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This innovative course will provide podiatrists with a theoretical underpinning of podiatric surgery and the opportunity to specialise in surgery. Read more
This innovative course will provide podiatrists with a theoretical underpinning of podiatric surgery and the opportunity to specialise in surgery.

Podiatric surgery has developed rapidly over the last 15 years as a post-registration professional development, and provides the podiatrist working within the NHS or in private practice with the opportunity to extend their scope of practice to include surgical management of foot and ankle pathologies. This course provides the podiatrist with the theoretical underpinning required to pursue this career route. The modular course is a collaborative initiative offered in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University.

Teaching, learning and assessment

A range of student-centred learning methods including tutorials, seminars and experimental laboratory classes are utilised. Your performance will be assessed by a variety of methods including course work and examination. Class sizes are normally around 10-15.

Teaching hours and attendance

This course is delivered by attendance and by online learning. You will generally be required to attend QMU/ Glasgow Caledonian University a few days a week to participate in classes. You will also be required to carry out additional self directed independent work. Your exact attendance (days and hours) at QMU/GCU will depend on which module you are studying. The part-time route allows you to space your studies out over a longer period of time to suit your needs.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course is approved by the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow, The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP). On completion of the MSc you will be eligible to apply for a surgical training post. Surgical training posts are not part of the academic programme of study and are not arranged by either university.

Modules

15 credits: Anatomy for Surgical Practice+/ Principles of Diagnostic Investigations+ (online)/ Podiatric Mechanics*/
Pharmacology for Podiatric Surgery * (online)/ Medicine and Pathology (online)

30 credits: Diagnostic Imaging-Interpretive +(online)/ Research Methods* (online) (30 credits)

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

* delivered by QMU
+ delivered by Glasgow Caledonian
University (GCU)

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (July 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Careers

This course will provide the theoretical underpinning for those students wishing a career in podiatric surgery.

Quick Facts

- Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.
- The course provides the theoretical underpinning required for surgical training.
- It also provides an academic programme for those podiatrists working or having ambitions to work in extended MSK (musculoskeletal) roles.

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This modular programme aims to provide an academic underpinning in preparation for podiatric surgery and/or advanced practice and conceptualises the podiatrist as a critical, problem solving, reflective clinical practitioner who is able to act autonomously in planning and implementing professional tasks. Read more
This modular programme aims to provide an academic underpinning in preparation for podiatric surgery and/or advanced practice and conceptualises the podiatrist as a critical, problem solving, reflective clinical practitioner who is able to act autonomously in planning and implementing professional tasks.

The programme utilises a wide variety of contemporary learning and teaching approaches which challenges the students to work independently as well as fostering an appreciation of the value of a team approach to care. These key generic skills are developed and utilised to promote the highest quality of practice and enable the students to use the best available evidence as well as widening their scope of practice.

The programme aims to produce a practitioner who is able to gather systematically, appraise, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, utilise the best available evidence for practice and disseminate this information to other colleagues and the broader healthcare community.

Professional Accreditation

This programme is approved by the College of Podiatry, London.

CPD Option

Individual modules are available to health and social care professions with an interest in the area. Most modules are available via Online study.

Employment Opportunities

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) confers eligibility to apply for practical pupillage under the mentorship of a podiatric surgeon. Also a role as an extended scope practitioner in an MSK practice setting.

Many of our graduates have found that this academic qualification and the graduate skills acquired during the programme have enhanced their employability and career progression in surgery and MSK practice within the UK and abroad.

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This is a unique podiatry programme at master’s level leading to Health and Care Profession Council registration. Currently the only programme in the UK. Read more
This is a unique podiatry programme at master’s level leading to Health and Care Profession Council registration. Currently the only programme in the UK.

This is a 3 year full-time programme in which you will be developing practical skills with patients from the first semester (in the University in-house clinics) and then on placement within health services in subsequent years. The placements will be in wide variety of specialisms and you will be supervised by experienced and specialist podiatrists.

Aligned with this is the academic component of acquisition of knowledge, the development of critical enquiry, research and application of research into practice. You will be taught by national and internationally recognised academics who are subject specialists. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in the Foot and Ankle Research Programme, led by Professor Chris Nester. You will be taught by and have opportunity to work with senior post-doctoral researchers who, have published in peer reviewed journals and written books aligned to the profession.

