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The health and social needs of the population are changing globally. An ageing population coupled with changing patterns of ill-health and use of health… Read more

The health and social needs of the population are changing globally. An ageing population coupled with changing patterns of ill-health and use of health and social care services have strongly influenced the development of this Advancing Practice Programme. Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients, health and social care providers, it is designed for any health professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role who is keen to challenge their thinking, gain new skills and make a difference to their practice.

We offer two pathways: 

Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) pathway is designed for health professionals in the UK whose work is primarily clinically focused, are working towards an advanced practice role or require advanced skills to meet the demands of their current role.

Advancing Practice pathway is designed for any health professional (locally, nationally or internationally) who is keen to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in contemporary healthcare issues to lead and influence within their role.

Key information

  • Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Study methods: Part time, full time. Stand-alone modules. Mixture of online and classroom delivery
  • Duration: Part time, 2 or 3 years / Full time, 1 year
  • Start date: September or January
  • Course Director: Dr Susanne Cruickshank and Dr Julie Cowie

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Develop and embed knowledge, skills and confidence to inform the organisation and delivery of care and advanced decision making.
  • Demonstrate extensive and critical knowledge of the central themes of advanced practice, namely, leadership, facilitation of learning, research/development and advanced professional practice, and the underpinning principles.
  • Apply critical reasoning and argument skills to support evidence-based practice as part of health and social care delivery.
  • Evaluate theoretical models as a basis for informing advanced practice developments and innovation.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport brings together the collective expertise of multidisciplinary academics. We have a commitment to making a difference to world needs in health, wellbeing and society through teaching, research and public involvement.

We develop global citizens through our excellence in learning and teaching, focusing on employability to foster those who can make a difference.

Our portfolio of research-led Health Sciences courses advances knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals to promote patient-centred care.

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we are at the heart of Scottish and UK sport, committed to excellence in all aspects of University sporting life.

Other admission requirements

If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx



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Continuing professional development is a key requirement of health and social care professionals. This flexible course allows you to tailor your studies according to your own development needs. Read more

Continuing professional development is a key requirement of health and social care professionals. This flexible course allows you to tailor your studies according to your own development needs. We have a large number of modules that you can choose from that cover areas including clinical and professional, leadership and management, interprofessional learning and research.

Each module you study awards credit towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters in Advanced Professional Development.

To graduate with an MSc you need to gain 180 level 7 credits. Each module you study will have a credit value and once successfully completed this credit is added to your total. You carry on adding credit until you have achieved your award. Alternatively, you can leave with a postgraduate certificate after you have completed 60 credits or a postgraduate diploma after you have completed 120 credits.

If you study modules that reflect your professional identity and you go on to complete the full MSc, you can graduate with a specialist masters award. The specialist award titles currently available are

  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Nursing)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Leadership)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Paediatrics)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Social Work)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Medicine)

The skills, experience and knowledge you gain enables you to improve your career prospects. You can take on advanced practice roles, gain promotions or widen your career path and access new roles. It is also an opportunity to develop your professional practice, building on expertise you already possess.

The flexible design allows you to choose

  • the amount you want to study depending on your needs
  • the pace you want to work at, allowing you to meet work, personal and study commitments
  • from a wide variety of modules, ensuring that what you learn is directly relevant to you

If you would like advice on choosing the right modules for you, a course tutor can work with you to identify the modules and study path best suited to your needs. It is also worth enquiring about the possibility of gaining credit from any previous study, to help achieve your qualification more quickly.

Find out more about the advancing professional practice framework of modules by visiting our continuing professional development website.

How the framework operates

Once we receive your application, you can meet up with a course tutor. They work with you to find the best modules for your needs. This may be studying an individual module, choosing a selection of modules that enable you to transfer to a course to gain a professional qualification, or to help to identify a clear route through the framework to give you the skills and experience you need to progress your career.

You can decide your pace of study. You may take up to 60 level seven credits every year. We know how hard it can be to combine demanding work and personal commitments with academic study, so the APP framework allows you to step on and step off at each award level. If you have already carried out some postgraduate level study at another university or in the workplace, you may be able to gain accreditation for your previous experience and learning. 

