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Primary Care District Nursing PgDip

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. 

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

  • PgDip District Nursing with V100 
  • PgDip District Nursing with V300 

Should I take a BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?

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 a Bachelor's degree you should take this course - the PgDip. If you qualified as a nurse with an undergraduate Diploma you should take the BSc (Hons) Primary Care District Nursing programme.

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 (V300)
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time (V300)
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time (V100)
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

PgDip District Nursing (V300)

  • Developing Professional Practice for District Nursing 1 (20 credits L7)
  • Developing Professional Practice for District Nursing 2 (20 credits L7)
  • Advanced assessment skills for clinical practice (20 credits L7)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) (60 credits L7)

PgDip Nursing (V100)

  • Developing Professional Practice for District Nursing 1 (20 credits L7)
  • Developing Professional Practice for District Nursing 2 (20 credits L7)
  • Advanced assessment skills for clinical practice (20 credits L7)
  • Prescribing from the community practitioners formulary (V100) (10 credits level 6)
  • Prescribing in practice (V100) (10 credits L6)
  • 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

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning strategies will include lectures, group work, seminars, blended learning, tutorials, discussion groups and 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.

Normally applicants will be required to have a Bachelor degree equivalent to Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1). 

Applicants must have sponsorship from an employing organisation that provides a practice placement and practice teacher to fulfil NMC standards.

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 (V300)
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
4337
Application method
Mode
Part-time (V300)
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
4338
Application method
Mode
Part-time (V100)
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
4336
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

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.

There are a variety of District Nursing programmes you can opt for: 

District Nursing qualifications and course codes for the full-time route 
Full-timeCode
BSc (Hons) District Nursing with V1004335
BSc (Hons) District Nursing with V3004338
District Nursing qualifications and course codes for the part-time route
Part-timeCode
BSc (Hons) District Nursing with V1004336
BSc (Hons) District Nursing with V3004337

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Prepare to start

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Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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