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Professional course

Current issues in Community Practice

20 credit, level 3 or Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZTS7M203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside
Programme leader:
Alison Hughes

Page last updated 10 January 2017

Introduction

On successful completion of this 20 credit, level 3 or Masters level (UZTS7N20M) Current Issues in Community Practice module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of current issues in community practice.
  • Discuss the policy context within your specialist area of community practice.
  • Identify areas for service improvement within your specialist areas of community practice, and formulate effective strategies for change and development.
  • Critically discuss the process of commissioning and identify ways in which you could influence and contribute to the commissioning process.
  • Critically analyse literature, research and policy relating to contemporary community practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with other professionals, organisations and groups in complex situations and environments.
  • Reflect critically on your own practice and develop effective strategies for service improvement, care co-ordination and service evaluation.
  • Identify ways in which you can work in partnership with service users and carers.
  • Critically appraise ethical and legal issues relating to your professional practice.
  • Complete a portfolio of competencies relevant to practice. For students undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification these competencies relate to the NMC standards)
  • Develop communication and IT skills.

Entry requirements

You must be working with appropriate client group.

If you are undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ) you must be on the relevant specialist part of the NMC register for the SPQ pathway chosen, and have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice.

If you are undertaking the V100 as part of the programme you require:

  • A CRB check in accordance with the professional bodies' standards
  • Confirmation of support and be deemed competent by your employer in the area you intend to practice
  • Confirmation and agreement from a designated prescribing nurse mentor to provide the required mentorship

Structure

Content

Health and Social Care Policy

  • Health and social care policy: what's it got to do with us? (how services respond to, initiate and deliver policy)

Strategic working practices

  • Commissioning process (what does it mean, and how can we influence the process?)
  • Articulating the value (of professional contribution)
  • Developing a business case
  • Service improvement and evaluation

Managing and co-ordinating care

  • Resource management (self, care, budgets, time, IT, staff)
  • Service user and carer involvement
  • Inter-professional & inter-agency working

Learning and Teaching

To maximise the learning experience of the diverse group of students enrolling on the module, a variety of teaching and learning approaches are used. This may include, lectures, seminars, small group work, action learning sets, independent study/guided study, e-learning.

Student learning in practice is also fundamental to the module. To facilitate this learning, you are supervised by sign off mentors. Mentors work with you to ensure the relevant module learning outcomes and professional competencies are achieved.

This module also represents an opportunity for students preparing to be nurse prescribers as part of the Specialist Practitioner Qualification, to apply their learning to the learning outcomes of the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber (V100) course.

Study time

This module includes 48 hours of contact time.

Assessment

Component A
The development of a personal portfolio.

Component B
2500 word written assignment

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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