Course structure

Attendance depends on the individual modules that you choose and includes distance learning, block and day study.

You can choose from over 150 modules covering

  • clinical, medical and professional, for example, specialist nursing, medical or physiotherapy modules
  • leadership
  • management
  • professional development
  • interprofessional development
  • research

All health and social care professions are covered by this framework.

If you continue onto the full MSc award you need to complete a research methods module and a dissertation. If you choose a masters award with a specialist title, such as MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing), 60 credits from modules and your dissertation must be related to your specialist area.

Assessment

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • portfolios
  • presentations

Employability

You are able to tailor your learning towards your specific career development needs and aspirations. This is a good way to gain a promotion or alternatively change the course of your career into a different area.

The flexibility and module choice ensure you can develop the skills and knowledge you need to improve your professional practice and progress to advanced practice roles in your profession.



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This course is for people who are working as physiotherapists, who wish to develop themselves and their profession. Read more

This course is for people who are working as physiotherapists, who wish to develop themselves and their profession. The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice aims to help you thrive in health and social contexts where the pace of change is fast and professionals need to be dynamic and proactive to meet the needs of the individuals that they work with.

The programme of study aims to be:

  • Clinical: with a focus on highly topical subjects, ability to learn in and from the workplace, practical experience, and ability to take specialist clinical and practice routes: for example, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, neurological physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, paediatric physiotherapy, leadership and management, and education. 
  • Flexible: with a determination to enable study for students who have a variety of circumstances, and who live in different countries. Two paces of study are available (full-time and part-time) and two modes of study (distance learning, and blended learning which requires attendance). The standard full-time pace is 18 months, which can be accelerated to 12 months where relevant requirements are met. 
  • Supportive: with a focus on helping you to adjust to master’s level study at the start of the course, to stay engaged with your profession throughout the course, and to increase your employability as you progress towards completion. Alongside modules you will be involved in a ‘Learning in Community Programme,’ which includes study skills training, social events, CPD opportunities such as Master Classes, and opportunities and guidance to increase your employability, including guidance on professional registration.

Study routes

Full-time with attendance: 12-18 months

The full-time study route makes use of a blended mode of learning which includes face-to-face contact supported by online resources. This is designed with international students in mind and offers attractive practical modules as well as opportunities to learn in clinical settings (see modules).

The standard duration of the full-time route is 18 months. This is valuable if your priority is to use all opportunities to develop your professional standing and employability. If you wish to prioritise quick completion of your MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice, and meet requirements, you can accelerate it to 12 months duration.

Part-time with attendance: 3-7 years

You can study the MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice part-time, with a minimum duration of three years, and maximum duration of seven years. If you study this route you can select modules which involve some attendance and some online study. For example, some modules are delivered with blocks of attendance and online study between these blocks. If you study part-time you can also choose to complete distance learning modules as part of your programme.

Distance learning (part-time or full-time):

1-7 years You can choose modules that enable you to complete your MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice entirely as distance learning . You can study distance learning at a full-time pace (12-18 months duration) or at a part-time pace (3-7 years).

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a range of student-centred learning methods, including tutorials, seminars and practical classes, with facilitation of work based learning and recognition of prior learning. Further specific strategies are used to enable distance learning.

Your performance will be assessed by coursework (assignments), presentations and practical examinations, and you are provided with structured support in learning how to develop and demonstrate your academic skills at a master’s level. Class sizes are usually 5-10 students.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module that is studied on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will vary between semesters of study, but contact time might average about six hours per week over one academic year; this would be higher during taught modules. Whether you are studying distance learning or through a mixture of face-to-face contact and online work (blended learning), each 30-credit module will entail around 300 hours of student work. This includes contact with tutors (online or face-to-face), supported by independent learning. When thinking about the total amount of learning, for the full-time pace of study, you will undertake 120 credits of study over two 15-week semesters, followed by your dissertation. This suggests up to 40 hours per week of study. A student who chooses to study part-time may be undertaking, for example, 60 credits of study, which would equate to about 20 hours per week of study.

