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BSc/PG Dip Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting)

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This course will prepare practitioners to work in defined areas of community public health practice. You'll demonstrate achievement of the ‘Standards of Proficiency’ required by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC 2004) for Registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) Health Visitor.

During the course you will be exposed to the breadth and depth of public health working and demonstrate your ability to participate safely in the practice of Health Visiting. You will be prepared to lead and manage the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (DH 2009) provision in collaboration with other health and early year providers.

The course is equally divided between theory and practice based study, with attendance required at BU. 50% of the programme is practice based where your learning will be supported by a Practice Teacher within your seconding NHS Trust.

Applicants should apply via the local Dorset HealthCare (DHC) NHS Jobs adverts. Shortlisted applicants will be jointly interviewed by DHC service representatives and the BU Programme Leader. The academic application will follow your initial interview.

See Course details for more information, including how this course will be delivered safely in autumn 2020 in response to Covid-19.

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Key information

Next start date:

January 2021, September 2021


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


1 year full-time


Nursing & Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. Part One or Part Two registration on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register; Secondment from your employing DHUFT. 

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) with a mininum of 5.5. in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements

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Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

Your studies will be supported through a web-based learning environment, where additional resources, help and advice are signposted. Applicants will need to apply via local NHS job adverts. Shortlisted applicants will be jointly interviewed by the NHS Trust and the BU Programme Leader.

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Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.