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This form must be completed to support your application. Preceptor Declaration, and an original copy MUST be submitted to the Faculty by post or handed into the Faculty office. Read more
This form must be completed to support your application: Preceptor Declaration, and an original copy MUST be submitted to the Faculty by post or handed into the Faculty office. Postal Address: Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Blackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0AD.

This course has been judged to have met the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN) as meeting their Advanced Standards in Education and Training in Forensic Practice (ASET) and as such successful students of the PgCert will receive an ASET Certificate from UKAFN.

The Postgraduate Certificate is the first stage of the MSc in Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professionals).

One of the distinctive factors of this course is in the title ‘Advanced Forensic Practice’. The term ‘Advanced’ in the title has not been used lightly. The Department of Health (DH) published a Position Statement on Advanced Level Nursing (DH, 2010), which describes the benchmark of Advanced Level Nursing as; a level of practice well beyond that of first registration, rather than a speciality or role description

Particularly unique is the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences Crime Scene House, which displays crime scenes, with cameras to record every aspect of the students forensic practice in collecting and assessing evidence, along with the state of art Science Block, which houses the most up-to-date science laboratories. Live models will be used for students to assess and map wounds, undertake forensic sampling and body-mapping exercises. The Law School has a full sized Court Room, again with cameras to allow formative feedback for students giving oral evidence. Providing students with these rare insights into real life situations, within safe learning environments, will provide the best possible preparation for the reality of practising in forensic environments.

Course content

This course will underpin the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge to ensure practitioners work in an evidenced based manner and will fulfil the requirements to be a competent witness in court. The course will embrace the principles set by the FFLM, UKAFN, NPIA, along with other regulatory and professional bodies.

This course will encompass the following modules:
-Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Forensic Practice(Custody Health Professional) 60 Level 7 Credits
-Introduction to Forensic Practice Core Module - 15 Credits at Level 7
-Professional Legal Skills for Non- Lawyers Core Module - 15 Credits at Level 7
-Advanced Clinical Forensic Practice in Custody Core Module - 30 Credits at Level 7

Employment opportunities

To work as an Advanced Practitioner in Temporary Detention\Custody Settings.

Other admission requirements

It is expected that you will have a minimum academic qualification of a First Degree or equivalent. If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate you have evidence of recent study at this level.

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries.
-A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

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Delivered jointly by UWS and the School of Forensic Mental Health (NHS), this course is the only Scottish Masters programme specialising in forensic mental health. Read more

Delivered jointly by UWS and the School of Forensic Mental Health (NHS), this course is the only Scottish Masters programme specialising in forensic mental health.

Graduates will be equipped with the confidence to excel in any forensic mental health setting. The course is designed for those who are currently, or who are looking to be employed in a forensic setting—such as a secure hospital, community based service for mentally disordered offenders, the Scottish Prison Service or Police Scotland.

It is suitable for professionals with backgrounds in nursing, social care, psychology, occupational therapy, psychiatry, criminal justice and security.

Course Details

Our innovative approach to learning and teaching ensures students benefit from the latest thinking and best practice. The course is delivered online by a combination of experienced forensic clinicians and academic staff.

The course is assessed using a range of different methods including: essay, case study, annotated bibliography, presentation, reflective diaries, treatment plan and peer review.

There is an expectation that the MSc can be completed within three to five years. In order to complete the course modules it is recommended that one day a week is required to fulfil study requirements. Please contact us for more information.

Modules

The course consists of core modules set within a framework of interrelated themes, that is, assessment, treatment and management of patients within a forensic mental health context.

For the award of Pg Certificate in Forensic Mental Health (60 credits), students must undertake:

  • Mental Disorder and the Law (20 credits);
  • Forensic Risk Assessment and Risk Management (20 credits);
  • Drugs and Alcohol (10 credits);
  • and Managing Mental Health through the Criminal Justice System (10 credits).

For the award of Pg Diploma in Forensic Mental Health (120 credits), students must successfully complete the Pg Certificate in Forensic Mental Health and further undertake:

  • Problem Behaviours (30 credits);
  • Forensic Treatments and Interventions (10 credits);
  • and Research for Health and Social Care (20 credits).

In order to progress to MSc Forensic Mental Health (180 credits), students must have normally progressed to the Research and Enquiry Dissertation with a maximum of one module having been successfully achieved on second attempt.



