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This exciting, contemporary and new Faculty-based flexible programme focuses on higher academic study underpinning a higher level of professional practice in healthcare. It is designed to provide the health and social care practitioner a stimulating and rigorous analysis of health care practice. It will have an interdisciplinary and interprofessional focus and aim to prepare practitioners to lead and manage change in a global health care environment.

It will combine conceptual, theoretical and practical work-based learning approaches to the study of health and social care practice and provide the opportunity for the practitioner to develop skills and expertise to an advanced level. The student will be able to map out a series of learning outcomes based on learning opportunities available in the workplace which represents an exploration of work focused and work related issues complemented by taught modules.

Within the MSc Advancing Professional Practice, there are five possible pathways for you to choose from. Each one is based upon contemporary clinical practice.

The five pathways are;
- End of Life Care
- Paediatric Endocrinology
- Nursing
- Midwifery
- Generic

One of the significant values which informs each route is work-based learning, which is incorporated in a stimulating and challenging way. It creates a distinctive, individual approach as it centres on the application of learning in the workplace and evidence-based assessment of practice and achievement.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/advancingprofessionalpracticenursing/

Course Aims

Broad educational aims of the programme are to:

- Demonstrate the capacity for critical enquiry, analysis, and application of knowledge in their practice and to support innovations in health and social care

- Demonstrate effective self-management and leadership skills to effect change in health and social care

- Engage within a work-based learning programme consolidating and extending theoretical knowledge and practice skills relevant to their own discipline, facilitating academic and professional development to enhance the delivery of quality care

- Promote and enhance their skills in critical reflection, evaluation, professional decision making and leadership to inform best practice

- Promote effective collaboration, interdisciplinary and interagency working practices

- Engage with work-based learning to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practice; establish and lead projects in their practice setting

Entry Requirements

Potential/prospective students will normally:
- Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); Health
Professional Council (HPC); General Social Care Council (GSCC).

- Have an identified work-based facilitator within their practice area, who will support and guide their development throughout the phases of the programme.

- Be working in clinical practice. Some potential/prospective student’s maybe managers/ educators within the Healthcare arena.

- Hold an undergraduate degree ideally 2.2 or higher in a related subject with a period of two years time in professional practice.

- Practitioners with extensive practice experience and no formal undergraduate degree will be considered by evidence presented within their professional portfolio and discussion at interview.

Course Content

The most important value which informs this programme is work-based learning which will be incorporated as a stimulating and challenging approach to programme delivery. This programme is distinctive because it will centre on the application of learning in the workplace and evidence-based assessment of practice and achievement, in order to relate the programme of study to the individual’s role of the practitioner.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Visit the Advancing Professional Practice (MSc) page on the Keele University website for more details!





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