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PGDip District Nursing

University of Plymouth

This programme has been designed with close collaboration between key stakeholders including students, clinical representatives, academics and patient / service users, families and carers. Reflecting the constant changes within the community healthcare environment whilst building on existing good practice the programme has been designed to take into account strategic and professional changes.

The programme aligns with regional health care employers’ strategic objectives and goals around workforce planning. On successful completion students will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for the recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ), District Nurse.

Delivered by professional experts, our programmes are tailored to you and your career. Together, we address today's most challenging healthcare issues, through research-informed teaching and active, real-world learning.


Key features

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role of the district nurse and critically examine the theory, practice and principles of district nursing using an evidence based approach to enable you to adapt and provide a wide range of nursing care in home and community based settings.
  • Develop a contemporary approach to community health and social care through advancing and utilising knowledge and skills in professional practice.
  • Deliver specialised advanced case management for people with highly complex and unpredictable needs, including those nearing the end of their lives.
  • Demonstrate confidence, competence, autonomy and legal, ethical and professional accountability.
  • Assume lead roles in district nursing practice leading clinical teams, coordinating care and managing complex and dynamic case-loads.
  • Ensure quality processes, service evaluation and improvement methodology as well as working collaboratively as part of a wider health care team.
  • Promote an understanding of the theory and procedures involved in research, to enable the use of research to improve care and services for people and communities.
  • Develop an understanding of the wider determinants of health, community profiling and health promotion activity in order to respond to community and public health needs, developing a critical understanding of the contemporary issues that influence health service delivery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the wider influences on and the principles of prescribing in order to practice safely and effectively within your scope of practice.
  • Remain part of the workforce and continue to contribute to patient care whilst working towards your qualification.

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
2 years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time