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Develop a deep insight into crime and criminal behaviour by studying this uniquely practical and applied course in criminology and forensic psychology. Read more
Develop a deep insight into crime and criminal behaviour by studying this uniquely practical and applied course in criminology and forensic psychology.

Studying applied criminology and forensic psychology at postgraduate level will allow you to develop a range of analytical and practical skills benefitting you as a practitioner or researcher.

You’ll have the opportunity of a work placement alongside specialised modules covering mediation, international criminology, assessment of offenders, child protection and advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. These modules will give you a valuable set of skills for both employment and further research.

Your tutors will be research-active staff who are experts in their field. You’ll also benefit from external practitioners who bring their practical skills and experience to the course.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Applied-Criminology-and-Forensic-Psychology-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

You’ll develop a critical awareness of topics at the forefront of criminology and forensic psychology, and the contexts and theories that influence practice in these areas.

The applied focus of this course provides an excellent foundation in risk assessment of offenders, methods of rehabilitation, use of forensic interviewing strategies, mediation skills and facial composite construction.

Alongside these skills you’ll also learn directly from leading experts about current research and debates in criminology and forensic psychology which directly affect people at all points in the legal system.

Additionally you'll acquire excellent transferable research skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods which will enable you to carry out high quality research in a variety of contexts and with ethical integrity.

This is a one year full-time course delivered over three trimesters. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.

Modules

• Practical Forensic Psychology (assessing offenders and working with witnesses)
• Advanced Forensic Psychology (therapeutic jurisprudence and neuroethics)
• Criminal Justice in Practice
• Current Topics in Crime
• Comparative and International Criminology
• Advanced Research Skills
• Community Safety and Mediation
• Investigative Journalism
• Work Placement
• Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

With a mix of subject specific knowledge, practical skills and technical abilities graduates will have the opportunity to develop a career in a range of occupations including:

• HM Prisons and secure units
• Probation service
• Police services
• Social work
• Court services
• Legal services
• Voluntary sector
• Community development
• Adult guidance
• Local and central government
• Academia and research
• Health services
• Forensic services
• Private practice

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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Who is it for?. The Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is designed for well motivated individuals looking for a rewarding and challenging career. Read more

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is designed for well motivated individuals looking for a rewarding and challenging career.

As a Mental Health Nurse, you should be patient and compassionate in order to recognise individual needs and the appropriate interventions for them. It is all about helping people make positive changes to their lives and supporting them on their journey of recovery.

Read third year student Raymond Leemoon’s monthly blog to find out why he choose to study mental health nursing at City, his experiences on the course and advice for anyone considering studying mental health nursing at City.

Objectives

City’s Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing offers you the opportunity to train in one of London’s leading and most well-established departments for nursing education. Our priority is to ensure that you graduate with the skills and knowledge to enter the mental health nursing profession, which can often be a stressful and challenging environment, with confidence.

As a student at City, you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience, working with London's diverse population in leading hospitals and community settings. We will prepare you for all aspects of the profession including supporting people working towards recovery, dealing with crisis and emergency situations, improving the effect of patients’ physical health, detecting deterioration and how to approach, assess and provide the most appropriate care and treatment in differing situations.

Accreditation

On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.

Placements

Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through clinical placements and simulated practice. Placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme.

Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills and allows students to explore the journeys of service users including older people, the severely ill, those in recovery and those detained in secure (forensic) settings. The majority of placements are with the East London NHS Foundation Trust which includes the boroughs of Newham, City & Hackney and Tower Hamlets. There are also opportunities for a 2 week elective placement outside the Trust.

Support in Practice

Students are supported in practice by practice experience staff who liaise between the Institution and the Trust, Mentors and Link Lecturers. At City we also use an innovative method of group work to support students and help them to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.

Teaching and learning

The teaching on the Mental Health Nursing course includes lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion.

We are also using an innovative method of group work to support students and help them to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.

Assessment

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the Postgraduate Diploma, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. The practice element is assessed by the development of a record of achievement in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays or seminars.

Modules

Your learning will draw on areas including nursing, psychology, sociology and biology in order for you to develop your communication and evidence based clinical skills.

Our curriculum focuses on relationship centred care and will support you to develop effective working relationships with patients, service users, families and professional colleagues.

The programme is organised into three parts and you must successfully complete each part to move into the next part of the programme. Each part includes theory modules, simulated practice and clinical placements.

Part 1

In part 1 the module is ’Relationship centred care and concepts of biology for health’ (HSM 001).

