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Overview. With more than one million individuals in the UK estimated to be living with dementia by 2025, there is an urgent need for solutions that help people live well with the condition. Read more

Overview

With more than one million individuals in the UK estimated to be living with dementia by 2025, there is an urgent need for solutions that help people live well with the condition.

This course will equip students with a unique range of skills and experiences providing sought-after expertise to work flexibly and effectively with people living with dementia. You will gain specialist skills enabling you to lead in the field of dementia care. 

Why choose this course?

If you would be interested in the use of co-creation for research and development, working with artists and designers alongside scientists to help people with dementia and their carers then this course is for you. 

The Dementia Care Centre is a transdiscplinary training provider and benefits from input from a range of staff from across UWL, including psychology, nursing, hospitality, design and music. The Centre will offer expertise in transdisciplinary approaches to dementia care and opportunities to get involved in innovative projects and placements at progressive care homes. Through this course you can develop innovative solutions and design unique settings and services to help people with dementia.

On this course you will explore contemporary thinking while investigating and analysing current dementia care and services to build an evidence base for best practice. Our aim is to create ambitious, innovative and evidence-based solutions of high quality and high aesthetic value that make lives better for people with dementia. We seek to empower you to be a leader in best dementia care practice and service management.

Modules

  • Understanding Dementia
  • Dementia in Scoiety
  • Action Learning 1
  • Dementia Care and its Management
  • Creative Approaches to Dementia Care
  • Action Learning 2
  • Dissertation.

Tutor Information

This course is run by the School of Human and Social Sciences to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.

The staff team within the school are committed to providing an engaging and exciting learning experience in all areas of study, and the level of student support is outstanding.

The School of Human and Social Sciences teaching staff includes:

Victoria Tischler, who has worked in clinical, cultural, charity and academic sectors. She was Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham for 12 years where she retains an honorary position. Her research interests focus on creativity and health, specifically in the area of dementia care. She has worked as a curator and art workshop facilitator, particularly with untrained artists who have experience of mental health problems.

She is executive editor of Arts and Health. She sits on the scientific advisory board for the Boots UK archive. She is a Trustee for Paintings in Hospitals. She joined UWL as Professor in January 2017.

Career and study progression

Your postgraduate qualification can take you anywhere, but some of the most popular paths for graduates include direct management of dementia care and delivery.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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Our Dementia Care course is a pathway of our MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH) and has been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental healthcare delivery and service design. Read more

Our Dementia Care course is a pathway of our MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH) and has been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental healthcare delivery and service design. It is aimed at existing health and social care professionals and others involved in dementia care.

Service development and evidence-based guidelines continuously highlight the need for multidisciplinary, multi-agency dementia care services that are accessible, flexible, inclusive and enabling, and are driven by the needs of clients and their families.

It is vital that these services are developed and delivered by staff appropriately prepared with relevant expertise, knowledge and skills.

Our part-time multidisciplinary and practice-focused course will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills you need to provide high-quality, evidence-based interventions that promote the wellbeing, personhood and empowerment of people living with dementia and their significant others.

It will also enable you to act as an agent of change by contributing to research, service development and leadership in dementia care.

Special features

Learn from the experts

You will learn from internationally renowned experts in the field, as well as experienced dementia care practitioners, people living with dementia and former students, many of whom now operate at senior levels within dementia care services.

Flexible learning

The part-time nature of this course enables you to fit learning around your other commitments, with one day a week to be spent on campus.

Teaching and learning

You will participate in a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small-group work, student-led seminars, group-work, problem-based learning scenarios and online learning.

You will undertake independent study to further develop and consolidate your learning. We aim to involve people with dementia and their families in the delivery of sessions where possible.

Coursework and assessment

A variety of assessments are used within each course unit and across the course as a whole. All assessments require you to integrate knowledge and understanding and apply this to your own area of practice as relevant to the outcomes of each unit and the focus of each pathway.

Assessment methods may include essays, case studies, assessed seminar presentations and literature reviews.

The dissertation for the MSc requires you to undertake an extended written piece of work (12,000-15,000 words) that focuses on a specific aspect of mental health practice in the form of an extended literature-based review/proposal for practice development.

Course unit details

The course consists of pathway-specific and core/compulsory course units. Pathway-specific units focus on the following themes:

Year 1

  • Perspectives on Dementia
  • Communication Through Person Centred Practice
  • Dementia & Social Inclusion
  • Critical Appraisal & Evidence Synthesis

Year 2

Core course units are shared with students studying other pathways and courses, but retain a pathway-specific focus through group work and assessments. Core course units focus on the following themes:

  • Research Design (15 credits)
  • Evidence Based Practice in Dementia Care
  • Working effectively with crisis and complexity in dementia care
  • Developing practice, managing change

On completion of the taught units of the course (PGDip), successful students who meet progression requirements are able to continue onto their research dissertation for the MSc.

