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

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

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

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

Programme structure

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

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

Example module listing

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

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

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

Learning and teaching module selection

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

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

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

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

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

Mentorship module

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practice Teacher qualification

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Initially students will enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma award. If they are successful they can apply to undertake the top-up MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award by completing the 60 credit Dissertation module. Read more
Initially students will enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma award. If they are successful they can apply to undertake the top-up MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award by completing the 60 credit Dissertation module. Graduates from the full MSc course will receive confirmation that they have completed an RCN Accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner pathway.

The School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University has been delivering high quality Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) education for over 20 years, with demand increasing year on year. While initially the focus was on developing experienced nurses working in primary care settings, this has subsequently expanded to include nurses from secondary and tertiary services.

This course has therefore been developed for both experienced qualified registered nurses and other health professionals working in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings, who wish to undertake advanced clinical education at master's level. This education will provide high-quality preparation not only for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) but also for Advanced Clinical Practitioners and health professionals who need to work at a higher level of practice.

RCN Accreditation

While not all of the students undertaking this course will be nurses, other health professionals will benefit from the rigorous standards set by the RCN Accreditation unit for advanced nurse practitioner preparation. Their standards are currently the only quality marker for Advanced Practitioner preparation in England. RCN Accreditation indicates that this course has been evaluated against 15 standards and associated criteria for educational preparation and judged to prepare practitioners to an advanced level (RCN, 2012).

Further, in accordance with the RCN endorsement (2012), the course has also been designed to comply with the Department of Health (England) (2010) position statement on Advanced Level Nursing.

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 August 2021.

Modules

PgDip:

The structure for the course comprises of a prescribed sequence of six compulsory modules, the order depending on the start date (September or January) and the rate of progression.

Each 20 credit module accounts for 200 hours of total student effort. This typically comprises of 36 – 42 classroom contact hours, 14 blended learning activity hours, practice based learning hours (equivalent to a minimum of 3 hours per week) and the remainder for self-directed study.

A range of assessment strategies will be used to reflect the academic, clinical and professional aspects of the programme. This includes use of exams, a written case study, an essay, completion of a Practice Based Learning record including Practice Facilitator feedback and evaluation of practice, OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and production of a clinical portfolio including patient feedback.

The first part of the course includes:

Physiological Principles for Advanced Clinical Practice
Clinical Assessment Skills for Advanced Practice
Non Medical Prescribing

The second part of the course includes:

Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice
Leadership and Research Skills for Advanced Practice

There is an option for the final module according to work setting from:

Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Community and Primary Care)
Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Emergency Care)
Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Acute and Critical Care)

The Complexity modules share a common learning framework and approach to assessment but the focus, content and assessment requirements are adapted for the context.

MSc (top-up):

Students can progress to undertake the Dissertation module (60 credits) to gain the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award.

Teaching and learning

There are a range of facilities to support teaching practice skills and simulation. These include the skills laboratories, clinical and simulation equipment, themed notice boards, resources, anatomical models and the media/skills technicians who maintain the labs and prepare for sessions.

Students are supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) using “Moodle”. Students have access to the VLE using a web browser from home, from campus, or when mobile if they have a smart phone or tablet. Open access computers are provided in the Library and Learning Resource Centre on our Southwark campus. These computers enable access to the internet, email, Microsoft office and other supported software. Direct IT helplines are available to support students

E-learning will complement face-to-face delivery for all modules within the course, with 14 specific hours assigned to blended learning activities in each timetable.

Skills workshop

A four day workshop will continue to be provided mid-way through the course, to give the opportunity for students to practise, consolidate and develop their new skills in a supervised, supportive environment. This is currently used as an effective strategy which is very highly evaluated by our students.

Placements

Practice based learning requirements
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) (2007) identify that learning within the work place is integral to a higher education programme and is demonstrated through engagement within the practice environment. This is particularly important for preparation for a course of this nature; for any students, even those with many years of experience, some of the areas covered by the programme will be new such as history-taking, physical examination skills, ordering and interpreting investigations, making differential diagnoses, pharmacology, prescribing, social sciences and mental health assessment, etc. One of the key requirements for the course is that the practice experience provides learning opportunities that enable students to achieve the course learning outcomes (RCN, 2012) and so in order to ensure this, learning in practice is purposely structured and assessed.

Students will spend the equivalent of 3 hours per week working in a "supernumerary capacity" in order to focus specifically on their clinical and professional development. This requirement extends beyond the University semesters to include the summer periods.

Practice Based Learning is supported through identification of a doctor/qualified Advanced Practitioner to act as the student's "Practice Facilitator" to initially supervise and subsequently support their clinical development. Other experienced senior clinicians can also supervise and support student development.

Evidence of practice based learning (36 hours of direct supervision and 180 hours of indirect supervised clinical practice) and feedback on progress is used as an element of assessment on the following modules: 1. Clinical Assessment Skills for Advanced Practice [Level 7] 2. Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice [Level 7] 3. Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice [Level 7]

The overall total for supervised hours through successful completion of these modules is 648 hours.

Employability

Graduate and employer surveys and feedback indicate our graduates are making a positive impact on patient care and service innovation in general practices, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units, emergency departments, projects for refugees, asylum seekers and homeless populations, elderly care facilities, “out of hours” developments, rapid response services, intermediate care teams, prison services, acute medical and surgical teams, critical-care outreach and specialist hospital services.

Some of our graduates are now lead nurses within social enterprises, nurse partners in general practices, nurse representatives on commissioning boards, community matrons and consultant nurses. To date two graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral studies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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This programme is aimed at registered nurses and midwives, with experience in acute or primary care settings, who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice. Read more
This programme is aimed at registered nurses and midwives, with experience in acute or primary care settings, who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice.

