• University of Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
  • Aberystwyth University Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Bristol Featured Masters Courses
  • Swansea University Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Derby Online Learning Featured Masters Courses
  • Northumbria University Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Surrey Featured Masters Courses
  • Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH Featured Masters Courses
Cranfield University Featured Masters Courses
Liverpool John Moores University Featured Masters Courses
Buckinghamshire New University Featured Masters Courses
University of Bath Featured Masters Courses
Swansea University Featured Masters Courses
"general" AND "practice"×
0 miles

Masters Degrees (General Practice)

We have 1,654 Masters Degrees (General Practice)

  • "general" AND "practice" ×
  • clear all
Showing 1 to 15 of 1,654
Order by 
The course aims to develop you as safe, competent and Professional Specialist Community Nurse, fit for practice in the field of General Practice Nursing. Read more

The course aims to develop you as safe, competent and Professional Specialist Community Nurse, fit for practice in the field of General Practice Nursing. On successful completion of the course you will be able to register as a Specialist Practitioner on the NMC register.

The course will also:-

  • equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to evaluate, enhance and develop your Practice.
  • Develop and enhance your leadership and management skills within the context of Practice Nursing to support others within the General Practice team.
  • enable you to adopt critical reflective practice and lifelong learning that fosters a spirit of scientific enquiry and research promoting personal and professional development.
  • equip you with cognitive skills and knowledge to lead, innovate, advocate change and contribute to an evidence base of practice in order to benefit the health of General Practice Patients.
  • support you to work with codes and standards of professional practice to protect human rights, promote equality and manage risk to deliver safe, effective health care.

What happens on the course?

You are normally sponsored by the NHS Trust to study on this pathway. You will focus on educational issues that are related to Practice Nursing and Primary Healthcare. The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and so learning experiences also take place in the practice . The programme steers strongly towards health promotion, triage and physical assessment and is designed to encourage the empowerment of patients. The theoretical modules are underpinned with evidence based practice and application to practice is highlighted throughout. Other key aspects of the course are inter-professional working, leadership and management and innovation.

The course will involve both assessments in theory and practical elements. Your theoretical assessments involve measuring academic knowledge at Masters level which will underpin your professional practice. Practical assessments are aimed at measuring knowledge, skills, expertise and attitudes to ensure that an appropriate theory/practice balance is achieved.

The modules you will study are:

  • 7NH004 Research and Inquiry in Specialist Practice
  • 7NH012 Specialist Community Nursing Practice General Practice and District Nursing
  • 7NH009 Advanced Perspectives of Public Health and Social Policy in Specialist Practice
  • 7NH007 Health assessment and Examination Skills within Clinical Practice
  • 7NH005 Advancing Practice Through Leadership and Innovation

Why Wolverhampton?

Students accessing this course are from a wide range of areas from within the West Midlands. Networking between students is encouraged and the extensive support offered to students is considered to be a strength of this course. Students are also visited individually in practice by a member of the course team to provide additional support.

The Practice Nursing course has a designated full time member of staff who acts as a course leader and who has expertise in the specific field of practice that the student is studying and as well as having experience of working as a practitioner in the same specialist area. In addition the award, course leader and course team have engaged in research, published books and journal articles within Practice Nursing.

Innovation on the course is strongly encouraged and Practice Nursing students have won the Innovation Award from the University of Wolverhampton.

Career path

You will by the end of the course be able to apply to be recorded as a Specialist Practitioners with the NMC.

What skills will you gain?

On completion of the course you will:

  • Have an understanding of the principles of Specialist Practice including the developments of Practice Nursing.
  • Use theories of research and evidence based information to identify trends in health policy and the implications for health care and services.
  • Help to promote health and wellbeing, influence policies and develop smooth effective health care services through partnerships and collaborative working.
  • Be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and present information, constructing rational and logical arguments to support
  • Practice competently and evaluate personal and professional performance as well as being able to organise and lead others.

Who accredits this course?

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).



Read less
We offer three pathways in the Advanced Professional Practice Programme. - Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice for pharmacists to develop the skills required for working in General Practice. Read more

Overview

We offer three pathways in the Advanced Professional Practice Programme:
- Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice for pharmacists to develop the skills required for working in General Practice.

- Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy) incorporating the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Advanced Pharmacy Framework

- Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn) allows health professionals to choose from our range of modules to create their own pathway

Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice:
NHS England has recently announced their intention to invest £15 million pounds to pilot patient facing roles for clinical pharmacists in GP practices. This is a clear sign of that pharmacists are recognised as health professionals who are able to support patients in the management of long term conditions e.g. by optimising medicines. These roles offer exciting opportunities for pharmacists to develop in this area of practice. . If you wish to work in general practice, it is likely that you will need to be working towards or hold a postgraduate pharmacy qualification that includes Independent Prescribing.
Our new postgraduate pathway 'Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice' allows you to combine your choice of modules from across our Community Pharmacy, Advanced Professional Practice and Prescribing Studies programmes (including the Independent Prescribing course) to meet your own personal learning needs whilst working towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters award.

Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy):
The Pharmacy pathway is compatible with the emerging agenda for Advanced and Specialist Practice within the Pharmacy profession and supports the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Faculty Professional Recognition Scheme. Pharmacists who follow this pathway will incorporate the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) (http://www.rpharms.com/faculty-resources/advanced-pharmacy-framework.asp) within their Advanced Professional Practice award and be able to demonstrate competency in all six competency clusters of the framework, ie:
- Expert Professional Practice
- Collaborative Working Relationships
- Leadership
- Management
- Education, Training and Development
- Research and Evaluation

Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn):
Increasing numbers of pharmacists and other health professionals have a career portfolio that crosses the traditional boundaries of community practice, primary care and secondary care and need a programme of continuing professional development that can meet their specific personal professional development needs.
The Open learn pathway of the APP programme is designed to allow pharmacists and other health professionals, particularly medical and non-medical prescribers working in primary care, choice and flexibility in their progression to Certificate, Diploma and Masters awards to meet their specific professional development needs and advance their professional practice. Pharmacists can choose modules from across the Department of Medicines Management/School of Pharmacy postgraduate programmes’ portfolio, including Community Pharmacy and Clinical (Hospital) Pharmacy.
Pharmacists, medical and nonmedical prescribers can choose modules from the Prescribing Studies programme, including the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists, and also modules provided by other Schools within the Faculty of Health, and other Faculties within the University, subject to meeting the specific entry criteria required for individual modules.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/advancedprofessionalpracticepharmacy/

Course Aims

Keele's Pg Advanced Professional Practice Programme aims to:
- Equip you with the clinical and professional knowledge base and skills that you have identified as necessary to fulfil and advance your professional practice

- Provide you with a learning programme that meets your personal professional development needs and that will help you apply your knowledge and skills in daily practice

- Encourage you to develop the self-discipline of private study, self-directed learning and reflective practice that will be continued beyond Keele's Programme in your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

In addition, you will develop valuable practical skills including written and oral communication, and the ability to design a project, collect, analyse and interpret data.

Course Content

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice):
For the ‘Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice’ pathway you may combine modules from our Prescribing Studies programme, Community Pharmacy programme and Advanced Professional Practice programme to meet your learning needs. A total of 60 credits is required to achieve the Certificate award, 120 credits for the Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. The Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists module (60 credits) from the Prescribing Studies programme may only be used towards a Diploma award.

Achievement of the Master’s award requires you to complete the Professional MSc year. The professional MSc year consists of three compulsory modules: Advanced Practice Development (15 credits), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (15 credits) and the Independent Learning Project (30 credits).

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy):
This pathway links to all the clusters of the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) (http://www.rpharms.com/faculty-resources/advanced-pharmacy-framework.asp) You will study modules to allow you to develop in all six clusters of the APF: Expert Professional Practice; Collaborative Working Relationships; Leadership; Management; Education, Training and Development; and Research and Evaluation.

The modules you will study are as follows (more detail about individual modules can be found in the Postgraduate Modules pages):

Year 1 (Certificate Year)
- Advanced Practice Development (30) 30 credits (Continuous module during Years 1 and 2)
- Competency Frameworks for the Advanced Practitioner 15 credits
- Building Working Relationships for the Advanced Practitioner (30) 30 credits

Year 2 (Diploma Year)
- Researching and Evaluating Your Practice 15 credits
- Education Theory and Practice for Health Professionals 15 credits
- Business and Financial Management 15 credits

Year 3 (Master’s year)
- Advanced Practice Development 15 credits
- Independent Learning Project 45 credits

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn)
For the ‘Open Learn’ pathway, a total of 60 credits is required to achieve the Certificate award, 120 credits for the Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. The 15 credit Advanced Practice Development module is compulsory, after that you may chose modules from across our programmes to meet your individual learning needs. A maximum of 30 credits per level of award is permitted from any one programme source for Certificate and Diploma awards. The Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists module (60 credits) from the Prescribing Studies programme may only be used towards a Diploma award.

Our Postgraduate Modules pages will provide you with more information about the modules you can choose from.

Achievement of the Master’s award requires you to complete the Professional MSc year. The professional MSc year consists of three compulsory modules: Advanced Practice Development (15 credits), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (15 credits) and the Independent Learning Project (30 credits).

Teaching & Assessment

The Advanced Professional Practice Programme is designed principally for distance-learning. We provide mainly online distance-learning materials so that you can study where and when it is most convenient for you. Our methods of delivery allow us to revise and update the course quickly to meet your changing needs as a pharmacist.

Students on the 'Pharmacy' Pathway will be required to attend Keele for occasional face to face study days. Students on the 'Open Learn' pathway maybe required to attend Keele, depending on their module choices.

The Advanced Professional Practice Programme is fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. You’re not on your own! And, don’t forget the network of other pharmacists on the course whom you can contact.

You will require the equivalent of 1-2 days (approximately 10-15 hours) each week to complete your course. Remember that the online nature of our course materials, and the fact that a good proportion of the assessed work focuses on your daily practice, means that you can integrate study and work.

Assessment is entirely by coursework for the Certificate, Diploma and MSc courses. A variety of assessment methods are used such as Practice-Based Assignments that will assess your knowledge, problem-solving skills, and data interpretation skills in relation to application of knowledge to practice, patient care and medicines management. Case Presentations assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. An Audit Project, Practice-Based Assignments, Project Protocol Development and the Independent Study Project Report assess ‘thinking’ and practical skills, and your ability to plan, conduct and report on an investigation. They also assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. Your Reflective Portfolio also assesses your ability to relate theory to practice, and self evaluation of, and reflection on, your own performance and CPD needs.

The nature of the assessments develops your written and oral communication skills. Practical skills and key life/transferable skills are assessed within the methods described above. Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking; these are explained in the relevant Course Handbooks. The minimum pass mark is 50%.

The summative assessment is supported by a variety of formative assessment activities that include online discussions, formative feedback on elements of the reflective portfolio, contributions to study days and feedback on draft proposals.

Additional Costs

For all programmes you will need regular access to a computer, email and the internet. However apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for our postgraduate programmes, with the exception of those listed below.

