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The Advanced Practice in Health Care courses enable experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice. Read more

The Advanced Practice in Health Care courses enable experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice.

Key Features of the Advanced Practice in Health Care

Performance:

  • access to over 20 years accumulating extensive knowledge and experience in Advanced Practice

Teaching and Employability:

  • mapped against the prospective Advanced Nurse Practitioner competencies of the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • complies with the competencies provided by the Royal College of Nursing, 2012 (RCN) and its high standards of course delivery
  • students are taught by a team of active practitioners consisting of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and a Medical Doctor

Advanced Practice in Health Care has been offered at Swansea University since 1992. It is continually refined to ensure it remains at the forefront of contemporary practice.

Modules for the Advanced Practice in Health Care course are designed to enable the clinician to develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of an advanced practitioner i.e. enhanced assessment, diagnostic and disease management skills. Students may also undertake studies for non-medical prescribing.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care course enables students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills in relation to clinical practice to an advanced level.  additionally, they are able to develop their knowledge and skills in their roles as researchers, educators, managers and leaders.

Modules

Modules on the Advanced Practice in Health Care may include:

  • Foundations in Research
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 1
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Advanced Practice and Education
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 2
  • Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership
  • Clinical Assessment for Health Care Scientists
  • Introduction to Research in Professional Practice
  • Planning Research in Professional Practice
  • Advanced Practice for Upper and/or Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopist
  • Developing Autonomous Practice
  • Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
  • Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice
  • Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice
  • The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
  • Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice
  • Developing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
  • Enhancing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
  • Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology
  • Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health
  • Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
  • Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice
  • Partnerships, Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Foundations in Health Promotion
  • Developing Programmes and Evaluation
  • Public Health Practice
  • Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
  • Health Protection
  • Policy Influences on Your Practice
  • Therapeutics and clinical dilemmas in practice
  • Understanding Health and Social Care
  • Public Health Ethics
  • The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
  • Infection Control Strategy, Policy and Practice
  • Advanced Practice and Education
  • Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
  • Developing Practice in Minor Injury and Minor Illnesses
  • Innovating Cancer Rehabilitation Practice
  • Causes and management of critical illness
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
  • APeL Work Based Learning 2
  • Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 1 & 2
  • Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice
  • Managing Primary Care Practice
  • Leadership & Partnership Working in Primary Health Care
  • Advancing Practice in Primary Care
  • Health in Childbearing
  • Introduction to Law and Medicine
  • Philosophy, Ethics & Medicine
  • Psychology of Health care Management
  • Politics and Policies
  • Quality Improvement
  • Comparing Health Care Systems
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care
  • Organising Health Care
  • Evidence and Research for Health Care Management
  • Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
  • Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management
  • Dissertation

Advanced Practice in Health Care Course Structure

The Advanced Practice in Health Care course is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. There are two student intakes per year, one in October and another in March. Students also have access to the extensive facilities at the Singleton Park campus in Swansea.

The course consists of two parts.

For students beginning the course in October, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between October and May for the first two years.

For students beginning the course in March, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between March and January for the first two years, however teaching days are in line with normal University holidays.

Part Two consists of the dissertation which has to be submitted by 30th September in the third year.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme comprises several compulsory modules with some optional modules available.

Students are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, presentations and objective structured clinical examinations. The assessment for each module must be successfully completed.

Who Should Apply?

The Advanced Practice in Health Care is suitable for:

  • experienced registered nurses
  • other healthcare practitioners 

Staff Expertise

The Academic Lead for the Advanced Practice in Health Care team works on a national basis with the Welsh Government on advanced practice policy. Several members of the teaching team have published books and papers on the subject of Advanced Practice. 

Practitioner teachers are employed within the local NHS.

Several members of the teaching team of the Advanced Practice in Health Care course work on committees with Hywel Dda Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Clinical mentors support students in practice.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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This Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. Read more

This Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.

This programme will enable you to practice with a high level of clinical autonomy in roles that require you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of people with undifferentiated and/or complex clinical presentations.

There are two pathways within this Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice: Advanced Practitioner and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. This programme is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role that sits between your own profession and medicine. If you are looking for education as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner this pathway can also meet your needs. Please see below under the 'Modules' tab for further information.

If you are nurse then the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) pathway will be suitable for you. Other healthcare practitioners will be awarded the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Practitioner).

Our nursing is ranked 10th in the world and 3rd amongst UK universities in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2017.

Introducing your course

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner) pathways will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to healthcare methods and practices, preparing you for a clinical practitioner role at an advanced level. Through access to a suite of modules incorporating advanced health assessment, diagnosis and non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced practitioner role within - your health care setting. This pathway is only open to practitioners working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.

Overview

In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice (advanced nursing practice or advanced practice)
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice
  • Apply communication and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
  • Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology.
  • Demonstrate your clinical competence through simulated and practice based clinical assessment.
  • If you are eligible to practice as an independent or supplementary prescriber you will have the opportunity to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification


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We offer three pathways in the Advanced Professional Practice Programme. - Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice for pharmacists to develop the skills required for working in General Practice. Read more

Overview

We offer three pathways in the Advanced Professional Practice Programme:
- Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice for pharmacists to develop the skills required for working in General Practice.

- Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy) incorporating the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Advanced Pharmacy Framework

- Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn) allows health professionals to choose from our range of modules to create their own pathway

Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice:
NHS England has recently announced their intention to invest £15 million pounds to pilot patient facing roles for clinical pharmacists in GP practices. This is a clear sign of that pharmacists are recognised as health professionals who are able to support patients in the management of long term conditions e.g. by optimising medicines. These roles offer exciting opportunities for pharmacists to develop in this area of practice. . If you wish to work in general practice, it is likely that you will need to be working towards or hold a postgraduate pharmacy qualification that includes Independent Prescribing.
Our new postgraduate pathway 'Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice' allows you to combine your choice of modules from across our Community Pharmacy, Advanced Professional Practice and Prescribing Studies programmes (including the Independent Prescribing course) to meet your own personal learning needs whilst working towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters award.

Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy):
The Pharmacy pathway is compatible with the emerging agenda for Advanced and Specialist Practice within the Pharmacy profession and supports the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Faculty Professional Recognition Scheme. Pharmacists who follow this pathway will incorporate the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) (http://www.rpharms.com/faculty-resources/advanced-pharmacy-framework.asp) within their Advanced Professional Practice award and be able to demonstrate competency in all six competency clusters of the framework, ie:
- Expert Professional Practice
- Collaborative Working Relationships
- Leadership
- Management
- Education, Training and Development
- Research and Evaluation

Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn):
Increasing numbers of pharmacists and other health professionals have a career portfolio that crosses the traditional boundaries of community practice, primary care and secondary care and need a programme of continuing professional development that can meet their specific personal professional development needs.
The Open learn pathway of the APP programme is designed to allow pharmacists and other health professionals, particularly medical and non-medical prescribers working in primary care, choice and flexibility in their progression to Certificate, Diploma and Masters awards to meet their specific professional development needs and advance their professional practice. Pharmacists can choose modules from across the Department of Medicines Management/School of Pharmacy postgraduate programmes’ portfolio, including Community Pharmacy and Clinical (Hospital) Pharmacy.
Pharmacists, medical and nonmedical prescribers can choose modules from the Prescribing Studies programme, including the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists, and also modules provided by other Schools within the Faculty of Health, and other Faculties within the University, subject to meeting the specific entry criteria required for individual modules.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/advancedprofessionalpracticepharmacy/

Course Aims

Keele's Pg Advanced Professional Practice Programme aims to:
- Equip you with the clinical and professional knowledge base and skills that you have identified as necessary to fulfil and advance your professional practice

- Provide you with a learning programme that meets your personal professional development needs and that will help you apply your knowledge and skills in daily practice

- Encourage you to develop the self-discipline of private study, self-directed learning and reflective practice that will be continued beyond Keele's Programme in your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

In addition, you will develop valuable practical skills including written and oral communication, and the ability to design a project, collect, analyse and interpret data.

Course Content

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice):
For the ‘Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice’ pathway you may combine modules from our Prescribing Studies programme, Community Pharmacy programme and Advanced Professional Practice programme to meet your learning needs. A total of 60 credits is required to achieve the Certificate award, 120 credits for the Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. The Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists module (60 credits) from the Prescribing Studies programme may only be used towards a Diploma award.

Achievement of the Master’s award requires you to complete the Professional MSc year. The professional MSc year consists of three compulsory modules: Advanced Practice Development (15 credits), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (15 credits) and the Independent Learning Project (30 credits).

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy):
This pathway links to all the clusters of the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) (http://www.rpharms.com/faculty-resources/advanced-pharmacy-framework.asp) You will study modules to allow you to develop in all six clusters of the APF: Expert Professional Practice; Collaborative Working Relationships; Leadership; Management; Education, Training and Development; and Research and Evaluation.

The modules you will study are as follows (more detail about individual modules can be found in the Postgraduate Modules pages):

Year 1 (Certificate Year)
- Advanced Practice Development (30) 30 credits (Continuous module during Years 1 and 2)
- Competency Frameworks for the Advanced Practitioner 15 credits
- Building Working Relationships for the Advanced Practitioner (30) 30 credits

Year 2 (Diploma Year)
- Researching and Evaluating Your Practice 15 credits
- Education Theory and Practice for Health Professionals 15 credits
- Business and Financial Management 15 credits

Year 3 (Master’s year)
- Advanced Practice Development 15 credits
- Independent Learning Project 45 credits

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn)
For the ‘Open Learn’ pathway, a total of 60 credits is required to achieve the Certificate award, 120 credits for the Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. The 15 credit Advanced Practice Development module is compulsory, after that you may chose modules from across our programmes to meet your individual learning needs. A maximum of 30 credits per level of award is permitted from any one programme source for Certificate and Diploma awards. The Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists module (60 credits) from the Prescribing Studies programme may only be used towards a Diploma award.

Our Postgraduate Modules pages will provide you with more information about the modules you can choose from.

Achievement of the Master’s award requires you to complete the Professional MSc year. The professional MSc year consists of three compulsory modules: Advanced Practice Development (15 credits), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (15 credits) and the Independent Learning Project (30 credits).

Teaching & Assessment

The Advanced Professional Practice Programme is designed principally for distance-learning. We provide mainly online distance-learning materials so that you can study where and when it is most convenient for you. Our methods of delivery allow us to revise and update the course quickly to meet your changing needs as a pharmacist.

Students on the 'Pharmacy' Pathway will be required to attend Keele for occasional face to face study days. Students on the 'Open Learn' pathway maybe required to attend Keele, depending on their module choices.

The Advanced Professional Practice Programme is fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. You’re not on your own! And, don’t forget the network of other pharmacists on the course whom you can contact.

You will require the equivalent of 1-2 days (approximately 10-15 hours) each week to complete your course. Remember that the online nature of our course materials, and the fact that a good proportion of the assessed work focuses on your daily practice, means that you can integrate study and work.

Assessment is entirely by coursework for the Certificate, Diploma and MSc courses. A variety of assessment methods are used such as Practice-Based Assignments that will assess your knowledge, problem-solving skills, and data interpretation skills in relation to application of knowledge to practice, patient care and medicines management. Case Presentations assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. An Audit Project, Practice-Based Assignments, Project Protocol Development and the Independent Study Project Report assess ‘thinking’ and practical skills, and your ability to plan, conduct and report on an investigation. They also assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. Your Reflective Portfolio also assesses your ability to relate theory to practice, and self evaluation of, and reflection on, your own performance and CPD needs.

The nature of the assessments develops your written and oral communication skills. Practical skills and key life/transferable skills are assessed within the methods described above. Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking; these are explained in the relevant Course Handbooks. The minimum pass mark is 50%.

The summative assessment is supported by a variety of formative assessment activities that include online discussions, formative feedback on elements of the reflective portfolio, contributions to study days and feedback on draft proposals.

Additional Costs

For all programmes you will need regular access to a computer, email and the internet. However apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for our postgraduate programmes, with the exception of those listed below.

Some modules may require that you attend a Webinar. You may find it beneficial to purchase a headset to participate in webinars, however this is not essential if your computer has a built in microphone and speakers.

Some modules may require that you travel to Keele for a study day. There will be additional travel and accommodation costs (if required) to attend any face to face study days.

Study Days

Students on the Pharmacy Pathway will be required to attend Keele for some face to face study days. For further information please contact Bev Oakden.

Students who incorporate the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course into the ‘Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice’ award will be required to attend Keele for some study days. For further information please refer to the ‘Independent Prescribing’ section of our website.

