Postgraduate PgDip

General Practice Nursing

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

The course has been specifically designed to advance the skills of registered nurses who work within primary care general practice settings. The curriculum reflects the changing nature of the health and social care system and supports the development of skills in interprofessional and multiorganisational working. Thus, it will enable you to advance your skills in partnership working with other agencies, including social services, commissioners, charities, and a range of non-traditional providers.

This programme will equip you with the complex and specialised knowledge and skills required to employ advanced technical and professional activity within your field of practice. This includes the planning, delivering and evaluating of excellent person place and community-centred care, caseload management, and leadership within the community setting

On the programme, you will develop high level theoretical and practical skills in order to evaluate, interpret, present qualitative and quantitative data. This will equip you with the skills to make sound judgments in accordance with basic theories and concepts in the field of General Practice Nursing including the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of specific diseases in accordance with agreed medical/nursing protocols.

You will:
  • enhance your professional role within contemporary General Practice Nursing setting
  • employ advanced technical and professional skills as an autonomous, safe, and competent Specialist Practitioner in General Practice Nursing
  • develop the leadership skills to design, implement, critically evaluate integrated services and deliver care in-line with the principles of integrated care
  • critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in areas of public health practice, place-based care, community nursing, and integrated evidence-based approaches
  • benefit from blended learning to enable flexibility of study
  • study with students from other pathways, developing your skills in multidisciplinary team work
Course details

All about the course

During the programme you will use a wide variety of blended learning activities to develop your knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with general practice nursing inline with the NMC standards for specialist education and practice (NMC, 2001), General Practice Nurse Standards - Voluntary Standards for Education and Practice (QNI, 2016) General Practice Nurse competencies (GPF/RCN, 2015).

Building leadership capacity is a key element of the programme and the curriculum will enable you to build teamwork, leadership, and service improvement skills with a focus on integrated multidisciplinary, multi-agency working. 

Core modules

Principles and Foundations of Integrated Care

This module acts as an introduction to the principles and foundations in integrated care and concepts of population health.

Developing Healthy Communities and Integrated Practice

​Demand for health and social care has been rising consistently over the last few decades and there is now a realisation that there needs to be a much greater emphasis on prevention, self-care, and social care.

This module explores co-morbidity and management of complex conditions at an individual, organisational and system level, giving students the opportunity to develop systems improvement using a quality improvement approach.

Specialist Practice - General Practice Nursing

This module is aimed at registered nursing employed in general practice and wish to develop their skills in relation to integrated care and working across integrated systems.

Plus 45 credits from the following 15 credit modules

Compassionate Digital Integrated Care

The use of technology is increasing all the time and is now a key tool in the delivery of health and social care. This module explores not only the technology in use but importantly how it can be applied compassionately to enhance delivery of care and support prevention, independent living and self-care

Leading, Developing and Designing Integrated Systems

This module will enhance your skills and knowledge in the implementation of integrated care at an individual, team and organisational level. There is a focus on the development and advancement of co-production and co-design. 

Non-medical Prescribing - Independent Prescribing Practice

This module will look at the practical elements of independent prescribing, accompanied by the theory module Non-medical Prescribing - Independent Prescribing Theory. 

This module is accredited by the NMC, HCPC and GPhC and upon successful completion, you will be able to add an annotation to your professional registration as an independent prescriber.

Non-medical Prescribing - Independent Prescribing Theory

This module will enable you to evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence based practice, equality and diversity and clinical governance.

This module is accredited by the NMC, HCPC and GPhC and upon successful completion, you will be able to add an annotation to your professional registration as an independent prescriber.

Quality Improvement in Integrated Care

This module will focus on the development and advancement of skills in evaluation and research and their practical application within an organisational setting.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I Be Doing?

During this programme, there will be a range of teaching and learning strategies commensurate with level 7 study. Teaching will foster self-directed learning focusing on the acquisition of specialist knowledge and the development of creative and critical thinking. A blended learning approach will be adopted, in which key theories, concepts and information, together with suggested reading, will be delivered  via classroom sessions and the virtual learning environment (Blackboard).

Teaching may include: 

  • Student and practitioner-led seminars
  • Learning scenarios and case study presentations
  • Reflection on practice

Assessment may be via: 

  • Oral assessment
  • Written assignements
  • Literature reviews
  • Case studies
  • Presentation of data

Students are required to complete a professional portfolio that encompasses the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2001) standards for Specialist Practice (general practice) and the Queens Nursing Institute (2015) Voluntary Standards for general practice nursing. You will be supported through practice by  appropriately qualified supervisors and on completion of the proficiencies, students will be signed off by assigned Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Our staff

The programme leader for the Advancing Integrated Care Master's is Kirsty Marshall. 

Kirsty has over a decade of working within the field of integrated care. Firstly, as a project and program manager successfully delivering a wide range of programs including self-care, care coordination, integrated care, and delivery of system-wide transformation (health and social care). Secondly, as an academic, conducting doctoral research and service evaluations in the field of integrated care. Kirsty presents nationally and internationally on the development of integrated care and works alongside health and social care organisations to support service transformation.  

Since joining the University of Salford, Kirsty has worked on pre and post-registration programmes and works in collaboration with universities across Europe to support the development of the evidence base and research in integrated care. Her specific areas of interest are local-level change, neighbourhood work, and policy development

Recent publications:

Marshall, Kirsty, and Chris Easton. "The role of asset-based approaches in community nursing." Primary Health Care 28.5 (2018).

View Kirsty's full profile here

Service Users and Carers Group (SU&C)

Our Nursing Service Users and Carers Group (SU&C) is a collective group of service users, carers and parents who have past and current lived experience of engaging with local healthcare services and or providing care for family or friends. The group shares their breadth and wealth of expertise and diverse lived experiences in an open genuine, generous and frank manner with students to ensure that the voices of the public, patients and carers are fully heard and represented in the nursing curriculum.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

On successful completion of this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for posts such as senior general practice nurses, team leaders, specialist nursing provision and leadership roles within the health and social care sectors.

Requirements

What you need to know

​Students on this programme will need to be employed within a local health organisation who provide primary, community services or integrated care provision. 

Essential registration and professional experience

  1. Registration of an adult nurse on part one of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register (NMC)
  2. Employment of an appropriate nursing position with an appropriate organisation (working within community/primary care/ general practice)
  3. Have at least one years of experience to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for the V300 - Non-medical prescribing qualification (NMC 2018)
  4. Be practicing in, and have appropriate experience of, an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent, and/or supplementary prescribing (for example General Practice

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health checks will be completed prior to commencement of the programme.

English language requirements for the programme: IELTS 7.0 (with no component below 6.5)

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

GCSE Level 4 (Grade C), or above, in English and Maths

Previous qualifications

One of the following: 

  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree (2:2) in a related discipline area.    
  • An equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at Honours level.
  • Professional qualification of equivalent status and associated work experience or an equivalent qualification deemed suitable by the course team. 

Essential registration and professional experience

  1. Registration of an adult nurse on part one of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register (NMC)
  2. Employment of an appropriate nursing position with an appropriate organisation (working within community/primary care/ general practice)
  3. Have at least one years of experience to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for the V300 - Non-medical prescribing qualification (NMC 2018)
  4. Be practicing in, and have appropriate experience of, an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent, and/or supplementary prescribing (for example General Practice
Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/ traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. 

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. 

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2021/22 £1,500 per 30 credits
Part-time 2022/23 £1,550 per 30 credits
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022