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

Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course Aims

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

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

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

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

Course Content

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teaching & Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Costs

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

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

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

Study Days

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

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

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

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

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The MA Advanced Professional Practice is a highly accessible, flexible programme of study suitable for professional staff from a variety of backgrounds including Health, Education, Social Care, Social Work, Early Years, Criminal Justice and professions allied to Health (such as Occupational Therapists). Read more
The MA Advanced Professional Practice is a highly accessible, flexible programme of study suitable for professional staff from a variety of backgrounds including Health, Education, Social Care, Social Work, Early Years, Criminal Justice and professions allied to Health (such as Occupational Therapists). The programme offers stand-alone modules used for CPD as well as the opportunity to gain a full MA.

The MA Advanced Professional Practice enables you to work towards Master’s level qualifications by combining campus –based modules with short courses, work- based learning and other Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.

The MA consists of three phases:

Phase 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice.
Phase 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice.
Phase 3: MA in Advanced Professional Practice.
The first phase of the MA leads to a Postgraduate Certificate which is normally completed in one year, January to December Upon completion you have the choice of proceeding to the Postgraduate Diploma phase or taking a break from study. The full MA will take between three to seven years to complete, depending in how you choose to organise your studies. Alternatively, the programme structure enables you to exit after each phase with a professional award, should you wish.

The first phase of the MA leads to a Postgraduate Certificate which is normally completed in one year, January to December Upon completion you have the choice of proceeding to the Postgraduate Diploma phase or taking a break from study. The full MA will take between three to seven years to complete, depending in how you choose to organise your studies. Alternatively, the programme structure enables you to exit after each phase with a professional award, should you wish.

Indicative modules
The Programme Co-ordinator will work with you to design your individual pathway through this programme. At the Postgraduate Certificate phase many of the modules provide vehicles for you to import and evidence CPD activity that you may have undertaken in the workplace , or learning from short courses. Once you have applied to the programme you will be allocated a Professional Mentor who will advise and support you in combining taught study with work-based learning.

The MA consists of three phases:
Phase 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice.
Phase 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice.
Phase 3: MA in Advanced Professional Practice.

This innovative modular Masters programme offers practitioners the opportunity to gain Higher Education credit alongside their work in a range of core and elective modules. Modules can be taken at the University of Chichester and ‘imported’ from other accredited ‘M’ level courses. The MA Advanced Professional Practice is a unique and responsive programme, which allows practitioners to combine taught modules with verification, and accreditation of learning from work based activities and in-house training.

The MA Advanced Professional Practice can be aligned with the outcomes of learning and career development outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)

The following distinctive features ensure that the programme is responsive to practitioner and employer need:

Verification of learning from work-based activities and in-house training

A key feature of the MA Advanced Professional Practice is the opportunity to import work- based projects and in-house training, allowing a greater degree of flexibility and fit with other CPD activity. This is achieved through the use of ‘Shell Modules’, which require students to evidence their attendance of training opportunities, or the time devoted to work-based projects. This evidence constitutes the module ‘content’. The module assignments then assess the outcomes of the CPD activity: how the activity has enhanced the effectiveness of the practitioner or contributed to service development.
A flexible response to accreditation of learning

University of Chichester regulations differ from those of many universities in allowing students to import up to 50% of academic credit from modules and courses completed at other Higher Education Institutions. The advantage of this facility is that students could, for example, complete a module from University A, a course at University B and combine these with further modules, or other forms of CPD, to build credit towards the MA. This approach to CPD accreditation affords practitioners and employers an unprecedented level of choice and flexibility.
Aligning in-house CPD programmes with an M level framework

The flexibilities afforded by the MA Advanced Professional Practice enable employers to deliver CPD Programmes, which also allow staff to gain ‘M’ level credits. This can be achieved through the University approval of CPD programmes delivered by employers, or by use of the shell modules to import in-house learning into the MA, Postgraduate Diploma, or Post Graduate Certificates.
Aligning University modules with in-house CPD strategies

The MA incorporates a number of modules which can be commissioned by employers and the content adapted to specific CPD requirements. This enables employers to address niche CPD interests or to incorporate agency-specific content in the module delivery. A recent example was the commissioning by a local authority of an off-the-shelf module, the content of which was then focused on the specific needs of the organisation’s Occupational Therapists.
Bespoke pathways

