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This innovative part-time Clinical Medicine course has been developed to train future leaders in the competitive and challenging environment of clinical medicine. . Read more

This innovative part-time Clinical Medicine course has been developed to train future leaders in the competitive and challenging environment of clinical medicine. 

It is recognised that demand for services will increase because of the increasing population age and prevalence of people living with long-term and chronic conditions with high and rising costs of treatment and care. The Clinical Medicine course aims to support healthcare professionals, particularly those working in general practice, in developing their clinical leadership and management skills to become empowered, well-developed clinicians who are prepared for the impact of these pressures upon the NHS while continuing to maintain and improve patient care - directly via clinical provision or indirectly via mentorship of colleagues and medical students.

Key Features of the Clinical Medicine Programme

With clinicians directly responsible for the delivery of care, they are best placed to deliver, critically appraise and evaluate health services. The aim of the Clinical Medicine programme is to prepare medical practitioners to be able to be creative, flexible and innovative in their practice in order to adapt to ever changing demands being placed upon them in response to the changing dynamics of healthcare provision as well as its integration with Social Care.  

MSc Clinical Medicine is a unique interprofessional, multi-level, leadership and practice informed development programme leading to a postgraduate qualification for practising clinicians at all stages who wish to develop their understanding, skills and behaviours in leading and managing in the health professions’ context. Using this experience, they can become innovators and leaders to improve patient care, particularly during times of organisational reorganisation and increased service demand. 

  • First programme of its kind in postgraduate clinical training 
  • Delivered by a team of specialist and family doctors and leading academics 
  • A flexible programme designed for busy full time health professionals
  • An emphasis on developing practitioners who couple specialist knowledge in a certain speciality with quality and service improvement methodologies and leadership and management skills
  • Opportunity to contribute to service developments and improvements leading to the best, efficient services for patients, families and communities 
  • Opportunities for engaging in primary research in the field provided by the final year dissertation

Clinical Medicine Course Content

This part-time course in Clinical Medicine has been specifically structured to appeal to those in full-time clinical employment who wish to develop clinical leadership skills around full-time employment, with annual exit qualifications:

1 Year: Postgraduate Certificate

2 Years: Postgraduate Diploma

3 Years: MSc

The broad aims of the first year are to allow each student to develop advanced clinical knowledge about their evidence and policy informed practice. Furthermore, it aims to encourage the student towards developing an understanding of leadership theory, styles and strategic thinking and how to engage with healthcare and medical practice by understanding and reflecting on their own abilities and areas for development. 

The second year of the programme aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours through enabling a deepening understanding of a range of processes that a clinical leader might utilise to affect change by influencing and modifying their environment. Reflecting the structure and approach of the first three modules, students look in more depth at the internal and external factors that affect medical practice.

Modules on the Clinical Medicine programme are delivered as six intense learning weeks over the two years. Comprising face to face teaching and small group work, modules will cover both clinical and organisational material on a range of specialist topics such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Leadership
  • Systems and Organisations
  • Critical Analysis and Appraisal

The final year will be dedicated to a clinical portfolio or research dissertation. Reflective of the educational and professional needs of the student, there are optional choices as to the type of dissertation available, such as to explore in detail an aspect of practice or area of specialist interest. 



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The MSt is part of the Clinical Medicine Programme, a suite of part-time courses designed to enhance the specialist skills of senior healthcare professionals in training and broaden their understanding in healthcare education, research, leadership and management. Read more
The MSt is part of the Clinical Medicine Programme, a suite of part-time courses designed to enhance the specialist skills of senior healthcare professionals in training and broaden their understanding in healthcare education, research, leadership and management.

The programme has been developed by Cambridge University Health Partners, the academic health sciences centre, in conjunction with the School of Clinical Medicine and the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

The Intensive Care pathway will be offered for the first time in October 2016. It is expected that further subspecialties will be available in future and will form a broad panel of routes for training in subspecialty clinical medicine.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/mst-clinical-medicine

Course detail

Aims of the programme:

- Create an international cohort of consultants able to pursue and develop their roles in a rapidly-changing and challenging environment of clinical medicine

- Develop the confidence within these consultants to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care, with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others in their clinical team and wider service

- Develop consultants with an understanding of teaching, professional development and assessment in the field of clinical medicine

- Develop consultants with an understanding of research methodologies and ethical considerations relevant to clinical medicine

- Encourage participants to develop as reflective practitioners with the emotional intelligence, resilience and astuteness required to be effective clinical leaders

- Encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of medical education, research methods, ethics and clinical leadership and governance

Format

It is expected that students will be admitted for the MSt degree from the outset and study part-time over two years. You will complete the Postgraduate Certificate modules in year one and the intensive care taught modules in years one and two, with a clinical research project and associated dissertation in year two.

