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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) sets standards, guidance and requirements for nursing and midwifery programmes of education across the United Kingdom (UK). They do this because they have a responsibility, as the regulator of nurses and midwives in the UK to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Order (2001).

The Standards of proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHN) (NMC 2004) set out the principles that SCPHN a trainee must achieve for at the point of registration with the NMC. These principles are contained within the following domains:

The standards (NMC 2004) contain the requirements and guidance that all Approved Education Institutions (AEIs) and their partners within the UK must adhere to in the development and delivery of education programmes. Included are also the requirements on programme length, content, and ratio of theory to practice, and the nature of practice learning and range of experience.

In the UK students qualify in a defined area of SCPHN practice and may apply to enter part 3 of the NMC register as a SCPHN in one of the following domains: health visiting, school nursing, occupational health nursing and sexual health, operating in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, workplaces and local areas. To enter the register SCPHN are expected to act as an interface between groups and individuals in the population. These population-based approaches work to improve service provisions for communities, as well as collaborating with others and working to develop the capacity and confidence of groups and individuals to improve their own health and wellbeing.

All SCPHN trainees are required to complete a minimum of 22.5 weeks in clinical practice supported by a recognised practice teacher.

Contact for Programme Lead

Wendy Wigley



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