District Nurse Apprenticeship

Launching in March 2022, 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 6 weeks before programme starts.

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 6 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 also have dedicated Work-Based Learning Officers to guide you through the apprenticeship when you are studying on one of our programmes.
  • 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.

Why Keele University?

Keele University is proud to offer a variety of apprenticeships across different sectors and specialisms.
Our apprenticeship approach has been praised by Ofsted (Monitoring Visit, June 2021) and we have a growing portfolio of apprenticeship programmes, based on employer needs through consultation.