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Nurses worldwide are at the forefront of innovation and development in health and social care delivery. Read more

Nurses worldwide are at the forefront of innovation and development in health and social care delivery. There are increasing demands on nurses to cope with advances in technology and role change whilst drawing on evidence-based practice and working in dynamic environments to ensure the best-quality outcomes for their patients.

In the current climate of international mobility, the ability to work effectively with people of varied cultures has become essential, as healthcare delivery may conflict with patients’ cultural beliefs, standards and practices.

The MSc Nursing Studies (International) is a theoretically focused programme, developed specifically for the international student working towards an advanced practice role. The vision for this Award is to develop nurses/midwives who are able to actively engage in lifelong learning, work effectively with people of varied cultures, beliefs and practices and evaluate evidence-based practice and literature to inform, advance and lead practice and service delivery.

Through the use of face to face teaching, alongside technology enabled learning, the Award will provide a rich learning environment and opportunity for exchange of perspectives and experiences on many levels for international students, not just culturally but also around service developments and the challenges for nursing care delivery.

Furthermore, the Award will provide a diverse and enriching opportunity for students, as part of a nursing/midwifery community of practitioners, to examine barriers to health care. By advancing and facilitating levels of strategic thinking, debate, criticality and analysis, the Award will impact on students area of practice, professional role and provide the necessary knowledge to underpin developments in nursing/midwifery.

Rankings

Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017.

What you will study

Core Modules

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods - these methods are dependent on modules studied. However, student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills. There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, advance your knowledge and critical thinking and develop technical skills. The modules offer you the capacity to acknowledge and build upon the knowledge and skills you may have acquired through previous learning experiences including those in the work place.

Your course of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes.

Career prospects

One of the University of Bradford's goals is to equip all our students with the attributes and capabilities to be confident and capable in their life beyond university.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careerswebsite.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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An exciting new opportunity to train as a Practice Nurse. It is a training opportunity for recently qualified UK nursing degree students, or those who wish to change their area of specialisation. Read more

An exciting new opportunity to train as a Practice Nurse.

It is a training opportunity for recently qualified UK nursing degree students, or those who wish to change their area of specialisation.

The course is designed to enhance knowledge, skill and competence as a practice nurse.

It is a 12 month programme providing theoretical learning delivered by experienced lecturers from the Faculty of Health Studies, and expert practitioners from the primary care setting.

Placements are fully supported by experienced mentors and clinical facilitators.

Rankings

Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017.

What you will study

The curriculum allows students to choose to study a defined combination of modules to create a named specialist Postgraduate Certificate Professional Healthcare Practice. For example, the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Healthcare Practice (Cancer Care). The nature of the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Professional Healthcare Practice usually enables optional module choice whilst still achieving the central components required for this award.

Learning and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study, you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan with your academic advisor, you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, research informed knowledge and critical thinking to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field, your organisation and workplace setting. You will also develop your skills and knowledge of research and application to your practice area.

Your course of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes.

Career prospects

Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.

Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change… Read more

The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality.It is suitable for healthcare professionals working in the area of older person care in senior clinical roles, leadership/management roles or with aspirations to move into roles of this nature. The programme offers you the opportunity to apply knowledge to your own area of older person clinical practice.

Students undertaking the Advanced Care of the Older Person programme will develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles in relation to the care of the older person. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical application of research, and undertake their own research in the care of the older person.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip you with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the physical and mental health needs of your client group, to gain a critical awareness of your role in the treatment and management of common physical health conditions related to the ageing process and to advance good practice in the physical and mental health care of the older person within your field of practice. There is a focus on service improvement, patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

Those working in clinical areas in the UK can choose to develop clinical competencies in caring for the older person, working with a mentor in practice, supervised by experienced academics. Those working in non-clinical roles or those not employed in Uk healthcare will have the opportunity to reflect on the skills needed to develop their specific role in caring for an older person.

The curriculum offers the choice of optional modules. Your Personal Academic Tutor will discuss your optional module choice with you and advise regarding suitability in respect of your learning and practice in care of the older person.

What you will study

PG Certificate award

Core Modules

PG Diploma award

Option Modules

Choice of module from the SSPRD framework to meet professional needs

MSc award

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

For all students undertaking this programme the core modules provide specialist knowledge in relation to the care of older person, leadership and quality improvement.