Students will also study the Helmsmanship programme in parallel with the MSt.

Modules

Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate modules:

Module 1: Clinical Research
Teaching dates: 12 – 15 September 2016; 28 November 2016

Module 2: Clinical Education
Teaching dates: 23 – 26 January 2017; 9 February 2017

Module 3: Clinical Leadership
Teaching dates: 25 – 28 April 2017; 8 June 2017

Years 1 and 2: Intensive care modules:

Module 1: Sub-specialty Intensive Care Medicine
Dates to be confirmed.

Module 2: Intensive Care Medicine at Cambridge
Dates to be confirmed.

Module 3: Research in Intensive Care Medicine
Dates to be confirmed.

Helmsmanship

Helmsmanship is a unique, two year, non-award bearing course which will help you to develop the non-clinical skills required for consultant-level appointments at tertiary centres. The course is designed to provide personalised comprehensive training in the attributes required to be an effective senior clinician.

It is delivered by Cambridge University Health Partners together with the Judge Business School. The faculty includes clinicians, senior NHS managers, organisational development consultants, Judge Business School academics, and experts from the wider Cambridge community.

The course is practically focussed, developing advanced skills in education, teamworking, leadership and management in an environment which encourages personal development, organisational intelligence, iconoclasm, and resilience. It is delivered in a variety of formats, using innovative tools to engender skills such as consultant level responsibility, development and improvement of clinical and non-clinical services, change management, and the effective supervision of teams and engagement with colleagues.

Helmsmanship is not delivered in any other environment and is designed to fit within the Clinical Medicine Programme at Cambridge.

Assessment

Students are assessed throughout the taught modules of the programme using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection. Demonstration of active participation in the programme will be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.

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

Funding

You may be interested to know that from 2016/17, Student Finance England (SFE) is introducing a postgraduate loans scheme for full-time and part-time Master’s courses. Information on eligibility, the amount of the loan and the level of repayment can be found in SFE’s The Student Room: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=5659-Student-Finance

Please note that SFE is planning to take applications via its main Student finance website, from summer 2016: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

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The Postgraduate Certificate is part of the Clinical Medicine Programme, a suite of part-time courses designed to enhance the specialist skills of senior healthcare professionals in training and broaden their understanding in healthcare education, research, leadership and management. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate is part of the Clinical Medicine Programme, a suite of part-time courses designed to enhance the specialist skills of senior healthcare professionals in training and broaden their understanding in healthcare education, research, leadership and management.

The programme has been developed by Cambridge University Health Partners, the academic health sciences centre, in conjunction with the School of Clinical Medicine and the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/pgcert-clinical-medicine

Course detail

Aims of the programme:

- Create an international cohort of consultants able to pursue and develop their roles in a rapidly-changing and challenging environment of clinical medicine

- Develop the confidence within these consultants to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care, with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others in their clinical team and wider service

- Develop consultants with an understanding of teaching, professional development and assessment in the field of clinical medicine

- Develop consultants with an understanding of research methodologies and ethical considerations relevant to clinical medicine

Encourage participants to develop as reflective practitioners with the emotional intelligence, resilience and astuteness required to be effective clinical leaders

- Encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of medical education, research methods, ethics and clinical leadership and governance

Format

Module 1: Clinical Research
Teaching dates: 12 – 15 September 2016; 28 November 2016

Module 2: Clinical Education
Teaching dates: 23 – 26 January 2017; 9 February 2017

Module 3: Clinical Leadership
Teaching dates: 25 – 28 April 2017; 8 June 2017

All teaching takes place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century manor house on the outskirts of Cambridge, and home to the Institute of Continuing Education.

Assessment

Students are assessed throughout the course using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection. Demonstration of active participation in the programme will be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.

Each module requires submission of work of 3,000 words or equivalent.

