Training

Training is offered three times a year as a residential week followed by a study day six months later. The course is validated through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, based in the Church Health Centre, Memphis, but the curriculum is entirely contextualised for the UK.

Current venues are Selly Oak, Birmingham, Peterborough and Perth, Scotland, but the course may additionally be delivered by arrangement wherever there are eight people who enrol.

The cost is currently £595.00 per person plus £50.00 deposit. This covers accommodation and food as well as the teaching, portfolio marking, certificate and pin.

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The Parish Nursing Preparation for Practice Course:

Aim
To equip Registered Nurses with evidence-based knowledge and skills for the development of a parish nursing service through a church or a  Christian organisation.

Structure:
The curriculum is divided into four sections: Spirituality, Professionalism, Wholistic Health, and Community. It is taught by nurse educators who have an adult education qualification as well as their nursing background, and who have undergone extra training through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing. (now available in the UK.) Visiting speakers are selected as appropriate. Those who attend the course receive a comprehensive workbook and are required to submit a portfolio within the first year. There are 40 contact hours, normally spread over a residential week of four days, with a further study day in the first year, and time with the Regional coordinator and/or an Educator.

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Course outcomes:
Following taught sessions, individual study, and personal prayer and Bible study, the nurse will be able to

• Explore the spiritual and theological basis of parish nursing

• Discuss the application of professional and management issues relevant to parish nurses

• Explain the range of interventions that a Parish nurse might employ with relation to whole-person health

• Identify and discuss opportunities for parish nurses to facilitate the development of community health initiatives

Portfolio contents
The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate that learning about the concept of parish nursing has taken place both in the introductory week and in the first six months of pioneering a local project. Collection of evidence in addition to this will be also useful for any future research or academic study that you may wish to pursue.

1.An explanation of what you understand parish nursing to be and how it differs from other specialist forms of nursing and ministry. (Approximately 1000 words)

And, in approximately 2000 words,

2.A short case study (anonymised) that demonstrates how spiritual care has been delivered in association with physical or mental health care in your context. Some notes at the end showing your reflections on this case.

3.Description of any incident that has taken place in the course of your implementation and a theological reflection on this using one of the models offered in the course.

4.Notes from a Supervision session and how this helped you towards best practice in parish nursing

5.Statement of the progress made towards achievement of the quality standards issued by PNMUK

6.Evidence of congregational/community involvement in the parish nursing service and how you facilitated that.e.g. minutes of a health support group meeting or description of a volunteer training programme

7.Plans for future personal and placement development

Or:

For any nurses who have taken the course but do not yet have a church within which to set up a project….

Describe in detail how you would go about introducing the concept to a church and the steps you would take to establish a project.

One copy should be kept for the nurse’s NMC portfolio. A second copy should be submitted either by email or post to the PNMUK office who will forward it to one of the tutors.

The work will be assessed for good presentation, well-organised content, accurate referencing, and application of knowledge to practice, including some analysis of the contribution of wider relevant reading.

If an adequate standard has not yet been reached in these areas, helpful comments will be offered towards resubmission. Satisfactory completion of this by registered nurses following full attendance at the Preparation for Practice course will lead to the award of the Parish Nurse pin and certificate.