Some modules may require that you attend a Webinar. You may find it beneficial to purchase a headset to participate in webinars, however this is not essential if your computer has a built in microphone and speakers.

Some modules may require that you travel to Keele for a study day. There will be additional travel and accommodation costs (if required) to attend any face to face study days.

Study Days

Students on the Pharmacy Pathway will be required to attend Keele for some face to face study days. For further information please contact Bev Oakden.

Students who incorporate the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course into the ‘Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice’ award will be required to attend Keele for some study days. For further information please refer to the ‘Independent Prescribing’ section of our website.

Whilst the majority of our modules are delivered at a distance, a small number may require attendance at Keele. Please contact Bev Oakden or Amanda Salt to discuss your choice of modules and any attendance requirements.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Read less
The MSc in General Practice is aimed at providing you with an understanding of managerial, clinical and educational issues that will develop general practice, and with the complementary skills required to contribute to and influence development and evaluation of general practice in the context of the current health and changing agenda. Read more
The MSc in General Practice is aimed at providing you with an understanding of managerial, clinical and educational issues that will develop general practice, and with the complementary skills required to contribute to and influence development and evaluation of general practice in the context of the current health and changing agenda.

It seeks to offer a mix of theoretical and practical skills appropriate to an ever-changing primary health care agenda. The emphasis will be upon effective service provision, efficient delivery by practitioners who are able to care for patients and themselves.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Teaching and learning will focus on the development of conceptual understanding and knowledge appropriate to postgraduate level study, the application of understanding to personal and professional practice and experience, and the development of relevant skills to enhance understanding and practice. Teaching and learning methods include formal lectures, experiential work, seminars, student presentations, group discussions and activities, independent individual and group study.

Assessment methods include personal education plans, practice plans, portfolios, negotiated projects, research proposals, essays, analytical assignments and dissertation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

This MSc programme aims to offer maximum flexibility to general practitioners who can only participate in this type of work part-time. It fills a gap locally in higher education and its supportive and flexible approach should make it attractive to practitioners in the north of the region.

This programme believes in the importance of life-long learning and endeavours to provide the practitioner with an educational framework that is both professionally relevant and appropriate for applying theory to live practice. The MSc programme with its available exit awards will be particularly relevant to newly qualified principals within ten years of qualification who wish to undertake Higher Professional Training, or for the more experienced principal with ten years or more post-qualification experience.

The modules enable students to develop, integrate and apply understanding and skills in the personal and professional management, organisation and delivery of general practice in an on-going climate of change, the conduct and use of research, and to develop and use skills in collaborative working, debate, research and presentation.

Read less
The MSc in General Practice is aimed at providing you with an understanding of managerial, clinical and educational issues that will develop general practice, and with the complementary skills required to contribute to and influence development and evaluation of general practice in the context of the current health and changing agenda. Read more

The MSc in General Practice is aimed at providing you with an understanding of managerial, clinical and educational issues that will develop general practice, and with the complementary skills required to contribute to and influence development and evaluation of general practice in the context of the current health and changing agenda.

It seeks to offer a mix of theoretical and practical skills appropriate to an ever-changing primary health care agenda. The emphasis will be upon effective service provision, efficient delivery by practitioners who are able to care for patients and themselves.

This MSc programme aims to offer maximum flexibility to general practitioners who can only participate in this type of work part-time. It fills a gap locally in higher education and its supportive and flexible approach should make it attractive to practitioners in the north of the region.

This programme believes in the importance of life-long learning and endeavours to provide the practitioner with an educational framework that is both professionally relevant and appropriate for applying theory to live practice. The MSc programme with its available exit awards will be particularly relevant to newly qualified principals within ten years of qualification who wish to undertake Higher Professional Training, or for the more experienced principal with ten years or more post-qualification experience.

The modules enable students to develop, integrate and apply understanding and skills in the personal and professional management, organisation and delivery of general practice in an on-going climate of change, the conduct and use of research, and to develop and use skills in collaborative working, debate, research and presentation.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Teaching and learning will focus on the development of conceptual understanding and knowledge appropriate to postgraduate level study, the application of understanding to personal and professional practice and experience, and the development of relevant skills to enhance understanding and practice. Teaching and learning methods include formal lectures, experiential work, seminars, student presentations, group discussions and activities, independent individual and group study.

Assessment methods include personal education plans, practice plans, portfolios, negotiated projects, research proposals, essays, analytical assignments and dissertation.



Read less
This blended learning programme is an excellent opportunity for any nurse new to general practice. The pathway encourages the practice nurse to develop basic skills and enables each student to enhance their development with pertinent modules choices such as minor illness and contraception. Read more
This blended learning programme is an excellent opportunity for any nurse new to general practice. The pathway encourages the practice nurse to develop basic skills and enables each student to enhance their development with pertinent modules choices such as minor illness and contraception. The core module of this programme (General Practice Nursing) links to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP, 2012) General Practice Nurse Competencies.

Read less
General practice nurses (GNPs) provide a vital service in supporting people with long-term conditions, as well as providing a wide range of services and care such as screening, immunisation and health promotion. Read more

General practice nurses (GNPs) provide a vital service in supporting people with long-term conditions, as well as providing a wide range of services and care such as screening, immunisation and health promotion.

Our programme will teach you the necessary high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding that is required to work successfully as a GPN. It benefits from strong links with practice, and is responsive to changing practice needs.

Furthermore, it will guide you to display the values required in modern healthcare, such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year.

Example module listing

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

Educational aims of the programme

These aims have been guided by the NMC Standards of proficiency for specialist practitioners.

