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This Masters course builds on the knowledge, skills and experience that you have already gained from an undergraduate degree in nursing. Read more
This Masters course builds on the knowledge, skills and experience that you have already gained from an undergraduate degree in nursing.

Nursing is increasingly a profession where higher qualifications are required for promotion. A Masters qualification can help you take on roles like nurse team manager and nurse consultant. Such roles will allow you to continue your professional development and make a bigger contribution to people’s health and well-being.

The content of this course is based on the NHS Leadership Framework, including managing people, working within teams, making decisions, evaluating impact and facilitating transformation. You will refine and practise skills and also enhance your ability to teach, mentor and manage other members of the healthcare team.

The course also responds to changes in the public health system. Modules include epidemiology and sociological perspectives in health. Everything that you study will be directly related to the needs of the NHS and other healthcare employers.

The final stage of the Masters develops research rigour as you undertake a primary piece of hands-on research. Your project will draw on our Department’s expertise, which includes patient-centred care and public health interventions.

Recent graduates from the course have gained promotion into higher-banded roles in the NHS. Other graduates have progressed to doctoral programmes and moved into lecturing and teaching.

COURSE CONTENT

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and self-directed study. There is flexibility to pursue personal interests in considerable depth, with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors.

MODULES ON THIS COURSE INCLUDE:
-Research Methods and Project Management (20 Credits)
-Sociological Perspectives in Health (20 Credits)
-Epidemiology for Public Health (20 Credits)
-Teaching, Learning, Leadership (60 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

All learning outcomes are specifically developed to address the needs of a strategic workforce.

TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, case studies, presentations, group work, directed study and tutorials. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include essays, reports, a case study, exams and presentations.

EMPLOYMENT AND CAREERS

A Masters degree boosts your prospects of promotion to a more fulfilling role and a higher band of salary.

All new entrants to the nursing profession are expected to have studied for a nursing degree. So a Masters qualification is important for boosting your prospects of promotion to more senior positions. A promotion to a higher band of pay can quickly ensure a good return on investment.

Within the NHS, salaries for nurse team managers are rated as Band 7 (up to around £40,000), and salaries for nurse consultants are rated as Band 8 (up to around £67,000).

Through negotiating the topic of your Masters project, you can ensure that you have up-to-date knowledge in a specialist area. This specialism will enhance your employability and also form the centrepiece of an eye-catching portfolio of research/practical work that is highly relevant to the needs of the NHS and other employers.

By the end of the course, you will have a wider perspective of healthcare generally as well as a valuable network of contacts with a range of health professionals. You will also have gained additional credibility as a practitioner. As a result, you will have new and varied career options.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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Nursing is increasingly a profession where higher qualifications are required for promotion. A Masters qualification can help you take on roles like nurse team manager and nurse consultant. Read more
Nursing is increasingly a profession where higher qualifications are required for promotion. A Masters qualification can help you take on roles like nurse team manager and nurse consultant. Such roles will allow you to continue your professional development and make a bigger contribution to people’s health and well-being.

The content of this course is based on the NHS Leadership Framework, including managing people, working within teams, making decisions, evaluating impact and facilitating transformation. You will refine and practise skills and also enhance your ability to teach, mentor and manage other members of the health care team.

The course also responds to changes in the public health system. Modules include epidemiology and sociological perspectives in health. Everything that you study will be directly related to the needs of the NHS and other health care employers.

The final stage of the Masters develops research rigour as you undertake a primary piece of hands-on research. Your project will draw on our Department’s expertise, which includes patient-centred care and public health interventions.

Course content

Modules on this course include:
-Research Methods and Project Management (20 Credits)
-Sociological Perspectives in Health (20 Credits)
-Epidemiology for Public Health (20 Credits)
-Teaching, Learning, Leadership (60 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

All learning outcomes are specifically developed to address the needs of a strategic workforce.

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, case studies, presentations, group work, directed study and tutorials.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include essays, reports, a case study, exams and presentations.

Facilities & location

This course is based at the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from investments totalling many millions of pounds. Teaching takes place in multimedia classrooms with state-of-the-art resources for learning.

IT facilities at the University are excellent with hundreds of workstations available as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

Learning environment
Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

All new entrants to the nursing profession are expected to have studied for a nursing degree. So a Masters qualification is important for boosting your prospects of promotion to more senior positions. A promotion to a higher band of pay can quickly ensure a good return on investment. Within the NHS, salaries for nurse team managers are rated as Band 7 (up to around £40,000) and salaries for nurse consultants are rated as Band 8 (up to around £67,000).

