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Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management covers the wide range of the conditions pertinent to pain management and meets the educational needs of both primary and secondary healthcare professionals. Read more

Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management

Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management covers the wide range of the conditions pertinent to pain management and meets the educational needs of both primary and secondary healthcare professionals. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

Our Diploma in Pain Management has been developed for Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (Clinical Nurse specialists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Dentists, Psychology, Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists, Rehabilitation specialists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience. Having a specialist knowledge in Pain Management is an increasingly important asset and extra responsibility of medical personnel.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

- demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients in Pain Management.
- critically evaluate current research in inter-disciplinary & multi-disciplinary Pain Management
- demonstrate a critical understanding of self-care promotion for acute and chronic pain
- deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with pain conditions.

Course Structure

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

Module 1 - Mechanisms of pain
Module 2 - Types of pain
Module 3 - Principles of pain assessment and management
Module 4 - Multi-disciplinary approaches to pain management
Module 5 - Pain in specified populations
Module 6 - Inter disciplinary Service Provision

Assessment

Online Diploma in Health Economics

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

MSc Pain Management course

The MSc Pain Management course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Pain Management. The course will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Pain Management.

Entry to the 1 year Msc in Pain Management will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Our Pain Management Masters of Science course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Pain Management including Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses and those with equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

The MSc Pain Management course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to:

Extend the knowledge of research methods and application to practice at MSc level.
Demonstrate an ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems.

Course Structure

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

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal: Pain Management
Module 2 - Professional Project: Pain Management or Independent Prescribing Module
Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

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This higher degree is aimed at clinical professionals from all backgrounds involved in the delivery of acute and chronic pain services in primary or secondary care. Read more
This higher degree is aimed at clinical professionals from all backgrounds involved in the delivery of acute and chronic pain services in primary or secondary care. Combining cutting-edge research with an international reputation for clinical excellence, the UCL Pain Management MSc is ideal for anyone wanting to improve the care of people living with pain while accelerating their own career.

Degree information

Students will learn:
-Health economics and social impact of pain
-Clinical governance of pain services
-Pathophysiology of pain
-Pharmacology of pain and therapeutics
-Managing pain in cancer patients including post-chemotherapy pain
-Management of headache and abdominopelvic/urogenital pain
-Managing pain in children and adolescents
-Strategies for the self-management of pain
-Neuromodulation for chronic pain
-Pain management with mental health, substance misuse and multiple morbidity
-Community pain management strategies

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, eight core modules) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, four core modules) is offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Introduction to Pain: Economics, Evidence Delivery (15 credits)
-Acute Pain (15 credits)
-Chronic Pain (15 credits)
-Pain in Cancer Patients (15 credits)
-Headache, Paediatric Pain & Abdominopelvic Pain (15 credits)
-Strategies for the Self-Management of Pain (15 credits)
-Neuromodulation (15 credits)
-Pain in the Community (15 credits)

Dissertation/report
Successful completion of the MSc requires a 5,000- to 8,000-word dissertation on a topic that is relevant to the candidate's own clinical practice and has been covered, at least superficially, at some point in the programme. The options for the dissertation will be discussed with each student but can include, where possible, joining clinical research at the UCLH Pain Management Centre, study in-depth of topics, preparing for higher (doctoral) research, etc. Students will have two supervisors and a mentor.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via an online learning environment with additional workshops and discussions to support students on their journey towards making a real difference for people living with pain.

Careers

This programme is the ideal solution for:
-Nurses and allied health professionals wishing to pursue senior (Band 7+) roles in the NHS.
-General practitioners involved in the delivery of chronic pain services.
-Junior doctors wishing to develop and demonstrate clinical interest in pain management and/or the pain component of training in anaethesia.
-International doctors wishing to develop their expertise in pain management.
-Osteopaths and chiropractors with an interest in pain management.

Employability
Combining academic excellence with UCL's reputation as London's global university and our strong links to industry, the prospects for graduates of this programme are excellent. Whether you wish to continue with patient care in the NHS or private sector, pursue doctoral research, or work in industry and innovation, this programme will equips students not only with the knowledge and skills but also the networking links and opportunities to take their career to the next level.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This exciting programme enables students to improve the lives of people living with pain. Beginning with the socio-economic impact and moving from acute to chronic pain states before arriving at more complex pain conditions and interventions, this programme develops the knowledge and core skills required of an advanced pain practitioner. With innovative modules on managing pain in the community and the world's first module on neuromodulation, students will be prepared to shape the future of pain management - anywhere in the world.