You will enhance your knowledge and skills related to many aspects of caring for the older person including advanced communication skills, assessment skills for health and social care needs, mental health, ageing with long term conditions, medicines optimisation, end of life care and pain management.

You will also consider complex case management across health and social care to include person centred care, safe-guarding, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and working with families.

SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs.

The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying.

Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Career prospects

This is a priority area for development identified by HEYH, reflecting a growing elderly population in the UK and overseas.

It offers opportunity for practitioners to develop as leaders in the care of older people, becoming experts in the field, influencing policy and driving change.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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This programme has been specifically designed to meet the need for expert radiographers who undertake reporting for the NHS and independent health organisations. It incorporates the criteria of the Society of Radiographers for advanced practice and will be taught by a range of local, national and international experts in the reporting field. . Read more

This programme has been specifically designed to meet the need for expert radiographers who undertake reporting for the NHS and independent health organisations. It incorporates the criteria of the Society of Radiographers for advanced practice and will be taught by a range of local, national and international experts in the reporting field. 

The programme offers you the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge and skills to report, inform and eventually lead a range of clinical and professional situations. You will develop radiographic reporting skills as well as leadership and research knowledge designed to meet the challenges of service delivery in advanced healthcare.

You will learn how to use a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of reporting, patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value, including aspects of patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

What you will study

This programme has been designed to meet the increasing demand for expert Advanced Clinical Practitioners in radiography who can safely undertake ‘reporting’ in an advanced role providing safe diagnostic reports and important information to inform clinical decision making across the NHS and private and independent care providers.

Learning and assessment

This programme will:

  • provide an educational framework that is vocationally relevant, which meets your professional development needs and the organisational needs of employers
  • stimulate you to become a self-directed learner who is motivated to sustain and advance your own continuous professional learning
  • develop your reporting skills, knowledge and critical understanding to an advanced level
  • further develop your cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis and complex problem solving
  • develop you as a leader with the skills and confidence to act as a role model, supporting the professional development of colleagues and the work of your organisation
  • develop you as a critically reflective competent leader who will manage service development towards effective, sustainable, inclusive, fair and ethically sensitive service provision

Career prospects

You will become an autonomous practitioner who can work in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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Advanced Dementia Studies is a part-time distance learning programme. By studying online you will have flexibility to fit your studies around your working life and learn from and with students from around the world. Read more

Advanced Dementia Studies is a part-time distance learning programme. By studying online you will have flexibility to fit your studies around your working life and learn from and with students from around the world.

  • MSc Advanced Dementia Studies - 3 years
  • PGDip Advanced Dementia Studies - 2 years
  • PGCert Dementia Studies - 1 year

The programme has been designed to develop you as a leader in your field of dementia care and enable you to use the best evidence available to support your work. We adopt a human rights perspective to understanding the experience of people living with dementia and encourage multidisciplinary team-working and service user engagement. Our programme is underpinned by cutting-edge research. 

This programme is intended for UK and international students who are:

  • Health and social care professionals who want to gain a specific qualification in working with people who have dementia
  • Voluntary workers who already have contact with people with dementia

Our flexible approach allows you to combine study with work and home life. Our online courses are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to help you develop your own and your colleagues' practice.

We use a variety of virtual learning environments so that students can interact with the course tutors and fellow students. For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to online discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.

Application deadline: 3 August 2018

Taster session

Try out a Dementia Studies taster session on our Virtual Learning Environment.

"Distance learning is not easy and fitting it in around work was a challenge, but the day I put my mortar board on and graduated with my cohort will rate as one of the most important days of my career and a really proud moment. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my course tutors and their encouragement."

Val Freeman, MSc Advanced Dementia Studies

Learning and assessment

This distance learning part-time programme is delivered through digitally enhanced learning and teaching methods, including real time tutorials, inter-professional discussion groups, practice-based exercises, directed and self-directed study.

