The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has been designed to meet the needs of the health professional whose desire is to develop their clinical career to a higher level as an advanced practitioner. The course philosophy is to acknowledge your prior experience and knowledge as a health professional and subsequently enable you to fulfil your potential as a postgraduate through the development of new understanding, critical insight and advanced level academic and clinical skills. This course is open to practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
This programme will develop the health professional’s knowledge and skills to work at an advanced level of clinical practice. The programme has been designed around the current Health Education England West Midlands (HEEWM) competency framework (2015). The Advanced Clinical Practice Framework for the West Midlands is multidisciplinary and applies to all non-medical healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals.
It is expected that on completion of this course you 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.
You will normally have an honours degree and have been working in clinical practice for a minimum of 3 years and have evidence of studying at level 6 prior to commencing the course.
The course has been developed in response to identified and anticipated demands for increasing the number of health professionals with advanced clinical skills and critical understanding. For the award of Postgraduate Diploma you will study six 20 credit modules. This can be followed by one 60 credit Independent Project module to achieve the award MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.
Typical modules include:
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.
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 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:
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.
-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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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:
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