The distance learning route can be studied part-time or full-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies

In order to design a flexible, clinical and supportive course, we talked with current students, former students and employers internationally. We collaborate with many physiotherapists and managers locally to create opportunities for our students to contribute to the development of physiotherapy services during their course. This ensures the relevance of their studies, their professional development, and advancement of the physiotherapy profession. The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice was developed from the MSc Physiotherapy (Post- Reg) which was accredited by the UK’s Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice will be renewed for the same  accreditation. This course does not lead to HCPC registration. However, advice is given to assist the process of registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Course material will also help the student to develop knowledge and skills recognised by the HCPC

Careers

This course will enable you to focus your continuing professional development in relation to clinical physiotherapy practice and physiotherapy research. It is intended to enhance your clinical, research and education career opportunities both in the UK  and internationally. Gaining the qualification will increase your employment potential across the world and help you gain academic recognition in Canada, USA, Australia and other countries.

Quick Facts

  • The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice has been designed to address the multiple needs of UK, EU, and International students, with support to help the transition to master’s level study. 
  • The course enables development for all students; both those with and without clinical experience. 
  • Graduates of this course have gained employment across the globe as junior and senior physiotherapists, in government and private practice, and in research and doctoral positions.


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Do you engage with a broad range of individuals with differing health and social care needs? This three-year, part time Advanced Practice in Healthcare masters programme is specifically designed for you if you are a health and social care practitioner, or an allied health professional. Read more
Do you engage with a broad range of individuals with differing health and social care needs? This three-year, part time Advanced Practice in Healthcare masters programme is specifically designed for you if you are a health and social care practitioner, or an allied health professional. Whether you are already working in a senior position, or aspiring to advance your career, this programme will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to enable you to become an expert in your field.

Key features

-Engage with a programme specifically designed to develop your potential as an advanced expert practitioner. We are inspired and informed by real life – our programme is created by health academics in collaboration with the needs and opinions of those who really matter, our service providers.
-Develop knowledge and skills in three specific areas: health assessment/ differential diagnosis/ clinical decision-making, leadership, and the adoption/ evaluation of evidence based practice.
-Take part in an academic community working with other professionals, carers and users.
-Seize the chance to experience a local provision of multi-professional education at an advanced level.
-Advance your practical skills and increase knowledge on all modules by combining theory with an applied approach.
-Experience independent and multi-professional working – you’ll have the opportunity to work innovatively and learn collaboratively with other students from differing professions, in keeping with the ethos of cross-sector partnerships in health and social service provision.
-Balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over the programme for three 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 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. The programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced healthcare development is put into practice.
-Designed to meet the needs of the future workforce. You’ll meet the requirements laid out in the knowledge and skills framework providing opportunities for career advancement.
-Complete the MSc and enhance your abilities to continue to further advanced study such as to MPhil/PhD level.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You will study two core modules worth 20 credits each: advanced consulting and clinical skills and leadership, law and decision making in advancing practice, with one optional 20 credit module.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (two from Year 1 and three from Year 2): advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing research knowledge in practice 2 and clinical decision making and disease management.

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 the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.
Core modules
-MCH505 Advanced Consulting and Clinical Skills
-MCH507 Leadership, Law and Decision Making in Advancing Practice

Year 2
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2
-MCH506 Clinical Decision Making and Disease Management

Final year
-MCH504 Dissertation

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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Advancing nursing knowledge, skills and attributes are essential to underpin professional practice. The MSc Nursing. Read more
Advancing nursing knowledge, skills and attributes are essential to underpin professional practice. The MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice provides registered nurses with an educational platform for career development by undertaking focused study on advancing their clinical knowledge, skills and attributes within specific areas of practice.

The course recognises the ever-changing complexity of care and offers a range of flexible and elective study options, which are educationally responsive to changing direction of UK and global health policy.

Contributing staff on the MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice programme are active in leading research and policy development in collaboration with groups such as; Health Protection Scotland; The Association of Advanced Practice Educators; The Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Institute; The UK Stroke Self-Management Network.

The programme will give you the skills and experience you need to develop your career and to act as a leader and innovator in the field of advanced nursing. This academic award will enhance your employability for opportunities in a number of roles, including advanced clinical nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, nurse educators and researchers.