The programme aims to enhance the student’s understanding, knowledge and expertise to lead and develop primary and community care practice. The programme will develop a critical and discerning practitioner who will be able to innovate and evaluate change in health and social care practice based on a sound knowledge and evidence base.

It will provide the opportunity to develop clinical leadership necessary to achieve effective provision of care through and inter-professional approach to education across disciplines and organisations.

It aims to enhance students’ competence in complex decision making to enable them to make a significant contribution to service development through innovation, leadership and research.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive level of understanding and knowledge around their chosen pathway
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct regarding ethical dilemmas in professional practice
  • Make sound professional judgements in the assessment, planning and delivery of care/ services
  • Undertake research that contributes to the development and enhancement of primary and community care

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Assess, implement and evaluate changes in health and social care practice and critically analyse a wide range of issues governing specialist practice
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical knowledge and practice in a variety of settings
  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution, including risk assessment and management
  • Communicate complex knowledge relating to primary and community care effectively
  • Critically analyse and evaluate issues relating to primary and community care
  • Critically evaluate research and other sources of evidence and synthase information in order to inform current and future practice.

Professional practical skills

  • Develop the capacity to initiate flexible and creative professional interventions with a sound theoretical basis
  • Become pro-active in identifying and meeting changing health and social needs within a complex multi- cultural and multi-ethnic society
  • Demonstrate fitness for practice by achieving competence to meet standards set by the NMC

Key / transferable skills

  • Work effectively with an inter-professional group as a member and where appropriate, a leader.
  • Reflect on own and other’s performance in order to improve practice
  • Develop a critical and analytic approach to engaging with relevant literature in delivering evidence based practice
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena giving clear evidence based and duly considered information.

Global opportunities

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

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



Read less
About the course. This programme has been developed to meet the changing skill-mix required in the primary care workforce. The programme is informed by recent work to clarify professional career pathway stages and competencies for advanced practice in primary care. . Read more

About the course

This programme has been developed to meet the changing skill-mix required in the primary care workforce. The programme is informed by recent work to clarify professional career pathway stages and competencies for advanced practice in primary care. 

The programme covers core competencies relating to advanced practice including: direct clinical competence as a generalist, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The programme aims to develop expert generalists who are able to provide accessible, first contact preventive care, and diagnosis and management of acute and long term conditions.

It produces practitioners who are able to work well within a skill-mix team to develop a responsive and effective person-centred primary care. The programme facilitates the development of a portfolio of competencies across clinical areas.

The world needs health professionals

And we’re dedicated to educating them. We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.

The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You’ll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill and the best students’ union in the country on your doorstep.

We teach the skills that matter

Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.

We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.

Core Modules

  • Consultation and person-centered primary care
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment
  • Nurse Independent Prescribing
  • Complex Needs and Primary Care Development
  • Critical Development of Clinical Practice

Examples of optional modules

  • Facilitating Learning in Primary Care
  • Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Family Planning and Sexual Health
  • Managing Long-Term Conditions

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, small group work and practical clinical skills teaching. You’ll be assessed on an observed structured clinical exam, case-study presentations, short answer exam paper and MCQs (multiple choice questioning), essay writing.



Read less
Who is it for?. The course is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as practice nurses and wish to develop their skills and progress their career with a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc qualification. Read more

Who is it for?

The course is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as practice nurses and wish to develop their skills and progress their career with a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc qualification.

Objectives

Throughout the world, the provision of preventive, treatment and rehabilitation services is rooted increasingly in primary care.

City’s Primary Care (Practice Nursing) course supports students in developing new skills for use in the general practices in which they work. The course is focused on practice and practical application, and is relevant to the varied communities from which our students are drawn.

The Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) consists of 120 credits. Three of the modules are core or compulsory, with 5 optional modules. The choice of optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will allow you to choose modules that are relevant to your work as a practice nurse within the general practice environment.

The MSc consists of 180 credits. Three of the modules are core, with one MSc Conversion top-up consists 60 credits dissertation module is core. The choice of 15 optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation .

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehelath and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst they study.

Teaching and learning

The Programme Director and other members of the practice nursing team have considerable experience and expertise in the field of practice nursing and advanced practice.

Members of the team have published research, books, as well as peer reviewed professional journals relevant to practice nursing and advanced practice.

Assessments are designed to assess students ability to:

  • grasp taught theory and research;
  • analyse and interpret theory and research critically;
  • apply the theory and evidence base to the clinical setting
  • present the relevant points clearly and concisely.

Both formative and summative assessments will be transparent throughout the practice nursing course.  Formative feedback will be available on group/individual presentations and/or tutorial support.

Summative assessment will integrate a variety of assessments, which will be dependent on your choice of optional modules including:

  • Essays
  • Skills schedule, including a multiple choice questionnaire and problem based scenario
  • Exams
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Case study
  • Audit and supporting paper
  • Protocol development and a supporting paper
  • Poster development and supporting paper
  • A research proposal.

Modules

The course is made up of both core and optional modules, with the structure depending on whether students study on a full or part-time basis.

Core modules

  • Key Concepts in Practice Nursing
  • Research methods
  • Health Policy and Politics

Students progressing to MSc must undertake:

  • Dissertation

Elective modules

You can choose from a wide range of optional modules, including:

  • Cervical Cytology
  • An introduction to Long Term Conditions
  • Key Concepts in Practice Nursing – Module 2
  • Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Clinical assessment in Primary Care
  • Contraception and sexual health - theory
  • Diabetes care
  • Supporting and assessing in clinical practice (mentorship module)

Students have the option of exiting with 60 credits to receive the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert). In order to receive this award, students must have successfully completed 60 credits, which must include one of the core modules – Key Concepts in practice nursing and 3 other optional modules.

