Advanced Clinical Practice (MSc)

University of Derby    College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Part time March, September MSc 2-6 years part time
Nursing & Health (27)

FindAMasters summary

Welcome to the Advanced Clinical Practice (MSc) programme, where you can take your clinical skills to the next level! This programme is designed for experienced healthcare professionals who want to become advanced clinical practitioners. You'll gain autonomy and expertise in areas like research, education, and clinical leadership. With both apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship routes available, you'll learn how to manage patient care, prescribe medicines, and improve healthcare services. Our constructivist approach to learning will help you develop as an autonomous practitioner, while assessments will challenge your clinical reasoning. Join us and unlock new career opportunities in both public and private sectors.

About the course

The advanced clinical practitioner provides a high degree of autonomy demonstrating expert clinical skills and knowledge including research, education and clinical leadership. They work as part of the wider health and social care team, providing care in complex and unpredictable situations.

Course description

The new MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme (apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship route), will adopt successful elements of the current programme that have been modified over the years with the support and collaboration of the stakeholders, while addressing the requirements of national drivers.

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Entry Requirements

The apprentices/non-apprentices should normally be able to demonstrate;

Evidence of continual professional development (CPD),
Successful completion of degree level modules (40 credits plus)
Around a minimum of 5 years post registration experience.

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Derby


Student Profiles

Theresa Goldsmith

In my role as community matron at Staffa Health I work with patients with complex long term conditions, offering advanced health assessment with the aim of developing patient-led management plans. The purpose of the Community Matron role is to provide proactive management for the patient group and to ultimately reduce inappropriate acute admissions to hospital.

In addition to the ‘hands on’ aspect of the job the role also requires a strategic overview, particularly having an understanding of health economics and governance within the NHS.

The MSc in Advanced Practice have provided me with a sound basis on which to progress my knowledge within my role. The Advanced Assessment, Diagnostics and Mental Health modules have facilitated my development in practical areas developing in-depth specialist knowledge. Modules such as Organisational Wide Approaches to Quality and Work Based Learning have helped me to gain a wider understanding of the political issues which can impact on health. This knowledge has empowered me to challenge established practices on the patients’ behalf, and to be instrumental in making changes to the delivery of healthcare to improve provision; an example of this being the Virtual Ward project at Staffa Health.

The knowledge which I have acquired through all of these modules have contributed to my ongoing development within my role whilst helping me to work towards the target of proactively managing and improving the care of patients with long term conditions.

Angela Webster

"Online way of learning is fantastic. I can work and learn something new and also advance my practice when it's convenient."

Jackie Eades

"This course allows for a flexible approach to masters level study, which sits well with juggling a full time career and family."

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