This course has several different available start dates and study methods - for more information, please view the relevant web-page:
SEPTEMBER 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02887-1PTA-1718/Nursing:_Advancing_Professional_Practice_(Part-time)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

SEPTEMBER 2017 (Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02888-1DLA-1718/Nursing:_Advancing_Professional_Practice_(Online)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02887-1PTAB-1617/Nursing:_Advancing_Professional_Practice_(Pt)_(Jan)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02886-1FTAB-1617/Nursing:_Advancing_Professional_Practice_(Jan)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02888-1DLAB-1617/Nursing:_Advancing_Professional_Practice_(Online)_(Jan)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02886-1FTAB-1718/Nursing:_Advancing_Professional_Practice?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02888-1DLAB-1718/Nursing:_Advancing_Professional_Practice_(Online)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02887-1PTAB-1718/Nursing:_Advancing_Professional_Practice_(Part-time)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Assessment

A wide range of student centred teaching and learning approaches underpin modules contributing to this award. This is similarly reflected in the variety of assessment methods which are also deployed, but in the main this reflects the use of coursework essays and projects.

Assessment methods include coursework essays, case studies, portfolios, seminar participation, presentations and project work.

Employment Opportunities

The programme will give you the skills and experience you need to develop your career and to act as a leader and innovator in the field of advanced nursing.

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This online MSc is ideal for healthcare professionals seeking a qualification that is contemporary, flexible and relevant to practice. Read more
This online MSc is ideal for healthcare professionals seeking a qualification that is contemporary, flexible and relevant to practice.

About the programme

The programme is relevant to all healthcare professionals and will enable you to make a significant contribution to improving practice and providing quality care.

Your learning

You may focus on modules relating to a specific practice area to add a specialist named pathway to the MSc Advancing Practice award. These pathways include: Advanced Clinical Practice; Nursing; Cancer and Palliative Care; and Care and Practice Improvement

There are three exit points within the programme:
• Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
• Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
• MSc Advancing Practice (180 credits)

Core modules for the programme
• Postgraduate Certificate – Quality Improvement in Healthcare
• Postgraduate Diploma – Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care
• MSc – Care or Practice Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation

Specific core and option modules are required for completion of the four named pathway awards:

- Advanced Clinical Practice:
Core modules:
• Advanced Decision Making (Postgraduate Certificate)
• Advanced Work-based Learning (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:
Assessment in Advanced Practice; Clinical Teaching; Complexities of Pain; Complex Respiratory Disorders; and Advanced Vascular Access.

- Cancer and Palliative Care:
Core modules:
• Advancing Communication (Postgraduate Certificate)
• Psychosocial Concerns (Postgraduate Diploma)
• Contemporary Cancer and Palliative Care (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:
Symptoms in Advanced Disease; and Independent Study HSC.

- Care and Practice Improvement:
Core modules:
• Advanced Facilitation Skills (Postgraduate Certificate)
• Developing Workplace Culture (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:
Improvement Research; Leadership for Effectiveness; Delivering Compassionate Care; HAI Improvement in Practice; and Advanced Work-Based Learning.

- Nursing:
Core modules:
• Role Development in Nursing (Postgraduate Certificate)
• Leadership for Effectiveness (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:
Delivering Compassionate Care; Clinical Teaching; Dementia Care Principles; Contemporary Cancer and Palliative Care; Independent Study HSC; and Prescribing in Advanced Practice.

Our Careers Adviser says

Masters qualifications support career advancement and advanced practitioner roles, potentially leading to PhD study. Graduates possess highly employable transferable skills.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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The purpose of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme is to enable pharmacists who have at least 6 months patient-facing post registration experience to develop advanced knowledge skills and attributes in the professional practice of Pharmacy and ensure safe, effective and rational use of medicines. Read more
The purpose of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme is to enable pharmacists who have at least 6 months patient-facing post registration experience to develop advanced knowledge skills and attributes in the professional practice of Pharmacy and ensure safe, effective and rational use of medicines. The programme will provide a wide range of opportunities to enable individuals to develop an in depth understanding of the evidence base and safety framework for healthcare and medicines management. The programme offers the opportunity for multi-professional working with others who are involved in the provision of health care. The changes in healthcare and the implications for the changing role of Pharmacists are integral to the development of this programme. Patient safety and medicines optimisation are integral to the goals of developing healthcare services and is fundamental to safe effective and rational use of medicines.