Through negotiating the topic of your Masters project, you can ensure that you have up-to-date knowledge in a specialist area. This specialism will enhance your employability and also form the centrepiece of an eye-catching portfolio of research/practical work that is highly relevant to the needs of the NHS and other employers.

By the end of the course you will have a wider perspective of healthcare generally as well as a valuable network of contacts with a range of health professionals. You will also have gained additional credibility as a practitioner. As a result, you will have new and varied career options.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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Why this course?. This course enables pharmacists to apply knowledge of medicines actions and formulations in patient care. You’ll also develop the skills required to promote effective use of medicines in all areas of pharmacy practice. Read more

Why this course?

This course enables pharmacists to apply knowledge of medicines actions and formulations in patient care. You’ll also develop the skills required to promote effective use of medicines in all areas of pharmacy practice.

You’ll study the scientific and clinical factors that influence treatment with medicines and the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Advanced training in the practice of pharmacy will enable you to judge new treatments critically and to plan and develop clinical services.

You’ll study

The course content includes:

  • communicating in clinical settings
  • clinical information sources
  • common laboratory tests & their relevance to monitoring patients
  • principles & practice of therapeutics
  • pharmaceutical care & management of disease states, focusing on the contribution of the pharmacist
  • oral communication & problem-solving
  • pharmacological, pathological & physiological background for therapeutic strategies to manage disease states
  • clinical, laboratory & organisational methods to monitor & assess drug therapy
  • drug delivery & dosage selection
  • experience of pharmaceutical care within a chosen specialty
  • delivery of clinical pharmacy services
  • application of research methods to new developments
  • research project

If you successfully complete all assessments and want to continue to MSc, you’ll carry out a three-month individual research project.

Facilities

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All labs are fitted with modern equipment.

Course content

Semester 1

Students study two classes that are designed to introduce key concepts and skills in a clinical setting, including pharmaceutical care planning, patient interview skills and bedside teaching, and to develop critical analysis and reflection.

Semester 2

Students choose two electives that align with their clinical interests. Topics may include:

  • palliative care
  • cardiology
  • public health
  • mental health
  • rheumatology
  • cancer care
  • HAI & antimicrobial stewardship
  • respiratory
  • care of the older patient
  • clinical pharmacokinetics

Students who successfully complete all assessments and wish to continue to MSc will carry out a three-month individual research project in a clinical setting and submit a thesis.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered as workshops and tutorials in small group teaching.

Assessment

Each element is assessed by a series of assignments based on students’ clinical evaluations.

Careers

Gaining clinical pharmacy skills offers a route into enhanced career progression within pharmacy.

How much will I earn?

In the NHS, salaries for specialist pharmacists range from £30,764 to £40,588 (Band 7). Promotion to this band is normally possible after two to three years at Band 6.*

Job titles include:

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Dispensary Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Specialist Clinical Pharmacist
  • Specialist Pharmacist – rehabilitation & assessment


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Develop your personal and professional practice in an innovative and flexible teaching style. This part-time Clinical Pharmacy course allows patient-facing pharmacists in all sectors to build upon current knowledge and experience and extend their professional development. Read more
Develop your personal and professional practice in an innovative and flexible teaching style.

Course overview

This part-time Clinical Pharmacy course allows patient-facing pharmacists in all sectors to build upon current knowledge and experience and extend their professional development.

Gain core skills and knowledge required to become a highly competent pharmacist, and benefit from research-based teaching and learning strategies.

This is the only part-time MSc Clinical Pharmacy course in the North East of England. It runs on a distance learning basis and allows you to combine study with work and family commitments. Access all learning materials through the University VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and attend two weekend conference-style events in December and June of the course. Learn from key and expert speakers within their respective fields and participate in workshop-based sessions.

The University of Sunderland has an excellent reputation in pharmacy. The Sunderland Pharmacy School is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, and our research in pharmacy has been classed as ‘world leading’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Course content

The content of this Clinical Pharmacy course has been developed by healthcare professionals and academics to reflect the most relevant areas to a pharmacist’s practice.

Modules on this course include:
Year 1
-Clinical Decision Making and Stages of Care (20 Credits)
-Patient Safety (20 Credits)

Year 1 or 2
-The Acute Patient (20 Credits)
-The Chronic Patient (20 Credits)
-Clinical Skills 1 (10 Credits)
-Evidence-based Medicine (10 Credits)
-Clinical Investigation and Diagnostics (10 Credits)
-Healthcare Systems and Service Provisions (10 Credits)
-Personalised Healthcare (10 Credits)
-Population Healthcare (10 Credits)
-Social Pharmacy and Primary Care (10 Credits)

Year 2
-Clinical Skills 2 (10 Credits)
-Independent Prescribing (45 credits)
-Clinical Audit (15 credits)

Year 3
-Independent Prescribing (45 credits)
-MSc Research Module (15 credits)
-Research Methods (30 Credits)
-Research Project (30 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods include online lectures, expert interviews, directed reading, case-based scenarios, research, tutorials and online tutor support. The conferences will involve master classes delivered by experts in their field, supported by workshop based sessions.

