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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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This MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate prepares suitably qualified, experienced nurses to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to become advanced practitioners who can deliver direct healthcare of the highest professional standards to patients and clients while pursuing a career in clinical nursing practice. Read more
This MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate prepares suitably qualified, experienced nurses to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to become advanced practitioners who can deliver direct healthcare of the highest professional standards to patients and clients while pursuing a career in clinical nursing practice. The clinical components required for nurse prescribing is nested within the overall theoretical and clinical experience.

The M.Sc. Nursing Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate meets the criteria for level 9 programmes as set out by the National Qualifications Framework.

MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate is offered over 2 years for eligible applicants who are current holders of a bachelor nursing degree.

P.Grad. Dip in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate is offered over 1 year for eligible applicants who are current holders of a masters nursing degree.

Clinical Placement Students undertaking the MSc in Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice in Emergency Nursing) are required to work in an Emergency Department; for a minimum of 1,000 hours (approx 40 weeks). This clinical placement takes place during the first year of the course and occurs in the students own area of employment under supervision of an experienced senior clinician.

Admission Requirements

Academic:
Hold an honors degree in Nursing Studies or equivalent; and
a post-basic qualification in relevant nursing specialty or
otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Professional:
Active Registration with NMBI: Applicants must be registered in the General Nursing Division of the active register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
Have a minimum of five years clinical experience in relevant nursing specialty during the last 8 years and
written commitment from host organisation to support the student for the clinical practicum (to include prescribing of medicinal products and ionising radiation)
satisfactory clinical audit of host hospital as a suitable learning environment for the relevant specialty

Students who already hold a MSc in Nursing or relevant subject and who meet the professional requirements as set out above, may be eligible to complete a one year postgraduate diploma in Advanced Nurse practitioner including Nurse Prescribing Certificate.

Documentation required to support your application

A copy of your current NMBI registration card.
2 references.
Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses.
Copies of official awards (parchments) from completed educational courses.
Written commitment from your Director of Nursing to support the student during the clinical practicum and to nominate a suitably qualified practitioner to act as a clinical supervisor/mentor during the student's clinical learning experience.
A site declaration form signed by the Director of Nursing must be submitted with the student's application. This must also be signed by the Medical Practitioner.

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ho is it for?. This course has been designed for experienced Adult or Child nurses working in senior positions or those who are preparing for advanced nurse practitioner, care manager, nurse consultant or clinical leadership roles in primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings. Read more

ho is it for?

This course has been designed for experienced Adult or Child nurses working in senior positions or those who are preparing for advanced nurse practitioner, care manager, nurse consultant or clinical leadership roles in primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings.

As part of the course you will be required to complete a clinical work placement with appropriate supervision for physical assessment; therefore applicants must be nurses working in senior clinical positions.

Objectives

As a student on this course you will learn to work as an expert autonomous practitioner within all fields of healthcare.

You will gain contemporary theoretical and professional skills and knowledge in areas including clinical and direct care practice; leadership and collaborative practice; improving quality and developing practice for the self and others, for advance practice.

You will develop skills in research and applied data analysis as well as a deeper understanding of health and social care settings and the role of an advanced nurse practitioner.

The course will prepare you for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that offer better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

City has been a trailblazer in providing excellent ANP education following introduction of advanced level education in the UK.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Placements

Students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers students excellent clinical training facilities. You will have access to a simulated six-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.

Teaching and learning

You will learn from a variety of student-centred and patient-focused teaching, learning and assessment strategies aimed at developing and assessing different knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning strategies involve shared learning across Adult and Child routes with further consideration and specialisation for intensive branch specific tutorials.

You will have the opportunity to work within your practice or other health care settings, and learn from lecturers who are experienced advanced nurse practitioners engaged in active clinical practice. There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience.

Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, portfolios, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). You may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.

Modules

The course can only be undertaken on a part-time basis due to the clinical stream required. Students will usually attend lectures one day a week and consolidate their practice for the rest of the week.

In addition students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Discipline-specific modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Advanced Physical Assessment, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning across the lifespan (30 credits)
  • Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing (30 credits)
  • Pathophysiological principles for advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be able to influence nursing practice at both direct and indirect levels through the development of services and the application of research to clinical practice.

