Health Sciences

B190 BSc (Hons) Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)

The BSc Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) is normally a one year course for nurses or midwives who want to move their career forward with pathways in Health Visiting, School Nursing, Sexual Health and Occupational Health Nursing.

It is only open to registered nurses and midwives, usually with sponsorship from the National Health Service. The programme is designed to develop your knowledge and skills, helping you to provide evidence based public health practice to several different groups.

When you graduate you will be able to enter part three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for specialist community public health nurses.

Programme Overview

Level: 6

Duration: One year full time or up to five years part time (dependent on pathway) 

This award is sometimes referred to as a health visitor degree because it often leads to employment in this particular role. The qualification can also open the door to employment as a school nurse, sexual health, or occupational health nurse.

Throughout the programme you will acquire the skills and knowledge to understand and improve public health. Issues of policy and management will be central to your studies as well.

At Health Sciences we are proud to give you the ultimate combination of high-tech learning facilities and eminent academics. Plus, you will benefit from the findings of our clinical research, which will give you some of the most up-to-date scientific knowledge. In addition, we have a firm valued-based outlook, which means you will gain a heightened awareness of patients' emotional needs.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can apply to undertake the generic pathway degree by requesting an application pack from tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7778 or PGapply.fhs@southampton.ac.uk. In addition to registering for the degree, many courses will also require you to separately register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. Please discuss this with the programme leader. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

To apply for the specialist Health Visiting and School Nurse pathway you can complete the application pack on this page, which consists of a welcome letter, an application form, an ethnic survey form, guidance notes for completion, an information sheet and a reference request letter.

All packs should be returned to Brenda Draper, Recruitment and Admissions Team, Health Sciences, University of Southampton, University Road, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ. Or PGapply.fhs@southampton.ac.uk

Places on this specialist programme are sponsored by the NHS, the selection process will involve an interview with NHS Trust and University of Southampton staff. Please direct any application queries to Brenda Draper at PGapply.fhs@southampton.ac.uk

Accreditation

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Programme Structure

Specialist pathway:  52 week programme (including annual leave) 50% of which is in practice, five core taught modules.

On the BSc public health degree course our aim is to provide you with a critical awareness of health protection, health promotion and community development.

Very quickly you'll become familiar with the key concepts that underpin public health practice. But that's not all...

You will also have the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to be competent in leadership and management roles.

At Health Sciences we place special emphasis on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary learning, which is why elements of your study will be shared with other courses.

Key facts

  • Both pathways on the BSc public health degree course are offered on a full-time or part-time basis and require you to be in practice. This programme is not available to international students.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process:

Intake: 70-80
Average applicants per place: 2

The Faculty welcomes applications from registered nurses or midwives who have achieved a minimum of 120 credits at diploma level (level 5) to be admitted to the BSc (Hons) Public Health Practitioner programme you must be able to satisfy the requirements of the University of Southampton, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Since you may be working with physically and psychologically vulnerable people, it is important that you should be in good physical and mental health on entering any Nursing programme. You will be required to undertake a health screening process and may need to update your immunisation status before going on clinical placement. Disability is not a bar to entry as long as you are capable of working as a Nurse within your chosen field of practice.

This course is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1960. This means that you will be subject to a check by the Criminal Records Bureau and any police cautions, civil or criminal convictions will be revealed. You must disclose any police record and discuss it, in confidence, with the programme leader. Having a record will not necessarily debar you from entering the programme.

All students registered for this programme are advised to become members of a Nursing union. All places are conditional on satisfactory evidence of academic achievement and health and criminal record checks.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Modules

Typical course content

To conform to NMC (2004) requirements the programme, including any accredited prior learning, will consist of 52 weeks (of which 45 weeks are programmes weeks) 22.5 weeks of practice learning and 22.5 of theoretical study. Learning in practice therefore accounts for half of the time on the programme, and will be facilitated by a practice teacher and mentors who are supported by the University's Supporting Learning in Practice team.

Year 1

The practice modules will be integrated into the programme and you will have the opportunity to consolidate what you learn at university under the supervision of a recognised practice teacher (NMC 2008). You will also be expected to integrate what you learn during the practice modules into the university based modules where you will be expected to share this learning with the rest of the cohort and this will contribute towards your award.

