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Why Surrey?. Our dynamic MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme enables registered nurses to develop the academic and professional skills needed to qualify as a Health Visitor. Read more

Why Surrey?

Our dynamic MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme enables registered nurses to develop the academic and professional skills needed to qualify as a Health Visitor.

Graduates are equipped to practice in the fast-changing and complex area of public healthcare, deploying advanced critical analysis skills and leading on innovation and change.

Programme overview

Our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme will enable you to obtain an academic award and, through completing a specified period of practice, to register on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

Health Visitors are at the forefront of current government public health policy and our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of healthcare.

It also has strong links with practice, encourages shared learning, draws upon an innovative research base and will guide you in displaying the values required in modern healthcare; such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Community Public Health Nurse award by a health care provider organisation.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. Students then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Students can also study part-time over two academic years, then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to advance the critical and analytical skills of the students to allow critical evaluation of current public health policy and practice, to equip students to initiate, lead and manage change, and to problem solve across disciplines and organisations, drawing on a breadth of knowledge from an inter- professional approach to education.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Draw on a range of research based information to inform their understanding of the practice of public health and underpin practice and service development
  • Utilise and critically evaluate appropriate tools and screening processes to identify individuals and groups who are at risk and in need of further support
  • Initiate and engage effectively in professional debate over policy and practice issues and development

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution to protect the public’s health and wellbeing from specific risks
  • Critically analyse and interpret data and communicate information about the health and wellbeing related needs of a defined population
  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply health policies relating to the wellbeing and protection of groups and communities and their environments
  • Evaluate and apply legal and ethical principles within their own area of practice
  • Recognise and determine complex problems and issues clearly and initiate and manage projects to improve health and wellbeing of individuals and groups
  • Critically evaluate and apply research methodologies and other evidence based knowledge to synthesise information for the advancement of public health practice

Professional practical skills

  • Establish working partnerships to raise awareness about health and social wellbeing and related factors, services and resources
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena
  • Identify opportunities to work collaboratively to initiate and develop health programmes and services to reduce inequalities

Key / transferable skills

  • Develop effective communication skills to empower individuals and groups to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Reflect on own and others’ functioning in order to improve practice
  • Develop as an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development
  • Work effectively with a public health team as a member and a leader, clarifying tasks and making effective use of the capacities of group members
  • Become an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Why Surrey?. Combining practice with taught modules, this dynamic programme leads to qualification as a school nurse and will advance your academic, profession and clinical skills. Read more

Why Surrey?

Combining practice with taught modules, this dynamic programme leads to qualification as a school nurse and will advance your academic, profession and clinical skills.

It will also develop your ability to critically analyse the challenges you’ll face and lead on innovation and change in the constantly evolving and complex public health environment.

Programme overview

Our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (School Nursing) programme will enable you to obtain an academic award and, through completing a specified period of practice, to register on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

Our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of healthcare and has strong links with practice, addressing the high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding of healthcare delivery that school nurses require.

It also encourages shared learning, draws upon an innovative research base and will guide you in displaying the values required in modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Community Public Health Practice award by a health care provider organisation.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. Students then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Students can also study part-time over two academic years, then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to advance the critical and analytical skills of the students to allow critical evaluation of current public health policy and practice, to equip students to initiate, lead and manage change, and to problem solve across disciplines and organisations, drawing on a breadth of knowledge from an inter-professional approach to education.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Draw on a range of research based information to inform their understanding of the practice of public health and underpin practice and service development
  • Utilise and critically evaluate appropriate tools and screening processes to identify individuals and groups who are at risk and in need of further support
  • Initiate and engage effectively in professional debate over policy and practice issues and development

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution to protect the public’s health and wellbeing from specific risks
  • Critically analyse and interpret data and communicate information about the health and wellbeing related needs of a defined population
  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply health policies relating to the wellbeing and protection of groups and communities and their environments
  • Evaluate and apply legal and ethical principles within their own area of practice
  • Recognise and determine complex problems and issues clearly and initiate and manage projects to improve health and wellbeing of individuals and groups
  • Critically evaluate and apply research methodologies and other evidence based knowledge to synthesise information for the advancement of public health practice

Professional practical skills

  • Establish working partnerships to raise awareness about health and social wellbeing and related factors, services and resources
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena
  • Identify opportunities to work collaboratively to initiate and develop health programmes and services to reduce inequalities

Key / transferable skills

  • Develop effective communication skills to empower individuals and groups to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Reflect on own and others’ functioning in order to improve practice
  • Develop as an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development
  • Work effectively with a public health team as a member and a leader, clarifying tasks and making effective use of the capacities of group members
  • Become an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification. Read more

Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.