The course will prepare you for a range of roles including advanced nurse practitioner, nurse consultant and senior nurse manager in all healthcare settings working across the lifespan. Successful completion of the course fulfils the requirements for advanced practitioner roles in a range of health and social care contexts and qualifies students to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until September 2018.



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The programme aims to develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the field of professional practice to complex issues, systematically and creatively, so that you may lead the continuing enhancement of the child's and their family's experience of health care. Read more
The programme aims to develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the field of professional practice to complex issues, systematically and creatively, so that you may lead the continuing enhancement of the child's and their family's experience of health care.

In addition it aims to enhance life-long learning skills and personal development, to enable you to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to professional practice and to society.

This is a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited programme and is aimed at: Children's nurses who expect their career to remain primarily in health care professional practice. You will be working in primary, secondary or tertiary care clinical settings that require advanced nurse practitioner role preparation and wish to continue your academic development to post-graduate level.

The programme is also designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes commensurate with the Nurse Practitioner level of nursing practice (as defined by the RCN, 2008).

Modules

Year 1:
Advanced Assessment of the Presenting Child Underpinning Principles of Physiology for ANP Non-Medical Prescribing.

Year 2:
Managing the Complex Presenting Child Research in Health and Social Care Practice Development through Individual Learning.

Year 3:
Dissertation/Work Based Project/Systematic Review.

Teaching and learning

A range of assessments are employed including Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Observed Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA), seen examinations and written assignments. The assessment strategy employed is closely aligned with the RCN competencies needed to achieve RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner status and the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Employability

This course provides focus and direction for nurses who wish to develop their career as a Children's Advanced Nurse Practitioner. It is essential that all nurses undertaking this course have the skills necessary to ensure that they provide a safe and optimal standard of care.

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This course aims to develop your skills to become a practice leader, who can innovate in complex workplace settings to deliver highly effective care provision for diverse and complex patient groups. Read more
This course aims to develop your skills to become a practice leader, who can innovate in complex workplace settings to deliver highly effective care provision for diverse and complex patient groups. With mental health issues infiltrating all aspects of health care, providing education to advanced mental health practitioners addresses a national imperative.

It is anticipated that students enrolling for the PgDip Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) will successfully complete the full award. However, the option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate Enhanced Mental Health Clinical Practice is provided for students who have successfully completed the first year modules, but no longer want or are unable to successfully progress to year 2. Students who complete the PGdip ANP (Mental Health) have the option to undertake a Dissertation to gain the top-up MSc ANP (Mental Health) award.

Duration

January start date: 2.5 - 3 years part-time
April start date: 9 months - 1 year part-time

Modules

Year 1

Physical needs in mental health care
Advanced mental health assessment

Year 2

Non-medical prescribing
Innovations for excellence: leading service improvements

Year 3

Advanced mental health practice for complex cases
Research in health and social care
Dissertation

Teaching and learning

A range of assessments are employed including Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Observed Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA), seen examinations and written assignments. The assessment strategy employed is closely aligned with the RCN competencies needed to achieve RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner status and the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Placements

For the majority of students, the bulk of your clinical development will occur within your workplace setting. It is therefore important that we support you to consider, with your Practice Facilitator and employment Line-Manager, how to maximise your practice based learning experiences and whether there are any significant barriers that might impede your practice based learning during the course. For example, when undertaking non-medical prescribing.

We are aware that issues can arise within the clinical employment during the course of your studies and these issues can impact on compliance with all of the above criteria. However we would like to emphasise the following:

If you change your employment, reduce your hours below the equivalent of 20 hours per week, go on maternity leave or have a period of not working clinically (for whatever reason), you must discuss this with the Course Director in advance of any changes. In these circumstances we would require you to take an “interruption in studies” until you can meet this requirement. However exceptions may be made on an individual basis with agreement from the Course Director.

If you get a new job, all of the entry criteria must apply for any new employment. A new Clinical Practice Learning Environment Profile must be completed within 1 month of starting the new employment. We will also need a letter confirming the new employers support for you undertaking the course. You will also need to provide a new Facilitators acceptance form.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

Employability

The course aims to develop a number of competencies required for advanced practice roles (RCN 2012, DH 2010). As a result, successful completion of this course will enable you to demonstrate knowledge and skills that are in high demand with existing and emerging markets in health care.