Learning materials consist of:

An interactive study guide for each module

  • Online supplementary resources including podcasts, videos and readings
  • Online real-time tutorials
  • Online discussion groups and opportunity for networking with peers
  • A study planner for each module including key dates and timeline for completing the module activities

The interactive study guide provides:

  • An overview explaining the aims of the module
  • The learning outcomes students are expected to achieve
  • Guidance for the on-line exercises
  • Details of assignments
  • Details of readings

Each module will include a: i) formative assessment (i.e. tutor feedback on written work in progress); this work is not graded and you are able to make changes your tutor recommends before you submit your final assignments; ii) summative assessment (i.e. final); this will be by means of one or two pieces of work for each module which are graded and count towards your final mark for the award. There will be a variety of types of assessment that include case studies, written reports on practice-based work and critical reflections on evidence.

Career prospects

A Dementia Studies award may be a good career development move for you if you are already working in the dementia field and wish to specialise in this area of practice. Expectations are increasing about the quality of care people with dementia should receive. This means that there will be many opportunities for you to progress in your career having studied successfully at this advanced level. 

Many of our students receive promotions or are successful in applying for new posts. The postgraduate programmes in Dementia Studies do not, however, lead to a professional qualification or registration. 

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 

Research

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2001, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research. Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.



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This programme is suitable for healthcare professionals working in a range of settings, including hospital, community, primary and mental health care and… Read more

This programme is suitable for healthcare professionals working in a range of settings, including hospital, community, primary and mental health care and emergency care settings.The Advanced Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor.

It develops skills designed to meet the challenges of delivering and advancing quality healthcare within a global context.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip students with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. There is a focus on patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

The programme is intended to:

  • Provide a flexible educational framework that is vocationally relevant, which meets your professional development needs, as well as the organisational needs of employers
  • Provide opportunities for inter-professional teaching and learning to share the knowledge, skills and experience common to a range of different health and social care disciplines
  • Provide a framework within which the curriculum, where required, meets the regulatory needs of professional bodies such as the NMC, GPhC and HCPC and recognised National benchmarks
  • Stimulate you to become a self-directed learner who is motivated to sustain and advance your own continuous professional learning
  • Develop your clinical skills, knowledge and critical understanding to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice
  • Further develop your cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis, complex problem solving and risk assessment
  • Prepare you to become an autonomous practitioner, to work in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability
  • Develop you as a practitioner who will innovate, promote evidence informed practice and improve service user outcomes
  • Develop you as a leader with skills and confidence, to act as a role model, supporting the professional development of colleagues and the work of your organisation
  • Develop you as a critically reflective, competent leader who will manage service development towards effective, sustainable, inclusive, fair and ethically sensitive service provision

Professional accreditation

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 August 2020.

This is the only Nationally recognised quality marker, and is therefore a portable qualification and a quality marker for Advanced Nurse Practitioners programmes in the UK. The accreditation demonstrates that our Advanced Practice programmes have been rigorously evaluated against 15 standards and associated criteria (RCN, 2012) and judged to prepare Advanced Nurse Practitioners to an advanced level commensurate with the RCN guidance (RCN, 2012).

What you will study

The MSc Advanced Practice curriculum provides a range of modules from the Faculty of Health Studies that are combined to provide a programme of study that suits your particular learning or employment needs.

Learning and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study, you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan with your academic advisor, you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, research informed knowledge and critical thinking to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field, your organisation and workplace setting. You will also develop your skills and knowledge of research and application to your practice area.

Your course of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes.

SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs.

The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying.

Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Career prospects

Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.

Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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This programme is designed to prepare nurses and a range of health and social care professionals for new and challenging roles in advancing and shifting the professional boundaries in critical care. Read more

This programme is designed to prepare nurses and a range of health and social care professionals for new and challenging roles in advancing and shifting the professional boundaries in critical care.

The Advanced Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor.