The programme is delivered flexibly at the student's own pace primarily via an online learning environment. Recognising that the subject matter is often academically and emotionally demanding, optional workshops with programme tutors are available on campus and via video conferencing. In addition, online small-group tutorials supplement the online learning content. This flexible design allows students from all over the country, and world, to share their experiences and learning styles to enrich each other academically. This is the only UK-based pain management degree offering a blended mode of delivery.

UCL and UCL Hospitals (UCLH) Pain Management Centre has an international reputation for both cutting-edge research and innovative clinical services. Students on this programme will benefit from teaching from global experts at an institution that consistently delivers world-class research output. Graduates can expect to be academically confident and ideally placed to pursue doctoral (PhD) level study in the field should they wish.

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The MSc Degree in Pain Management is an inter-professional, e-learning programme intended for health care professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management. Read more
The MSc Degree in Pain Management is an inter-professional, e-learning programme intended for health care professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management. It is also aimed at educationalists to provide the appropriate knowledge and expertise on pain to teach others from various disciplines.

Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.
This two-year course begins by introducing you to the multifaceted nature of caring for patients who have pain. The modules are designed to provide you with the ability to understand the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and to evaluate the various approaches to assessing and managing patients in pain. Professional issues, including clinical governance and inter-professional practice, will be covered. The course is suitable for the needs of primary, secondary and tertiary care professionals.

E-learning assessment strategies enable students to focus on their areas of interest and are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice and professional base.

Approximately 40 places are offered each year and the majority of students are self-funded, though some obtain awards from charities and trusts. The course takes two years to complete inclusive of the dissertation component (nine months for the postgraduate certificate stage; nine months for the postgraduate diploma stage and a further six months for the dissertation stage).

There are no residential components in this course as it is purely e-learning - so there is no requirement to travel to Cardiff for course purposes.

Distinctive features

• Inter-professional plus e-learning.
• The first postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Pain Management course to be developed.
• Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.
• Suitable for primary, secondary and tertiary care.
• A new primary care pathway is available within the MSc Pain Management to reflect the move of chronic pain services closer to people’s homes and this is facilitated and managed by an inter-professional, expert primary care faculty including leading GPs with a special interest in pain within the UK.

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The aim of these programs is to provide advanced education in pain management for graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology and other disciplines involved in pain management. Read more
The aim of these programs is to provide advanced education in pain management for graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology and other disciplines involved in pain management.

Following the core curriculum of the International Association for the Study of Pain, subjects have been designed to update and expand knowledge in the basic sciences, concepts and procedures of pain assessment and management in a variety of human settings. The master's degrees are articulated with the graduate diploma and graduate certificate. That is to say, coursework undertaken for the diplomas or certificate may be counted towards credits required for the master's degrees. Conversely, someone enrolling in the master's program can be awarded a graduate certificate or graduate diploma if circumstances prevent them from completing the master's. Students who have attained an average mark of 70 in all the coursework components of the Master of Medicine/Masters of Science in Medicine may request to undertake the dissertation unit of study in which students undertake a small supervised individual project in applied pain management and write it up in a dissertation. Those who successfully complete the formal dissertation component graduate with Honours. Master's students who choose not to undertake the honours component but complete their coursework units of study with a minimum average mark of 75 per cent will be awarded pass with merit.

Target group:
Graduates in dentistry, psychology, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and other relevant disciplines interested in a program that provides advanced education in pain management.

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The Master of Medicine (Pain Management) provides advanced education in pain management for graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology and other disciplines involved in pain management. Read more
The Master of Medicine (Pain Management) provides advanced education in pain management for graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology and other disciplines involved in pain management. This course is offered in the form of online distance education mode and may be completed full-time or part-time. The course is recognised for Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Professional Standards Program points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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The MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) is an inter-professional, e-learning course intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or a wish to specialise in the field of Pain Management, within the area of Primary and Community Care. Read more
The MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) is an inter-professional, e-learning course intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or a wish to specialise in the field of Pain Management, within the area of Primary and Community Care.

