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This MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner course is for healthcare professionals who want to extend the scope of their practice regarding consultation, assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions. Read more
This MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner course is for healthcare professionals who want to extend the scope of their practice regarding consultation, assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions.

Modern healthcare services are dynamic, diverse and challenging, often requiring care and interventions delivered by healthcare practitioners with advanced clinical skills and sound theoretical knowledge. This course will allow you to develop your skills at an advanced level, thereby meeting the requirements set by National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH).

You will develop your understanding of altered physiology to effectively assess patients health or ill health status. In addition you will study research methods, influences on current health care practices and independent prescribing.

The MSc can be achieved within three years and you will need to be supported by a medical and professional mentor in practice.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/355-msc-advanced-clinical-practitioner

What you will study

Modules:
Years One

- Clinical Conditions 1
This will involve developing your understanding of altered physiological processes in relation to cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal disease processes, for example Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure and Myasthenia Gravis disease.

- Clinical Skills 1
This will involve further developing your knowledge and skills in relation to examining patients with cardiac, respiratory and musculosketal diseases. This will include completing a comprehensive patient medical history, thoroughly examining each system mentioned above and identifying their treatment and management plan based on an individual clinical presentation.

- Influences on practice
You will debate the political, legal and professional influences on advanced practice in context with today’s healthcare system. Professional influences include considering the role of advanced practice within the Welsh Advanced Practice Framework. Legal influences include accountability and political influences will address the requirements advocated by Welsh Government.

Year Two:
- Clinical conditions 2
This will involve developing your understanding of altered physiological processes in relation to endocrine, neurological and abdominal disease processes, for example Diabetes and Thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver and gut diseases.

- Clinical Skills 2
You will continue to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to examining patients with endocrine, neurological and abdominal disease. This will include completing a comprehensive patient medical history, thoroughly examining each system mentioned above and identifying their treatment and management plan based on an individual clinical presentation.

- Research methods
You will learn how to critically evaluate a range of research methodologies.

Year three:

- Dissertation
You will choose a topic relevant to your own area of practice and critically evaluate the role of the advanced practitioner within your area.
- Independent Prescribing or

Optional module:
- Critical reflection on learning in the workplace.
- Leading effective teams in health & social care.

There is a dedicated route for paediatric practitioners.

Learning and teaching methods

You will attend the University one day a week. First year students will study on Mondays, whilst second and third years are taught on Thursdays.

You will be taught by a variety of methods including tutorials, lectures, case study presentations, peer presentations, and problem-based learning. You will also undertake practicals in our Clinical Simulation suite as well as in actual clinical practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

On this degree, you will develop a range of clinical skills in greater depth and gain the knowledge to assess, diagnose and treat patients.

Study of relevant protocols, policy and research will complement this to allow safe practice at an advanced level.

Assessment methods

Assessments include written examinations, assignments and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). The OSCE’s will take place in May each year and be completed as part of the clinical skills modules and involve undertaking a comprehensive patient history, examining a particular bodily system, and identifying a management and treatment plan for the individual.

Facilities

Our state of the art Clinical Simulation Centre is set up to replicate an acute care NHS environment, providing realistic clinical facilities for our Nursing and Midwifery students and qualified healthcare professionals.

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Postgraduate Diploma / MSc Programme. Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus. An exciting programme offered by. The William Harvey Research Institute. Read more
Postgraduate Diploma / MSc Programme
Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus

An exciting programme offered by:

The William Harvey Research Institute

Barts and the London School of Medicine

Designed for Higher Medical Trainees in Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, in the UK and abroad

* Part-time Distance Learning Programme
* Novel and Flexible Learning Activities
* A taught course (leading to Postgraduate Diploma from the University of London)
* An optional independent research project (leading to an MSc from the University of London)
* The programme is compatible with the JRCPTB (Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board) syllabus in Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, in particular the aspects covered by the 'knowledge-based examination' although completion of the course does not itself form any part of the specialist accreditation process

The Postgraduate Diploma is designed as a complete curriculum in endocrinology and diabetes, both for new entrants to these fields, as well as an update and extension for those already familiar with them. The programme provides clinicians with theoretical and clinically applied aspects of their discipline, and incorporates elements of the UK specialty training curriculum for endocrinology and diabetes mellitus. It also includes aspects of the knowledge-based examination required for Royal College Certification. There is a focus on up to date developments in the field with expert opinions and presentations.