It develops skills designed to meet the challenges of delivering and advancing quality healthcare within a global context.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip students with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. There is a focus on patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

The programme is intended to:

  • Provide a flexible educational framework that is vocationally relevant, which meets your professional development needs, as well as the organisational needs of employers
  • Provide opportunities for inter-professional teaching and learning to share the knowledge, skills and experience common to a range of different health and social care disciplines
  • Provide a framework within which the curriculum, where required, meets the regulatory needs of professional bodies such as the NMC, GPhC and HCPC and recognised National benchmarks
  • Stimulate you to become a self-directed learner who is motivated to sustain and advance your own continuous professional learning
  • Develop your clinical skills, knowledge and critical understanding to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice
  • Further develop your cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis, complex problem solving and risk assessment
  • Prepare you to become an autonomous practitioner, to work in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability
  • Develop you as a practitioner who will innovate, promote evidence informed practice and improve service user outcomes
  • Develop you as a leader with skills and confidence, to act as a role model, supporting the professional development of colleagues and the work of your organisation
  • Develop you as a critically reflective, competent leader who will manage service development towards effective, sustainable, inclusive, fair and ethically sensitive service provision

Professional accreditation

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 August 2020.

This is the only Nationally recognised quality marker, and is therefore a portable qualification and a quality marker for Advanced Nurse Practitioners programmes in the UK. The accreditation demonstrates that our Advanced Practice programmes have been rigorously evaluated against 15 standards and associated criteria (RCN, 2012) and judged to prepare Advanced Nurse Practitioners to an advanced level commensurate with the RCN guidance (RCN, 2012).

What you will study

The MSc Advanced Practice curriculum provides a range of modules from the Faculty of Health Studies that are combined to provide a programme of study that suits your particular learning or employment needs.

Learning and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study, you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan with your academic advisor, you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, research informed knowledge and critical thinking to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field, your organisation and workplace setting. You will also develop your skills and knowledge of research and application to your practice area.

Your course of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes.

SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs.

The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying.

Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Career prospects

Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.

Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.



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This programme is designed to prepare nurses and a range of health and social care professionals for new and challenging roles in advancing and shifting the professional boundaries in critical care. Read more

This programme is designed to prepare nurses and a range of health and social care professionals for new and challenging roles in advancing and shifting the professional boundaries in critical care.

The Advanced Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor.

It develops skills designed to meet the challenges of delivering and advancing quality healthcare within a global context.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip students with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. There is a focus on patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

The programme is intended to:

  • Provide a flexible educational framework that is vocationally relevant, which meets your professional development needs, as well as the organisational needs of employers
  • Provide opportunities for inter-professional teaching and learning to share the knowledge, skills and experience common to a range of different health and social care disciplines
  • Provide a framework within which the curriculum, where required, meets the regulatory needs of professional bodies such as the NMC, GPhC and HCPC and recognised National benchmarks
  • Stimulate you to become a self-directed learner who is motivated to sustain and advance your own continuous professional learning
  • Develop your clinical skills, knowledge and critical understanding to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice
  • Further develop your cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis, complex problem solving and risk assessment
  • Prepare you to become an autonomous practitioner, to work in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability
  • Develop you as a practitioner who will innovate, promote evidence informed practice and improve service user outcomes
  • Develop you as a leader with skills and confidence, to act as a role model, supporting the professional development of colleagues and the work of your organisation
  • Develop you as a critically reflective, competent leader who will manage service development towards effective, sustainable, inclusive, fair and ethically sensitive service provision

Application deadline: 30 August 2018

Professional accreditation

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 August 2020.

This is the only Nationally recognised quality marker, and is therefore a portable qualification and a quality marker for Advanced Nurse Practitioners programmes in the UK. The accreditation demonstrates that our Advanced Practice programmes have been rigorously evaluated against 15 standards and associated criteria (RCN, 2012) and judged to prepare Advanced Nurse Practitioners to an advanced level commensurate with the RCN guidance (RCN, 2012).

What you will study

The MSc Advanced Practice curriculum provides a range of modules from the Faculty of Health Studies that are combined to provide a programme of study that suits your particular learning or employment needs.

Learning and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study, you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan with your academic advisor, you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, research informed knowledge and critical thinking to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field, your organisation and workplace setting. You will also develop your skills and knowledge of research and application to your practice area.

Your course of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes.

SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs.

The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying.

Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Career prospects

Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.

Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.



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This programme is suitable for healthcare professionals working in roles which include the assessment and management of patients presenting with minor injury or illness. Read more

This programme is suitable for healthcare professionals working in roles which include the assessment and management of patients presenting with minor injury or illness.

The Advanced Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor.