Students will be prepared to function at master's level through the programme and will have the unique opportunity to develop practice at a higher level. In the past 'advanced practitioner' posts have tended to be characterised principally by clinical competence; however, this programme accepts that advanced practice is a 'level' of practice rather than a particular role. This programme takes into account the four pillars of practice: clinical practice; leadership; facilitation of learning; and evidence research and development. Therefore, some practitioners will focus on leading and managing services; others will focus on clinical practice and be able to diagnose and treat healthcare needs; and others will have advanced roles within public health.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/health-professions/study-options/part-time-learning/advanced-nursing-practice

Course detail

There are five routes within the programme:
• Clinical Practice (3 years part-time)
• District Nursing (3 years part-time)
• Health Visiting (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)
• Leadership (3 years part-time)
• School Nursing (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)

There are exit points within this award to allow you to complete with a postgraduate certificate, diploma or an MSc. The professional qualification of district nurse, health visitor or school nurse will be recorded on completion of stage 1 but you may choose to continue to complete the whole MSc.

Clinical Practice:

- is directly linked to the teaching, development and assessment of the nationally recognised benchmarks for advanced clinical practice (RCN 2010). This will be the preferred route for practitioners working in acute care, out of hours services, hospital at night services and in medical and surgical support posts.

District Nursing:

- is aimed at experienced nurses who wish to gain contemporary knowledge to take forward the rapidly changing primary care agenda. It will enable a critical, innovative and reflective approach to address the healthcare needs of individuals, families, carers, groups and communities. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

Health Visiting:

- is aimed at nurses and midwives who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required of a health visitor. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment

Leadership:

- is open to those who will be working at an advanced level in leadership roles who are required to lead and advance practice within the policy context of health and social care. It has some flexibility with option modules and, depending on your choice of option modules, attendance at University may not be compulsory.

School Nursing:

- is aimed at nurses and midwives who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required of a school nurse. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

Format

This programme is driven by a philosophy that is student centered, progressive, process oriented and practice focused, and a blended approach to learning is adopted. Students will learn within a virtual environment (CampusMoodle) and apply the theoretical learning to their practice through a work based learning approach. Students will therefore have an opportunity to apply learning to their specific area of practice within contemporary healthcare service.

Depending on the route selected and the choice of optional modules, there will be some compulsory attendance at the University - for the clinical examination module and the prescribing element.

Placements and accreditation

Three of the routes are approved by the NMC to meet the requirements of being recorded as a district nurse (NMC 2001), or registered as a health visitor or school nurse on the NMC (2004) register. All five routes are accredited by the RCN.

Clinical Practice and Leadership routes are undertaken within your own place of work with the support of an identified practice facilitator. The criteria for this role are within the admission criteria. If you select to undertake the Non Medical Prescribing module you will require supervision by a designated medical practitioner.

Cognisance has been taken of the recent national work undertaken by NHS Education Scotland which has informed the curriculum of the district nursing, health visiting and school nursing routes.

Students are required to attend placements on the District Nursing, Health Visiting and School Nursing routes ; these are equivalent to 23 weeks full time over the period of the PgDip.

Royal College of Nursing accreditation will be awarded on completion of the full MSc.

Careers

This programme develops greater understanding and the skills of the advanced practitioner in relation to leadership and clinical practice.

As healthcare is an ever changing environment, it will provide aspiring healthcare professionals with a comprehensive programme of preparation that develops an advanced level of practice.

It recognises the accepted international benchmark for advanced practice and develops highly experienced and educated members of the care team who are able to diagnose and treat healthcare needs or make a referral to an appropriate specialist..

This programme allows students to continue and develop their knowledge and skills within their own areas of practice, enabling them to accelerate their career progression.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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Practitioners, on all pathways, are equipped to lead, plan and evaluate care at individual, community and population level. This course is suitable for qualified nurses or midwives with a commitment to prevention and health promotion and evidence-based practice in a community setting. Read more
Practitioners, on all pathways, are equipped to lead, plan and evaluate care at individual, community and population level.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for qualified nurses or midwives with a commitment to prevention and health promotion and evidence-based practice in a community setting.

Applicants will want to develop their practice in the sphere of district nursing, health visiting or school nursing, as well as gain an academic qualification which can lead to an MSc.

Objectives

The programme offers registered nurses and midwives an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skills to improve health within communities. City offers the three specialist community practitioner routes in District Nursing, Health Visiting and School Nursing.

The course aims to support you to:
-Acquire a deep and systematic understanding of the professional and technical skills and knowledge of public health policy, practice, care delivery and service development.
-Develop knowledge, skills and professional competencies.
-Critically analyse social and cultural perspectives of public health, health and disease and the influence they have on judgements and decisions for practice, practice development and service delivery.
-Promote multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working in relation to public health practice.
-Critically analyse, synthesise and apply Specialist Public Health Nursing or Primary Care Nursing knowledge, policy and practice to work in different settings.
-Develop skills and knowledge to practise autonomously and organise and appraise practice and learning.
-Achieve the competency to prescribe from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers.

Placements

Practice is an integral part of the programme. In the practice setting, you will work alongside a practice teacher or practice teacher and mentor from the specific sphere of practice, while completing learning activities and a practice assessment document.

You are required to undertake 15 days additional experience in an area of, or that may be of, responsibility, even if not central to the defined area of practice. This can be anywhere in the world. Past students have visited Denmark and Scotland, for example, as well as working elsewhere in London. They have worked with food banks, specialist nurses, environmental health officers and been involved in community development projects.

For the final ten weeks of the programme, you will work consistently in practice, consolidating your learning.

During your placement, you will have at least three visits from your link lecturer (who is also your personal tutor) to support learning in practice and facilitate theory- practice development.

Academic facilities

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

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

Teaching and learning

Teaching is facilitated by qualified educators, the majority of whom are registrants from the appropriate sphere of practice. In becoming a self-critical, lifelong, reflective learner, you will identify your learning needs and work towards meeting these.

Learning and teaching strategies will include formal lectures, seminars, student-led seminars, group projects, simulated practice, negotiated learning, e-learning, self-directed learning and practice-based activities.

Assessment
Assessment strategies seek to make links to practice. The following assessment methods will be used throughout the programme:
-Essays.
-Practice Assessment Document.
-Vivas.
-Case studies.
-Written examinations.
-Reflections on Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).
-Drug Calculations.
-Development of a research proposal.
-Community Health Needs Assessment Health.
-Project plan.
-Digital Pitch.

