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District Nursing BSc (Hons)

Overview

This is a health CPD course for registered nurses wishing to manage teams of nurses working in a primary care setting.

We have successfully revalidated our District Nursing programmes in 2013, in line with current changes happening in the National Health Service and in response to our stakeholders needs. Stakeholders requested that staff need a particular set of skills, knowledge and competence to work effectively in primary care, in particular the need for more advanced prescribing that will ensure that patients with long term conditions can be managed at home. Nurses are often working alone and in a range of settings that are not set up as health care environments, making complex decisions about patient care and dealing with a variety of collaborative relationships and professionals.

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It is for these reasons that we are offering the following pathways:

  • BSc (Hons) District Nursing with V100
  • BSc (Hons) District Nursing with V300

We guarantee all undergraduate Home/EU students a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

BSc (Hons) or the PgDip?

Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course, or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with an Undergraduate Diploma you should take this course - the BSc (Hons). If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelor's degree you should take the PgDip Primary Care District Nursing programme.

Important note for applicants

The recruitment process has now changed for the September 2014 intake. Students no longer apply through the London Deanery. Read this courses's 'How to apply' information for full details.

If you would like to discuss the District Nursing programme at LSBU, please contact the Course Director Sue Boran: sue.boran@lsbu.sc.uk or call 020 7815 8448.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time (V100)
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time (V300)
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time (V100)
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time (V300)
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

There are two pathways available at BSc, each of which can be taken on a full or part-time basis which will take 1-2 years to complete:  

BSc District Nursing (V300):

  • Developing Professional Practice for District Nursing 1 (20 credits level 6) 
  • Developing Professional Practice for District Nursing 2 (20 credits level 6) 
  • History taking and clinical examination skills (20 credits level 6) 
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) (60 credits level 6) 

BSc District Nursing (V100):

  • Developing Professional Practice for District Nursing 1(20 credits level 6) 
  • Developing Professional Practice for District Nursing 2 (20 credits level 6) 
  • History taking and clinical examination skills (20 credits level 6) 
  • Prescribing from the community practitioners formulary (V100) (10 credits level 6) 
  • Prescribing in practice (V100) (10 credits level 6) 
  • Plus two optional modules that meet personal and professional requirements from the CPPD portfolio to equate to 40 credits

Employability

District Nurses are key co-ordinators of care and as such best placed to support patients and their carers to develop strategies to manage their care needs whilst being alert to signs of deterioration or needing more support. 

A number of key policy initiatives have informed the development of the curriculum to address the fitness for purpose of a modern district nurse working in primary care. 

Roles and requirements are constantly evolving and the course produces practitioners that are not only clinically competent at a specialist level but are also visionary, innovative, able to problem solve, lead and manage both staff and resources. 

Achieving one of the awards offer will enable participants opportunities to develop in their own role and seek promotional opportunities.

Placements

Staff

Wendy Cunningham

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Nurse Practitioner

Wendy has experience of working within the Primary Care arena in a joint Walk-in-Centre and General Practice environment. She is also an advanced Nurse Practitioner Mentor.


Helen Ward

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Associate Professor

Helen works clinically as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a GP practice in London and is a member of the ICN.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning strategies will includelectures, group work, seminars, blended learning, tutorials, discussion groupsand clinical skills as well as a variety of assessments.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered nurses on the NMC register to apply for this course.

For BSc entry

  • A Diploma in Nursing or
  • 120 credits at Level 5 or
  • A recognised equivalent

Two years clinical experience is also desired. All applicants require managerial support to study this course.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time (V100)
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
4331
Application method
Mode
Full-time (V300)
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
4333
Application method
Mode
Part-time (V100)
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
4332
Application method
Mode
Part-time (V300)
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
4334
Application method

Students need to be sponsored or seconded by community provider organisations in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

A centralised process for recruitment is no longer in place through The London Deanery. From September 2014 all recruitment to this course is carried out jointly by sponsoring NHS Trusts and LSBU. The process to apply is:

  1. Identify the Trust you want to be sponsored by. All sponsorship opportunities are advertised on NHS jobs and the Trust's vacancy listings on their website throughout May 2014 when you should apply.
  2. On your application form state London South Bank University as your University of choice.
  3. Note there is no separate application form via LSBU, when completing your application form on NHS jobs or the Trust website. Ensure that you clearly state your education to show you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Successful applicants are invited for interview with a panel consisting of both Trust and LSBU representatives. Interviews will be held over a three-week period, starting on 9 June 2014.
  5. Candidates who are successful at interview will be sent an offer letter from the University.

Additional information

London is divided into three Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) and each have a different number of sponsorship opportunities available across the Trusts that they cover, which were announced in early May 2014.

Applicants can apply to more than one Trust, however applicants must not accept more than one offer if successful. For applicants who are being seconded to the course by their employers as their sponsoring Trust, contact Course Director, Sue Boran, if you are not required to have a formal interview. To discuss our Health Visiting programme at LSBU contact Sue Boran, email sue.boran@lsbu.sc.uk or call 020 7815 8448.

Fees and funding

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course. 

Enrolling

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

 
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