It is a challenge to find CPD programmes which accurately reflect the often individualised requirements of individuals or employers. The flexibilities afforded by the MA Advanced Professional Practice enable participants to pursue a truly bespoke and individualised pathway. This is particularly attractive to individuals who have complex or composite roles (for example manager and practitioner) which may not be fully addressed in the more restricted content of traditional programmes.
Blended learning

Our blended learning approach has developed with emerging technologies for enhanced communication. Our experience and research in learning and teaching have highlighted the need for a personalised approach for some learners. We understand the high levels of motivation required for independent study and many of our learners need the support of tutors and fellow students to retain their engagement with study. We offer named tutors who support students and can, where necessary, signpost them to other services, as well as a combination of traditional and emerging methods of study to enhance students’ engagement and experience.

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The University of Northampton Advanced Professional Practice Masters is an MSc course, offering full-time and part-time options. Students studying for the full Master of Science degree complete 180 credits, choosing from a selection of modules and a 60 credit professional project. Read more

The University of Northampton Advanced Professional Practice Masters is an MSc course, offering full-time and part-time options.

Students studying for the full Master of Science degree complete 180 credits, choosing from a selection of modules and a 60 credit professional project. Shorter Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate options are also available.

Drawing on contemporary teaching and innovative research, the programme will enable students to develop their professional practice in a highly personalised way. This innovative and flexible course allows you to build a course that is tailored to your needs.

The programme is made up of modules which make up the whole Master’s Degree, but there is an option to opt to leave at that point having earned a Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme is based around three key areas:

-Recognising and valuing personal professional experience as contributing to academic achievements.

-Addressing the priority needs of the working environment through a contemporary range of practice modules.

-Focusing the application of learning within the workplace.

Course content

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice presents a highly flexible programme of study which students can tailor to meet their personal and professional development objectives.

An innovative development for this award is the introduction of a Valuing Professional Experience module. Available to study for 20, 40 or 60 academic credits, this module will allow students to demonstrate the value of their professional experience in relation to academic learning. As such, students can, with the help of a programme advisor, create an individual programme of study which draws on past experience and enhances current and future practice.

Advanced Professional Practice consists of a number of pathways:

-Advanced Occupational Therapy *

-Advanced Podiatry *

-Autonomous Healthcare Practice *

-Cancer Therapies *

-Care of the Older Person *

-Childcare Practice *

-Mentorship

-Non-medical Independent Nurse Prescribing

-Practice Education *

*Specialist pathway available as stand-alone Postgraduate Certificates

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional Project

-Valuing Professional Experience

-NISP (V300)

-Mentorship Programme

-Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design

-Injection Therapy of the Lower Limb for Podiatrists

-The Lower Limb at Risk

-Advanced Skills For Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists And Podiatrists

-Implementing Innovative Change in Practice

-Occupational Therapy and Occupation

-Rehabilitation and Recovery

-The Stroke Journey

-Advanced Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Skills

-Clinical Interventions for Advanced Practitioners

-Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations

-Facilitation, Assessment and QA in WBL

-Quality Enhancement in Interprofessional WBL

-Medical Law

-Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer

-Haemato-oncology

-Chemotherapy

-Physical Healthcare of Older Adults

-Working with Older Adults: Mental Wellbeing

-Advanced Dementia Care

-Enabling Others in Mentoring, Practice Teaching and Assessment

-Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection

-Working with Complex Parenting Behaviour

-Planning and Supporting Permanence

-Therapeutic Communication Intervention

-Preparation for NMC Stage 4 Teacher Standard

Assessments

Assessment across all modules draws on relevant practice examples and students are encouraged to use case examples as the basis of their learning.

The specific methods reflect the ways in which practitioners are expected to function in their professional roles and may include: preparation of patient information resources, critical incident reports, care planning, action learning sets and preparation of professional reports for family courts.

Facilities and Special Features

This masters programme is as unique as you are. It is built around your need to progress through your career.

-Pathways designed to enable you to improve your professional skills which will benefit you and your employer.

-A programme that is tailored to you, enabling you to take a number of Postgraduate certificates, which together build to a masters qualification.

-The ability to step off the course with a postgraduate qualification at the end of each module.

-The Valuing Professional Experience module, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your professional experience which can provide up to 60 points toward your overall masters.

-IT and information services based on the campus as well as offsite access to NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment).

Careers

Opportunities vary according to combination of study:

-Practice teaching roles (practice education and autonomous healthcare practice modules).