Modules

Throughout the programme, both practice and theory is used to develop learning. 50% of the time is in practice, working alongside a practice teacher or mentor, and the other 50% is learning time in the Institution.

This programme will generally include 50 organised learning days, most of which will be campus-based and 107 practice days of different sorts (supervised, alternative and consolidated). There are 57 study days when you are expected to undertake guided independent study.

As a paid employee, you are expected to attend all timetabled classes and placement learning experiences.

For a complete module selection breakdown, see the website: http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/postgraduate-diploma-public-health

Career prospects

The programme is vocational, leading to practice and employment as a district nurse, health visitor or school nurse. Such practitioners are employed by NHS Foundation Trusts, Social Enterprises and Commercial Providers.

The starting salary is generally at Agenda for Change Band six. District nurses, health visitors and school nurses gain employment as:
-Experienced practitioners.
-Practice teachers.
-Community matrons.
-Nurse consultants.
-Managers.
-Professional organisation officers.
-Institution lecturers.

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This Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. Read more

This Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.

This programme will enable you to practice with a high level of clinical autonomy in roles that require you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of people with undifferentiated and/or complex clinical presentations.

There are two pathways within this Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice: Advanced Practitioner and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. This programme is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role that sits between your own profession and medicine. If you are looking for education as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner this pathway can also meet your needs. Please see below under the 'Modules' tab for further information.

If you are nurse then the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) pathway will be suitable for you. Other healthcare practitioners will be awarded the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Practitioner).

Our nursing is ranked 10th in the world and 3rd amongst UK universities in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2017.

Introducing your course

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner) pathways will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to healthcare methods and practices, preparing you for a clinical practitioner role at an advanced level. Through access to a suite of modules incorporating advanced health assessment, diagnosis and non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced practitioner role within - your health care setting. This pathway is only open to practitioners working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.

Overview

In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice (advanced nursing practice or advanced practice)
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice
  • Apply communication and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
  • Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology.
  • Demonstrate your clinical competence through simulated and practice based clinical assessment.
  • If you are eligible to practice as an independent or supplementary prescriber you will have the opportunity to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification


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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Advanced Practice in Health Care at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Advanced Practice in Health Care at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The student-centred Advanced Practice in Health Care postgraduate programme is the only one in Wales to be accredited by the Royal College of Nursing. The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme enables experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice in health care. The MSSc and PGDip in Advanced Practice in Health Care has also been carefully mapped against the prospective Advanced Nurse Practitioner competencies of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The clinical component of the Advanced Practice in Health Care programme is taught by a team of active practitioners consisting of: Advanced Nurse Practitioners, an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and a Medical Doctor.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme is consistent with current thinking on advanced practice and complies with both the competencies provided by the Royal College of Nursing, 2012 (RCN) and their high standards of course delivery. Students of the Advanced Practice in Health Care programme will develop critical and creative thinking skills in relation to clinical practice to an advanced level on the programme. Additionally, students of the Advanced Practice in Health Care programme will develop their knowledge and skills with regard to their role as a researcher, educator, manager and leader in health care.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme at Swansea University commenced in 1992. Since then it has undergone several changes in order to remain at the forefront of contemporary practices in health care. The modules are designed to enable the clinician to develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of an advanced practitioner (Scottish Government, 2008). Students may also undertake studies for non-medical prescribing.

Modules on the Advanced Practice in Health Care programme typically include:

• Foundations in Research

• Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills

• Non Medical Prescribing

• Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

• Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership

• Advanced Practice and Education

Staff Expertise

The academic lead for the Advanced Practice in Health Care team works on a national basis with the Welsh Government on advanced practice policy.

The Programme Coordinator is a committee member of the RCN Accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner Educators Group.

Several members of the teaching team for the Advanced Health Care programme have published books and papers on the subject of Advanced Practice in health care.

Swansea was one of the first universities in the UK to offer nurse practitioner/advanced nurse practitioner education. We now have twenty years of experience of doing so. The programme is informed predominantly by the Advanced Practice Toolkit, the Royal College of Nursing document (RCN, 2012) and by working closely with our colleagues in the NHS.

Links with practice in health care

The practitioner teachers work within the local NHS and so provide a link. There is a formal link between the College of Human and Health Sciences and the Bridgend Rehabilitation Team. Several members of the teaching team work on committees with Hywel Dda Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.



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This course is intended for appropriately qualified practitioners who support the process of learning and assessment in the practice and academic setting. Read more
This course is intended for appropriately qualified practitioners who support the process of learning and assessment in the practice and academic setting. This course is part-time and designed to offer a flexible pathway. It is possible to study individual modules or the whole course, however this decision must be made before application.

The course incorporates the elements required by:

• Nurses and Midwives who wish to become Community Practice Teachers or Nurse/ Midwife Teachers (recorded with the NMC).
• Social Workers who wish to gain the Stage 1 and stage 2 Practice Educator awards in Practice Education.
• The course also meets the needs of those Allied Health Professionals and General Practitioners who wish to be recognised by their professional bodies.
• The Higher Education Academy for recognition as an Associate Fellow or Fellow. This provides national recognition of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.

Modules

PgCert Practice Education (60 credits)

• The role of the Practice Educator - TBE- 7- 009 (40 credits)
• Curriculum perspectives - TBE- 7- 010 (20 credits), or:
• Practice development educator - TBE-7-011 (Social Work) (20 credits)

PgDip Practice Education (120 credits)

Year 1

• The role of the Practice Educator - TBE- 7- 009 (40 credits)
• Curriculum perspectives - TBE- 7- 010 (20 credits), or:
• Practice development educator - TBE-7-011 (Social Work) (20 credits)

Year 2

• Leadership and Innovation in Practice Education – TBE -7- 012 (20 credits)
• Research in Health and Social Care – TAR -7-011 (20 credits)

1 optional Module, selected from the list below (20 credits )

• Leading in Patient and Public Engagement - RCN-7102 (20 credits)
• Mentoring and Coaching for Leadership in Health Care - RCN -7 103 (20 credits)

Or an optional Module from our CPPD prospectus (20 credits)

MA Practice Education (180 credits)

Year 1

• The role of the Practice Educator - TBE- 7- 009 (40 credits)
• Curriculum perspectives - TBE- 7- 010 (20 credits), or:
• Practice development educator - TBE-7-011 (Social Work) (20 credits)

Year 2

• Leadership and Innovation in Practice Education – TBE -7- 012 (20 credits)
• Research in Health and Social Care – TAR -7-011 (20 credits)

1 optional Module, selected from the list below (20 credits )

• Leading in Patient and Public Engagement - RCN-7102 (20 credits)
• Mentoring and Coaching for Leadership in Health Care - RCN -7 103 (20 credits)

Or an optional Module from our CPPD prospectus (20 credits)

Year 3

• Dissertation - TAR-7-010 (60 credits)

Professional links

This course is approved by the Higher Education Academy.