The aim is to help students to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in their area of expertise and or interest within the field of Pain Assessment and Management in the Primary and Community Care setting. This is however, undertaken within a broader context, which allows the student to understand their level of expertise and knowledge base and how it fits into inter-professional practice and pain management as a whole.

Every applicant has to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) year first. Once they have completed and passed the Postgraduate Certificate, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma (Pg Dip). Once they have completed and passed the Postgraduate Diploma, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Diploma award or they can apply to undertake the MSc.

Each course runs over nine months. The Postgraduate Certificate course starts with a two-week introductory period to enable you to familiarise yourself with the course and e-learning. The course team offer support Monday – Friday (9am -5pm) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums.

Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.

Distinctive features

Inter-professional plus e-learning
Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.

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This Postgraduate Certificate programme develops students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management, and is studied part-time over one year. Read more
This Postgraduate Certificate programme develops students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management, and is studied part-time over one year. It is compliant with UK sedation guidelines.

Degree information

Alongside theoretical training, the programme provides clinical attachments with a programme mentor at accredited sedation clinics in or near London. Students receive training in pre-sedation assessment and how to administer sedation to patients using standard sedation techniques, and observe the criteria set for recovery and discharge of patients after sedation. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies during sedation.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of four core modules worth 15 credits each. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical I
-Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical II
-Conscious Sedation Clinical I
-Conscious Sedation Clinical II

Dissertation/report
Each student writes a 3,000-word referenced essay on a sedation-related topic as part of formal assessment..The topic must be approved by the Programme Director

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, clinical skills seminars, problem-based learning and directly supervised clinical sessions sedating patients. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies.

Careers

The programme prepares graduates to practise as:
-Operator sedationists: as dentists they can conduct dental procedures and administer drugs for relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation.
-Dedicated sedation practitioners: delivering the relief of pain and anxiety through conscious sedation while conducting dental procedures (this form of sedation practice is becoming very popular and the demand is increasing).
-Sedation trainers.
-Various graduates are now offering conscious sedation for the first time in their practices, and one graduate is now running airway certification courses.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Dentist, Walton Park Dental Practice/ Diploma in Implant Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons
-Dental Officer, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
-Speciality Doctor, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
-Paediatric Dentist, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)

Employability
There is a huge demand for sedation practitioners and this is lilkely to grow in future, not only as private practitioners but also sedation trainers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is available to both doctors and dentists, which is unique in the UK. The programme invites guest speakers from other institutions and the Programme Director himself is a visiting professor from UWC, Cape Town, providing connections with the international sedation community. You can find out more about the programme on the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/eastman/education/programmes/dental-sedation-and-pain-management-postgraduate-certificate

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As a multidimensional phenomenon, it is essential that pain is managed through multidisciplinary initiatives and inputs that aim to ease suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with pain. Read more

Programme description

As a multidimensional phenomenon, it is essential that pain is managed through multidisciplinary initiatives and inputs that aim to ease suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with pain.

Through a solid, theoretical understanding of the biological, psychological and social concepts that drive, develop and maintain pain, students will explore the multifaceted nature of pain and its effects. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the specialist area of pain management and will develop the core skills and knowledge required of an advanced pain practitioner.

Each course of the programme is divided into a set of themed sections in which material is presented in a blend of short online lectures, practical case studies, directed readings, podcasts and webinars. This is supplemented by discussion boards that provide directed assessment tasks while input from expert guest lecturers and tutors offer students opportunity for collaborative critical discourse and debate of current issues.

This programme attracts an international and multi-professional student cohort and offers a unique opportunity to have direct contact with others working in pain management across the world. Within this context, students will gain the knowledge, understanding and evaluative skills to provide advanced clinical care so as to improve outcomes for people living in pain.

This part-time, fully online programme will support the need for up-to-date knowledge, skills and theory in a wide variety of clinical areas in pain management.

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

Online learning

The MSc/Dip/Cert in the Clinical Management of Pain is a wholly online educational experience and as such, there are no residential components to this programme. This means that students do not have to travel to the University of Edinburgh campus at any time during the programme.

