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Programme description. This programme is aimed at high-calibre graduates in medicine involved in the management of clinical emergencies in children. Read more

Programme description

This programme is aimed at high-calibre graduates in medicine involved in the management of clinical emergencies in children.

It is ideal for trainees in paediatrics and emergency medicine, and also highly relevant for anaesthetists who wish to develop skills in paediatric anaesthesia or paediatric intensive care.

It will also help primary care practitioners who work in remote and rural areas without paediatric support.

The programme is designed to give you the educational background you need to manage medical emergencies in children, throughout the world.

The final year of the programme can be tailored to your circumstances and career goals.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

In Year 1 (certificate), you will study a wide range of specialities in Fundamentals in Paediatric Medicine.

In Year 2 (diploma), you will take the following compulsory courses:

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Surgical Emergencies & Trauma/Anaesthesia & Sedation
  • Additional Topics in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

In Year 3 (masters), you will study the compulsory course Management Issues in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and will undertake a written reflective element from a number of suggested topics.

Read more about how the programme is structured:

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you achieve a successful career in paediatric emergency medicine with a high quality qualification and the latest understanding and knowledge.



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About the course. This course is aimed at emergency care professionals who want to develop their expertise. You’ll learn new skills to help you manage a service and also how to teach others. Read more

About the course

This course is aimed at emergency care professionals who want to develop their expertise.

You’ll learn new skills to help you manage a service and also how to teach others. We have an international reputation for research in the field of pre-hospital and emergency care.Your career

An international academic community

As one of the largest multi-disciplinary schools of public health and health services research in the UK, ScHARR is a rich academic community. You will be taught by world-leading experts in health economics, public health sciences, the sociology of health, health psychology, decision analysis, management sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and information science. They include members of The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Public Health. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us fourth in the UK for research power.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and offer international perspectives to all our courses.

Flexible study routes

We offer both traditional campus-based and online courses. Our high quality online courses are taught by the same expert academic staff who teach our courses in Sheffield and offer an alternative to coming to the UK. Guided by our staff, you can study at a pace that suits your personal circumstances. This can be an effective route for those who need to continue to work while they study. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are also available.

You can also study individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). See the ScHARR web pages for details of available modules. For LBR and CPD information, visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hsccpd

Facilities

You’ll have access to library and computing facilities. We provide specialist information and library services in our information resources section.

Core modules

  • Management Theory and Practice
  • Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine and Research
  • An Introduction to UK Emergency Medicine
  • Research Methods for Emergency Medicine
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

Choices include:

  • Observation and Ambulatory Medicine
  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency, Event and Expedition Medicine
  • Musculo-skeletal Emergency Medicine
  • Sedation in Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Informatics
  • Medicolegal and Forensic Emergency Medicine
  • Systematically Reviewing the Research Literature
  • Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers

Teaching and assessment

The course is a mixture of online learning, independent study and online clinical demonstrations. You’re assessed on coursework and project work.



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This course offers professional education and an academic qualification for nurses and physicians working in emergency contexts. There are three distinct study routes available, all of which have been designed entirely by nurses and physicians experienced in emergency care. Read more
This course offers professional education and an academic qualification for nurses and physicians working in emergency contexts. There are three distinct study routes available, all of which have been designed entirely by nurses and physicians experienced in emergency care.

Teaching is online and based around a virtual hospital with problem based learning, online lectures, tutorials, web links and online discussions with colleagues and fellow students.

Features and benefits of the course

-Validate your professional training.
-This course will enable you to develop education or major incident management focuses.
-Wide choice of units available.
-Tailored to meet specific career requirements
-Provides three pathways to reflect different career focuses
-Is delivered predominantly on-line

About the Course

Our Emergency Medicine programme offers professional development and an academic qualification for nurses and physicians in emergency contexts. Three distinct study routes are available and all have been designed entirely by physicians and nurses experienced in emergency care. Teaching is online and based around a virtual hospital with problem-based learning and online discussions with colleagues and fellow students.

The course is made up of two phases. Phase One provides a range of core and elective units from which students can select their personalised route. Phase Two consists of a substantial practitioner project in a chosen field of emergency medicine.

The units depend on the route you wish to follow and the elective units chosen build on this to explore particular interests. Units are offered on a rolling programme so over the course of your study, almost all units are likely to be available. Students are able to choose to study to Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level or to continue their studies to achieve a Masters level qualification.