To study the MSc, the choice of optional modules will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation:

  • Module Code (NMM011) - Diabetes Care
  • Module Code (NMM048)  - Asthma/COPD
  • Module Code (NMM320) - Cervical Cytology
  • Module Code (NMM945) - Key Concepts in Practice Nursing (2)
  • Module Code (NMM084) - Clinical Assessment in Primary Care
  • Module Code (NMM944) - Long Term Conditions
  • Module Code (CHM002) - Education in the workplace [a mentorship module]
  • Module Code (NMM119) - Innovations in healthcare leadership and management perspectives.

Career prospects

The completion of the MSc will enable you to develop higher order critical skills, which will enhance your clinical practice underpinned by a strong evidence base. Practice Nurses may on completion of their programme choose to specialise in certain clinical areas, especially the care and management of long term conditions and in the area of triage.

Furthermore, this will enable those who have completed the MSc to negotiate a higher salary in their current post by extending their leadership and clinical skills within the general practice environment.

The PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) will give you greater opportunities to deliver diverse services within general practice. The range of services can be tailored to your individual practice needs due to the selection of modules that can be taken as part of your continuing professional development.

Successful completion of the PgDip is achieved when you have completed 8 x 15 credit modules [120 credits]. Students also have the option of gaining a PgCert by completing 4 modules [60 credits] one of which includes the core module – Key Concepts of Practice Nursing.

You will graduate with a substantial understanding of the field of practice nursing, together with enhanced clinical and analytical skills. These attributes will enable you to make a substantial contribution within the general practice environment.



Read less
The future of a successful health service must lie with an extensive provision in primary care and the community. To enable this success higher numbers of nurses will be required to work and lead in this area as autonomous and confident practitioners. Read more

Overview

The future of a successful health service must lie with an extensive provision in primary care and the community. To enable this success higher numbers of nurses will be required to work and lead in this area as autonomous and confident practitioners. If you are a nurse working in, or about to work in General Practice and diverse Community and Primary Care settings, this course is specially tailored to your needs.

Our Primary Care Nursing course aims to meet the training and educational needs of nurses working at an advanced level in General Practice and a multitude of other creative primary and community healthcare settings. The PG Dip and Masters in Primary Care nursing will be delivered from Cambridge, Peterborough or Chelmsford and you can select which campus you attend.

If you are a nurse currently working in community settings, you can access a wide variety of specialist modules to update, upskill and embed your practice. You will build practical skills with an array of specialist and more general modules to expand and progress your professional direction. If you are new to primary and community care, you will find a variety of modules supporting you to become quickly established in the provision of care and services in this area.

Primary care and community settings will be brought to life and you will benefit from ongoing support from the University, which will include visits at your personal practice environment. Close contact and support from your personal tutor will help you manage your modules to gain the best possible learning experience throughout this course. Your personal tutor will be one of a number of highly experienced lecturers selected specifically to match your learning needs.

As you progress through your course you will meet nurses from a variety of practice areas and in several modules other health professionals may attend. This multi professional element adds opportunities for debate and discussion and will enable you to explore different perspectives in medical and healthcare provision. You will be able to develop new skills in our state of the art skills laboratories and experience exciting new ways of learning which support a variety of learning styles.

This course will provide an exciting chance to undertake new, contemporary learning opportunities where practice and theory merge. The theory and policy underpinning contemporary service delivery will be explored in order to for you to clearly understand how they influence practice provision. Guidance and support will be given to help you gather information and evidence with which to strengthen your practice.

Careers

Nurses wishing to start a career in general practice, primary or community care nursing will find this course tailored to their needs. Those nurses already working in these areas will find that this course is the partner learning experience to support their current and progressive practice.

There is a wide variety of settings existing in the community where you may wish to start or develop your career pathway. Minor injury units, General Practice, District nursing, Health visiting or Paediatric teams, working in nursing homes, Integrated Care, community hospitals, Sexual Health, Drug and Alcohol, dermatology, Cardiac and Respiratory clinics, ‘out of hours’ and outreach services to mention just a few.

Our programme will enable you to emerge as an autonomous practitioner able to lead and manage yourself, individuals and teams. You may decide to specialise further in practice and or undertake a higher level degree such as a Professional Doctorate. Your promotion prospects will be greatly enhanced as will your opportunities to apply for more senior roles. This course provides further steps on the ladder of your progressing career in primary and community nursing.

Assessment

The assessment strategies are designed to challenge your critical thinking and enable you to demonstrate your ability to advance theory and practice through the critique of existing and new knowledge. As part of the learning process the focus of the assignments is on the application of theoretical knowledge to practice issues. Assessments vary according to modules and include written essays, reports, case studies, presentations, patchwork assessment, a research proposal and dissertation.

Fundamentals of Practice Nursing and Fundamentals of Community and Primary Care Nursing are assessed with the completion of a Practice Assessment Document (pass/fail) and a summative assessed presentation of 20 minutes.

Where you'll study

Your faculty -

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

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

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

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

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

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

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

Where can I study?

Chelmsford - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus

Peterborough - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/guild-house-peterborough

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

Read less
The PgDip Community Health course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and offer you the opportunity to gain a Specialist Practitioner Qualification in Community Children’s Nursing, Community Learning Disability Nursing, District Nursing, or General Practice Nursing. Read more
The PgDip Community Health course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and offer you the opportunity to gain a Specialist Practitioner Qualification in Community Children’s Nursing, Community Learning Disability Nursing, District Nursing, or General Practice Nursing. The courses comprise 50% theory and 50% practice.

