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Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing), Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
The Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing) programme offered by the Liverpool John Moores University combines theory and primary care practice, preparing practitioners to lead service development.


The Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing) programme offered by the Liverpool John Moores University is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

The course’s student-centred approach values prior learning and experience and builds on existing clinical and theoretical knowledge. 

Many sessions are co-taught with other community nursing programmes enabling you to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the roles played by, and the challenges faced by, other healthcare specialists.

You can study full-time (40 weeks) or part-time (80 weeks). Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as complementary module-related sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.


LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This District Nursing programme is specifically designed to balance academic content with practical experience. It is geared towards securing motivating and rewarding employment. Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to: ethical and anti-oppressive values, the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

As a graduate you may go on to lead and develop future services, follow a career in public health, work as a community educator, in a safeguarding role or a healthcare leadership/management position. There is also, of course, the opportunity to progress to further study.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Public Health
  • Advancing Leadership through Action Learning
  • Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 1 with V100 Nurse Prescribing
  • Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 2
  • Long Term Conditions: Context, Assessment and Management
  • Research for Specialist Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 1 (without V100 Nurse Prescribing)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one).
  • A minimum of one year’s post-registration experience.
  • 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing.
  • RPL is accepted on this programme.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

To be confirmed

Living costs for Liverpool

  • 556 - 1040 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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