, in a range of settings. Taught workshops will guide the student, building on their pre-existing body of knowledge to further develop their skills in health assessment, clinical examination and clinical reasoning.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Contemporary Leadership and Management for Community Nursing (DNU702)

      This module will develop community nurses to critically evaluate and implement effective leadership and management skills in the community setting.

    • Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP703)

      This module will enable health care professionals to apply theoretical, analytical and clinical principles of prescribing within their field of practice.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

PgDip District Nursing Programme Specification standard route FINAL 6530

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
Entry requirements

  • Entrants must be registered nurse (Level 1) and have a minimum of one years post-registration experience.
  • Entrants must possess the competence, experience and academic ability to study at the required level of the programme.
  • Entrants should have completed study at Level 6 or higher within the last 5 years.*
  • All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C or above.
  • Students will be required to be working in a community setting that will facilitate the successful completion of the programme learning outcomes and achievement of a minimum of 600 hours district nursing and community practice. 
  • Applicants where English is not the first language must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice, that is, IELTS of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each part.

*In order to commence the programme, entrants must meet the University’s entry requirements for study at postgraduate level.

Applicants will normally have a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2.2 or above; or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care. Those individuals without a degree but with appropriate practice related experience relevant to the programme may be eligible to apply. Candidates without a first degree at 2.2 or above (or European first cycle equivalent) will normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process. It is necessary to assess the potential student’s ability to study at masters level and therefore an interview will be necessary

Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are considered and if suitable accepted for Recognition of Prior learning, following University regulations and Faculty procedures.

Offers are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021-2022 2022-2023
Home £5,500 £5,500
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home) N/A N/A
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Additional costs

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, parking charges if you are studying at PAHC, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you are studying on a programme where placements are integral to your study there are costs associated with travel and accommodation. Please speak with the programme admissions tutor to find out more.

How to apply

Applying for this programme

Please visit our PDU admissions homepage for full details on the application process and to download the relevant forms.

Please return your completed forms to:

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

After your application is received by the PDU Admissions team, it will be processed and sent to the Programme Lead for a decision to be made on your suitability to study. You may be asked to provide additional information or to take part in an interview (for overseas students this may be by telephone or video conference). Once this decision has been made, you will be sent an email either confirming your place on the programme, or rejecting your application and giving the reasons for this decision (you may request further feedback in order to improve your chances of selection at a later date).

For applicants with disabilities

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services webpage.

**Please note that the PG Dip Surgical Care Practitioner programmes are not recruiting for a year 1 start in September 2021** 

Applying for this programme

Please visit our PDU admissions homepage for full details on the application process and to download the relevant forms.

Please return your completed forms to:

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Tel: +44 (0)1752 586951

The programme is aimed at registered adult nurses with a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and practice to perform in the role of Specialist Practitioner District Nurse awarded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will spend 1–2 days a week in the University and the rest of the time in practice-based learning. You must have the support of your employer.

Offering:

  • Flexible study option, the programme has been designed with employer stakeholder representatives to meet employers’ needs.
  • A clear development pathway for community nurses to enhance quality of care and career progression.
  • Contemporary, high quality programme in alignment with national healthcare policy and professional bodies.

View the Programme handbook

Image credit: Caroline Chapman

Image credit: Caroline Chapman

 

Core skills

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of current problems and new insights. 
  • Skills of enquiry and research. 
  • Coaching and teaching. 
  • Decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations. 
  • Leadership and Management skills, prioritisation of individual and team workload and caseload management. 
  • Advanced systematic history, consultation and physical assessment skills. 
  • Prescribing skills. 
  • Enhanced communication skills. 
  • Fluency and confidence in the performance of the clinical skills associated with the provision of community care.  

Areas of specialism 

  • Develop a contemporary approach to community health and the delivery of community nursing care. 
  • Leadership and management in the community setting, coordinating care and managing complex and dynamic patient caseloads, prioritising care and resources.
  • Advanced case management for people with highly complex and unpredictable needs including those at the end of their lives. 
  • Skills to ensure quality processes, service evaluation and improvement methodology.   

District Nurse Apprenticeship

We also offer this programme as an apprenticeship. The postgraduate apprenticeship route provides an alternative, flexible entry into the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) District Nursing (DN) programme, enabling the apprentice to study for a work-integrated postgraduate qualification whilst remaining in salaried employment.

Learn more about the Postgraduate Diploma in District Nursing Apprenticeship