On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching staff

Staff within the School of Health Sciences have internationally recognised expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice. As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or have a wealth of experience in their areas.

Who is this programme for?

Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme.

This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time. Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
  • Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
  • Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
  • Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
  • Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
  • Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
  • Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
  • Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
  • Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in adult nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification. Read more

Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in adult nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.

On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 7)

Who is this programme for?

Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme. This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time.

Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.

Career opportunities

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services. Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities. Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice. NHS Careers has further information.

Professional partnerships

Our students benefit from the support of mentors and other health care practitioners. The School of Health Sciences enjoys excellent partnership working with our local NHS Trusts and care givers within the independent sector.

Teaching staff

Staff within the School of Health Sciences have internationally recognised expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice.

As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or have a wealth of experience in their areas.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
  • Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
  • Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
  • Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
  • Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
  • Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
  • Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
  • Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
  • Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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A Community Children’s Nurse (CNN) needs high-level clinical skills and an in-depth understanding of the context within which primary and community care is delivered. Read more

A Community Children’s Nurse (CNN) needs high-level clinical skills and an in-depth understanding of the context within which primary and community care is delivered.

Our programme will provide these, in addition to nurturing the values required in modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Our programme allows shared learning with practitioners from other specialities and draws on Surrey’s excellent research base within the School of Health Sciences. Students benefit from strong links with practice, and programmes are designed to be responsive to changing practice needs.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Practice Award by a health care provider organisation. Please contact the pathway leader for further details of this.

Example module listing

Educational aims of the programme

These aims have been guided by the NMC Standards of proficiency for specialist practitioners.

The programme aims to enhance the student’s understanding, knowledge and expertise to lead and develop primary and community care practice. The programme will develop a critical and discerning practitioner who will be able to innovate and evaluate change in health and social care practice based on a sound knowledge and evidence base.

It will provide the opportunity to develop clinical leadership necessary to achieve effective provision of care through and inter-professional approach to education across disciplines and organisations.

It aims to enhance students’ competence in complex decision making to enable them to make a significant contribution to service development through innovation, leadership and research.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive level of understanding and knowledge around their chosen pathway
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct regarding ethical dilemmas in professional practice
  • Make sound professional judgements in the assessment, planning and delivery of care/ services
  • Undertake research that contributes to the development and enhancement of primary and community care

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Assess, implement and evaluate changes in health and social care practice and critically analyse a wide range of issues governing specialist practice
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical knowledge and practice in a variety of settings
  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution, including risk assessment and management
  • Communicate complex knowledge relating to primary and community care effectively
  • Critically analyse and evaluate issues relating to primary and community care
  • Critically evaluate research and other sources of evidence and synthase information in order to inform current and future practice

Professional practical skills

  • Develop the capacity to initiate flexible and creative professional interventions with a sound theoretical basis
  • Become pro-active in identifying and meeting changing health and social needs within a complex multi- cultural and multi-ethnic society
  • Demonstrate fitness for practice by achieving competence to meet standards set by the NMC

Key / transferable skills

  • Work effectively with an inter-professional group as a member and where appropriate, a leader.
  • Reflect on own and other’s performance in order to improve practice
  • Develop a critical and analytic approach to engaging with relevant literature in delivering evidence based practice
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena giving clear evidence based and duly considered information

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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General practice nurses (GNPs) provide a vital service in supporting people with long-term conditions, as well as providing a wide range of services and care such as screening, immunisation and health promotion. Read more

General practice nurses (GNPs) provide a vital service in supporting people with long-term conditions, as well as providing a wide range of services and care such as screening, immunisation and health promotion.

Our programme will teach you the necessary high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding that is required to work successfully as a GPN. It benefits from strong links with practice, and is responsive to changing practice needs.

Furthermore, it will guide you to display the values required in modern healthcare, such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

These aims have been guided by the NMC Standards of proficiency for specialist practitioners.

