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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care)

Course Description

This course is aimed at health and social care practitioners who wish to develop the competencies of advanced practice and to facilitate change in patient and service outcomes. It uses a work-based learning approach to develop the higher level skills that will lead to advanced practitioner status and enhance your career prospects.

Key benefits:

• Strong clinical focus
• Facilitated work-based learning driven by client need and service redesign
• Protected learning time and support from practice-based mentors and assessors

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/advanced-practice-health-and-social-care

Suitable for

Professional health and social care practitioners who are supported by their employing organisation in an advanced practitioner training role. This programme is aligned with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (Department of Health 2003). Required competencies are broadly determined by the NHS North West agreement and RCN guidance on Advanced Practice.

Programme details

This inter-professional course places work at the centre of learning. You'll have access to expertise and skills from a wide range of professionals including nonmedical consultants, advanced practitioners, medical practitioners and guest lecturers at the cutting-edge of health and social care. You can also draw on the expertise of professorial and research staff across the University.


The facilitation strategies within the course will prepare you for the development of generic and specific practice at advanced level. In essence this course embraces the concept of learning at work to develop new ways of working and will develop the 'advanced practitioner' as outlined by the NHS North West Concordat for Advanced Practice (2009).

You will engage in critical self-assessment of knowledge and skills against appropriate competency frameworks in order to identify, in negotiation with their employer and academic supervisor, an individual learning pathway within the course.

The facilitation strategies for the course are dependent on sound group dynamics, trust and cohesion. The course will commence with an orientation programme, which will explore your expectations, roles and responsibilities, work based mentors and assessors and learning facilitators, along with confidentiality and other issues.

Facilitation will be complemented by academic and professional supervision

Module titles

This programme comprises a number of core and optional modules depending on the pathway you choose:

• Pathophysiology (30 credits)
• Clinical Examination (30 credits)
• Independent Learning (30 credits)
• Non-medical Prescribing (30 credits)
• Project Management and Methods of Inquiry (30 credits)
• Practitioner Competence (30 credits)
• Clinical Reasoning (30 credits)


Assessment strategies have been developed to reflect the ethos and learning aims and objectives of individual modules and may include:

• Self assessment
• Peer assessment
• Practice-based assessments
• Critical reflective commentaries
• Portfolio of evidence
• Viva Voce
• Poster presentations
• Service delivery and organisational assessment and redesign
• Assessed essays
• Client management plans
• Written reports
• Unseen examinations

Career Prospects

This course is normally commissioned by the North West Workforce Modernisation Hub to meet the needs of modernising the NHS and workforce development. On completion, you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced practitioner role in your own specialist field such as midwifery, accident and emergency, radiography, mental health and intensive care outreach.

Graduates of this course have undertaken a wide variety of advanced practice roles within their own field of practice. Many have made a significant contribution to improving services for their patient group and have demonstrated evidence of the impact of their role.

Whilst many advanced practitioners remain in post, some have chosen to become non-medical consultants.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have been working the appropriate clinical context for a minimum of two years. You will normally be a graduate in health and/or social care and be working in an area that will support and facilitate the development of advanced practice and have a written agreement with your employer for minimum learning and financial support.International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

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