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 and enquiries should be directed to the relevant Postgraduate Centre in your region:

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

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

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The MSc Clinical Medicine (Speciality Medicine) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. Read more

The MSc Clinical Medicine (Speciality Medicine) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. The course is designed for Medical Doctors and other Healthcare Professionals who are looking to develop and refine their clinical, leadership and research skills and develop understanding of effective teamwork and best practice. The MSc Clinical Medicine (Speciality Medicine) aims to enhance innovation, leadership, teaching, learning and research skills, thereby, facilitating personal and professional development and strengthening participants’ ability to bring about positive change, solve problems effectively, and ensure patient safety.

The Speciality Masters will be differentiated from the other Masters routes by its structure, by the advanced declaration of the chosen speciality, a demonstration of a deepening understanding of subspecialty medicine within modules 7HW068 (Specialist Practise 1) and 7HW069 (Specialist Practise 2) and a deeper focus on a specific aspect of the declared speciality within the Masters dissertation in module 7HW015. The title of the award will be determined by the sub-speciality area of medicine chosen to explore within modules 7HW068 and 7HW069. This will be negotiated with the student at the outset of the course by completion of module 7WB005.

This course has a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of both clinical practice, research, and encourages participants to reflect critically on workplace experiences and learning. For participants, the course aims to provide a clear framework, which supports CPD, recognition of prior learning, and work based learning.

The course aims to provide a route for Doctors who wish to take a different speciality, to change medical career routes and for doctors seeking further accreditation of subspecialty expertise.

What skills will you gain?

Postgraduate Certificate

At the end of 60 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Speciality Medicine.
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate,
  • to propose new hypotheses in Speciality Medicine.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Postgraduate Diploma

At the end of 120 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • To critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Speciality Medicine.
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Speciality Medicine.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Master’s Degree

At the end of 180 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional clinical role within the NHS context.

2. Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed or are developing with a focus relevant to their negotiated pathway (Speciality Medicine).

3. Critically reflect on the academic and practical application of theories and practices in the NHS context with a focus relevant to their negotiated pathway (Speciality Medicine).

4. Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative clinical professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within their negotiated pathway (Speciality

Medicine).

5. Critically appraise professional standards within the health sector and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within their negotiated pathway (Speciality Medicine).

6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at master’s level within their negotiated pathway (Speciality Medicine).



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The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. Read more

The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. The course is designed for practicing Medical Doctors and other Healthcare Professionals who are looking to develop and refine their clinical, leadership and research skills and develop understanding of effective teamwork and best practice. The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) aims to enhance innovation, leadership, teaching, learning, and research skills, thereby facilitating personal and professional development and strengthening participants’ ability to bring about positive change, solve problems effectively, and ensure patient safety.

The Evidence Based Practice Masters will be differentiated from the other Masters routes by its structure, by the demonstration of a deepening understanding of Evidence Based Practice through 7WB001 (Work Based Learning) and 7WH109 (Clinical Governance) and their application to clinical practice within 7HW015 (the Masters dissertation module).

This course has a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of both clinical practice and research, and encourages participants to reflect critically on workplace experiences in primary and/or secondary care. For participants, the course aims to provide a clear framework which supports CPD, recognition of prior learning and work based learning.

The course aims to provide a route that is also ideal for Doctors who wish to take a different speciality, to change medical career routes and for doctors seeking further accreditation of subspecialty expertise.

What skills will you gain?

Postgraduate Certificate

At the end of 60 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Evidence Based Practice
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses in Evidence Based Practice

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Postgraduate Diploma

At the end of 120 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Evidence Based Practice
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate,to propose new hypotheses.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Evidence Based Practice.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Master’s Degree

At the end of 180 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional clinical role within the NHS context.

2. Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed or are developing with a focus relevant to Evidence Based Practice.

3. Critically reflect on the academic and practical application of theories and practices in the NHS context with a focus relevant to Evidence Based Practice.

4. Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative clinical professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Evidence Based Practice.

5. Critically appraise professional standards within the health sector and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Evidence Based Practice.

6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at master’s level within Evidence Based Practice.



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The MSc Clinical Medicine (Teaching and Learning) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with National Health Service (NHS) Trust Partners. Read more

The MSc Clinical Medicine (Teaching and Learning) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with National Health Service (NHS) Trust Partners. The course is designed for Medical Doctors and other Healthcare Professionals

who are looking to develop and refine their teaching and learning, research skills and develop understanding of effective teamwork and best practice. The MSc Clinical Medicine (Teaching and Learning) aims to enhance teaching, learning and research skills, thereby, facilitating personal and professional development and strengthening participants’ ability to bring about positive change, solve problems effectively, and ensure patient safety.