It develops skills designed to meet the challenges of delivering and advancing quality healthcare within a global context.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip students with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. There is a focus on patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

The programme is intended to:

  • Provide a flexible educational framework that is vocationally relevant, which meets your professional development needs, as well as the organisational needs of employers
  • Provide opportunities for inter-professional teaching and learning to share the knowledge, skills and experience common to a range of different health and social care disciplines
  • Provide a framework within which the curriculum, where required, meets the regulatory needs of professional bodies such as the NMC, GPhC and HCPC and recognised National benchmarks
  • Stimulate you to become a self-directed learner who is motivated to sustain and advance your own continuous professional learning
  • Develop your clinical skills, knowledge and critical understanding to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice
  • Further develop your cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis, complex problem solving and risk assessment
  • Prepare you to become an autonomous practitioner, to work in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability
  • Develop you as a practitioner who will innovate, promote evidence informed practice and improve service user outcomes
  • Develop you as a leader with skills and confidence, to act as a role model, supporting the professional development of colleagues and the work of your organisation
  • Develop you as a critically reflective, competent leader who will manage service development towards effective, sustainable, inclusive, fair and ethically sensitive service provision

Professional accreditation

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 August 2020.

This is the only Nationally recognised quality marker, and is therefore a portable qualification and a quality marker for Advanced Nurse Practitioners programmes in the UK. The accreditation demonstrates that our Advanced Practice programmes have been rigorously evaluated against 15 standards and associated criteria (RCN, 2012) and judged to prepare Advanced Nurse Practitioners to an advanced level commensurate with the RCN guidance (RCN, 2012).

What you will study

The MSc Advanced Practice curriculum provides a range of modules from the Faculty of Health Studies that are combined to provide a programme of study that suits your particular learning or employment needs.

Learning and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study, you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan with your academic advisor, you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, research informed knowledge and critical thinking to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field, your organisation and workplace setting. You will also develop your skills and knowledge of research and application to your practice area.

Your course of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes.

SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs.

The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying.

Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Career prospects

Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.

Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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The programme is designed to take a nurse and medical hysteroscopists who have completed the core module for the Postgraduate Certificate, to a point where they build on their experience of working with women applying additional advance practice skills. Read more

The programme is designed to take a nurse and medical hysteroscopists who have completed the core module for the Postgraduate Certificate, to a point where they build on their experience of working with women applying additional advance practice skills

You will be able to build up your profile using independent studies that are based on operative training experience you may gain elsewhere through the RCOG and or industry study days. Full details will be provided on application. You may also take one of the suite of research modules.

Therefore each practitioner, with their manager, will identify a certificated RCOG/BSGE skills day. you will need to sign up for an Independent Study Module (up to three times or 30 credits) before you commence the study day.

You can also bring in modules from elsewhere using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Application deadline: 30 August 2018

"I was a gynaecology cancer nurse specialist and clinic nurse in gynaecology outpatients before my studies. This was an intense course but the content was well taught and the support I received allowed me to get the most out of my learning. I'm currently working in York Teaching Hospital as a nurse hysteroscopist and colposcopist. If you are given the chance to do this programme you should grab it with both hands!"

Sarah York, Diagnostic Hysteroscopy & Therapeutic Management

What you will study

The PG Certificate covers the following topics:

  • Revision of the normal anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system.
  • The reproductive continuum from menarche to menopause, abnormal reproductive function including ovarian dysfunction, recurring pregnancy loss, anatomical abnormalities pre-malignancy and malignancy.
  • Perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and associated pathological conditions.
  • Decision making for treatment options with specific reference to the intra-uterine system, Evidence based practice, appropriate sources of literature and research critique.
  • Models of reflection and reflective practice. medico legal and ethical aspects of professional practice including consent and litigation.
  • Professional requirements of the BSGE.
  • Communications with clients, colleagues and the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Professional and personal factors associated with leading a nurse led service
  • Pharmacology and application to specific pathologies.
  • Policies, protocol and procedures.
  • Protocols for specialist investigations and interpretation of same.
  • Advanced Practice, Clinical governance and Clinical Effectiveness.
  • Links between primary and secondary care and pathway development.

To achieve the PG Dip students select two further modules from the SSPRD Framework. Independent Studies can be studied at between 10-30 credits, so you may take up to 30 credits worth through this module.