Pathways

Pathways

Health Visiting

This Health Visiting degree pathway will enable you to deliver high quality care as a health visitor.

During your health visitor degree studies you will develop a critical awareness of issues and developments in health visiting by undertaking accurate assessments of children, their families, individuals, groups, communities and populations.

You will also learn to recognise and respond responsibly to the complexities of public healthcare and the context in which current and future services will be delivered. 

Furthermore, this health visiting degree pathway will enable you to build on existing learning to develop understanding, skills and attitudes, which will enable you to become an independent learner, as well as a competent, autonomous, reflective and ethical practitioner.

By the end of this health visitor training programme you will have developed competence in planning, delivering and evaluating services in relation to: searching for health needs, stimulating an awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health, and facilitating health-enhancing activities.

School Nursing

This school nursing degree pathway will enable you to deliver compassionate, safe and effective care for children and young people, whilst also recognising your responsibility for safeguarding them.

During your school nurse degree studies you will learn to provide care that meets essential and emotional health needs, whilst understanding your role as an advocate for children, young people and their families.

Furthermore, this school nursing degree pathway will enable you to deliver child and family centred care and empower children and young people to express their values, views and preferences, whilst recognising and upholding their rights and best interests.

Importantly, you will learn to take account of each child and young person's individuality, and also work closely with other agencies to ensure strong support for them throughout their education.

By the end of this school nurse degree programme you will have developed competence in planning, delivering and evaluating services in relation to: searching for health needs, stimulating an awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health, and facilitating health enhancing activities.

Sexual Health

This sexual health degree pathway will enable you to deliver compassionate, safe and effective sexual health and reproductive healthcare, whilst recognising your responsibility for health promotion, protection and safeguarding.

During your degree in sexual health studies you will learn to deliver evidence based healthcare, support and intervention that meets essential, as well as sexual health and reproductive health needs. This care will be informed by the recognition of biological, physiological psychological and social factors.

Importantly, you will also learn to take account of individual factors, such as: age, gender, sexual orientation, culture and diversity.

Furthermore, this sexual health degree pathway will give you a greater understanding of your role in influencing the delivery of health and social care services to optimise sexual and reproductive health, whilst working closely with other agencies to ensure well-supported transition between services.

By the end of this degree in sexual health programme you will have developed competence in planning, delivering and evaluating services in relation to: searching for health needs, stimulating an awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health, and facilitating health-enhancing activities.

Occupational Health Nursing

This occupational health degree pathway will enable you to deliver safe and compassionate occupational healthcare, whilst recognising your responsibility for health promotion, protection, rehabilitation and safeguarding.

During your degree in occupational health studies you will learn to deliver evidence based healthcare, support and intervention that meets essential preventative and protective health needs. This care will be informed by recognition of environmental, biological, physiological psychological and social factors.

This occupational health degree pathway a greater understanding of your role as an advocate for individuals, groups and communities, and work in partnership with employees, employers and wider health and social care provision.

Furthermore, you will work closely with other agencies and services to ensure well-supported transition for returners to the workplace.

By the end of this degree in occupational health programme you will have developed competence in planning, delivering and evaluating services in relation to: searching for health needs, stimulating an awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health, and facilitating health-enhancing activities.

Learning and assessment

You will be regularly assessed to ensure that you are meeting the appropriate standards. Essays, written examinations and practical examinations form the main part of the assessment regime.

Learning methods include technology enhanced learning, self directed study, guided learning activities, case based learning, plus the use of reflective diaries.

Career Opportunities

This specialist community public health nursing degree is often referred to as a health visitor degree. However, it can also lead to employment in a number of other roles, such as school nurse, sexual health and occupational health nurse. You will also gain many transferable skills that will benefit you in many aspects of your life and career.

When you graduate you will have an enhanced portfolio of qualifications, which will assist you when applying for more senior healthcare positions.

At Health Sciences we are committed to improving your employment prospects through our world class learning environment. For example, in 2013 an amazing 95% of Health Sciences students were either employed or had opted for more study within six months of graduating.