The Teaching and Learning Masters will be differentiated from the other Masters routes by its structure, by the demonstration of a deepening understanding of self-development as a reflective learner and as a clinical teacher utilising modules 7ED001 (Critical Reflection & Reflexivity in Professional Learning) and 7HR013 (Design and Deliver Medical Education) and within the Masters dissertation in module 7HW015.

This course has a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of both clinical practice, research, and encourages participants to reflect critically on workplace experiences and learning. For participants, the course aims to provide a clear framework which supports CPD, recognition of prior learning and work based learning.

The course aims to provide a route for Doctors who wish to take a different speciality, to change medical career routes and for Doctors seeking further accreditation of subspecialty expertise.

What skills will you gain?

Postgraduate Certificate

At the end of 60 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Teaching and Learning.
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses in Teaching and Learning.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development including reflection and self-awareness.

Postgraduate Diploma

At the end of 120 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Teaching and Learning
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Teaching and Learning.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Master’s Degree

At the end of 180 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding, and skills appropriate to a professional clinical role within the healthcare context.

  • Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed or are developing with a focus relevant to Teaching and Learning.
  • Critically reflect on the academic and practical application of theories and practices in the healthcare context with a focus relevant to Teaching and Learning.
  • Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative clinical professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Teaching and Learning.
  • Critically appraise professional standards within the health sector and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Teaching and Learning.
  • Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at master’s level within Teaching and Learning.


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The course will equip experienced health care practitioners with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges that beset the modern health care system. Read more

The course will equip experienced health care practitioners with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges that beset the modern health care system. It will provide them with an academic framework within which to develop a range of advanced problem-solving and decision making skills to achieve best practice health outcomes for patients and clients.

Emergency Medicine

This specialisation is designed for experienced medical practitioners/clinicians seeking a globally recognised specialist post-graduate qualification in Emergency Medicine. The specialisation prepares graduates for senior clinical and operational leadership roles in Emergency Medicine. Graduates complete academic coursework at Monash University and supplement this with a clinical specialisation offered by The Alfred Hospital Emergency & Trauma Centre. The specialist units explore the importance of and provide skills in: the practice of evidence based medicine, undertaking emergency research, emergency medicine leadership and system/service development, and the development of advanced specialised clinical skills. Graduates are provided a unique opportunity to undertake a clinical placement in a major modern metropolitan emergency department with a level one trauma centre.

Trauma Medicine

This specialisation is designed for experienced medical practitioners/ clinicians seeking a globally recognised specialist post-graduate qualification in Trauma Medicine. The specialisation prepares graduates for senior clinical and operational leadership roles in the management of trauma. Graduates complete academic coursework at Monash University and supplement this with a clinical specialisation offered by The Alfred Hospital Emergency & Trauma Centre and The Alfred Hospital Trauma Service. The specialist units explore the importance of and provide skills in: the practice of evidence based medicine, undertaking trauma research, trauma leadership and system/service development, and the development of advanced specialised clinical skills. Graduates are provided a unique opportunity to undertake a clinical placement in a major modern metropolitan emergency department with a level one trauma centre.

Critical Care

This specialisation is designed for consultants or registrars to develop knowledge across key areas of critical care practice. Core modules will cover essentials of communication, conflict management and leadership, ethics, medico-legal principles, evidence-based medicine, clinical and practice guidelines, systematic reviews, quality improvement, benchmarking, patient safety and risk management. Electives will include clinical research methods, health systems management and leadership and quality improvement. Critical Care skill sets will be offered in extracorporeal support, including ECMO, echocardiography and ultrasound and airway and ventilator management including bronchoscopy.



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The MSc Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. Read more

The MSc Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. The course is designed for Medical Doctors and other Healthcare Professionals to develop and refine their clinical, leadership and research skills and develop understanding of effective teamwork and best practice. The speciality pathway (Leadership and Management) aims to enhance innovation, leadership, teaching, learning and research skills, thereby, facilitating personal and professional development and strengthening participants’ ability to bring about positive change, solve problems effectively, and ensure patient safety.

