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When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services. Read more
When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services.

The focus is on developing your competence, confidence and expertise in assessing the needs of your clients, and working in partnership with them to make informed, holistic health choices.

The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting2

Why choose this course?

• Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a Health Visitor, and increase your prospects of fulfilling employment
• Explore the latest research and practice, and develop a range of public health nursing skills that are pertinent to health visiting
• Develop your sensitivity and understanding in relation to cultural and religious values, beliefs, abilities and the needs of individuals, groups and populations
• Gain an understanding of the evidence on which care interventions are based in order to promote, evaluate and design interventions, and critically develop effective questioning techniques to enhance your communication skills
• Benefit from student-focused, self-directed and guided learning that uses a variety of teaching methods including e-learning, work and problem based learning, simulation, role play and student-led seminars.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting

Course detail

This course offers the opportunity to study for a combined Master of Science / Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor) qualification. Success in the Master of Science in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) or in the intermediate qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) will provide the professional qualification and eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting).

Emphasis throughout the course is placed on your continuing personal and professional development with the aim of improving your employability prospects. You will focus on issues of direct relevance to the achievement of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing status as a Health Visitor whilst pursuing a postgraduate course of study in a supportive learning environment.

Opportunities exist for conference attendance and presentations. The course adopts a studentfocused approach underpinned by self-directed and guided learning. A variety of teaching methods are used to create a stimulating learning environment including e-learning, work-based learning, simulation and solution-focussed learning

Modules

• Assessment And Interventions In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) (CEL030-6) Compulsory
• Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (CEL037-6) Compulsory
• Service Improvement Project In Health Visiting (CEL014-6) Compulsory
• Specialist Community Public Health Practice (Health Visiting) (CEL033-6) Compulsory
• Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Leadership (CEL016-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The course assessment strategy is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate professional relevance; draw on expertise-by-experience; foster active learning and be leaner-centred in approach. A distinct feature of the course is the range of assessment tasks, including those that allow you to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a service improvement project, assessed practice within your placements; and a portfolio of evidence of learning in practice and a profile of the health needs of your local practice area. The course assessments also include a timed, invigilated exam as this is an NMC requirement

Assessment tasks are designed so that you can tailor them to professional interests, experience and development needs. They are also designed so that you can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant.

There are specific professional requirements for passing some of the units in the course. These requirements are stated on the relevant unit information forms (UIFs).

Careers

During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as a health visitor. The course provides a student- focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs. Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding potential career development. You will carry out a service improvement project in your workplace which will both consolidate your knowledge and further enhance your career opportunities.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The demand for nurses with a postgraduate qualification is growing. If you have undergraduate degree from a health, social care or health science related area and have the dedication and commitment to study and work full time, then course will enable you become a registered nurse in two years. Read more
The demand for nurses with a postgraduate qualification is growing. If you have undergraduate degree from a health, social care or health science related area and have the dedication and commitment to study and work full time, then course will enable you become a registered nurse in two years.

You will study both in an academic setting and work in clinical practice environments enabling you to complete the necessary knowledge and skills to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse.

NHS Constitution

The NHS constitution brings together details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS "aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. "

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/nursing-with-registration-adult#about

Course detail

• Study using innovative teaching methods including our high-tech Simulation Centre
• Gain significant practical experience on a course comprising 50% theoretical learning and 50% practical learning
• Engage in a Service Improvement Project that will enable you to develop the skills to make a real change to the quality of service provision in practice.
• Develop the practical skills, knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours needed to nurse adults professionally and compassionately
• Benefit from a course that will lead you to a challenging and rewarding career as a registered adult nurse in a range of healthcare environments, including community hospital and residential settings, and can provide a route to specialised clinical practice, management or education.

Modules

• Developing Adult Nursing Practice (NAD011-3) Compulsory
• Introducing Adult Nursing Practice (NAD010-3) Compulsory
• Preparing For Adult Nursing Registration (NAD012-3) Compulsory
• Clinical Assessment And Decision Making In Adult Nursing (NAD003-6) Compulsory
• Clinical Leadership (NUR012-6) Compulsory
• Dissertation For Adult Nursing Registration (NAD004-6) Compulsory
• Fundamentals Of Adult Nursing (NAD001-6) Compulsory
• Life, Health And Social Sciences For Nursing (NUR009-6) Compulsory
• Pharmacology And Medicines Management In Adult Nursing (NAD002-6) Compulsory
• Research Methods For Nursing (NUR011-6) Compulsory
• Values, Policy And Governance In Nursing And Healthcare (NUR010-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The assessment strategy for this course is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate professional relevance; foster active learning, be leaner-centred in approach and draw on expertise-by-experience. The choice of assessments is determined by their fitness for purpose i.e. to evidence achievement of unit learning outcomes at Masters level (Level 7).