The programme aims to enhance the student’s understanding, knowledge and expertise to lead and develop primary and community care practice. The programme will develop a critical and discerning practitioner who will be able to innovate and evaluate change in health and social care practice based on a sound knowledge and evidence base.

It will provide the opportunity to develop clinical leadership necessary to achieve effective provision of care through and inter-professional approach to education across disciplines and organisations.

It aims to enhance students’ competence in complex decision making to enable them to make a significant contribution to service development through innovation, leadership and research.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive level of understanding and knowledge around their chosen pathway
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct regarding ethical dilemmas in professional practice
  • Make sound professional judgements in the assessment, planning and delivery of care/ services
  • Undertake research that contributes to the development and enhancement of primary and community care

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Assess, implement and evaluate changes in health and social care practice and critically analyse a wide range of issues governing specialist practice
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical knowledge and practice in a variety of settings
  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution, including risk assessment and management
  • Communicate complex knowledge relating to primary and community care effectively
  • Critically analyse and evaluate issues relating to primary and community care
  • Critically evaluate research and other sources of evidence and synthase information in order to inform current and future practice.

Professional practical skills

  • Develop the capacity to initiate flexible and creative professional interventions with a sound theoretical basis
  • Become pro-active in identifying and meeting changing health and social needs within a complex multi- cultural and multi-ethnic society
  • Demonstrate fitness for practice by achieving competence to meet standards set by the NMC

Key / transferable skills

  • Work effectively with an inter-professional group as a member and where appropriate, a leader.
  • Reflect on own and other’s performance in order to improve practice
  • Develop a critical and analytic approach to engaging with relevant literature in delivering evidence based practice
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena giving clear evidence based and duly considered information.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Why Surrey?. Drawing on Surrey’s excellent research base and benefitting from strong links with practice, our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of the primary and community care setting. Read more

Why Surrey?

Drawing on Surrey’s excellent research base and benefitting from strong links with practice, our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of the primary and community care setting.

It will advance your ability to critically analyse and lead on innovation and change in the workplace.

Programme overview

A District Nurse (DN) needs high-level clinical skills and an in-depth understanding of the context in which primary and community care is delivered.

Our programme allows shared learning with practitioners from other specialities and draws on Surrey’s excellent research base, to assist you in developing these skills and enhancing your knowledge.

Students benefit from strong links with practice, and the programme is designed to be responsive to changing practice needs. It will also guide you in displaying the values required in modern healthcare, such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

These aims have been guided by the NMC Standards of proficiency for specialist practitioners.

The programme aims to enhance the student’s understanding, knowledge and expertise to lead and develop primary and community care practice. The programme will develop a critical and discerning practitioner who will be able to innovate and evaluate change in health and social care practice based on a sound knowledge and evidence base.

It will provide the opportunity to develop clinical leadership necessary to achieve effective provision of care through and inter-professional approach to education across disciplines and organisations.

It aims to enhance students’ competence in complex decision making to enable them to make a significant contribution to service development through innovation, leadership and research.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive level of understanding and knowledge around their chosen pathway
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct regarding ethical dilemmas in professional practice
  • Make sound professional judgements in the assessment, planning and delivery of care/ services
  • Undertake research that contributes to the development and enhancement of primary and community care

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Assess, implement and evaluate changes in health and social care practice and critically analyse a wide range of issues governing specialist practice
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical knowledge and practice in a variety of settings
  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution, including risk assessment and management
  • Communicate complex knowledge relating to primary and community care effectively
  • Critically analyse and evaluate issues relating to primary and community care
  • Critically evaluate research and other sources of evidence and synthase information in order to inform current and future practice.

Professional practical skills

  • Develop the capacity to initiate flexible and creative professional interventions with a sound theoretical basis
  • Become pro-active in identifying and meeting changing health and social needs within a complex multi- cultural and multi-ethnic society
  • Demonstrate fitness for practice by achieving competence to meet standards set by the NMC

Key / transferable skills

  • Work effectively with an inter-professional group as a member and where appropriate, a leader.
  • Reflect on own and other’s performance in order to improve practice
  • Develop a critical and analytic approach to engaging with relevant literature in delivering evidence based practice
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena giving clear evidence based and duly considered information.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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This programme of study, skills development and placement experience allows you to build upon a first degree in biosciences, life sciences or health sciences in order to function as a qualified physician associate. Read more

This programme of study, skills development and placement experience allows you to build upon a first degree in biosciences, life sciences or health sciences in order to function as a qualified physician associate.

