King's College London

Course Introduction

Have clinical experience but want to take the next step in community nursing? Build on your existing skills and learn to lead and manage a responsive district nursing service. Clinical knowledge is essential to your work. But to reach your full potential you need to build on that foundation with high quality research and the latest thinking.

At King?s our expert tutors will help you support care closer to home. You?ll learn to manage increasing complexity of care, working towards becoming a leader or manager. Explore the latest developments in your lectures at King?s. Then put them into practice straight away in your district nursing placement.

This District Nursing specialist practice qualification is linked to the PG Diploma which can be taken full-time. Students then have the option to return to complete the dissertation and gain the MSc award.

Description

We designed the course around three important benefits: advancing your clinical skills, developing your career, and improving your knowledge of research- and evidence-based care. All three of these elements are essential for clinical leadership.

The practice side of your work gives you the chance to face challenging situations with the safety and support of skilled district nurses behind you. When you?re in teaching sessions, you?ll learn everything from evaluation methodologies to management skills to help you progress in the field.

The latest research at King?s will feed into your course. For example, we?re home to the Older Persons Fellowship (sponsored by Health Education England) which works towards innovation in older people?s care. Through these kinds of initiatives, we?re helping to transform healthcare, and you?ll be right in the heart of our pioneering academic community.

We cover each of the four areas of the QNI/QNIS (2015) Voluntary Standards: clinical care, leadership and management, facilitation of learning, and research and development. Our goal is to make sure you can deliver safe, effective, person-centred care.

The course fits the Royal College of Nursing competences for advanced nursing practice. It?s also mapped to the Queen?s Nursing Institute?s The Value of the District Nurse Specialist Practitioner qualification.

Depending on your experience, there are two routes on the course. If you?ve been qualified for three years, and your secondment organisation agrees, you can take the Independent Prescribing path. If not, you?ll need to join Prescribing from the Community Formulary.

The District Nursing Specialist Practitioner Qualification is linked to the course. You also have the option to progress on to a Masters. Many students choose to join us for the Diploma then come back later to complete the dissertation for the MSc.

Start Date:

Two years part-time (max of six years).. Two years part-time (max of six years)..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered. If you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with any of the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 92 overall, with a minimum 23 in each skill; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall, with a minimum of 52 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 92