The Leadership and Management Masters will be differentiated from the other Masters routes by its structure, by the demonstration of a deepening understanding of self-development as a clinical leader through the specific modules 7HR006 (Leading Transformational Change) and 7HR008 (Perspectives on Leadership) and within the Masters dissertation in module 7HW015.

This course has a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of both clinical practice, research, and encourages participants to reflect critically on workplace experiences and learning. For participants, the course aims to provide a clear framework which supports CPD, recognition of prior learning and work based learning.

For Medical Doctors the course aims to provide a route in which they can take a different speciality, to change medical career routes and for Doctors seeking further accreditation of subspecialty expertise.

What skills will you gain?

Postgraduate Certificate

At the end of 60 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Leadership and Management
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses in Leadership and Management.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development including reflection and self-awareness.

Postgraduate Diploma

At the end of 120 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • To evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Leadership and Management
  • To evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Leadership and Management

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Master’s Degree

At the end of 180 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional clinical role within the healthcare context.

2. Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed or are developing with a focus relevant to Leadership and Management.

3. Critically reflect on the academic and practical application of theories and practices in the healthcare context with a focus relevant to Leadership and Management.

4. Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative clinical professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Leadership and Management.

5. Critically appraise professional standards within the healthcare sector and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Leadership and Management.

6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at master’s level within Leadership and Management.



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This is a closed course for organisations only, not for individual applicants. The MSc Clinical Medicine (Medical Practice and Innovation) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners and Health Education England. Read more

This is a closed course for organisations only, not for individual applicants.

The MSc Clinical Medicine (Medical Practice and Innovation) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners and Health Education England. The course is designed for a wide range of Medical

Professionals who are looking to develop their medical careers and is suitable for Medical Doctors who have qualified abroad. The course will comprise of academic components designed to facilitate the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and behaviours necessary to achieve the required level of competence for United Kingdom (UK) and International medical practice. The course will introduce UK health and social care systems and the governance underpinning medical practice.

In addition, there will be a strong emphasis on research and innovation to support academic development and to ensure the use of evidence based medicine.

The programme will also equip international Postgraduate medical trainees with an understanding of the key role of leadership in healthcare service delivery.

What skills will you gain?

Postgraduate Certificate

At the end of 60 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • To critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the context of UK and International medical practice.
  • To evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses in context with international medical practice.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Postgraduate Diploma

At the end of 120 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • To critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the context of United Kingdom (UK) and International medical practice.
  • To evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the context of medical practice.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Master’s Degree

At the end of 180 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional clinical role within medical practice.

  • Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed or are developing with a focus relevant to UK and International medical practice.
  • Critically reflect on the academic and practical application of theories and practices in the NHS context with a focus relevant to international medical practice.
  • Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative clinical professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within medical practice.
  • Critically appraise professional standards within the health sector and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within UK and International medical practice.
  • Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at master’s level.


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Research profile. Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre (ECRC) strives to take a comprehensive approach to cancer research, combining both laboratory-based research and clinical approaches. Read more

Research profile

Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre (ECRC) strives to take a comprehensive approach to cancer research, combining both laboratory-based research and clinical approaches.

Overall the centre studies the genetic and biological basis of cancer and disease pathology, and devises and test new forms of therapy arising from our basic, translational and clinical research programs.

Our ultimate aim is to carry out high quality research into effective cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as the symptoms associated with cancer.

ECRC is part of the Edinburgh Medical School's Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences at the Western General Hospital. This centre, as part of a unit of Hospital-Based Clinical Subjects, was rated 5* in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

We have 18 academic staff, 40 research staff, 35 support staff and 22 students.



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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

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Summary. A Physician Associate is a healthcare professional trained in the medical model to work with the medical team in order to deliver medical care to patients. Read more

Summary

A Physician Associate is a healthcare professional trained in the medical model to work with the medical team in order to deliver medical care to patients. PAs work under the supervision of a doctor in a range of specialities across medicine in both primary and secondary care. PAs are trained to take medical histories, carry out physical examinations, formulate diagnosis, request and interpret tests and investigations, undertake procedures and develop treatment and management plans.

The PgDip/MSc Physician Associate Studies aims to ensure students receive the required education and training in line with requirements of the Competence and Curriculum Framework, enabling graduates to be successful in completion of the programme and the PA National Exam. It also aims to ensure that graduates are safe and competent clinicians, at the point of qualification.

