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GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITYProgramme Specification Pro-forma (PSP)1.GENERAL INFORMATION1.Programme Title:PgD Advancing District Nursing Practice withSpecialist Practitioner Qualification2.Final Award:Post Graduate Diploma Advancing District NursingPractice3.Exit Awards:Post Graduate Diploma Advancing District NursingPractice4.Awarding Body:Glasgow Caledonian University5.Approval Date:5th November 20196.School:Health & Life Sciences7.Host Division/Dept.:Department of Nursing and Community Health8.UCAS Code:N/A9.PSB Involvement:Nursing and Midwifery Council10. Place of Delivery:Glasgow Caledonian University11. Subject Benchmark Statement:NMC Standards for Specialist Education & Practice(2001); NMC Standards for Prescribing Programmes(2019) NMC Standards for Supervision andAssessment (2019); NMC Standards for Nursing andMidwifery Education (2018)12. Dates of PSP preparation/revision:November 20192.EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME1

Our aim is to provide high quality educational experiences, which support the educationaldevelopment of reflective, analytical and critical thinkers who are capable of meetingcontemporary political, organisational and clinical practice demands. This recognises thatDistrict Nurses will be required to demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making skills inchallenging clinical situations in caring for people across the life span. Consequently, delivery ofthe PgD Advancing District Nursing Practice programme recognises the requirement foradvanced scholarship to underpin safe and effective practice at this level. This post-qualifyingprogramme offers flexible part-time (17.5 hours per week) or full-time (35 hours per week) studyoptions for first level registered (Adult) nurses to advance their career aspirations by seeking theNMC recordable qualification of Specialist Practitioner District Nurse (SPDN) (NMC, 2001) forentry to the NMC Register and also register as a Non-Medical Prescriber(Independent/supplementary V300) (NMC, 2019). The PgD Advancing District Nursing Practiceprogramme aims to build on students’ existing professional knowledge and enable them toextend their capabilities to develop knowledge and skills pertinent to Advancing District Nursingpractice using a range of dynamic and stimulating intra-professional and inter-professionallearning opportunities.In meeting stakeholders’ demands for educational preparation, the PgD Advancing DistrictNursing Practice complies with NMC Standards for specialist education and practice (NMC,2001) and Standards for prescribing programmes (Independent/supplementary V300) (NMC,2019). It aligns with current UK healthcare policy drivers, The Knowledge and Skills Frameworkas well as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and Glasgow CaledonianUniversity’s Strategy for Learning (2015-2020) (GCU, 2019).The educational aims of the Advancing District Nursing Practice programme are:i.ii.iii.iv.v.To provide a SCQF Level 11 study route for first level (Adult) registered nurses to achievethe recordable qualification of NMC District Nursing (SPQ).To facilitate the development of clinical knowledge and advanced assessment skills toinform and enable practitioners to work within primary care/community settings and havedirect responsibility for decision-making for patients, families and carersPrepare practitioners to contribute to the work of the wider health and social careworkforce to meet the contemporary and future demands associated with quality basedhealthcare delivery.To expose students to the complexities of health and social care, thus enabling them tolead and participate in an integrated healthcare system, work in partnership and influencelocal and national health agendasTo enable students to acquire the knowledge and advanced skills to embrace andpromote professional leadership within District Nursing, allowing them to contributemeaningfully to the development and modernisation of anticipatory care delivery.2

vi.To provide the opportunity for continued personal and professional development in aclinically focused health career associated with self-directed life-long learning, in line withUniversity, Government and Professional Body requirements.On meeting the NMC Standards for specialist education and practice (2001), students who havesuccessfully completed both theory and practice elements of the programme will be eligible forthe recordable qualification of SPDN, which will be annotated on the NMC Register.Programme Philosophy:As critical thinkers who are required to work at an advanced level of practice, that is developingand demonstrating skills in clinical practice, leadership, research and education, theunderpinning philosophy of the PgD Advancing District Nursing Practice programme is:“Across a variety of community settings students will embrace person centred quality care,promoting the health potential through education and partnership working with individuals,families and wider communities. Students will be equipped to lead and support their team withinan integrated healthcare service demonstrating leadership through co-ordination and provisionof multidisciplinary care. This will be achieved through the use of advanced decision making,critical thinking, holistic assessment and utilisation of evidence based practice.”3.INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMESThe programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding,skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas: [cross refer to the appropriate benchmark statement]3AKnowledge and understanding;3

The PgD Advancing District Nursing Practice programme provides opportunities for students todevelop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes inthe following areas:AKnowledge and understandingBPractice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and UnderstandingCGeneric Cognitive SkillsDCommunication, Numeracy and ICT SkillsEAutonomy, Accountability and Working with OthersThese areas exhibit affinity with each other in representing the expectations of professionallearning and provide the basis for the development of the Advancing District Nursing Practicestudent. This programme has been specifically designed to provide the opportunity for studentsto demonstrate these attributes through the achievement of the following intended learningoutcomes. The relationship between these areas and modules within the PgD AdvancedPractice in District Nursing programme are demonstrated within the curriculum map.The PgD Advanced Practice in District Nursing Programme will enable 1st level Registered(Adult) nurses to attain the recordable NMC qualification of SPDN and as such this programmehas been informed by the following: NMC Standards for specialist education and practice (2001)NMC Standards for student supervision and assessment (2019)QNI/QNIS Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice (2015)CNOD Transforming Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions (2017)NMC Standards for prescribing programmes (2019)NHS Education Scotland Career and Development Framework District Nursing (2012)QAA The UK Quality code for higher education (2018)GCU Qualifications Framework (2010)GCU Strategy for Learning (2015-2020)A1 Use appropriate knowledge and advanced clinical assessment skills, to identify, holisticallyassess and promote the health care needs of patients, families and carers within the population4