The dissertation enables students, with the support of an individual supervisor, to undertake an extended written piece of work which focuses on a specific aspect of Mental Health Practice in the form of an extended literature based review/proposal for practice development.

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of  facilities  throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service

Career opportunities

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enhance your own and others' practice, as well as contribute to innovations and developments in dementia care and service delivery.



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The MSc in Gerontology and MSc in Gerontology with Dementia Care cater for a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people. Read more

The MSc in Gerontology and MSc in Gerontology with Dementia Care cater for a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people. They will have particular appeal if you are a health and social care professional and also if you are working in the third sector (e.g. charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, etc.).

The MSc in Gerontology aims to develop knowledge, skills and confidence by introducing debate around our understanding of ageing, the impact of shifting demographics and the integration and globalisation of health and social care.

The MSc in Gerontology with Dementia Care focuses on the care of people living with dementia particularly changing care priorities as it advances.

Both courses are designed to equip students with an in-depth knowledge in order to allow them to utilise leadership and planning skills to promote evidence informed approaches to meeting the needs of our ageing population.

The Future of Dementia Care

Here at UWS our nursing students and staff are playing a key role in developing the future of dementia care.

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and this figure is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

By focusing on experimental learning, we make sure that you will be rights focused, confident and compassionate when dealing with this condition.

Course Details

Our ongoing national and international collaborations and cross-sector partnerships ensure that we are at the forefront of issues affecting individuals and populations as they age. This makes these courses attractive options for both employers and students. They combine wider learning about the issues affecting those in later life in a range of national and international settings with specialist study of key issues like frailty, pain control, and many others. The emphasis is on developing critical evaluation skills and evidence-based knowledge that encompasses holistic care. This will widen understanding of global issues of concern in gerontology and dementia care, whilst developing a greater appreciation of the need to challenge assumptions and stereotypes.

These part-time postgraduate courses are aimed at health, social care and social work professionals and others involved in the care and support of the older person either professionally or personally.

Our course comprises of three stages:

  • Stage One - Postgraduate Certificate, requires 3 modules over three trimesters (total 60 credits)
  • Stage Two – Postgraduate Diploma, requires a further 3 modules over three trimesters (total 120 credits)
  • Stage Three - MSc Dissertation which takes the form of a rigorous research proposal in a topic of your choice (total 180 credits)

Our MSc course will usually take three years to complete on a part-time basis. However, each stage is recognised as a respected qualification and you may choose, if necessary, to take a break between stages. In such cases you are required to complete the course within five years.

Teaching & Assessment

The University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle will be used for additional learning, teaching and assessment.

Online learning approaches include:

  • group discussion
  • seminars
  • lectures from experts in the field
  • videos
  • podcasts
  • enquiry based learning using studies of the older person’s experiences

Career Prospects

Jobs

The courses aim to develop experienced professionals and others to take on the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making, leadership and research roles now required in this important sector of health and social care. It is recognised that advanced and specialised knowledge is needed to support the increasingly blended and integrated roles that professionals now adopt in supporting older people and people living with dementia across a range of settings.

Current students include occupational therapists, integrated discharge facilitators, care home and assistant care home managers and charge nurses.

Further Study

Following successful completion of our MSc Gerontology / MSc Gerontology with Dementia Care you may wish to start a PhD. These opportunities are offered by the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and the School's Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice.



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The University of Stirling is committed to world class education and research, with a pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence. Read more

Introduction

The University of Stirling is committed to world class education and research, with a pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence.
Applied Social Science is at the forefront of developing new e-learning opportunities. In 2003, we offered the first online MSc in Dementia Studies in the UK. In following person-centred care principles, this course places the person with dementia at the very centre of our understanding.
In joining our distance learning postgraduate course in Dementia Studies, you will become part of an international, multi-disciplinary community of students and academics, committed to creating change and improving dementia practice and the experiences of living with dementia.
Our course takes a theory-based and practice-oriented approach to consider the diversity of living and dying with dementia. It encourages collaborative, inter-disciplinary, critical and reflexive learning and it seeks to produce leaders of change in the dementia field.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, MSc, Postgraduate Certificate
- Study methods: Online, Part-time
- Duration: MSc - 3 years (36 months) Diploma - 2 years (24 months) Certificate - 1 year (12 months)
- Start date: September and January
- Course Director: Dr Louise McCabe

Course objectives

The objectives of the MSc are to:
- develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives about dementia and approaches to dementia care
- address critical issues in dementia care and service delivery
- foster improved multidisciplinary and collaborative practice
- compare and contrast national and international research
- identify and debate current practice developments
- develop critical thinking to promote reflective practice
- develop knowledge and skills of social research processes

The course has been developed to provide students with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia, including theory, innovative and best practice, policy drivers and initiatives studies and a grounding in academic and research skills.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