This intensive programme is delivered over 2 years. Year 1 is mainly theoretical and University based (5 days per week) with 1 day per week in general practice. Year 2 is mainly spent on clinical attachment with one day every 3-4 weeks back in University. Students will develop a sound knowledge base in clinical medicine and develop comprehensive clinical examination skills which form the basis of their generalist medical education enabling them to enter work in any medical speciality. From that point, they develop the specialist knowledge required to progress their careers and care for patients

Students must pass all elements of the programme to be eligible to sit the National PA Exam for entry into professional practice.

About

The course is designed to ensure that graduates have the relevant clinical knowledge and skills in order to be successful in attaining their professional qualification and in their subsequent professional working life as a Physician Associate.

Please note this information is provisional and subject to change.

Year one specifically concentrates on the basic medical sciences that support the teaching and application of clinical medicine. In conjunction with this, a significant of time is spent on communication and clinical examination skills as these form the basis of the skills that the PA will use throughout their clinical working lives. In addition to this, the PA student will spend 1 day per week in clinical attachment (General Practice) to rehearse and fine tune their skills.

To exit with the PgDip in Physician Associate Studies, students will be required to pass assignments relating to the modules in Foundations of Clinical Medicine 1, Applied Pharmacology for Physician Associate Studies, Research Methods for Physician Associate Studies and Evidence-Informed Decision Making for Physician Associate Studies in Year 1. Students must also pass the assessments associated with the GP placement and an objective structured clinical examination for the Personal & Professional Development 1 module in order to progress to year 2. In year 2 students will be required to pass the Foundations of Clinical Medicine 2 and Personal & Professional Development 2 modules. The Clinical Competence in Physician Associate Skills module will assess the core competencies and core procedural skills in the Competence and Curriculum Framework for Physician Assistants and has been designated Pass/Fail, rather than having credit value. This competency assessment will be undertaken prior to taking the UK Physician Associate National Certification Examination at the end of Year 2. A pass in all taught modules of the programme and in the UK PA National Certification Examination will be required for the award of the PgDip in PA Studies.

This is a complex and very intensive programme and involves the establishment of a new suite of student placements and assessments, therefore, in the first instance, the course team do not intend to offer the masters programme and only intend to offer the PgDip. Once the programme has been established then the team will roll in the possibility to complete the masters by completion of the 60 credit Service Improvement Project module. This 60 credit module can either be taken alongside the second year of the full-time taught modules that comprise the PgDip or it can be taken part time over 3 semesters of a third year as a top-up.

Students who fail the assessment associated with the Personal & Professional Development 1 module but who have passed the module Foundations in Clinical Medicine 1 and passed other modules totalling at least 30 academic credits may exit with the lower award of Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Sciences (noting that students must pass all modules in year 1 to progress to year 2). A student who fails the Clinical Competency assessment/UK PA National Examination but who has passed all of the other elements of the programme can exit with a PgDip in Medical Sciences or if they have successfully completed the Service Improvement Project, an MSc in Medical Sciences.

Career options

Whilst the PA profession is established and growing rapidly in the UK with a variety of jobs across a range of primary and secondary care specialities, this is the first PA programme in Northern Ireland. As such it presents its own challenges in the form of employment opportunities. However there have already been jobs advertised in Northern Ireland for PAs and in preparation for the programme the University have been working with the local Trusts seeking clinical attachments and scoping the potential for employment of PAs. The evidence from early PA programmes in England indicates that all of their students secured employment as PAs with many offered jobs before qualification. This continues to be the trend in the UK and the University are confident that this will be the same in Northern Ireland.

Once qualified, PAs can work across a range of specialities throughout medicine. There are also opportunities to work in education and as potential future leaders of the PA profession.

The qualification is not recognised in the USA and currently graduates who train in the UK may only be able to work in the UK. This may change in time.



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This course develops the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and low- and middle-income countries. Read more

This course develops the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and low- and middle-income countries. The course offers a wide choice of modules and provides training in clinical tropical medicine at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H):

All students going on the MSc will take the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. Students with a prior DTM&H, or holding 60 Masters level credits from the East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene may apply for exemption from Term 1 via accreditation of prior learning.

