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Combining theory and practice with placements, this programme offers registered nurses and midwives the opportunity to study sexual and reproductive health theory and apply new knowledge and skills to clinical practice. Read more
Combining theory and practice with placements, this programme offers registered nurses and midwives the opportunity to study sexual and reproductive health theory and apply new knowledge and skills to clinical practice.

About the programme

Sexual health is a national priority in Scotland. Many traditional family planning and genito-urinary services have integrated in order to provide a holistic, one-stop-shop approach to care.

Clinical practice is integrated with the theoretical component of the programme and may be started after the first six days of theory. Health boards allocate clinical placements to students and clinic times vary depending on the health boards.

The focus is on working in partnership with clients to promote excellence in sexual and reproductive healthcare.

Your learning

Three modules are taken together in one trimester:

Reproductive Health – explores contemporary issues in contraception and reproductive health

Genito-urinary Medicine – offers you an opportunity to explore contemporary issues in genitourinary medicine (GUM)

Sexual and Reproductive Health Practice – gives you the opportunity to apply theory learned from Reproductive Health and Genitourinary Medicine modules to clinical practice within sexual and reproductive health clinics in health boards throughout the west of Scotland.

Practical experience

Students will undertake fifty hours clinical practice which must be completed by December. Clinical placements will be allocated to the
student by the health board.

Our Careers Adviser says

New knowledge and skills can be applied to sexual and reproductive healthcare practice in a variety of settings such as primary care,
schools, gynaecology, midwifery, youth clinics, and specialist sexual health services. Successful completion of the programme may enhance employment opportunities in these areas of healthcare.

State-of-the-art facilities

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

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

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

Life-changing research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This taught Postgraduate Certificate in Human Anatomy is a new unique programme offering comprehensive training in all human anatomy, including legislation relevant to working in a human anatomy laboratory. Read more
This taught Postgraduate Certificate in Human Anatomy is a new unique programme offering comprehensive training in all human anatomy, including legislation relevant to working in a human anatomy laboratory.

Why this programme

◾You will study in one of the busiest human anatomy laboratories in Europe where we admit approximately 100 donors each year. This provides us with a very unique and privileged way to teach and research in the field of human anatomy.
◾You will have access to a large number of prosected (professionally dissected) anatomical specimens.
◾During your studies you will have access to the recently refurbished teaching and research laboratories within the Thomson Building.
◾You will study in facilities which house our Clinical Anatomy Skills Centre (CASC) - a unique partnership between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the University of Glasgow.
◾You will also have access to recently modernised and refurbished laboratories including a large dissection room, histology teaching laboratory, histology preparation library as well as the surgical suites of CASC. Our tutorial and lecture facilities have ben updated with modern audio-visual equipment, all with internet access.
◾During your studies you will have access to the world-renowned anatomical and pathological collections of William Hunter and John Cleland. These collections are unique to Glasgow and we hold the world’s largest collection of anatomical specimens from these two significant individuals who enhanced anatomical knowledge and understanding.
◾Clinical anatomists active in research will teach you, and by those specialising in pedagogical techniques related to anatomy and anatomical education.
◾The course also has postgraduate demonstrating staff that have either anatomical or anatomical and medical visualisation training.
◾On completion of the programme you will have gained valuable understanding and a range of skills encompassing anatomical legislation, human anatomy, cadaveric dissection techniques and typical laboratory practices within this environment.
◾We have excellent links with clinicians, paramedical and allied health professionals, scientists and industry specialists.

Programme structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Anatomy comprises three core compulsory courses taught from January – May each year. It comprises approximately 10 hours of direct contact teaching each week during the course.

Introduction to Anatomy
◾During this course you will learn about the history of anatomy, modern day approaches to the subject area and learn about the legislation related to body and organ donation.
◾You will also receive an introduction to each of the major body systems i.e. nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital systems as well as the special senses.

Structure and Function of the Human Body
◾This course will cover upper and lower limb, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, head and neck and genitourinary anatomy in an advanced level of detail
◾You will examine the wide collection of prosections held in the Laboratory of Human Anatomy, coupled with medical imaging techniques, histological sections, historical specimens and embryology as relevant to the system studied.

Cadaveric Dissection Techniques
◾In this course you will undertake cadaveric dissection on a focal area of anatomical structure to enhance dissection techniques.
◾You will work in small groups with a designated cadaver to help explore the anatomy of the chest.
◾You will be trained in relevant dissection practice, and link it to relevant health and safety practices, applying the relevant anatomical legislation in a practical environment.

Teaching and Learning Methods

During your training in anatomy, you will receive tuition using a wide variety of methods from expert staff including tutorials, lectures, group work, laboratory classes and dissection based classes. As such you will develop a wide range of skills useful in an anatomical and clinically applied environment. These skills will aid in teamwork, scientific exploration, problem solving and identifying relevant laboratory protocols.

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed by a variety of different methods including essay writing, group presentations, “spot” examinations where anatomical structures have to be identified, or potentially, applied anatomy has to be demonstrated through data interpretation, and group work through continuous assessment.

Career prospects

The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Anatomy will provide comprehensive anatomical training which could provide a platform for further study in the field. It could help enhance an individual’s clinical portfolio for a specialty related to the surgical, paramedical and allied health professionals practice which requires an in-depth anatomical knowledge.

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