This Advanced Practice master's is intended for experienced nurses who wish to gain entry to part three of the NMC nursing register as a health visitor or school nurse. Core modules include public health leadership, evidence-based practice and healthcare research and child protection.
- Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.
- Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
- A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.
Possible options include: professional supervisor; public health specialist; consultant school nurse.
Dr Mary Malone
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Typically students take one year to complete a certificate, two years for a diploma and three years for an MSc. Maximum of six years PT.
Waterloo and Guy's campuses.
Year of entry 2013
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery
End of July. Late applications may be considered, subject to availability.
PT Home: £N/A
PT Overseas: £N/A
FT Home: £NHS-funded
FT Overseas: £N/A
Postgraduate Admissions, tel 020 7848 3571
These pathways are designed to furnish qualified nurses with the evidence to demonstrate eligibility to register their specialist practitioner status with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). They may also suit registered practitioners who are supporting autonomous practice, supporting educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership and who seek further educational opportunities to further this.
You will undertake core modules in leadership in public health, evidence-based practice, healthcare research, child protection, specialist practice and for health visiting students, nurse prescribing. School nursing students may choose a clinically focussed option after discussion with the pathway leader. Students progressing to the MSc undertake a substantial project relevant to their own area of practice.
Please see our frequently asked questions here.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Leadership in Public Health Nursing
- Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare
- Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice
- Child Protection: Assessment and Intervention
- SCPHN Professional Portfolio
- Prescribing module (Health Visiting route)
- CAHMS:Assessment (School Nursing route).
Students select optional courses from a wide range of available options including:
For full details of the programme structure please click here.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
The programme begins in mid-September. Assessment is predominantly by coursework but at least one module is assessed by examination. Most modules have a single assessment and in addition students write up a project that analyses the research base or policy in an area of their choice.
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
The aim of this module is to provide students undertaking the MClin Res in Health and Social Care Research with an opportunity to draw on previous research training to plan and carry out an empirical clinical research project under supervision. Students are also required to prepare a draft of a 3000 word article for publication.
A monthly tutorial programme between October and July which students can attend if they wish. Students will also be allocated a supervisor who they will see on an individual basis and who will guide them through the process.
Module code: 7KNIM110
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 30
This course aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to identify best evidence for your practice. It focuses on searching for, appraising and synthesising evidence from health care research. You are introduced to a range of electronic databases for accessing evidence and the principles of systematic review. Learning is facilitated through lectures, workshops and a student-directed search for evidence to address a question emerging from your own practice. Issues surrounding research implementation and evidence at the level of the individual practitioner and the health care organisation are addressed. Assessment is by means of a review of literature which answers a focussed question utilising explicit methods.
Module code: tbc
Credit level: 6
This module is for those students undertaking the SCPHN programme. The overall aim of the module is to provide an understanding of the contribution of public health nurses to improving health and reducing inequalities in health using using a public health approach. The module will also explore the skills and knowledge required to mange and strategically lead health visiting and school nursing services.
This module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of the key research approaches and techniques used in healthcare research. It intends to promote students’ understanding of published articles and enhance skills of critical analysis and enhance skills for critiquing research articles. Further it aims to promote the development of skills required to undertake a research-based project in the future. This module is a good stepping stone to Master's level work for those who have studied research methods at level 6 and those who would benefit from revision of this knowledge. It will consider philosophical bases for research, traditions and features of qualitative and quantitative research designs, data collection tools used in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. This module is a precursor for the second research methods module, ‘Issues in the Conduct of Healthcare Research’
Module code: tbc
Credit level: 6
The aim of this module is to provide evidence of attainment in relation to the NMC standards (2004).
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
For specialist pathways, applicants must be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. The entry requirement for graduate study is a good first degree (minimum 2:1 honours or 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 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 publication, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in funded research. In addition to the entry criteria for the Advanced Practice programme applicants wishing to enrol on this pathway must be working in a relevant practice area or have secured sponsorship for full time study.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Apply using the College application form available online. In addition, please submit a CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience.
London Deanery is managing the recruitment into a Specialist Community Nursing Health Visiting and School Nursing profession. This is a fully-funded opportunity to train as a health visitor or school nurse.
For applications and person specifications please see the following link.
For all enquiries regarding training for health visiting and school nursing please contact the London Deanery dedicated recruitment enquiries team at: SCNrecruitmentenquiries@londondeanery.ac.uk
For specific information about these programmes offered by the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London please contact Dr Mary Malone on 02078483014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's College modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.
Staff from contracted Trusts are eligible to have their study funded, subject to agreement by their manager. Students not sponsored by their employer may wish to pursue other sources of funding. Some scholarships may be available. Prospective students may also wish to consult the Directory of Grant-making Trusts and Charities (available in local libraries). Self-funding students may wish to consider a Career Development Loan http://www.lifelonglearning.co.uk/cdl/
Advanced Practice (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing/ Health Visiting/School Nursing) MSc/PG Dip
I am delighted to be able to oversee a raft of exciting master’s programmes within the School of Nursing & Midwifery. I myself have studied at King’s and was attracted to do so because of the College’s reputation for research.
Today the number of programmes has increased to meet the complexity and diversity of healthcare provision, and research has been fully accepted as an essential element of healthcare practice. I am pleased to say that research and the appraisal of evidence remain core to all of our programmes whether concerned with advanced clinical practice and leadership roles or in the field of education for healthcare professionals.