Careers

Graduates from this course have taken a wide variety of career paths including further research in epidemiology, parasite immunology; field research programmes or international organisations concerned with health care delivery in conflict settings or humanitarian crises; or returned to academic or medical positions in low- and middle-income countries.

Awards

The Frederick Murgatroyd Award is awarded each year for the best student of the year. Donated by Mrs Murgatroyd in memory of her husband, who held the Wellcome Chair of Clinical Tropical Medicine in 1950 and 1951.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/tmih_progspec.pdf)

Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/tropical-medicine-international-health

Objectives

By the end of this course students should be able to:

- understand and describe the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of the major parasitic, bacterial, and viral diseases of developing countries

- demonstrate knowledge and skills in diagnostic parasitology and other simple laboratory methods

- understand and apply basic epidemiological principles, including selecting appropriate study designs

- apply and interpret basic statistical tests for the analysis of quantitative data

- critically evaluate published literature in order to make appropriate clinical decisions

- communicate relevant medical knowledge to patients, health care professionals, colleagues and other groups

- understand the basic sciences underlying clinical and public health practice

Structure

Term 1:

All students follow the course for the DTM&H. Term 1 consists entirely of the DTM&H lectures, seminars, laboratory practical and clinical sessions, and is examined through the DTM&H examination and resulting in the award of the Diploma and 60 Master's level credits at the end of Term 1.

Terms 2 and 3:

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Recognising that students have diverse backgrounds and experience, the course director considers requests to take any module within the School's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student.

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:

Clinical Infectious Diseases 1: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries*

Clinical Virology*

Epidemiology & Control of Malaria*

Advanced Immunology 1

Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infection

Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

Economic Evaluation

Generalised Liner Models

Health Care Evaluation

Health Promotion Approaches and Methods

Maternal & Child Nutrition

Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques

Research Design & Analysis

Sociological Approaches to Health

Study Design: Writing a Proposal

- Slot 2:

Clinical Infectious Diseases 2: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine*

Conflict and Health*

Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*

Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology

Advanced Immunology 2

Clinical Bacteriology 1

Family Planning Programmes

Health Systems; History & Health

Molecular Virology; Non Communicable Eye Disease

Population, Poverty and Environment

Qualitative Methodologies

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

- Slot 3:

Clinical Infectious Diseases 3: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries*

Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*

Advanced Training in Molecular Biology

Applied Communicable Disease Control

Clinical Immunology

Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health

Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

Implementing Eye Care: Skills and Resources

Medical Anthropology and Public Health

Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Nutrition in Emergencies

Organisational Management

Social Epidemiology

Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health

Tropical Environmental Health

Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination

- Slot 4:

Clinical Infectious Diseases 4: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine*

Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*

Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights*

Global Disability and Health*

Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles*

Analytical Models for Decision Making

Clinical Bacteriology 2

Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

Environmental Epidemiology

Evaluation of Public Health Interventions

Genetic Epidemiology

Globalisation & Health

Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications

Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases

Population Dynamics & Projections

Reviewing the Literature

Sexual Health

Survival Analysis and Bayesian Statistics

Vector Biology & Vector Parasite Interactions

- Slot 5:

AIDS*

Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*

Mycology*

Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Analysing Survey & Population Data

Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

Environmental Health Policy

Integrated Vector Management

Integrating Module: Health Promotion

Molecular Cell Biology & Infection

Nutrition Programme Planning

Pathogen Genomics

Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/masters-degrees/module-specifications

Project Report:

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project in a subject of their choice, for submission by early September. Projects may involve writing up and analysing work carried out before coming to the School, a literature review, or a research study proposal. Some students gather data overseas or in the UK for analysis within the project. Such projects require early planning.

Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved. The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from the School's trust funds set up for this purpose.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/mstmih.html#sixth



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This programme of study, skills development and placement experience allows you to build upon a first degree in biosciences, life sciences or health sciences in order to function as a qualified physician associate. Read more

This programme of study, skills development and placement experience allows you to build upon a first degree in biosciences, life sciences or health sciences in order to function as a qualified physician associate.

The programme teaches you to assess, diagnose and manage medical problems competently, consulting with patients presenting with a variety of specified conditions on behalf of, and under supervision of, a senior experienced doctor.

By the end of the programme, you will be able to deliver holistic medical care and treatment to a standard defined by the National Examination for Physician Associates, which will enable you to work in either Primary or Secondary Care.