A2 Identify, critically analyse and evaluate issues, which underpin the effective development anddelivery of advancing practice within the context of District Nursing services.A3 Critically and creatively appraise approaches to decision making in relation to contemporaryadvancing district nursing practice.A4 Synthesise knowledge from a range of theories and strategies to support innovative districtnursing practice.A5 Develop systematic, critical knowledge and awareness of current social and political issuesat the forefront of District Nursing Practice, which support anticipatory care.A6 Appraise the role and contribution of statutory and non-statutory organisations and otherprofessions in the delivery of health and social care policy.A7 Evaluate theoretical knowledge of bio-psychosocial concepts and relate to promoting healthand well-being to inform District Nursing practice.A8 Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of theories and policy perspectives, which supportand engender health and social care integration and interdisciplinary working.A9 Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of applicable techniques for researchinquiry and advanced level scholarship for District Nursing practice.A10 Critically evaluate factors that influence change and apply effective leadership strategies toempower transformation and service developmentA11 Critically evaluate anticipatory care strategies that seek to empower and enable peopleacross the lifespan to optimise and retain their independence in the home/homely setting5

A12 Identify appropriate measures and resources to deal with high risk/vulnerable populationsand sub-populations, utilising holistic assessment, and a public health approach.3BPractice: Applied knowledge, skills and understanding;B1 Apply professional accountable, autonomous practice, and high level decision making tounderpin advanced nursing practice and in the context of district nursing practiceB2 Explore and evaluate strategies and care planning which are responsive to addressing thehealth needs of individuals, and communities, requiring complex nursing careB3 Appraise the range of approaches to effectively communicate with service users and carersacross cultural and generational contexts,B4 Deal with complex legal, ethical and clinical professional issues in accordance with codes ofpractice and make informed judgements, seeking guidance where appropriate.B5 Practice high level decision making and diagnostic skills to manage the complete clinical careof patients, not focusing on any sole condition, across the lifespan.B6 Identify appropriate measures and resources to deal with high risk/vulnerable populationsand sub-populations, utilising holistic assessment, screening and surveillance approaches3CGeneric cognitive skills;C1 Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and evaluate the nature of District Nursingpractice and other specialist knowledge associated with research and advanced practise.C2 Synthesise knowledge from a range of theories and strategies to support innovativeadvancing district nursing practice.6

C3 Reflect on and critically appraise the actions of self and others in relation to the provision ofsafe and effective advanced level care.C4 Critically appraise and synthesis information to develop a broad and integratedunderstanding of the scope, main areas and boundaries of District Nursing practice.C5 Demonstrate evaluation of a wide range of specialised theories, principles and concepts thatinfluence the provision of clinical nursing care and management and consider their applicationfor District Nursing practice.C6 Critically review, reflect and consolidate advanced level knowledge, skills, and practices toextend thinking within District Nursing to maintain currency of the evidence base by searchingfor and reviewing research-based literature, which has relevance for practice.3DCommunication, numeracy and ICT skillsD1 Demonstrate safe and appropriate prescribing skills in accordance with prescribingproficiencies and regulations.D2 Engage and work effectively with others as part of collaborative integrated partnerships,interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team working.D3 Participate in practice-based activities that are underpinned by theory and principles todevelop and demonstrate problem solving, communication, and leadership skills.D4 Using a range of approaches to effectively communicate with service users, carers, peers,senior colleagues, discipline specialists and professionals from other disciplines within theintegrated health and social care team.3EAutonomy, accountability and working with others.E1 Practise autonomously and with accountability, to demonstrate the application of theory topractice in high-level decision-making and communication skills to underpin District Nursingpractice.7

E2 Take responsibility and the lead in formulating and evaluating anticipatory careplans/strategies that are responsive to addressing the health needs of adults and carers withinthe population.E3 Practise in ways that demonstrate advanced leadership skills, critically reflecting on own andothers roles and responsibilities.E4 Appraise and evaluate professional, legal and ethical dimensions/frameworks to underpinDistrict Nursing practiceE5 Critically debate the challenges to leading and managing frailty within the home setting andprovide possible solutions to improve outcomes for people including the promotion of health andwell-being.E6 Take responsibility for leading high-level clinical and strategic decisions and managingchangeE7 Demonstrating working with patients, families, communities and multi- disciplinary and multiagency colleagues to lead and influence changeE8 Critically analyse and evaluate leadership roles and responsibilities associated withadvanced nursing practice and district nursing.Strategy for Learning and Common Good AttributesThe strategy for learning (2015-2020) is a key GCU policy driving the design and enhancementof the learning experience for all students. Appendix 4, Review document 1 demonstrates thePgD ADNP for the strategy for learning curriculum design template. In addition, the CommonGood attributes for GCU are embedded throughout the curriculum. Appendix 4 Reviewdocument 1 provides the mapping of the common good attributes PgD ADNP programme.8

The University’s strategy for learning (2015-2020) is affirmed by a clear commitment to work inpartnership with staff, students, employers and the wider community to develop an accessible,dy