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HLTH6051 Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, Skills for School Nursing Practice

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to equip you as a future school nurse with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to deliver health care that meets and promotes the needs of children, young people and families. Students are seconded on full wage, tutorial fees are paid by Health Ed Wessex - £8500/student

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Justify the selection and use of tools to assess the health and wellbeing of children, young people and community groups using a range of evidence based and recognised assessment tools.
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively plan health care interventions to support the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities.
  • Effectively identify and communicate concerns associated with safeguarding children and young people to identify and minimize risk of interpersonal abuse and violence.
  • Critically evaluate and debate interventions and approaches intending to promote positive outcomes to support the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities.


Search for health needs: • Individual, family and community assessment skills. • Development through childhood, and into adolescence • The normality of risk taking behaviour in young people • Parenting and behaviour management • Neurological development. • Screening and surveillance Stimulation of awareness of health needs: • Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. • Teenage pregnancy • Risk taking behaviours • Interpersonal/domestic abuse and bullying Influence of policies affecting health: • Preventative health interventions such as:  Sexual health awareness  Immunisation  Nutrition and exercise  Accident prevention  Smoking awareness  Alcohol awareness  Substance misuse • The Healthy Child Programme 5 - 19 Facilitating health enhancing activities: • Parental and young person support and enablement. • Strengths based approaches to working with children, young people and their families  Emotional first aid  MEND Programmes  Healthy Schools  Health drop-in

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.

Independent Study170
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Franklin C, Harris M and Allen-Meares Eds (2008). The School Practitioners concise companion to preventing dropout and attendance problems. 

Greene R (2009). Lost at school. 

Howarth J (2009). The Child's World: The Comprehensive Guide to Assessing Children in Need. 

Department of Health (2006). School Nurse: Practice Development Resource Pack. 

Salisbury D, Ramsay M and Noakes K (2006). Immunisation against infectious disease. 

Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings.

Powell, C (2011). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses, Midwives and School nurses: A Practical Guide.. 

Coles L and Porter E Eds (2008). Public Health Skills: A Practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. 

Howe D (2005). Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention.. 

Debell D Editor (2007). Public health practice and the school aged child. 

Department of Health (2009). Healthy Child Programme, 5-19 years old. 

Cowley S Editor (2007). Community Public Health in Policy and Practice: A Sourcebook. 


Assessment Strategy

Repeat depends on seconding authority


Draft essay


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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