Whilst the majority of our modules are delivered at a distance, a small number may require attendance at Keele. Please contact Bev Oakden or Amanda Salt to discuss your choice of modules and any attendance requirements.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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The Advanced Critical Care Practice course aims to. further develop experienced critical care nurses to become advanced practitioners in line with current health policy; . Read more

The Advanced Critical Care Practice course aims to:

  • further develop experienced critical care nurses to become advanced practitioners in line with current health policy; 
  • provide practitioners with the clinical skills and knowledge to provide safe, ethical, competent, evidence based care and treatment at an advanced level in the critical care environment.

Key Features of the Advanced Critical Care Practice Course:

Performance:

  • access to over 20 years accumulating extensive knowledge and experience in Advanced Practice

Teaching and Employability:

  • mapped against the prospective Advanced Nurse Practitioner competencies of the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • complies with the competencies provided by the Royal College of Nursing, 2012 (RCN) and its high standards of course delivery
  • students are taught by a team of active practitioners consisting of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and a Medical Doctor

The MSc Advanced Critical Care Practice will prepare experienced nurses and other appropriate health care professionals in collaboration with the local health service to become a highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioner. The Advanced Critical Care Practice course will draw on the skills and knowledge of those who contribute to the established MSc Advanced Practice in Health Care and will also share the core clinical modules of that programme. A further three new modules have been developed in order to meet the particular needs of the clinician in the critical care environment.

This part-time Advanced Critical Care Practice programme will enable the development of experienced critical care nurses to:

  • become advanced practitioners in line with current health policy.
  • provide practitioners with the clinical skills and knowledge to provide safe, ethical, competent, evidence based care and treatment at an advanced level in the critical care environment.
  • develop the practitioners’ knowledge and skills with regard to their roles as managers and leaders in the context of advanced practice.
  • develop the practitioners’ knowledge and skills with regard to their role as educators.
  • develop practitioners’ skills and knowledge in relation to working in partnership with patients, families and other professionals in the provision of the highest standard of health care.

Modules

Modules on the Advanced Critical Care Practice course may include:

  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 1
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 2
  • Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice
  • Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing (HCPC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice (HCPC)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (GPhC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice
  • Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing (NMC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice (NMC)
  • Advancing Your Own Practice
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Practice Portfolio Dissertation

Advanced Critical Care Practice Course Structure

The MSc/PGDip in Advanced Critical Care Practice course draws on the skills and knowledge of those who contribute to the established MSc/PGDip Advanced Practice in Healthcare and shares the same core clinical modules.

MSc students complete parts 1 and 2, PGDip students complete part 1 only.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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Initially students will enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma award. If they are successful they can apply to undertake the top-up MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award by completing the 60 credit Dissertation module. Read more
Initially students will enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma award. If they are successful they can apply to undertake the top-up MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award by completing the 60 credit Dissertation module. Graduates from the full MSc course will receive confirmation that they have completed an RCN Accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner pathway.

The School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University has been delivering high quality Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) education for over 20 years, with demand increasing year on year. While initially the focus was on developing experienced nurses working in primary care settings, this has subsequently expanded to include nurses from secondary and tertiary services.

This course has therefore been developed for both experienced qualified registered nurses and other health professionals working in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings, who wish to undertake advanced clinical education at master's level. This education will provide high-quality preparation not only for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) but also for Advanced Clinical Practitioners and health professionals who need to work at a higher level of practice.

RCN Accreditation

While not all of the students undertaking this course will be nurses, other health professionals will benefit from the rigorous standards set by the RCN Accreditation unit for advanced nurse practitioner preparation. Their standards are currently the only quality marker for Advanced Practitioner preparation in England. RCN Accreditation indicates that this course has been evaluated against 15 standards and associated criteria for educational preparation and judged to prepare practitioners to an advanced level (RCN, 2012).

Further, in accordance with the RCN endorsement (2012), the course has also been designed to comply with the Department of Health (England) (2010) position statement on Advanced Level Nursing.

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 August 2021.

Modules

PgDip:

The structure for the course comprises of a prescribed sequence of six compulsory modules, the order depending on the start date (September or January) and the rate of progression.

Each 20 credit module accounts for 200 hours of total student effort. This typically comprises of 36 – 42 classroom contact hours, 14 blended learning activity hours, practice based learning hours (equivalent to a minimum of 3 hours per week) and the remainder for self-directed study.

A range of assessment strategies will be used to reflect the academic, clinical and professional aspects of the programme. This includes use of exams, a written case study, an essay, completion of a Practice Based Learning record including Practice Facilitator feedback and evaluation of practice, OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and production of a clinical portfolio including patient feedback.

The first part of the course includes:

Physiological Principles for Advanced Clinical Practice
Clinical Assessment Skills for Advanced Practice
Non Medical Prescribing

The second part of the course includes:

Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice
Leadership and Research Skills for Advanced Practice

There is an option for the final module according to work setting from:

Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Community and Primary Care)
Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Emergency Care)
Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Acute and Critical Care)

The Complexity modules share a common learning framework and approach to assessment but the focus, content and assessment requirements are adapted for the context.

MSc (top-up):

Students can progress to undertake the Dissertation module (60 credits) to gain the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award.

Teaching and learning

There are a range of facilities to support teaching practice skills and simulation. These include the skills laboratories, clinical and simulation equipment, themed notice boards, resources, anatomical models and the media/skills technicians who maintain the labs and prepare for sessions.

Students are supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) using “Moodle”. Students have access to the VLE using a web browser from home, from campus, or when mobile if they have a smart phone or tablet. Open access computers are provided in the Library and Learning Resource Centre on our Southwark campus. These computers enable access to the internet, email, Microsoft office and other supported software. Direct IT helplines are available to support students

E-learning will complement face-to-face delivery for all modules within the course, with 14 specific hours assigned to blended learning activities in each timetable.

Skills workshop

A four day workshop will continue to be provided mid-way through the course, to give the opportunity for students to practise, consolidate and develop their new skills in a supervised, supportive environment. This is currently used as an effective strategy which is very highly evaluated by our students.