-Specialist practitioner roles with older clients (autonomous healthcare practice and care of the older person).

-Or advanced practitioner (advanced therapy training with nonmedical and independent prescribing and/or reflection on previous professional achievements).

Funding

The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Advanced Professional Practice MSc at The University of Northampton.

UK postgraduate loans:

Erasmus funding:

Funding from FindAMasters:

Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £6,500

Part Time: £720 per 20 credit module for home and EU students

International: £11,900

International Part Time:  £1,320 per 20 credit module



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This Occupational Therapy pathway is part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme, which enable students to develop and enhance their professional practice. Read more
This Occupational Therapy pathway is part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme, which enable students to develop and enhance their professional practice.

Who is it for?
You are a qualified occupational therapist who wishes to take your professional knowledge and skills to an advanced level of practice in order to enhance your career prospects and extend your perspective on professional practice.

About the Course
The University of Northampton boasts one of the longest established Occupational Therapy Schools in the UK and has a very highly regarded professional reputation. The course will be delivered by University staff and a range of external speakers, bringing their own experience and current research to your learning. University staff have extensive experience of international teaching and learning and offer a structured international induction including diagnostic assessment, online and face to face support. The course will encourage you to develop a critical, research and evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day professional practice and evidence-based decisions. Current issues within occupational therapy practice will be considered critically and explored in relation to occupational science.

Course content

You will study six compulsory modules, one of which is a Professional research project, plus one designated module that you will choose from a selection.

Full time delivery of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Occupational Therapy) is over one calendar year.

Course modules (16/17)

-Advanced Skills
-Research Methods: Philosophy and Study Design
-Rehab and Recovery
-Implementing Innovative Change in Practice
-Professional Project
-Valuing Professional Experience
-The Stroke Journey
-Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations
-Medical Law
-Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer
-Physical Healthcare of Older Adults
-Working with Older Adults: Mental Wellbeing
-Advanced Dementia Care
-Enabling Others in Mentoring, Practice Teaching and Assessment
-Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection
-Working with Complex Parenting Behaviour
-Planning and Supporting Permanence

Methods of Learning

The course begins in September each year and takes 12 months to complete. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout three taught trimesters with a period of supported independent study in trimester three whilst you complete your Professional Project with the support of an allocated supervisor.

Assessments

A range of assessment strategies are used across modules to develop critical thinking and applying it to your practice setting. Typical assessments include essays, case studies, critical reflections and presentations.

Facilities and Special Features

This masters programme is part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice:
-A unique masters degree to enhance improve your professional skills which will benefit you and your employer.
-The Valuing Professional Experience module, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your professional experience which can provide up to 60 points toward your overall masters.

Careers

This award can be configured through module choices and personal tutor guidance to focus your career development, occupational therapy practice, management, research and education.

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The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Professional Masters) offers a taught programme of study that sets out to nurture emerging and innovative professional practitioners. Read more
The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Professional Masters) offers a taught programme of study that sets out to nurture emerging and innovative professional practitioners. The course is delivered through five specialist pathways corresponding with the school’s key areas of expertise. The Professional Masters is a rigorous academic programme that places practice at the forefront. Not only does the programme engage with and support practice, but it enables students from differing professional backgrounds to review their own practice and share balanced and critical findings that contribute toward improving the quality and efficiency of health and social care provision.

The overall aim of the MSc in Advanced Professional Practice is to create a conducive learning environment that provides students with:
1. Skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice;
2. Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership; and
3. Skills enabling graduates to review and introduce current evidence to practice.

This Masters programme comprises Level 7 modules, which are delivered through a range of blended learning strategies. A substantial proportion of the content is delivered through on-line methods, which supports the philosophy of the programme that it is open to local, national and international applicants that are registered health or social care practitioners and are interested in undertaking postgraduate study. Students complete an agreed range of optional and specialist modules, generating new ideas for improvements in practice. Then, through their dissertation, they have an opportunity to critically review in greater detail innovative or emerging areas of their professional work.

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Are you a qualified physiotherapist looking to enhance your current skills and knowledge whilst developing a strong critical thinking ethos? This programme offers you the opportunity to review your current practice and evaluate new approaches, ensuring that you are equipped to meet the challenges of working in an ever changing physiotherapy profession with confidence. Read more
Are you a qualified physiotherapist looking to enhance your current skills and knowledge whilst developing a strong critical thinking ethos? This programme offers you the opportunity to review your current practice and evaluate new approaches, ensuring that you are equipped to meet the challenges of working in an ever changing physiotherapy profession with confidence.