You will be supported by academic, personal tutors and placement supervisors in the development of skills for critical reflection in order to ensure ongoing professional and personal development, and enhance employability.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/pre-registration-masters-podiatry-programme

Suitable For

This programme is suitable for those individuals who already have a BSc (Hons) in a health related subject (such as sports science, biological sciences, pharmacy, nursing ) who are looking for a career change with opportunities for employment in health services as a podiatrist, research / academic posts or commercial posts related to podiatry. The programme requires individuals who are committed to academic, personal and leadership skills development.

Course detail

This non-standard 3 year full time programme will provide you with a master’s level academic qualification together with a professional practice qualification, which is a pre-requisite for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council. It will provide you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become leaders in the podiatry profession with research and/or the clinical roles.

The ethos of the programme is to enhance:

- application of research into clinical practice
- application of knowledge into practice through mentorship/teaching
- application of experience of practice into knowledge
- escalation of professional and academic development

Format

Lectures - will provide foundation material for further study as well as guest lectures by key individuals from practice, service users & carers and academia to ensure students are exposed to the wider national and international context of podiatry.
Individual and group tutorials - will enable peer learning to take place as well as more focused individual learning needs.
Critical Reflection on practice experience and ongoing personal and professional development through PDP/log book.
Self- directed learning - essential for development of key skills and independence in choice of learning material.
Teaching and learning experience in clinical practice will include exposure to a range of clinical placements where students learning will be facilitated by experienced practitioners in specific fields of practice, including other members of health and social care professions.

Modules

- Foundations of Knowledge in Practice
- Advancement of Knowledge in Practice
- Core Proficiencies in Clinical Practice
- Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 1
- Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 2
- Assessment diagnosis and management in clinical practice
- Advancing professional knowledge and practice
- Advanced Clinical Practice

Assessment

Theoretical components:

- Assignment 20%
- Objective structured exam 10%
- Exam 10%
- Viva 20%

Practical components:

- Log book /PDP 100%

Career prospects

With this new programme it is anticipated that in addition to the above, the students will increase their employability in these areas and also increase their career progression. It is also anticipated that students may subsequently want to continue in education to complete PhD studies or to gain employment in the commercial sector.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an independent physiotherapist or podiatrist prescriber. Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an independent physiotherapist or podiatrist prescriber.

Prescribing by physiotherapists and podiatrists has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of physiotherapists and podiatrists in the provision of care. Where appropriate, physiotherapists and podiatrists are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of non-medical prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and the support provided. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for you to receive feedback to support the development of your work; we consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance your experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with non-medical prescribing leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Further information and examples of nurse independent prescribing roles can be found here:
http://www.prescribingforsuccess.co.uk/document_uploads/nmp-staff-stories/NMP_NHS_Staff_Stories.pdf

And using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010): http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140627112622/http://www.npc.nhs.uk/non_medical/resources/NMP_QuickGuide.pdf

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare physiotherapists and podiatrists for their roles as independent prescribers.

In accordance with the requirements identified by the HCPC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.

This 40 credit programme at level 7 comprises two 10 credits modules (one at level 6) and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to:
-Consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and demonstrating understanding of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint, and conduct a relevant physical examination, recognise and manage clinical complexity.
-Demonstrate clarity of reasoning in relation to the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to your own prescribing practice whilst recognising and evaluating the relationship between pharmacology and prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels.
-Demonstrate a critical awareness of legal, ethical and professional frameworks including the responsibility that your role as an independent/supplementary prescriber entails, and demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility for working within the scope of your professional competence, articulate and demonstrate how you will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
-Synthesise sources of information, advice and support, taking into account evidence-based practice, national/ local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice and demonstrate their application to prescribing practice.
-Critically evaluate factors which impact on prescribing at individual, local and national levels and in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring, modification and practice-based change.
-Demonstrate knowledge and clarity of reasoning in the ability to refer/ consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner, developing an effective relationship and communication channels with patients/carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team to work within a prescribing partnership, critically reflect on the clinical governance frameworks that include audit and prescribing practice and development.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could combine successful completion of the Non-medical Prescribing award with the 20-credit module HPHG7024 Medicines: Therapeutics and Pharmacology (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/cpd-and-short-courses/medicines---therapeutics-and-pharmacology/) for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development, with option to transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

Other admission requirements

All entry criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement:
-Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date

A fully-completed application form confirming:
-At least two years' clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place.
-Identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course.
-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.