About the course

MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice
This programme provides an opportunity to study a wide range of pharmacy practice, medicines management and public health related theory and to explore the professional practice of pharmacy in a clinical setting.

MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice with extended placement
This pathway builds on the MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice to allow students to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and systematic understanding of pharmaceutical care delivery in a hospital setting. This will be achieved by students undertaking 6 months of clinical rotations based in local NHS hospitals.

Our facilities

Our school, at the University of Hertfordshire offers world-class teaching and learning facilities, including Europe's largest medical simulation laboratory.

Structure

Core Modules
-Clinical Pharmacy in Practice
-Core Competencies in Pharmacy Practice
-Leadership in Practice
-Project (ACPP)
-Work-Based Learning for Pharmacists

Optional
-Extended Clinical Placement

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MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice). Read more

MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)

he MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) is designed for UK based Nurses and Allied Health Professionals who are working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title irrespective of specialist field or setting. This pathway places a strong emphasis on advanced clinical outcomes; autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem solving, values-based care and improving practice. 

Students are required to undertake and apply the core modules in advanced clinical assessment and examination (20 credits), non-medical prescribing and advanced practice (40 credits) to their own area of practice.  In addition students are required to choose option modules to achieve the required credits for their exit award. Modules include: diagnosis & decision making in primary care (20 credits); living with long-term conditions: Care and management (20 credits); multi morbidity in the older person (20 credits); towards a psychological trauma informed future (20 credits) and methodologies for project work in practice (20 credits). The full list of modules can be accessed beneath.

Students who complete 180 credits will gain a master’s degree.

This pathway uses a flexible approach, with modules delivered online and face to face. Face to face attendance is required for the clinically focused modules as these are delivered by experts working in partnership with University staff to maximise different learning opportunities for students. 

Who can apply for this pathway?

Any Nurse or Allied Health Professional who is working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title. Please note there are additional supervisory requirements to undertake non-medical prescribing and further information will be requested when you are ready to do this module.

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Develop and embed knowledge, skills and confidence to inform the organisation and delivery of care and advanced decision making
  • Demonstrate extensive and critical knowledge of the central themes of advanced practice, namely, leadership, facilitation of learning, research/development and advanced professional practice, and the underpinning principles
  • Apply critical reasoning and argument skills to support evidence-based practice as part of health and social care delivery
  • Evaluate theoretical models as a basis for informing advanced practice developments and innovation


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Midwives increasingly need to provide care for both critically ill and vulnerable women and their families. These women may have complex care needs and this programme equips you with the ability to provide critical care in a changing maternity environment within a multidisciplinary team. Read more
Midwives increasingly need to provide care for both critically ill and vulnerable women and their families. These women may have complex care needs and this programme equips you with the ability to provide critical care in a changing maternity environment within a multidisciplinary team. As a qualified midwife, you’ll study a contemporary and dynamic programme providing you with enhanced skills, knowledge and insight to take into professional practice.

Key features

-Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of their subject knowledge.
-Focus on specialist modules in high dependency care in midwifery, including pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth, advancing care for women with complex needs, and supporting vulnerable women during pregnancy birth and the post-birth period. You'll also study advanced clinical skills for practice with clinical decision making, escalation of care and clinical governance.
-Design and carry out research that will enhance and develop women-centered care and provision for her and her family.
-Ensure that your professional practice is supported by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.
-Learn to operate in increasingly complex and unpredictable situations and show initiative in decision making while accessing appropriate support.
-Equip yourself with problem-solving and active learning skills through interacting with other students, as well as demonstrating critical reflection.
-Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part time.

Course details

This programme is designed to develop and enhance your skills and knowledge as a midwife to an advanced level. Core modules are shared and are multi-professional across the contemporary healthcare programmes.