The programme teaches you to assess, diagnose and manage medical problems competently, consulting with patients presenting with a variety of specified conditions on behalf of, and under supervision of, a senior experienced doctor.

By the end of the programme, you will be able to deliver holistic medical care and treatment to a standard defined by the National Examination for Physician Associates, which will enable you to work in either Primary or Secondary Care.

Programme structure

The programme consists of eight taught modules.

On successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Post Graduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies, but will also need to sit a National Examination comprising a written paper and OSCE examination, set by the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians, in order to be able to practise in the NHS.

On passing the National Examinations, the graduate can be registered on the National Register (currently a Voluntary Register but awaiting accreditation and appointment of a Regulatory Body). The graduate can only work as a physician associate in the NHS if he/she is on this National Register.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

What is a physician associate?

Physician associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. As a physician associate, you might work in a GP surgery or be based in a hospital, but wherever you work, you'll have direct contact with patients.

You’ll be trained to perform a number of day-to- day tasks including:

  • Taking medical histories
  • Performing examinations
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Analysing test results
  • Developing management plans

You can find further information on the role through the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians (FPARCP) or the NHS careers website.

To understand what a physician associate does on a day-to- day basis, Health Education England have produced this informative Day in the Life of a Physician Associate video.

Collaboration

This programme will be delivered through collaboration with Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex and engagement with Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), Canterbury and Christchurch University (CCU) and the University of Kent.

The majority of teaching, however, will be conducted by Surrey staff and local NHS clinicians. The four HEIs (including Surrey) may share facilities in areas of individual specialist expertise, although teaching will be conducted by Surrey staff.

Working with local NHS Trusts (primary and community care, acute, secondary care and mental health) will enable elements including work-based assessments and summative assessments (the clinical OSCEs).

Surrey Health Partners

The University of Surrey is part of the Surrey Health Partners Alliance, bringing together NHS Trusts in Surrey with the University to enhance learning and teaching, research and clinical practice.

The local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs, covering GP practices) and NHS Health Trusts (covering hospitals, community care and psychiatric care) are all represented fully within Surrey Health Partners.

Career opportunities

Following successful graduation from this Diploma course, you will need to sit the National Assessment for Physician Associates, set by the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Passing the National Assessment will allow you to be put onto the National Register for Physician Associates, so that you can practise clinically in the UK.

Career prospects

The predicted growth of the physician associate role across the NHS to fill an important resource gap indicates strong continued employment prospects for graduates. Physician associates will pursue a profession that is supported by the NHS and the Department of Health: over 30 hospitals currently employ PAs across the UK and the numbers are growing fast.

Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex aims to produce PAs who can work in primary as well as secondary care.

Educational aims of the programme

The overarching educational aim of the programme is to train graduates with a first degree in Biosciences, Life Sciences or Health Sciences, or suitable approved programme, to Post Graduate Diploma level, to function as a qualified physician associate (on passing the National Examination).

Physician associates will be able to:

  • Deliver holistic medical care and treatment under defined levels of supervision, in acute and primary care settings in the National Health Service.
  • Work effectively with patients and multi-disciplinary healthcare teams from diverse backgrounds.
  • Use a patient-centred approach, and be expert communicators, ensuring patient safety at all times
  • Promote health and wellbeing on an individual and population basis
  • Engage in reflective practice, work within the limits of their competence and engage actively in lifelong learning and professional development

This training includes the necessary knowledge, skills and professional attitudes needed to work to the medical model, demonstrating safe medical practice, medical competence, compassion, reflective and critical thinking in diagnostic reasoning and clinical management.

Graduates will be able to assess, diagnose and manage medical problems competently, consulting with patients presenting with a variety of specified conditions on behalf of, and under supervision of a senior experienced doctor.

They will be able to understand and demonstrate the principles of safe and effective prescribing.

Graduates will be trained to a standard defined by the National Examination for Physician Associates that will enable them to work as physician associates in the National Health Service, with appropriate accreditation and regulation once these have been decided and implemented.



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