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Our blended learning PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine enables registered pharmacists to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department. Read more

Our blended learning PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine enables registered pharmacists to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department.

You will also build the knowledge and skills needed to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for emergency treatment.

Hospital pharmacists will be able to manage emergency department patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency team upon completion of the course.

The course consists of two 30-credit postgraduate short courses: Independent Prescribing andAdvanced Clinical Skills . Independent Prescribing is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Aims

This course aims to produce graduates who:

  • are able to independently evaluate and assess patients with minor injuries and illnesses and, if necessary, independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for their treatment;
  • have the skills, knowledge and attributes required for safe and effective prescribing practice to successfully meet the standards set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), enabling students to apply for registration to practice as independent prescribers;
  • have enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency patient.

Special features

Flexible learning

Our blended learning approach means you can fit online learning around face-to-face sessions and your other commitments.

Excellent facilities

Take advantage of Manchester's modern pharmacy teaching and learning facilities, including a state-of-the-art SIM Man to practice clinical skills.

Additional course information

The need for this course has been identified through national pilot work, where the impact of pharmacists in emergency departments working as independent prescribers with advanced clinical skills was assessed.

This assessment showed that hospital pharmacists with these additional skills of independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED).

The role for pharmacists working in the ED is an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice.

Teaching and learning

We use a blended format where learning is supported through online teaching materials delivered through Manchester's virtual learning environment (VLE).

Flipped classroom strategies will allow theory and knowledge-based learning to be delivered online in weekly segments, and face-to-face learning will be utilised for skills and problem-based learning.

There will be up to eight mandatory face-to-face sessions in each unit to focus on problem-based and collaborative teaching strategies.

These sessions will also support the delivery of medical examination, consultation and Advanced Clinical Skills course components.

The structured online programme will support these contact days and allow you to learn at a time that is convenient to you, providing flexibility around your work commitments.

Coursework and assessment

We use a range of assessment methods for each unit.

Independent Prescribing

  • Reflective practice e-portfolio
  • Observed structured clinical examination (OSCE)
  • Examination, including drug calculations
  • Patient case presentation
  • Sign off by DMP to confirm satisfactory completion of 12 days of supervised practice.

Advanced Clinical Skills

  • Reflective practice e-portfolio
  • Open book MCQ and short answer examination
  • Patient case presentation
  • Sign off by ED consultant to confirm satisfactory completion of 15 days of practice-based learning.

Course unit details

See the Independent Prescribing and Advanced Clinical Skills pages for more information on the content of this course.

Facilities

You will be able to use a state-of-the-art SIM Man to practice clinical skills during the face-to-face study days at the University. There will be supported learning in the emergency department where you are based.

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

Taking this course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Career opportunities

Completing this course offers career progression for experienced hospital pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department, in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary team in this department.

Accrediting organisations

The Independent Prescribing unit is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).  



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A Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust collaboration. Be the best you can – revolutionise your resuscitation care. Read more
A Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust collaboration

Be the best you can – revolutionise your resuscitation care

Resuscitation is a rapidly evolving area of medicine that crosses the boundaries of emergency medicine, intensive care medicine, anaesthesia and acute medicine. Early recognition of critical illness and resuscitation saves lives and reduces suffering for our patients. We are offering an MSc, Diploma and Taster MOOC to provide an opportunity for you to develop your skills in this area under the guidance of an international faculty. The level of study and knowledge will go beyond most specialist exit exams marking you as a potential leader in this field. We will bring together teaching on diagnosis, resuscitation, pathophysiology, imaging, toxicology, CRM and pre-hospital care/mass casualty medicine under a single umbrella. Resuscitation Medicine is arguably evolving into a subspecialty of medical care and with this course we aim to provide the skills to develop expertise in this field.

Who should apply?

The course welcomes students from medical, nursing and paramedic backgrounds from both overseas and Europe/UK. It is designed for trainees and consultants in Emergency Medicine and other acute care specialities,. It is also designed to assist advanced nurse practitioners and paramedics to gain skills in Resuscitation Medicine.

Why study Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine at QMUL and Barts Health?

-Delivered by a leading UK Medical School ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Guardian University Guide 2017)
-Delivered by a Russell Group university
-An excellent reputation in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care
-Active research and teaching programmes in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care.

