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NQCG3103 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.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To equip you as a future school nurse with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to deliver the skills required to promote the health of and work with children and young people. 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 specialist community public health practice: 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:

  • Assess the health and wellbeing of children, young people, parents, and 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 recognise and act upon of concerns associated with safeguarding children and young people to identify and minimize risk of interpersonal abuse and violence.
  • Critically evaluate interventions and approaches intending to promote positive outcomes for the 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. 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

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. These professionals must be approved and supported by the employer and possess the NMC approved qualification which you are studying to attain (i.e. school nurse, health visitor or sexual health nurse). You will also be working with a variety of practitioner roles contributing to public health improvement with children young people and families.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings.

For resources which are required or useful for the module: set books, text books, data books, software, web sites, other sources of related information. Description and/or list, with URL, library reference, etc. 

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. 

Greene R (2009).  Lost at school. 

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

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

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


Assessment Strategy

Method of repeat year depends on seconding authority


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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