Assessment on the course includes:
-Examinations (written and OSCE-style)
-Work-based portfolio mapped to competencies outlined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Foundation Pharmacy Framework (you will require a mentor* in practice to facilitate this)
-Case-based coursework tasks

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Facilities & location

This course is based primarily in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts multi-disciplinary laboratories and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million pound investments.

Simulation technology
Each of our £57,000 SimMan mannequins has blood pressure, a pulse and other realistic physiological behaviour. The models can be pre-programmed with various medical scenarios, so you can demonstrate your pharmacological expertise in a realistic yet safe setting. Our academic team is also actively working with the SimMan manufacturers to develop new pharmacy simulations.

Pharmacy Practice
One of the most important skills of pharmacists is to communicate their expertise in a manner that the public can understand and accept. The University has invested in a purpose-built model pharmacy complete with consultation suite. This allows you to develop skills in helping patients take the correct medicine in the right way, with optional video recording of your interaction with patients for the purposes of analysis and improvement. In addition, we can accurately simulate hospital-based scenarios in a fully equipped ward environment where medical, nursing and pharmacy students can share learning.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on pharmaceutical and biomedical science, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Some of the most important sources for your studies include:
Embase, which is a complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation
PsycINF, which includes information about the psychological aspects of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology and physiology
PubMed, which contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care
Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
Web of Science, which covers a broad range of science areas

Learning Environment
Sunderland Pharmacy School has a rich heritage in scientific studies and our degree courses are extremely well respected in the industry. We are fully plugged into relevant medical and pharmaceutical industry bodies, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people. Our vibrant learning environment helps ensure a steady stream of well-trained pharmacists whose most important concern is patient-centred pharmaceutical care.

Employment & careers

Postgraduate qualifications in clinical pharmacy will help you take on additional responsibility. We encourage you to plan your future contributions to your employer and how your career will progress.

On completing this course you will be equipped with the advanced skills and knowledge specifically needed for promotion in roles such as:
-Specialist clinical pharmacist
-Pharmacist with a special interest
-Senior clinical pharmacist

A promotion to a higher band of pay can quickly ensure a good return on your investment in the course. Within the NHS, salaries for specialist clinical pharmacist are rated as Band 7 (up to around £40,000).

A Masters in Clinical Pharmacy can also lead to teaching opportunities, research roles or further study.

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This course is suitable for graduates with a life science degree or similar qualification. It enables you to build on your previous studies and gain a healthcare professional qualification. Read more

This course is suitable for graduates with a life science degree or similar qualification. It enables you to build on your previous studies and gain a healthcare professional qualification.

Physician associates are a growing group within the UK and are seen as one of the solutions to recruitment challenges within medicine, particularly in general practice. There are excellent job prospects for qualified physician associates as the role continues to evolve in response to changing healthcare needs.

The course provides you with opportunities to develop expert medical knowledge and skills in taking medical histories, examining patients, providing a diagnosis, analysing results and developing management plans and pathways. The course meets the expectations of Competence and Curriculum Framework for the PA (DH 2006, revised 2012) (CCF).

Learning takes place in the classroom, in simulated clinical learning suites and whilst on clinical placement. We give you the unique opportunity to work with students on other healthcare professional courses, such as nursing and physiotherapy.

You complete over 1,600 hours of clinical placements during the two year course. You learn in general hospital settings in medicine and surgery, as well as specialised areas such as paediatrics and mental health, and in primary care in GP surgeries. You attend clinical placements within a month of starting the course, and placements are integrated throughout the two years so that you are able to apply theoretical learning to the real world of practice and the care of patients. Your first and final placement take place in the same GP surgery and you are able to maintain a relationship with your GP supervisor throughout the two years for mentoring and support. A final three month placement in general practice also provides you with an ideal environment to prepare for the National Examination at the end of the course.

After successfully completing the course, you are able to apply for innovative roles throughout the UK, joining a growing body of physician associates in rich and varied employment.

Course structure

Full-time – typically two years

Starts January 2018. You are required to attend a compulsory study day in November 2017 (date to be confirmed).

Course content

The course meets the expectations of Competence and Curriculum Framework for the PA (DH 2006, revised 2012) (CCF)

The curriculum content is structured into modules which develop your skills in professional practice, clinical assessment and treatment and underpinning knowledge. Learning takes place in the classroom, in clinical simulation suites and in the real world of healthcare.

