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The MSc Allied Health Practice is aimed at all allied health professionals (AHPs), and has been developed to meet the postgraduate and CPD needs of these professional groups. Read more
The MSc Allied Health Practice is aimed at all allied health professionals (AHPs), and has been developed to meet the postgraduate and CPD needs of these professional groups. The developed framework allows students to choose their own pathway through the degree, picking from a range of clinical and management orientated modules, to run alongside the core modules. The public health agenda is prominent in many of the modules, which reflects the school's developing research portfolio and expertise.

Individual modules can also be taken as stand-alone modules to develop CPD provision.

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The MSc Leadership for Allied Health Professionals includes two specialist modules that focus on the role of leadership in delivering innovation and promoting resilience in health and social care settings. Read more
The MSc Leadership for Allied Health Professionals includes two specialist modules that focus on the role of leadership in delivering innovation and promoting resilience in health and social care settings. It also includes three modules that emphasise the development of skills that allow practitioners to crucially appraise sources of evidence, and apply it in order to bring about improvement within a health and social care setting. There is also the option to study for a PG Cert, consisting of one research based module and your chosen specialist module.

Course detail

The Masters programme and the PG Certs are attractive to anyone working in a health and social care setting with a desire to build on their knowledge and practical experience through relevant multi-professional learning and research. They will enable graduates to demonstrate a critical awareness of a range of complex issues associated with health and wellbeing among older people and critically evaluate evidence in this area to improve practice.

The professional group attracted to these courses include a wide range of professions from across the health and social care field, including: Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Social Workers, Care Workers, a range of Allied Health Professionals, Medical Staff and Podiatrists.

Format

Study options include a Master's degree, or a PG Cert for those who want to gain an understanding of the subject but do not wish to conduct a full scale research project or commit to a longer period of study.

• MSc Leadership for Allied Health Professionals
• PG Cert Innovation & Leadership for Allied Health Professionals
• PG Cert Resilience & Leadership for Allied Health Professionals

Modules

• AHP Leadership - Service Innovation & Transformation
• AHP Leadership – Workplace Stress & Resilience
• Research Methods
• Evaluating Evidence & Effecting Change
• Research Paper

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Other sources of funding

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/money/funding-my-course/postgraduate-/postgraduate-funding-/

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Our innovative MSc Allied Health Practice provides qualified Allied Health Professionals with a chance to study part-time, usually alongside existing work commitments, using the course to support current work place initiatives. Read more
Our innovative MSc Allied Health Practice provides qualified Allied Health Professionals with a chance to study part-time, usually alongside existing work commitments, using the course to support current work place initiatives. This programme focuses on contemporary clinical practice with a strong emphasis on understanding the evidence base, understanding health and social care policy and working with other Health Professionals, to keep the patient at the centre of care. All assessments are developed to complement and assist your working practice, and students often find it useful to use challenges from their employment as the basis for their module assessments.

MSc will take between 3-5 years part time and this course offers great flexibility, including the opportunity to use Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) to incorporate previous study at level 7 (Masters Level).

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– Radiotherapy On-treatment review (double credit). – Portal Imaging (Level H and M). Students may select from other units available in the scheme to identify a route to award. Read more

Course units

– Radiotherapy On-treatment review (double credit)
– Portal Imaging (Level H and M)

Students may select from other units available in the scheme to identify a route to award. For example:
– An Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health Care Professionals
– Professional Development through Contract Learning
– Leadership Skills for Allied Health Professionals
– Understanding Cancer Care and Management for Allied Health Professionals
– Specialist Skills Development: Work-based Learning (in the area of choice)
– Practice Educators Course
– Understanding Research and Evidence Based Practice
– Research Dissertation

Course description

This pathway will normally be of interest to therapeutic radiographers operating in clinical environments in which service redesign and skill mix practices are underway. Other disciplinary groups are not excluded, although a fundamental requirement for effective participation will be the ability to access suitable clinical support. The flexibility of the framework and methods of delivery will permit practitioners within a wide geographical range to enrol.

We aim to provide a high degree of flexibility, allied to responsiveness to the local service need. You will be able to pursue your own developmental needs in the context of service requirements and to pursue requirements for advanced and consultant practice aligned with the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

You can use the programme in the following ways:
– Register for a specified award and agree at entry all of the units to be undertaken
– Register for a PgCert and later opt to move on to a PgDip or MSc
– Undertake a variety of units as stand alone courses and build this over time into an award.