The programme builds on the core values of the NHS constitution and is approved by the NMC to offer students the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in Community Learning Disabilities Nursing, District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

Features and benefits of the course

The course incorporates specialist practice qualifications in community children’s nursing, district nursing, general practice nursing and community learning disabilities nursing.

About the Course

Mandatory core for award units are specific to the specialist pathway qualification and include:
-Principles of public health
-Contemporary issues in Community Practice
-Developing Leadership and Professional Practice
-Evidence-based Practice

If you are studying on a General Practice Nurse (GPN) or Community Learning Disability Nursing (CLDN) route you will choose an elective. To ensure that the unit is appropriate to your field of practice its selection will be determined following discussion with yourself and the seconding/sponsoring trust. Electives include:
-Community practitioner nurse prescribing;
-Collaboration and health information for service users;
-Applying Ethical and Critical Thinking to Practice Based Dilemmas
-Contraception, reproduction and sexual health.

On completion of the 40 week programme of study, you may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Health, incorporating the specialist pathway qualification.

Assessment details

Assessment strategies are devised to equip students with skills that can be used in their professional development and clinical practice (eg. written reports and journal articles, giving presentations, developing portfolios).

Read less
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.



Read less
Imagine if you could play a pivotal role in providing care that prevents or delays type 2 diabetes. With the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes reaching over three million in the UK, there has never been a more crucial time to ensure healthcare professionals are fully equipped to deal with this epidemic. Read more
Imagine if you could play a pivotal role in providing care that prevents or delays type 2 diabetes...

With the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes reaching over three million in the UK, there has never been a more crucial time to ensure healthcare professionals are fully equipped to deal with this epidemic.

We believe identifying those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus and working to prevent and/or delay the condition is a key part of addressing this issue. Our one-day course is designed to equip healthcare assistants and nurses working in general practice with the skills and knowledge to help prevent diabetes.

The course is delivered by experts in primary care diabetes and involves lectures and workshop activity - all very practically focused. The emphasis is on learning why and how to deliver more effective care, and planning how best to do this within your practice.

Topics covered include

-Prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and why this is important.
-Making the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose regulation.
-Case finding in general practice (including how to record and follow up).
-Lifestyle advice.
-Reflecting on practice.
-Establishing a pre-diabetes register.
-Facilitating early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
-Enabling safe intensive treatment of early type 2 diabetes.

An introductory pack will be provided to all participants in advance of the course start date.

Participants will be actively encouraged to discuss the learning outcomes from the day with their colleagues in general practice.

Students will undertake a review of five patients who have attended their practice for the NHS Health Check and have been identified as being at risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. On completion, a certificate of learning will be issued by the University.

The course is designed for those involved in the NHS checks, in particular healthcare assistants and nurses working in General Practice. It focuses on screening and managing cases of individuals with a history of impaired glucose regulation or risk of type 2 diabetes.

For further information and to apply for a place, please contact the team.

Read less
Successful completion of this course will give you access to second-level registration on the NMC register as either a qualified general practice nurse, district nurse, or as a nurse in a home setting. Read more

Successful completion of this course will give you access to second-level registration on the NMC register as either a qualified general practice nurse, district nurse, or as a nurse in a home setting.

The course provides registered nurses with the opportunity to gain both a professional qualification and an academic award at degree level.

On graduation, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a capable and confident general practice nurse, district nurse, or home nurse.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments.

The values of the NHS constitution – respect, dignity, compassion and working together for patients – and the recognition that patients come first in everything the NHS does are embedded in our curriculum.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with community specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in community practice.

We have a dedicated team of academic staff who are actively engaged in internationalising the nursing and midwifery curriculum.

Course structure

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, and is flexible enough to meet the needs of part-time students. Delivery is typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, workbooks for work-based learning and simulation in our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite and Flexible Learning Environment.

You will be allocated practice placements by your employing trust, and assigned a dedicated tutor to support your learning in practice. You will also undertake a period of alternative practice during which you can spend a week in another practice environment, to diversify your skills and experience base.

A variety of learning and teaching strategies are used including problem-based and work-based learning. You need to be highly motivated and be prepared to actively engage with all aspects of your learning.

Public health roles are diverse, and flexibility in the course gives you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to suit your personal and professional ambitions.

With the guidance of a tutor, you will set out a professional development plan (PDP) from the initial interview, which will be reviewed throughout the course. The PDP helps to integrate your personal areas of advancement with the existing requirements of the knowledge and skills framework. It also serves as evidence of your expanded skill set in order to boost your future employability.

The PDP also ensures that your needs are assessed on an ongoing basis and adjustments made accordingly, particularly useful if an extended part-time route is taken.

You will be supported throughout your course and placements by a practice teacher and mentors. An exciting variety of learning approaches are utilised in the course, which can be tailored to your preferred learning styles.

Syllabus

Research Methods

This module, shared with other students in the graduate programme, facilitates the development of knowledge and skills required to inform evidence-based practice, and prepares students for completion of a dissertation.

Research Evidence in Practice

This is a practice-based module focusing on the evidence underpinning clinical practice and theory – practice relationships.

Transforming Practice: the challenges of change

The aim of this module is to develop practitioners who will take a lead role in the management and development of effective strategies for health and social care interventions. This module is shared across the community nursing programmes with level 6 students.

Nurse Prescribing from the Community Nurse Prescribers Formulary

This module is mandatory for those undertaking the Nursing in the Home / District Nursing pathway.

In addition to the core modules mentioned above, you can choose from a wide choice of optional modules which allow you to study topics of personal and professional interest, including:

  • Leadership and Management 
  • Practising Public Health
  • Assessing Individuals and Families
  • Practice Development through Work-based Learning
  • Investigating Health and Social Care.