The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.

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This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease. Read more
This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease. Students also examine inter-professional practice and work towards career development within the NHS, other institutions and private practice. Practitioners are able to graduate whilst in full-time employment and the course enhances career prospects, particularly in relation to clinical specialisms in podiatry. The course is fully integrated within the University's health and social science graduate program, and provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Typically delivered in one-week study blocks this approach allows attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally. Research is integrated with taught lectures and tutorials as well as seminars. Varied methods of assessment include assignments, case histories around student’s professional practice and written exams. A dissertation module makes up the final research-based aspect of the course

It is expected students will be within a professional setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week to help relating learning from the course to professional practice.

Applicants from outside the UK must have successfully completed an undergraduate podiatry programme at a level deemed to be equivalent to the UK BSc(Hons) Podiatry.

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This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease. Read more
This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease. Students also examine inter-professional practice and work towards career development within the NHS, other institutions and private practice. Practitioners are able to graduate whilst in full-time employment and the course enhances career prospects, particularly in relation to clinical specialisms in podiatry. The course is fully integrated within the University's health and social science graduate program, and provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Typically delivered in one-week study blocks this approach allows attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally. Research is integrated with taught lectures and tutorials as well as seminars. Varied methods of assessment include assignments, case histories around student’s professional practice and written exams. A dissertation module makes up the final research-based aspect of the course.

It is expected students will be within a professional setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week to help relating learning from the course to professional practice.

Applicants from outside the UK must have successfully completed an undergraduate podiatry programme at a level deemed to be equivalent to the UK BSc(Hons) Podiatry.

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This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease. Read more
This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease. Students also examine inter-professional practice and work towards career development within the NHS, other institutions and private practice. Practitioners are able to graduate whilst in full-time employment and the course enhances career prospects, particularly in relation to clinical specialisms in podiatry. The course is fully integrated within the University's health and social science graduate program, and provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Typically delivered in one-week study blocks this approach allows attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally. Research is integrated with taught lectures and tutorials as well as seminars. Varied methods of assessment include assignments, case histories around student’s professional practice and written exams. A dissertation module makes up the final research-based aspect of the course.

It is expected students will be within a professional setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week to help relating learning from the course to professional practice.

Students from outside the UK must have successfully completed an undergraduate podiatry programme at a level deemed to be equivalent to the UK BSc(Hons) Podiatry.

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This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease, particularly diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics, depending on the route taken. Read more
This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease, particularly diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics, depending on the route taken. Students also examine inter-professional practice and work towards career development within the Health and Social Care settings and private practice. Practitioners are able to graduate whilst in full-time employment and the course enhances career prospects, especially in relation to diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics as appropriate. The course is fully integrated within the University's health and social science graduate program, and provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Typically delivered in one-week study blocks this approach allows attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally. Research is integrated with taught lectures and tutorials as well as seminars. Varied methods of assessment include assignments, case histories around student’s professional practice and written exams. A dissertation module linked to the students area of professional practice makes up the final research-based aspect of the course.

It is expected students will be within a professional setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week to help relating learning from the course to professional practice.

Applicants from outside the UK must have successfully completed an undergraduate podiatry programme at a level deemed to be equivalent to the UK BSc(Hons) Podiatry.

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This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease, particularly diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics, depending on the route taken. Read more
This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease, particularly diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics, depending on the route taken. Students also examine inter-professional practice and work towards career development within the Health and Social Care settings and private practice. Practitioners are able to graduate whilst in full-time employment and the course enhances career prospects, especially in relation to diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics as appropriate. The course is fully integrated within the University's health and social science graduate program, and provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Typically delivered in one-week study blocks this approach allows attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally. Research is integrated with taught lectures and tutorials as well as seminars. Varied methods of assessment include assignments, case histories around student’s professional practice and written exams. A dissertation module linked to the students area of professional practice makes up the final research-based aspect of the course.

It is expected students will be within a professional setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week to help relating learning from the course to professional practice.

Applicants from outside the UK must have successfully completed an undergraduate podiatry programme at a level deemed to be equivalent to the UK BSc(Hons) Podiatry.