A major feature of this programme is the option for you to pursue specific knowledge and skills development in your area of practice through the use of work-based learning.

Career opportunities

Requirements in respect of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), linked to professional regulation and Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) requirements, means that flexible and responsive education and training provision is increasingly important to practitioners and their managers. This programme will assist in developing your career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas.

Professional contacts/industry links

The programme is approved by the College of Radiographers.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health, Social Care and Allied Professionals aims to enable you to achieve a professional teaching qualification whether you are a nurse, midwife, social worker or any other allied professional. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health, Social Care and Allied Professionals aims to enable you to achieve a professional teaching qualification whether you are a nurse, midwife, social worker or any other allied professional.

The PGCert aims to develop your knowledge and skills for teaching so that you can facilitate and manage learning and assessment at higher education level within a health or social care context.

The course aims to be sufficiently flexible to enable you to develop specific expertise which can be applied to the complexities of your professional practice area.

The PGCert is committed to your individual development as a teacher. It will enhance your critical analytical skills and enable you to synergise the demands of practice development with current research.

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- Professional Development through Contract Learning. - Specialist Skills Development. Work-based Learning (in the area of choice). Read more

Course units

- Professional Development through Contract Learning
- Specialist Skills Development: Work-based Learning (in the area of choice)
- Negotiated Group-based Learning
- Leadership Skills for Allied Health Professionals
- Understanding Cancer Care and Management for Allied Health Professionals
- An Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health Care Professionals
- Practice Educators Course
- Intravenous Administration of Pharmaceutical Substances for Diagnostic or Therapeutic Purposes
- Occupational Therapy for People with Severe Mental Health Problems
- Occupational Therapy for the Elderly
- Outcome measures for Occupational Therapists
- First Line Image Interpretation for Patient Management
- Musculo-skeletal Triage for Physiotherapists
- Medical Imaging in the Management of Musculo-skeletal Pathology
- Research Methods and Processes
- Integrating Study
- Understanding Research and Evidence-based Practice
- Research Dissertation

Assessment Method:
A variety of methods are used that are tailored to the unit content. This includes written essay and report submissions, viva, presentation and objective structure clinical examination. Full briefing information on assessment requirements is provided at the start of each unit.

Course description

These programmes are particularly suitable for radiographers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and operating department practitioners. It has professional body approval where this is relevant, e.g. College of Radiographers.

We aim to provide a high degree of flexibility in response to the local service needs. Therefore, you can pursue a range of awards in professional development, utilising the units available within the scheme and wider Faculty framework. This flexibility enables you to develop in the context of service requirements that is aligned with the NHS knowledge and skills framework.

A major feature is the work-based learning option that enables you to develop in your specific area of work. You can construct a unit or programme with the possibility of achieving a postgraduate award. For example, if you are a radiographer, you could gain clinical or reporting skills in a wide range of areas such as barium studies, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound or x-ray guided biopsy.

You can use the programme to register for a specified award, and agree at entry all of the units to be
undertaken or for example, register for a PgCert, and later opt to move on to a PgDip or MSc, undertaking a variety of units as stand alone courses and building this over time into an award.

The BSc (Hons) route will be of specific interest to Operating Department Practitioners by providing a ‘top-up’ option. Those holding an NVQ will be considered for entry onto the BSc (Hons) programme using accreditation of prior learning, or via a bridging programme.

The flexible nature of this programme means that all of the options and routes available cannot be described here. You are advised therefore to contact the administrator for initial guidance on options and to explore how your needs can best be met.

Career opportunities

Because units are linked to the Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF), they provide a flexible and responsive training provision, which is increasingly important to practitioners and their managers. This programme will assist in developing your career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas.

Professional contacts / Industry links

Units are designed to offer Continuing Professional Development linked to professional regulation and Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) requirements.

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Are you an allied health professional wanting to improve your skills? Have you recently re-entered the field and want to ensure your knowledge is up to date? Then take our PgC degree for a programme that's relevant to the changing and dynamic health economy. Read more
Are you an allied health professional wanting to improve your skills? Have you recently re-entered the field and want to ensure your knowledge is up to date? Then take our PgC degree for a programme that's relevant to the changing and dynamic health economy. We offer a flexible approach to learning that allows you to increase your base skillset at a pace that suits you. Get on the right path to enhancing your career by offering an improved level of service.