Facilities

Flexible Learning Environment 

The Flexible Learning Environment is an adapted home environment in a residential location where you'll be able to practise skills and learn from other students while taking part in a realistic training experience.

Every room is fitted with cameras and microphones, so that students can be directed and monitored from the control room while the observation room provides the opportunity to review, playback and debrief.

Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite

Our Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite is among the best equipped in the country, and is an invaluable tool for assessment and monitoring students' progress throughout the course.

You will benefit from practising nursing skills in an environment that simulates real-life professional experiences. Provided by the NHS’ South East Coast Ambulance Service, you may have access to our Simbulance, enabling you to work alongside paramedic students in an interprofessional learning environment. On board is a high fidelity mannikin with multiple uses, and a child-size mannikin for paediatric scenarios. 

Learning by simulation means you will be confident in your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in your professional life.

Careers and employability

Most graduates go on to work, or continue working, within the NHS in a variety of community nursing and primary care settings.

The skills and knowledge that you will have achieved by graduation can also be applied to a wide range of community nursing or public health roles in various settings.

The context of public health practice both within and outside of the NHS is constantly changing and the opportunities for career development and innovative approaches to service provision exist.



Read less
This dynamic and exciting programme offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your critical thinking an analytical skills whilst developing an enquiring, reflective and innovative approach to contemporary educational and professional practice. Read more

This dynamic and exciting programme offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your critical thinking an analytical skills whilst developing an enquiring, reflective and innovative approach to contemporary educational and professional practice.

It is suitable for a wide range of individuals from health and social care settings who wish to gain qualified teacher status.

The programme will enable you to pass on to your students the values required in modern healthcare, and within the NHS Constitution, including: compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Programme structure

All students are initially registered for five years. The programme is part-time. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate Education for Professional Practice programme NMC registered practitioners may apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for recognition of their Qualified Teacher Status and be recorded on their Registration record.

The programme is in line with the NMC Standards for Learning and Teaching in Practice (2008).

Example module listing

This pathway is open to individuals from health care environments who wish to extend their knowledge, skills and develop their understanding through critical thinking and analysis.

For nurses and midwives, this forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessing in Practice (Stage 4 - Teacher).

On completion of the three core modules, plus the requisite 360 teaching hours, the nurse or midwife can record this study as meeting the standards for the qualified teacher and therefore register the qualification with the NMC.

Learning and teaching module selection

The ethos of the programme is based on an individual’s developmental learning journey and, as such, commences at the initial applicant enquiry.

It is at this stage that an informal discussion will take place possibly with the administrator, module leader and/or the Director of Studies (DOS) to offer information regarding the modules/programmes whether it is Mentorship, Practice Teacher or Qualified Teacher.

Through this enquiry, a general discussion takes place that will assist the individual to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning based on their learning needs, taking into account previous study and the requirements for their professional role in learning and teaching.

A nurse or midwife could apply for AP(E)L for up to 100 per cent against the Mentorship programme and the Practice Teacher qualification if appropriate study has been successfully completed.

This process takes place rarely but the mechanism is still in place. Each application for AP(E)L is considered on an individual basis by the AP(E)L committee using the University’s standard AP(E)L procedures.

Mentorship module

The Mentorship module can be accessed by a variety of health care professionals who have a responsibility to support learning in practice and forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentor).

A nurse or midwife wishing to undertake this module will be required to have one year’s post-qualification experience prior to attending. In preparation for this module, you would be encouraged to engage in the Associate Mentor preparation provision, which will be offered within NHS Trusts, led by Trust personnel with educational responsibilities.

The Mentorship module is a generic module (offered at FHEQ Level 6 and FHEQ Level 7) and forms part of the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice (stage 2 – Mentor).

It assists participants to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through exploration, enquiry and reflexivity, aiming to develop and enhance effective assessment and facilitation skills.

Students will have an opportunity to explore learning and teaching strategies relevant to practice; assessment and evaluation in the context of giving feedback, measuring achievements, competence and quality.

The exciting challenge is to contextualise these areas for each student to ensure that the learning experience is meaningful.

Those who show an aptitude for learning, teaching and supporting learners or a keen interest in this area will be actively encouraged to progress on to further study.

Practice Teacher qualification

The Practice Teacher NMC qualification can be accessed by individuals on the NMC register. This pathway includes Supporting Education in Practice, and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher.

Both modules are offered at FHEQ level 7. Pre-requisite study for this qualification is Mentorship FHEQ Level 6 or FHEQ Level 7.

This qualification forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Stage 3 – Practice Teacher), which offers preparation for Primary Care nurses who are supporting learners undertaking Specialist Community Public Health nursing qualifications and Specialist Practice qualifications.

Throughout the Practice Teacher programme, Practice Teacher students are supported by a qualified Practice Teacher to assist in developing skills associated with supporting specialist practice students.

Undertaking the Supporting Education in Practice module gives the opportunity for the student Practice Teachers to consider and critically evaluate links between theory and practice, and to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and support of learning within the workplace.

The Practice Module for the Practice Teacher is an effective strategy to test and extend your skills in supporting specialist practice students throughout their specialist practice programme.

Opportunities are given to actively be involved in formative and summative assessments whilst being supported by a qualified Practice Teacher.

On successful completion of the Supporting Education in Practice module and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher, the nurse can record this study as meeting the NMC standards for the Practice Teacher Qualification and be annotated on the local register of Practice Teachers which is held and maintained within their Trust.

Education Leads within the Trusts are sent information as to who has been successful in achieving this qualification.