This module accounts for 25% of the total assessment.

Part 2

In part 2 the two theory modules cover ‘Acute care, diagnostics and treatment’ and ‘Long term care’.

Together, these two modules account for 50% of the total assessment.

Part 3

Part 3 involves preparation for registration through the leadership and management module (HSM 051).

This module accounts for 25% of the total assessment.

Career prospects

On successful graduation you will gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally-recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.

Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms and career paths. As well as a career as a mental health nurse, you can move into areas within the health and social care sector including advising on policy and quality of care and academic teaching and research. You will also be able to go onto further study at MSc level, including an MSc Advanced Practice degree at City.

You will receive careers support from your personal tutor during the course and are encouraged to explore your personal career aspirations.



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Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers to enter, and more importantly it is a privilege. Mental Health Nurses work with children and adults. Read more

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers to enter, and more importantly it is a privilege. Mental Health Nurses work with children and adults. As a specialist nurse you will be able to assess, plan and develop individual packages of care designed to provide the appropriate levels of physical, emotional and psychological care for people while meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment.

This Masters degree provides the exciting opportunity for graduates to enter the nursing profession. You will gain a comprehensive education in nursing and develop into a confident, autonomous, compassionate and research-aware practitioner, specialising in mental health nursing. The programme includes an innovative exploration of leadership and management in healthcare and will enable you to critically evaluate evidence to inform decision making and apply analytical and creative problem solving approaches to complex situations. You will be fully equipped with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to deliver excellent care as a modern-day nursing professional.

What will I study?

Year 1 provides the opportunity to achieve national generic and field specific competency outcomes. These include professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice, decision making, leadership, management and team working. The programme will immerse you in health promotion, prevention strategies and best practice for service users and their families. A comprehensive introduction will also be provided to the research process.

Year 2 continues the development of field-specific competencies, with a particular focus on the more challenging aspects of contemporary mental health nursing, such as self-harm, suicide, addictive behavior and personality disorders. In addition to this, you will develop the leadership and management skills required for the transition to professional practice.

This programme adheres closely to the NHS’ six core values. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations. Further information about the core values can be found at http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.

How will I study?

You will be taught using a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials, work-based learning and technology enhanced learning. The theory part of the programme is delivered during the normal working week (Monday to Friday).

You will spend 50% of your time in practice which will be undertaken in hospitals and community settings within the NHS, local authority, independent and voluntary organisations. You will be supported by a practice placement mentor/supervisor and a practice education facilitator.

Placements include weekend, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24 hour care. There may also be the opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, either within the United Kingdom or internationally.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous, assessed against national outcomes and generic and field competencies, with students required to demonstrate evidence of their achievement. A range of assessment of theory procedures is in place including assignments, seminar presentations, advanced notice examinations, online learning activities, case studies and portfolio work.

Who will be teaching me?

All lectures are delivered by professionals within the field of nursing as well as specialists in other areas. The pathway team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working within the health and/or social care sector. Most importantly service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating learning so that an understanding is gained about the impact care has on individual groups.

What are my career prospects?

The complex and dynamic landscape of modern nursing requires nurses who can work creatively and innovatively, who can lead and inspire, who can make decisions in challenging situations and who can contribute to the advancement of nursing.

Career opportunities are excellent. NMC registration is recognised the world over, and following registration as a Mental Health Nurse, you can pursue a career in a wide variety of settings and specialisms including general psychiatry in hospital and community settings such as: adult and older adult specialist services including addictions, children and young people, and forensic services.



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In this course, you will gain advanced expertise and specialised knowledge enabling you to become highly sought after in the forensic medical, dental or science fields.  Building on your qualification in medicine, dentistry, biomedical science or radiography, you will be able to apply your knowledge in the interests of justice. Read more

In this course, you will gain advanced expertise and specialised knowledge enabling you to become highly sought after in the forensic medical, dental or science fields.  Building on your qualification in medicine, dentistry, biomedical science or radiography, you will be able to apply your knowledge in the interests of justice.

You will learn to:

  • make high level, independent judgements in the forensic setting;
  • gain sound knowledge of medico-legal principles;
  • gain the skills to clearly communicate medico-legal issues to the justice system; prepare effective and objective medico-legal reports;
  • critically evaluate the ethical and legal issues arising in forensic medical practice, and
  • interpret wounds and injury patterns.