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

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

Delivery and assessment

Each module commences with a one day introductory session at the University. For international students, or those unable to attend the introductory session in person, there is the option to join in virtually, and we can set you up with our online system called Collaborate so you can take part in the session remotely. Learning then consists of 300 hours study over a 14-week period.
Apart from an introductory session, all teaching uses text and web-based distance-learning materials. The specially designed interactive website enables student interaction and tutorial support as well as providing online access to the course materials and much of the reading material required. Special emphasis is placed on a collaborative and problem-solving approach to learning and on encouraging reflective practice.
All modules are assessed through coursework and you experience a range of assessment including essays, evaluation reports, research proposals and literature reviews.
Students will require access to a computer with an internet connection; broadband or a link to a powerful LAN (such as in a college or University) is the preferred option, although dial-up with a minimum of a 56K modem will also work.

Why Stirling?

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In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Study abroad opportunities

The course is international and online. You can complete international study from the comfort of your own home and interact with students from all over the world.

Careers and employability

- Career opportunities
This course has enabled students to develop practice within their existing posts, while some previous students have moved to more specialised or promoted posts. It has also encouraged some students to continue with research on completion of their studies. Other students have become involved in training initiatives.

- Employability
The Postgraduate Dementia Studies course is intended for experienced professionals from all relevant disciplines. Our students learn great transferable skills that enable them to impart knowledge to colleagues and other students, transfer awareness and implement action in the community, and provide training to family members and carers. The course also enhances employability within the broad field of dementia care enabling students to move to more specialised and promoted posts within health and social care settings.

- Industry connections
All of the students on the course are working within the dementia field and, as such, the course engages with a wide range of organisations across statutory, private and not-for-profit sectors in different countries within the UK, Europe and worldwide.

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Advanced Dementia Studies is a part-time distance learning programme. By studying online you will have flexibility to fit your studies around your working life and learn from and with students from around the world. Read more

Advanced Dementia Studies is a part-time distance learning programme. By studying online you will have flexibility to fit your studies around your working life and learn from and with students from around the world.

  • MSc Advanced Dementia Studies - 3 years
  • PGDip Advanced Dementia Studies - 2 years
  • PGCert Dementia Studies - 1 year

The programme has been designed to develop you as a leader in your field of dementia care and enable you to use the best evidence available to support your work. We adopt a human rights perspective to understanding the experience of people living with dementia and encourage multidisciplinary team-working and service user engagement. Our programme is underpinned by cutting-edge research. 

This programme is intended for UK and international students who are:

  • Health and social care professionals who want to gain a specific qualification in working with people who have dementia
  • Voluntary workers who already have contact with people with dementia

Our flexible approach allows you to combine study with work and home life. Our online courses are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to help you develop your own and your colleagues' practice.

We use a variety of virtual learning environments so that students can interact with the course tutors and fellow students. For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to online discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.

Application deadline: 3 August 2018

Taster session

Try out a Dementia Studies taster session on our Virtual Learning Environment.

"Distance learning is not easy and fitting it in around work was a challenge, but the day I put my mortar board on and graduated with my cohort will rate as one of the most important days of my career and a really proud moment. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my course tutors and their encouragement."

Val Freeman, MSc Advanced Dementia Studies

Learning and assessment

This distance learning part-time programme is delivered through digitally enhanced learning and teaching methods, including real time tutorials, inter-professional discussion groups, practice-based exercises, directed and self-directed study.

Learning materials consist of:

An interactive study guide for each module

  • Online supplementary resources including podcasts, videos and readings
  • Online real-time tutorials
  • Online discussion groups and opportunity for networking with peers
  • A study planner for each module including key dates and timeline for completing the module activities

The interactive study guide provides:

  • An overview explaining the aims of the module
  • The learning outcomes students are expected to achieve
  • Guidance for the on-line exercises
  • Details of assignments
  • Details of readings

Each module will include a: i) formative assessment (i.e. tutor feedback on written work in progress); this work is not graded and you are able to make changes your tutor recommends before you submit your final assignments; ii) summative assessment (i.e. final); this will be by means of one or two pieces of work for each module which are graded and count towards your final mark for the award. There will be a variety of types of assessment that include case studies, written reports on practice-based work and critical reflections on evidence.

Career prospects

A Dementia Studies award may be a good career development move for you if you are already working in the dementia field and wish to specialise in this area of practice. Expectations are increasing about the quality of care people with dementia should receive. This means that there will be many opportunities for you to progress in your career having studied successfully at this advanced level. 

Many of our students receive promotions or are successful in applying for new posts. The postgraduate programmes in Dementia Studies do not, however, lead to a professional qualification or registration. 

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 

Research

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2001, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research. Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.