In addition you have access to online/distance learning resources to support and enhance your learning experience.

Assessment

  • coursework
  • clinical assessment whilst on placement
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • multiple choice examinations. If you are successful in all the university assessments and pass the course, you will be put forward for the National Examination. This may incur a fee of around £500 and may take place outside of Sheffield. 

Employability

It is expected that graduates from this course will have access to a wide range of healthcare roles, working under the supervision of a medical practitioner. For example, there are physician associates employed in GP surgeries in the Yorkshire region, in medicine and surgery settings in acute healthcare and in specialised areas of medicine.

Typically, graduate physician associates are employed on band 7 in NHS posts and can progress to band 8. For more information about a career as a physician associate visit the NHS Careers website.



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Do you want to focus on abdominal, pelvic and general surgery? Develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner with our nationally recognised and industry accredited programme. Read more
Do you want to focus on abdominal, pelvic and general surgery? Develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner with our nationally recognised and industry accredited programme. As part of a surgical team, you'll acquire the necessary skills to assist with complex surgical procedures and provide high quality patient care.

Key features

-Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
-Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
-Expand your practical skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
-Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
-Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
-Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
-Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
-Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Year 1
Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Develop further specialist knowledge and skills, enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. You'll also learn the principles of data collection and analysis, demonstrating clinical reasoning and judgement.

Assessment in practice is ongoing throughout the programme with specified competencies to be achieved within operating theatres, clinics and ward areas. Assessment in theory is patient and service focused to enable development of condition/patient specific knowledge as well as service enhancement.

Core modules
-SCP701 Core Competencies for Surgical Care Practice
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Final year
Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

During PgDip students develop further specialist knowledge and skills enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. Most organisations offer mid-Band 6 during training, and Band 7 on qualification (PgDip). Many continue to participate in service delivery innovation, with high level patient interaction and decision-making.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Abdominal, Pelvic and General Surgery).

Core modules
-SCP704 Surgical Care Specialist Practice (Abdominal, Pelvic and General Surgery)
-APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

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

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Are you passionate about cardiothoracics? Deliver care for surgical patients and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner. Read more
Are you passionate about cardiothoracics? Deliver care for surgical patients and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner. Through this programme you’ll learn core competences for surgical care practitioners, with a focus on cardiothoracic surgery. You’ll gain the necessary skills to assist with complex surgical procedures and provide high quality patient care. Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.

Key features

-Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
-Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
-Expand your skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
-Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
-Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
-Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
-Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
-Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Year 1
Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Develop further specialist knowledge and skills, enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. You'll also learn the principles of data collection and analysis, demonstrating clinical reasoning and judgement.

Assessment in practice is ongoing throughout the programme with specified competencies to be achieved within operating theatres, clinics and ward areas. Assessment in theory is patient and service focused to enable development of condition/patient specific knowledge as well as service enhancement.

Core modules
-SCP701 Core Competencies for Surgical Care Practice
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Final year
Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

During PgDip students develop further specialist knowledge and skills enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. Most organisations offer mid-Band 6 during training, and Band 7 on qualification (PgDip). Many continue to participate in service delivery innovation, with high level patient interaction and decision-making.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery).

Core modules
-SCP702 Surgical Care Specialist Practice (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
-APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

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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Do you want to specialise in trauma and orthopaedic surgery? Establish your career and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner, with a focus on trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Read more
Do you want to specialise in trauma and orthopaedic surgery? Establish your career and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner, with a focus on trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Gain the necessary skills to assist with complex surgical procedures and provide high quality patient care. Work alongside experienced surgical consultants and take part in sessions run by medical professionals.

Key features

-Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
-Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
-Expand your practical skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
-Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
-Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
-Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
-Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
-Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Develop your existing professional skills and learn how to undertake a comprehensive health assessment including history taking, clinical examination, diagnosis and documentation in the advanced consulting and clinical skills module. You’ll discover how to create effective treatment and management strategies and gain advanced skills through clinical practice experience, utilising relevant theoretical models and decision making processes.

Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to excel as a surgical care practitioner, specialising in trauma and orthopaedic surgery through the surgical care practitioner specialist practice module. You’ll develop an understanding of the pathological, clinical, and practical aspects of both trauma and orthopaedic surgical practice and master the necessary surgical techniques.

Assessment in practice is ongoing throughout the programme with specified competencies to be achieved within operating theatres, clinics and ward areas. Assessment in theory is patient and service focused to enable development of condition/patient specific knowledge as well as service enhancement.