In addition, students taking the MSc complete a project on a topic to be approved by the programme organiser which is conducted at the candidate’s home institution. The project is examined in the form of written dissertation of approximately 10,000 words and a viva.

Programme outline

You will take the following modules:

* Hypothalamus and pituitary
* Thyroid, parathyroids and bone
* Reproduction, pregnancy and paediatric endocrinology
* Appetite, weight, energy metabolism, lipid metabolism
* Adrenals (medulla and cortex)
* Genetics, endocrine oncology, neuroendocrinology
* Diabetes mellitus
* MSc Project

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Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters courses. Read more

Endocrinology Courses Online

Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters courses. Working in conjunction with the University of South Wales, who have an established reputation for delivering innovative learning, we are able to offer 1 year part time Endocrinology courses than can be completed entirely online.

Studying with Diploma MSc allows you to advance your career in Endocrinology in your own time with 24/7 access through our online portal. The course is aimed at General Practitioners, Practice Nurses/ Specialist Nurses, Pharmacists and Dieticians.

The course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to improve understanding of endocrine care. It will prepare students to take a leadership role in the global context of endocrinology.

You can now also apply for our MSc qualification as a two-year course (undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in your first year).

Postgraduate Diploma Course Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma course is based on the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Training curriculum. The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Disorders of the Hypothalamus and Pituitary
Module 2 - Disorders of the Thyroid
Module 3 - Disorders of the Adrenals
Module 4 - Disorders of Parathyroids, Calcium and Bone
Module 5 - Reproductive Endocrinology
Module 6 - Endocrine-related Cancer
Assessment

Online Diploma in Endocrinology

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

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

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

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

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales) or South Africa (CDE Johannesburg).

The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

Scientific writing.
Levels of evidence.
Harvard referencing.
Reflective writing.
The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

Students are not required to attend the lectures however do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides.

MSc Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
Module 2 - Professional Project

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Endocrinology

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

Module 2 - Professional Project

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

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

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded on the student's journal by the student.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology from the University of South Wales is designed to be very practical and clinically focused. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology from the University of South Wales is designed to be very practical and clinically focused.

This online course aims to help the student to develop creative problem-solving approaches to complex clinical situations and become an important advocate in the delivery of care to people with endocrinology related problems.

Designed to create professionals who can independently access information and use it to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to endocrine care; it is relevant to all health professionals such as Specialist Registrars, Endocrine Nurses and Primary Care Physicians with a specialist interest in endocrinology who may have exposure to people with endocrine related disorders.

On completion of the diploma, students have:
- a greater confidence and understanding of the management of patients with endocrine disorders through case studies and discussion.
- improved critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/906-postgraduate-diploma-in-endocrinology-online-delivery

What you will study

The postgraduate diploma course is based on the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Training The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course, with 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.
- Module 1 – Disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary
- Module 2 – Disorders of the thyroid
- Module 3 – Disorders of the adrenals
- Module 4 – Disorders of parathyroids, calcium and bone
- Module 5 – Reproductive endocrinology
- Module 6 – Endocrine-related cancer

Learning and teaching methods

At the outset, there is an optional one day residential programme at the University’s Glyntaff campus which provides an overview of the course and the study skills required.

For the continuing online course, candidates are split into groups of 10-15 students. Each group is supervised by a lecturer who facilitates the group, monitors and assesses each student throughout the module.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course has direct relevance to the demands of working roles and will assist in career enhancement and support specialisation. It is envisaged that most students will be in endocrine-related posts or aspiring to such positions.

The course provides appropriate post qualification preparation for roles in endocrine-related specialist teams, specialist nursing, practice nursing and allied health professionals aiming to provide endocrine-related services in primary care. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies are keen to support their representatives in postgraduate education and this qualification will be perceived favourably in career progression and specialisation.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed across the following components of the module:
- Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion
- Individual learning portfolio
- Group/individual activity
- Case based Examination

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