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You will study two core modules worth 20 credits each: high dependency care in midwifery and pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth, with one optional 20 credit module.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (two from Year 1 and three from Year 2): advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing research knowledge in practice 2, and advancing care: vulnerable women in childbirth.

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 the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in an area of study related to midwifery.

Modules are taught sequentially within this part-time programme, starting with pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth and high dependency care in midwifery. In your second year you'll study advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing care: vulnerable young women and childbirth and advancing research knowledge in practice 2.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.
Core modules
-MCH510 Pathophysiology and its Impact on Childbirth
-MCH509 High Dependency Care in Midwifery

Year 2
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

Final year
-MCH504 Dissertation

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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Programme description. The field of nursing is ever changing and increasingly challenging. Read more

Programme description

The field of nursing is ever changing and increasingly challenging. This programme will equip you with the skills for self-development to become leaders and competent decision-makers, professional nurses who understand the primacy of care, the promotion of health and the imperative of evidence to underpin best practice and how this is acquired.

The programme offers a variety of courses which reflect the key concerns in developing an effective and flexible workforce, with the ability to embrace and generate new approaches to care.

It aims, through a process of flexible and open learning, to develop self-directed and reflective nurses who have the potential to be future leaders in advancing nursing.

Programme structure

Whilst there are some core subjects, the programme is extremely flexible and is tailored to students' requirements.

This programme allows:

  • development of a portfolio for professional and personal development;
  • opportunities for the synthesis of theory, evidence and practice;
  • accessibility for all nursing disciplines, including managers, educators and clinicians;
  • enhanced international collaborations, developing a global network of leading nurses as part of our alumni.

The programme consists of two compulsory courses and your choice of option courses.

Compulsory courses

  • Research Methods in Nursing and Healthcare A
  • Professional and Personal Development

Option courses may include:

  • Clinical Decision Making and Professional Judgement
  • Leadership: Exploring Your Potential
  • Global Public Health.

It is also possible in some instances to take option courses from other subject areas outside of nursing studies.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice enables students to:

  • develop their practice through engagement with research and scholarship in nursing studies
  • develop a focus on research and application of the evidence base through five themes: Research, Professional Development, Leadership, Clinical Decision Making and Health
  • develop the analytical skills required for professional development and reflective practice
  • develop the skills for the critical appraisal of the practice of nursing
  • develop a critical appraisal of promoting health

Career opportunities

Our programme meets with the needs outlined in the recent Postregistration Career Development Framework (2012). This Framework provides an interactive professional development tool which maps the key knowledge, skills and behaviours which practitioners need to progress through or up a level.

This programme is suitable for nurses looking to advance into senior clinical, educational, teaching and policy roles within the healthcare service, the independent sector, academia, a professional organisation or the voluntary sector.



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The Coventry University Advancing Physiotherapy Practice MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time options. Read more

The Coventry University Advancing Physiotherapy Practice MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time options.

Students complete six 20 credit modules, plus a 60 credit dissertation in order to earn a full Master of Science degree.

This clinically focused course will develop your knowledge and skills in assessment, clinical reasoning and treatment, in the core areas of physiotherapy practice.

The course aims to produce therapists who have strong clinical and communication skills, who can also influence practice and service delivery, working in line with government initiatives.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

You will have the opportunity to:

-Gain in-depth knowledge of the theory underpinning evidence based physiotherapy

-Reflect and apply theoretical knowledge to physiotherapy practice

-Gain the skills, concepts and knowledge related to advanced physiotherapy practice to strengthen a career in physiotherapy,

-Critically analyse relevant literature

-Evaluate clinical practice

-Gain the appropriate intellectual skills, in order to meet the advancing_physiotherapy_msc3demands of a more advanced professional role

-Understand the importance of research and the evaluation of clinical outcomes in the development of professional knowledge and practice

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

This course will equip you with advanced physiotherapy skills to develop your clinical practice and service delivery. It will enhance your employability and potential to move into higher positions in physiotherapy.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Funding

The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Advancing Physiotherapy Practice MSc at Coventry University.

UK postgraduate loans:

English Postgraduate Loans – Offering up to £10,280 for eligible UK or EU students ordinarily resident in England, or EU students moving to England to study.