You will need to complete an induction prior to starting your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study; alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

Course outline

This 60 credit award will prepare students for a successful future of health care provision. You will be required to attend one of the induction days prior to commencing the first module of your course (distance learning students excepted). If you have studied at the University of Cumbria in the past two years, the requirement to attend the induction day may be waived.

Other admission details

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Potential students will be offered advice by an academic tutor on the suitability of the award and their module choices, this will be dependent on factors such as currency of prior learning, and their personal and professional development needs. Students should be able to show the potential benefits of studying for the award and a commitment to attempting the assessment items.

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an independent physiotherapist or podiatrist prescriber. Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an independent physiotherapist or podiatrist prescriber.

Prescribing by physiotherapists and podiatrists has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of physiotherapists and podiatrists in the provision of care. Where appropriate, physiotherapists and podiatrists are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of non-medical prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and the support provided. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for you to receive feedback to support the development of your work; we consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance your experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with non-medical prescribing leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Further information and examples of nurse independent prescribing roles can be found here:
http://www.prescribingforsuccess.co.uk/document_uploads/nmp-staff-stories/NMP_NHS_Staff_Stories.pdf

And using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010): http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140627112622/http://www.npc.nhs.uk/non_medical/resources/NMP_QuickGuide.pdf

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare physiotherapists and podiatrists for their roles as independent prescribers.

In accordance with the requirements identified by the HCPC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.

This 40 credit programme at level 7 comprises two 10 credits modules (one at level 6) and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to:
-Consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and demonstrating understanding of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint, and conduct a relevant physical examination, recognise and manage clinical complexity.
-Demonstrate clarity of reasoning in relation to the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to your own prescribing practice whilst recognising and evaluating the relationship between pharmacology and prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels.
-Demonstrate a critical awareness of legal, ethical and professional frameworks including the responsibility that your role as an independent/supplementary prescriber entails, and demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility for working within the scope of your professional competence, articulate and demonstrate how you will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
-Synthesise sources of information, advice and support, taking into account evidence-based practice, national/ local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice and demonstrate their application to prescribing practice.
-Critically evaluate factors which impact on prescribing at individual, local and national levels and in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring, modification and practice-based change.
-Demonstrate knowledge and clarity of reasoning in the ability to refer/ consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner, developing an effective relationship and communication channels with patients/carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team to work within a prescribing partnership, critically reflect on the clinical governance frameworks that include audit and prescribing practice and development.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could combine successful completion of the Non-medical Prescribing award with the 20-credit module HPHG7024 Medicines: Therapeutics and Pharmacology (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/cpd-and-short-courses/medicines---therapeutics-and-pharmacology/) for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development, with option to transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

Other admission requirements

All entry criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement:
-Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date

A fully-completed application form confirming:
-At least two years' clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place.
-Identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course.
-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.

The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as a supplementary prescriber. Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as a supplementary prescriber. Prescribing by radiographers has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise their skills and expertise in the provision of care. Where appropriate, radiographers are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team. Patients evaluate their experience of non-medical prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students also report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their work. We consider all student feedback and work with you to enhance your student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with non-medical prescribing leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Further information and examples of nurse independent prescribing roles can be found here:
http://www.prescribingforsuccess.co.uk/document_uploads/nmp-staff-stories/NMP_NHS_Staff_Stories.pdf

And using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010): http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140627112622/http://www.npc.nhs.uk/non_medical/resources/NMP_QuickGuide.pdf