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Please note that the intermediate awards offered do not permit registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Our MSc Adult Nursing course has been designed for graduates with care experience who wish to develop a career as a registered nurse and join one of the most rewarding professions in health care. Read more
Please note that the intermediate awards offered do not permit registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Overview

Our MSc Adult Nursing course has been designed for graduates with care experience who wish to develop a career as a registered nurse and join one of the most rewarding professions in health care. Our course will provide you with a wide range of experiences and prepare you to deliver high quality care with confidence. All of our pre-registration nursing courses are developed by nurses for nurses and will support you to work with health care teams to meet the needs of vulnerable adults requiring health care across a variety of settings. Learning and working at Masters level will support you to shape and improve your future profession and the health care experiences of patients in your care.

Adult nurses have a unique role within the healthcare setting. Making a positive change or improving the quality of people’s lives is a central tenet of this role. This may involve enabling people to improve, maintain, or recover their health, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever the circumstances.

We are committed to the principles and values of the NHS Constitution (DH, 2013) and our Adult Nursing course promotes the behaviours and values that patients and staff believe to be at the heart of our NHS. These include respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives, working together for patients and the understanding that everyone counts.

The course places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It will take you from university lectures to clinical placement settings, from young to mature adults. You may well find yourself at a GP surgery, working with mulita-skilled teams in patients’ own homes or in the middle of a variety of hospital settings, from accident & emergency through to medical or surgical areas or providing compassionate care for patients with life limiting illnesses.

We’ll support you all the way. You’ll soon discover that our faculty is a stimulating place to learn, with modern facilities and registered, practising tutors who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques. We’re passionate about healthcare and dedicated to delivering the values set out by the NHS Constitution.

You’ll have the chance to share experiences and knowledge with other health care disciplines and to see how the professions work together.

Teaching on campus takes place between 9am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. On placement, you’ll be allocated to a mentor who will support your development and you’ll be expected to work the same shifts as the health care team and your mentor. Each week you will work 37.5 hours. This will include early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. Each year, five weeks’ of annual leave is built into the course at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time.

Each of the two years is divided in three 30-credit modules. Each module will start with theory, followed by a hospital or community placement. A series of short Medicines Calculations modules are also embedded through the course.

Placements last around 5 weeks and will include both acute and community settings. Placement opportunities include: Older Person’s Care, Dementia Care, District Nursing, Surgical Setting, Acute Care Nursing and many more. Your final placement will be 12 weeks in length and you will also undertake additional placements each year which will enable you to explore other areas.

You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements in hospitals or community settings.

If you study in Cambridge or Peterborough, you’ll do your placement in or around Cambridge, Huntingdon or Peterborough. You’ll get plenty of support from experienced mentors.

Our state of the art skills laboratories provide an ideal environment in which to learn a suite of practical skills in the safety of the university. This ensures that you gain understanding about the underpinning evidence that supports these skills, preparing you for the delivery of these skills in the practice setting.

In year 2 of the course you may choose the option to undertake an overseas placement and gain insight into another health care system.

Careers

All pre-registration nursing courses delivered by Anglia Ruskin University are approved by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful completion of the MSc Nursing course, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC and join a profession with a wide range of opportunity. You may choose to become a community professional, such as a practice nurse, or to work as a staff nurse within a hospital. With experience you could become a nursing specialist or nurse consultant. You may enjoy managing a health care team or leading a specialist team in, for example, the community setting. Nurses also undertake roles in research and education.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules -

- Evidence Based Knowledge and Skills for Nursing:
This first module aims to prepare students for the knowledge and skills required to deliver fundamental and safe care. A series of key strands which underpin nursing practice will be commenced in this module including: patient safety; human anatomy and physiology; health promotion and the recognition of the nurse’s role in public health; mental health and common mental health problems; leadership skills and the use of research evidence that underpins care provision. Communication and interpersonal skills will also be considered including principles of de-escalation and the importance of sound interpersonal and professional skills in practice.

- Promoting Professional Practice in Nursing:
In this module students will be supported to understand the significance of prioritising patients as central to the role of the nurse and a key component of the NMC Code (2015). Person-centred care will be addressed through the exploration of patient autonomy and patients' rights. The concepts of advocacy, raising concerns and candour will provide students with an understanding of the legal and ethical parameters that support the delivery of safe care. The module builds on knowledge of bioscience and clinical skills to further enhance delivery of safe fundamental care. Introductions to leadership, management and team working will be provided.