Key features

-Become an evidence based practitioner equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings with the introduction of core modules on applying evidence to practice and developing self and others.
-Feel encouraged and supported by this courses experienced and enthusiastic staff, who are recognised for their national and international research reputations.
-Make use of blended learning, combining short study blocks and distance learning technologies.
-Explore continuing professional development (CPD) modules.
-Choose exciting core and optional modules in collaboration with the Plymouth Business School.
-Benefit from the opportunity to tailor your learning to your interests or workplace through module assignments and the supported independent study module.
-Take advantage of the opportunity to study flexibly by completing the course in one to five years.

Course details

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Physiotherapy) postgraduate programme is based in the School of Health Professions. The physiotherapy pathway will have at least one pathway specific module related to the title of the award but share four core modules (applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, research dissertation) with the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme. The pathways also share a range of programme optional modules, giving you flexibility and choice. All modules are subject to minimum numbers. The programme offers awards of postgraduate certificate (PgCert) - 60 credits, postgraduate diploma (PgDip) - 120 credits, and masters degree (MSc) - 180 credits. The full-time route will normally take one year and the part-time route will normally take two years. The maximum registration period for the full time is three years and five years if you study part time.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV751 Physiotherapy Practice: Supported Study

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/. Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role. Read more

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role.

Exploring a specific area of your profession you will consider the professional challenges associated with your practice and develop academic skills. You will gain the opportunities to analyse the current debates relating to key issues relevant to the professional dental context in which you are working and develop academic and professional skills necessary to meet the evolving needs of patient care of contemporary practice.

Studying within the Centre for Professional Practice, you will benefit from a transdisciplinary learning environment; access to University resources and specialist academic and clinical staff.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/215/advanced-and-specialist-healthcare-applied-dental-professional-practice

The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP)

The Centre for Professional Practice is a trans-disciplinary academic department focused on flexible work-related learning within higher education. The Centre is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation.

We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond.

The Centre’s programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice.

Course structure

This flexible programme has been designed to encourage you to think more deeply about the challenges associated with your professional practice while enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.

You take the following core modules:

- Evidence-Based Practice (15 credits)
- Inter-Professional Working (15 credits)
- Research Methods (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

You then take modules specific to the Applied Dental Professional Practice pathway including:

- Professional Standard Setting (30 credits)
- Dentistry in a Contemporary Context (15 credits)

In Stage 2 you are given the opportunity to choose an optional module from the Centre for Professional Practice module catalogue including:

- Developing Practice through Mentorship and Coaching (30 credits)
- Advancing Dental Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Power Dynamics within Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Learning and Development (30 credits)
- Addressing Barriers to Learning (15 credits)
- A Thinking School: Transforming Learning (30 credits)
- Quantitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Special Area of Study (30 credits)

Or you can select optional modules from the wider University catalogue with the possibility of studying on the main Canterbury campus.

Taught sessions are delivered in a welcoming, supportive and flexible academic environment, by an academic team with extensive professional practitioner experience. They are experienced in delivering work-related programmes and understand the constraints of balancing a career with the demands of higher education.

Assessment

You will be asked to undertake preparatory reading and tasks, carry out work-based investigations and participant-led presentations. All assessment tasks are designed to allow you to develop expertise in the application of dental professional practice within the context of your work and subject interest.

Assessment is through:

- oral presentations
- written assignments
- portfolio assessments
- action learning sets

In addition, in Stage 3 you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Research areas

Kent’s excellent performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed our position as one of the UK’s leading universities: our 19 academic schools were found to be engaged in research of international and world-class standing. With programmes of study that are informed by research, our students are able to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary issues.

Current research areas include:

- experiential learning
- reflective practice
- communities of practice
- dental education
- professionalisation
- primary dental care.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- foster the intellectual and professional development of experienced healthcare practitioners to expand the analytical and critical reasoning powers that underpin practice (eg in organisational leadership and change, health and welfare systems, organisations and services and advanced technical procedures and practices)

- enhance the skills of experienced practitioners in multidisciplinary decision making as well as team leadership, and deepen your understanding of the dynamics of multidisciplinary working

- provide supervision for advanced practitioner-centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment

- equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for specialist practice

- develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, work effectively with organisational interests, evidence-based processes, and within complex multidisciplinary teams

- enable you to critically evaluate your own area of practice, informed by evidence-based research and grounded in self-reflection

- provide a culture of lifelong learning that values and respects practice as the context for building and testing theory, to enhance services for patients, clients and consumers

- enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in a multidisciplinary working environment

- support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.