Core modules
-SCP701 Core Competencies for Surgical Care Practice
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Final year
Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

During the PgDip students develop further specialist knowledge and skills enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. Most organisations offer mid-Band 6 during training, and Band 7 on qualification (PgDip). Many continue to participate in service delivery innovation, with high level patient interaction and decision-making.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery).

Core modules
-SCP703 Surgical Care Specialist Practice (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery)
-APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

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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Physician Associates are skilled members of the health care team who are qualified to provide a wide range of medical services in practice with a licensed physician. Read more

Physician Associates are skilled members of the health care team who are qualified to provide a wide range of medical services in practice with a licensed physician. Training as a Physician Associate allows you to develop and direct your healthcare career in a primary care setting or almost any medical specialty. This flexibility is unique to the Physician Associate role and makes it an exciting new career choice. Physician Associate training is based on a ‘fast track’ medical school model that was developed in the U.S in 1965.

UK/EU Physician Associate students may be eligible for a bursary to cover a proportion of their fees. Find out more under 'fees and additional costs'.

Our MSc in Physician Associate Studies is delivered within the University’s Institute of Medical Sciences at the Medway campus where students have the added benefit of training in a specialist facility with qualified medical practitioners engaged in postgraduate education and research.

You will spend a significant portion of the first year in the simulation suite learning hands on skills. The simulation suite is equipped with mock wards as well as a surgical suite with anesthesia and laparoscopic equipment. Highly sophisticated human simulation models will be used in the teaching of hands on skills to prepare you for your second year clinical based modules. 

The Physician Associate role was introduced in the UK in 2003. Physician Associates are now recognised as skilled and valued members of the health care profession. The newly qualified Physician Associate post has been evaluated under the NHS Agenda for change at Band 7 with potential to advance to Band 8 with experience and advanced education.

Physician Associates can perform medical history and physical examinations, screen and interpret results of diagnostic studies, diagnose patients, implement treatment plans, counsel patients regarding illness and preventative medicine and facilitate access to appropriate health care resources.

As with many types of medical providers, duties of a Physician Associate will depend on the medical setting where they work, their level of experience, their specialty and their supervising physician.

Physician Associates may provide care to individuals across the age spectrum in a variety of healthcare settings. More information on the Physician Associate profession and salary may be found on the Royal College of Physicians Physician Associate Faculty web page. 

Suitability

The course is aimed at people interested in pursuing a healthcare career in a primary care setting or almost any medical specialty.

It is designed for people with a strong science background. Please see more details under 'Further entry requirements'.

Content

he Physician Associate curriculum begins with a year of rigorous medical science, pharmacology and clinical reasoning taught by a qualified team of specialist physicians and Physicians Associates. One day per week in the first year is spent in a general practice clinical setting. The second year is comprised of six specialist clinical placements and intensive classroom teaching in advanced skills and concepts.

Upon successful completion of the MSc in Physician Associate Studies*, you are eligible to take the National Exam for Physician Associates and be part of the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Registry (PAMVR) which allows you to be employed by the NHS. The profession is currently working towards regulation in the UK and is overseen by the Royal College of Physicians Physician Associate Faculty.

All modules are taught using a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, problem based learning, short case review and hand on/skills practice.

Lecture, practice based learning, case review and skills application are incorporated in each module to ensure students assimilate clinical knowledge and skills in all areas.

What can I do next?

Physician Associates in the UK work in a wide variety of healthcare settings which include:

• GP surgeries

• Accident and Emergency departments

• Inpatient medical and surgical wards

• Trauma and Orthopaedics

• Mental Health

• Paediatrics

• Hospital Operating Theatres

The MSc in Physician Associate Studies is delivered within the University’s Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) at the Medway campus which has a growing reputation for expertise in medical education and research.

The Institute houses a fully equipped clinical simulation suite enabling clinicians to develop skill and expertise using specialised endoscopic surgical equipment, cardiology diagnostics or otorhinolaryngological techniques and procedures.

The teaching team is comprised of specialists in Cardiology, M.H, Endocrinology, Ear Nose and Threat (ENT), Paediatrics, Geriatrics, Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics, GU, GI, WH, SH, Anaesthesia/Pain, GP, Neurology and Genetics

Attendance

The Physician Associate Studies programme is full time, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm for 45 – 47 weeks per year.

The programme is very challenging and demanding, therefore we caution students who plan to work while enrolled on the course.

Funding

To be confirmed, please enquire



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The Physician Associate (PA) is a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment as part of the medical team in hospital, general practice and community settings under defined levels of supervision. Read more

The Physician Associate (PA) is a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment as part of the medical team in hospital, general practice and community settings under defined levels of supervision.

Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They train to perform a number of roles including; taking medical histories and conducting physical examinations, developing comprehensive patient management plans, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and prescribing medications (subject to the necessary legislation). PAs will request and interpret diagnostic studies and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion under the direct supervision of a doctor.

This Hull York Medical School (HYMS) MSc is a two-year intensive professional Master's programme. Academic theory is blended with clinical placements, so you'll get first-hand clinical experience from the outset.

Study information

This programme combines six taught modules and a quality / service improvement research project which are delivered alongside clinical placements in hospitals and in the community.

Year 1

  • Introductory Medicine for Physician Associates
  • Introduction to Physical Health Assessment
  • Clinical Science and Practice 1
  • Core Skills for Physical Health Assessment

Year 2

  • Clinical Science and Practice 2
  • Clinical Science and Practice 3
  • Quality/Service Improvement Research Project 

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

HYMS is working with our regional NHS partners to develop excellent employment opportunities within the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Typically, graduate Physician Associates employed by the NHS start at Band 7 on the Agenda for Change pay scale (from £31,072 at the moment) and can progress to Band 8 with experience and career development.

For more information about a career as a Physician Associate, visit the Faculty of Physician Associates webpage or visit the NHS website.



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The Pharmacy Practice MSc helps registered pharmacists working in community, primary or secondary care practice develop the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of developments in pharmacy practice. Read more

The Pharmacy Practice MSc helps registered pharmacists working in community, primary or secondary care practice develop the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of developments in pharmacy practice.

This programme will equip you to provide pharmaceutical care to patients, manage your personal and professional development and introduce new services to the workplace.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of techniques for evaluating and managing the risk associated with prescribing, supplying and administering medicines to ensure patient safety.

Our focus on work-based learning and assessment links your study directly to your practice, whilst flexible modules allow you to develop skills in the areas of practice best for you.

The dissertation project gives you chance to evaluate current issues and research in pharmacy and examine an area of pharmacy practice under the supervision of leading researchers.

More information

The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. It aims to be a centre of excellence in the provision of high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Course content

This programme allows you to develop as a flexible practitioner, according to specific interests and workplace opportunities. You’ll also have the support needed to meet GPhC requirements for recording CPD and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

You’ll be studying in a research-based learning environment. Our high-quality research informs national and international policy and practice to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines. In particular, our work on medicines information for patients and our research into reducing medication errors and improving safety in care homes have had a significant impact on policy and practice.

Course structure

Year 1 Compulsory modules

  • Personal and Professional Development in Healthcare 30 credits
  • Pharmaceutical Care: Core Conditions 30 credits

Year 2 Compulsory modules

  • Service Development within Healthcare 15 credits
  • Pharmaceutical Care: Specialist Conditions 15 credits

Year 3 Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation 45 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Pharmacy Practice MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll learn through study days, e-learning and work-based learning. Our teaching methods support flexible, work-based learning and develop skills for lifelong learning. Teachers and facilitators draw on a range of expertise in education, clinical practice and research. Many of the optional modules are multi-disciplinary.

You’ll have access to modern University and School of Healthcare facilities.

Assessment

Assessments are mainly written, work-based assignments and are designed to support day-to-day practice.

Career opportunities

On completion of the course students are normally are in a position to progress to more senior or specialist pharmacy posts (typically Agenda for Change band 7 or 8) in either primary or secondary care.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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This innovative course provides students with the knowledge, professional and clinical skills to work as a PA. Read more

This innovative course provides students with the knowledge, professional and clinical skills to work as a PA. The integrated curriculum borrows from the successful undergraduate course at BSMS with augmentation through intensive discussion of clinical cases in small groups, and includes significant time in local clinical placements and simulation facilities.

The PA is a relatively new role in the NHS, working alongside doctors in hospitals and GP surgeries, supporting the diagnosis and management of patients.

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For further information on Physician Associates, please visit http://www.fparcp.co.uk

Key areas of study

  • Integrated curriculum with longitudinal clinical placements in primary care throughout Year 1
  • Anatomy delivered using prosection
  • Access to learning materials from the undergraduate medical course 
  • Simulated-based learning throughout the curriculum
  • Clinical reasoning strategies for diagnosis in case-based learning 
  • Rotational attachments in local NHS trusts in clinical specialities throughout Year 2

Course structure

Learning outcomes from the modules listed below are integrated so that students will learn about clinical medicine on a theoretical basis, practice relevant clinical skills in the classroom, followed by supervised practice on real patients in clinical attachments.

