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MSc Early Years Practice Health Visiting

If you're a registered nurse or midwife on Part 1 or Part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, this course will equip you with the higher level knowledge and skills to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor.

Early Years Practice Health Visiting

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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Start date October
  • Duration MSc full-time: 24 months, MSc part-time: 36 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
  • Accreditations Nursing and Midwifery Council

This course will provide you, as a registered nurse or midwife on Part 1 or Part 2 on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, with the opportunity to influence the health and social care provision of children and families. The course will equip you with the higher level knowledge and skills to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor as defined in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC, 2004). 

The development and delivery of the course is supported by a multi-disciplinary collaboration with our NHS Health Board and Local Authority partners. This reflects the growing priorities that have been identified to provide an improved and more responsible level of care to support, protect and improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

You'll be taught by a group of world-leading academics and your experience is enhanced by working in collaboration with other faculties and researchers. The course features an equal split of theory and practice to ensure you can put everything you learn straight to work in a professional setting. A unique feature of our course is the provision of master classes delivered by expert and key note speakers. You’ll also benefit from a varied approach to teaching that includes online guided study, traditional face-to-face lectures, group-work, podcasts and experiential learning. Support and guidance is on hand from your personal tutor, as well as your Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor. 

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    The course curriculum is designed to equip nurses and midwives to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor, as defined in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, the Report from the Education Sub Group of the Children, Young People and Families National Advisory Group, and key legislation from the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

    The course focuses on three key themes:

    • Wellbeing
    • Assessing and analysing children’s needs including the impact of children’s experiences on their wellbeing
    • Improving outcomes for children and their families
  • Professional accreditations

    This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council by passing quality assurance standards on maintaining public protection and safety.

  • Work placements

    You’ll complete a work-based “Health Visiting in Practice” module which spans the entire duration of your studies. You’ll be assessed throughout it by a Practice Assessor who determines your eligibility for part-3 NMC registration. Health Visiting in Practice is designed in collaboration with practice partners via a working group of Practice Assessors, lead nurses and practice education facilitators from the NHS.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    Our Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport was rated 1st for health research in Scotland in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – highlighting our commitment to producing world-leading research that improves healthcare and reduces health inequalities on a global and local scale.

    You’ll be supported in your studies by a group of influential academics with strong and established research profiles, public health experience and a wealth of world-class publications.

Bethan Murdoch
I had a very supportive personal tutor who is passionate about academia, Health Visiting and improving practice, she pushed me to be better. Her passion was infectious; she made me passionate about what I was studying
Bethan Murdoch
MSc Early Years Practice Health Visiting
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The programme provided me with a firm grounding for a career in Health Visiting
Charlotte Curley
MSc Early Years Practice Health Visiting
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