Placements

Practice based learning requirements
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) (2007) identify that learning within the work place is integral to a higher education programme and is demonstrated through engagement within the practice environment. This is particularly important for preparation for a course of this nature; for any students, even those with many years of experience, some of the areas covered by the programme will be new such as history-taking, physical examination skills, ordering and interpreting investigations, making differential diagnoses, pharmacology, prescribing, social sciences and mental health assessment, etc. One of the key requirements for the course is that the practice experience provides learning opportunities that enable students to achieve the course learning outcomes (RCN, 2012) and so in order to ensure this, learning in practice is purposely structured and assessed.

Students will spend the equivalent of 3 hours per week working in a "supernumerary capacity" in order to focus specifically on their clinical and professional development. This requirement extends beyond the University semesters to include the summer periods.

Practice Based Learning is supported through identification of a doctor/qualified Advanced Practitioner to act as the student's "Practice Facilitator" to initially supervise and subsequently support their clinical development. Other experienced senior clinicians can also supervise and support student development.

Evidence of practice based learning (36 hours of direct supervision and 180 hours of indirect supervised clinical practice) and feedback on progress is used as an element of assessment on the following modules: 1. Clinical Assessment Skills for Advanced Practice [Level 7] 2. Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice [Level 7] 3. Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice [Level 7]

The overall total for supervised hours through successful completion of these modules is 648 hours.

Employability

Graduate and employer surveys and feedback indicate our graduates are making a positive impact on patient care and service innovation in general practices, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units, emergency departments, projects for refugees, asylum seekers and homeless populations, elderly care facilities, “out of hours” developments, rapid response services, intermediate care teams, prison services, acute medical and surgical teams, critical-care outreach and specialist hospital services.

Some of our graduates are now lead nurses within social enterprises, nurse partners in general practices, nurse representatives on commissioning boards, community matrons and consultant nurses. To date two graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral studies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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This programme aims to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles, through facilitating your capability to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level. Read more

This programme aims to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles, through facilitating your capability to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level.

Overview

This innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, developed in collaboration with health care professionals, is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles.

Modern healthcare practice has seen traditional professional boundaries change to reflect the demands of national healthcare policy, the scope of practice and patient needs. Increasingly, advanced practitioners in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions have to be prepared both academically and clinically to deliver complex care traditionally delivered by doctors.

This course aims to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a four-year, part-time programme, and is made up of 180 credits, including five taught modules of up to 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).

In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, you are required to undertake the core Research and Study Skills modules plus three optional modules of your choice, from a defined menu.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 1200 hours of associated clinical practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated advanced practitioner.

In addition to the group discussions, each student will have the opportunity for five individual tutorials per Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio module with their academic supervisor. The DSMP will support the completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio.

Distinctive features

  • The portfolio offers an innovative alternative to a dissertation, created to take into account the nature of the advanced practitioner role.
  • Our state of the art clinical simulation and clinical skills laboratories enable the development of skills in a safe environment that mirrors the clinical environment.
  • This is a clinically focused course that integrates the anatomy and physiology, altered physiology and advanced practice competencies required to underpin the treatments and decisions made in clinical practice.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Seminars and case presentations support learning alongside the situational analyses of advanced practice. The use of e-learning materials, self-directed study guides, indicative reading lists provided by both University staff and clinically-based medical consultants and professionals will support your development. The use of clinical simulation and clinical skills laboratories will enhance the development of your skills in a safe environment. Additional proformas will be utilised according to your speciality, to allow you to develop skills appropriate to your clinical area of practice.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives students the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing their own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables them to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.

Feedback

We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

Career prospects

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice.

It addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments.

Testimonials include the following:

“After 15 years of Critical Care I still have the desire to progress in my career. Although I love education, I do not want to go down the formal lecturing pathway. The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice will allow me to meet the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner framework competencies, and therefore to work clinically at an advanced level, continuing to use my acquired skills and share them with others. Ultimately this benefits patients and other staff.”

"The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice. Developed by experts in both critical care and emergency care in conjunction with Cardiff University, this course addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments."



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Extend your knowledge and skills to advance levels within your specialist area of practice, through a selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice. Read more

Extend your knowledge and skills to advance levels within your specialist area of practice, through a selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice.

Develop a critical awareness of current problems, gaining new insight at the forefront of your area of advanced practice that enables further strategic development of practice (and practice knowledge).

The distinctive features of the Masters programme are its 600 practice hours and its focus on the four pillars of advanced practice. This means that the programme produces practitioners who are able to think at a high level in practice, but who also underpin their practice with a high level of scholarship. The programme therefore provides a first-class opportunity for post-registration learning in practice.

You will be supported by a medical or clinical mentor over the two taught years, a value-added feature of the advanced clinical practice course that is not available in a traditional master’s course. Further, the development of a practice portfolio over the taught elements of the programme demonstrate the student’s capacity to function at an autonomous level in practice, while also illustrating the ability to consider the complex needs of their patients/clients. This again is generally not a feature of a traditional master’s course, and allows students to review and apply enhanced knowledge in practice as part of their clinical roles.

In order to facilitate this, applicants to the advanced clinical practice course will be required to have a responsible role in practice and to either be working as an autonomous practitioner, or to be able to secure a trainee advanced practitioner role.

The programme team work in partnership with the University Health Board and Wales Ambulance Service Trust to select candidates appropriate for this course interviewing applicants.

Key Course Features

-The course features a programme structure based on a 50% theory and 50% practice divide in programme hours

-Assessment of practice learning through a portfolio of evidence allows the student to demonstrate their progression in practice

The programme aims to enable experienced professionals to:

-Develop a systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of their specialist field of practice.

-Develop a critical awareness of current problems, gaining new insights at the forefront of their area of advanced practice that enable further strategic development of practice and practice knowledge.

-Enable practitioners to inform, enhance and develop their competency within their field of practice.

-Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their subject area through the planning and execution of level 7 enquiry.

What Will You Study?

Having studied 60 credits in year one, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. Year one comprises Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice and Non-Medical Prescribing OR Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice, Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice and a negotiated/optional module (for non-prescribing practitioners) for the Advanced Clinical Practice generic route.

For the Therapies route students will study; Assessment And Intervention, Clinical Evaluation and either Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice or a negotiated/optional module.

Students wishing to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma will have studied 120 credits, and will have completed 60 credits in year one plus 60 credits from year two. All students will have studied Research Methods and Advancing Clinical Practice plus either a negotiated module or an optional module. In this way, students will have a structured approach that meets their professional needs, but which allows shared learning across disciplines to take place. As the students are practitioners working in a multi-professional environment in clinical practice, this framework of common elements with the opportunity for optional modules builds on multi-professional learning, but promotes the development of the students’ professional practice within their own speciality.

In year three all students will study the Dissertation. This is a module that is core to all health masters programmes and which allows a variety of approaches to the final project. Within the advanced practice curriculum, it is expected that students will direct their enquiry to a topic important to them as practitioners, and to which they will bring a level of enquiry that demonstrates, and is related to, their position as an advanced practitioner.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice/Advanced Clinical Practice (Therapies) course, students will be eligible to apply for advanced practice roles in a variety of settings, and in Wales, students will be eligible to use the title ‘Advanced’ on completion of the MSc. As it is validated by the relevant PSRBs, on completion of the Non-Medical Prescribing module, students will be able to record this qualification with their professional body (NMC, HCPC, GPhC).

Other admission requirements

To be accepted on to the programme candidates must:

-Hold current registration with a professional statutory body pertaining to their area of advanced practice.

-Have a minimum of two years full time equivalent post-registration clinical experience.

-Be employed in a clinical role with a high level of autonomy or Be able to secure a placement to the above for a minimum of two days per week or Be in a Trainee Advanced Practitioner role.

-Have a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) (for those students undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing and Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice modules) and have mentorship support during their practice placement from their employing organisation.

-Obtain a satisfactory DBS certificate.

-*Candidates without a full honours degree at 2:2 and above will be required to submit a 1,500 word essay on a topic chosen by the admissions team as part of the induction process. Alternatively, recent successful completion of an appropriate level 6 module such as Research Methods, Non-Medical Prescribing at level 6 or Preparing for Master’s Level Study will allow admission to the programme, subject to programme team agreement.



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Our MSc programmes are ideal if you are a graduate or professional in the civil engineering, structural engineering or construction sector and want to deepen and broaden your technical knowledge and understanding of specialised areas. Read more

Our MSc programmes are ideal if you are a graduate or professional in the civil engineering, structural engineering or construction sector and want to deepen and broaden your technical knowledge and understanding of specialised areas.

Course details

There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Civil and Structural Engineering – one year full time
  • MSc Civil and Structural Engineering – two years part time
  • MSc Civil and Structural Engineering (with Advanced Practice) – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.

The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering (with Advanced Practice) offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by completing an internship, research or study abroad experience in addition to the content of the one-year MSc. Our MSc helps you to enhance your technical skills in various core areas of civil engineering that are in demand in the construction industry, such as advanced geotechnics and river and coastal engineering. You further develop your conceptual understanding of critical aspects of structural engineering, such as advanced structural analysis and design, and become familiar with complex analysis and design techniques, modelling the causes and solutions of problems involving the real behaviour of structures. You also acquire an advanced knowledge and understanding of the design of structures under dynamic and earthquake conditions. Advanced project planning and visualisation methods, such as building information modelling, are also integrated into the course.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc Civil and Structural Engineering is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (representing the ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT) as a technical master's. This means it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates who have already acquired a CEng-accredited BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

By completing this professionally accredited MSc you benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status. It also helps improve your job prospects, enhancing your career and earning potential. Some companies show preference for graduates who possess a professionally accredited qualification.

The Joint Board of Moderators represents the following four professional bodies:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Institute of Highway Engineers

The two-year MSc Civil and Structural Engineering with Advanced Practice incorporates all the elements of the one-year MSc and adds to these the advanced practice module. The new title is being prepared for formal recognition as an accredited title.

What you study

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

Examples of past MSc research projects include:

  • Shear strength of composite and non-composite steel beam and concrete slab construction
  • Investigation into the self-healing capability of bacterial concrete
  • A review of the use of smart materials and technologies in cable stayed bridge construction
  • FRP and its use as structural components
  • Non-linear modelling of ground performance under seismic conditions

Course structure

Core modules

  • Advanced Geotechnics
  • Advanced Project Planning and Visualisation
  • Advanced Structural Analysis with Dynamics
  • Advanced Structural Design
  • Advanced Structural Engineering
  • Practical Health and Safety Skills
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Research Project (Advanced Practice)
  • River and Coastal Engineering

Advanced Practice options

  • Research Internship
  • Study Abroad
  • Vocational Internship

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems. 

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. It may include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

Employability

The course equips you with the relevant technical and transferrable skills to pursue a career as a civil or structural engineer or technical manager with leading multidisciplinary consultancies or contractors, as well as research and government organisations.



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Through the ethos of research-led teaching, our MSc in Advanced Biological Sciences will provide you with an innovative and rewarding experience within… Read more
Through the ethos of research-led teaching, our MSc in Advanced Biological Sciences will provide you with an innovative and rewarding experience within an excellent environment of state-of-the-art research laboratories, cutting-edge provision for proteomics, genomics, advanced genome sequencing and analysis, a cell imaging suite, transgenic plants facility and an NMR centre for protein structure analysis.

The School has developed bespoke pathways to MSc awards across all of its research areas, affording applicants the opportunity to develop their own postgraduate degree programmes. These new programmes can therefore be based around your particular areas of interest. The title of your degree award will reflect your pathway of choice, which in turn reflects the research interest of the research grouping, for example, MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Molecular Oncology).

You will be able to choose from a series of taught modules to ensure that you develop the correct academic background and skills to excel in research. You will also be offered a flexible but guided programme of study, which will enable you to develop your leadership, information technology and professional skills.

Pathways include:

Advanced Biological Sciences (Animal Sciences)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Bioinformatics)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Biotechnology)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Cell Signalling)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Chemical Biology)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Evolution and Behavioural Biology)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Food Security)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Functional and Comparative Genomics)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Host: Parasite Biology)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Human Immunity)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Microbiology)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Molecular Oncology)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Plant Sciences)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Post-Genomic Science)
Advanced Biological Sciences (Structural Biology)

Projects

Research projects offered in previous years include:

Combining species-specific and site-specific conservation: towards a more integrated conservation effort
Interference interactions between Staphylococcus aureus and other members of the nasal microflora
Preparation of recombinant S100P protein for interaction studies
Investigating the activity of potential malarial therapeutics
From mate choice to partner preference
MCL-1 as a regulator of apoptosis in myeloid cell lines
Using experimental evolution to test diffuse coevolution theory in host-symbiont interactions.