Year One

  • Biomedical and Clinical Science for PA (30 credits)
  • Case-based learning for PA (Foundation) (45 credits)
  • Clinical Practice for PA (Foundation) (45 credits)

Year Two

  • Case-based learning for PA (45 credits)
  • Clinical Practice for PA (Senior); a series of clinical attachments in local secondary care trusts and CCGs (60 credits)
  • Preparation for Practice; Student Selected Component within affiliated trusts (15 credits)

Career opportunities

Qualification with the PG Diploma in Physician Associate Studies and successful completion of the national examination will allow alumnae to work in a variety of healthcare settings including general medicine, paediatrics, and in community settings.

Following graduation from the PA course, and subsequent completion of the Physician Associate National Examinations, PAs can expect starting salaries of Agenda for Change Band 7. Progression thereafter will be dependent on competency, attributes and opportunities to progress to higher pay scales.

As the PA role has been identified as a key emergent profession within the NHS, it is envisaged a large number of job vacancies will become available locally and nationally in the coming years.



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Our Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice is designed to both enhance your career prospects and improve the standard of pharmaceutical practice in the community. Read more
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice is designed to both enhance your career prospects and improve the standard of pharmaceutical practice in the community. The course gives you the qualifications you need to apply for band 7 posts and we teach you better clinical skills, improved drug knowledge and smarter, patient-focused care.
The degree is a part-time course so you can study while you are still in work. You will graduate with a broader set of clinical and professional skills that are directly applicable to your workplace practice.

You will develop your clinical skills and drug knowledge in a wide range of therapeutic areas, together with training in maximising patient safety, introducing change within the workplace, conducting simple research and teaching peers. All this learning is placed in the context of the national agenda for pharmacy and the wider NHS, so the training is as relevant and up-to-date as possible.

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Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Read more

Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor.

To understand what a Physician Associate does on a day-to-day basis, Health Education England have produced this informative Day in the Life of a Physician Associate video.

We also run a flexible MSc Physician Associate programme for those who already have their Postgraduate Diploma from a UK or Irish institution.

Please note: the British Physician Associate programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.

Course details

The University of Birmingham has been training Physician Associates (formerly Physician Assistants) since January 2008.  As one of the longest running programmes in the country, we are delighted to offer this opportunity to graduates to make a valuable contribution to the nation’s health. We work in partnership with hospitals and practices in the Midlands and beyond.

The development of the profession has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of General Practitioners as well as the profession itself through the former UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) which is now the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. University of Birmingham staff have taken a key role in the development of the programme at a national as well as a regional level in response to need identified by local healthcare providers. Successful completion of the programme will qualify you to practise as a Physician Associate in the UK.

Please note: the UK PA training programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.

The course 

The course leaders regard integration of theory and practice as fundamental to clinical learning.

  • This course is two, full time, calendar years in duration, each lasting approximately 48 weeks, plus an additional month. You can expect to be studying 50+ hours per week.
  • Theory is learned mostly through case/problem based learning and you will experience medicine in both hospital and community attachments.
  • The rich ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the 5.5 million strong West Midlands population offers unrivalled opportunities for clinical learning, with placements seeking to optimise this.
  • Right from the beginning, you will have contact with patients, as during the first term, students are placed for up to five days of clinical experience within a General Practice in either the West Midlands or beyond.  
  • This is followed by a fourteen-week hospital attachment in the second term, and a further few days of General Practice in the third term. Students will use the cases collected during the second term as the basis of their learning within the third term.
  • The second year continues the problem-based learning approach and integrates further learning and placements in Acute and Emergency Medicine, Child Health General Practice, Mental Health, Reproductive Health and Surgery.
  • Throughout the course, you will receive teaching in a variety of forms, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, and bedside demonstrations. 
  • Simulation is fundamental to this course, using simulated patients (who will teach you communication and examination skills, including gynaecological and urological examination). Simulation aims both to prepare you for the clinical world and to train you in a safe, non-threatening environment.
  • Progression exams are undertaken at the nine months mark, and again at twenty-three months into the course. Students are required to pass both sets of examinations prior to entry into the National Assessment. 
  • Assessment types will include Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper(s), Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), Case Write-Ups, Presentations and Professional Behaviour sign-offs. 

Regulation

All students will be registered with the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. Graduates currently join a Managed Voluntary Register.

Learning and teaching

This is a very intense course with a large amount of knowledge and skills to acquire in a relatively short time. You will need to dedicate at least 50 hours each week to learning, much of it by yourself and with your learning set.

At the University of Birmingham we believe in very close integration between the theory learning (‘the hip is a ball and socket joints and the femur anatomy is as follows’ and clinical learning (‘when people fracture their hips it happens like this, they present like this, and your understanding of the hip anatomy enables you to understand why and how hips fracture’). You will also link theory and practice by learning, say, how to examine a hip on each other, on a simulated patient and (often) on a real patient before you see such a patient in a clinical environment.

