This flexible part-time Specialist Practice course is designed for all health and social care practitioners wishing to enhance and develop their skills in a specific area of their practice. It can be achieved over a five year period with Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma interim awards.
The course aims to enhance practice competencies through critical reflection on practice and development of your practice in line with current professional standards. You will be encouraged and supported to increase your level of autonomy and cross boundary working in your specialist roles.
In today's healthcare the term 'specialist' is no longer confined to a specialist unit as all areas of health are specialisms in their own right. Evidence suggests that patients have better outcomes if cared for as a client group by practitioners with the skills and knowledge in their specialism.
For students working in the community who wish to achieve the NMC Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ), there is an option to follow the 'community pathway'. This applies to district and and community children's nurses and must be completed over a five year period.
Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits
• No core modules • Optional modules
Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits
• Contemporary Issues in Advancing Practice (15 credits) • Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (15 credits) • Optional modules
MSc Specialist Practice 180 credits
• Contemporary Issues in Advancing Practice (15 credits) • Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (15 credits) • Dissertation (45 credits) • Optional modules
MSc Specialist Practice (SPQ) 180 credits
Students undertaking the community pathway leading to the Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ), have five years to complete the programme and are required to undertake a number of compulsory modules: • Current Issues in Community Practice (20 credits) • Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (20 credits) • Synoptic module with or without V100 (Community Prescriber) (40 credits) • Optional modules
A range of specialist practice and option modules have been developed specifically for this course that will help you meet the learning outcomes of the course in full.
The emphasis of the learning and teaching will be student-centred, aimed at utilising the diversity of students' experience. A wide range of learning and teaching methods will be employed ranging from lectures to group work and discussion forums as well as independent study.
Strategies embedded within individual modules will foster collaborative working with opportunities for peer support, enabling you to focus on one of these specialist areas within an integrated framework. Some of the modules will use skills laboratories that provide you with additional opportunities to develop your skills and integrate theory with practice. Some modules will be delivered online but for the most part there will be a dynamic, blended learning approach in many modules.
- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.
Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.