To enhance your understanding and experiences of assessment practices you will encounter a wide range of formative and summative assessment methods including those that enable you to undertake practice-focussed tasks that have the potential to influence care delivery. Many of the assessment tasks are designed so that you can tailor them to your professional interests, experience and development needs. They are also designed so that you can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to case studies and academic essays as well as assessed practice within your placements. Assessments are also designed to support you integrating learning in theory and practice and in demonstrating that integration. The assessments culminate in a choice of dissertation projects: a service improvement project, a literature review or a research proposal

Careers

During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as an adult registered nurse. The course provides a student-focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs. Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding employment application and potential career development.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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We are currently not recruiting for this course. Please check back for updates as the course will reopen for applications in the near future. Read more

Update: February 2017

We are currently not recruiting for this course. Please check back for updates as the course will reopen for applications in the near future.

Course detail

The demand for mental health nurses is ever increasing while the requirement for nurses with a postgraduate qualification is also growing.

If you have undergraduate degree from a health, social care or health science related area and have the dedication and commitment to study and work full time, then course will enable you become a registered nurse in two years.

You will study both in an academic setting and work in clinical practice environments enabling you to complete the necessary knowledge and skills to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse.

NHS Constitution

The NHS constitution brings together details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS "aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. "

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Healthcare is a dynamic and challenging subject, and this innovative course is designed for internationally-educated nurses qualified to British diploma standard who want to develop their knowledge at BSc level before progressing to Masters level studies. Read more
Healthcare is a dynamic and challenging subject, and this innovative course is designed for internationally-educated nurses qualified to British diploma standard who want to develop their knowledge at BSc level before progressing to Masters level studies.

You will explore healthcare from a UK and global perspective, learn to analyse and synthesise aspects of your practice, and develop the expertise and skills that will enable you to undertake a wide variety of holistic assessments in acute and long-term conditions.

Why choose this course?

• Study on a course that will enable you to become part of a global community, learning with other healthcare professionals who wish to improve their practice and reduce inequalities
• Explore the concept of change management and relate to current patient safety and quality agendas, and use investigative strategies and techniques to undertake critical analysis relevant to healthcare practice
• Develop advanced nursing knowledge and understanding of the principles of homeostatic mechanisms, and demonstrate an awareness of personal responsibility
• Gain a solid academic underpinning in nursing knowledge and theories, and enhance your scholarly and evidenced based approach to healthcare practice
• Benefit from the ability to assess the determinants of global health policy and practices within the context of contemporary national and international healthcare challenges.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/international-nursing-and-healthcare-integrated

Course detail

This full-time combined-level MSc is developed for qualified and registered healthcare professionals with a Diploma of Higher Education who wish to study for a master’s degree over a 30 month period.

Your first 15 months will be equivalent to a final year of a BSc before progressing to study at master’s level, with a particular focus on the importance of developing a critical understanding of research methodology and comprehensive bioscience principles to enable you to adopt a holistic approach to assessment and care.

You will develop essential theoretical and practical skills concerning healthcare and analyse how social, political and cultural factors have the capacity to both sustain and undermine the delivery of equitable healthcare. You will be required to draw upon your professional, practice and policy guidelines to develop or enhance approaches to healthcare practice.

Following your first year of study, you will be provided with opportunities to develop your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in selecting, synthesising, analysing and appraising data from a range of sources and for a range of purposes. You will also engage with complex healthcare issues in a global context, where legal and ethical principles are applied and you will be encouraged to be mindful of the fragility of healthcare services and practices.

Opportunities for inter-professional learning are provided on the option units. You will be required to work with near-peers in paired and small group work during scheduled learning, and, in some units, in guided learning activities. The course will prepare you to drive and influence change and development of your healthcare practice.

Modules

• Applied pathophysiology for nursing practice
• Context of professional practice
• Introduction to research and study skills
• Promoting quality healthcare
• Advancing healthcare practice: concepts and principles
• Dissertation: Systematic review of the literature on global healthcare
• Evidence-based healthcare practice
• Global healthcare perspectives
• International perspective of human factors in patient safety (option)
• Long-term conditions: a global perspective in integrated care (option)

Assessment

Assessment tasks are designed so that you can tailor them to your professional interests, experience and development needs. They are also designed so that you can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant. Assessment tasks are graduated to provide you with opportunities to develop your academic literacies and enquiry skills over time.

Your assessment is supported in a range of ways including: comprehensive assessment briefs; use of formative assessment techniques (including those embedded within summative assessment tasks); through use of exemplar answers (including those previously submitted by students where possible); through rehearsing approaches to assessment tasks during contact sessions; through scheduled tutorials which focus on academic literacies including literature search, critique and referencing skills.

