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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Are you a qualified nurse, student nurse or former Health Visitor?

If so, there has never been a better time to train as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in one of the following disciplines:

  • Health Visiting
  • School Nursing
  • District Nursing

Recruitment to the above disciplines will be managed locally by Trusts with vacancies advertised on NHS Jobs . We strongly advise you to monitor NHS Jobs for further information. Any enquiries that you may have regarding vacancies advertised will need to be directed to the relevant trusts.

Should you have an enquiry regarding your 2013 application please www.londondeanery.ac.uk/applicantenquiries. Please note we will not be able to provide any further information on 2014 – 2015 recruitment via this web-based enquiry service.

Health Visiting Return to Practice

If you are thinking about coming back to work as a health visitor, Health Education North Central and East London, Health Education North West London and Health Education South London now provides the opportunity and support to update your skills and return to practice.

We can now offer a flexible and fully funded university courses with bursary support. Successful completion of the course will allow you to re-register with the NMC and return to work as a health visitor

Who can apply?

You are eligible to apply for this course if you meet at least 3 of the following criteria:

  1. You hold a UK qualification in health visiting (diploma in health visiting or a BSc in community specialist community public health nursing)
  2. You have previously worked as a health visitor in the UK
  3. Your NMC registration for health visiting has lapsed or
  4. You have maintained your NMC registration but have been out of clinical practice and cannot currently find employment as a health visitor

I am not eligible for this course how can I train to be a health visitor?

If you are a nurse who is registered on Part 1 of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), you are required to do a one year training course at a university. Please see the health visitor web page for more information.

What is the purpose of the course?

This course is for health visitors or specialist community public health nurses wanting to return to practice. It includes taught theory together with a practice placement in a local NHS Trust in London, allowing previously qualified health visitors to update their skills in line with current best practice. The course is approved by the NMC and completion leads to re- registration and qualification as a health visitor.

Which Universities support the course?

The University of Surrey are currently running a Health Visiting Return to Practice course in 2014 & 2015. 

Students who are interested are encouraged to contact Pat Colliety directly for some further information:

Dr Pat Colliety
FHMS
University of Surrey
Guildford
GU27TE
01483 684613
Email: p.colliety@surrey.ac

Do I get a Bursary and support around finding a placement?

A bursary is provided during the course with an added financial incentive upon successful completion of the course.

Enquires can be made once you have been accepted onto the RTP programme at the University of Surrey.

Remember, a large part of your time will be spent on a practice placement within a local London NHS Trust.

We will be able to help you in securing a placement.

Please contact Kelly Chal at Health Education North Central East London for further information:

Kelly Chal
Senior Project co-ordinator
Email: SCPHN@ncel.hee.nhs.uk

What does the course involve?

The course aims to update your skills in line with NMC guidelines.

Further information can be found at:

The theory and practice are very much interlinked and assessment of the course is based on a combination of what is learnt at University and on the placement. University tutors work closely with placement practice teachers to ensure the student has the required learning experience. The theory and practice are very much interlinked and assessment of the course is based on a combination of what is learnt at University and on the placement. University tutors work closely with placement practice teachers to ensure the student has the required learning experience.

How long will it take to complete the course?

The course will take approximately three to six months to complete, depending on the time it takes for you to complete your practice placement. The number of days that you are required to spend on the practice placement depend on your individual learning needs and number of years out of clinical practice. The time taken to complete the placement will also depend on how you chose to work.

There is flexibility in the number of days that you decide to work on the placement each week. Although it is recommended that you work for two consecutive days each week. This flexibility can mean that you may continue with your current employment or work around other commitments.