Over the last decade there has been a major increase in the number of nurses engaged in specialist roles within rheumatology. This development has seen an expansion in the clinical skills used by such practitioners within the rheumatology field. Many rheumatology nurses practising at a specialist/advanced level undertake patient assessment clinics, drug surveillance and counselling clinics and are involved in patient and multidisciplinary education programmes. Not surprisingly, these health professionals often express a desire to extend their knowledge base to complement their clinical skills.
This exciting and contemporary programme places clinical advancement within a theoretical framework, with the objectives of enhancing professional capabilities, individual development, and influencing rheumatology care provision. The programme promotes concepts of professionalism, reflective learning and evidence based practice in the field of rheumatology.
This programme will enable you as an experienced clinical nurse or allied health professionals to manage the on-going care of people with rheumatoid arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. The programme will develop your clinical knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal examination, psychological and social aspects of care, drug therapy, clinical leadership and enable you to challenge existing practice and engage in research to develop the discipline of rheumatology practice.
Course participants will already be experienced practitioners in the field of rheumatology. The course will encourage an analytical and questioning approach to the care of people with rheumatoid disorders. It will lead students to evaluate their current role and adopt evidence-based practice.
The overall aim of the MSc in Rheumatology Nursing is to facilitate the development of the skills, knowledge and attitudes relevant to advanced nursing practice in rheumatology. This will include the engagement of rheumatology nurses in aspects of drug therapy, clinical assessment, psychosocial issues and appraisal of research so that they may be able to analyse, reflect on and evaluate clinical practice in these areas, and enhance their own professional capabilities. At the same time the aim is to equip these nurses with the necessary skills to appraise and evaluate research, and to design and undertake their own research projects. The course’s aims and objectives are closely aligned to national developments in rheumatology nurse specialism, which should prove attractive to NHS trusts who are seeking high quality courses for nurses to be sponsored to attend.
The main academic venue for this course will be the Staffordshire Rheumatology Centre at the Haywood Hospital in Stoke. Courses will be taught through a mixture of lectures, interactive tutorials, problem-based learning, workshops, formal presentations and guided study. Written handout and visual aids will be used throughout the course.
All students will be required to undertake a period of private study, equivalent to an average of eight hours a week.
Course preparation and study for assessment requirements will be made explicit throughout.
Teaching & Assessment
The MSc Rheumatology Nursing/Practice is delivered as a part-time mode of study and you can choose whether you want to progress through the Postgraduate Diploma to the MSc over a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years. The modules can also be undertaken on an individual basis if you are looking to develop you knowledge and skills in specific clinical areas such as drug therapy or physical examination.
As we attract both national and international students the programme runs over a number of short intensive blocks, each lasting 2-5 days. This pattern of learning is compatible with maintaining a busy clinical role. The course has been endorsed by the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology.
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.