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare radiographers for their roles as supplementary prescribers. In accordance with the requirements identified by the HCPC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber. This 40 credit programme at level 6 comprises two 10 credits modules (one at Level 6) and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to:
-Consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and demonstrate understanding of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint and conduct a relevant physical examination.
-Critically appraise the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to your own prescribing practice, recognising and evaluating influences on prescribing practice.
-Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical and professional frameworks including the responsibility that your role as a supplementary prescriber entails, demonstrate awareness of your own limitations and work within the limits of your professional competence, and articulate and demonstrate how you will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
-Critique sources of information, advice and support, explaining how you will use them in prescribing practice, taking into account evidence-based practice, national/ local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice.
-Critically reflect on the factors which impact on prescribing at individual, local and national levels and in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring and modification and practice-based change.
-Demonstrate the ability to refer/ consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner, developing an effective relationship and communication channels with patients/carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team to work within a prescribing partnership, and critically reflect on the clinical governance frameworks that include audit and prescribing practice and development.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical Prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could combine successful completion of the Non-medical Prescribing award with the 20-credit module HPHG7024 Medicines: Therapeutics and Pharmacology for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development with option to transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

Admission requirements

All entry criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement:
-Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date.

A fully completed application form confirming:
-At least two years' clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place.
-Identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course.
-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date
-The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.

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This course is specifically designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to undertake part-time study to prepare them to become a non-medical prescriber. Read more
This course is specifically designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to undertake part-time study to prepare them to become a non-medical prescriber. Nurses and midwives will be awarded the NMC recorded qualification (V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) and allied health professionals will be awarded an annotation with the HPC as a Supplementary Prescriber.
The leading principle within the Non-Medical Prescribing course is to prepare you to deliver high quality care by equipping you to:
- Prescribe safely and effectively
- Use resources to your optimum effect for service users
- Improve well-being and reduce inequalities
- Provide evidence-based effective care
- Engage in policy making and actively participate in the multidisciplinary prescribing team

You can expect to study four modules:

•Pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers (30 credits) will prepare students to understand and apply the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics directly related to prescribing practice. Practitioners will have the opportunity to critically analyse evidence based practice including risk assessment and management and to synthesise information relating to their own area of practice.
•Outline content includes: pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; adverse drug reactions; numeracy; safe principles of prescribing; anatomy and physiology across the life span.
•Professional, legal and ethical issues for prescribers (15 credits) focuses on critically evaluating and synthesising ideas from the evidence in relation to the legal, ethical and professional issues implicit in non-medical prescribing decision making and consultations. Outline content includes: legislation and policies related to prescribing; accountability and responsibility for assessment, diagnosis and prescribing independently and within the multi-disciplinary team; patient safety in supervising, managing and evaluating prescribing decisions; prescribing effectively within a finite prescribing budget.
•Applied prescribing in the clinical context (15 credits) aims to critically evaluate the skills required for a comprehensive consultation for safe effective prescribing. In addition it is designed to promote synthesis of ideas influential in prescribing decision making. Outline content includes: appraisal of self and others regarding consultation skills in achieving medicines adherence; external pressures impacting on prescribing; different management options used to treat patients.
•Prescribing in practice for nurses and midwives / allied health professionals (0 credits) prepares students to prescribe from the British National Formulary as both independent and supplementary prescribers for nurses and midwives or as a supplementary prescriber for allied health professionals. Outline content includes: application of theory to practice; rationale for prescribing decisions; numeracy skills, writing prescriptions; prescribing in a range of scenarios. All practice experiences and practice outcomes for the whole course are based within this module.
Teaching and assessment
Our student-centred and enquiry-based approach to learning incorporates a wide variety of learning and teaching strategies, including; case studies, scenarios, small group work, action learning sets, workshops, pod casts, reflection, student presentations, supervised consultations with service users in practice and clinically focused tutorials. An essential part of the course will take place in practice settings under the guidance of a Designated Medical Practitioner, facilitated by your personal tutor. Students will also be supported by a designated qualified nurse prescriber, lead midwife for education, or supplementary prescriber for allied health, who will take up the role of preceptor at the end of the course.

Expertise
Our course team have a wide range of experience in non-medical prescribing provision. A key strength is that most are, or have been, independent and or supplementary prescribers from primary and secondary care in nursing, midwifery and pharmacy practice. The external examiner is also experienced in non-medical prescribing.

Graduate careers
A qualification in non-medical prescribing will be an essential aspect of your professional portfolio and will support your career progression through the advancement of your own practice in providing high quality patient care; thus enhancing your continued professional development needs.