Welsh Postgraduate Loans – Offering up to £10,280 for eligible UK or EU students ordinarily resident in Wales.

Scottish Postgraduate Loans – Offering up to £10,000 for eligible UK or EU students ordinarily resident in Scotland.

Northern Irish Postgraduate Loans – Offering up to £5,500 for eligible UK or EU students ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland.

Erasmus funding:

Erasmus Masters Loans – Offering up to €18,000 for eligible students to study a Masters abroad.

Funding from FindAMasters:

FindAMasters Scholarships – Offering up to £5,000 to new UK, EU and international postgraduates.

Fees

UK / EU: £6,212

International: £11,846



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This course is aimed at busy professionals working in clinical practice and service improvement. It’s designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need advance your career. Read more

About the course

This course is aimed at busy professionals working in clinical practice and service improvement. It’s designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need advance your career. The modular framework means you can take a flexible approach, studying part time, for up to five years. You can build your own masters degree as you go, focusing on subjects that are relevant to your area and your own personal needs.

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

Evidence-Based Practice; Methods of Inquiry.

Examples of optional modules

Including: Advanced Renal Nursing Practice; Advancing Autonomous Practice; Cancer Pathophysiology and Therapeutics; Care and Management of the Renal Patient; Context and Concepts in Advancing Practice; Living With and Beyond Cancer; Managing Diabetes as a Long-Term Health Condition; Managing Heart Failure as a Long Term Health Condition; Managing Respiratory Disease as a Long-Term Condition; Nurse/Midwifery Independent/Supplementary Prescribing; Recognising and Responding to Patient Deterioration; Relationship-Centred Dementia Care; Theorising Dementia and the UK Policy Context; Palliative and End of Life Care; Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives; Psychosocial Approaches to the Care and Treatment of People with Dementia.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, small-group work and clinical instruction, plus specialist sessions with expert speakers.

The dissertation is by supervised tutorial. Each taught unit is assessed by written assignment, OSCE, presentations or examination. The final unit is an extended project or literature review, leading to a dissertation or workplace study.

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Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable.

Course details

The philosophy of this programme is that for excellence to flourish every member of staff must be committed to, and play their part in, an integrated governance approach. This is where people-centredness and people-centred approaches to care are afforded the same esteem and recognition as finance, performance, risk management, safety and quality.

The programme is designed to develop and equip critical champions and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care. It enables you to apply your comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to lead evidence-based enhancement of quality, safety and governance in your health and social care settings and evaluate the impact of this. The programme is suitable for individuals from the public, independent and voluntary sectors from any professional background, including clinical and support services.

What you study

Year 1 focuses on the transition to mastery and explores the context of safety, quality and governance in terms of policy, theory and experience, at a personal, local, national and international level. You also study different types and sources of evidence. You use these to identify a quality, safety or governance issue of relevance to your role based on an in-depth study of the principles, practices and tools of safety and governance in health and social care. You then develop and justify a business case for change based on this.

The modules studied in Year 1 make up the Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care, PgCert.

In Year 2, you plan and implement a change project based on your business case presented at the end of Year 1. To help you achieve this you study topics such as a human factors approach, strategic change management, action learning and leadership and evaluation methodologies. You then develop and critique an evaluation study proposal in Year 2 which you take forward during your dissertation module in Year 3. The modules studied in Year 2 make up the Advancing Human Factors in Health and Social Care, PgCert.

Year 1 core modules
-Principles and Practice of Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care
-Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

Year 2 core modules
-Leading Person-centred Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care
-Using a Human Factors Approach to Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

Year 3 core modules
-Dissertation: Evaluating Impact

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

In Years 1 and 2 the programme is taught in short study blocks spread across the academic year over a total of 14 days. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures and workshops, student-led seminars, action learning, real-life scenarios and case study analysis, interactive and online learning activities, directed and self-directed study activities. Year 3 is mainly guided self-directed study with the support of a dissertation supervisor. You are supported by module tutors with extensive experience in this subject area and the programme leader who is a member of the founding cohort for the NHS England and Health Foundation Q initiative.

