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HLTH6052 Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Skills for Health Visiting Practice

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to equip you as a future health visitor with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to deliver health care that meets and promotes the needs of children and families Students are seconded

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To equip you as a future health visitor with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to deliver health care that meets and promotes the needs of children and families. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of theory into practice. You will be encouraged to build upon the links between this and the subsequent SCPHN modules to develop your practical skills and theoretical knowledge to become a competent public health practitioner. The module is underpinned by the four principles of health visiting: the search for health needs; the stimulation of awareness of health needs; the influence on policies affecting health and the facilitation of an awareness of health needs.

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 infants, children, parents and families 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.


The framework for module content is based on the four principles of health visiting practice (Frost and Cowley 2008): Search for health needs: • Individual, family and community assessment skills ante-natal, primary birth and developmental assessments • Physiological and psychosocial development of infancy and childhood. • Contemporary family • Attachment and parenting. • Neurological development. Stimulation of awareness of health needs: • The context of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults • Assessment of need and risk and targeted intervention • Antenatal • Postnatal • During first year • During preschool period • The characteristics of interpersonal/domestic abuse Influence of policies affecting health: • Delivery of the Healthy Child Programme. • Evidence based preventative health interventions • Nutrition and exercise • Breast feeding • Immunisation • Sudden infant death and Care Of the Next Infant (CONI) • Accident prevention • Smoking cessation Facilitating health enhancing activities: • Strengths based approaches to working with families • Parental support and enablement • Webster-Stratton • Solihull approach • Confident parents confident kids

Special Features

Practice experience is an integral part of this module, with a Practice Teacher and/or practice mentor required to support development in the field and to sign off the portfolio. These professionals must be approved and supported by the employer and possess the NMC approved qualification which the student is studying to attain (e.g. school nurse, health visitor). Students will also work with other public health staff, as appropriate

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, 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

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

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

Department of Health (2011). Health Visitor Implementation Plan. 

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

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

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

Powell, C (2007). Safeguarding Children and Young People, A guide for Nurses and Midwives. 

Department of Health (2009). Healthy Child Programme, Pregnancy and the first five years of life. 

Department of Health (2011). Educating Health visitors for a transformed service. 

Sheridan D, Sharma A and Cockerill H (2007). From Birth to Five Years: Children's Developmental Progress. 

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

Webster-Stratton C (2006). The Incredible Years. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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