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What is special about this course?. Developed in partnership with expert clinical partners, and taught by subject experts, this course will equip nurses and allied health professionals to work autonomously to lead and deliver advanced healthcare for patients/clients. . Read more

What is special about this course?

Developed in partnership with expert clinical partners, and taught by subject experts, this course will equip nurses and allied health professionals to work autonomously to lead and deliver advanced healthcare for patients/clients. 

The course will support practitioners to develop advanced knowledge and skills that apply to the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical practice; leadership; facilitation of learning; and evidence based research and development. 

The course is relevant for existing advanced practitioners or those who are working towards advanced practice across a range of healthcare settings, including remote and rural contexts.

A combination of core and option modules will support consolidation of clinical knowledge and skills reflecting the Advanced Practice Framework.

The programme offers the two routes of: Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) or Advanced Professional Practice.

Find out more about the Department of Nursing

Special features

  • Exclusive arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for core modules
  • Innovative and clinically current curriculum developed and taught by subject experts
  • Designed in partnership with expert clinical partners
  • Practice-led and research-based curriculum
  • Accessible and flexible learning that combines innovative technologies for e-learning 
  • Core and option modules available 
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree


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he Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) team at London South Bank University (LSBU) has a long history of delivering high-quality ANP education, initially with the first ANP programme in the UK based at the RCN Institute, London and subsequently at LSBU. Read more
he Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) team at London South Bank University (LSBU) has a long history of delivering high-quality ANP education, initially with the first ANP programme in the UK based at the RCN Institute, London and subsequently at LSBU. LSBU has provided ANP education at both degree and masters level in the past. However developments in policy related to advanced nursing practice have increasingly emphasised the need for masters level education to inform and underpin nursing activities at an advanced level.

Graduates would be required to enrol to undertake this MSc top-up within two years of completing the PgDip ANP. Those choosing to progress to the MSc ANP award have six years overall to complete this award from point of registration.

Dissertation

This dissertation module provides the opportunity to undertake an original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice. Through the module you'll be able to consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design or of systematic literature reviews. You'll be supported to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out your chosen project. You'll be provided with an opportunity to identify major theoretical influences on salient practice concerns and set these within a critical framework. Additionally, you'll be encouraged to cultivate organisational and time management skills, which will be required to successfully accomplish the dissertation. The dissertation should be directly related to professional practice.

There are three choices of approach as discussed in the Assessment section.

Teaching and learning

Students will need to attend six planned dissertation preparation sessions, and will additionally be supported through the dissertation by a supervisor.

Assessments

The assessment is a 12,000 word dissertation on either:

a) A research project

b) A work based project - service evaluation, audit, role evaluation, practice development project

c) A mini systematic review - a review that aspires to the rigour of a Cochrane review but recognises the student has time limits and is unlikely to get access to, for example, much grey literature.

Employability

To date we have prepared over 1,000 ANPs who have gone on to enjoy excellent employment opportunities. For example our graduates are now making a positive impact on service delivery and patient care in general practices, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units,A&E departments, refugee/asylum seekers/homeless projects, elderly care facilities, 'out of hours' developments, rapid response services, prison services, intermediate care teams, generalist and specialist acute services,critical-care and ITU, outreach initiatives that cross traditional healthcare boundaries, and innovative community-based services. Some are now lead nurses within social enterprises, partners in general practices, nurse representatives on commissioning boards, community matrons and nurse consultants.

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About the course. This programme has been developed to meet the changing skill-mix required in the primary care workforce. The programme is informed by recent work to clarify professional career pathway stages and competencies for advanced practice in primary care. . Read more

About the course

This programme has been developed to meet the changing skill-mix required in the primary care workforce. The programme is informed by recent work to clarify professional career pathway stages and competencies for advanced practice in primary care. 

The programme covers core competencies relating to advanced practice including: direct clinical competence as a generalist, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The programme aims to develop expert generalists who are able to provide accessible, first contact preventive care, and diagnosis and management of acute and long term conditions.

It produces practitioners who are able to work well within a skill-mix team to develop a responsive and effective person-centred primary care. The programme facilitates the development of a portfolio of competencies across clinical areas.

The world needs health professionals

And we’re dedicated to educating them. We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.

The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You’ll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill and the best students’ union in the country on your doorstep.