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The MSc Advanced Practice is a generic programme with seven specific pathways and can lead to the award of the specifically named degree. Read more

Course Overview

The MSc Advanced Practice is a generic programme with seven specific pathways and can lead to the award of the specifically named degree:
- MSc Advanced Practice (Audiology)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Dietetics)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Housing)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Musculoskeletal Studies)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Public Health Emergencies)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Speech and Language Therapy)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Sport and Exercise Nutrition​)

It is intended that the programme provides for flexible, variable progression that is responsive to student and employer continuous professional learning needs and the constantly changing practice environment.

Any modules at Level 7 (Masters level) studied elsewhere, that meet the learning needs of the student, can be incorporated into the module mix via the Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) procedure. In addition, it is recognised that many professions engage with CPD activities which are not credit rated. The Reflection on Prior Learning module is a 20 credit level 7 generic option module where students can use relevant CPD activities to critically reflect on those experiences and produce a reflective statement and portfolio.

The programme has been designed to meet the four pillars of Advanced Practice. Further information can be found at: http://www.weds.wales.nhs.uk/advanced-practice.

The modules will be delivered in a blended learning pattern (blocks of teaching with on-line resources) as far as possible.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/MSc-Advanced-Practice-.aspx

Entry Requirements for specific pathways:​

Dietetics - candidates should be registered Dietitians with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Speech and Language Therapy - candidates should be registered Speech and Language Therapists with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Sports and Exercise Nutrition – candidates should have a first degree in Dietetics, Nutrition or Sports and Exercise Science.

Selection Procedure:
Candidates will be considered by the course director and at least one other member of the course team and may be invited to interview. At this stage there will be discussion about the potential areas that the candidate wishes to study as well as consideration of developmental needs.

​Course Content​

The course will have three defined exit points:
- ​Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) – provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills required to begin to develop practice as an Advanced Practitioner.

- Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) – provides students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to function as an Advanced Practitioner.

- Master of Science (MSc) – this aimed at those students who wish to continue their academic study and undertake an extended applied research project which must be relevant to practice.

The structure of the programme is designed, where appropriate, to be flexible and meet the needs of the individual learner. Students can opt to study individual modules for their continuous professional development (CPD); there is a separate fees basis for this type of study.

- Audiology:
The audiology modules focus on diagnosis and assessment in several specific areas of clinical audiology by providing advanced theoretical knowledge and training. The modules are intended to provide post-registration education and will be included in the accredited CPD training list of the professional body (British Academy of Audiology, BAA).

- Dietetics:
The Dietetics pathway is intended to support and promote continuing professional development of dietitians and their practice. As such, it will help meet the needs of those wishing to progress and evidence their ability to work at Advanced Practitioner level in the NHS.

- Housing:
The Housing pathway focuses on the core learning outcomes which set the foundations for all members to achieve CIH CM (Chartered Membership). The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have set a benchmark for Chartered membership which demonstrates that a Chartered member not only has relevant and up to date knowledge but can use this by applying a range of appropriate skills and behaviours in a professional manner. This includes working to the CIH code of professional ethics.

- Musculoskeletal Studies:
The Musculoskeletal Studies pathway is aimed at HCPC registered practitioners – or equivalent – who are involved in the management of lower limb musculoskeletal conditions across a range of patient groups. This has typically included Podiatrists and Physiotherapists,. A key feature is the emphasis on developing an evidence-based approach to practice, and students are challenged to critically analyse a range of issues related to multiple facets of musculoskeletal practice.

- Public Health Emergencies:
The School has worked with the WHO-Collaborating Centre (Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards, Public Health England) to develop teaching and training materials on The Public Health Management of Major Incidents, Disasters and Events. The pathway is aimed at policy makers, public and environmental-health professionals, together with clinicians and physicians, this course will provide a contemporary, bespoke and unique approaches to major incident management, drawing upon a number of presentations, case studies, scenarios and international guidance.

- Speech and Language Therapy:
The Speech and Language pathway is intended to support and promote continuing professional development of Speech and Language Therapists and their practice. As such, it will help meet the needs of those wishing to progress and evidence their ability to work at Advanced Practitioner level in the NHS.

- Sport and Exercise Nutrition:
There is a demand for this pathway from Dietitians, Nutritionists and those with a Sport and Exercise Science background. The modules on offer have been aligned to the SENr requirements and accreditation will be sought in the future.

Learning & Teaching

The teaching and learning opportunities on the programme are appropriate for students accessing the modules and have been designed to facilitate the development of the advanced practitioner.

Traditionally Masters level programmes are delivered on a day-a-week basis but increasing work pressures make this form of delivery unsustainable. To accommodate these changes to working practices, most modules will be delivered in a blended format; i.e. with blocks of teaching and online resources.

Module delivery will vary according to specific learning needs but will include lectures, tutorial and seminars, as well as extensive use of Moodle, the Virtual Learning Environment used at the University.

The work based learning modules are ideally suited to flexible learning as they delivered in the work place. Students undertaking these modules are allocated a supervisor from the teaching team and meetings are arranged to suit the student as well as email/telephone contact.

The dissertation also allows this flexibility as students are expected to undertake the research in their place of work. All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will offer academic and pastoral support and guidance on pathway specific and option modules to select to meet their individual learning needs.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by coursework; the type varies according to the modules and can include the completion of a portfolio, presentations, reflections, reports and case studies. All the modules are externally moderated. Wherever possible students will be offered formative assessments and feedback.

Employability & Careers​

The Professional working at Masters Level will be able to lead and contribute to developments in their profession through a more pro-active, critical and reflective approach. Additionally they will be an agent of change, a leader and act as an advocate of their profession. Employability will be enhanced by professions who undertake modules on a CPD basis and NHS professionals will be able to use the awards towards gaining recognition as an Advanced Practitioner.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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There are 3 formal progression points. - Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making (60 Credits). Read more

Overview

There are 3 formal progression points:
- Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making (60 Credits)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Advancing Clinical Practice (120 Credits)
- MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (180 Credits)

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/mscadvancedclinicalpractice/

Course Aims

It is expected that on completion of this Award the student will be a recognised Advanced Clinical Practitioner (HEWM, 2015) with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices.

Entry Requirements

New entrants to Advanced Clinical Practice:
Also, to become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner must have:
Commitment to providing protected learning time for the trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner during the MSc and this is equivalent to:
- One day a week in University (or equivalent) reading, writing and other academic activities.
- One day a week protected time for supported clinical practice (or equivalent)

- Applicants without a first degree:
Universities have a separate policy for applicants who do not hold a first degree at 2:2 but have substantial and relevant clinical or prior study experience.