On completion of this course, you will have developed a range of skills equipping you with the necessary attributes to work in the fields of forensic medicine, dentistry, or science within the parameters of the justice system.

The guiding philosophy of this course is to establish robust academic standards in the practice of clinical forensic medicine, forensic odontology, and forensic medical science.

We aim to equip you with a sound knowledge of medico-legal principles and to develop your skills in providing forensic medical, dental and scientific services to the community.

Course structure

Alternative qualifications

You may be eligible to exit your course early and apply to graduate with one of the following qualifications, provided you have met the requirements for the qualification during your enrolment in the Masters course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Forensic Medicine: you’ll need to complete a total of 24 credit points (6 months full time study), with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.
  • Graduate Diploma of Forensic Medicine: you’ll need to complete a total of 48 credit points (1 year full time study), with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

If you decide to graduate early, you will need to discontinue from the Masters course. You may be eligible to receive credit for the units you have completed if you re-apply and are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.



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One of the distinctive factors of this course is in the title ‘Advanced Forensic Practice’. The term ‘Advanced’ in the title has not been used lightly. Read more
One of the distinctive factors of this course is in the title ‘Advanced Forensic Practice’. The term ‘Advanced’ in the title has not been used lightly. The Department of Health (DH) published a Position Statement on Advanced Level Nursing (DH, 2010), which describes the benchmark of Advanced Level Nursing as; a level of practice well beyond that of first registration, rather than a speciality or role description.

Particularly unique is the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences Crime Scene House, which displays crime scenes, with cameras to record every aspect of the students forensic practice in collecting and assessing evidence, along with the state of art Science Block, which houses the most up-to-date science laboratories. Live models will be used for students to assess and map wounds, undertake forensic sampling and body-mapping exercises. The Law School has a full sized Court Room, again with cameras to allow formative feedback for students giving oral evidence. Providing students with these rare insights into real life situations, within safe learning environments, will provide the best possible preparation for the reality of practising in forensic environments.

Employment opportunities

To work as an Advanced Practitioner in a Sexual Assault Settings.

Other admission requirements

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries.
-A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

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This award is the following stage of the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professionals). Read more
This award is the following stage of the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professionals). However, there is the option to complete with a Postgraduate Diploma. The option modules of this stage allow you to undertake modules which will meet your individual learning needs to support you in your role within a Sexual Assault Setting.

This award is made up of 60 Credits of one Core Module of Principles of Physical Assessment (15 Credits at Level 7)
For students intending to continue onto the Masters Stage they will have to undertake the Research Methods and methodology Module (15 Credits at Level7)

The remaining modules are option Modules which can be undertaken at Staffordshire University or other Universities as appropriate. However, it should be noted that the Learning Outcomes of these modules must match the learning Outcomes of the Award and agreed with the Award Leader prior to enrolment.

-Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault) 60 Level 7 Credits (Masters Level)
-Physical Assessment (DL or F - F) Core Module - 15 Credits at Level 7
-Optional Module15 Credits at Level 6 or 7
-Optional Module15 Credits at Level 6 or 7
-Research Methods and Methodologies(DL or F-F)Core Module - 15 Credits at Level 7

Course content

Core Module; Principles of Physical Assessment which can be undertaken either via Distance Learning or Face to Face Attendance (1 Afternoon a week for 12 weeks).

Research Methods and Methodology Module is a Pre-Requisite for Project Based Change and Research Dissertation Modules and therefore mandatory if you intend to continue onto the Masters Stage of the Award. Attendance is either 3 days Face to Face or via Distance Learning).

30 Credits of this stage can be utilised in a number of different ways:
-Level 6 or 7 Credits from Staffordshire University or other Universities modules which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).
-Level 6 or 7 Credits previously gained from Staffordshire University or other Universities within the previous 5 years which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).

APEL via the APEL procedure, Level 7 Credits previously gained from Staffordshire University or other Universities over 5 years old which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).

Other admission requirements

It is expected that you will have a minimum academic qualification of a First Degree or equivalent. If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate you have evidence of recent study at this level.

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries.
-A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

The MSc is delivered on a part time basis with the option of exiting with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. You will normally enrol onto the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate you may then proceed onto the Diploma stage; on successful completion of the Diploma you may then proceed onto the Masters stage.

