Postgraduate Taught

Graduate Diploma in Integrated Community Nursing

This programme will develop the core generalist knowledge, skills and competencies required for safe and effective practice across the range of community roles at practitioner level (Level 5 of the Career Framework for Health), to meet people’s physical, mental health, and social care needs.

Why QMU?

Viewed as a natural fit to our post-registration nursing educational portfolio, a team from across the Division of Nursing, led by Julie Churchill came together with a range of stakeholders to adopt an integrated approach to curriculum development. This is in response to a decision that was made by NHS Education for Scotland to have a Once for Scotland approach to developing nursing in Adult Integrated Community Teams.  Queen Margaret University (QMU) were successful in their recent tender to deliver an online programme at SCQF Level 10. 

Course overview

This programme will develop the core generalist knowledge, skills and competencies required for safe and effective practice across the range of community roles at practitioner level (Level 5 of the Career Framework for Health), to meet people’s physical, mental health, and social care needs.
The programme outcomes are that learners will:

  • Increase self-awareness of themselves as a person-centred practitioner and feel confident to work in integrated teams within a range of community and primary care settings
  • Develop self-compassion and resilience as a learner and practitioner
  • Develop competence and confidence in line with local and national competencies required of their role
  • Develop the core generalist knowledge, skills and competencies required for safe and effective practice in their role which meets people’s physical, mental health, and social care needs
  • Enable people to take more responsibility for their health and wellbeing, with a greater focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Have deep and critical understanding of different sources of knowledge including research evidence that contribute to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups, and populations, in ways that are consistent with person-centredness
  • Develop as facilitative leaders who work within integrated teams in community and primary care, putting people at the centre of health and social care services and ensuring quality is at the heart of service delivery
  • Have created and contributed to communities of practice through collaborative and inter professional working from the perspective of lifelong learning

Structure

Year One: 3 Core Modules
(60 credits total)
Successful completion: Graduate Certificate

  • Promoting Person-centred ways of working in Integrated Community and Primary Care Teams (Level 10 - 20 credits)
  • Systematic Approaches in Clinical Assessment (Level 10 - 20 credits)
  • Learning from and with people and families living with Long-term Conditions (Level 10 - 20 credits)

Year Two:
(further 60 credits)
Successful completion: Graduate Diploma

  • Developing Professional Practice – work-based learning (Level 10 – 40 credits)
    • Elective module (Level 10 – 20 credits)


OR

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (Level 10 – 40 credits)
    • Elective module (Level 10 – 20 credits)

Elective options (dependent on module uptake) are available to choose from across various pathways within the School of Health Sciences

Teaching, learning and assessment

The Division of Nursing has developed and embedded a person-centred ethos in the teaching and learning strategies across all programmes. We draw on the philosophical ideas of persons, personhood and person-centredness. This move from learner-centredness to person-centredness values the personhood of all persons equally. By creating an environment where learners and teaching staff engage in mutual learning, our approach is facilitative and consistent. We create learning environments where all persons feel engaged and able to commit to humanist and transformational learning processes, both in the classroom and online. Examples are facilitated groupwork, active learning, critical reflection, storytelling, poetry, work-based learning, skill rehearsal, critical creativity and contemplative education. This will be built on in the curriculum development of the online Graduate Diploma in Integrated Community Nursing . Whilst most of the learning will take place in the workplace, delivery of the academic elements of this programme will be entirely on line with opportunities to engage regularly with the teaching team and other students. Learners will agree an individual Learning Action Plan through tripartite discussion between themselves, their Clinical Guide and their Personal Academic Tutor at QMU. This will allow learners flexibility to define the competencies and other learning activities needed to develop their own practice. QMU has led on the delivery of this type of learning, and it is embedded in work-based modules across the School of Health Sciences. In addition to planned study time, learners will be expected to complete self-guided independent study. Assessments will be discussed at the beginning of each specific module.

Modules

Year One

Promoting Person-centred Ways of Working in Integrated Community and Primary Care Teams (20 credits)
Systematic Approaches in Clinical Assessment (20 credits)
Learning from and with people and families living with long-term conditions (20 credits)

Year Two
Developing Professional Practice: work-based learning (40 credits) and a 20 credit elective module   
OR
Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (40 credit module) and a 20 credit elective module 

Placements

Learners will complete the programme in their substantive clinical post

Exchange opportunities

N/A

Entry requirements

Standard: The standard entry requirement for postgraduate study is a degree. If you do not have a degree, you should include evidence in your supporting statement that strengthens your application to study at postgraduate level. All candidates must meet QMU general academic regulations for admission. 


International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0

English language requirements

Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0

Associate student places

Associate students can apply to study any of the modules within this programme.

Professional registration / accreditation

The Graduate Diploma is not a professional award

Awarding body

SCQF level 10

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Course Overview

Delivery
Workplace learning and online
Duration
Two years
Start Date
September 2020
Location
Workplace learning and online
Study Abroad
No
School
Nursing
Division
Fees & Funding