Although studying at a distance, all students have access to the University of Edinburgh’s extensive educational resources and support services, as well as forming part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Within the programme, students can progress from Postgraduate Certificate, to Postgraduate Diploma and to Master of Science degrees as they successfully complete of each year of course work. Each of the six courses in the Postgraduate Certificate are compulsory as they provide the theoretical foundation for the Diploma and MSc. Students studying beyond the Postgraduate Certificate are provided with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of specialist areas of pain management and to develop the knowledge required to meet specific professional and academic needs.

The Diploma allows students to select from a number of options that are relevant to their employment prospects, personal interests and career goals, and the MSc allows students the opportunity to explore a specialist area of interest in the form of either a dissertation, or, a structured project, which would aim to deliver a ‘real world’ project with a direct impact for an employer, organisation or personal goal.

Thirty-five places are offered each academic year and the majority of students are health care professionals currently working within a clinical setting. The large majority are self-funded, although some do obtain awards from industry, charities and trusts.

The minimum time for completion of the full Masters programme is three years, and the maximum time for completion is six years. The Certificate and Diploma can be completed on a pro rata basis.

PgDip/MSc Clinical Management of Pain and Headache Disorders

If you are interested in pain with a sub-specialty focus, there is the option to study pain management with a headache management 'stream'. Following successful completion of the 60 core pain management credits, you will enrol on 60 credits of taught courses that focus on headache management. On successful completion, you would be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in the Clinical Management of Pain and Headache Disorders.

Students who wish to continue to masters level, would continue by undertaking a dissertation or structured project (60 credits) in the area of headache management. On successful completion, you would be awarded a Master of Science degree in the Clinical Management of Pain and Headache Disorders.

Career opportunities

There are many and diverse prospects for employment depending on where graduates want to work, the area of the world where they are currently based, and, previous experience and interest.

By the end of the programme, students will have gained many valuable subject specific skills, but will also have:

explored their strengths, interests and aspirations
increased their transferable skills for their future and/or current career
developed a stronger academic and vocational profile

Graduates will have gained skills which may, depending on background and strengths, have prepared them for employment in a wide variety of areas including research establishments; educational facilities; government or political organisations; charity and welfare organisations, and within industry. Equally, a postgraduate qualification will provide additional knowledge to supplement and support an ongoing clinical career.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The Master's degree in Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management aims to equip health and social care professionals and others, including new and recent graduates who contribute or plan to contribute to the strategically important area of long term and chronic conditions management.

Key Features of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

Performance:

- Since its inception in 2007, the programme has consistently produced successful, high achieving postgraduates

Teaching and Employability:

- Taught by experienced academics many of whom are also qualified teachers, research active and have a wealth of professional experience in chronic conditions
- Students have the opportunity to develop a bespoke programme relevant to their particular interest and/or speciality
- Students have a choice for their dissertation option, including the novel opportunity to draft a paper to be submitted for publication
- Students can take advantage of inter-professional learning in small groups and the opportunity to study with international students and those enrolled on other Masters programmes

The increasing burden of chronic illness is one of the greatest challenges facing health systems globally. In the UK, approximately 18 million people live with a long term or chronic condition and this number is expected to double by 2030. Approximately 80% of GP consultations, 60% of days spent in hospital and two thirds of all emergency hospital admissions are associated with chronic conditions (Department of Health 2004).

Managing long term and chronic conditions currently accounts for almost 70% of the NHS budget and these costs are projected to increase significantly given the ageing population and escalating risk factors such as obesity and inactivity.

Long term and chronic conditions can have profound and far reaching implications on all aspects of peoples’ lives and can present patients (and families) with a spectrum of needs.

People living with a long term or chronic condition require support, care and rehabilitation from a wide range of professionals in health, social and voluntary care sectors. In addition, effective health promotion, prevention, self-care and self-management will help ensure that chronic illnesses are avoided wherever possible and that people are more informed to safely and effectively manage their health and wellbeing.

This requires complex responses over extended periods of time, coordinated, proactive and collaborative input from the health, social care and voluntary sectors, patients, carers and lay personnel (as in the Expert Patient Programme). These need to be optimally embedded with systems which actively promote and support sustainable stakeholder collaboration and patient empowerment.

