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Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) PGDip University of Bolton




Course info


This programme aims to prepare you to use your discretion and judgement to make high-level clinical decisions in the leadership and provision of quality care. Focusing on the co-ordination and provision of holistic approaches to healthcare, it offers you the opportunity to positively influence healthcare delivery in the community, and influence your own development needs. If you want the chance to make a difference in community healthcare, apply for the University of Bolton’s Postgraduate Diploma in Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing). Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and developed in line with the NMC’s Standards of Specialist Education and Practice and the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI/QNIS) Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice, this course aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to develop and influence community nursing services.

Course Highlights: Designed to promote flexibility, this course has also been developed to respond to policy developments and the demands of the changing healthcare climate; Our teaching staff have many years of experience in the NHS and in a variety of settings; You’ll have access to our 24/7 virtual learning environment, WiFi across campus and both group and one-to-one support; You’ll have the opportunity to study in our innovative health teaching and research facility, Bolton One. Key Features: This course is completed on a combined theory and practice basis, and your time will be divided equally between the University and the practice setting; You’ll have the opportunity to work with colleagues from a range of specialist backgrounds for a multidisciplinary approach to learning; The course curriculum is developed around the Standards for Specialist Education and Practice and the Standards for Prescribing as set out by the NMC.

Career Opportunities: You’ll have the opportunity to develop skills of critical reflection and learn to adopt a rigorous approach to planning and evaluation of care and care programmes, as well as employing a range of clinical, educational and public health interventions in a skilled and sensitive manner. You’ll also be supported to undertake care and programme management and provide leadership within appropriate team situations. In addition you’ll be encouraged to examine factors that promote or inhibit effective collaborative working. On successful completion, you’ll also be invited to enrol onto the part-time MSc Community Health Care Nursing (Top-up) for District Nurses.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) PGDip.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

Students need to pay £11,250 per year for 2018/19 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.




University of Bolton

Deane Road,



BL3 5AB, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students whose English is not their first language they will also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications.

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