We teach the skills that matter

Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.

We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.

Core Modules

  • Consultation and person-centered primary care
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment
  • Nurse Independent Prescribing
  • Complex Needs and Primary Care Development
  • Critical Development of Clinical Practice

Examples of optional modules

  • Facilitating Learning in Primary Care
  • Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Family Planning and Sexual Health
  • Managing Long-Term Conditions

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, small group work and practical clinical skills teaching. You’ll be assessed on an observed structured clinical exam, case-study presentations, short answer exam paper and MCQs (multiple choice questioning), essay writing.



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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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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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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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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. Read more

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. 



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Who is it for?. The Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate course is designed for registered nurses working in ophthalmic health or caring for people who are experiencing vision loss. Read more

Who is it for?

The Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate course is designed for registered nurses working in ophthalmic health or caring for people who are experiencing vision loss. It is for staff nurses and nurse managers, as well as those seeking a career in nursing or health research.

Objectives

The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner) programme provides ophthalmic nurses with up-to-date research-based and theoretical knowledge of a wide range of ophthalmic fields.

The main focus of the Ophthalmic Nursing programme is prescribing within the context of ophthalmic nursing.

You will complete the non-medical prescribing programme in addition to ophthalmic-related modules which will enhance prescribing competence.

The degree programme offers education in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to the role of ophthalmic nurse practitioner. It also develops research and critical thinking skills and provides the opportunity to conduct a research project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent practice and research in the future. This provides you with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master's programme tailored to nursing ophthalmic care.

Accreditation

The prescribing module on this course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Academic facilities

The Division of Optometry opened a brand-new, purpose-built eye clinic, City Sight in 2015. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

There will be extensive use of City’s Virtual Learning Platform – Moodle for a more interactive learning experience.

Teaching and learning

The range of teaching methods is wide and includes lectures (face-to-face and online), tutorials, advanced clinical training, clinical demonstrations, videos and discussion of clinical scenarios and action learning sets. Discussion forums, interactive seminars, peer reviewing work-based examples and clinically focused critical reflections via a case review process are also included.

Practical classes and clinical skills laboratories provide opportunities to develop practical skills and to give demonstrations of techniques covered in lectures. Many lectures are delivered by external specialists, giving you access to expertise on current issues, research and methods in the field.

There is a significant amount of independent study within each module (e.g.120 hours/15 PG credit module) and this time is for you to read literature related to the modules you are studying and to reflect on your clinical practice.

Assessment

Methods of assessment vary between modules, to reflect their differences in structure and content. The modular examinations may include any combination of the following:

  • A multiple choice question (MCQ) paper
  • A short-answer question paper (SAQ)
  • Visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs tests (VRICS) (involving analysis of a series of slides/photographs).
  • Patient management case scenarios (a photograph and/or case history documenting observations following the presentation of a patient)
  • A professional practice portfolio that incorporates inclusion of self-reflection, peer review evidence and additional data that informs the evaluation of your role in a contemporary health care context
  • Minilabs
  • Peer reviewed publication.

Some modules have more than one assessment component and the weighting for each assessment component is outlined clearly within the module specification.

Modules

The programme provides a range of modules which include 15, 30 and 60-credit modules at Master’s level. This is a flexible programme with a choice of exit routes. Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses.

You will study six core modules, and a further module from a choice of four discipline-specific modules and four elective modules. If you are part-time, you should aim to take two modules per term over two years.  If you are full-time, you take four modules per term over one year.

Each 15 PG credit module is approximately 150 hours (15 PG credits) in duration with around 45% of this time spent attending City for face-to-face learning in either lectures/tutorials or workshops. 

Depending on the module, you should be aiming to study approximately:

  • 20 hours per week if full-time
  • Four hours per week if part-time

Core modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Discipline specific modules

  • Independent, supplementary and non-medical prescribing (30 credits)
  • Critical thinking for Ophthalmic Practice (15 credits)
  • Principles of Therapeutics (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Professional Certificate in Glaucoma (15 credits)
  • Professional Certificate in Medical Retina (15 credits)
  • Refractive Surgery (15 credits).

Electives

  • Medicines Management (15 credits)
  • Leadership for Practice and Service Delivery (15 credits)
  • Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice Settings (15 credits).

