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Advanced Professional Practice (Community and Primary Care Practitioner) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills within community and primary care? This specialist pathway has been designed to prepare and support nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working in a community environment for the service delivery changes taking place in this area. You will be equipped to meet these changes and to thrive in the new service configurations as well as learning to work in new ways.

Key features

  • Developed in response to the policy context of integrated care (Five Year Forward View, 2014), this pathway promotes partnership working, the management of complexity and the need to address health inequalities.
  • Critically examine new service delivery models as they are developed and enhance your clinical skills to meet the integrated workforce agenda including holistic assessment, problem solving and single assessment processes.
  • Deliver health promotion to a range of people and contribute to reducing health inequalities.
  • Gain the necessary generic practice skills to function within the community/primary care environment and to analyse integrated practice whilst critically examining the nature, purposes and practice of public health.
  • Flexibly respond to the transformation of services and working across professional and organisational boundaries.
  • Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
  • Research informed teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum and you will be given the chance to design and undertake your own research to enhance and develop patient care and/or service provision.
  • Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
  • Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education
  • Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

Programme overview

  • Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three core modules.
  • Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: three core, one pathway specific and up to two optional.
  • Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice modules for the School of Nursing and Midwifery page.

Core modules

  • APP701 Advancing Practice in Context
  • APP714 Integrated Community and Primary Care in Context
  • APP745 Research Methodology and Application

Year 2

You must gain 40 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma.

Examples of the optional modules available

  • APP716 – Clinical skills in community and primary care
  • APP717 – The fundamentals of health assessment
  • APP736 – Leadership and innovation
  • HEAD709 – Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists)
  • NMP702 - Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives

Core modules

  • APP715 Integrated Community and Primary Care Practice

Final year

Core modules

  • APP703 - Advancing research knowledge in practice 2
  • SPP701 – Substantive professional project

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc APP Community and Primary Care Practitioner pathway specification 6132

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Advanced Professional Practice (Community and Primary Care Practitioner) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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