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Swansea University is the only UK university to offer a British Blood Transfusion Society approved degree in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion.
This is a part-time course that will be delivered via the Work-based Learning (WBL) route with students employed in a variety of heath care settings.
The Master's level course for the Specialist Blood Transfusion has been developed in collaboration with the British Blood Transfusion Society. Members of the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) will work in partnership with colleagues from the College of Human and Health Sciences in providing appropriate support for these students.
The Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion programme team will provide academic support and facilitation of the WBL and the identified work-based mentor will provide guidance clinically.
Students can therefore be working in a setting distinct from the College and able to work at their own pace and react to learning opportunities in a real life setting.
The BBTS is a professional membership body which is committed to supporting transfusion professionals through the provision of career development and learning opportunities, thus assuring ongoing advancement of blood transfusion and its practitioners. It currently has in excess of 1600 members, representing transfusion professionals at all levels and locations.
Whilst formal training and education has been available for doctors, clinical scientists and biomedical scientists specialising in transfusion medicine for some years, nurses and transfusion practitioners have had limited access to formal programmes of education in blood transfusion. The educational preparation of nurses and transfusion practitioners is critical to promoting safe and effective transfusion practice. The purpose of this degree in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice is to prepare the practitioner to achieve the level of expertise that the BBTS has detailed in its curriculum framework for nurses and transfusion practitioners working in UK Blood Services and the wider NHS.
The programme reflects, in part, the content of the original framework for the BBTS Specialist Certificate in Blood Transfusion Science Practice (2008). The framework for the BBTS Specialist Certificate in Transfusion Science Practice for nurses and practitioners working in blood transfusion and associated specialties was compiled by representatives from the BBTS Professional Affairs and Education nursing sub-committee, the UK Blood Services and NHS hospital transfusion team representatives.
The format of work-based learning is well established within the College and concurs with modern learning philosophies, enabling students to learn in their working environment whilst being mentored by experts in their field of practice. This learning enables the employer to support students within their workplace. The student professionally develops whilst continuing to work in their workplace environment.
The CHHS will deliver the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice programme in partnership with the BBTS, who will provide subject expertise and curriculum guidance.
This programme is offered on a part-time basis, and will normally take three years to complete.
The MSc programme in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion comprises 6 modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). The first year will comprise of three 20-credit core modules and the second year will comprise of two 30-credit composite modules. In the final year, students complete the dissertation module (60 credits).
PGDip students undertake the same first and second year modules, but do not undertake the dissertation.
PGCert students undertake the first year modules only.
Modules on the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion programme typically include:
The Work Place Learning Journey
The History, Science and Practice of Blood Transfusion
Clinical Governance and its Impact on Managing Adverse Events in Blood Transfusion
Advanced Specialist Practice in Blood Transfusion
Advanced Clinical Governance and Contemporary Issues
Professional Practice in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion
Nurses and other allied health care professionals (e.g. ODPs) may be interested in studying for a Master's or postgraduate qualification in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice.
The core team for the College of Human and Health Sciences have professional backgrounds in either haematology and/or work-based learning. The programme manager, Mrs Heulwen Morgan-Samuel, has extensive clinical experience in general medical nursing, and has developed expertise in the care of cancer patients, including palliative care, and teaches on many palliative care and oncology modules. She is also the designated lead for haematology nursing in the College. She has published a number of research studies in peer reviewed journals specifically on infection control for the immune-compromised patient and the role of the nurse lecturer in supporting students. Heulwen Morgan- Samuel’s research interests include factors that enhance learning within the clinical environment, student support, principles of care and education for oncology nurses. She has co-edited a revised edition of the Fundamentals of Nursing book which is aimed at the pre registration nursing curriculum designated.
Teaching and learning is based on the best research evidence available, and the programme manager will work in close collaboration with members of the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS). Their membership includes professionals from all levels across the transfusion community, maintaining clinical and academic currency, to support and enhance practice in this field. The aim of BBTS is to “play a leading role in safe and effective transfusion practice by delivering high quality education and training, setting standards and promoting research and development and innovation” (BBTS, 2015).
Healthcare professionals employed in the field of blood transfusion that require advanced level education in the speciality would benefit from this degree in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion.
It is relevant to those wishing to build on their knowledge of blood transfusions within their existing career, but would also be beneficial to those currently working in an environment that manages blood transfusion who wish to focus and develop their career within this field of practice, as well as being a stepping stone for research study. The knowledge, understanding and skills developed would enhance students' expertise and would build on current practice within their own workplaces.