Careers

A postgraduate degree in Applied Dental Professional Practice is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Students are successfully using this programme to develop clinical, educational and policy making career pathways in the dental sector at local, regional and national levels.

Building on Kent's success as the region's leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers will value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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Are you a qualified health practitioner looking to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to advance your professional practice? Designed for registered dieticians, this pathway has a specialist core module in nutritional support in illness-related malnutrition, which focuses on current evidence and rationale for oral, enteral and parenteral intervention in a range of clinical conditions. Read more
Are you a qualified health practitioner looking to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to advance your professional practice? Designed for registered dieticians, this pathway has a specialist core module in nutritional support in illness-related malnutrition, which focuses on current evidence and rationale for oral, enteral and parenteral intervention in a range of clinical conditions. You’ll be primed to become an evidence-based practitioner, ready to manage and lead in dynamic settings.

Key features

-Choose this dietetics pathway* and study at least one pathway specific module related to the title of the award, and four core modules (applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, research dissertation) shared with the generic MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.
-Be trained to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules.
-Shape your learning journey – you’ll have opportunities to tailor your learning in the workplace through module assignments and the supported independent study module.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business in providing both core and optional modules.
-Complete the programme in a year, with the introduction of a one year full-time study option.
-Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years.
-Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks in Plymouth to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.
-Benefit from learning within supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. Our programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced professional development is put into practice.

*This programme is designed for qualified practitioners and there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. This programme or any of its pathways do not lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Pathways in this programme will include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice, a pathway specific module or a programme option module if no specific pathway is being pursued, and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research, developing self and others, and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV749 Dietetic Practice: Supported Study

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Are you a qualified health and social care professional working in Neurological Rehabilitation? Do you want to develop advanced practitioner skills and… Read more
Are you a qualified health and social care professional working in Neurological Rehabilitation? Do you want to develop advanced practitioner skills and knowledge along with a critical thinking ethos? Do you want to challenge your current practice and be innovative in applying your studies to your area of practice? This successful pathway is taught by an enthusiastic research active team who are specialists in neurological rehabilitation, and is endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Key features

-Progress your health professions career and become a leader in this specialist area with a programme formed on evidence-based clinical practice, incorporating practical skill development*.
-Increase your skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as developing your knowledge base of this cutting-edge subject. -The assignments for all modules are designed to help you link theory to practice.
-Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in this specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s Rehabilitation research group, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
-Further your research skills through use of the University’s highly advanced equipment at the Human Movement and Function Laboratory.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business who provide both core and optional modules. You may also choose specialist skills modules such as Injection Therapy for your continuing professional development (CPD).
-Make the most of our blended learning approach, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection.
-Take advantage of flexible study – you can complete the programme over one year full time or two to five years part time. Your study will comprise of a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
-Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and Masters (MSc), 180 credits.
-This programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

*As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Advance your practice by developing theoretical knowledge and skills and a creative, critical and analytical approach to practice. Study core modules to develop your advanced practitioner skills: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and a research dissertation. You’ll also study specific and optional modules related to neurological rehabilitation, enabling you to apply your knowledge to the assessment and management of people with neurological conditions, and can take modules as standalone options for continuing professional development (CPD). We use a range of assessments, designed to link knowledge and skills to your area of practice and to develop advanced practitioner skills such as evidence-based case studies, portfolios, service delivery proposals and written and oral work. Our graduates apply what they learn – they disseminate knowledge and skills, leading and developing practice, or choose to progress to further studies.

For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
-ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
-ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions
-ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
-ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Are you an occupational therapist wishing to develop your skills and knowledge in critical thinking? This pathway will help you to improve people’s health and well-being by implementing innovative, evidence-based practice in a range of practice settings. Read more
Are you an occupational therapist wishing to develop your skills and knowledge in critical thinking? This pathway will help you to improve people’s health and well-being by implementing innovative, evidence-based practice in a range of practice settings. You will be able to develop your skills and knowledge in research and scholarly activity around the core principles of occupational therapy. This pathway enables you to explore innovative occupational therapy and occupational science in depth.