- Nursing Adults with Challenging Health Needs:
This module addresses the complexities of long term conditions and palliative care for adult patients. Preventing the development of long term conditions and life-threatening disease, promoting health and wellbeing and supporting adults with long term conditions to live well independently are key aspects of the nurse’s role. Effective integrated care is critical to the patient experience and students will explore the impact of national drivers from a theoretical and practice based perspective, with a focus on the use and effectiveness of care pathways. This module provides the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical skills and ethical and legal issues to meet the challenges faced by those affected by long term and life limiting conditions.
- Medicine Calculations for Safe Practice 1

Year two, core modules -

- Ensuring the Safety of Patients Experiencing Acute Illness:
Patients become acutely unwell in clinical or home settings. This module will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently when a patient’s clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. Students will explore how psychological well-being can impact on recovery and the importance of patient focused care and empowerment. Alongside theory input students will participate in clinical scenarios around deteriorating patients (e.g. acute respiratory failure, acute coronary syndrome, and sepsis). Computer-controlled mannequins and simulation skills environments will be utilised to develop students’ skills in recognising and responding to patient deterioration.

- Decision Making, Leadership and Management in Nursing:
This theory/practice module enables students to enhance their leadership, peer coaching and decision making skills. The module aims to develop a varied and flexible repertoire of skills to be able to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams, in the often challenging environments encountered in modern clinical practice. The module promotes students’ growth and expertise in professional knowledge and judgment, focusing on self-awareness and personal development. Development of key management skills of leadership, assertiveness, delegation and coaching will be provided as well as tools for resilience to withstand the stresses and pressures of practice.

- Major Project - MSc Nursing Adult:
This theory/practice module comprises a major project that is situated in and developed from the care setting. During the final practice placement, students will be expected to negotiate an area for service improvement to enhance the patient experience. This module will consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained in clinical management and leadership and seeks to complement these with insight to mechanisms for improving the quality of healthcare. Understanding and applying concepts of quality assurance, clinical governance, standard setting and the role of audit in maintaining standards will be key drivers.
- Medicine Calculations for Safe Practice 2
- Medicine Calculations for Safe Practice 3

Assessment -

To make sure you’re developing the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice, we use a range of assessment methods. These include essays, presentations, written exams, and multi-choice questions. We know feedback is essential for your progress and our lecturers take pride in giving you clear guidance on how to improve your expertise. Assessment also takes place in the practice setting and your mentor will support your development and undertake your assessment in each of your placements.

Where you'll study

Your faculty -

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Cambridge - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/cambridge-campus

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Designed for health, social care and third sector professionals working with people in their later life years, this programme can also be studied online, offering flexibility for students in employment or a caring role. Read more
Designed for health, social care and third sector professionals working with people in their later life years, this programme can also be studied online, offering flexibility for students in employment or a caring role.

About the programme

UWS will provide graduates from various disciplines with a rigorous education in the many complex health and social care issues affecting older people. It will equip professionals with an in-depth knowledge and the critical perspective necessary to plan, practice in partnership, manage and lead high-quality services and interventions for older people and people with dementia. The programme’s integrated perspective helps to challenge the sector’s next generation of leaders to make connections between the biopsychosocial aspects of later life, caring sciences, implementation sciences, service management and economics.

Campus: Online or blended learning with some attendance required at Lanarkshire Campus

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Students who have already gained credit at Level 11 may transfer this in certain circumstances; this will be considered on an individual basis.
Prior learning and prior experiential learning may also be considered for entry on an individual basis.

Your learning

The course has three parts:

- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits):
Includes an overview and introduction to the key aspects of later life, including physical, psychological, social, political, and relationship issues. Core modules are Understanding Later Life, Research in Health and Social Care, and Frailty in Later Life. You will be introduced to research at this stage.

- Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits):
The core Independent Study module is the foundation for the Masters dissertation year. Option modules currently available are Dementia Care Principles, Delivering Compassionate Care and Complexities of Pain.

- MSc (180 credits):
You will complete a supervised dissertation (worth 60 credits) in a subject relevant to adults in later life

Our Careers Adviser says

This programme will prepare experienced professionals to embrace the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making and leadership necessary for this important sector. It is recognised that advanced and specialised knowledge is needed to support the increasingly blended and integrated roles that professionals will adopt in supporting older people.

Current students include occupational therapists, integrated discharge facilitators, care home and assistant care home managers and charge nurses.

State-of-the-art facilities

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

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

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

Life-changing research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IN BRIEF. Enhanced flexibility of study through online tuition. Engage in learning at times convenient to yourself through online lectures and learning activities, whilst benefiting from weekly, interactive online lectures and seminars with tutors and fellow students. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Enhanced flexibility of study through online tuition.
  • Engage in learning at times convenient to yourself through online lectures and learning activities, whilst benefiting from weekly, interactive online lectures and seminars with tutors and fellow students
  • Learn to make a positive difference to the experience of living with people touched by dementia
  • Benefit from a multi-disciplinary course including care and design including being taught by credible dementia care and design educators, researchers, registered professionals, people with dementia and activists
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will equip you with the knowledge to develop enabling and life engagement focussed services and interventions for people living with dementia, and their carers.