- Exisiting Practitioners:
Existing Practitioners who are currently working in an Advanced Clinical Practice role and do not have a MSc level of education have options to either complete the Masters or continue in the role and update in-line with their CPD requirements.
There are ‘Top Up’ arrangements for existing Practitioners who do not have a full Masters degree. They have the option to complete the degree and to do this they would need to be in a relevant Advanced Clinical Practice post and supported by their organisation.

- Employers:
All organisations supporting staff to undertake an Advanced Clinical Practice course will need to ensure as part of their workforce plans the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner is embedded within their organisation structures. Once the trainee is a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner, there will need to be on-going support from the Trust

Teaching & Assessment

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Award is a programme of 180 credits aimed at multi-professional groups delivered by HEIs in the West Midlands which aims to meet the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice, using a blended leaning approach, including:
- Inter-professional classroom based sessions including, seminars, tutorials, library, self-directed, KLE activities
- Clinical Competency Portfolio
- Reflective Journal
- OSCEs
- Written assignments
- Clinical skills education using simulation
- Physical examination
- Shadowing
- Coaching
- Supervision and Mentoring
- Patient / Carer feedback

Approximately 80% of the curriculum for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice is recognised as ‘core’ curriculum applicable to an Advanced Clinical Practitioner working in any health discipline and setting. The other 20% of the curriculum will be negotiated between Keele and you in order to consider education/training/modules required to support your advanced clinical role.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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This MRes Advanced Biological Sciences lets you take your enthusiasm deeper with a research project carried out over a full calendar year supported by 4 modules that further develop your skills and knowledge. Read more

This MRes Advanced Biological Sciences lets you take your enthusiasm deeper with a research project carried out over a full calendar year supported by 4 modules that further develop your skills and knowledge.

The Institute of Integrative Biology

The Institute of Integrative Biology lies at the heart of a thriving science campus in Liverpool city centre. Based primarily in the Biosciences Building with additional sites at Leahurst Veterinary Field Station and Ness Botanic Gardens, we provide one of the most diverse, vibrant and integrated biosciences environments in the UK. The Institute comprises 220 staff (including 75 Principal Investigators) and 150 postgraduate students.

We have well established world-class research facilities that support scientists across all four of the Institute's research themes:

  • Dynamics and management of host-microbe interactions
  • Molecular basis of therapeutic targeting
  • From genes to biological systems
  • Adaptation to environmental change

Research in the Institute spans the complete range of biological scales from genes and genetic regulation through proteins, post-translational modification and cellular function to whole organisms, populations and ecosystems. We use state-of-the-art “omics” technologies to generate large data-sets both within and across these scales. We also develop new mathematical and computational models to make sure we can fully exploit these data.

The facilities include the Centre for Genomic Research, the GeneMill Synthetic Biology Laboratory, the Centre for Proteome Research, the Computational Biology Facility, the Centre for Cell Imaging, the NMR Centre for Structural Biology, the Barkla X-laboratory of Biophysics and the Henry Wellcome Laboratory of Mammalian Behaviour and Evolution. There are also excellent cell, microbial and plant culture facilities.

Through our research partnerships with companies such as Unilever, strong global links into major research organisations in Europe, Japan, Brazil, USA and China and our scientific outreach to schools and the community, we are having true impact across the world. Our postgraduate students enjoy a first class experience with strong supervision and mentorship in an exciting research environment. Our Athena SWAN Gold award is evidence of our full commitment to providing opportunities for development to all, regardless of background or gender. 

What is in the MRes Advanced Biological Sciences ?

This Master of Research programme is designed for those who want to move on to a research career. The programme consists of a 120 credit research project, during which you will work alongside PhD students and full-time researchers as a member of one of our research groups.

This is supported by four 15 credit taught M-level modules. At least two of these will deepen your scientific knowledge relevant to your research project. They will be selected from advanced taught modules in areas of animal behaviour, cancer biology, medical genetics, environmental biology, food security, microbiology, bioinformatics or biochemistry. There is one compulsory module in research methods and their applications within the life sciences and a second compulsory module is taken from a selection that include statistics, programming for life sciences, professional & employability skills or bespoke skills development.

The result is many pathways to MRes awards, affording applicants the opportunity to develop their own postgraduate degree programmes.

The taught modules take place in the autumn and spring semesters, alongside your initial work on your research project. In the summer semester you concentrate on your research.

The degree programme can therefore be based around your particular areas of interest. The title of your degree award will reflect your pathway of choice.

Example pathways

Advanced Biological Sciences (Animal Sciences)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Bioinformatics)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Biotechnology)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Cell Signalling)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Chemical Biology)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Evolution and Behavioural Biology)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Food Security)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Functional and Comparative Genomics)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Host: Parasite Biology)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Microbiology)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Molecular Oncology)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Plant Sciences)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Structural Biology)

Advanced Biological Sciences (Post-Genomic Sciences)

The taught modules ensure that you develop the academic background and skills to excel in research.

Non-native English speakers are offered support in communication skills. This is taught by members of The University's English Language Unit and is designed to improve your English in a scientific context.

From molecules to humans, individuals to ecosystems, our research programmes – and scientists – are making a difference. Join us on the journey.



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This Advanced Clinical Practice Masters provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. Read more

This Advanced Clinical Practice Masters provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.

This is a pathway through the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice which enables the successful student to apply for associate membership with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner.

Introducing your degree

The aim of the programme is to support your ongoing development as a knowledgeable and skilful practitioner in your specialist area. On successful completion of this award you will be enabled to assume a leading role in the provision of high quality, evidence based health and social care which is underpinned by a robust and scientific theoretical knowledge base.

Overview

In the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice, and specifically in relation to the role of advanced critical care practitioner
  • Examine the nature and use of advanced practice, communication and decision-making skills
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice
  • Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to your professional role within advanced critical care
  • Enable you to build on your knowledge, skills and competence to become a clinical expert and/or leader in your chosed field of advanced critical care

View the programme specification document for this course



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This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Read more

This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. It is intended for experienced healthcare professionals and for those wishing to formalise and develop their role as an advanced clinical practitioner. The course seeks to focus on decision-making, diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical management. You share learning with others from an extensive range of multi-professional backgrounds to create a vibrant and challenging learning environment.

