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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Community nursing (graduate diploma)

Supporting nurses in district nursing, care home nursing, prison health and general practice nursing, to equip them with the range of skills and knowledge they need to work flexibly across the integrated community nursing team.

Graduate diploma in integrated community nursing

A new 2-year part-time practice-based programme designed for nurses working at level 5 of the Career Framework for Health (Agenda for Change Band 5 equivalent). 

The programme is suitable for:

  • experienced or newly qualified nurses
  • nurses new to the community setting or experienced but with limited community-specific CPD
  • with or without a first degree

The gradate diploma forms the foundation element of NES's integrated education pathway and will enable nurses to continue their studies at postgraduate level to qualify as specialist, advanced and consultant nurses in district nursing, care home nursing, prison health and general practice nursing.

The qualification is available through Queen Margaret University and University of the West of Scotland and will require a nominal 3.5 hours of study per week

If you are a community nurse working in a Scottish health board, prison or in general practice, are interested in applying for this programme and would like to be nominated to receive funding, please speak to your line manager in the first instance and see the flow chart for the process to be followed.

Care home managers considering nominating staff will find this guidance information:

Please find a flowchart [DOC] showing the application process.


A new educational approach to prepare nurses to work in adult integrated community nursing teams in Scotland

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Last updated: 25/09/2020

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