Employability

Birmingham-trained Physician Associates have been very successful in the NHS jobs market with most of our graduates on NHS Agenda for Change Band 7 (starting at £31,383 p,a.) or higher.

Our graduates are working all across the UK (although about half have stayed in the West Midlands) and in a wide range of specialties including: general medicine, acute medicine, cardiology, paediatrics, breast surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, mental health, emergency medicine and General Practice. Many have also chosen to go into teaching and research (part-time while maintaining clinical duties), with five of our graduates currently teaching here at Birmingham.

The number of NHS Trusts and Practices seeking Physician Associates (and the average number working for each Trust/Practice) has increased rapidly throughout the last few years, and we would expect that number to continue to increase at a similar pace over the next few years.



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This programme will provide the advancing healthcare professional wishing to study at Masters level the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of advanced skills in the management of complex lymphoedema, including the Casley-Smith technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Read more

This programme will provide the advancing healthcare professional wishing to study at Masters level the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of advanced skills in the management of complex lymphoedema, including the Casley-Smith technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Why this programme

  • The first course will provide students with the necessary skills and the theory underpinning these and explore the evidence base. The second course will facilitate the application of these skills in more complex situations and in the context of delivering and managing a service. t will facilitate further development of skills in analysing and synthesising clinical findings and evidence for decision-making at an advanced level. 
  • The programme combines workplace learning with part-time attendance and on-line learning to explore and contextualise contemporary issues and the latest research evidence. It will prepare students to the level of a health care professional Band 7 Lymphoedema Advanced Practitioner as proposed in the Lymphoedema Framework Template for Management (Sneddon, 2007).
  • This specialist framework is based on the Skills for Health Career Framework (2007 http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk) and the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DoH 2004).

Programme structure

Managing Complex Lymphoedema (40 credits) and Lymphoedema Advanced Practice (20 credits) combine to give the Postgraduate Certificate in Lymphoedema Management.

Core and optional courses

Managing Complex Lymphoedema

Course 

This course provides the advancing health care professional wishing to study at Masters level, an opportunity to learn the advanced skills and knowledge required to manage patients with complex lymphoedema. The course will equip students with the necessary theory underpinning these skills and explore the evidence base and facilitate development of decision-making skills at an advanced level. Learning of theory is consolidated with workplace and on-line learning to do develop the skills of an advancing practitioner in this field

Course aims and Intended Learning Outcomes

This course will provide the health care professional with the opportunity to develop the theory and practice of more advanced skills in the management of complex lymphoedema including the Casley-Smith technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate appropriate and effective application of specialist knowledge and skills in Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy and discussing the rationale for each aspect of treatment in relation to altered patho-physiology;
  • critically analyse clinical practice problems relating to patients with complicated oedema, showing the ability to synthesise information to make appropriate judgements in determining the diagnosis and developing and leading individualised treatment plans;
  • critically appraise and synthesise the evidence base for Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy;
  • critically evaluate their own practice and decision-making in relation to advanced practice in the management of people with complicated oedema;
  • exercise substantial autonomy and initiative within the context of rehabilitation and a holistic approach to care but make appropriate referrals.
  • demonstrate effective and sensitive communication and provision of patient information, based on individual needs and critical awareness of factors that may influence concordance with treatment and promotion of self-management

Lymphoedema Advanced Practice

Course 

This course provides the advancing health care professional, wishing to study at Masters level, with an opportunity to extend the skills and knowledge of the Managing Complex Lymphoedema course to a range of complex lymphoedema patients in the context of the most contemporary evidence and themes. The course will facilitate the application of advanced skills in more complex situations and in the context of delivering and managing a service. It will facilitate further development of skills in analysing and synthesising clinical findings and evidence for decision-making at an advanced level. Masterclasses, seminars and workshops support further development of the skills of an advancing practitioner in this field and is consolidated with workplace and on-line learning.

Course aims and Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and execute adaptation of treatment plans for patients with complex lymphoedema or advanced disease in the light of recent best evidence or changes to clinical knowledge.
  • Devise and critically evaluate a multi-professional management programme for a lymphoedema patient with multi-pathology or complex needs including critical evaluation of relevant evidence and consideration of the latest techniques and innovation.
  • Critically analyse how a current clinical question could be informed by service audit or research within practice.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the lymphoedema advanced practitioner with patients with rare presentations.
  • Critically reflect on clinical practice problems and their own practice in managing complex situations and in relation to relevant literature
  • Analyse the use of ethical frameworks in managing ethical issues and the implications for practice
  • Demonstrate a wide range of effective communication techniques and an interdisciplinary approach to determining patient priorities and planning interventions to meet the patient's holistic needs


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