Modules

Modules on the Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management programme typically include:

• Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management
• Foundations in Health Promotion
• Foundations in Research
• Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
• Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
• The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
• Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
• Partnerships, Public Health and Epidemiology
• Public Health Practice
• Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
• Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
• Assistive Technology in Health and Social Care
• Politics and Policies
• Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
• Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management
• Chronic Pain Management

Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management Course Structure

The MSc Long Term and Chronic Conditions is designed to be both multi-disciplinary and inter-professional and thereby mirror long term and chronic condition management within the National Health Service (NHS) and government initiatives.

This course is structured as either a one year full-time or three year part-time modular taught Master's degree. The core structure is based around a holistic approach to long term and chronic conditions management, coupled with research.

The Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management programme offer students the flexibility to choose a “bespoke” path that enables them to develop personally and professionally relevant qualifications with a range of optional modules on offer.

Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management students can ‘drill down’ within their specialist area, for example, health promotion, leadership or cancer rehabilitation.

Career Prospects

Current and previous Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management students have roles as nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists, Occupational Therapists, chiropractors, physicians and health science graduates.

Many have secured new roles in healthcare whilst studying or on completion of the programme, and others have or are considering progressing to doctoral level studies or further professional qualifications.

Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management students have presented work at national conferences and have published work or are in the process of doing so.

Staff Expertise

Programme Director, Dr Tessa Watts, has expertise in supporting self-management and has completed the Health Foundation’s Advanced Development Programme for Practitioners. Tessa is also co-chair of the Chronic Conditions Research group in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, and publishes primarily in the areas of cancer, palliative care and healthcare education.

Dr Sherrill Snelgrove has expertise in chronic pain management. Sherrill is co-chair of the Chronic Conditions Research group, alongside Tessa, and publishes in the area of chronic pain management.

Dr Jaynie Rance is a chartered Health Psychologist with particular expertise in lifestyle behaviour change.

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 specialised interdisciplinary Master’s course is an exciting, innovative and forward thinking course which will help you challenge your current working practice in rehabilitation. Read more
This specialised interdisciplinary Master’s course is an exciting, innovative and forward thinking course which will help you challenge your current working practice in rehabilitation. The course offers you the opportunity to enhance the skills of critical enquiry and gain an appreciation of the underlying theory, research and policy guiding current rehabilitation practice.

Suitable for all practitioners working in health and social care like nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and speech and language therapists. Previous cohorts have included an interdisciplinary mix of practitioners working in both general and specialist areas of rehabilitation in community, intermediate care, acute, independent sector and local authorities, both in the UK and overseas.

Students can study the full MSc or can opt to study individual modules.

Highlights

>Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK
>Led by a team of senior academics and advanced practitioners in rehabilitation
>Interprofessional education: Shared learning alongside all other MSc postgraduate courses and both pre and post registration students
>You will undertake and present a research project based on your chosen specialism
>Careers advice embedded into our teaching.

[[Modules]

The minimum period of study for the part-time programme route is 24 months; maximum period of study is 60 months.

The minimum period of study for the full time route is 12 months; maximum period of study is 36 months.

It is possible to study modules on a standalone basis leading to an MSc, PgDip or PgCert over five years.

Core modules:

Policy and practice in health care
Evaluation of reflection in rehabilitation
Critical thinking in practice
Data analysis
Research methods
Research project

Optional modules:

Cognitive behavioural approaches in health
Psychology for exercise
Exercise intervention for obesity and diabetes
Cardiac rehabilitation
Managing fatigue: implications for exercise
Pulmonary rehabilitation
Quality and innovation in rehabilitation
Pain management
Self-management in long term and neurological conditions
Work based learning
Professional development in rehabilitation
Life after stroke

Studying

Members of the planning and teaching team come from multidisciplinary backgrounds and have considerable experience of implementing and teaching on Master's level courses. The team also has a range and depth of experience in both service delivery and research in rehabilitation.

We have considerable experience in neurological and elderly rehabilitation, and have contributed or been responsible for service delivery in both acute and community healthcare, as well as the voluntary and independent sector.

There is also specific expertise in the rehabilitation of individuals with stroke, dementia, acute brain injury, pain management, cardiac and chronic pulmonary disease, falls, progressive neurological disease and palliative care.

