Specialise in improving the health and wellbeing of children and families while developing your leadership and research skills, with our NMC-approved postgraduate course in Cambridge.
Take your nursing or midwifery qualifications a step further by learning to provide support for children and families at household, school and population level.
As a specialist community public health nurse, you’ll focus on preventing ill-health, improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities.
By studying at ARU, you’ll learn how to assess, identify and manage health conditions and developmental issues in 0-19 year-olds. You’ll have the opportunity to expand your responsibilities too, with our Nurse Prescribing module.
With an eye on your future career, you’ll also develop leadership skills that will help you advocate on behalf of children and families, and commission services.
As a Public Health Nursing student at ARU, your focus will be on supporting children, young people and their families in the community. As well as learning how assess and manage vulnerability and risk, you’ll advance your communication skills in order to provide the best possible care.
Alongside studying the fundamentals of health visiting and school nursing, you’ll refine your research skills and understanding of policy and legislation, and apply these to your practice.
Our innovative postgraduate course combines theory and practice, with one to two days each week on campus in Cambridge, and one to three days out on placement. There’s also a ten-week consolidatory placement at the end of the course.
Upon successful completion of our PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, you’ll be eligible for part three NMC registration – and ready to start work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.
Please apply through NHS Jobs. Interviews are held jointly between ARU and the providers (Virgin Care, Cambridge Community Services, Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, North East London Foundation Trust). Jobs are normally advertised from August onwards, and you can set up a job alert on NHS Jobs.
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We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the Nurse Education Provider of the Year award in 2023.
Our PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll be qualified to work as a specialist community public health nurse and be eligible for part three NMC registration.
Upon successful completion of our postgraduate course, you’ll be qualified to work as a specialist community public health nurse and be eligible for part three NMC registration.
As a specialist community public health nurse you’ll be ready to work in the community, promoting the health of children and families; or as a school nurse.
You might also work in the wider field of public health, for example, in community development work. Or you could use your new research and leadership skills, and knowledge and understanding of policy, in other roles in public health, safeguarding, and primary care and community agencies.
As a specialist community public health nurse you’ll be ready to work in the community, promoting the health of children and families; or as a school nurse. Explore the role of the SCPHN further and some of the community work underway.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to ‘top up’ your Postgraduate Diploma to a full Masters degree.
Application advice from course leader Dr Mandy Wagg and student MelHow to apply for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at ARU
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As a student at ARU, you’ll spend 50% of your time in practice with a qualified SCPHN as your Practice Assessor. It’s a great way to refine and develop your skills.
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