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Graduate Diploma Integrated Community Nursing

Graduate Diploma Integrated Community Nursing

The Graduate Diploma in Integrated Community Nursing is 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) in district nursing, care home nursing, prison health and general practice nursing. It will equip them with the range of skills and knowledge they need to work flexibly and to their full potential across the integrated community nursing team.

The programme is suitable for nurses who are experienced or newly qualified; new to the community setting or experienced in the setting but with limited specific continuing professional development; with or without a first degree. The programme forms the first part of the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) integrated education pathway (Figure 1) 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.

GDICN Pathway


The Graduate Diploma forms the foundation element of the NES Education and Career pathway. It is now available through the University of the West of Scotland and Queen Margaret University. For more detailed information on the modules and their content click the links below to visit the university site.

Queen Margaret Univeristy

University of the West of Scotland

We are welcoming apllication up to 31st July 2020.

Care Home Managers keen to nominate staff should find the guidance on the below website useful. 

Scottish Care - Graduate Diploma


Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I need to attend the university?

  • The course is designed to be practice based with learning taking place in your own workplace and online.

Are there any practice placements?

  • You will be expected to spend a total of 40 hours in an alternative community setting during the 2-year programme to enhance your learning and understanding of integrated community nursing working.

What happens after I complete the programme?

  • A range of modules that will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and qualifications to practice at a higher level in your chosen speciality will be available on completion of the programme

Can I undertake the programme while working part-time?

  • Yes, you can, but some negotiation around protected learning time may be required with your line manager.

When does the programme start?

  • The programme is due to commence at the University of the West of Scotland on 5th October and at Queen Margaret University on 14th September. A flexible, online, university induction will be available at both universities the week before the commencement date.

Is there any protected learning time?

  • Yes, there is 3.5 hours per week built into the modules.

How do I apply?

  • The Scottish Government is funding over 200 places. These will be allocated equitably across geographical areas and district nursing, care home nursing, prison health and general practice nursing teams by NHS Education for Scotland.
  • If you are interested in a funded place you should discuss this with your line manager. NES will receive nominations from line managers and service leads for funded places and if you are successful at this stage you will then be notified to apply directly to either QMU or UWS, depending on your location for a place on the programme.

What support and guidance will be available during the programme? 

  • The programme leader for the Graduate Diploma in Integrated Community Nursing will provide academic support together with your personal tutor. Both universities provide ongoing online study skills support. For those who have been out of study for some time will find this particularly helpful.  You will also identify someone who you work with to act as a clinical guide. The clinical guide is not an assessment role but there to provide the day to day support for your learning.    


If you would like more information about the programme please contact

Julie Churchill - QMU

Carol Russell - UWS

Post Registration Team - NES