Programme structure

The programme consists of eight taught modules.

On successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Post Graduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies, but will also need to sit a National Examination comprising a written paper and OSCE examination, set by the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians, in order to be able to practise in the NHS.

On passing the National Examinations, the graduate can be registered on the National Register (currently a Voluntary Register but awaiting accreditation and appointment of a Regulatory Body). The graduate can only work as a physician associate in the NHS if he/she is on this National Register.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

What is a physician associate?

Physician associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. As a physician associate, you might work in a GP surgery or be based in a hospital, but wherever you work, you'll have direct contact with patients.

You’ll be trained to perform a number of day-to- day tasks including:

  • Taking medical histories
  • Performing examinations
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Analysing test results
  • Developing management plans

You can find further information on the role through the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians (FPARCP) or the NHS careers website.

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.

Collaboration

This programme will be delivered through collaboration with Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex and engagement with Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), Canterbury and Christchurch University (CCU) and the University of Kent.

The majority of teaching, however, will be conducted by Surrey staff and local NHS clinicians. The four HEIs (including Surrey) may share facilities in areas of individual specialist expertise, although teaching will be conducted by Surrey staff.

Working with local NHS Trusts (primary and community care, acute, secondary care and mental health) will enable elements including work-based assessments and summative assessments (the clinical OSCEs).

Surrey Health Partners

The University of Surrey is part of the Surrey Health Partners Alliance, bringing together NHS Trusts in Surrey with the University to enhance learning and teaching, research and clinical practice.

The local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs, covering GP practices) and NHS Health Trusts (covering hospitals, community care and psychiatric care) are all represented fully within Surrey Health Partners.

Career opportunities

Following successful graduation from this Diploma course, you will need to sit the National Assessment for Physician Associates, set by the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Passing the National Assessment will allow you to be put onto the National Register for Physician Associates, so that you can practise clinically in the UK.

Career prospects

The predicted growth of the physician associate role across the NHS to fill an important resource gap indicates strong continued employment prospects for graduates. Physician associates will pursue a profession that is supported by the NHS and the Department of Health: over 30 hospitals currently employ PAs across the UK and the numbers are growing fast.

Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex aims to produce PAs who can work in primary as well as secondary care.

Educational aims of the programme

The overarching educational aim of the programme is to train graduates with a first degree in Biosciences, Life Sciences or Health Sciences, or suitable approved programme, to Post Graduate Diploma level, to function as a qualified physician associate (on passing the National Examination).

Physician associates will be able to:

  • Deliver holistic medical care and treatment under defined levels of supervision, in acute and primary care settings in the National Health Service.
  • Work effectively with patients and multi-disciplinary healthcare teams from diverse backgrounds.
  • Use a patient-centred approach, and be expert communicators, ensuring patient safety at all times
  • Promote health and wellbeing on an individual and population basis
  • Engage in reflective practice, work within the limits of their competence and engage actively in lifelong learning and professional development

This training includes the necessary knowledge, skills and professional attitudes needed to work to the medical model, demonstrating safe medical practice, medical competence, compassion, reflective and critical thinking in diagnostic reasoning and clinical management.

Graduates will be able to assess, diagnose and manage medical problems competently, consulting with patients presenting with a variety of specified conditions on behalf of, and under supervision of a senior experienced doctor.

They will be able to understand and demonstrate the principles of safe and effective prescribing.

Graduates will be trained to a standard defined by the National Examination for Physician Associates that will enable them to work as physician associates in the National Health Service, with appropriate accreditation and regulation once these have been decided and implemented.



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In partnership with the University of Kent. *subject to validation. 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

In partnership with the University of Kent

*subject to validation

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.

Our Masters 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. The programme is in partnership with University of Kent.

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.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/physician-associate-studies.aspx

Course detail

The 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 Postgraduate diploma 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.

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

Year one

Students complete all modules

• Clinical Medicine (1) (20 credits)

• Clinical Medicine (2) (20 credits)

• Clinical Medicine (3) (20 credits)

• Clinical Skills and Professional Development (20 credits)

If you are unsuccessful in completing all modules in Year One you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Studies (providing that you successfully complete 3 out of 4 modules).

Year two

Students complete all modules

• Advanced Clinical Medicine (20 credits)

• Advanced Clinical Skills and Professional Development (20 credits)

Total = 120 credits

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

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx



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