The course is inter-disciplinary, exploring different approaches to enhancing life engagement for people who have dementia and their carers. The course is not limited to a health and social care perspective. The design focus looks at ways in which the environment (buildings, urban spaces, transport) can be designed or modified to provide meaningful activity and support for people with dementia and their carers.

This pioneering course has strong links with the Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford, an international centre of excellence in research, education and innovation. You will enjoy opportunities for involvement with the Institute, supporting your learning and future career progression.

COURSE DETAILS

FULL-TIME

  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months (120 credits); January and September registration
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year (180 credits); January and September registration

PART-TIME

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over nine months (60 credits); September or January registration
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years (120 credits); September or January registration
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over three years (180 credits); September or January registration

TEACHING

The course employs a range of online teaching and learning strategies aimed at providing a framework of knowledge through which academic skills and expertise will be developed. The strategies will capitalise on the interdisciplinary expertise of the teaching team, and will include:

  • Online lectures (pre-recorded and real time) to provide a core knowledge base
  • Online individual tutorials and online group seminars to support the process of becoming an independent and reflective learner
  • Case studies to provide opportunity for development on analytical and problem solving skills
  • Scenarios to provide opportunity to explore, relate, and discuss practice-based situations
  • Discussions via online discussion boards

ASSESSMENT

All coursework has a dementia focus and comprises of:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Design critiques
  • Independent research to develop investigative skills

CAREER PROSPECTS

There is a current focus nationally and internationally on enhancing life engagement, support and environments for people living with dementia.

The course is suitable for professionals and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds whose current role or future role relate to these areas.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The course has strong links with the Salford Institute for Dementia, which works together with local, regional, national and international partners to make a positive difference to living with dementia. Students on the course will be able to interact with the Institute, thereby enhancing opportunities for learning, and for career progression.

FURTHER STUDY

Upon completion of the MSc, graduates would be eligible to apply for a research degree, either a PhD or a Professional Doctorate, both of which can be studied either part-time or full-time.



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Our MSc in Leading People-Centred Integrated Care is designed to provide a progressive pathway of Masters level study for staff working in the cross-sectoral field of health and social care. Read more

Our MSc in Leading People-Centred Integrated Care is designed to provide a progressive pathway of Masters level study for staff working in the cross-sectoral field of health and social care.

The course will empower and enable you to lead and develop integrated services to promote and enhance quality of care and improve outcomes for people.

From a national and international perspective there is a recognised shift towards preventative, person-centered services, valuing the role that all members of staff play in the implementation and delivery of integrated services. Our course will therefore be of interest to both local and international students.

The School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery has strong links with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) and hosts the International Centre 4 Integrated Care giving you the opportunity to network with professionals across the globe.

The Future of Dementia Care

Here at UWS our nursing students and staff are playing a key role in developing the future of dementia care.

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and this figure is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

By focusing on experimental learning, we make sure that you will be rights focused, confident and compassionate when dealing with this condition.

Course Details

Our course is made up of core and optional modules and with various exits points you can tailor the course to your specific needs.

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of 60 credits made up of three 20-credit modules which are all core.

For the Postgraduate Diploma you will complete a further 60 credits, two core modules (20-credits each) and one optional module. To gain the full MSc award you will then need to complete the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module worth 60 credits to give a total of 180 credits.

Duration & Study-Mode:

  • Full-time - 1 Year
  • Part-time - Typically 3 Years

Course Start Dates:

  • Paisley - September
  • Fully Online - September

Teaching & Assessment

Students studying fully online will access course materials through our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. Through Moodle you will be exposed to a range of teaching sources such as: PowerPoint; Prezi; Xerte and e-Books. This programme recognises students as co-producers and creators of the learning that takes place therefore students will also be able to take part in synchronous and asynchronous discussions to share learning amongst peers.

Assessment methods includes:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Reflections
  • Dissertation Projects
  • Our assessment strategy will ensure there are multiple points to access formative and summative feedback to enable you to feedforward to improve your academic skills as the module and course progresses.

Career Prospects

Jobs

Gaining a postgraduate qualification can lead to a variety of career opportunities and destinations. Our course offers enhanced employability prospects within the area of health & social care, particular in the area of integration. You will be equipped to develop and lead change in your area of practice to ensure the delivery of integrated, person-centred services.

Further Study

Upon completion of the course you may want to consider further continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities such as our My Home Life (Scotland) programme or you may choose to take your studies to the next level by completed either a Professional Doctorate or PhD allowing you to contribute research in the area of integration.



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The MSc by Research programme will provide a dedicated route for high calibre students who (may have a specific research aim in mind and) are ready to carry out independent research leading to PhD level study. Read more
The MSc by Research programme will provide a dedicated route for high calibre students who (may have a specific research aim in mind and) are ready to carry out independent research leading to PhD level study. Alternatively it would be appropriate for students who are seeking a stand-alone research based qualification suitable for a career in research with transferable skills for graduate employment.

Structure

The MSc by Research requires the student to undertake a substantial piece of independent research at the cutting edge of ageing and dementia studies (180 credits). It is the normal expectation that the independent research should be of a publishable standard in a high quality peer reviewed journal.

In addition to the support of the research project’s supervisors and from fellow postgraduate research and professional researchers within the Dementia Services Development Centre, there will also be the opportunity to undertake taught modules at postgraduate level as well as attend workshops and courses provided for postgraduate research students by the University’s Academic Development Unit. Any taught modules and courses will not count as credits towards this or any other qualification but, if identified as being of developmental value by the student and the supervisory team, will provide the extra skills and knowledge needed to undertake postgraduate research.

Dementia Services Development Centre

The Dementia Services Development Centre, also known as DSDC, was founded in 1999. In collaboration with Cardiff & Vale UHB, DSDC Wales is one of a network of centres in the DSDC Network throughout the British Isles which conduct research and promote service development and training in the field of dementia care.

Research is conducted on a local and national level within Wales with the research centre in Bangor being the lead for the Wales Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (NEURODEM Cymru) but there are also strong collaborative links with researchers across the UK, Europe and elsewhere in the world.

DSDC is active across a wide range of ageing and dementia research activities and these can be broadly categorised (i) dementia care (including Alzheimer’s disease, family care-giving and psychosocial interventions); (ii) gerontology; and (iii) well-being and resilience across the life-span.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

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This programme builds upon existing theoretical perspectives and research evidence underpinning applied health and social care practice in the field of dementia care. Read more
This programme builds upon existing theoretical perspectives and research evidence underpinning applied health and social care practice in the field of dementia care. It critically examines current theory, practice and policy in order to advance appropriate approaches to dementia care from the disciplines of mental health, health and social care management. The course seeks to develop a framework for students to engage in active person- and familycentred care of people with dementia across diverse acute and community settings. It positions assessment, care planning and interventions as strategies that respond to the complexity of dementia as a lived experience, including attention to bilingual therapeutic interventions in order to develop excellence in service delivery.

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The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. Read more

The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. It provides research-oriented and cutting-edge training in the study of dementia and its scientific basis, led by international leaders in the science and practice of dementia. Two specialised pathways, in mental health and in neuroscience, are offered.

About this degree

The mental health pathway focuses on equipping students with advanced knowledge of the prevention, detection and management of the dementias using epidemiological, psychosocial and clinical trial approaches, and is aimed at graduates wishing to explore or begin a research career in dementia. More information about the neuroscience pathway is also available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists five or six core modules (90 or 120 credits), one or two optional modules (if only five core modules are taken) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Current Research in Dementia (15 credits)
  • Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia (15 credits)
  • Core Principles of Mental Health Research (30 credits)
  • Statistical Methods in Mental Health (15 credits)
  • Clinical Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases (15 credits)
  • Clinical Mental Health (30 credits - core for students who do not have either research or clinical experience in the field of dementia)

Optional modules

  • Students who take five core modules will select 30 further credits of optional modules. Students who take six core modules will select 15 further credits of an optional module. Optional modules have either a neuroscience, research methods, or quality improvement in health care component and are the following:
  • Practical Neuroscience of Dementia (15 credits, Institute of Neurology)
  • Higher Functions of the Brain (15 credits, Institute of Neurology)
  • Epidemiological and Social Methods in Mental Health (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health (15 credits)
  • Quality Improvement in Health Care (15 credits, UCL Medical School)
  • Other optional modules may be selected from any available in the UCL Division of Psychiatry or elsewhere at UCL, with permission from the Programme Director

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of up to 8,000 words, presented as a paper ready to submit to a medical, psychiatric or dementia-specialist journal.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered though a combination of lecture/seminar series and practical interactive workshops, with supportive online learning material. Assessment methods include two unseen examinations, coursework including designing questionnaires and protocols and analysing data in dementia research, writing a critical literature review, giving talks and presentations, and a final report in the format of a journal paper.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Mental Health) MSc

Careers

This is a new programme and no information on graduate destinations is therefore available. Previous MSc-level graduates of the Division have had a strong track record of publishing papers based on their dementia research projects in peer reviewed journals, and have moved on to academic posts and PhD studies. For clinicians, the course will allow them to participate fully in collaborative studies and begin their research career as independent investigators in dementia research.

Employability

This unique and exciting programme will equip graduates with advanced knowledge of the prevention and treatment of dementia, and strong practical research skills in order to undertake doctoral research in the field. They will acquire in-depth understanding of the current status and direction of research for the treatment and care of people with dementia and their families, providing them with a strong foundation for doctoral studies, and applications for nationally funded fellowships. They will complete original research in their specific field of interest, learning about dementia research directly from experts working in clinical and research areas in dementia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has exceptional research strength in dementia, from laboratory to the community, including genetics, neuroscience of neurodegeneration, prevention and treatment. Students will be taught by leading international dementia researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields; more details are available at UCL Dementia Strategy. Optional modules give students access to other renowned departments at UCL e.g. the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the UCL Medical School.

The programme is strongly focused on active student participation, encouraging learning through participating in research and enquiry and developing the practical skills needed to embark on a research career in dementia. The wide range of research interests within our division and the UCL Institute of Neurology allows us to offer a programme that integrates biological and psychological approaches of dementia.

Students will be offered opportunities to get involved in the work of internationally significant research groups in dementia in a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychiatry

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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In Ireland, 44,000 people have a dementia diagnosis. Globally, the prevalence of dementia is expected to double within the next 20 years. Read more
In Ireland, 44,000 people have a dementia diagnosis. Globally, the prevalence of dementia is expected to double within the next 20 years.

It is against this backdrop that the online interdisciplinary Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia has been developed to prepare students in the delivery of high-quality support and care to dementia sufferers. Graduates of this programme will promote excellent practice in the care of dementia sufferers, allowing them to live with dignity.

The online programme has been designed to promote collaboration between various disciplines working with dementia sufferers, and students will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the role nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, and social work plays in dementia care. Modules on Ways of Understanding Dementia, Critical Issues in Assessment and Care Planning and Enhancing the Experience of Living with Dementia will be taught throughout the course of the year.

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Dementia is a growing problem globally. There are over 800,000 sufferers in the UK and 44 million world-wide, posing a major challenge for treatment and care. Read more

Dementia is a growing problem globally. There are over 800,000 sufferers in the UK and 44 million world-wide, posing a major challenge for treatment and care.

The Dementia Studies course is aimed at all those involved in the health and care of people with dementia.

The course comprises a new and unique set of educational initiatives designed to enable healthcare professionals to improve the quality of life of dementia sufferers by building expertise in generating and delivering better care. It provides a comprehensive and holistic theoretical and practical framework for understanding dementia and enables a broad understanding of the impact of dementia on the individual and society. Clinical knowledge is blended with developing skills in communication for health and social care, research and leadership learning.  

Key areas of study

  • Understanding dementia
  • Assessment and treatment of dementia
  • Psychological and social perspectives of dementia
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
  • Communication and learning in health and social care

Course structure

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader.

PGCert

Two modules from the following clinical module options PLUS one module from the PGDip professional module list

PGDip

All three clinical modules PLUS three modules from the following professional module options:

MSc

PGDip modules PLUS

Career opportunities

Successful completion of the course will provide specialised knowledge and expertise which will be invaluable in improving the prospect of employment in the field and will enhance the likelihood of career progression.

Ultimately, students will be empowered to deliver significant improvements in the quality of services provided to people living with dementia.



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Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare. Read more

Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare.

The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for professionals to demonstrate improvement in their care delivery through high-level, expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the context of healthcare management and delivery.

Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches.

Programme structure

The full-time non-endorsed programme is studied over one academic year. The endorsed part time programmes are studied over five academic years (60 months). 

Pathways

There are a range of pathways available for MSc programmes. These variants are made clear to students in all marketing material and student handbooks.

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.

Core modules

Delivering Quality Healthcare (full-time) core modules

Pathway modules

Acutely ill patient

Cancer and Older People

Cancer

  • Cancer in Society
  • Challenges in Pain Management

ehealth

Long Term Conditions

  • Leading and Managing Long Term Conditions
  • Managing Multi-morbidity in Long-Term Conditions

Maternal, Child and Family Health

Or

  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

And

Or

Older People

Paramedic Practitioner

Patient Safety

  • Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Innovations in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Optional modules

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Evaluate and critically explore complex problems in order to apply relevant knowledge and skills to develop solution focussed approaches
  • Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to interpret research evidence and data in order to communicate health care information into the practice setting effectively
  • Demonstrate and apply deep knowledge and understanding relevant to their area of practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply relevant health policy to their own area of practice
  • Demonstrate consideration of relevant ethical principles
  • Apply contemporary thinking and analytical skills when analysing the existing evidence base
  • Critically evaluate research and methodological approaches taken within the existing evidence available
  • Defend originality in their own research work to complement the existing evidence base

Professional practical skills

  • Demonstrate the utilisation of innovative approaches to health care within their own area of practice to engender a progressive culture
  • Utilise a range of analytical and influencing skills including emotional intelligence, to demonstrate effective leadership
  • Effectively address complex and challenging issues to make sound, informed and appropriate judgements in their practice

Key / transferable skills

  • Synthesise information effectively to inform health care practices
  • Demonstrate and utilise critical awareness to improve health care
  • Initiate change and development in their current practice, engaging in the inter-professional arena to facilitate reflective learning in the wider health care team

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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