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The Faculty of Health and Social Care currently has around 30 full and part-time MPhil/PhD students, for whom there are monthly seminars, support groups and an annual Summer School at which students are expected to present their work. Read more
The Faculty of Health and Social Care currently has around 30 full and part-time MPhil/PhD students, for whom there are monthly seminars, support groups and an annual Summer School at which students are expected to present their work. There is an equipped MPhil/PhD area within our Faculty and our students are actively encouraged to attend a rolling programme of research methods courses.

Most graduates are self-funded but there are faculty scholarships and the Faculty has attracted grants through sources such as the Department of Health, ESRC and Health Trusts.

It is usual to register for an MPhil in the first instance. Graduates will then be asked to submit a transfer month report of their research progress for University scrutiny. The Faculty encourages team supervision and every student has at least two supervisors.

Besides the doctoral programme, research in the Faculty supports programmes of research in: Allied Health Professions (Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Radiography), Clinical Effectiveness, Community Development and Social Work, Community and User Involvement in Service Delivery and Research, Health Promotion, Health Services Research, Inter-
Professional and Inter-Sectoral Practice, Primary Health Care, Practice Development, Professional and Organisational Development, and Public Health.

Professional Doctorates

The Faculty of Health and Social Care provides two professional doctorate programmes. One is the professional doctorate programme in nursing, leading to the award of Doctorate in Nursing. The other is the professional doctorate programme for allied health professions leading to profession specific awards of Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Doctorate in Optometry, Doctorate in Physiotherapy, or Doctorate in Radiography. Currently 19 students are undertaking study for these qualifications which are studied over five years.

Professional doctorate programmes differ from the traditional MPhil/PhD route (described above) in that there is a taught component which is delivered in the first two years. This is followed by a research component in years three to five. In the research component, students carry out a profession specific research study, with the support of a supervisory team, and produce a research thesis.

Details of the professional doctorate programme in nursing can be found in the Nursing section of the prospectus. Details of the professional doctorate programme for the allied health professions can be found in the Allied Health Professions section of the prospectus.

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This programme will appeal to vets with one or two years of clinical experience who want to develop their clinical skills. As well as preparing students for further clinical training, it also aims to develop skills for a primary care setting. Read more

Programme overview

This programme will appeal to vets with one or two years of clinical experience who want to develop their clinical skills. As well as preparing students for further clinical training, it also aims to develop skills for a primary care setting.

The diploma lasts 12 months and encompasses several pathways, including small animal practice, equine practice and clinical pathology; each student will pick one pathway for study. There are two compulsory units for each pathway and each unit carries equal weighting.

The goal is for students to consolidate and build on the clinical knowledge and skills gained from their undergraduate study and prior professional practice (eg the RCVS Professional Development Phase) in an area of veterinary medicine. Teaching will be delivered by a combination of directed clinical training, face-to-face presentations and seminars, online resources and self-directed learning. Students will also receive training in evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Programme structure

Each pathway consists of two compulsory units of 70 credits.

- Small Animal Practice pathway
- Small Animal Medicine and allied areas (70 credits)
- Small Animal Surgery and allied areas (70 credits)
- Equine Practice pathway
- Equine medicine and allied areas (70 credits)
- Equine surgery and allied areas (70 credits)
- Clinical Pathology pathway
- Haematology and cytology (70 credits)
- Biochemistry and endocrinology (70 credits)

Each unit consists of clinical activity, seminars and an evidence-based review. Clinical activity occurs through rotations in a variety of areas within Langford Veterinary Services, including out-of-hours immersion. Units will run concurrently through the year.

Careers

Graduates could go on to study for a Master's by research or taught Master's programme (eg MSc in Clinical Veterinary Science, MVetMed/PhD). Career destinations could include general practice, academia or specialist veterinary practice.

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The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education has been designed collaboratively by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine’s Clinical Deanery. Read more
The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education has been designed collaboratively by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine’s Clinical Deanery. The Postgraduate Certificate is a one-year, part-time Master’s-level programme resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits and the University of Cambridge award.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/component/courses/?view=course&cid=19782

Who is the course designed for?

The Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at doctors and other professionals allied to medicine who have a teaching role and/or a role in training and appraising healthcare professionals. This includes doctors working in: primary care; secondary care at all levels from foundation year 2 to consultant grades; and other professionals allied to medicine that have a role in teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates. Hear what our current students have to say.