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This award is made up of 60 Credits of one Core Module of Principles of Physical Assessment (15 Credits at Level 7). For students intending to continue onto the Masters Stage they will have to undertake the Research Methods and methodology Module (15 Credits at Level 7). Read more
This award is made up of 60 Credits of one Core Module of Principles of Physical Assessment (15 Credits at Level 7)
For students intending to continue onto the Masters Stage they will have to undertake the Research Methods and methodology Module (15 Credits at Level 7)

When the alternative clinical module from the PgCert is undertaken; a dual qualification of both Custody and Sexual Assault can be gained.
-Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Custody and) 60 Level 7 Credits (Masters Level)
-Physical Assessment (DL or F - F) Core 15 Credits at Level
-Research Methods and Methodologies (DL or F-F) Core 15 Credits at Level 7
-Clinical Competencies in Forensic Examination (Custody or Sexual Assault) Core Module - 30 Level 7 Credits

Other admission requirements

It is expected that you will have a minimum academic qualification of a First Degree or equivalent. If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate you have evidence of recent study at this level.

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries.
-A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

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This award is made up of 60 Credits of one Core Module of Principles of Physical Assessment (15 Credits at Level 7). For students intending to continue onto the Masters Stage they will have to undertake the Research Methods and methodology Module (15 Credits at Level 7). Read more
This award is made up of 60 Credits of one Core Module of Principles of Physical Assessment (15 Credits at Level 7). For students intending to continue onto the Masters Stage they will have to undertake the Research Methods and methodology Module (15 Credits at Level 7).

The remaining modules are option Modules which can be undertaken at Staffordshire University or other Universities as appropriate. However, it should be noted that the Learning Outcomes of these modules must match the learning Outcomes of the Award and agreed with the Award Leader prior to enrolment.

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Forensic Practice(Custody Health) 60 Level 7 Credits (Masters Level).
-Physical Assessment (DL or F-F) 15 Credits at Level 7
-Optional Module 15 Credits at Level 6 or 7
-Optional Module 15 Credits at Level 6 or 7
-Research Methods and Methodologies (DL or F-F) 15 Credits at Level 7

Course content

Core Module; Principles of Physical Assessment which can be undertaken either via Distance Learning or Face to Face Attendance (1 Afternoon a week for 12 weeks)

Research Methods and Methodology Module is a Pre-Requisite for Project Based Change and Research Dissertation Modules and therefore mandatory if you intend to continue onto the Masters Stage of the Award. Attendance is either 3 days Face to Face or via Distance Learning) 30 Credits of this stage can be utilised in a number of different ways:
-Level 6 or 7 Credits from Staffordshire University or other Universities modules which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).
-Level 6 or 7 Credits previously gained from Staffordshire University or other Universities within the previous 5 years which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).

APEL via the APEL procedure, Level 7 Credits previously gained from Staffordshire University or other Universities over 5 years old which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).

Other admission requirements

It is expected that you will have a minimum academic qualification of a First Degree or equivalent. If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate you have evidence of recent study at this level.

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries.
-A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

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

Course overview

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

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

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

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

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

Course content

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

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

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

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

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

Teaching and assessment

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

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

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

Facilities & location

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

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

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

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

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

Employment & careers

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

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

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

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

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There has been a significant shift in the current and future provision of care and support for people with personality disorder and those who work with them. Read more

There has been a significant shift in the current and future provision of care and support for people with personality disorder and those who work with them.

Our course will give you the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge about the needs of people with personality disorder in a variety of settings.

You will extend your:

  • knowledge
  • understanding
  • skills

This deepening of knowledge and understanding will allow you to support and meet the needs of the challenging experiences faced by people who are often stigmatised, isolated and rejected by society.

You will be taught by lecturers with a wide range of knowledge about personality disorder from diverse perspectives. In addition, an important contribution will be made from clinical experts in the School of Forensic Mental Health (SoFMH) and the health sector across Scotland.

Course Details

On the subject of dealing with people who have personality disorder you will study three modules at SCQF Level 9:

  • Theory of Personality Disorder
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Interventions and Strategies

The first two modules can be taken as stand-alone modules. If you wish to complete the Graduate Certificate you will need to complete all three modules.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught by lecturers with a wide range of knowledge about personality disorder from diverse perspectives. In addition, an important contribution will be made from clinical experts in the School of Forensic Mental Health (SoFMH) and the health sector across Scotland.