Once the Practice Teacher qualification has been completed individuals are actively encouraged to continue with their postgraduate studies by undertaking the remaining modules associated with the Postgraduate Certificate.



Read less
This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the essential skills and knowledge necessary to become a Physician Associate in the UK. Read more

About the course

This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the essential skills and knowledge necessary to become a Physician Associate in the UK. In addition, it provides the challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis and research to produce academic clinicians equipped to lead and develop the profession.

The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant (now Physician Associate) defines the Physician Associate as:

…a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.

Physician Associates (PAs) are part of a new and growing profession within the NHS. PAs work alongside doctors in hospitals and GP surgeries to provide safe and quality care to patients. PAs, under supervision of doctors, may obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, request and interpret test results, diagnose illnesses and develop treatment and management plans.

The Physician Associate MSc programme includes over 1,800 hours of professional practice and will fully prepare you to practise in a wide variety of specialties and settings. Currently PAs work in General Practice, Emergency Medicine, and multiple Adult Medical and Surgical specialties.

Successful completion of the Physician Associate MSc programme provides eligibility to sit for the Physician Associate National Examination and join the Managed Voluntary Register.

If you are considering studying the Physician Associate MSc Programme at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

NHS Values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Aims

The aim of the Physician Associate MSc programme is to prepare you as a medical professional who strives for excellence in clinical practice. To achieve this aim, the programme provides you with a strong scientific foundation and encourages the development of excellent practical and clinical reasoning skills. All of this is essential for you to treat patients safely and effectively.

The programme also provides you with the means to critically evaluate your own patient care – a skill which is vital to continuing evidence-based practice. A sound working knowledge of research methodology provides the basis for this evaluation process and also the tools to develop your own research interests at any stage of your professional career.

In addition, it helps develop vital communication skills and soundly embeds the essential core values of professionalism. Indeed, the Master's programme aims to produce highly professional graduates with excellent communication skills. Graduates are able to function as adaptable clinicians and fully interactive members of the multidisciplinary health care team within a changing health and social care setting.

Course Content

Our Physician Associate Master's course is an exciting and innovative modular programme, delivered full-time over two years.
Applicants should be aware that the programme is delivered over a period 45 weeks in Year 1 and 48 weeks in Year 2. In addition the course is intense, with significant contact hours. Students should expect to be studying on campus from 9am - 6pm five days a week. All students must be ready to assume responsibility for their own learning.

Clinical placements will start in the first term of Year 1 with weekly one-day GP placements. In Year 2 the majority of time will be spent on clinical placement in various practice settings. You should broadly expect to adopt the working patterns of the supervising clinician (clinical educator). Generally, you are expected to complete 42 weeks of clinical experience. You should expect to be working roughly a 40-hour week whilst on placement.

Compulsory Modules:

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (Year 1 & 2)
Personal and Professional Development for the Physician Associate (Year 1 & 2)
Applied Pharmacology (Year 1)
Principles and Practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare (Year 1)
Approaches to Research (Year 1)
Dissertation (Year 1 & 2)
PA Applied Clinical Knowledge & Skills (Year 2)

For the award of MSc Physician Associate, students must pass the UK Physician Associate National Certification Examination.

Work Placements

Clinical placements will include rotations in the following areas:

• Accident and Emergency
• Acute Medicine
• General Practice
• Mental Health
• Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Paediatrics
• Surgery
• Electives

Whilst on placements you will be supervised by doctors and physician associates. You will be assessed on placement by your supervising clinician(s). The assessment score from clinical placement modules will contribute to your final degree classification.

All clinical placement modules are organised on the student's behalf by the clinical co-ordination team. This allows us to provide you with a balanced clinical experience both in terms of the specialties/patient groups you have worked with and the range of health care setting you have worked in. It is important that you are exposed to a variety of health settings, which are reflective of current clinical practice.

We are sympathetic to your needs when we assign clinical placements. However, we are unable to guarantee that any student will be located close to their home or term-time address and you may have to commute or live away from home for the duration of a placement or two. We do try to give special consideration to students whose personal circumstances fall within specified criteria, ie they have young children, are a main carer, or have a declared disability etc.

Teaching

A mix of teaching/learning approaches are used including: classroom based learning, problem/evidence-based learning, peer-assisted learning, clinical practice learning, independent learning, e-learning, assimilated learning in clinical labs, and the use of trained teaching associates for intimate examinations. Emphasis will be placed on active student participation, reflection and learning.

As a Physician Associate MSc student we expect you to come to us with specific academic skills and abilities. Your learning will rapidly become self-directed. We will build upon your ability to perform literature searches and critically appraise the evidence base and so prepare you for your commitment to continued professional development and lifelong learning after qualifying.

Assessment

Assessments will include single best answer/multiple choice questions papers and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to begin early preparation for the National Examination. Other assessments will include written assignments, oral presentations, reflection papers, and a portfolio of evidence.

All modules must be passed in order to proceed through the course. Normally students will have two attempts at passing each assessment.

Special Features

You’ll study in purpose-built facilities in our multi-million pound health sciences building and you’ll share elements of your course with Master’s students from other health-related disciplines.

You’ll enjoy our campus university, where you’re never more than a ten minute walk from halls of residence, catering, social, sports and study facilities, lecture theatres, the Library and support services.

You’ll be taught by experts in delivering accredited programmes such as Biosciences, Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy.

You’ll complete 1800 hours of clinical placement during the course.

On successful completion of the Physician Associate MSc programme, you will be eligible to sit for the Physician Associate National Examination and join the Managed Voluntary Register.

Read less

Show 10 15 30 per page



Cookie Policy    X