The Higher Education Academy provides services to the higher education sector for teaching professionals and subject and discipline groups.

Employability

The programme incorporates the elements required by nurses and midwives who wish to become community or specialist practice teachers or nurse/midwife teachers (recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council). The programme also meets the needs of those allied health professionals who wish to be recognised by their professional bodies.

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If you are post-registration, completing the postgraduate diploma allows you to specialise in district nursing and primary care practice. Read more

If you are post-registration, completing the postgraduate diploma allows you to specialise in district nursing and primary care practice. You gain the knowledge and skills required to work with varied, and often vulnerable people, in the primary care setting.

You develop your expertise as an autonomous practitioner and leader with an evidence-based skills set that meets the challenges of contemporary practice. There are many opportunities within the course to share learning from your peers and other disciplines from across the primary care team.

If you complete the postgraduate diploma award you gain a Postgraduate in Specialist Practice District Nursing. You then have the option to complete a dissertation and graduate with an MSc Nursing (specialist practice district nursing). Please note additional funding is required for you to go on and complete a further 60 credit dissertation module for the award of MSc.

Within the Postgraduate Diploma you complete a research-based module which prepares you for the MSc dissertation. This equips you to use policy and research to underpin and develop innovative practice and gives you the skills to frame a research question, take empirical research and write up an academic dissertation.

To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, your studies consists of 50% practice and 50% theory. We structure the postgraduate diploma to reflect the important balance of the practice elements, which are designated practice days or work-based learning. Consolidated practice enables you to work independently while remaining under the supervision of a practice teacher. The theoretical elements involve a mix of learning approaches including self-directed study days.

To gain the NMC recognised qualifications, you need to be sponsored by an employing organisation and have an appropriately qualified mentor or practice teacher allocated by the sponsoring trust to guide and assess your practice experience.

Study individual modules

You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Professional recognition

Successfully completing the course allows you to be on the NMC register as a

  • specialist practitioner – district nursing
  • community practitioner – nurse prescriber

Course structure

Start date

  • PgDip – September
  • MSc – September or January

Postgraduate diploma core modules

  • Fundamentals of District Nursing
  • Nurse Prescribing
  • Enhancing the Quality of Services through Effective Collaborative practice
  • Research methods for practice
  • Advancing District Nursing Practice
  • The Advanced Critically thinking nurse leader
  • Evidence Based approaches to long term conditions 

MSc

  • dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

  • critiques/critical reflection
  • reports
  • essays
  • examinations
  • portfolio including reflection and practice assessment document
  • research projects, evaluation projects, service development projects, advanced professional practice projects and theoretical or literature based projects
  • e-activities (for distance learning)

Employability

As a graduate of this course your employment opportunities are wide-ranging and interesting, offering an exciting and varied career pathway. Graduates are prepared for a demanding and rewarding career as a Specialist Practice District Nurse, with opportunities to lead and manage integrated care teams or undertake complex case management and/or community matron roles. There is potential for you to work in a wide range of areas such as general practice, the independent sector, voluntary and charitable organisations.

Gaining the master's enhances your career development and enables you to undertake leadership and service improvement roles, or work at a strategic development level. It will enable you to undertake employment with key responsibilities in research, advanced community practice, service development and improvement and education.



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MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice). Read more

MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)

he MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) is designed for UK based Nurses and Allied Health Professionals who are working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title irrespective of specialist field or setting. This pathway places a strong emphasis on advanced clinical outcomes; autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem solving, values-based care and improving practice. 

Students are required to undertake and apply the core modules in advanced clinical assessment and examination (20 credits), non-medical prescribing and advanced practice (40 credits) to their own area of practice.  In addition students are required to choose option modules to achieve the required credits for their exit award. Modules include: diagnosis & decision making in primary care (20 credits); living with long-term conditions: Care and management (20 credits); multi morbidity in the older person (20 credits); towards a psychological trauma informed future (20 credits) and methodologies for project work in practice (20 credits). The full list of modules can be accessed beneath.

Students who complete 180 credits will gain a master’s degree.

This pathway uses a flexible approach, with modules delivered online and face to face. Face to face attendance is required for the clinically focused modules as these are delivered by experts working in partnership with University staff to maximise different learning opportunities for students. 

Who can apply for this pathway?

Any Nurse or Allied Health Professional who is working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title. Please note there are additional supervisory requirements to undertake non-medical prescribing and further information will be requested when you are ready to do this module.

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Develop and embed knowledge, skills and confidence to inform the organisation and delivery of care and advanced decision making
  • Demonstrate extensive and critical knowledge of the central themes of advanced practice, namely, leadership, facilitation of learning, research/development and advanced professional practice, and the underpinning principles
  • Apply critical reasoning and argument skills to support evidence-based practice as part of health and social care delivery
  • Evaluate theoretical models as a basis for informing advanced practice developments and innovation


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Choose a career in children’s nursing and work at the forefront of healthcare delivery. Students starting PG Dip courses in September 2017 will receive a NHS Tuition Fee Bursary to cover the full tuition fees for the duration of their course. Read more
Choose a career in children’s nursing and work at the forefront of healthcare delivery.

Students starting PG Dip courses in September 2017 will receive a NHS Tuition Fee Bursary to cover the full tuition fees for the duration of their course.

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing is designed for students who already have a degree and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.

Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge, skills and interests in both general medicine and surgery in addition to specialist areas. You will learn through a range of methods including academic study, simulated practice learning and clinical placements where you will have the opportunity to work alongside other health care professionals in a multidisciplinary team.

