Level 7 District Nurse Apprenticeship [New Update]

Are you a registered nurse? Are you looking to take the next step? Then this is the apprenticeship for you.

What does a District Nurse do?

District nurses work with people of all ages within their local communities. Their role within the healthcare sector is broad and can vary daily, for example, they can work in primary care, hospitals (including mental health facilities), hospices, prisons, social care, nonprofit organisations, and other community services. This can mean they are working with patients in their own homes or within various settings.

District Nurses are responsible for assessing and caring for patients with a wide range of health conditions. They manage a large, varied, and complex caseload, prioritising care, assessing risk, and prescribing medication, dressings, and appliances following legislation. They must adapt to changing local demands, requiring careful oversight and case management. Should plan, provide, and monitor complex community nursing care and services. They manage caseloads of complex patients and families/carers, whether dealing with long-term conditions over an extended period or acute, short-term episodes of care. District nurses are expected to lead clinical teams who often work in isolation without immediate access to medical advice and drive change management initiatives within the service, such as new ways of working and new models of care.

District Nursing

Entry Requirements and Progression

  • Registered nurse – Requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • If you don’t yet have level 2 English and Maths, this must be achieved before EPA (End-Point Assessment).
  • Pass enhanced background checks.

The average salary of a district nurse is £35,000 – £43,000 per year and their typical hours a week are 38 – 40 hours, they will normally work evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

Once qualified you could go on to become a senior district nurse or a community matron, move into advanced care or general health management or even progress into education or research. If you want to learn more about further progression, go to the National Careers Website to read more.

You will learn how to

  • Assess the physical and mental health needs of individuals and make informed decisions to address their needs. Collaborate effectively with individuals, groups, health professionals, and stakeholders.
  • Conduct and apply effective research. Communicate the results of data analysis and research. Enhance district nursing practice through research, audits, and feedback.
  • Implement efficient organisational strategies. Provide strong leadership and guide the team through changes. Maintain accurate records to support service delivery.
  • Develop and execute effective case management strategies. Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate safe and effective care for the caseload and individual patients.
  • Treat people with dignity and respect their diversity, beliefs, culture, and individual needs. Show respect and empathy for patients, their families, carers, and colleagues. Be adaptable, reliable, and consistent, and have the courage to address areas of concern.
  • Be flexible, self-aware, and emotionally intelligent when interacting with patients, carers and teams. Serve as a positive role model for staff and teams.

What’s expected from you?

You’ll be expected to meet deadlines for coursework and exams. To complete your day-to-day tasks within the role. Continue to learn and expand your knowledge of biology, verbal communication skills and counselling skills. You will be expected to be thorough, pay attention to detail and have the ability to be patient and to remain calm in stressful situations.


If you’re a registered nurse ready to take the next step, consider this Level 7 District Nursing Apprenticeship. It’s a role where you’ll work closely with your community, in places like hospitals and homes, managing diverse cases and leading teams. You’ll learn essential skills to assess health needs, organise care effectively, and conduct research that improves nursing practice.

This apprenticeship offers a good salary and paths to advance into senior roles or specialised areas like education or research. It’s a chance to grow professionally while making a real difference in people’s lives.

To register your interest today please click HERE.

Level 7 District Nurse Apprenticeship

Are you interested in working within your community and helping care for others? Learn the steps you need to take to become a district nurse whilst working across a variety of organisations and progressing with your career.

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District Nurse with carer

Jobs and entry criteria for the Level 7 District Nurse Apprenticeship

The district nurse apprenticeship provides opportunities for an apprentice to learn skills in various different organisations and settings for example; primary care, social care, third sector organisations, hospitals including mental health, hospices, prisons and other community services to ensure that patients get the right care, at the right time, every time. Upon graduating from the scheme an average district nurse salary in the UK is £33k with various opportunities following graduation to progress. The district nurse apprenticeship provides outstanding opportunities for your future career pathway and progression onto senior district nurse or a community matron with an achievable salary of £40-47k.

Ready for something new and exciting? The entry requirements for the district nurse apprenticeship include a minimum requirement of Level 3 English and Maths, and already be a registered nurse with 1 – 2 years’ experience. If you haven’t got up to date English and Maths certificates, you will get the opportunity to complete these if needed.

Key responsibilities of a Level 7 District Nurse Apprenticeship

The primary role of a data analyst is to provide end of life care management, make diagnostic decisions, lead caseload management, responsibility for care planning, promote health education, empower and engage the team, participate in research to improve care, implement risk management and manage the evolving shape of services.

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NHS district nurse

District Nurse day to day tasks

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for their own work as an autonomous, independent practitioner, whilst contributing and leading collaborative work with other health and care professionals. Here are some examples of day to day tasks you will undertake:

  • give drugs and injections and treat wounds
  • check breathing and take temperatures and blood pressures
  • help doctors with physical examinations and set up drips
  • monitor the quality of care a patient receives
  • give emotional support and advice to patients and their families
  • teach basic caring skills where needed

Knowledge and skills required

As a district nurse you will need to equip yourself with the knowledge to anticipate problems, and crises and proactively plan to prevent unnecessary hospital admission and facilizing discharge across a range of patient pathways. Demonstrating that you have the knowledge and skills you will need to have the following understandings:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of biology
  • active listening skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

These elements are vital to becoming a successful district nurse and help to show that you are proficient at perusing a career leading others and showing example.


As you have learnt, the level 7 district nurse is an great progression point for any nurse looking to progress and further their career for themselves and their community. The core skills covered will open up a range of further job opportunities. For examples the Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner Level 7 Professional Apprenticeship. Keen apprentices help to help the future and employers are looking for proactive works willing to learn and progress. The type of job roles that will open up over the coming years following your studies will be endless.

For a more assistance for this apprenticeship, you should check out our post on the national career service website or visit our website to read about other tips and tricks for apprenticeships.