Those planning to continue to MSc level must complete a module from our research portfolio. If you wish to transfer to the MSc Advanced Practice (Clinical Practitioner) programme, you must complete an RPL application, and discuss with the programme leader.

Learning and assessment

Assessments will include:

  • Competency log book of up to 150 hysteroscopies
  • Portfolio of case studies
  • Audit Report
  • Final assessment through OSCE

SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs.

The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying.

Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Career prospects

On completion of this programme you will have the skills to provide operative treatments in a "see and treat" outpatient hysteroscopy service as the lead nurse. 

Past nurses have progressed to work as nurse consultants. They present at national conferences and have an active support next work.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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Diversity Management awards from the University of Bradford are designed for those interested in establishing or advancing their careers in diversity related areas. Read more

Diversity Management awards from the University of Bradford are designed for those interested in establishing or advancing their careers in diversity related areas. Modules address management, leadership, and cross-cultural communication in national and global contexts.

The courses adopt a holistic approach to diversity covering a wide range of perspectives and cultural markers including sex, age, race, colour, ethnic or national origins, gender identity, disability, religious or political beliefs and affiliations, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation and other distinctions. The courses cover all protected rights covered by the Equality Act (2010) and other international legislative drivers and policies including the European Council Directives.

With these qualifications individuals may pursue a wide range of roles in human resources, management and customer service as well as roles more specific to the field such as Equality and Diversity Officer, Manager, or Director. They may also pursue roles within organisations that promote social justice, democracy, and human rights.

What you will study

Core Modules

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

Study is through a blended learning approach. For each module there are typically two study days attended on campus (alternative arrangements may be possible for distance students), weekly one hour tutorials in a virtual learning environment, and ongoing tutor support.

Career prospects

Globalisation and increasing domestic diversity in the UK and elsewhere have led to the emergence of diversity management as a key skill area for professionals.

Employers in a variety of sectors increasingly require individuals capable of addressing the challenges of working with diverse employee and customer bases. Some individuals working with diversity may simply be general managers who handle diverse groups of employees or customers and who work in virtually any type of organisation.

Others have roles more specific to diversity which involve the development of strategy and implementation of initiatives to ensure equitable employment practices, the design and implementation of diversity training initiatives, or the oversight of discrimination and unfair practice complaints. These individuals typically work in large organisations including local authorities, central government departments, trade unions, universities and colleges, the police and armed forces, NHS Trusts, financial institutions and national businesses, as well as within the voluntary sector. International organisations also increasingly employ people who are skilled in diversity management to facilitate working with individuals across national borders.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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This course is aimed primarily at staff who are currently employed in the higher education sector in teaching and/or learner support roles. Read more

This course is aimed primarily at staff who are currently employed in the higher education sector in teaching and/or learner support roles.

Courses of this nature are an accepted part of the career development of HE teaching staff.

It serves the needs of you and your fellow participants, in terms of helping to support you to build on and develop your existing professional knowledge, skills and values associated with being a teacher and enabler of student learning in higher education

Unusually for the field of education, many people start work as teachers in HE without having had much experience or training. In this course we therefore support people in making the transition to becoming an established HE teaching professional.

The course is a work-based learning course developed in collaboration with the employer (the University), and this is recognised by the fact that the PGCHEP is one of the University's ESCALATE programmes (the University's employer engagement initiative). The course forms a key part of the University of Bradford's framework for the professional development of teaching staff, and will act as a platform for your ongoing CPD in this area

The course is addressed to the needs of students - through engaging with the course, you will be in a better position to evaluate and enhance the quality of your own students' experiences

Professional accreditation

As an accredited programme, successful participants will be eligible to become Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

What you will study

Core Modules

Option Modules

  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (GTAa and P/T Tutors)

Career prospects

One of the University of Bradford's goals is to equip all our students with the attributes and capabilities to be confident and capable in their life beyond university.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careerswebsite.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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This programme will help you to. Develop your own leadership abilities. Move into a more senior role. Inspire others to improve the services you deliver. Read more

This programme will help you to:

  • Develop your own leadership abilities
  • Move into a more senior role
  • Inspire others to improve the services you deliver
  • Help to sustain your service and make sure it provides affordable quality into the future
  • Strengthen partnerships and multi-agency working
  • Speak with confidence about quality and service improvement approaches
  • Gain practical experience of using service improvement methods and tools

In a world where it is increasingly vital for public services to deliver quality within a budget, the Leading Service Improvement Postgraduate Certificate will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference.