Objectives

The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career caring for children, and their parents, at different stages of the developmental spectrum who have had injuries, suffered accidents, acquired disease or have a range of healthcare needs.

Children’s nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession. As a child nurse you need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion. You will learn the skills of clinical decision-making that is supported by knowledge and experience of providing healthcare to a diverse population.

The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience gained at London’s leading hospitals, trusts and community settings. The School's facilities feature an excellent Clinical Skills Centre, including a simulated wards, where you can prepare for your practice experience. Whilst on clinical placements you will also benefit from exposure to the capital’s diverse population.

Placements

Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through laboratory-based simulated practice and through clinical placements in health care settings.

Simulated Practice

Simulated practice is a significant component of your practice learning experience and will provide opportunities for you to rehearse a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe simulated environment in our excellent clinical laboratories.

You will be encouraged to explore, experiment and engage in nursing activities with the lecturers. The sessions will help you to understand the rationale and evidence that you will need so you feel safe when providing hands-on care. Through this experience you will develop confidence as you prepare for your practice experience and gain a sense of purpose and belonging to the nursing profession.

Clinical Placements

Clinical placements can take place in a variety of settings such as:
-General Practice (GP) surgeries
-Nurseries
-Special schools
-NHS and independent sector hospitals
-Patients' homes and in community settings.

Placements take place within City's partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London who provide you with clinical placements, including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex HNS Trust.

This allows you to become familiar with the needs of local communities and its healthcare providers. Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional knowledge and skills.

Academic facilities

Facilities at City include the excellent fully equipped Clinical Skills Centre in addition to an interactive Biological Sciences Laboratory.

Many of the clinical practice placements offer the opportunity for students to experience environments where clinical diagnostic tests are performed and in addition operating theatres where surgical procedures are carried out.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by academics who:
-Have a background and expertise in children’s nursing and an up-to-date knowledge of clinical practice.
-Have an advanced level of knowledge of the biological and social sciences and public health and the ability to apply this knowledge to the delivery of care.
-Are specialist Clinical Practitioners who have contemporary knowledge of their field including up-to-date research evidence.

You will also work with service users who have an insight and understanding of the requirements of care delivery by nurses from a personal perspective.

Course activities include the following:
-Lectures delivered by experts in their field.
-Biological science laboratory work.
-Seminar presentations.
-Development of Clinical Skills expertise.
-Professional issues workshops.
-Interactive learning using biological science and clinical skills on-line packages.
-Simulated practice of clinical experience in the Clinical Skills Centre.
-Workshops to develop understanding of different fields of care such as Learning Difficulties, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
-Personal and Group tutorials.
-Clinical Practice allocations.

Assessments include the following:
-Scenario based Examinations – 100%
-Reflective Essays – 100%
-Seminar Presentation Report – 100%
-Case Study Analysis – 100%
-Leadership and Management Strategy Analysis course work – 100%
-Clinical OSCE – 100%
-Clinical Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail

Modules

This course is based on the theory of relationship centred care and the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. These themes are explored in the context of acute and long-term care and later in the course there is an emphasis on leading and managing in professional practice. The course has three parts with two progression points which must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next part. The modular structure of the programme is developmental and students study at HE level 7 throughout the programme and are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of self-directed independent study as the programme progresses.

Student independent learning time varies during the programme and is focused more in the theory modules and averages between 30-50 hours a week.

Compulsory modules
Part One of the course is 26 weeks and focuses on the Foundations in Health and Nursing. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM001 Relationship Centred Care and Concepts of Biology for Health (Theory)
-HSM101 Engaging in Practice 1 (Practice)

Part Two is 37 weeks and focuses on acute and long term care. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM132 Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment (Theory)
-HSM201 Engaging in Practice 2 (Practice)
-HSM043 Experiencing Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery (Theory)

Part Three is 27 weeks and focuses on the development of leaders and managers of care. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM051 Leading and Managing in Professional Practice (Theory)
-HSM301 Engaging in Practice 3 (Practice)
Depending on the RPL Practice claim submitted by students there is a further 500 hours of clinical practice to be completed.

Holidays are not included in the above hours and all modules are compulsory.

Career prospects

Career prospects are excellent with Postgraduate Diploma students securing employment as Band 5 Staff Nurses with Trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Nursing is a lifelong career with excellent progression opportunities in clinical management, education, research and clinical specialisms and many and varied career paths ranging from sister/ charge nurse, community nurse to nurse director. Specialisms include the following:
-Neonatal Care nurse specialist.
-Diabetic nurse specialist.
-Emergency and Trauma care specialist.
-School Nursing.

Postgraduates can complete the MSc programme at City. In order to be awarded an MSc you need 180 credits at level 7 (M level). Postgraduates will have 120 credits. If a merit\distinction has been awarded you will be able to consider this option after you have finished the course.

Other admission requirements

Due to the high demand for places shortlisted prospective applicants will be required to attend an assessment day held at City, University of London where they will be required to demonstrate their numerical and literacy skills in addition to values that match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page: http://www.city.ac.uk/health/selection-day

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District nursing is a core service within the NHS. The Five Year Forward View (NHS England 2015) sets out an expectation that more care will be provided in the community in the future. Read more

District nursing is a core service within the NHS. The Five Year Forward View (NHS England 2015) sets out an expectation that more care will be provided in the community in the future. This care will be to people with increasingly complex needs and the people working in these health and social care structures will have to be more flexible to accommodate this.

Course details

The district nurse must respond to these challenges and the Queen's Nursing Institute/Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (QNI/QNIS) Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice (2015) provide a strong framework for district nurses in the current NHS as well as the skills and knowledge base needed to respond to the dynamic nature of community nursing. 

There are two programmes at master’s level: the postgraduate diploma and the masters. (The postgraduate diploma is Year 1 of the full master's degree.) By successfully completing either of these programmes you achieve the new QNI/QNIS Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice as well as the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the Specialist Practice in Nursing in the Home/District Nursing professional qualification which is recorded on the NMC register. This qualification has integrated within it the Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100) qualification (NMC 2006), enabling you to prescribe from the community practitioner’s formulary.

