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Advanced Nursing Practice (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert)


Course Description

The MSc Advanced Nursing Practice will begin recruitment in January 2016.

The programme aims to prepare, support, and develop nurses who are employed in clinical roles with advanced practice, leadership, education, and research responsibilities.

Continuing developments in health care have resulted in the need for some professionals to have greater responsibility and accountability for developing service provision. This course offers opportunities for a wide range of health care professionals, including nurses and allied health professionals, to engage in continuing professional and postgraduate academic development. The course will extend your knowledge and practice skills, and challenge your understanding and beliefs with regard to health care.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/advanced-practice-clinical/

Why choose this course?

- Students have access to state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

The course has a flexible modular structure. Learning activities include seminars, group discussions, action-learning circles, and skills practise. There is an emphasis on analysing real situations from practice as a basis for examining underlying theoretical issues.

All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging each individual to attain their full potential as lifelong learners. In a lively, challenging and supportive atmosphere you will be encouraged to share your learning with peers and colleagues, and to consider how you can contribute to the development of others. The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and inter-professional collaboration.

Some modules are designed in a distance learning mode using IT resources, including the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises). Most are delivered in a ‘blended learning’ framework combining attended taught sessions with online learning and resources.

Approach to assessment

Module assessment strategies vary throughout the programme. You will have opportunities to negotiate the specific content and nature of most module assessments with your tutors to ensure that your work combines academic study with challenges in current practice.

How this course helps you develop

Students on the post graduate programmes in advanced practice are invariably employed in senior clinical roles in healthcare. A number of past students have subsequently gained promotion to consultant or senior clinical management positions following their completion post graduate study in advanced practice.

Careers

Students on the post graduate programmes in advanced practice are invariably employed in senior clinical roles in healthcare. A number of past students have subsequently gained promotion to consultant or senior clinical management positions following their completion post graduate study in advanced practice.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

We have a number of both promising and senior, experienced researchers working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff. Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Visit the Advanced Nursing Practice (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must: have a first degree, or prior learning at the equivalent, appropriate level; have a minimum of three years' post-registration experience in clinical practice; be employed in a suitable clinical role in the UK for the achievement of clinical learning outcomes; have evidence of current professional registration with the NMC or the HCPC in the UK; have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within your area of practice; have explicit written support from your line manager

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