Careers

In addition to developing your understanding of your specialist area this course will enable you to:

>Develop a critical understanding of the key policy drivers in rehabilitation and critically evaluate the implications on your own practice.
>Develop a critical awareness and systematic understanding of research methods used in rehabilitation research.
>Critically evaluate your effectiveness in relation to the delivery of person centred rehabilitation.
>Develop leadership skills and advanced practice to promote effective inter-professional working and service delivery in rehabilitation.
>Critically evaluate and advance the most current evidence- based programmes of care in relation to the complex and changing needs of individuals.

You will also gain an understanding of the complex areas of government policy in relation to rehabilitation, and will look at models of disability and rehabilitation and their influence on practice from the perspective of both the practitioner and the patient/client.

Application

To download an application for the course and find out more information about the process and our deadlines, please visit our website.

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Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness. Read more
Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness.

Health psychologists’ interests are firmly in line with government health agendas, and include the promotion of positive health behaviours in adults and children; reducing obesity, binge drinking, smoking and stress; and increasing psychological wellbeing.

The route to Chartered Psychologist status is through the attainment of an accredited MSc Health Psychology (stage 1 training), followed by supervised professional practice (stage 2 training).

USW’s MSc Health Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing students with the knowledge and skills required for Stage 1 of your training in qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner health psychologist.

The MSc Health Psychology is taught by registered practitioner health psychologists (who are also BPS Chartered) with many years of specialist teaching, research and clinical experience in a range of areas of health psychology. Specialist practitioners contribute a contemporary perspective as guest lecturers.

We have ongoing research collaborations with NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements. These currently include psychiatry liaison, pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/300-msc-health-psychology

Five BPS Commendations

The course recently received five commendations from the British Psychological Society who praised the relationships we have with external health and clinical practitioners, and the opportunities these provide to students; the programme’s development in relation to the health needs of the local and wider population in response to the priorities of the Welsh Government Department of Health; the high level of student support; the emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to prepare students for the reflective skills they will need in practice; and the opportunities provided to students by Psychology Plus (employability scheme).

Work Experience Opportunities

We have ongoing research collaborations with four Welsh Health Boards and NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements.

Pawb, our on-campus clinic offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. Students will be able to benefit from supervised voluntary experience and in-house research opportunities.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Contexts and Perspectives in Health Psychology
- Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues* Applications of Health Psychology
- Health-related Cognitions and Behaviour
- Stress, Health and Illness
- A Lifespan Perspective on Health, Illness & Disability
- Independent Research Dissertation
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Learning and teaching methods

Teaching includes lectures, seminars and workshops, some of which will be student-led. There will be a variety of assessment activities such as examinations, essays, case study analysis, poster presentations and the design of a health promotion campaign.

The MSc Health Psychology provides students with opportunities for work experience in the School of Psychology’s own Psychology and Well-Being Clinic (PAWB Wales), in addition to research projects with our NHS partners on issues such as pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the University has recently invested in a new clinic facility that offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. The Psychology and Well-Being Clinic Wales (PAWB Wales) services include play therapy, health psychology, sport psychology, occupational psychology and behaviour analysis. Through the clinic, MSc Health Psychology students and trainee practitioners can gain access to real life training opportunities.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The Sc Health Psychology provides current, up-to-date theory, knowledge and skills related to therapeutic play and enables graduates to work as therapeutic play specialists in educational, healthcare or social care settings.

In addition, an understanding of play is key to current government education initiatives and course content addresses the Welsh Government’s Foundation Phase and other early years educational curricula. Hence this award offers excellent career development in the field of play, whether as a teacher or education specialist, play worker or play development officer, nursery manager, or work in health or social services.

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. There are opportunities for work placements.

Facilities

As an MSc Health Psychology student, you’lll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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Our MSc Delivering Quality Healthcare programme has been created for experienced healthcare professionals and is designed to empower you to operate at an advanced level within your field. Read more
Our MSc Delivering Quality Healthcare programme has been created for experienced healthcare professionals and is designed to empower you to operate at an advanced level within your field.

The programme is informed by the current healthcare agenda and aims to support and drive future change, striving for integrated and higher quality care.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare.

The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for professionals to demonstrate improvement in their care delivery through high-level, expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the context of healthcare management and delivery.

Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The full-time non-endorsed programme is studied over one academic year. The endorsed part time programmes are studied over five academic years (60 months). 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.