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This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatric surgery and the study of the foot and lower limb in health and disease. Read more
This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatric surgery and the study of the foot and lower limb in health and disease. The course is approved by the Faculty of Surgery, Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists. Students also examine inter-professional practice and work towards career development within the NHS and other institutions. Practitioners are able to graduate whilst in full-time employment and the course enhances career prospects in relation to podiatric surgery. The course is fully integrated within the University's health and social science graduate program, and provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Typically delivered in one-week study blocks this approach allows attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally. Research is integrated with taught lectures and tutorials as well as seminars. Varied methods of assessment include assignments, case histories around student’s professional practice and written exams. A dissertation module linked to podiatric surgery makes up the final research-based aspect of the course.

It is expected students will be within a professional setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week to help relating learning from the course to professional practice.

Applicants from outside the UK must have successfully completed an undergraduate podiatry programme at a level deemed to be equivalent to the UK BSc(Hons) Podiatry.

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This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease, particularly diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics, depending on the route taken. Read more
This course enhances students’ existing knowledge and understanding of the practice of podiatry and the study of the lower limb in health and disease, particularly diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics, depending on the route taken. Students also examine inter-professional practice and work towards career development within the Health and Social Care settings and private practice. Practitioners are able to graduate whilst in full-time employment and the course enhances career prospects, especially in relation to diabetes, rheumatology or clinical biomechanics as appropriate. The course is fully integrated within the University's health and social science graduate program, and provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Typically delivered in one-week study blocks this approach allows attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally. Research is integrated with taught lectures and tutorials as well as seminars. Varied methods of assessment include assignments, case histories around student’s professional practice and written exams. A dissertation module linked to the students area of professional practice makes up the final research-based aspect of the course.

It is expected students will be within a professional setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week to help relating learning from the course to professional practice.

Applicants from outside the UK must have successfully completed an undergraduate podiatry programme at a level deemed to be equivalent to the UK BSc(Hons) Podiatry.

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The Certificate in Diabetes Care (CIDC) course is the UK’s leading foundation course in diabetes care. Over 10,000 healthcare professionals have enrolled on the course which provides the practical knowledge and skills necessary to provide an effective and efficient service for people with diabetes. Read more
The Certificate in Diabetes Care (CIDC) course is the UK’s leading foundation course in diabetes care. Over 10,000 healthcare professionals have enrolled on the course which provides the practical knowledge and skills necessary to provide an effective and efficient service for people with diabetes.

Sensitive to the constraints on busy healthcare professionals, the course aims to link theory directly with practice. The course is designed to meet the educational needs of all healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes care and the assessments for the course builds upon existing knowledge and helps to develop new skills.

Please note: Healthcare professionals need to be working in a clinical setting and working with people who have diabetes mellitus to undertake this course.

Programme aims

During the programme, we expect that you will:
-Develop, extend and enrich your existing knowledge about diabetes and the care of people with diabetes, adapting your professional practice to all you have learnt.
-Take the opportunity to explore existing attitudes and beliefs in the practice of diabetes care
-Explore and discuss the value of team working in diabetes care.
-Recognise the importance of interpersonal and effective communication skills in relationships with people with diabetes, family members/carers and colleagues in the delivery of diabetes care.
-Understand how you learn and how you apply your learning to your professional practice.
-Extend your network of people working in diabetes care, to share experiences, to have fun and develop supportive relationships, and achieve an accredited qualification in diabetes care from The University of Warwick.

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This module focuses on the particular considerations that are required to provide comprehensive care for an adolescent with diabetes. Read more
This module focuses on the particular considerations that are required to provide comprehensive care for an adolescent with diabetes.
-Intended for health professionals involved with the care of adolescents with diabetes.
-Introduces the concept of adolescence, examining the physiology and its influence on diabetes.
-An exploration of adolescent behaviour, behavioural models and health beliefs will underpin the examination of mental health issues including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
-A discussion of models of transitional care, service implications and management in clinic will aid the professional in provision of care.
-Comprises lectures, group work and supervision.
-The teaching and learning style is interactive, drawing on both the expert teachers and the experience of other students.

Assessment

Students undertake an assignment to demonstrate more in-depth study, review of the literature and/or critical application of the knowledge and skills gained in the taught part of the module.

A 4,000-word assignment is required to gain 20 CATS credits from the module

Other options

-MSc route: available as an option on MSc in Diabetes programme or on the MSc in Diabetes (Paediatrics) programme.
-Not sure an MSc is for you? Take this module as a Postgraduate Award. Contact us for more information:

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