This part-time programme is organised with the support of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). In the fields of Transfusion, Transplantation and Tissue Banking, SNBTS has a leading international reputation and the programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists in the United Kingdom.
The programme has been designed to be aligned to the NHS requirements and stipulations relating to career progression for Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists and other healthcare professionals working in these fields.
The programme will give you in-depth expertise and knowledge of the science, regulations and international practices in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking, for those aiming for more senior management roles in healthcare organisations.
The programme covers the following areas:
The programme involves eight, one-week modules that combine lectures, tutorials and assessments. A variety of learning experiences and assessment tasks will stimulate interest, encourage participation and develop transferable skills. Self-directed learning between modules will require to be undertaken by students participating in this programme.
Throughout the programme, summative and formative assessment techniques will be employed.
After two years you will take three exams for the diploma qualification. If you are successful, you can carry out a research project in the third year to achieve your masters qualification.
This programme is designed to help you progress within health services in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking fields.
Either biomedical science Masters offered at Nottingham Trent University are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
This MSc Biomedical Science course provides a biological understanding of human disease processes, the treatment principles of such diseases, and the underlying biological disciplines that enable their study and explanation. It has extensive links with BioCity Nottingham, the city's groundbreaking healthcare and biosciences centre. One of the largest innovation and incubation centres of its kind in Europe.
This course can be taken full-time for one year or add an additional work placement year to make it two years; or go part-time.
If you would like to study part-time and through distance learning for a Masters qualification while continuing to work, then this flexible programme is for you - MSc Biomedical Science (Flexible Learning). It is designed to further your career in the healthcare profession, biomedical industry or in academia and has the potential to lead on to a professional doctorate.
With multiple entry points in September, January and April, take this Masters as a part-time option or study individual modules for continuing professional development points.
Visit us on campus throughout the year, find and register for our next open event on http://www.ntu.ac.uk/pgevents.
This course will focus on the physiology and pathology of blood and its use as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. A variety of areas of molecular and cellular bioscience will be covered with an emphasis on new technologies and developments in Haematology and related disciplines such as Transfusion Science. You will expand your knowledge of the basic science and analytical techniques relating to Haematology and gain an up-to-date understanding of the application of Haematology in bioscience / pharmaceutical research, as well as in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine.
There will be an emphasis in the course on development of critical analysis skills in the assessment of scientific literature and laboratory data. In addition you will have the opportunity to design and execute your own research project. The course team is supported by visiting lecturers who are practising scientists in the field, which helps ensure that taught material is current and relevant.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
As well as gaining specialist knowledge in Haematology and related disciplines, you will develop a range of transferable skills that will enhance your employment prospects and research opportunities in the UK or overseas.
The course is relevant to career pathways in diagnostic haematology, immunology and transfusion laboratories, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies.
Biomed Online is aimed at employees across the health sector who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in biomedical science, healthcare management and related subjects. The Biomed Online Learning programme is managed by a consortium of:
Courses are approved for continuing professional development (CPD) by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the leading body for those working in the field.
There are 16 structured online courses currently on offer, with more in the pipeline. Each has been specifically tailored to meet workplace needs and each is delivered online with full support from an experienced practitioner. Together they provide a flexible, practical way to learn, either for CPD or towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Master's degree (MSc).
Complete two 12 week online modules and gain either a PGCert Biomedical Science (Online) award, a PG Cert in Healthcare Quality Management or a PG Cert in Healthcare Management. Each course comprises two components:
Complete four 12 week online modules and gain either a PGDip Biomedical Science (Online) award, a PG Diploma in Healthcare Quality Management or a PG Diploma in Healthcare Management. You can take it further by applying for the MSc programme after completing four online courses and once you have your project idea established.
Complete four online modules and complete a research project and gain an MSc Biomedical Science (Online) award. The MSc can be completed over six years and is validated by the University of Greenwich and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
Your project will be an independent piece of work, laboratory based and audit focused. A significant aspect of the project will be critical evaluation and comparison with material published in journals or where appropriate, work done in other comparable hospitals.
The project will be relevant to your profession and potentially life changing. You will be supported all the way through from how to get started, structuring your project, write up and submission.
Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.
Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are assessed through:
The programme is directed mainly towards those working in NHS / healthcare laboratories, with the intention of providing opportunities for professional advancement following registration and for continuing professional development.
Biomed Online Learning Programme is open to national and international students but due to the nature of the project, the MSc Programme is only open to students working in a hospital/laboratory setting in the UK.