Core Modules

-Decisions, Judgements and Risks
-Dissertation
-Leadership and Innovation
-Research Design and Methodology
-Transforming Services for Quality
-Delivering Quality Healthcare (full-time) core modules
-Enabling Individuals to Achieve Health, Wellbeing and Independence
-Evidence Based Practice
-Fundamentals of eHealth
-Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Pathway Modules

-Acutely ill patient
-Care of the Acutely Ill Patient
-Complex Health Assessment

Cancer and Older People
-Cancer in Society
-Understanding the Complexities of Caring for the Older Person

Cancer
-Cancer in Society
-Challenges in Pain Management

ehealth
-Fundamentals of e-Health
-Innovation and Practice Development in Long-Term Conditions

Long Term Conditions
-Leading and Managing Long Term Conditions
-Innovation and Practice Development in Long-Term Conditions

Maternal, Child and Family Health
-Women’s Health and Wellbeing
Or
-Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
And
-High Risk Midwifery
Or
-Enabling Individuals to Achieve Health, Wellbeing and Independence

Older People
-Understanding the Complexities of Caring for the Older Person
-Developing Skills and Supporting Quality Dementia Care in the Acute Environment

Paramedic Practitioner
-Evidencing Your Practice
-Complex Health Assessment
-Leading and Managing Long-Term Conditions
-Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries

Patient Safety
-Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
-Innovations in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Optional Modules

-Cancer in Society
-Care of the Acutely Ill Patient
-Challenges in Pain Management
-Complex Health Assessment
-Developing Skills and Supporting Quality Dementia Care in the Acute Environment
-Enabling Individuals to Achieve Health, Wellbeing and Independence
-Evidencing Your Practice
-Fundamentals of e-Health
-Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
-High Risk Midwifery
-Innovation and Practice Development in Long-Term Conditions
-Innovations in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
-Leading and Managing Long-Term Conditions
-Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries
-Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
-Understanding the Complexities of Caring for the Older Person
-Women’s Health and Wellbeing

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The aim of this programme is to equip and empower students to develop the knowledge and skills to help address the challenges for contemporary integrated healthcare delivery through research and innovative ways of working.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
-Evaluate and critically explore complex problems in order to apply relevant knowledge and skills to develop solution focussed approaches
-Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to interpret research evidence and data in order to communicate health care information into the practice setting effectively
-Demonstrate and apply deep knowledge and understanding relevant to their area of practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Critically evaluate, challenge and apply relevant health policy to their own area of practice
-Demonstrate consideration of relevant ethical principles
-Apply contemporary thinking and analytical skills when analysing the existing evidence base
-Critically evaluate research and methodological approaches taken within the existing evidence available
-Defend originality in their own research work to complement the existing evidence base

Professional practical skills
-Demonstrate the utilisation of innovative approaches to health care within their own area of practice to engender a progressive culture
-Utilise a range of analytical and influencing skills including emotional intelligence, to demonstrate effective leadership
-Effectively address complex and challenging issues to make sound, informed and appropriate judgements in their practice

Key / transferable skills
-Synthesise information effectively to inform health care practices
-Demonstrate and utilise critical awareness to improve health care
-Initiate change and development in their current practice, engaging in the inter-professional arena to facilitate reflective learning in the wider health care team

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.

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Medicines management describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Read more
Medicines management describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines management places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by health care professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK.

The Medway School of Pharmacy's innovative postgraduate distance-learning programme in Medicines Management equips healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care.

The programme is delivered by flexible learning and is structured to enable the student to incorporate learning directly into the workplace. The material provided for self-study is designed for use by all health professionals involved in medicines management and reflects the most recent evidence and practice.

There are two main pathways to the qualification of MSc Medicines Management. Students can either take the PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing and then continue with compulsory and optional courses reach Diploma level or they can complete optional and compulsory courses to reach achieve both Certificate and Diploma. A research project and dissertation is required to complete the MSc. Regardless of the pathway chosen, course options allow students to achieve personal goals within the credit totals for each stage of the degree. They can thus provide a valuable means of supporting continuing professional development or can be used as a training package to support service developments in primary or secondary care.

