Module code: NUR3322

Module Overview

This module integrates theory learned in this module and all core programme modules and enables students to develop skills in practice using the appropriate evidence base. Students are supported in practice by a Practice Teacher and where appropriate a mentor to progress to a stage of competency in all domains of SCPHN practice.

The V100 content is incorporated within this module and therefore students will achieve the Community Nurse Prescribing qualification on successful completion of the module and additional assessments.

On successful completion of all aspects of the module and the SCPHN programme, the University will inform the NMC that the student is eligible to register their qualification, including the V100. This must be done within 5 years from the identified start of the programme. If there is a need for interrupt, the student’s acquired knowledge and skills need to remain valid in order to allow them to achieve the proficiencies set by the NMC, so where necessary, some or all, of the prescribing preparation and assessment may need to be repeated. Registrants are not able to prescribe until the V100 qualification has been recorded on the NMC register.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

JONES Felicity (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 90

Lecture Hours: 45

Seminar Hours: 5

Tutorial Hours: 5

Captured Content: 5

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must be currently undertaking an SCPHN programme Students must be sponsored by an Organisation who will provide a practice placement with an allocated Practice Teacher and where appropriate a Mentor to support and assess the student in practice.

Module content

To be informed by High Impact Areas in SCPHN Fields of Practice and BFI themes 

Indicative Content:

  • Child and young person development from birth to 19 years

  • Healthy eating and exercise

  • Breast feeding

  • Mental health

  • Minor illness management

  • Accident prevention in the 0-19 age range

  • School readiness

  • Transition to adulthood

  • Supporting families with disability and complex needs

  • Sexual health

  • Enuresis

  • Sleep

  • Behaviour management

  • Preparation for consolidated practice and pre-ceptorship

  • Clinical decision making

Health visitors 6 early years high impact areas:


  • supporting the transition to parenthood

  • supporting maternal and family mental health

  • supporting breastfeeding

  • supporting healthy weight, healthy nutrition

  • improving health literacy; reducing accidents and minor illnesses

  • supporting health, wellbeing and development: Ready to learn, narrowing the ‘word gap’


School nurses 6 school age years high impact areas


  • supporting resilience and wellbeing

  • improving health behaviours and reducing risk taking

  • supporting healthy lifestyles

  • supporting vulnerable young people and improving health inequalities

  • supporting complex and additional health and wellbeing needs

  • promoting self-care and improving health literacy


Baby Friendly Inititaive Themes (UNICEF 2016)

1. Have an understanding of breast feeding

2. Enable mothers to breast feed

3. Support close and loving relationships

4. Be able to manage the challenges

5.Promote positive communication

UNICEF (2016) Guidance for Universities in implementing the Baby Friendly Initiative standards

 V100 content:

• Consultation, decision making and therapy, including referral • Influences on and psychology of prescribing

• Prescribing in a team context •

Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity

• Evidence based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing

• Legal, policy and ethical aspects • Personal accountability and responsibility

• Prescribing in the public health context

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Observed Structured Practice Assessment Pass/Fail
Examination Additional Qualification V100 Calculation Paper (100% Pass Mark) Pass/Fail
Examination Additional Qualification V100 MCQ Paper (80% Pass Mark) Pass/Fail
Coursework Assignment 100
Practical based assessment Medicines Management Reflective Discussion Pass/Fail
Coursework Two Written Prescriptions Pass/Fail
Coursework Log of Prescribing Related Practice Pass/Fail
Practical based assessment Practice Portfolio Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the integration of evidence based theory with the acquisition of practice skills. In the portfolio, students will identify the strengths, challenges, opportunities and barriers (SCOB) to their learning at three key points in their learning journey. This will enable them to set their learning objectives, agree a plan for achieving them with their Community Practice Assessor (CPA) and evaluate their progress.

The summative assessment for this module consists of 4 parts :


Part 1 Practice Portfolio

A Portfolio of evidence which demonstrates the achievement of SCPHN domains specific to the student’s pathway. The evidence in the portfolio should contextualise the student’s learning and demonstrate their application of knowledge and skills to their pathway of professional practice. Assessment in practice is measured against the Standards of Proficiency for SCPHN (NMC 2004) – Pass/Fail


Part 2 Written Assignment

Write a reflective account of the clinical decision making process used in your OSPA. This should demonstrate your knowledge of public health, family needs assessment and the professional skills required to assess, plan and deliver care.


Identify how this contact meets the requirements of the Healthy Child Programme.


