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This Advanced Clinical Practice MSc course is approved by Health Education England and designed for experienced senior health practitioners (at least three years) who want to develop their clinical skills and advance their careers. We've trained advanced practitioners for over 20 years and will support you to develop extensive understanding of the clinical skills you need to lead evidence-based service developments in your practice area.

What's covered in the course?

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group. 

You will be provided with an introduction to all aspects of Advanced Clinical Practice, in relation to your current field of work so that you are able to work at an advanced level of practice.  It is essential therefore that you have the full support of your organisation to be able to practice at an advanced level both during (including supervised / supernumerary clinical learning time) and following completion of the programme.

Our Master’s course is split into three years – the first year will see you study and undertake the skills practice aspects of our allied Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making. The second year requires study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Clinical Practice and in the third year, you will undertake a dissertation for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award.

Registered professionals, whose Professional / Statutory regulatory bodies approve prescribing awards, will be expected to complete the independent and supplementary prescribing qualification as part of the MSc, if not previously completed. Throughout the course you will relate the content of each module to your own speciality, whether you are a nurse, midwife or AHP.

You will be supported in identifying practice learning skills that are required for your own speciality throughout the course. Student and practice facilitator(s) will discuss and write your own action plan so that learning is directly focused on the needs of your patients and the service being provided.

You will study in our brand new £41 million City South Campus, complete with access to state-of-the-art simulation technology and learning facilities that will be vital in developing your skills further.

Why Choose Us?

  • Winners of the Student Nursing Times Post-Registration Education Provider of the Year Award 2017
  • This course is approved by Health Education England – we follow the Health Education England framework and receive support from them too, working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group
  • Reputation for excellence – we have over 20 years’ experience of training advanced practitioners and are one of the largest and most diverse providers of health and social care education in the country
  • Enhance your professional credibility - we will enrol you in the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS
  • Our tutors have a range of clinical experience including Critical Care, Emergency and Urgent Care, and Primary Care, across regional and national developments in Advanced Practice.
  • Benefit from our strong partnerships across health and social care providers both within the UK and internationally
  • Learn in our £41 million campus with state-of-the-art environments and access to our cutting-edge virtual technologies and one of the UK’s largest specialist health education libraries
  • Recognised by The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC has cited the support provided for the students on our courses as demonstrating good levels of practice
  • Suitably qualified candidates with APEL for particular area of the course may be permitted to commence study in January.

Assessment methods

A wide range of summative assessments include essays, presentations, and practice based clinical assessment are completed as part of the Post Graduate Diploma. Clinical competencies including reflective practice is an essential part of the assessment for advanced clinical practitioners. Students are expected to demonstrate at least 100 hours in clinical advanced practice related activity.

Ultimately for the MSc a 15,000 word Master’s project is compiled.

Placements

Practice development takes place in your normal practice setting. Practice learning facilitators are identified to support you. These are normally a consultant or GP and a senior professional from your own discipline. They will work with you to assist you in achieving the required clinical competencies.

Enhancing Employability skills

Advanced clinical practitioners can move into a range of different fields within the health care sector, specialising in a number of areas. The assessment, clinical decision-making and differential diagnostic skills you’ll hone here will enable you to progress into roles as health care professionals, practising holistically in partnership with patients and their families.

Graduate jobs

Graduates from this programme are employed in a variety of settings as non-medical consultants, advanced practitioners and nurse practitioners. Some have then continued to be promoted into a variety of senior management and education roles.


Visit the Advanced Clinical Practice - MSc / PgCert / PgDip page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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