Career prospects

The Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner Masters programme will enhance your professional skills in practice, research and teaching. As a graduate, you will enhance prospects in applying for posts in nurse management, student support, and as ophthalmic nurse specialists or advanced nurse practitioners in ophthalmology, in a variety of different settings (public and private). The programme is also suitable for nurses considering a post in research.



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This master's has been designed for experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance… Read more

This master's has been designed for experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing. This pathway aims to bring an advanced nurse practitioner level of practice to district nursing to encourage evolving service delivery models with emphasis on clinical leadership.

Key benefits

  • No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 3rd in the world (2017 QS World University Rankings)
  • Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.
  • Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
  • A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.
  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London.

Description

This programme is designed for experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing. This pathway aims to bring an advanced nurse practitioner level of practice to district nursing to meet, and to encourage, evolving service delivery models with a strong emphasis on clinical leadership.

 Components of leadership relevant to advanced practice in district nursing include the use of robust evaluation methodology so that practice is prescribed, delivered and audited, based on understanding of the search for, and use of, valid data. Leadership within district nursing also require the skills to manage and develop staff, and to work effectively with other agencies. The programme, mapped against the RCN competences for advanced nursing practice also provides practitioners with the opportunity to qualify as independent prescribers.

Course purpose

For experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing.

Course format and assessment

The majority of assessment is by coursework and includes assessment of practice; some modules are also assessed by one examination.

Career destinations

Graduates typically work with district nursing teams and manage district nursing provision.

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Take a journey through the four pillars of advanced nursing practice. Through the exploration of clinical practice, education, research and leadership, you’ll learn how to apply these to a higher level of contemporary and autonomous clinical nursing practice in your speciality. Read more
Take a journey through the four pillars of advanced nursing practice. Through the exploration of clinical practice, education, research and leadership, you’ll learn how to apply these to a higher level of contemporary and autonomous clinical nursing practice in your speciality.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/advanced-nursing-practice

Practising nursing at an advanced level is a demanding and challenging role. We'll help you develop the skills and expertise you need in order to provide advanced nursing care. Alongside this, you'll transform your existing nursing qualifications into an MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice accredited by the RCN.

With the choice to study in Cambridge or Chelmsford, you'll learn amongst other students with a particular interest in your chosen area of advanced nursing practice. It's a great opportunity to learn from each other. Together, you'll explore and apply the current policies, laws and procedures that apply to nursing patients at this advanced level.

We'll encourage you to delve into all areas of this field to extend your knowledge as much as possible. You'll not only strengthen your leadership and clinical decision-making skills, but also your ability to research, making effective use of evidence to support clinical practice.

You'll work with professionals from other disciplines which, together with the level of knowledge you'll gain from our course, will empower you to develop others through teaching and education.

When it comes to work placements, you'll need to already be employed in a care environment suitable to your chosen route through our course. Your manager should agree to provide you with a designated clinical supervisor, who will support and nurture your clinical practice while also ensuring it can be fully assessed.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/advanced-nursing-practice

Careers

Our course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work at this higher level of nursing practice within the regional locality.

Upon successful completion of our course, you'll have the opportunity to remain in clinical practice within your chosen speciality, whether it's acute, emergency, critical or primary care. You'll also have the potential to take your career in alternative directions such as healthcare leadership, research or education.

Accreditation with the RCN also makes our course attractive to employers. It provides effective governance to assure that you have their fitness to practice as this higher level verified as purposeful, planned and supported by measurable and safe education. Such accreditation will empower employers to plan service redesign whilst developing new advanced nursing roles in a meaningful and targeted manner.

Core modules

Advanced Skills in Clinical Assessment
Advanced Non-Medical Prescribing
Advanced Nursing Practice in Context
Research Proposal
Major Project

Optional modules

Adult Acute Care
Advanced Management of Minor Injuries
Advanced Practice in Diabetes Care
Emergency Care
Facing Death: Patients, Families and Professionals
Specialist Mental Health Care
Minor Illness Assessment and Management

Please note that you will choose one of the above optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

From traditional case study essays to an oral examination, we use a variety of assessment strategies with our course to get the most of your learning. You'll also have the exciting opportunity to be assessed through a work-based portfolio, which will demonstrate your transition from first level registrant to that of advanced nurse practitioner.

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