You will also have demonstrated skills at Level 3 of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines in brief interventions which is a requirement for a district nurse as set out in the Health Education England’s District Nursing and General Practice Education and Career Framework (2015). 

The programmes have been designed in consultation with local employers, professional standards bodies, students (past and present), service users and carers, and district nurse educators from across the country. We hope that this has led to programmes of study which are challenging, contemporary, inspiring and enjoyable. 

When you successfully complete your chosen programme, you are well prepared for the dynamic and inspiring world of community nursing as well as being in a strong position to apply for position as a district nurse and team leader. 

Professional accreditation

After successfully completing your course you are eligible to be awarded the recordable qualification of the Specialist Practice Qualification in District Nursing which has integrated within it the V100 recordable qualification of the Community Practitioner Prescriber.

What you study

For both programme routes, you study seven modules full time across a total period of 44 weeks. The PgDip route (which is the first year of the master’s route) includes practice competencies which you achieve on placement. The balance of the course is 50% theory and 50% practice. 

If you continue to the MSc route after your first year, you undertake an eighth module which gives you 60 credits as a part-time student. This module involves you carrying out live research or a systematic review. 

Course structure

Core modules

  • Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing
  • Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
  • Advancing Patient Safety in District Nursing
  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Principles and Practice of Advanced Management of Long-term Health Conditions

MSc only

  • Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Where you study

In Year 1 of the MSc (the whole of the PgDip) teaching is split equally between the practice placement and theoretical study. 

The practice placement is organised by your local trust which sponsors you for your place on the programme. This placement is usually in a different team to the one in which you have been working to give you a contrasting learning experience. 

The theoretical learning is largely at our Middlesbrough campus. If you are studying the MSc, then the teaching in Year 2 is largely self-directed with supervisor support and can be arranged to suit you and your supervisor.

How you learn

These programmes require you to commit to a very comprehensive and individual approach to learning. 

There are opportunities for some components of your learning to be accredited through recognised prior learning – this is agreed on an individual basis. 

This course helps you gain confidence in accessing digital resources. You share some of your learning with other students on the postgraduate district nursing programme, some with students on other programmes and some further time with just your own programme. 

Classroom teaching includes group discussions, presentations, project work and clinical skills development in practical labs. We highly value the experience and knowledge of service users and carers who are involved in the programme, for example through teaching activities and assessment. Your practice teacher plays a significant role in ensuring that you have access to great learning opportunities during placement. Their skills and experiences also provide you with an excellent role model. 

The final dissertation module within the MSc route gives you the opportunity to focus on an aspect of district nursing which interests you. You investigate this issue in depth either through live research or a systematic review. 

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a number of ways as we know that everyone learns differently. 

These include exams, essays, reflections, reports, viva voce, simulations, research proposals, assessment of competencies in practice evidenced through a portfolio, and dissertation (if you are on the MSc programme). 

Your practice teacher or sign-off mentor is key to your practice assessments.

Employability

When you successfully complete the programme, you are well prepared for the dynamic and inspiring world of community nursing with an advanced level of professional knowledge. You are also well placed to apply for a position as a district nurse and team leader.

Following successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, you can return to Teesside University within five years to enrol on the MSc route.



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Make a difference to people’s lives at the forefront of healthcare delivery. Students starting PG Dip courses in September 2017 will receive a NHS Tuition Fee Bursary to cover the full tuition fees for the duration of their course. Read more
Make a difference to people’s lives at the forefront of healthcare delivery.

Students starting PG Dip courses in September 2017 will receive a NHS Tuition Fee Bursary to cover the full tuition fees for the duration of their course.

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing is designed for students who already have a degree and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.

Throughout the course, students will develop their knowledge, skills and interests in both general medicine and surgery in addition to specialist areas. They will learn through a range of methods including academic study, simulated practice learning and clinical placements where they will have the opportunity to work alongside other health care professionals in a multidisciplinary team.

Objectives

The Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career caring for adults of all ages who have had injuries, suffered accidents, acquired disease or have a range of healthcare needs.

Adult nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession; as an adult nurse you need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion. You will learn the skills of clinical decision-making that is supported by knowledge and experience of providing healthcare to a diverse population.

The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience gained at London’s leading hospitals, trusts and community settings. The School's facilities feature an excellent Clinical Skills Centre, including simulated wards, where you can prepare for your practice experience. Whilst on clinical placements you will also benefit from exposure to the capital’s diverse population.

Placements

Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through laboratory based simulated practice and through clinical placements in health care settings.

Simulated Practice

Simulated practice is a significant component of your practice learning experience and will provide opportunities for you to rehearse a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe simulated environment in our excellent clinical laboratories supervised by lecturers. Through this experience you will develop confidence as you prepare for your practice experience and gain a sense of purpose and belonging to the nursing profession.

Clinical Placements

Clinical placements can take place in a variety of settings such as:
-General Practice (GP) surgeries.
-Nursing homes.
-NHS and independent sector hospitals.
-Patients' homes and in community settings.

Placements take place within our partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London who provide you with clinical placements, including Barts Health NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional knowledge and skills.

Academic facilities

Facilities at City include the excellent fully equipped Clinical Skills Centre in addition to an interactive Biological Sciences Laboratory.

Many of the clinical practice placements offer the opportunity for students to experience environments where clinical diagnostic tests are performed and in addition operating theatres where surgical procedures are carried out.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by academics who:
-Have a background and expertise in adult nursing and an up-to-date knowledge of clinical practice.
-Have an advanced level of knowledge of the biological and social sciences and public health and the ability to apply this knowledge to the delivery of care.
-Are specialist Clinical Practitioners who have contemporary knowledge of their field including up-to-date research evidence.

You will also work with service users who have an insight and understanding of the requirements of care delivery by nurses from a personal perspective.

Course activities include the following:
-Lectures delivered by experts in their field.
-Biological science laboratory work.
-Seminar presentations.
-Development of Clinical Skills expertise.
-Professional issues workshops.
-Interactive learning using biological science and clinical skills on-line packages.
-Simulated practice of clinical experience in the Clinical Skills Centre.
-Workshops to develop understanding of different fields of care such as Learning Difficulties, Mental Health and Dementia.
-Personal and Group tutorials.
-Clinical Practice allocations.