You will receive feedback on submitted work within 15 working days and can discuss your work in scheduled tutorials and/or office time. You will also have to access to central support services designed to support the development of study skills and academic writing.

Careers

Students on this course are qualified healthcare professionals; consequently, the course will typically support your ambitions for career progression.

Graduates will have extended their knowledge base and potential scope of practice. They will adopt an evidence based approach to healthcare practice and be able to lead changes in team and organisational practices. They will be better able to plan, implement and manage complex tasks and activities whether working alone or with others.

Progress to the dissertation stage depends on performance in the taught stage.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Development, growth and building on existing knowledge – this is what this course focuses on, and it also aims to increase your confidence when it comes to making complex clinical decisions. Read more
Development, growth and building on existing knowledge – this is what this course focuses on, and it also aims to increase your confidence when it comes to making complex clinical decisions.

Your studies will integrate research, education and management issues to enable you to evolve a high degree of professional autonomy and independent practice.

This is a full-time academic course and does not offer clinical placements or lead to registration as a nurse in the UK.

Why choose this course?

• Study the critical thinking, reasoning, decision-making and judgmental skills that are vital to evidence-based healthcare practice
• Explore problem-orientation strategies towards current healthcare practices, and build a critical awareness of global health issues and approaches to reducing health inequalities
• Develop alternative ways of delivering care, and learn to communicate the rationale behind professional decisions in verbal and written formats that are appropriate to your audience
• Gain the ability to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when suggesting and implementing the sorts of changes that make a positive difference to the quality of service and patient care
• Benefit from a critical awareness of personal responsibility and the professional codes of conduct which are appropriate to your practice within complex and often unpredictable environments.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/advanced-nursing-studies2#about

Course detail

This course is aimed at enhancing your skills, knowledge and expertise. In adopting an evidence based approach to practice, the aim is for you to become an autonomous critical self-reflective practitioner.

In addition, the intention is also to enhance your confidence in leading change through innovative insights within a haematology service in a complex, unpredictable healthcare environment.

By choosing this course, you become part of a global learning community, to improve healthcare practice and reduce healthcare inequalities. The course helps you develop a scholarly and evidenced based approach to nursing studies and practice.

Modules

• Advancing Healthcare practice: Concepts and Principles
• Global Perspective in Healthcare Practice
• Evidence Based Healthcare Practice
• Choice of one Option unit*
• Dissertation (Systematic Review)

Assessment

Assessment is not just about ‘grading’ your performance but is an integral and important developmental part of your learning.

A variety of assessment strategies are used across the course including, presentations, report writing, written assessments, case studies, exams, OSCEs, viva poster presentations, portfolio, research reports, dissertation.

Careers

Teaching, learning and assessment methods have been selected to allow you to make strong connections between your studies and your future work practices. This includes designing activities that have personal and professional relevance through the use of case studies, healthcare datasets and exemplars from practice.

It includes access to a teaching faculty who are able to share ‘live’ examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and the involvement of external speakers such as patient groups, service users, healthcare leaders and practitioners.

You will have opportunities to rehearse and develop professional thinking and behaviours in group work, tailored assessment tasks and in simulated practice.

Opportunities for shared learning with part-time students on the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice course offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and opportunities for peer discussion and debate.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Specifically designed for health professionals, students with a health-related academic background or graduates from other disciplines who want to pursue a career in primary mental health, this course will equip you with a range of managerial skills and clinical knowledge. Read more
Specifically designed for health professionals, students with a health-related academic background or graduates from other disciplines who want to pursue a career in primary mental health, this course will equip you with a range of managerial skills and clinical knowledge.

You will also develop an understanding of the main models and theories in the field of occupational and health psychology, gain insights into the relationship between psychology and other disciplines in the human sciences, and deepen your knowledge of the research skills required by people working in a practice setting.

Why choose this course?

• Study advanced communication and counselling skills, learn to assess the needs of patients and clients in primary care settings, and discover how to meet the training and development needs of other professionals who work in health settings
• Explore the role of psychology in health contexts and other work environments, and see how psychologists work in relation to other areas of applied psychology and other professional groups
• Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the different theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to perceptions and behaviour related to health and mental health
• Gain skills in sophisticated research methods, statistical analysis techniques and the reporting of results using both quantitative and qualitative methods
• Benefit from advanced management skills and acquire the ability to take on highly responsible health-based administrative roles.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/psychological-approaches-to-health-and-management

Course detail

This course encompasses both psychology and aspects of human resource management coverings important issues in health psychology and organisations such as occupational health, psychometric assessment and stress. This curriculum also addresses the guidelines for the mental health related health and safety initiative by the Health and Safety Society (HAS).

The course deals with a range of topics in health psychology and aspects of management taught by published researchers in the field.