Course detail

The programme is designed to provide practical solutions to teaching undergraduates or postgraduates as individuals, small groups and larger groups. It will look at the theory behind teaching in medical settings and how these apply in real life situations. It is also designed to provide help in developing skills in giving feedback, appraisal and assessment. Where possible the teaching will be adaptable so that it can help specific groups of teachers in their particular environment.

The programme is designed to meet recommendations of the GMC and Academy of Medical Educators, and aims to contribute to continuing professional development of doctors and allied professionals in an integrated clinical and teaching environment to stimulate more inter-professional education; and to develop a cohort of professionals who will pursue and develop their roles as teachers in the field of medical education. Students successfully completing the programme will have gained skills and knowledge to:

- Ensure safe and effective patient care through training
- Establish and maintain an environment for learning
- Teach and assess learning and apply core theoretical principles to their own educational contexts
- Support and monitor educational progress
- Guide personal and professional development

Upon successful completion of the programme you may apply for membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME); you may also apply for Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Format

The Postgraduate Certificate comprises three modules providing a total of approximately 90 contact hours with additional between-module reflection, study and assignment work. The three modules are:

Core skills in medical education (confirmed teaching dates):

13 October 2016
14 October 2016
11 November 2016
2 December 2016

Applying teaching skills (confirmed teaching dates):

20 January 2017
3 March 2017
7 April 2017

The role of assessment (confirmed teaching dates):

5 May 2017
6 May 2017
2 June 2017

The postgraduate certificate is not a distance learning course and attendance in Cambridge for the teaching sessions is compulsory. It is therefore essential that all applicants are available to attend all the teaching events.

All teaching will take place at Madingley Hall from 9am to 6pm and accommodation can be booked subject to availability.

A virtual learning environment will support students’ learning throughout the programme.

Assessment

You will be assessed throughout the three modules using a variety of techniques including evidence of regular reflection in reflective diaries. There will also be a requirement for you to take part in peer review of other students both as the observer and as the learner and then to provide a written reflection on that process. There are two summative assessments in the form of a written assignment of between 4,500 and 5,500 words or the equivalent plus one formative assessment.

- 9 January 2017
- 30 June 2017

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding

Bursaries may be available for qualifications in medical education, some deaneries, for example the Health Education East of England, may offer bursaries for qualifications in medical education, and enquiries should be directed to the relevant Postgraduate Centre in your region. It is also worth investigating what funding is available from your employer if you teach regularly.

Health Education East of England: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/Educator_Applications

Find your Postgraduate Centre: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/institute-media/ctms/pdfs/east_of_england_postgraduate_centre_addresses_1342.pdf

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This course is for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists with an interest in diabetes care. It aims to develop the scientific basis for improvement in diabetes clinical practice and public health using robust epidemiological, evidence based and social science methodologies. Read more
This course is for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists with an interest in diabetes care. It aims to develop the scientific basis for improvement in diabetes clinical practice and public health using robust epidemiological, evidence based and social science methodologies.

Diabetes is becoming an increasingly common condition among every population group, both in the developed and developing countries. It has a major impact on the physical, psychological and general wellbeing of individuals and their families. It can lead to disabilities, for example blindness, chronic morbidity, and mortality through heart disease, stroke and renal failure. Yet, there is evidence that effective treatment can increase life expectancy, reduce the risk of complications and even delay or prevent onset. This course will prepare you to take an evidence-based approach to diabetic care and will allow you to specialise in an area of your choice. It has been developed with clinical colleagues and blends the theoretical perspectives with practicalities of implementing an effective diabetic care programme. This course emphasises the effective use of multidisciplinary teams in problem solving and patient care.

Delivered through online learning, the course is ideal for international students who wish to study the international dimension of diabetes and apply the principles to care in developing countries.

Teaching, learning and assessment

A range of student-centred e-learning methods including online tutorials are utilised. Your performance will be assessed by systematic reviews, presentations and posters.

Teaching hours and attendance

Both the full-time and part-time routes are taught by distance e-learning. The fulltime route allows the student to complete the online programme over one year, and would probably be best suited for students in part-time employment. The part-time route allows you to space your studies out over a longer period of time to suit your needs and there is flexibility in which modules you undertake each year. On average you will be required to spend approximately 150 hours of study per module depending on credit rating.