We use a range of assessment modes throughout the programme. These include an essay on the nature and use of evidence, analysis of a quality, safety or governance issue using a human factors approach, a business case and the final dissertation evaluating the change you have implemented.

Other modes of assessment include a poster presentation and defence, and an oral presentation with questions and answers.
The programme is supported by a critical friends stakeholder support forum which consists of service users and carers, employer representatives and academic staff. Members of this group participate in student assessment as well as supporting programme design and delivery as a means of ensuring the person-centred approach pervades all aspects of the programme and to maximise employer/organisational benefit.

Employability

On successful completion of this programme you are equipped with a range of knowledge, expertise and experiences such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. You are also able to work collaboratively, present and research. And you have strong ICT skills that are highly sought by employers. The programme is relevant for you if you are working in or would like to work in a specialist quality, safety or governance role, or one covering these issues.

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Summary. The School of Health Sciences aims to provide quality education for both the current and future NHS workforce thereby improving the experience for people and their families who may now, and in the future, require help from Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). Read more

Summary

The School of Health Sciences aims to provide quality education for both the current and future NHS workforce thereby improving the experience for people and their families who may now, and in the future, require help from Allied Health Professionals (AHPs).

We provide programmes of study and research opportunities by a diversity of means such as modules delivered in a short course and conference format and distance learning. This course offers Continual Professional Development (CPD) for AHPs thereby advancing allied health practice for the benefit of patients.

The School’s innovative and highly reputable CPD provision responds to the needs of all stages of the UK and Ireland’s AHP career frameworks. Our postgraduate programme enables AHPs to focus on their chosen specialism (diagnostic radiography, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech and language therapy, therapeutic radiography).

The content of the course is directly relevant to AHPs working in an ever-developing workforce. The material is produced and delivered by teaching staff, national and international experts in the subject areas.

The masters programme has been produced with clearly identified, efficient, processes for applicants to engage with short courses, and to facilitate students to move on to award programmes, using flexible but clear module opportunities to build up to the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/Masters awards.

Structure

This course is designed to enable students to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc: a student initially registers for a Postgraduate Certificate and on completion of this may either exit with the award or progress to Diploma level. On completion of the Diploma they may choose to exit or transfer to the Masters level. Please also note that there are compulsory modules associated with the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters and that awards should normally be completed within 5 years.

Modules may also be taken as stand alone i.e. without registration for an award.

Compulsory modules and course

MSc

  • Project (60 points)

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Additional 60 credit points

To exit with Diploma:

  • One compulsory module (15 points each) - research evidence for health science

If progressing on to MSc level:

  • Must also take research project preparation (15 points) in addition to those above

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Free selection of modules from course list up to 60 credit points

Attendance

The part-time MSc programme is normally six semesters completed over 2-4 academic years. However students may opt to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credit points) after 1-2 years or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 points) after 2-3 years. In order to facilitate student attendance many of the modules involve on average 3-6 days attendance per module, these may be delivered in one block or in two shorter blocks of attendance during the semester. Some modules may require longer attendance due to professional body requirements and/or HCPC regulations. Each module coordinator will be able to advise on the expected attendance. Several modules are taught through the online environment and where these modules do not require attendance, students are expected to regularly participate in the online learning environment.

Career options

Participation in the postgraduate framework may enhance the opportunities for AHPs within the health service and beyond. The development of the programme was as a direct consequence of the need for profession-specific and interdisciplinary modules to facilitate AHPs in their career progression.

Participation in the postgraduate activity will provide the development opportunity for AHPs to progress to doctoral level activity.



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The dynamic and multi-faceted nature of health, social care and welfare makes this a stimulating and fascinating subject to study at postgraduate level. Read more
The dynamic and multi-faceted nature of health, social care and welfare makes this a stimulating and fascinating subject to study at postgraduate level. This interdisciplinary course develops a critical appreciation of health, social care and welfare within a contemporary, social, political, economic and cultural context.

The Advanced Clinical Practice award, which includes adult advanced health assessment and non-medical prescribing, will be particularly of interest to nurses and other health professionals advancing their practice into new areas. The Non-medical prescribing module is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professions Council.

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