Assessments include the following:
-Scenario based Examinations – 100%
-Reflective Essays – 100%
-Seminar Presentation Report – 100%
-Case Study Analysis – 100%
-Leadership and Management Strategy Analysis course work – 100%
-Clinical OSCE – 100%
-Clinical Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail

Modules

This course is based on the theory of relationship-centred care and the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. These themes are explored in the context of acute and long-term care and later in the course there is an emphasis on leading and managing in professional practice. The course has three parts with two progression points which must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next part. The modular structure of the programme is developmental and students study at HE level 7 throughout the programme with students expected to demonstrate increasing levels of self-directed independent study as the programme progresses.

Student independent learning time varies during the programme and is focused more in the theory modules and averages between 30-50 hours a week. All modules are compulsory.

Part One of the course is 26 weeks and focuses on the Foundations in Health and Nursing. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM001 Relationship Centred Care and Concepts of Biology for Health (Theory)
-HSM101 Engaging in Practice 1 (Practice)

Part Two is 37 weeks and focuses on acute and long term care. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM132 Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment (Theory)
-HSM201 Engaging in Practice 2 (Practice)
-HSM043 Experiencing Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery (Theory)

Part Three is 27 weeks and focuses on the development of leaders and managers of care. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM051 Leading and Managing in Professional Practice (Theory)
-HSM301 Engaging in Practice 3 (Practice)

Career prospects

Career prospects are excellent with Postgraduate Diploma students securing employment as Band 5 Staff Nurses with Trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust.

Nursing is a lifelong career and there are excellent progression opportunities in clinical management, education, research and clinical specialisms and many and varied career paths ranging from sister/ charge nurse, community nurse to nurse director. Specialisms include the following:
-Breast Care nurse specialist.
-Diabetic nurse specialist.
-Emergency and Trauma care specialist.
-Practice Nursing.

Postgraduates can complete the MSc programme at City. In order to be awarded an MSc you need 180 credits at level 7 (M level). Postgraduates will have 120 credits if a merit\distinction has been awarded you will be able to consider this option after you have finished the course.

Other admission requirements

Due to the high demand for places shortlisted prospective applicants will be required to attend an assessment day held at City, University of London where they will be required to demonstrate their numerical and literacy skills in addition to values that match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page: http://www.city.ac.uk/health/selection-day

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District nursing is a core service within the NHS. The Five Year Forward View (NHS England 2015) sets out an expectation that more care will be provided in the community in the future. Read more

District nursing is a core service within the NHS. The Five Year Forward View (NHS England 2015) sets out an expectation that more care will be provided in the community in the future. This care will be for people with increasingly complex needs and the people working in these health and social care structures will have to be more flexible to accommodate this.

Course details

The district nurse must respond to these challenges and the Queen's Nursing Institute/Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (QNI/QNIS) Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice (2015) provide a strong framework for district nurses in the current NHS as well as the skills and knowledge base needed to respond to the dynamic nature of community nursing.

By successfully completing this programme you achieve the new QNI/QNIS Voluntary Standards for District Nurse Education and Practice as well as the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the Specialist Practice in Nursing in the Home/District Nursing professional qualification which is recorded on the NMC register. This qualification has integrated within it the Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100) qualification (NMC 2006), enabling you to prescribe from the community practitioner’s formulary. You will also have demonstrated skills at Level 3 of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines in brief interventions which is a requirement for a district nurse as set out in the Health Education England’s District Nursing and General Practice Education and Career Framework (2015). This programme has been designed in consultation with local employers, professional standards bodies, students (past and present), service users and carers, and district nurse educators from across the country. We hope that this has led to a course which is challenging, contemporary, inspiring and enjoyable.

Professional accreditation

After successfully completing your course you are eligible to be awarded the recordable qualification of the Specialist Practice Qualification in District Nursing which has integrated within it the V100 recordable qualification of the Community Practitioner Prescriber.

What you study

You study full time for 44 weeks undertaking six modules. This course includes practice competencies which are achieved whilst you are on placement. The balance of the course is 50% theory and 50% practice.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Applying Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
  • Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100)
  • Enhancing District Nursing
  • Evidence Appraisal
  • Practice Development in District Nursing
  • Principles and Practice of Managing Long-term Conditions

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Where you study

Programme teaching is split equally between the practice placement and theoretical study. The practice placement is organised by your local trust who sponsors you for your place on the programme. This placement is usually in a different team to the one in which you have been working to give you a contrasting learning experience. Your theoretical learning is largely at our Middlesbrough campus.

How you learn

This programme requires you to commit to a very comprehensive yet individualised approach to learning. There are opportunities for some components to be accredited through recognised prior learning – this is agreed on an individual basis. We help you gain confidence in accessing digital resources. Some of your learning is shared with students on the postgraduate district nursing programme, some with students on other programmes, whilst some time is dedicated to just your programme. Classroom teaching uses lots of different techniques and approaches, for example group discussions, presentations, project work, clinical skills development in practical labs. We highly value the experience and knowledge of service users and carers who are involved in the programme, for example through teaching activities and assessment. Your practice teacher plays a significant role in ensuring that you have access to great learning opportunities whilst on placement. Their skill and experience also provide you with an excellent role model.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a number of ways as we know everyone learns differently. These include exams, essays, reflections, reports, simulations, projects and assessing competencies in practice evidenced through a portfolio. Your practice teacher or sign-off mentor is key to these practice assessments.

Employability

When you successfully complete the programme, you are well prepared for the dynamic and inspiring world of community nursing as well as being in a strong position to apply for position as a district nurse and team leader.



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IN BRIEF:

  • The MSc Nursing will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary nursing knowledge and practiceIt will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based, person centred cultureYou will enhance your professional credibility and develop personal confidence to influence nursingPart-time study optionClinical placement opportunityInternational students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This prestigious course is for qualified nurses would want to develop their knowledge and skills in order to advance their careers in the specialism of research, education, practice or international nursing.