Links with industry/professional bodies

Modules

Core modules
30 credits: Research Methods / Diabetes: Pathology, Physiology and Complications/ Management of Diabetes and its complications

Elective modules
30 credits: Tissue Vaibility
15/30 credits: Developing Professional Practice Work-Based Learning
15 credits: Digital Literacies/ Epidemiology

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (July 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Careers

Career prospects on completion of the course are likely to be within specialist teams, either within the acute or primary care sector. Opportunities also exist internationally.

The new Diabetes National Service Framework Standards will also influence the services provided to diabetic patients. Graduates of this course will be in an excellent position to lead specialist multi-professional teams. There will also be opportunities in education and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates may also like to apply for study at higher degree (Mphil or PhD).

Successful graduates have gone on to undertake PhD research, employment in pharmaceutical companies and have gained work place promotion as physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

Quick Facts

- The course is taught by consultant physicians, allied health professionals and nurses.
- This is an evidence driven course.

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Our Professional Doctorate in Clinical Research (DClinRes) has been designed to meet the challenge of providing high quality clinical research training for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including those in leadership roles. Read more
Our Professional Doctorate in Clinical Research (DClinRes) has been designed to meet the challenge of providing high quality clinical research training for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including those in leadership roles. It is a unique collaboration between Clinical Education Development and Research ( CEDAR, http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/), Psychology and the University of Exeter Medical School.

Delivered by leading academics and practitioners, the programme aims to educate Allied Health Professionals to shift the major focus of their research activities from a tradition characterised by work which is predominantly descriptive, cross-sectional and introspective, to one which is translational, experimental, longitudinal, generalisable and implementation focussed.

The programme includes advanced training in clinical research leadership skills and organisational practice, and is underpinned by the Medical Research Council’s mixed methods Complex Interventions Research Framework. The Doctorate offers participants the opportunity to complete a Service Related Research Project linked to their area of practice allowing them to evaluate their local clinical service. In addition, participants undertake a Major Clinical Research Project related to their area of practice and aligned with the strategic aims within their local service and organisation.

The programme is based on the latest guidance for research which investigates how to develop and determine the components, efficacy, effectiveness, applicability and translational utility of complex healthcare interventions for complex interventions in medicine. It integrates investigative methods for complex interventions through a mixed methodological process of development, feasibility/piloting, evaluation and implementation.

Responding to a challenge

Our Doctorate in Clinical Research has been developed in response to a need, identified by training commissioners and professional organisations, for specific skills training within this area of the healthcare workforce.

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) such as nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, radiographers and occupational therapists have a critical role to play in meeting health and social care challenges at the fore of global health concerns.
These include an
• aging population,
• chronic diseases,
• and new endemics

AHPs engage in an ever widening range of activities, many of which are highly complex and take place in multiple care environments including acute medicine, chronic care facilities, community and residential care homes. Example activities include patient education programmes, the coordination and delivery of packages of psychosocial care, and support for patient self-care.

Changes in healthcare organisation internationally (e.g. short hospital periods and growing responsibility for patient self-care) are placing more healthcare in the hands of AHPs, increasing the scope and the overall need for an underpinning evidence base.

The relevance of a Complex Interventions Research Framework

The care provided by AHPs to patients is an increasingly complicated activity and can be seen as the quintessential ‘complex intervention’ – defined as an activity that contains a number of component parts with the potential for interactions between them which, when applied to the intended target population, produces a range of possible and variable outcomes (Medical Research Council, 2008).

Complex interventions are widespread throughout all of health and social care, from the apparently simple example of pharmacological treatment with its combination of biochemical, social and psychological factors influencing patient concordance and physiological response, to more obviously complex educational or psychological interventions where a multi-layered set of dynamic features have great bearing on ultimate effectiveness.

Our programmes are underpinned by the Medical Research Council’s mixed methods Complex Interventions Research Framework, which emphasises our commitment to applied research in a healthcare context.

Programme structure

Our Doctorate in Clinical Research is run part-time over four years. The taught component of the programme has been re-structured to better enable both national and international attendance. The course commences with a 5 day block of teaching in February, with the remaining pre-thesis teaching components taking place over the next 18 months in smaller block delivery. Please see the website for up to date information at http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/dclinres/structure/.

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