Key features

-Reflect and utilise a range of evidence to support your professional occupational therapy practice.
-Take the opportunity to study on a programme with a long, esteemed history and join the many hundreds of successful graduates from all over the world. You will learn to apply up-to-date knowledge of research and theory, to enhance your creativity and flexibility, and to develop the academic skills needed to work effectively in modern health and social care settings.
-Become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules.
-Join an enthusiastic team of occupational therapists, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students who are pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge on occupational science and occupational therapy.
-Choose this occupational therapy pathway and study four core modules (applying evidence to practice, occupational therapy practice: supported study, project design for research, research dissertation) and choose three further modules that are profession specific and/ or shared with the generic MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.
-Shape your learning journey – you can step off the pathway with a postgraduate certificate (three modules) or postgraduate diploma (six modules) if you wish, or you can continue on to a master’s degree.
-Learn about research and plan and carry out your own research project as part of the masters degree, with the support of experienced occupational therapy tutors.
-Complete the programme in a year, with the introduction of a one year full-time study option. Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two/three years and up to a maximum of five years.
-Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take some of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks in Plymouth to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.
-Tailor your learning in the workplace through module assignments and the supported independent study module.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business in providing both core and optional modules.
-Learn within our supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. Our programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced professional development is put into practice.

Course details

Pathways in this programme will include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice; developing self and others; project design for research; and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice; a pathway specific module or a programme option module if no specific pathway is being pursued; and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research; developing self and others; and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV750 Occupational Therapy Practice: Supported Study

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Develop your techniques for understanding, assessing and working with family issues on the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work with Children and Families. Read more
Develop your techniques for understanding, assessing and working with family issues on the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work with Children and Families. Explore the links between good social work practice and the legal context for child and family work, and the significance of being a social work practitioner in a multi-professional environment. Strongly linked to practice, assignments are mainly connected to areas of particular concern in your day to day professional life.

[[Key features
-Train to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business who provide both core and optional modules.
-Complete the programme in a year, with the introduction of a one year full-time study option. Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years.
-Make the most of our blended learning, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection. Study comprises of a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
-A range of assessments are used across modules designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice. This will also enable you to develop advanced practitioner skills, including evidence-based case studies, portfolios and service delivery proposals as well as written and oral work.
-Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in this specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s research groups, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
-Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: postgraduate certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; postgraduate diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and masters (MSc), 180 credits.

Course details

Year 1
Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV745 Working in the Professional Environment with Children and Families
-ADV723 Advanced Practice with Children and Families
-ADV746 Children, Young People and their Families and the Legal Process

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills within mental health practice?… Read more
Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills within mental health practice? Our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner) is a clinically-focused specialist pathway designed to develop enhanced mental health assessment and intervention skills for nurses and other healthcare professionals to effectively support people who are suffering from mental health problems, in their recovery journey.

Key features

-A contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment; including telehealth and sustainability
-Develop clinical skills in contemporary, evidence based mental health assessment, formulation and interventions.
-Engage in reflective practice to support person centred and recovery orientated ways of working.
-Experience a number of formative and summative assessed role play interactions to boost confidence and transfer these skills into your practice.
-Undertake modules which will enable you to achieve a named pathway award in Mental Health to support your career development.
-Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
-Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
-Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education.
-Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three core modules.

Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: three core, one pathway specific and up to two optional.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

Year 1
-APP701 Advancing Practice in Context
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-APP705 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment and Formulation

Year 2
You must gain 20 credits from a pathway specific module and 40 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma. Examples of the pathway specific and optional modules available:
-APP706 – CBT interventions for mental health professionals (mood disorders)
-APP707 - CBT interventions for mental health professionals (psychosis)
-APP708 – Working with families (psychosis)
-APP709 – Working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder
-HEA577 – Supplementary prescribing
-HEAD709 – Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists)
-NMP702 - Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives

Final year
-APP703 - Advancing research knowledge in practice 2
-SPP701 – Substantive professional project

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Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) has been developed to meet the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working across all healthcare sectors. Read more
Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) has been developed to meet the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working across all healthcare sectors. You will develop your practice by building on your current experience and knowledge, leading to improved ways of working and a positive impact on patient care.

Full time route also available.