Modules

• Research Method for Health Psychology
• Lifestyle and Individual Differences
• Occupational Health Psychology
• Managing People
• Psychological Assessment
• Stress, Coping and Chronic Disease
• Mental Health
• Psychological Interventions
• Dissertation

Assessment

The assessments are directly related to the kinds of skills expected of health professionals showing an understanding of human behaviour and psychology, but also to skills useful in work environments and corporate settings.

Report and proposal writing, critical article reviews and the dissertation help to develop not only skills of accessing and using knowledge gained from primary and secondary sources, but also to critically evaluate the work of others, as well as self-criticism and communicating your ideas.

You are also required to develop practical skills for a number of professional settings such as addressing cases in human resource management, or writing executive reports for a psychometric manual to be communicated to a CEO or other managers, as well as learning to administer psychometric tests in a non-biased way.

Careers

The success of our MSc programme is represented in the successful careers of our previous students. In previous years, a number of students have applied or gained PhDs from number of universities including the University of Bedfordshire. Others have entered jobs that include: university academic researcher (including Cambridge University), managerial post in an NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT), Care Support Worker, Health Advisor in Turning Point working for Probation Services, IAPT post in Primary Care, Well-being Worker and Mental Health Advisor to the UK Health Ministry.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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When you join this MSc course you will join a supportive and nurturing ‘community of inquiry’. Read more
When you join this MSc course you will join a supportive and nurturing ‘community of inquiry’.

Along with your peers you will develop a critical awareness of how research processes can be applied to the study of public health, an insight into the global drivers behind health system reform, and an appreciation of policy development and implementation in developed and developing nations.

This course is for you if you seek a career in public health. There are a range of career opportunities within public health, including public health analyst, public health programme manager and public health specialist. The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) study in public health and provides you with sufficient grounding for the UK Faculty of Public Health Part I examination. Upon completion of this course, all students become eligible to apply for fellow membership of the UK Royal Society for Public Health.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/public-health2#about

Course detail

• Study the principles of public health that are relevant to students from around the world, and boost your practical, critical and theoretical skills
• Explore your potential on a course that commences with two foundation units before moving onto specialist units that enable you to explore contemporary issues relating to public health policy. A final unit enables you to undertake a research project
• Develop an understanding of issues in public health principles and practice from local, national and international perspectives
• Gain an insight into the global drivers of reform in health systems and their potential impacts on future public health policy
• Benefit from a course that uses case-studies from around the world, and is based on the principle that medical professionals should improve health and prevent disease, not just provide treatment for those who are ill.

Modules

• Epidemiology in Public Health
• Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
• Health and Social Care Inequalities
• Healthcare Commissioning
• Principles, Policies and Issues in Public Health
• Public Health Intelligence
• Public Health Protection
• Public Health Research Methods
• Research Project – Dissertation

Format

Teaching for each of the eight core unit is based on a series of weekly lectures and workshops. Between lectures, your learning will be underpinned by the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (BREO) which is used to provide access to additional guided learning materials and e-learning resources. After you have completed the eight core units, the dissertation unit will provide an opportunity to develop your public health research skills.

Assessment

Each unit is designed to develop your public health skills in ways which are directly relevant to the workplace. This is designed to help you in identifying, reflecting on and meeting your own learning needs.

In order to assist your future professional and career development, each assignment will require you to identify and develop a competency from the UK Faculty of Public Health framework which forms the basis of your learning and underpins your assessment. As you undertake each unit, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in a range of public health techniques via the assessments
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• Formal examination (8%)
• Course work, essays (57%)
• Presentation, posters (2%)
• Dissertation (33%)

Careers

Students completing the programme will have the skills and the knowledge to enter any field of public health practice. Throughout the course the teaching, learning and assessment methods are designed to encourage you to make strong connections between your studies and your future public health practice. Case studies, healthcare datasets and exemplars from practice help you to develop and practise a broad range of skills.

Throughout the course the teaching staff will share examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and external speakers such as public health leaders, practitioners, policy makers, researchers are invited to share their expertise.

Opportunities for shared learning with other students on the MSc in Public Health offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and internationally, and opportunities for peer discussion and debate.

The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) study in public health.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Studying for a Research Degree is an opportunity to develop your research interests and skills in a centre of excellence for health, within research groups building the international evidence base for health and health care. Read more

Course summary

Studying for a Research Degree is an opportunity to develop your research interests and skills in a centre of excellence for health, within research groups building the international evidence base for health and health care. We will equip you to undertake, analyse and evaluate health research.

Key features

-The IHR has an international track record for research impacting policy and practice

Career opportunities

You will develop a sound training in research methodology, health policy and academic writing. Past graduates found employment with WHO, Global Fund, Ministry of Health among other organisations.

The University welcomes research degree applications in the following ares:

-Health inequalities
-Healthcare commissioning
-Public health

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