You will learn about the impact you can make as a leader within your field and have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, alongside developing confidence in the use of quality and service improvement models.

The Faculty of Health Studies Healthcare Leadership team are experts within the sector, having many years of experience in local commissioning, regional public health and national policy roles.

What you will study

The curriculum is organised into two 30-credit modules.

One module will be studied each semester. Each module combines theory and practice.

Modules

Learning and assessment

This programme combines study and assessment of theory alongside its application within a work setting.

Study is through a blended learning approach:

  • 4 days attendance on campus for each module (2 blocks of 2 days)
  • a virtual learning environment to support private study
  • ongoing tutor support.

Assessment of the programme includes practical application of skills and knowledge, demonstrating a theoretical understanding and enabling you to grow in confidence.

Career prospects

This course has enabled previous graduates to go on to more senior roles within their organisations, as well as secondments to national bodies. It is of particular relevance to those working, or aspiring to work, in:

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Local Government (Public Health and services to reduce inequalities)
  • Provider organisations including voluntary sector
  • Roles Co-ordinating networks and partnerships
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careerswebsite.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support throughout your time with us.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.

Our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.

Research

The Certificate is very practically focused and you will investigate issues of service improvement within your own organisation. This will help you to develop research skills which will stand you in good stead should you choose to pursue further study or for future work-based projects.



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The postgraduate Midwifery programme adopts a holistic approach to developing experienced registered midwives into skilled leaders of the profession. Read more

The postgraduate Midwifery programme adopts a holistic approach to developing experienced registered midwives into skilled leaders of the profession.

The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles. The awards offer you the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor. Learning and teaching is designed to equip you with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value.

The MSc in Midwifery and its nested awards are designed to address current and future demands of midwifery practice services, including the recommendations from Midwifery 2020 (DoH 2010). The awards recognise the changing clinical environment and allow you to develop key advanced skills or those associated with service delivery and enhancement within the current social and economic climate.

Your programme of study and the collection of modules you may choose to study will contextualise your learning. Modules such as the research or work based project modules, for example, enable you to shape your own focus of study within the modules aims and learning outcomes by learning the principles being taught and applying them to your own professional/employment area.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning using face to face and on-line activities/ materials. When devising your study plan with your academic supervisor you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module and in which semester your chosen modules are being delivered.

The programme was written specifically for registered midwives, but shares modules throughout the Faculty of Health Studies and a multi-professional approach is used in teaching and learning.

What you will study

PGCert and PGDip options

  1. Independent Study (30 credits)
  2. Preparing for primary research
  3. Preparing for Systematic Review
  4. Clinical Examination and Care Management (Enhancing Contemporary Midwifery Practice
  5. Exploring Reproductive Sexual Health (Level 7)
  6. Safeguarding People
  7. Leadership for Advanced Practitioners
  8. Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals (Level 7)
  9. Supporting Learning in Practice

MSc options

Learning and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical and experiential understanding, advance your knowledge and critical thinking with the assistance of research informed teaching, and to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field. This may include work based learning with competencies undertaken in your organisation or with an additional clinical area.

The Midwifery modules and awards nested within the framework offer you the capacity to acknowledge and build upon the knowledge and skills you may have acquired through previous learning experiences including those in the work place.

SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs.

The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying.

Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Career prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careerswebsite.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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This programme enables practitioners to gain a formally recognised standard of competence in cardiology. It is taught and run by advanced clinicians, allied health professionals and service improvement specialists. . Read more

This programme enables practitioners to gain a formally recognised standard of competence in cardiology. It is taught and run by advanced clinicians, allied health professionals and service improvement specialists. 

It is designed for General Practitioners, Nurse Specialists and other medical professionals working in the specialty clinical environment.

The structure of the programme is specifically designed to encourage the development of the specialist practitioner role, by encouraging collaborative clinical work-based training between the practitioner and the clinical mentor. 