The MSc Nursing will empower you to take forward your practice and patient care through critically exploring professional biography, the therapeutic relationship and embedding an evidence based and person centred approach to care. 

By studying modules relevant to contemporary clinical practice, you take control of your personal, professional and academic development whilst engaging in critical debate about the issues at the forefront of nursing practice. You will gain skills in applying new knowledge to your practice and achieve mastery of nursing related to your chosen award. An innovative feature of the International pathway includes a bespoke module of observational clinical experience and simulated practice for international students.

We also offer our MSc Nursing programme as a one year course which is taught on a blended basis, meaning that whilst you study in Salford for semester 1, the remainder of the course is taught via distance learning. See the course page for details.

COURSE DETAILS

There are six pathway options open to you as part of this programme, and your choice might depend on where you see your Masters programme fitting into your career. The modules you select will vary depending on the pathway chosen (see details below).

For the PgCert, you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and one further optional module and for the PgDip you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and three further optional modules.

The pathways you can choose to follow are:

MSC NURSING: INTERNATIONAL  

A new and innovative award that is open to both international and UK nurses, who will study together the global context of nursing. The pathway includes an opportunity for international students to undertake some bespoke observational placements in the UK healthcare system, supported by application  of  skills  in  a state-of-the-art high-fidelity clinical simulation suite. 

MSC NURSING: EDUCATION  

This pathway is led and taught by experts in the field. This award allows you to concentrate on teaching and learning in both clinical practice and academic contexts. You will work alongside expert teachers who will support you to develop as a teacher with a thorough understanding of a range of learning and teaching strategies.This option may particularly suit those in new clinical teaching roles, or those seeking a future academic teaching career.  

MSC NURSING: RESEARCH  

Using the evidence-base to improve patient care lies at the heart of this pathway. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of research and have access to international expertise from our research groups.  

MSC NURSING: PRACTICE  

This pathway is open to nurses practicing in the UK only. It allows you to build on your current skills, plan, implement and evaluate patient care at an advanced level within the context of your own workplace. There is an emphasis on combining practical skills with sound theoretical principles.  

MSC NURSING: PRACTICE (NEUROSCIENCE)          

This new pathway aims to equip the qualified nurse with the skills and knowledge to create and implement innovative approaches to neuroscience care delivery.      

MSC NURSING

You can choose to focus on the general award in order to keep your career options open. The MSc Nursing will empower you to develop a mastery of your practice and take forward person centred care. You will have an opportunity to critically examine your practice and services and develop an evidence based  approach to improve patient care. 

TEACHING

A range of teaching strategies are used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice based assessments and peer supported learning. The MSc Nursing is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy.

Part-time students usually study one module per semester; full-time students will undertake two modules per semester. All students must complete 120 level 7 credits before progressing on to the dissertation.

For the two year part-time option, students will study over Semester 3 whereas for the three year option, you will study over Semesters 1 and 2.

ASSESSMENT

A range of formative and summative assessments will cater for your individual learning style. These include:

  • Oral assessments
  • Dragons Den style viva
  • Written theoretical assignments
  • Papers prepared for dissertation and publication
  • Practice based assessments

EMPLOYABILITY

On graduation nurses will have achieved mastery of their chosen field and will be better equipped to influence the future of nursing based on current evidence. You will have the underpinning theoretical knowledge to support your innovative clinical practice.

Completing the Masters course will enable you to exercise more choice in your career and to consider applying for senior posts within your organisation with greater confidence. You will be able to move into clinical nurse specialist positions, practice education facilitator roles, research posts and management positions.

Students who have successfully completed the course have implemented practice-based innovations, which include the pioneering of a person-centred ward round within a mental health setting, which is being rolled out across the entire Trust; and the review of pharmaceutical waste within an acute medical ward, in order to make financial savings and improve systems and processes.



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Designed to prepare experienced nurses for 21st century district nursing, the programme combines theory and practice and will develop knowledge and skills to produce safe, autonomous and competent specialist practitioner district nurses. Read more
Designed to prepare experienced nurses for 21st century district nursing, the programme combines theory and practice and will develop knowledge and skills to produce safe, autonomous and competent specialist practitioner district nurses. You will possess the expertise to initiate, lead and deliver contemporary district nursing practice.

About the programme

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice and is underpinned by the philosophy and values of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the requirements for a recordable qualification as a Specialist Practitioner District Nurse. The programme consists of six core modules, some of which are discipline specific and others which are shared. The shared learning provides a highly effective experience and contributes to the overall strength of the programme. All modules provide new knowledge, understanding and skills needed for contemporary district nursing practice.

The practice component will be undertaken within the District Nurse setting and students will be supervised and assessed by a Practice Teacher or experienced District Nurse.

On completion of this programme students will have developed a significant range of new knowledge, understanding and advanced skills needed for contemporary district nursing practice.

Students will also receive an academic award of Postgraduate Diploma and the professional recordable qualifications of ‘Specialist Practitioner District Nursing’, ‘Community Practitioner Prescriber’ and ‘Nurse Independent/ Supplementary Prescriber’.

Additional Entry Information

Applicants must identify a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who can provide a minimum of 78 hours of supervision and who meets the criteria for supervising students on the Prescribing in Advanced Practice module (NMC, 2006).

As the programme includes the Assessment in Advanced Practice module, applicants must have obtained agreement from an experienced practitioner or Advanced Nurse Practitioner to act as a clinical supervisor.

Competitive entry requirements necessitate the need for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in partnership with stakeholders.

Your learning

The programme comprises of six SCQF Level 11 (20 point) modules. Students must complete all six modules:
Trimester 1:
• Contemporary Nursing District Nursing: Managing Long Term Conditions
• Responding to Public Health Challenges

Trimester 2:
• Research for Health and Social Care
• Prescribing in Advanced Practice

Trimester 3:
• Assessment in Advanced Practice
• Consolidation of Practice

- MSc Health Studies (Community Health):
Successful students may have the opportunity to progress to Masters level with the option of continuing to the MSc Health Studies (Community Health).

Our Careers Adviser says

This programme will prepare graduates for a demanding and rewarding career as a Specialist Practioner in District Nursing.

State-of-the-art facilities

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

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

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

Life-changing research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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