2500 words


Part 3 OSPA – Observed Structured Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail


Part 4 V100 Nurse Prescribing

Part A: V100 Calculation Paper (100% pass mark) – Duration 30 minutes. Exam date will be advised by V100 Lead.

Part B: V100 MCQ paper (80% pass mark) - Duration 90 minutes

•            Log of Prescribing Related Practice including a minimum 18 prescribing hours -Pass/Fail

•            Medicines Management Reflective Discussion - Pass/Fail

•            2 written prescriptions – Pass/Fail



If there is either evidence of unsafe practice or any breach of confidentiality, it will result in an automatic referral for the assessment of this module. Failure to answer correctly any question which may result in direct harm to a patient / client will result in referral of V100.

Module aims

  • This module aims to enable health visiting and school nursing students to develop evidence based practice and achieve competency in all 4 domains of the standards of proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses to meet the entry requirements for part 3 of the NMC register.
    Domain 1- Search for Health Needs
    Principle: Surveillance and assessment of the population’s health and wellbeing
    Domain 2 – Stimulation of awareness of health needs
    Principles: Collaborative working for health and wellbeing
    Working with and for communities to improve health and wellbeing
    Domain 3- Influence on policies affecting health
    Principles: Developing health programmes and services, reducing inequalities
    Policy and strategy development and implementation to improve health and wellbeing
    Research and development to improve health and wellbeing
    Domain 4 – Facilitation of health enhancing activities
    Principles : Promoting and protecting the population’s health and wellbeing
    Developing quality and risk management within an evaluative culture
    Strategic leadership for health and wellbeing

    Integrating the V100 outcomes and competencies within this module will help to equip eligible SCPHNs with the principles of prescribing to enable them to be safe, effective and cost-effective prescribers, in a primary care setting
    It will also enable students to understand the principles of good prescribing, the law relating to prescribing, accountability in prescribing and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs that are listed in the Nurse Prescribers Formulary.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Systematically evaluate service provision for children aged 0-19 years and appreciate the importance of engagement with the whole family KP
002 Use a range of tools to assess need holistically and use clinical decision making skills to decide on the level of service provision in partnership with clients CP
003 Deliver the Healthy Child Programme to children and families within the 4 levels of service model of Community, Universal, Unviversal Plus and Universal Partnership Plus PT
004 Evidence the achievement of competency in all 4 domains of SCPHN practice CP
005 Focus service provision on current high impact areas identified by Public Health England CP
006 Have an appreciation of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Standards and the SCPHN role in delivering them CP
007 Understand the importance of partnership, integration, communication and inter-professional working to identify and minimise risk KCP
008 Appriase their own and others skills in leadership and demonstrate an ethical approach in leadership activities KPT
009 Deliver high quality client care utilising professional judgement and clinical decision making skills within acceptable ethical and legal parameters PT
010 Demonstrate knowledge of medicine management and prescribing principles in the context of SCPHN practice and meet the NMC standards of proficiency for nurse prescribers and midwives KCPT
011 Analyse and contribute to strategies designed to promote wellbeing, improve health and prevent disease in individuals, groups and communities KCP
012 V100 outcome - Assess and consult with patients / clients and parents / carers KP
013 V100 outcome - Undertake a thorough history, including medication history and current medication (including over-the-counter, alternative and complementary health therapies) to inform diagnosis. KCP
014 V100 outcome - Understand and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse / midwife prescribing KCP
015 V100 outcome - Critically appraise, use sources of information / advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice CPT
016 V100 outcome - Understand the influences that can impact on prescribing practice KP
017 V100 outcome -Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dimensions of prescribing. CPT
018 V 100 outcome -Understand and apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice KCP
019 V100 outcome - Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines PT
020 V100 outcome- Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively CP
021 V100 outcome- Practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility PT
022 V100 outcome- Accurately completes and routinely checks calculations relevant to prescribing and practical dosing relevant to patient group/filed of practice KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to bring together all elements of learning

in University and practice settings to ensure that students are adequately prepared for

their role as an SCPHN. They will build on their existing professional skills to achieve

the knowledge and skills required to enter part 3 of the NMC register

UNICEF ( 2016) Learning outcomes will be integrated into the module in accordance

with the recommendations received during the accreditation process

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures, seminars ,workshops, discussions, case studies, presentations from specialist

practitioners in University

Observation, participation and demonstration of skills, professional conversation and

reflection, clinical supervision, contribution to inter-professional forums in practice.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information

This module is core for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting and School Nursing) and will require students to pass every academic and practice assessment.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (School Nursing) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.