Barts Health NHS Trust is home to:

-The largest Emergency Department under one R&D in the UK (approaching 1000 attendances daily)
-Europe’s largest Trauma Centre
-Europe’s busiest Heart attack Centre.
-Close links with Academic Critical Care, with research led by Professor Rupert Pearse (NIHR Clinical Scientist) and Academic -Trauma Sciences, research led by Professor Karim Brohi.

-The William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) at QMUL has an international profile in Critical Care research

-The Trauma Sciences team are at the forefront of Trauma research with a special interest in trauma coagulopathy and resuscitation

-Excellent worldwide reputation for delivering successful online MSc courses

-The Emergency Department is home to London’s Air Ambulance, a world renowned pre-hospital care paramedic/doctor staffed trauma response team
-The Institute of Pre-hospital care was set up in 2013 and now runs a very popular BSc for undergraduates

-The successful Academic Department Emergency Medicine was set up in 2012 with the appointment a Professor Emergency Medicine. Since then the regional portfolio research has risen annually to be now third placed nationally for recruitment

The MSc and Diploma
The MSc is a 3-year 180 credit MSc, including a 60 credit 10000+/- 500 word dissertation in year 3. It offers two years of structured web based teaching via an online learning platform. For students who wish not to complete a dissertation in year 3, a 2-year Diploma is offered based on the lectures, tutorials and course work.

This course commences September 2017
The course is online, allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time, enabling you to continue with your work commitments. It provides an excellent structured learning platform for trainees and specialists to develop skills in this area. Lectures are delivered by leading experts in the field with the same lecturer/course leads offering weekly tutorials.

In the first two years the course offers 8 modules covering different areas of critical care. Each of the eight modules runs over 10 weeks, In year 3 the 60-credit dissertation is completed by students completing the MSc.

The Taster MOOC – free online learning
The massive open online course (MOOC) is an opportunity for you to improve your skills and to learn about Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine from an international faculty of world class speakers. The MOOC will give you a taste of what is on offer at masters and Diploma level. The MOOC includes lectures on the recognition and treatment of shock and provides an introduction to statistics and critical appraisal.

The MOOC is a free to access, distance learning package allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time. This taster course will allow you to access all the teaching material from modules 1 and 2 of the MSc including video lectures., The MOOC will not include content such as the MCQs, online lectures and tutorials, which are reserved for those studying the full MSc/PGDip programme.

If you enjoy the MOOC you may want to enrol in the associated MSc or PG Dip in Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine offered at QMUL. Click here to access the MOOC

Why Study at QMUL/Barts Health?

-A rich and diverse history
-Barts is a faculty of QMUL and has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching. The London was the first medical school in England, founded in 1785, and Barts Hospital was established in 1123. Our location in the east of London and elsewhere in the East London Gateway will enhance your experience. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live, we also serve a diverse local community where you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge.

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – in the most recent national assessment of research quality, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014) among multi-faculty universities. This means that the teaching on our postgraduate programmes is directly inspired by the world-leading research of our academics.


* All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.

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The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care. Read more

The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care.

Our six-month Advanced Clinical Skills short course enables trainee pharmacy practitioners to independently evaluate, assess and recommend or prescribe medicines for patients who present to emergency departments.

This will allow junior and senior medical staff to attend to more urgent medical patients in a clinical setting and aims to decrease waiting times for patients with minor injuries. Research has shown that hospital pharmacists with additional skills in independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to emergency departments.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to manage emergency and urgent patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine and urgent care team.

Our course confers 30 postgraduate (Level 7) credits upon completion and can be taken as a standalone course by pharmacists who are already non-medical prescribers. If you are not already a non-medical prescriber, you can take this course before starting our Independent Prescribing short course . Completing both of these courses within two years of registering will lead to a PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine .

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with the skills to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting;
  • enable you to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for patients who present to the emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting;
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine or urgent care patient.

Special features

Develop in-demand skills

This course was launched in response to a national pilot that identified clear demand for pharmacists with specific skills in emergency medicine.

Teaching and learning

You will learn using a blended approach that includes face-to-face sessions and online learning through our Blackboard platform.

This will allow you to continue to work in the NHS and study at a time that is convenient for you.

There will be on-campus study days to allow for face-to-face contact, teaching in groups, interaction with the other students, and practical skills demonstrations. You will also undergo supported learning in the emergency department where you are based.

2018 study days

Provisional dates for the February 2018 intake are:

  • 14 and 15 February 2018
  • 14 and 15 March 2018
  • 18 and 19 April 2018
  • 23 and 24 May 2018

Dates for the September 2018 intake are yet to be arranged and will be published here when confirmed.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through:

  • a reflective practice e-portfolio;
  • a two-hour OSCE exam;
  • a patient case presentation;
  • sign-off by emergency department consultant to confirm satisfactory completion of 15 days of practice-based learning.

Course content for year 1

There are two core units:

Advanced Clinical Assessment (mandatory)

Unit code: PHAR60231

Credit rating: 15

This unit aims to develop enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine and urgent care patient.

You will acquire the understanding and skills required to undertake and order a range of common practical assessment skills and diagnostic tests used in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting.

Your skills in interpreting results of commonly used diagnostic tests in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting will also be developed.

Emergency Medicine (mandatory)

Unit code:PHAR60241

Credit rating: 15  

The unit introduces pharmacists to the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the assessment and the management of patients who are requiring urgent care and who are at risk of becoming acutely unwell.

Working in the clinical environment (emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting), this unit will build on existing knowledge of the use of a structured and systematic approach in the assessment of the urgent care patient, identifying the need for physiological and holistic care.

Practitioners can develop competencies in a specific patient group and provide patient-centred care for cohorts of patients in emergency or urgent care whom they are likely to manage within their scope of practice.

Facilities

You will use a state-of-the-art SimMan to practice clinical skills during your face-to-face study days at the University.

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

Our course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development (CPD) programme as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Career opportunities

Our course offers career progression for experienced pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department or acute medicine setting in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine or urgent care team.



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Course Overview. Our online Acute Medicine courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning. Read more

Course Overview

Our online Acute Medicine courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning. With rapid growth within this specialty, the Acute Medicine course has been designed to improve the knowledge of healthcare professionals who assist in the delivery of care to acutely ill patients.

Acute medicine is the bedrock of hospital-based medicine and emergency care. In 1998, the Royal College of Physicians published a joint report emphasising the importance of appropriate care for patients with acute medical problems. This is a rapidly evolving specialty, and with many generalist healthcare professionals undertaking acute medicine as part of their daily routines, our course answers the demand for further tailored education (particularly at Masters Level). A distinctive aspect of our course is that it allows healthcare professionals to study at post-graduate level without release from work. With no lectures or webinars at set times, students can fit their studies flexibly around their personal and professional commitments.

The primary aims of the course are to equip students with a systematic understanding of acute medicine, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit. In addition to this, students will benefit from being taught life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in acute medicine.

Applicants taking our courses in Acute Medicine will typically be doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and radiographers. For healthcare professionals who successfully complete a qualification, career progression would likely be facilitated, as well as the direct opportunity to improve patient care.

Students may apply for the MSc in Acute Medicine as a two-year course, firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma.

As this a rapidly evolving speciality and as many generalist healthcare professionals undertake acute medicine as part of their daily routines, there is a demand for tailored education, particularly at Masters Level. In response to this, we have developed our Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine, which has been specifically designed to enable students to consolidate their skills in the subject while fitting their studies flexibly around their personal and professional commitments. The ethos of the course is to develop a systematic understanding of evidence-based, protocol delivered practice, which is crucial in optimising acute care.

As per other specialties, acute medicine is multi-disciplinary, particularly with the advent of physician assistants and specialist nurse practitioners. This course is therefore aimed at the multi-disciplinary team, covering the major spectrum of disease areas that would present acutely. Thus, the PGDip in Acute Medicine is a theoretical course that aims to supplement the education of existing healthcare professionals, as opposed to a practical course in acute medicine.

On completion of the Acute Medicine postgraduate course, you will have:

  • Life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in acute medicine.
  • The ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of acute medical specialty-related care.
  • Ability to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Ability to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients
  • A systematic understanding of evidence based medicine in relation to the acutely ill patient.
  •  A relevant understanding in methodologies and approaches to address complex issues of patient management across the spectrum of medical specialties that comprise acute medicine.
  • The ability to critically evaluate evidence and guidance across acute medical specialties and implement best practice and innovation in complex patient scenarios. 

Course Structure:

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Respiratory and Cardiovascular Emergencies

Module 2 - Diabetes and Endocrine Emergencies

Module 3 - Gastroenterological Emergencies

Module 4 - Acute Presentations with Infection and Sepsis

Module 5 - Acute Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Module 6 - Acute Renal, Metabolic and Toxicological Emergencies

MSc in Acute Medicine

The Acute Medicine masters course provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma course in Acute Medicine.

The MSc in Acute Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then choose either the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional.

On completion of the Acute Medicine Masters, you will be able to:

  • Apply conceptual and practical understanding of acute medicine to the care of patients presenting with acute medical conditions.
  • Critically appraise current developments and guidance in acute medical specialties and have an ability to implement evidence based care.
  • Critically apply an advanced knowledge of acute medicine to decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the choice of research tools and/or other methods of enquiry to address research problems.
  • Critically evaluate current research in acute medicine.
  • Apply independent learning skills in the exploration of knowledge and enquiry to underpin practice.
  • Demonstrate reflection and creativity in addressing complex patient scenarios that involve many interacting factors in acute medicine.
  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate a variety of sources of information that underpin practice.
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility in decision-making in complex and unpredictable acute scenarios.

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methods and Critical Appraisal in Acute Medicine: Acute Medicine

Module 2 - Professional Project



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Course outline. Detailed theory teaching and clinical training is given in all sub-specialities of General Internal Medicine with emphasis on clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and topical issues. Read more

Course outline

Detailed theory teaching and clinical training is given in all sub-specialities of General Internal Medicine with emphasis on clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and topical issues. The following medical sub-specialities will be comprehensively covered in a structured way over 2 years for the University of Buckingham Clinical MD programmes:

  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Critical Care including ITU
  • Nephrology
  • Radiology
  • Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Haematology & Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Ethics and Law in Medicine
  • Audit and Dissertation

The entire curriculum will be taught over 8 terms (for the 2-year MD), with one module per term and 4 terms each year. Students taking the combined Research cum Clinical MD programme will take the MSc in Medical Research in the Clore Laboratory in their first year and then follow the 2-year MD programme.

Programme structure

The total unit value of the Clinical MD curriculum is 360 units. Teaching is delivered over eight courses, each of 45 units:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Critical Care
  • General Internal Medicine

One unit is equivalent to 10 hours of study, and a typical course may be broken down as follows:

  • Total student engagement time: 450 hours
  • Theory lectures: 65 hours
  • Tutorials: 200 hours
  • Problem based learning: 135 hours
  • Private study: 50 hours
  • For the General Internal Medicine course, the breakdown is as follows:
  • Total student engagement time: 450 hours
  • Theory lectures and tutorials: 100 hours
  • Clinical audit: 50 hours
  • Dissertation: 200 hours
  • Private study: 100 hours

Clinical placement

Students will be expected to spend eight 10-week placements at other UK NHS Trusts. A minimum of two terms will be spent at any one trust hospital. This will provide exposure to a broader clinical experience.

Speciality conferences

During the course of all MD programmes, the teaching plans of individual specialities include attendance at a number of internationally recognised speciality medical conferences within the UK. This affords the MD fellows the opportunity to hear lectures and debates and attend workshops involving internationally renowned speakers on matters of contemporary interest, and to experience the controversies of cutting-edge research in the medical specialities concerned.

Grand Rounds (Ealing Hospital)

At lunch-time each Thursday a Grand Round presentation takes place at Ealing Hospital Postgraduate Centre, in the tradition of all prestigious British postgraduate medical teaching establishments. Consultant staff from medical specialities lead presentations of interesting and unusual clinical cases, followed by a lively session of questions and debate on medical issues raised. Some of the sessions are provided by invited medical speakers of international reputation. Recent advances in medical practice and a wide range of controversial and topical medical issues are discussed with the benefit of authoritative input from senior medical colleagues. This extremely valuable educational resource is part of the routine weekly schedule for all MD fellows.

Accreditation

The Quality Assurance Agency, QAA, is an independent body which checks the quality of UK higher education through an institutional audit. The University of Buckingham voluntarily takes part in this audit process.



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The Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine is designed to equip you with advanced skills and knowledge of critical care and emergency medicine which focuses on retrieval medicine. Read more

About the program

The Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine is designed to equip you with advanced skills and knowledge of critical care and emergency medicine which focuses on retrieval medicine. The program is available for medical practitioners, nurses and paramedics already working in, or planning to work in this unique and challenging field.

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/graduate-certificate-retrieval-medicine

- Scholarship available for Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine
Open to successful applicants applying for a Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine for September 2015, the Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship provides high achieving individuals with a unique opportunity to receive 25% tuition remission to complete postgraduate studies at Bond University. Be sure to tick you’re interested in applying for a scholarship on page one of your online application form and complete the scholarship section. Applications close August 31.

Delivered in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world’s largest aeromedical provider, the Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine focuses on current and future retrieval systems and evidence based approaches within both an Australian and international context.

The program is structured to accommodate the busy health professional. Delivered in part-time mode, it combines intensive practical residential components with online delivery that enables networking opportunities.

The residential components are held as a compulsory 3 to 4 day intensive per semester. They will include case-based discussions and hands-on immersive learning sessions where technical and physical aspects of retrieval medicine will be covered. Topics will range from helicopter (rotary wing), fixed wing, ground and common retrieval equipment familiarisation through to pre-hospital critical care skills sessions. You will engage in ‘real world’ scenarios and simulation demonstrating retrieval medicine in action. Intense, small group interactive case-based discussions also play a role in the residential component and online learning throughout the semester.

The Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine enables you to matriculate into the Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine and the Masters of Retrieval Medicine.

Professional outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine is available for medical practitioners, nurses and paramedics and designed to produce high quality graduates with advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge to be well positioned to further their careers in retrieval medicine.

Please note: This program is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply/information-international-students/english-language-requirements .

Find out how to apply here https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/graduate-certificate-retrieval-medicine

For contact information see here https://bond.edu.au/program/graduate-certificate-retrieval-medicine

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Delivered in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world’s largest aeromedical provider, the Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine provides… Read more

About the program

Delivered in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world’s largest aeromedical provider, the Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine provides medical practitioners, nurses and paramedics with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage, within their scope of practice, the clinical and organisational components of retrieval medicine services in both an Australian and an international context.

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/graduate-diploma-retrieval-medicine

- Scholarship available for Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine
Open to successful applicants applying for a Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine for September 2015, the Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship provides high achieving individuals with a unique opportunity to receive 25% tuition remission to complete postgraduate studies at Bond University. Be sure to tick you’re interested in applying for a scholarship on page one of your online application form and complete the scholarship section. Applications close August 31.

Building on the knowledge and skills of the Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine, the Graduate Diploma has been designed to extend participants’ experience in the organisational aspects of retrieval medicine to enable them to become senior leaders and managers in this area.

The Graduate Diploma enables participants to explore some of the unique and high-risk areas in retrieval medicine such as military settings, infectious patients, and natural disaster zones. Issues such as human resources, governance, training, professional performance and critical decision-making skills are addressed. The program also equips participants with the skills required to undertake a research project within their own discipline area and scope of practice.

This is a highly interactive online program that accommodates the busy health professional by allowing the online course work to be completed over the semester. The collaborative format of the online delivery allows for networking with other participants and professionals working in retrieval medicine.

The Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine enables you to matriculate into the Master of Retrieval Medicine.

Professional outcomes

The Graduate Diploma is designed to equip you with the advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge to be well positioned for leadership roles in retrieval medicine.

You will be able to provide a patient-oriented, preventative and systematic approach using advanced clinical problem-solving skills to complex situations in critical care and emergency medicine in the pre-hospital and retrieval medicine environment.

Please note: This program is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).

Find out how to apply here https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/graduate-diploma-retrieval-medicine

For contact information see here https://bond.edu.au/program/graduate-diploma-retrieval-medicine

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The Bond University Master of Retrieval Medicine equips health professionals with advanced skills and knowledge of critical care and emergency medicine which focus on retrieval medicine. Read more

About the program

The Bond University Master of Retrieval Medicine equips health professionals with advanced skills and knowledge of critical care and emergency medicine which focus on retrieval medicine. The program is designed for medical practitioners, nurses and paramedics already working in, or planning to work in this unique and challenging field.

Delivered in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world’s largest aeromedical provider, the Master of Retrieval Medicine program provides medical practitioners, nurses and paramedics with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage, within their scope of practice, the clinical and organisational components of retrieval medicine services in both Australian and international contexts.

Structured to accommodate the busy health professional, this highly interactive online program is delivered in flexible part-time mode and allows for networking with other participants and professionals working in retrieval medicine. The program enables you to graduate after 4 subjects with a Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine , after 8 subjects with a Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine or all 12 subjects to complete the Masters.

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/master-retrieval-medicine

Professional outcomes

Medical practitioners, nurses and paramedics will be equipped with advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge to be well positioned to further their careers in retrieval medicine.

Please note: This program is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).

Find out how to apply here https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply (Applications close on 27 August for the 2015 Master of Retrieval Medicine. )

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/master-retrieval-medicine

For contact information see here https://bond.edu.au/program/master-retrieval-medicine

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Want to be a leader in Sports Medicine who engages with evidence-based practice to deliver safe and effective care to those engaging in sport and physical… Read more
Want to be a leader in Sports Medicine who engages with evidence-based practice to deliver safe and effective care to those engaging in sport and physical activity? The MSc Sports Medicine includes a contemporary collection of modules which offers options to suit General Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists and Sports Rehabilitators - enabling them to develop advanced clinical reasoning skills. This flexible course has been developed with feedback from clinical partners and alumni. Optional modules include Injection Therapy or Developing Strength; two modules unique to our course which will allow you to develop specialist skills to enhance your role as a Sports Medicine professional.

You’ll be taught by staff and researchers who have worked in the field of Sports Medicine from grass roots sports to National team level. Lecturers from Medicine, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences will work concurrently to deliver modules making the most from each of the speciality disciplines.

You’ll have access to facilities from the School of Medicine, the divisions of Health & Sports Sciences as well as the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and the UCLan Sports Arena.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Many modules will have classroom sessions supported with online learning material. Your module tutors will guide you as to the preparation required for teaching sessions and whilst they will sometimes give specific guidance, at master’s level it is expected that you take some initiative to read around the session topic so that you can contribute to classroom discussions. The emphasis will be on problem - based learning where a student will be facilitated to engage in deep learning and enquiry. Blackboard, our online learning platform, will be used to support this process.

All the staff teaching on the course are experienced clinicians and have many years of experience in education. Each staff member is delivering modules within their area of expertise and so you can be sure that you are being taught by staff who are at the forefront of their field. All staff are involved in research within their clinical and/or academic field, and where it is relevant to the module you are studying, the research will be shared with you. In some modules we also bring in experienced, practising clinicians with current expertise in an aspect of the module; this enables us to blend academic expertise, clinical knowledge and current clinical experience and to give you access to people who are able to ensure that your learning experience enables you to meet the demands of the current clinical environment.

OPPORTUNITIES

On completion of the course you will have the necessary skills to pursue a career in Sports Medicine. You will also have developed valuable research skills that will allow you to continue with your education. After completing the degree, students will be encouraged not only to consider a position in Sports Medicine but to also consider further educational opportunities such as progressing on to a PhD or Professional Doctorate pathway. The course team will be happy to discuss and advise you on these further progression opportunities.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Whether you are currently working in sport or aspire to work in sport at any level, the course will enhance your skills in assessment, management and rehabilitation of sports injuries and common medical conditions. As a student studying Sports Medicine you will also learn essential skills for health & injury screening assisting in prevention of injury and safe participation in sport. You will learn advanced trauma management skills enabling you to feel confident in working with a team, an individual athlete or in populations with common medical conditions. This will be supported by a member of the Medical School who has worked as a Consultant and Lecturer in Emergency Medicine and instructed on both the European Trauma and the FA AREA course.

The programme can be studied full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2-5 years. If you wish to discuss the flexible part-time study options, please contact the course leader.

A tuition fee discount applies for UCLan alumni.

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Want to be a leader in Sports Medicine who engages with evidence-based practice to deliver safe and effective care to those engaging in sport and physical… Read more

Want to be a leader in Sports Medicine who engages with evidence-based practice to deliver safe and effective care to those engaging in sport and physical activity? The MSc Sports Medicine includes a contemporary collection of modules which offers options to suit General Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists and Sports Rehabilitators - enabling them to develop advanced clinical reasoning skills. This flexible course has been developed with feedback from clinical partners and alumni. Optional modules include Injection Therapy or Developing Strength; two modules unique to our course which will allow you to develop specialist skills to enhance your role as a Sports Medicine professional.

You’ll be taught by staff and researchers who have worked in the field of Sports Medicine from grass roots sports to National team level. Lecturers from Medicine, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences will work concurrently to deliver modules making the most from each of the speciality disciplines.

You’ll have access to facilities from the School of Medicine, the divisions of Health & Sports Sciences as well as the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and the UCLan Sports Arena.