The emphasis is on critical thinking, reflective learning and the practice of evidence-based medicine. Students are enabled to directly apply their learning to their current and future roles.

This programme is delivered at The Ridge Medical Practice.

What you will study

Each module is worth 30 level 7 credits; this nominally equates to 300 hours of work. 120 credits are required to achieve Postgraduate Diploma level. 

There are 3 clinical modules, each takes 6 months to complete:

  • Ischaemic Heart Disease
  • Hypertension and Arrhythmia
  • Heart Failure and Valvular Disease

Plus a non-clinical module:

  • Applied Methodology

Learning and assessment

A variety of teaching methods are employed in the programme to enable students to fulfil the varied modular learning outcomes.

Face-to-face tuition: this occurs at the beginning of each module in Bradford. Tutors are available by email if required during placement periods to handle learning queries. Tutors are clinical practitioners (consultant specialists and PwSIs).

Work-based learning: this forms the central part of the programme of study, in the form of clinical placements – each six month module should contain at least 14 weeks of hands-on practical study in a secondary care environment. This learning is undertaken on placement in the locality, under the supervision of a clinical mentor. Students approach the mentor in the first instance: they must be a GMC registered consultant/Advanced clinician in whose name appears on a national register of practitioners, and who has teaching experience. The clinical mentor will receive a specific Mentor Guide including advice and support from the course management team in fulfilling the role of mentor. 

Guided reading (given by tutor and mentor): this complements the placement and enables you to fulfil the theoretical background necessary for your placement activities, and prepares you for your written and presentational assignments. e-learning: the virtual learning environment gives access to the peer group and tutors during placement, facilitating learning through clinical discussion, as well as providing support.

Local research and application: The Applied Methodology module involves working within the healthcare community to apply 3 different methodologies; learning takes place during the activities of researching and reading information, planning, preparation and application of these.

Assessment is designed to enable you to have a rounded measurement of the skills needed for your role in the healthcare community. Clinical competence is verified through mentor signature after observation (by mentor and where appropriate other relevant clinical professionals) and discussion during the placement periods.

The issues of ethics and informed consent are an integrated part of the students’ daily practice, and it is implicit in all the modules that there is conformity to the usual standards and guidelines in these areas.

Optionality is available to students studying for the Certificate in their choice of modules. It is available to students studying for the Diploma in the choice of cases for the written reflective studies and the presentations.

Each module has a number of set learning outcomes, and it is up to you, together with your self-identified local clinical mentor, to identify your learning needs and generate the training plan to fulfil these learning outcomes. You will have a teaching day on the clinical content of each module, after which you will attend at least 14 sessions in suitable clinics of your choice over a period of 6 months (clinical attachment). At the end of this period you will have to demonstrate your competency in managing patients, and an ability to critically reflect on your own practice.

About The Ridge Training Ltd.

The PwSI Programmes are delivered at the premises of The Ridge Medical Practice, in Bradford. The programme director is Dr Chris Harris; born and bred in Bradford, he has been involved with the courses since their inception in 2003. He is a Senior Partner at The Ridge, a PwSI and he has a clinical leadership role at Bradford CCG.

In his PwSI role, Dr Harris leads a team of enthusiastic and highly specialised clinical tutors who are passionate about delivering the Programmes to a high standard and who are dedicated to creating an excellent student experience. We currently have 22 tutors; practising advanced clinicians and service improvement specialists.

As the programme tutors are employed within the specialist sectors that they teach on, they are able to ensure that the contents of the programmes are clinically sound, contemporaneous and appropriate to the changing workforce within the NHS. Students are provided with high quality work-based learning through their relationship with their clinical mentor within an attachment for each clinical module. In addition to the clinical tutors, subject specialists are invited to provide complementary and additional teaching on the Programmes e.g. Physiotherapists on the MSK programme, ECG specialist on the Cardiology programme.

Career support

All students are employed within their specialties, and are able therefore to directly enhance service delivery by application of learning to their clinical practice.

Career prospects

Achievement of the qualification can provide new employment opportunities and promotions.

Students can progress to the MSc in Leadership, Management and Change in Health and Social Care on completion of the Postgraduate Diploma.



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