The core modules focus on the four elements of advanced practice • clinical practice • education • managerial/leadership • research and flexibility is built into this course to enable you to tailor the course and focus on your area of specialism using a wide choice of elective modules.

Recognition of prior credited learning and recognition of prior experiential learning have been adopted for these awards to facilitate entry to the course.

The course enables you to

  • develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviours required to function as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • apply advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and disease processes when undertaking patient assessment and diagnosis
  • use a range of knowledge to underpin safe decision making when implementing appropriate pharmacological interventions, and prescribe medications when legally permitted as part of the advance practitioner's role
  • engage with a range of theoretical perspectives, contemporary research and evidence based literature to support clinical reasoning relevant to your supervised advanced clinical practice
  • enhance employability through the development of transferable skills and intellectual attributes necessary for lifelong learning.

Learning in multi-professional groups and being taught by a multi-professional teaching team creates a vibrant and challenging learning environment to enhance and extend your knowledge of working in transformational roles such as Advanced Clinical Practice.

This course is designed to provide a platform of essential skills, supported by a variety of pathways that provides you with a genuine choice. This range seeks to provide you with the opportunity to critically discuss cases, demonstrate knowledge within a simulation and develop critical appraisal skills.

You also take part in practical assessments that are designed to ensure that you are safe and able to make judicious clinical decisions based on your knowledge and understanding. The range of your practice related learning is recorded and documented in the Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (PPDP), which is a personal record of learning through the course. The format of your e-portfolio will be dependent on local and professional body requirements.

The course is structured around a combination of both core and elective modules, some of which are delivered via distance learning.

There is an extensive range of elective modules which may be accessed according to individual need and availability. 

Course structure

Year one core modules

  • advanced physical assessment & consultation skills (30 credits)

Year one options

One of the below elective modules

  • non-medical prescribing (30 credits, if relevant to your role)
  • pathophysiology and pharmacology for advanced management (30 credits, if relevant to your role)
  • pharmacist independent prescribing (30 credits, if relevant to your role)

Year two core modules

  • contemporary issues in advanced practice (15 credits; taught or distance learning)
  • researching for practice (15 credits; taught or distance learning)

Year two options

  • minor illness management (30 credits)
  • minor injury management (30 credits)
  • managing the acutely unwell patient (30 credits)
  • managing long term conditions (30 credits)
  • personalised study module (distance learning or taught) (15 credits)
  • personalised study module (distance learning) (30 credits)
  • evidencing your cpd (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • core principles of paediatrics in primary care & the acute sector (30 credits)
  • advancing paediatric management improving care in the primary and acute sector (30 credits)
  • chest radiographic image interpretation -acute and emergency care (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • appendicular musculoskeletal radiographic imaging interpretation (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • introduction to healthcare education (distance learning or taught) (30 credits)
  • leadership in adult safeguarding (30 credits)

Year three options

  • 45 credit dissertation*
  • 60 credit dissertation

* Note that if opting for the 45 credit version you can chose up to 45 credits from the elective modules, or if you do the 60 credit version, you can choose up to 30 credits maximum from the elective modules.

Assessment

  • written assignments
  • reflective case studies
  • examinations
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • videos and practical assessments

Employability

Successful completion of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will prepare you to seek an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) post or if already employed as a trainee ACP, to formalise this post with a nationally recognised academic qualification. Successful completion also provides the practitioner with the skill set to take on a more strategic leadership role within a secondary or primary health care setting.

Some typical case study examples of career progression opportunities taken by similarly qualified graduates are • advanced clinical practitioner - emergency department • advanced clinical practitioner - specialist paramedics (emergency and urgent care) • advanced clinical practitioner (trainee) - pharmacist • advanced clinical practitioner - complex mental health needs in prison • advanced clinical practitioner - chartered physiotherapist



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The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner(Neonatal/Child/Adult/Mental Health) provides an opportunity for you as a health or social care professional (nurses and allied health professionals) to explore this developing role. Read more

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner(Neonatal/Child/Adult/Mental Health) provides an opportunity for you as a health or social care professional (nurses and allied health professionals) to explore this developing role.

You will explore dimensions of advanced practice through the four pillars of:

  • Advanced Practice: Clinical Practice
  • Leadership
  • Facilitation of Learning & Evidence
  • Research and Development

Through innovative assessments strategies, students will be encouraged to reflect on their learning and to share their experience further, providing an opportunity for inter-professional learning within the academic setting.

The course aims to create graduates who have the ability to adapt and respond to the evolving practice role within a variety of clinical settings. It will develop the student’s knowledge and ability to create robust and credible advanced practice skills which impact on health outcomes across the clinical setting. Graduates from this course will become advanced practitioners who can practice safely, and will be aware of developments as they occur on a global basis.

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Prescribing in Advanced Practice module enables registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Placement Opportunities

Our Advanced Clinical Practice module is based within your own clinical area and requires 200 hours of advanced practice to be demonstrated.

Course Details

Our course will develop your knowledge and ability to create robust and credible advanced practice skills which impact on health outcomes across the clinical setting. Upon graduation you will become an advanced practitioner who can practice safely, and will be aware of developments as they occur on a global basis. You will also have the ability to adapt and respond to the evolving practice role within a variety of clinical settings.

Some of the modules that will enable you to do this include:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice Assessment and Decision Making in Advanced Practice
  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Research in Health and Social Care
  • Prescribing in Advanced Practice; and 1 option module to suit your individual learning needs. (If prescribing is already obtained or not required as an allied health professional – a further option module is offered)
  • MSc: research and dissertation enquiry module

Teaching & Assessment

Our course adheres to educational principles which reflect the expertise of students and accommodate their motivation to learn. This will be achieved through teaching and learning approaches that encourages the autonomous independent learner.

Through innovative assessments strategies, you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and to share your experience further, providing an opportunity for inter-professional learning within the academic setting.

Our Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Neonatal, Child, Adult) course degrees use a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:

  • Written examinations
  • Oral presentation
  • Written reports
  • Coursework

Career Prospects

Jobs

Our course will provide added value to your employability and the scope to contextualise the advanced practice role in areas associated with your job i.e. within acute settings or community.

Upon graduation you will be enabled to be employed as an Advanced Practitioner within your field of practice.



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