Whether you are currently working in sport or aspire to work in sport at any level, the course will enhance your skills in assessment, management and rehabilitation of sports injuries and common medical conditions. As a student studying Sports Medicine you will also learn essential skills for health & injury screening assisting in prevention of injury and safe participation in sport. You will learn advanced trauma management skills enabling you to feel confident in working with a team, an individual athlete or in populations with common medical conditions. This will be supported by a member of the Medical School who has worked as a Consultant and Lecturer in Emergency Medicine and instructed on both the European Trauma and the FA AREA course. 

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Many modules will have classroom sessions supported with online learning material. Your module tutors will guide you as to the preparation required for teaching sessions and whilst they will sometimes give specific guidance, at master’s level it is expected that you take some initiative to read around the session topic so that you can contribute to classroom discussions. The emphasis will be on problem - based learning where a student will be facilitated to engage in deep learning and enquiry. Blackboard, our online learning platform, will be used to support this process.

All the staff teaching on the course are experienced clinicians and have many years of experience in education. Each staff member is delivering modules within their area of expertise and so you can be sure that you are being taught by staff who are at the forefront of their field. All staff are involved in research within their clinical and/or academic field, and where it is relevant to the module you are studying, the research will be shared with you. In some modules we also bring in experienced, practising clinicians with current expertise in an aspect of the module; this enables us to blend academic expertise, clinical knowledge and current clinical experience and to give you access to people who are able to ensure that your learning experience enables you to meet the demands of the current clinical environment.

OPPORTUNITIES

On completion of the course you will have the necessary skills to pursue a career in Sports Medicine. You will also have developed valuable research skills that will allow you to continue with your education. After completing the degree, students will be encouraged not only to consider a position in Sports Medicine but to also consider further educational opportunities such as progressing on to a PhD or Professional Doctorate pathway. The course team will be happy to discuss and advise you on these further progression opportunities.




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

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

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

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

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

Course details

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

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

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

The course 

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

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

Regulation

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

Learning and teaching

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

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

Employability

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

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

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



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Building on prior learning at an undergraduate level, the Doctor of Physiotherapy provides students with a comprehensive, integrated course in the theory and practice of physiotherapy to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of human movement. Read more

Building on prior learning at an undergraduate level, the Doctor of Physiotherapy provides students with a comprehensive, integrated course in the theory and practice of physiotherapy to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of human movement.

The new degree is focused on the future needs of the physiotherapy profession - both locally and internationally - and was developed through extensive consultations with physiotherapists, students and leaders in the public and private health and research sectors.

With highly credentialed and networked lecturers and mentors, as well as connections with leading hospitals, research institutes and the private sector, the Doctor of Physiotherapy is designed to meet the current and future needs of students, patients and the changing nature of the health workforce.

Key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, leadership and management, and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference. Students experience a dynamic and interactive learning environment, with opportunities to study under the guidance of internationally renowned staff.

The course prepares students for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as chronic disease management, health promotion and prevention, emergency medicine, acute care and private practice. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice.

Graduates will be work-ready and immediately employable following registration having gained diverse clinical experience in major hospitals and increased their focus on primary healthcare and community engagement.

Graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in a range of health settings including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organisations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities to study and work overseas.

Please see the Course and Subject Handbook for more information about the subjects.

HOW LONG IS THE COURSE?

The Doctor of Physiotherapy is a three year full-time program.

WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM THE COURSE?

The Doctor of Physiotherapy offers a focus on professional commitment, responsibility and clinical leadership through:

  • clinical placements in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals, primary care, rural and international settings;
  • innovative teaching methods and an extensive clinical program that offers advanced skills that will create work-ready and highly employable graduates;
  • being part of one of the largest health sciences faculties in Australia;
  • an international focus to develop skills and attitudes enabling practice in both national and international environments;
  • being part of Australia's strongest research University;
  • opportunities to explore advanced practice (e.g. emergency medicine, sports physiotherapy).

The Doctor of Physiotherapy draws on the University of Melbourne's reputation for excellence in teaching and research to inspire and enable students to become outstanding physiotherapists ready to excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field. Desired graduate attributes have been carefully defined, developed and mapped to every component of the course. The 67 attributes, listed in the Course and Subject Handbook, have been collated into six domains:

1. Self

2. Knowledge

3. Patient

4. Physiotherapy profession

5. Systems of health care

6. Society



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