How to become a district nurse
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You may be able to do a district nurse degree apprenticeship.
You can train with the NHS, and independent and private providers of healthcare services. You can look for training opportunities on NHS Jobs.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- to be a registered nurse
You can apply for training if you're a registered nurse, with 1 or 2 years' experience. Any branch of nursing is acceptable.
You'll complete a course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - District Nursing, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
Your training will last 1 or 2 years and include practical community placements.
You could contact your local health trust or your employer about student training sponsorship opportunities.
- you'll need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
When applying for courses and apprenticeships, you'll be expected to have an understanding of how NHS values apply in your work.
You can get more advice about how to become a district nurse from Health Careers.