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Our Personality Disorder course is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Coursework

Career Prospects

Jobs

You will have broadened your knowledge of personality disorder and enhanced your professional credentials. This is particularly the case if you are employed in the following settings and roles:

  • community
  • forensic mental health
  • criminal justice social workers
  • mental health practitioners working in the Scottish Prison Service or police custody


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Course overview. Our MSc in Bioinformatics is a unique and exciting course. It bridges the interface between genomics, computing and healthcare. Read more

Course overview

Our MSc in Bioinformatics is a unique and exciting course. It bridges the interface between genomics, computing and healthcare. Students develop skills and competence to effectively analyse, interpret and use the vast amounts of the biological data generated by modern high-throughput technologies such as genome sequencing, next-generation sequencing and microarray expression technology to support and improve health care and health outcomes.

Why choose this course?

The course provides flexible full-time or part-time learning opportunities to develop your career in Bioinformatics. In the context of ethico-legal, social impact and healthcare the MSc in Bioinformatics course is designed to expose you to the skills, strategies, uses, analysis, interpretation, dissemination of genomics data.

The course covers principles, statistical, computing, knowledge management, skills and the technical know-how for analysing genetics and genomics data, and the underlying health and associations between gene variants, disease susceptibility and drug response.

This course provides you with the practical knowledge and skills to bridge the computo-healthcare interface in the context of genomics and bioinformatics.

We welcome students and professionals from a range of academic and employment backgrounds, including:

  • biomedical sciences
  • computing
  • nursing
  • psychology
  • public health
  • pharmaceutical
  • forensic science.

This course is ideal for graduates who desire to work in a role that integrates computing, biomedical science, medicine and healthcare to prevent diseases and illness, enhance treatment interventions and improve on quality of life.

Modules

  • Introduction to Genetics and Genomics
  • Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics
  • Introduction to Programming or an optional module
  • Advanced Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis
  • Knowledge Management

Plus one optional module from:

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Healthcare Research Methods
  • Leadership and Management Competence in Healthcare
  • Information Systems in healthcare 
  • Data Management in Healthcare 

NB: Optional Module availability is subject to cohort viable numbers

Career and study progression

Our MSc Bioinformatics is aligned with workforce development needs in industry, healthcare, public research establishments and university research. Therefore our students follow careers in:

  • clinical informatics
  • pharmaceutical and biotech companies
  • personalised medicine and wellbeing
  • agricultural science and research
  • animal research institutes
  • academic research institutes
  • food industry
  • public institutions
  • IT companies
  • public health.

Study progression

On successful completion of this course you can pursue further study at MPhil and PhD level. See our Research and enterprise page to find out more.

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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The Advanced Practice in Health Care courses enable experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice. Read more

The Advanced Practice in Health Care courses enable experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice.

Key Features of the Advanced Practice in Health Care

Performance:

  • access to over 20 years accumulating extensive knowledge and experience in Advanced Practice

Teaching and Employability:

  • mapped against the prospective Advanced Nurse Practitioner competencies of the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • complies with the competencies provided by the Royal College of Nursing, 2012 (RCN) and its high standards of course delivery
  • students are taught by a team of active practitioners consisting of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and a Medical Doctor

Advanced Practice in Health Care has been offered at Swansea University since 1992. It is continually refined to ensure it remains at the forefront of contemporary practice.

Modules for the Advanced Practice in Health Care course are designed to enable the clinician to develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of an advanced practitioner i.e. enhanced assessment, diagnostic and disease management skills. Students may also undertake studies for non-medical prescribing.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care course enables students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills in relation to clinical practice to an advanced level.  additionally, they are able to develop their knowledge and skills in their roles as researchers, educators, managers and leaders.

Modules

Modules on the Advanced Practice in Health Care may include:

  • Foundations in Research
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 1
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Advanced Practice and Education
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 2
  • Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership
  • Clinical Assessment for Health Care Scientists
  • Introduction to Research in Professional Practice
  • Planning Research in Professional Practice
  • Advanced Practice for Upper and/or Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopist
  • Developing Autonomous Practice
  • Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
  • Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice
  • Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice
  • The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
  • Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice
  • Developing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
  • Enhancing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
  • Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology
  • Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health
  • Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
  • Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice
  • Partnerships, Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Foundations in Health Promotion
  • Developing Programmes and Evaluation
  • Public Health Practice
  • Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
  • Health Protection
  • Policy Influences on Your Practice
  • Therapeutics and clinical dilemmas in practice
  • Understanding Health and Social Care
  • Public Health Ethics
  • The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
  • Infection Control Strategy, Policy and Practice
  • Advanced Practice and Education
  • Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
  • Developing Practice in Minor Injury and Minor Illnesses
  • Innovating Cancer Rehabilitation Practice
  • Causes and management of critical illness
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
  • APeL Work Based Learning 2
  • Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 1 & 2
  • Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice
  • Managing Primary Care Practice
  • Leadership & Partnership Working in Primary Health Care
  • Advancing Practice in Primary Care
  • Health in Childbearing
  • Introduction to Law and Medicine
  • Philosophy, Ethics & Medicine
  • Psychology of Health care Management
  • Politics and Policies
  • Quality Improvement
  • Comparing Health Care Systems
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care
  • Organising Health Care
  • Evidence and Research for Health Care Management
  • Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
  • Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management
  • Dissertation

