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
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.
Year one core modules
Year one options
One of the below elective modules
Year two core modules
Year two options
Year three options
* 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.
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
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).
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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.
In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:
This part-time programme is ideal for you if you are a healthcare practitioner employed in a health and social care practice and you would like to develop advanced clinical skills in this field.
Normally a minimum of two years post-registration clinical practice is expected. The curriculum has been designed within the context of developing autonomous practitioners with advanced clinical reasoning skills, with the ability to critically synthesise information from evidence. The programme produces graduates who can apply research and critical perspectives relevant to their healthcare profession and practice. This could be from practical and/or theoretical perspectives. This is driven by our understanding of the drivers for change within the NHS, such as the NHS mandate and Five Year Forward View. Depending on the modules you choose, you may study at the University, through distance learning or through a blended approach. The clinically orientated modules use practical and technology-enhanced activities to facilitate learning. Many of the clinical core modules require your attendance to ensure you achieve advanced clinical skills. Your transition to master's level is managed in the introductory core module Evidence Based Practice. A group tutor supports you, providing feedback to help you grow in confidence as you progress to master’s level. Your programme leader acts as a personal tutor and facilitates tutorials allowing you to discuss your progress.
The course combines core modules with a selection of specialist clinical modules. You choose your clinical modules from a pathway handbook, applying advanced skills to your practice area.
You can also choose a master’s-level option from the Education and Training Opportunities CPD brochure. In your final year you carry out an independent research study.
Year 1 core module
and two pathway optional modules. You may consider a 40-credit pathway module rather than 2 20-credit ones.
Year 2 core module
and one pathway optional module and one optional module
Year 3 core module
Designated modules refer to advanced clinical skills-based modules that form at least 60 credits for any given pathway in the course. Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
We use a variety of approaches to teaching including learning sets, [email protected], lectures and seminars. You can opt for a traditional taught approach, a distance-learning route or a combination of both. Clinical skills modules use a hands-on practical approach. You focus on an area of interest that you can develop in subsequent study, such as within the Advancing Practice module and/or your dissertation.
How you are assessed
We use a variety of assessment types challenge your strengths and develop your key transferable skills. Assessments are either summative or formative.
The programme develops your core transferable skills in advanced clinical practice across a range of nursing and allied health professions. It is suitable if you are already operating in an advanced clinical role and require skills development.
This MSc Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.
Within this the standard pathway is the most flexible, and is appropriate for you if you are a registered UK, EU or international healthcare practitioner who is keen to develop your clinical practice at an advanced level.
In addition to core content in relation to research, evidence based practice, advanced practice and decision making it includes the opportunity in study three option modules enabling considerable flexibility and choice.
This masters in Advanced Clinical Practice degree provides a flexible academic programme that enables those working at a senior level to meet the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. The programme covers core learning in relation to research, evidence based practice and decision making, as well as exploring the place of advanced practice within contemporary healthcare. This very flexible programme also incorporates three option modules which enable students to pursue particular specialist areas of interest as part of their masters degree.
In the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Standard Pathway) you will:
This Master's course embraces the International and National advanced clinical practice picture supporting the development of your knowledge and skills at an advanced level, to prepare you for your Advanced Clinical Practice or Advanced Nurse Practitioner role. You'll extend your analytical and reflective skills, as well as integrating new and existing clinical skills within your practice setting to provide high-quality healthcare within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
There are two pathways available, if you are a nurse then the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) qualification will be most suitable; for midwives, allied health professionals and other non-medical healthcare professionals, the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice route is appropriate. The final year of the course concentrates on a service improvement project enabling you to combine the clinical elements of your advanced clinical role with leadership/management and service development and improvement.
Whilst all the intakes are open for all NMC registrants and registered allied health professionals and other non-medical healthcare professionals, the March 2018 intake has the additional focus on mental health for mental health nurses advancing their mental health practice, as opposed to physical health. This intake is also more appropriate for midwives advancing their midwifery practice.
This Advanced Clinical Practice Masters provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.
Within this the Critical Care Masters pathway is designed for you if you are a UK, EU or international registered healthcare practitioner with experience working within the field of critical care.
The pathway is developed in response to ongoing national and international debate on the modernisation of critical care services and roles.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care) is designed for experienced critical care practitioners who are seeking to deepen their underpinning knowledge and understanding in the field of critical care. The course will prepare you to become a more senior practitioner within your chosen field. The programme covers core learning in relation to research and evidence based practice, and a specialist module in advanced critical care practice. There are also opportunities to undertake modules in assessment, diagnosis and non medical prescribing. In addition, those working at or towards advanced practitioner roles within the UK can elect to study a programme alligned to the newly agreed standards set out by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.
In this MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - (Critical Care) you will:
This programme is aimed at allied healthcare professionals, nurses and midwives. It offers you the opportunity to advance your practice through selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice. Invaluable to your career progression this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.
MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.
*Exit awards available are:
Given the complex and evolving nature of multi-professional health care, skilled practitioners must be able to lead service transformation through advanced clinical assessment and decision making at the interface between primary and secondary care. Based on international research, developed with clinical experts and delivered within world-class learning facilities, this programme has been designed with high quality, research informed person-centred care at its heart.
As a Birmingham student, you will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your clinical peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself within your professional role, essential for advancing your clinical practice.
The modules within the programme are delivered differently. Some are available online, others have a blended learning approach. Others are in blocks of teaching which usually take place from Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm. You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, eLectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.
Lectures are delivered by subject specialists, NHS clinicians, service users and carers. Many of the lectures are from visiting experts who practice and/or research in their specific field. The course is academic in nature and you are expected to use the basic content as a springboard for further self-study. All programme presentations and materials are available on Canvas (the University’s on-line learning platform) for follow up after lectures.
You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.
This programme is aimed at multi-professionals from a variety of clinical settings who want to develop their research and leadership skills and clinical expertise at Masters level. This programme will be of interest to those wishing to work at advanced levels of practice or those who are currently working as specialist practitioners in bespoke clinical areas.
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.
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.
In the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) you will: