The PGCert Advanced Critical Care is designed to enhance the skills of practitioners such as registered nurses and operating department practitioners. It will enable you to become a clinical expert who is able to work safely and effectively in critical care practice, meeting the Step Two and Step Three competencies of the National Competency Framework for adult critical care nurses. A systems-based approach is used throughout the course to reflect the national standards for adult critical care education. You will acquire effective leadership skills and gain the skills and confidence needed to develop others in the delivery of high quality and compassionate care to patients with complex critical care needs.
The programme comprises of two modules which are studied sequentially.
You will begin by focusing on the assessment and management of patients following emergency events which have led to admission to a critical care environment. You will then concentrate specifically upon the development of effective leadership within a critical care environment.
The intention is to develop a practitioner who provides clinical nursing leadership, supervision and support to teams to optimise safe standards of patient care.
There will typically be ten days of face-to-face learning, covering the theoretical aspects of the programme, per module. This will take the form of a combination of lectures, seminars, simulation-based learning, objective structure clinical examinations (OSCE) workshops and tutorials.
The programme also includes a significant proportion of work-based learning during which you will be supported and assessed by a clinical mentor.
You will be assessed through a combination of written examinations, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), written assessments and practice-based competency achievements.
The programme team comprises of front line clinicians from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and academic experts from Edge Hill University. The research activities and educational roles of the programme team are varied and link to both theory and practice. A range of nationally and internationally recognised clinical experts will also be drawn upon to inform and enhance the learning experience.
Successful completion of this programme will enhance your ability to provide expert care, clinical nursing leadership and effective supervision. It is designed to support practitioners in working towards the role of advanced practitioner to address patient needs in the clinical contexts of critical care.
This course has been designed for experienced Adult or Child nurses working in senior positions or those who are preparing for advanced nurse practitioner, care manager, nurse consultant or clinical leadership roles in primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings.
As part of the course you will be required to complete a clinical work placement with appropriate supervision for physical assessment; therefore applicants must be nurses working in senior clinical positions.
As a student on this course you will learn to work as an expert autonomous practitioner within all fields of healthcare.
You will gain contemporary theoretical and professional skills and knowledge in areas including clinical and direct care practice; leadership and collaborative practice; improving quality and developing practice for the self and others, for advance practice.
You will develop skills in research and applied data analysis as well as a deeper understanding of health and social care settings and the role of an advanced nurse practitioner.
The course will prepare you for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that offer better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.
City has been a trailblazer in providing excellent ANP education following introduction of advanced level education in the UK.
This course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.
The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers students excellent clinical training facilities. You will have access to a simulated six-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.
The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.
You will learn from a variety of student-centred and patient-focused teaching, learning and assessment strategies aimed at developing and assessing different knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning strategies involve shared learning across Adult and Child routes with further consideration and specialisation for intensive branch specific tutorials.
You will have the opportunity to work within your practice or other health care settings, and learn from lecturers who are experienced advanced nurse practitioners engaged in active clinical practice. There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience.
Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, portfolios, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). You may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.
The course can only be undertaken on a part-time basis due to the clinical stream required. Students will usually attend lectures one day a week and consolidate their practice for the rest of the week.
In addition students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.
As a graduate you will be able to influence nursing practice at both direct and indirect levels through the development of services and the application of research to clinical practice.
The course will prepare you for a range of roles including advanced nurse practitioner, nurse consultant and senior nurse manager in all healthcare settings working across the lifespan. Successful completion of the course fulfils the requirements for advanced practitioner roles in a range of health and social care contexts and qualifies students to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.
This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until September 2018.
This programme aims to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles, through facilitating your capability to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level.
This innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, developed in collaboration with health care professionals, is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles.
Modern healthcare practice has seen traditional professional boundaries change to reflect the demands of national healthcare policy, the scope of practice and patient needs. Increasingly, advanced practitioners in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions have to be prepared both academically and clinically to deliver complex care traditionally delivered by doctors.
This course aims to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).
The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a four-year, part-time programme, and is made up of 180 credits, including five taught modules of up to 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).
In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, you are required to undertake the core Research and Study Skills modules plus three optional modules of your choice, from a defined menu.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 1200 hours of associated clinical practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated advanced practitioner.
In addition to the group discussions, each student will have the opportunity for five individual tutorials per Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio module with their academic supervisor. The DSMP will support the completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio.
How will I be taught?
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Seminars and case presentations support learning alongside the situational analyses of advanced practice. The use of e-learning materials, self-directed study guides, indicative reading lists provided by both University staff and clinically-based medical consultants and professionals will support your development. The use of clinical simulation and clinical skills laboratories will enhance the development of your skills in a safe environment. Additional proformas will be utilised according to your speciality, to allow you to develop skills appropriate to your clinical area of practice.
How will I be supported?
The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.
This programme gives students the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing their own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables them to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.
All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.
All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.
For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.
We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice.
It addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments.
Testimonials include the following:
“After 15 years of Critical Care I still have the desire to progress in my career. Although I love education, I do not want to go down the formal lecturing pathway. The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice will allow me to meet the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner framework competencies, and therefore to work clinically at an advanced level, continuing to use my acquired skills and share them with others. Ultimately this benefits patients and other staff.”
"The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice. Developed by experts in both critical care and emergency care in conjunction with Cardiff University, this course addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments."
This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. It is intended for experienced healthcare professionals and for those wishing to formalise and develop their role as an advanced clinical practitioner. The course seeks to focus on decision-making, diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical management. You share learning with others from an extensive range of multi-professional backgrounds to create a vibrant and challenging learning environment.
The core modules focus on the four elements of advanced practice • clinical practice • education • managerial/leadership • research and flexibility is built into this course to enable you to tailor the course and focus on your area of specialism using a wide choice of elective modules.
Recognition of prior credited learning and recognition of prior experiential learning have been adopted for these awards to facilitate entry to the course.
The course enables you to
Learning in multi-professional groups and being taught by a multi-professional teaching team creates a vibrant and challenging learning environment to enhance and extend your knowledge of working in transformational roles such as Advanced Clinical Practice.
This course is designed to provide a platform of essential skills, supported by a variety of pathways that provides you with a genuine choice. This range seeks to provide you with the opportunity to critically discuss cases, demonstrate knowledge within a simulation and develop critical appraisal skills.
You also take part in practical assessments that are designed to ensure that you are safe and able to make judicious clinical decisions based on your knowledge and understanding. The range of your practice related learning is recorded and documented in the Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (PPDP), which is a personal record of learning through the course. The format of your e-portfolio will be dependent on local and professional body requirements.
The course is structured around a combination of both core and elective modules, some of which are delivered via distance learning.
There is an extensive range of elective modules which may be accessed according to individual need and availability.
Year one core modules
Year one options
One of the below elective modules
Year two core modules
Year two options
Year three options
* Note that if opting for the 45 credit version you can chose up to 45 credits from the elective modules, or if you do the 60 credit version, you can choose up to 30 credits maximum from the elective modules.
Successful completion of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will prepare you to seek an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) post or if already employed as a trainee ACP, to formalise this post with a nationally recognised academic qualification. Successful completion also provides the practitioner with the skill set to take on a more strategic leadership role within a secondary or primary health care setting.
Some typical case study examples of career progression opportunities taken by similarly qualified graduates are • advanced clinical practitioner - emergency department • advanced clinical practitioner - specialist paramedics (emergency and urgent care) • advanced clinical practitioner (trainee) - pharmacist • advanced clinical practitioner - complex mental health needs in prison • advanced clinical practitioner - chartered physiotherapist
You will study the assessment and nursing management of acute childhood illness. This will involve the study of the disease processes including altered physiology of respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, renal/metabolic and immune systems, during the acute illness phase. This will include • pain management • alternative airway management and principles of stabilisation • techniques and specialist care relating to conditions which require critical and intensive care nursing.
You also explore the role of the multi-disciplinary team, including breaking bad news, sibling and family care and palliative care.
In addition, you cover ethical concerns and the legal implications of nursing children in acute and critical care situations, alongside stress management and professional development issues.
The course content will be delivered through face-to-face contact, clinical skill simulation and online learning packages including webinars, e-lectures, discussion boards and online group work.
You also take two elective modules.
Core modules (blended learning)
You also take two elective distance learning modules