The aims of the programme are:

- To equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care

- To incorporate learning directly into the workplace and enable the student to rise to the challenges presented by the new, patient centred NHS.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/pha/medmgt

Pharmacy

We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes and courses for pharmacists and other health-care professionals. Our Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the Universities of Greenwich and Kent. We have designed innovative patient focused programmes to address the needs of healthcare professionals. A significant investment in facilities and equipment has allowed us to embark on our objective of establishing an internationally recognised research reputation based on multidisciplinary team work.

What you'll study

Core:

Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits)
Medication Review in Practice (10 credits)
Medicines Management in Practice (10 credits)
Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 credits)
Research Project (60 credits)

Options:

Minor Ailments: Infections and Infestations (10 credits)
Minor Ailments: Pain (5 credits)
Asthma (5 credits)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (5 credits)
Hypertension (5 credits)
Heart Failure (5 credits)
Ischaemic Heart Disease (5 credits)
Type 2 Diabetes (5 credits)
Type 1 Diabetes (5 credits)
Bipolar Affective Disorder (5 credits)
Depression (5 credits)
Dementia (5 credits)
Patient Monitoring in Practice (5 credits)
Advanced Patient Monitoring in Practice (5 credits)
Skills for Medicines Use Review (5 credits)
Engaging with Primary Care: Medicines Optimisation in Practice (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through case study analysis, critical appraisal of literature, assignments, including short essays, and a research project.

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue opportunities for practitioners skilled in medicines management.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery. Read more

Programme description

This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery.

The programme will give you theoretical and practical understanding of oral surgery and how it relates to other dental specialities.

The syllabus includes components of the core competencies for oral surgery training for the General Dental Council and Royal College of Surgeons of England guidelines:

extraction of teeth & retained roots/pathology
management of associated complications including oro-antral fistula
management of odontogenic and all other oral infections
management of impacted teeth
management of complications
peri-radicular surgery
dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
intraoral and labial biopsy techniques
treatment of intra-oral benign and cystic lesions of hard and soft tissues
management of benign salivary gland disease by intra-oral techniques and familiarity with the diagnosis and treatment of other salivary gland diseases
insertion of osseointegrated dental implants including bone augmentation and soft tissue management
appropriate pain and anxiety control including the administration of standard conscious sedation techniques
management of adults and children as in-patients, including the medically at risk patient
management of dento-alveolar trauma and familiarity with the management and treatment of fractures of the jaws and facial skeleton
management of oro-facial pain including temporomandibular joint disorders
clinical diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant diseases, familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
the diagnosis of dentofacial deformity and familiarity with its management and treatment
diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
control of cross-infection
medico-legal aspects of oral surgery

Programme structure

You will participate in lectures, seminars and a rehearsal of procedures in the clinical skills laboratory.

You will also undertake an integrated programme of theoretical, clinical and laboratory teaching.

Throughout the course you will be assessed by written examinations, case presentations, oral examination and the completion of a research project.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.

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These courses enhance the clinical practice of physiotherapists. Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses provide valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Read more
These courses enhance the clinical practice of physiotherapists. Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses provide valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme.

The 'and management' route fulfils the needs of those involved in management in the NHS or private sector.

Course structure

A flexible modular framework normally involves six one-week study blocks at the university. To be awarded the MSc you need to complete three core modules, three option modules and a relevant dissertation. The dissertation may be based on research carried out either in the university or in another suitable environment.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group tutorials, workshops, online and blended learning and laboratory-based work, assessment being by the method most appropriate to the subject.


Syllabus:

Research Methods for Health Professionals

plus two from:
Key Issues in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation
The Health Professional as an Educator
Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chronic Lung Disease
Ergonomics for Health Professionals
Analysis of Function
Exercise in Rehabilitation
Key Issues in Neurological Rehabilitation
Extended Scope of Practice
Contemporary Issues in the Health and Wellbeing of Older People
Practice Development Through Independent Learning
Exploring Pain
Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection
Exploring Health and wellbeing
Developing Professional Learning


plus three modules from a guided choice of management modules

Dissertation


Career and progression opportunities:

Career opportunities include clinical specialist, consultant physiotherapist, physiotherapy management, general management, clinical educator and physiotherapy education. Opportunities also exist for further study at MPhil and PhD level.
It is possible to take modules for this course as single stand-alone modules, either as a sample of Masters level study, or as part of your continuing professional development.

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