Key features

-A contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment.
-Build a qualification around your personal professional needs by picking and choosing optional modules with relevance to your area of practice and benefit from a student-centred approach providing flexibility in your choice of award.
-Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
-Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
-Research informed teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum and you will be given the chance to design and undertake your own research to enhance and develop patient care and/or service provision.
-Gain a deeper understanding of the advanced clinical practice role and how this is used to enhance the patient journey whilst ensuring the right care is delivered by the right clinician at the right time.
-Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education
-Full or part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three modules: two core and one optional.

Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: two core and up to four optional.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

One twenty credit optional modules to be chosen. Examples of the optional modules available
-APP717 – The Fundamentals of Health Assessment
-APP718 – Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Practice
-APP729 – Enhancing End of Life and Palliative Care Practice

Year 1
Core modules
-APP701 Advancing Practice in Context
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Year 2
You must gain 60 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma. Examples of the optional modules available
-HEA577 – Supplementary prescribing
-HEAD709 – Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists)
-NMP702 - Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives
-APP711 – Managing Clinical Complexity
-APP719 – Advanced Newborn and Infant Examination

Final year
-APP703 - Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2
-SPP701 – Substantive professional project

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The distinctive features of the Masters programme are its 600 practice hours and its focus on the four pillars of advanced practice. Read more
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.

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

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

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

Key Course Features

-The course features a programme structure based on a 50% theory and 50% practice divide in programme hours
-Assessment of practice learning through a portfolio of evidence allows the student to demonstrate their progression in practice

The programme aims to enable experienced professionals to:
-Develop a systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of their specialist field of practice.
-Develop a critical awareness of current problems, gaining new insights at the forefront of their area of advanced practice that enable further strategic development of practice and practice knowledge.
-Enable practitioners to inform, enhance and develop their competency within their field of practice.
-Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their subject area through the planning and execution of level 7 enquiry.

What Will You Study?

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

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

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

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

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

Career Prospects

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

Other admission requirements

To be accepted on to the programme candidates must:
-Hold current registration with a professional statutory body pertaining to their area of advanced practice.
-Have a minimum of two years full time equivalent post-registration clinical experience.
-Be employed in a clinical role with a high level of autonomy or Be able to secure a placement to the above for a minimum of two days per week or Be in a Trainee Advanced Practitioner role.
-Have a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) (for those students undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing and Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice modules) and have mentorship support during their practice placement from their employing organisation.
-Obtain a satisfactory DBS certificate.
-*Candidates without a full honours degree at 2:2 and above will be required to submit a 1,500 word essay on a topic chosen by the admissions team as part of the induction process. This will be assessed using the level 6 academic criteria (Appendix I) and must demonstrate achievement at 50% or above for successful admission to the programme. Alternatively, recent successful completion of an appropriate level 6 module such as Research Methods, Non-Medical Prescribing at level 6 or Preparing for Master’s Level Study will allow admission to the programme, subject to programme team agreement.

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This course is for professionals from statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. It’s suitable for social workers, health visitors, doctors, nurses, CP liaison teachers and members of fostering and adoption teams. Read more

About the course

This course is for professionals from statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. It’s suitable for social workers, health visitors, doctors, nurses, CP liaison teachers and members of fostering and adoption teams.

If you work in a residential, community, hospital or day care setting and you’re involved in safeguarding and other statutory assessments, the course will enhance your capability.

We’ll help you to:

Keep a clear focus on the needs of the child.
Make clear and defensible judgements.
Explore issues that relate to your job.
Work with professionals from other disciplines.

Where your masters can take you

Our graduates are academics, researchers and health and social care professionals. Others become managers or administrators in the public and private sectors.

How we teach

Our teaching is rigorous and research-led. We encourage you to think critically, to learn research techniques and develop transferable skills. We also help you to develop the personal attributes that will make you highly employable. The department is a friendly place, where staff and postgraduates work together as colleagues.

Our interdisciplinary approach brings together sociologists, social policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists. Our empirical research is internationally recognised. We make significant contributions to policy debates.

Course content

Integrated Safeguarding; Public Law; Out of Home Care; Evidence-Informed Practice; Child Development and Communication with Children; Parenting Capacity; Interventions to Promote Change; Supervision and Safeguarding.

There’s a CPD route for qualified practitioners: you can take modules one at a time, as stand-alone courses. You can use the credits to build up to a degree at your own pace if you want to.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is conducted through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small-group work and problem-solving.

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