Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner (NMC 2022) (Level 7)



Community Nurse Specialist Practitioners provide health care at an advanced level of practice to people of all ages and communities. They work across different organisations and settings; for example, Primary Care, Social Care, third-sector organisations, hospitals (including mental health), hospices, prisons, schools and other community services.



Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner

Training Provider

University of Central Lancashire

21 months
Most Suitable For
Registered Nurses wanting to develop specialist Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in General Practice.
Level 7 Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner (NMC 2022) Apprenticeship Award and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner; General Practice Nursing. Qualification also leads to annotation on NMC register.
Programme Cost


Apprenticeships are paid using employer levy. Levy Paying Employers and Non-Levy Paying Employers, please read our Tuition and Apprenticeship Service Account Guide for more information and instructions.

Additional Funding
For all Employers:
  • If apprentice is under the age of 25, Employer may not have to pay Class 1 Employer National Insurance. Full details and criteria are found here. 
  • For apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2024 - 31 July 2025, employer may be eligible for £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 - 18 years old, OR aged 19 - 24 years old and has either an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan provided by their local authority and / or has been in the care of their local authority. Full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules.
Start Date
Teaching Delivery
Face-to-face (Preston Campus)
Key Learning Requirements
Apprenticeships require learners to achieve specific new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), which are detailed in the Apprenticeship Standard. These are achieved by;
1) Programme Teaching; frequency tbc. This programme includes 4 modules on V300 throughout the programme. If a candidate has evidence of completing V300 at level 7 already they are able to: either choose alternative learning from the UCLan CDP framework, or reduce their apprenticeship duration. If a candidate has evidence of completing V300 at level 6 already, they will need to complete a top-up assignmnet.
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up. The project for this progamme is a Service Improvement Project.
3) Learning in the workplace; shadowing colleagues, completing programme assigned work based projects, new learning and development whilst completing working duties, reflections with mentor, relevant training sessions.
4) External placements are not required for this programme, although learners are encouraged to consider some practice learning opportunities outside of their place of work/setting in agreement with their Practice Assessor (if agreed, supervision during this time must be within the SSSA standards where professional boundaries are exceeded).
This programme has profession route pathways, this description relates to the CSP General Practice Nurse route. For information on other routes please see the university webpage.
This programme does not require external placements to be completed, although varied experiences are beneficial.
Assessed throughout the programme by assignments, observations, evaluations and End Point Assessment.
Key Candidate Entry Requirements
• Employed minimum 30 hours a week in a suitable role for the duration of the apprenticeship
• Evidence of English and Maths at GCSE C/4/Functional Skills Level 2/Equivalent or above is required at application stage due to the nature and level of the programme. An initial diagnostic assessment will also be completed by the university at application stage.
• An Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Nursing. Applications will be considered where successful level 6 study within previous 5 years’ can be evidenced.
• Enhanced DBS (within 3 years of course start date)
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning, including for the V300 teaching.
Full requirements and details are found on the course webpage/information.
Key Employer Entry Requirements
• Ensure Learner has the support and opportunities to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship
• A Practice Assessor / Practice Supervisor for supporting apprentice with practical learning within the apprentice’s place of work. Plus a suitable assessor for the V300 element. Practical learning is integrated throughout the course and is supervised and assessed, utilising named sign off Practice Assessor / Practice Supervisor.
Listed as an Approved Provider on HEE and NHS Procurement
TBC - Currently awaiting Higher Procurement award outcome from NHS Salisbury Procurement Service.
Application Timescale
It takes on average 4-5 months to complete all application stages for this programme.
If recruiting to this position, additional time will be required for recruitment and advertising stages.
Training Provider Deadlines Inlcude:
• new employer (those who have not had an apprentice on this programme with this training provider before) to submit NMC paperwork to university (including ULE and evidencing assessors and supervisors) ASAP but before 4 months prior to course start date (early May for Sep intakes / early November for March intakes). University will provide the paperwork and instructions.
Additional Training Hub Support
Primary Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCPC Training Hub such as Digital training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
• Training and Resources; Visit our GPN webpage for more information on Nursing in Primary Care; plus training, support and resources for qualified professionals (some training is available for trainees).
• Clinical CPD opportunities will also be available via Locality Training Hub.
• Audit and Assessor Support: via Local GPEFs.
Information Last Updated

Programme Resources

If you would like to know anything further about the programme itself, please contact: Lisa Broadley, Course Lead on [email protected]

How to Apply

If you would like to discuss or apply for an apprenticeship either for yourself, a member of staff or a vacancy for a new recruit, please complete the appropriate Training Hub Expression of Interest Form from the following options. This allows the apprenticeship team to complete basic pre-checks and to ensure the advice and guidance provided to you is tailored to your service. When relevant, application instructions (including tuition fee and funding instructions) will be sent.

Primary Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Olivia on 07735161775

Social Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Dawn on 07796 060023