Postgraduate Taught

Graduate Diploma in Integrated Community Nursing

 

 

Aimed at band 5 registered nurses, this online academic programme will develop the core generalist knowledge, skills and competencies required for safe and effective practice across the range of community roles at practitioner level (level five of the NES Career Framework for Health), to meet people’s physical, mental health and social care needs.

The aim of this approach is to provide a responsive, flexible, community nursing workforce. Nurses will be equipped to practice confidently and competently across a range of settings at Level 5 of the Career Framework for Health and then move to more specific roles following additional specialised education to provide safe, effective, person-centred care to people with more complex health and care needs within a specialist area of practice.

 

Why QMU?

Viewed as a natural fit to our post-registration nursing educational portfolio, a team from across the Division of Nursing, led by Julie Churchill came together with a range of stakeholders to adopt an integrated approach to curriculum development. This is in response to a decision that was made by NHS Education for Scotland to have a Once for Scotland approach to developing nursing in Adult Integrated Community Teams. Queen Margaret University (QMU) were successful in their recent tender to deliver an online programme at SCQF Level 10. 

 

Course overview

This programme will develop the core generalist knowledge, skills and competencies required for safe and effective practice across the range of community roles at practitioner level to meet people’s physical, mental health, and social care needs.

The programme outcomes are that learners will:

  • increase self-awareness of themselves as a person-centred practitioner and feel confident to work in integrated teams within a range of community and primary care settings;
  • develop self-compassion and resilience as a learner and practitioner;
    develop competence and confidence in line with local and national competencies required of their role;
  • develop the core generalist knowledge, skills and competencies required for safe and effective practice in their role which meets people’s physical, mental health, and social care needs;
  • enable people to take more responsibility for their health and wellbeing, with a greater focus on prevention and early intervention;
  • have deep and critical understanding of different sources of knowledge including research evidence that contribute to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups, and populations, in ways that are consistent with person-centredness;
  • develop as facilitative leaders who work within integrated teams in community and primary care, putting people at the centre of health and social care services and ensuring quality is at the heart of service delivery; and
  • have created and contributed to communities of practice through collaborative and inter professional working from the perspective of lifelong learning.

Structure

You can opt to study for the full GDip or you can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

 

Modules

Students will complete an Overarching Portfolio of Evidence throughout Years One and Two. 

To obtain a Graduate Certificate, you will complete the following modules in Year One:

  • Promoting Person-Centred Ways of Working in Integrated Community and Primary Care Teams (20 credits) 
  • Systematic Approaches in Clinical Assessment (20 credits)
  • Learning from and with people and families living with long-term conditions (20 credits)

To then obtain the Graduate Diploma, you will also complete the following modules in Year Two: 

  • Developing Professional Practice: work-based learning (40 credits)

OR

PLUS

  •  a 20-credit elective module

**Please check the course content and entry requirements for the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health Care Professionals. It is a NMC approved qualification, requiring an up-to-date Criminal Records Check.

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (October 2021) but are subject to change. In the event that modules do change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students. Please check our website for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The Division of Nursing at QMU has developed and embedded a person-centred ethos in the teaching and learning strategies across all of its programmes, drawing on the philosophical ideas of persons, personhood and person-centredness. This move from learner-centredness to person-centredness values the personhood of all persons equally, creating an environment where learners and teaching staff engage in mutual learning, with an approach which is facilitative and consistent. We create learning environments where all persons feel engaged and able to commit, both in the classroom and online. Examples include facilitated groupwork, active learning, critical reflection, work-based learning, together with skill rehearsal. Whilst most of the learning will take place in the workplace, delivery of the academic elements of this programme will be entirely online with opportunities to engage regularly with the teaching team and other students. Learners will agree an individual Learning Action Plan through tripartite discussion between themselves, their Clinical Guide, and their Personal Academic Tutor at QMU. This will allow learners flexibility to define the competencies and other learning activities needed to develop their own practice. QMU has led on the delivery of this type of learning, and it is embedded in work-based modules across the School of Health Sciences. In addition to planned study time, learners will be expected to complete self-guided independent study. Assessments will be discussed at the beginning of each specific module.

 

Teaching hours and attendance

A notional 160 hours in each academic year [equivalent to 3.5 hours a week] of protected learning time, towards this portfolio has been proposed for this programme. These hours can be used as is best suited to each learner and their individual situation. Some of these hours will be used towards synchronous sessions, spending time with colleagues within the Integrated Community Team, self-directed study and ‘catching up’ on missed synchronous sessions.

Placements

Learners will complete the programme in their substantive clinical post

Careers

Upon successful completion of this programme band 5 nurses will be equipped to practice confidently and competently across a range of settings and then move on to more specific roles following additional specialised education to provide safe, effective, person-centred care to people with more complex health and care needs within a specialist are of practice.

Entry requirements

Standard Entry:

  • All applicants must be Registered Nurses (Part 1- adult, mental health or learning disabilities) with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • A degree is not required.
  • Normally be employed as a Band 5 nurse (Level 5 of the NES Career Framework for Health), working within a community or primary care context.
  • Have access to a Clinical Guide to support their learning and development.

Non-standard entry: In line with QMU’s policy of seeking to offer opportunities to candidates regardless of their personal background and level of educational attainment, we will promote entry to the programme for all learners. Practically this means that we will consider:

  • Candidates who have no formal degree level qualification but can demonstrate substantive professional experience and suitable CPD outcomes.

Applications for non-standard entry will be assessed by the Programme Team and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of appropriate work experience and supporting CPD activity which maps against the SCQF level descriptors for level 9
  • A statement of what the applicant has learnt from the above activity, showing how the learning has been at the equivalent of SCQF level 9
  • Supporting statement from your employer.

It may be appropriate for applicants without academic qualifications to be admitted initially as an associate student. Should they be successful in their first module as an associate student, they may then transfer to the full programme.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0

Application deadline

  • 21st August for our September intake
  • 18th December for our January in (if added) take

Exit awards

This programme is studied at SCQF level 10. Students can obtain a Graduate Certificate after successfully completing 60 credits in Year One or a Graduate Diploma after successfully completing Year One and a further 60 credits in Year Two.

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Julie Churchill (jchurchill@qmu.ac.uk), +44 (0)131 474 0000 for further information.

Fees

A number of places are funded by NES.

More information and contacts

For further information on this course please contact Julie Churchill, Programme Leader 

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).