Community Nursing Practice (District Nursing) MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2016-17 entry

About the course

We are proud that our course provides the opportunity:

•  To gain a recordable qualification with the NMC in District Nursing and Nurse Prescribing from the Community Practitioners Formulary (V100 Mode 2) and (V150)

•  Undertake clinical practice with an experienced and qualified practice teacher.

•  Develop your skills in the leadership and management of a district nurse team and caseload.

The course is specifically aimed at qualified registered nurses and has been designed to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for this area of specialist practice. This also currently gives you the opportunity to meet the competencies required by case managers for supporting people with long-term conditions, for example leadership and management of complex care, supporting self-care, collaborative working and managing care at the end of life.

Through the course you will have the opportunity to develop a range of key skills including leadership and management of a team, case-load and service development, Nurse Prescribing (V100), promoting health and wellbeing of a defined community and managing complex care.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


2 years full-time
Also available 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You must:

•  Hold current registration on part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register. A period of post-registration nursing experience will be required, appropriateness of length of time normally being assessed on an individual basis at interview.

•  Hold a first degree in nursing or other relevant health related subject OR

•  Provide other evidence of your ability to study at post-graduate level. Examples of indicators of ability to study at Master's level that may be accepted as evidence including one or more of the following:

•  Successful completion of a module (s) at Master's level

•  A report (written or verbal) of an aspect of practice role development or of clinical practice in which the applicant played a prominent role, identifying strategies utilised at key stages and academic skills required for successful completion of the project. Ideally this will include evidence of ability to undertake electronic searches and critically review relevant literature.

•  Successful completion of a substantial amount of relevant study at Honours level for which credit has been awarded, as evidenced by an educational transcript, that indicates readiness to progress to studying at a more advanced level.

Requests by applicants for accreditation of prior certificated learning (APL) and / or for accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) to enable entry to the course with credit will be considered by the Admissions Tutor and where considered appropriate.

Entry to the course is subject to passing an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is undertaken by the University.

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to attend for an interview and are required to undertake a numeracy assessment as part of the selection process.

Applicants must be released by your current NHS employer for 2½ days per week and have a named practice teacher.


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Places available:
20 (this number may be subject to change)

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Course content

You will complete the following modules:

Critical Appraisal of Research Literature

In this module you will be encouraged to develop your understanding of methodological design. You will study the critical appraisal of a variety of aspects of published quantitative and qualitative research in practice settings, and will consider the utilisation of your knowledge and skills in future career developments, through pursuing autonomous practice and agenda setting in your profession. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.

Leadership and Management for Healthcare Practice

In this module you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of leadership and management theories and strategies, enabling you to ethically manage people and resources and effect change. You will explore how healthcare services are developed and commissioned and evaluate the healthcare practitioner’s role in advocacy, lobbying and influencing healthcare provision. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.

Principles of Managing Complex Care

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop a critical understanding of the local and national policy drivers for effectively managing long-term conditions, as well as gain a more in-depth understanding of the complex healthcare needs of people with long-term conditions. A range of topics will be explored including the principles of case management, expert patient programmes, therapeutic interventions, medicines management, palliative care and service user perspectives in relation to long-term conditions. You will be assessed through a piece of coursework.

Managing Complex Care in Community Nursing Practice

Through this practice module you will have the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills you have in this area. You will explore the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards of proficiency for Community Nursing Practice (NMC 2001), professional attitudes and behaviours, and strategy development. You will be assessed through coursework in the form of a case study. Additionally you will also produce a portfolio of evidence whilst in practice, which will be assessed on pass/fail basis.

Nurse Prescribing from the Community Practitioners Formulary (V100 Mode 2) and (V150)

You will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and ability to prescribe safely, appropriately and effectively in your area of expertise, in accordance with the Community Practitioners Formulary. You will explore a range of topics including consultation, decision-making, clinical pharmacology, evidence-based prescribing, professional accountability, legal and ethical aspects, influences on prescribing and prescribing in the public health context. You will be assessed through coursework, an in-class test and a formal examination.

Operational Frameworks for Community Based Practitioners

In this module you will explore legal, professional and ethical determinants of practice and risk assessment in regard to community based practice. You will have the opportunity to support your learning by engaging with critical thinking, reflective practice and clinical supervision, and will engage in action learning groups in addition to attending lectures. You will be assessed through a seen examination.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Community Nursing Practice

This practice module is designed to help you to develop and apply your knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, groups and communities. Through practice learning facilitated by a practice teacher in the clinical setting, combined with workshops and action learning, you will have the opportunity to develop a critical appreciation of the key factors that affect health within a defined community. You will be assessed through coursework in the form of a written assessment. Additionally you will also produce a portfolio of evidence, which will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Project (Health Related)

This module involves the development of a working proposal, which may or may not be related to your place of work, facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. In addition you will be required to attend regular meetings with a named supervisor, who will be either a subject specialist or researcher in the field. You will be assessed through submission of coursework in the form of a project.

Research Project Preparation

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and skills required to design ethical and feasible research projects relevant to your practice, role or academic studies. You will also explore the different aspects involved when designing a research proposal. Assessment will involve producing one piece of coursework, in the form of a research proposal which addresses a particular practice need within your clinical area.

On successful completion of the core modules in year 2 the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional awards of District Nursing and Nurse Prescribing (V100) are currently awarded.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


50% of your learning on the course will be practice based, as competence to practice as a district nurse is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement. You will be required to have a named practice teacher to facilitate your practice learning, who will be provided by your seconding organisation. Identification of a named practice teacher for each student will be a condition of admission on to the course.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion the course provides the opportunity for you to work as a qualified district nurse who can prescribe from within the Community Practitioners Formulary. Recent graduates have secured jobs as team leaders, case managers, specialist Macmillan nurses and community nurses.

Teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, group work and guided reflection on practice, with an emphasis on problem based learning. The modules are designed to embed transferable skills and provide the opportunity for you to progressively increase your knowledge and confidence. You will be required to attend the University for the equivalent of 2½ days per week.

Assessment is a combination of coursework, practice and examination. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field, for example, report writing, case presentation and debate. 50% of the assessment is based on theoretical work and 50% is based on practice work assessed by a practice teacher, both of which must be passed.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

If you are seconded by your employer, your fees may be paid by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.

Additional routes

Interim awards A Masters course is 180 Masters level credits, which would normally take one and a half calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

Research degrees Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.


This degree course is not available to international students from outside of the UK or EU.

How to apply

In order to access the programme you must secure a secondment from your current employer or alternatively apply through for a training contract with a local provider organisation . Interviews are usually conducted jointly with local provider organisations and the University course team. Successful candidates will be offered a place on the programme and secondment with their host Trust.

If you have been successful at interview, please complete the [full-time on-line application|}. Application made by those who have not been interviewed will be rejected.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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