District Nurse Apprenticeship

The District Nurse Apprenticeship at Keele University is designed to support the development of essential knowledge and skills in the Registered Practitioner. The programme has a contemporary focus to equip participants for a career in District Nursing.

Duration: 2 years.

Qualification: PgDip Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing).

Application: We typically require applications 8 weeks before programme starts.

Ofsted: 'Good' Ofsted rating for Apprenticeships at Keele University in Full Inspection, June 2023.

Please note there are no more intakes of this apprenticeship until September 2024, as it is currently being redeveloped to map to the new NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) 2022 Standards of Proficiency for Community Nursing Specialist Practice Qualifications. The newly established apprenticeship will undertake NMC approval in spring 2024, with the first intake in September that year.

The apprenticeship is designed for NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) Registered Nurses who are employed in a Community Nursing role.

  • The apprenticeship responds to the changes in the sector in recent years, focusing on preparing a practitioner to contribute positively to the delivery of health and social care needs of individuals and communities. District Nurses lead and manage community teams in the delivery of this care.
  • The educational and learning process will focus on the integration and application of theory to practice. Consequently, participants will develop the ability to reflect and respond proactively to change, whilst maintaining the quality of patient and client care.

Examples of indicative modules include.

  • Health Assessment in Clinical Practice.
  • Research Application in Clinical Practice.
  • Specialist Community Nursing Practice.
  • Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing.
  • Clinical Leadership.

Optional modules are available if a core module has already been successfully completed.

To complete an apprenticeship, you must be employed in an organisation with your employer's support. We typically require apprentice applications 8 weeks before programme starts and by undertaking an apprenticeship, you commit to completing the End Point Assessment (EPA).

The District Nurse Apprenticeship typically requires.

  • Current first level Professional Registration on Part 1 of the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) Register (Registered Nurse).
  • Either a BSc (Hons) or, equivalent evidence of success in degree level study.
  • Individuals need to be employed in a Community Nursing role.
  • Minimum of one year post registration experience as a Registered Nurse (requirement for access to the Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing programme).
  • GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (4) or equivalent.

We will work in partnership with you to ensure you are supported throughout the apprenticeship process.

  • Our Business Engagement Manager will provide tailored support and offer guidance on applying for an apprenticeship at Keele University, direction on eligibility and contracting, or any other questions you may have.
  • This relationship does not stop once you start an apprenticeship at Keele University. We offer a personalised approach to apprentices, ensuring you have the assistance you need from Keele University as your Training Provider, every step of the way.

Apprenticeships are paid for by employers, not apprentices.

  • Employers with a payroll of more than £3 million can typically use their apprenticeship levy contributions to pay for places on apprenticeship programmes.
  • Any business with a payroll below £3 million is usually eligible for government funding that will cover at least 95% of the cost of an apprenticeship course. 

Additional incentives are also available to employers based on differing circumstances. 

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You make an application to study an apprenticeship through your employer with their support.

Applicants must meet several key criteria:  

  • Employment in a relevant role: Applicants must be currently employed in a position relevant to the apprenticeship or be recruited into a new role that aligns with the apprenticeships focus.  
  • If you are seeking a new role with apprenticeship training: Employers will typically advertise apprenticeship vacancies through their own recruitment sites and browse apprenticeships before you apply.
  • Meet entry requirements: You must satisfy the specific entry requirements for the apprenticeship, including necessary educational qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.  
  • Employer support for upskilling: Existing employees are encouraged to discuss with their employers the potential for support in upskilling through the apprenticeship, which can enhance their professional development and benefit the organisation.  

Why Keele University?

Keele University is proud to offer a variety of apprenticeships across different sectors and specialisms. We provide a personalised approach to apprenticeships and have an evolving programme portfolio, based on employer needs through consultation.