Advanced Practice in Health Care Course Structure

The Advanced Practice in Health Care course is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. There are two student intakes per year, one in October and another in March. Students also have access to the extensive facilities at the Singleton Park campus in Swansea.

The course consists of two parts.

For students beginning the course in October, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between October and May for the first two years.

For students beginning the course in March, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between March and January for the first two years, however teaching days are in line with normal University holidays.

Part Two consists of the dissertation which has to be submitted by 30th September in the third year.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme comprises several compulsory modules with some optional modules available.

Students are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, presentations and objective structured clinical examinations. The assessment for each module must be successfully completed.

Who Should Apply?

The Advanced Practice in Health Care is suitable for:

  • experienced registered nurses
  • other healthcare practitioners 

Staff Expertise

The Academic Lead for the Advanced Practice in Health Care team works on a national basis with the Welsh Government on advanced practice policy. Several members of the teaching team have published books and papers on the subject of Advanced Practice. 

Practitioner teachers are employed within the local NHS.

Several members of the teaching team of the Advanced Practice in Health Care course work on committees with Hywel Dda Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Clinical mentors support students in practice.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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This course is for people already working in a healthcare setting (in areas including psychiatry, clinical and forensic psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, general medical practitioners) who are interested in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in clinical settings. Read more

This course is for people already working in a healthcare setting (in areas including psychiatry, clinical and forensic psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, general medical practitioners) who are interested in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in clinical settings. It will provide sufficient theoretical and skills training and can develop your career as a therapist and the service you provide.

CBT is the model of psychotherapy most tested by research trials for a range of mental and even physical disorders, ranging from depression, anxiety and phobias to eating disorders, schizophrenia and chronic pain. Healthcare professionals are increasingly required to demonstrate a flexible, multidisciplinary approach to make the best use of skills and resources.

The NHS actively promotes provision of evidence-based management. CBT is the evidence-based psychotherapy par excellence. It can be effective as a stand-alone treatment and can also be used in conjunction with other medical or psychological treatments. The model is versatile and creative and its techniques can be used selectively in general medical, psychological and nursing practice, as well as informing whole courses of integrated treatment.

This course will help you refine your CBT skills, empower you to use the model in a range of clinical situations, and focus on the development of a respectful and pro-active relationship with patients. The therapeutic alliance is central to the delivery of CBT and the course will teach you to forge a positive collaborative relationship with patients as a means of improving and maintaining the patient’s mental health.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The teaching and learning methods used will encourage participative and independent learning and you will arrange to see patients one day per week. Assessment methods will include essays, audio recordings of therapy sessions, case studies and supervisor assessments. Class sizes are usually around 30 for the PgCert and 15 for the PgDip. The course is delivered by staff of NHS Lothian and Greater Glasgow.

Teaching hours and attendance

You will attend a 10-day induction block followed by a four day teaching block in the first week of every month. Links with industry/professional bodies On completion, you can apply to be accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) in due course.

Modules

15 credits: CBT for Anxiety and Depression/ Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/ Research Skills in CBT/ Advanced CBT for Anxiety Disorders/ Introduction to Complex Adaptation of CBT 30 credits: Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation of a research project within a chosen specialist area of CBT. The components of the dissertation will include: a research proposal; a literature review; and a paper for publication.

Careers

There is a growing demand for therapists specifically trained in this field. This course will enable you to develop your career and the service you provide.

Quick Facts

  • Learn the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – the best evidenced psychotherapy in mental health.
  • Core CBT competencies are developed through multiple methods, including lectures, workshops, role play, academic evaluation and close clinical supervision.
  • As trainee therapists, students benefit from the vast experience of expert CBT practitioners from throughout the UK delivering on our specialist postgraduate teaching course.


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