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Professional Development for Allied Health Professions (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

Course Description

Course units

- Professional Development through Contract Learning
- Specialist Skills Development: Work-based Learning (in the area of choice)
- Negotiated Group-based Learning
- Leadership Skills for Allied Health Professionals
- Understanding Cancer Care and Management for Allied Health Professionals
- An Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health Care Professionals
- Practice Educators Course
- Intravenous Administration of Pharmaceutical Substances for Diagnostic or Therapeutic Purposes
- Occupational Therapy for People with Severe Mental Health Problems
- Occupational Therapy for the Elderly
- Outcome measures for Occupational Therapists
- First Line Image Interpretation for Patient Management
- Musculo-skeletal Triage for Physiotherapists
- Medical Imaging in the Management of Musculo-skeletal Pathology
- Research Methods and Processes
- Integrating Study
- Understanding Research and Evidence-based Practice
- Research Dissertation

Assessment Method:
A variety of methods are used that are tailored to the unit content. This includes written essay and report submissions, viva, presentation and objective structure clinical examination. Full briefing information on assessment requirements is provided at the start of each unit.

Course description

These programmes are particularly suitable for radiographers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and operating department practitioners. It has professional body approval where this is relevant, e.g. College of Radiographers.

We aim to provide a high degree of flexibility in response to the local service needs. Therefore, you can pursue a range of awards in professional development, utilising the units available within the scheme and wider Faculty framework. This flexibility enables you to develop in the context of service requirements that is aligned with the NHS knowledge and skills framework.

A major feature is the work-based learning option that enables you to develop in your specific area of work. You can construct a unit or programme with the possibility of achieving a postgraduate award. For example, if you are a radiographer, you could gain clinical or reporting skills in a wide range of areas such as barium studies, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound or x-ray guided biopsy.

You can use the programme to register for a specified award, and agree at entry all of the units to be
undertaken or for example, register for a PgCert, and later opt to move on to a PgDip or MSc, undertaking a variety of units as stand alone courses and building this over time into an award.

The BSc (Hons) route will be of specific interest to Operating Department Practitioners by providing a ‘top-up’ option. Those holding an NVQ will be considered for entry onto the BSc (Hons) programme using accreditation of prior learning, or via a bridging programme.

The flexible nature of this programme means that all of the options and routes available cannot be described here. You are advised therefore to contact the administrator for initial guidance on options and to explore how your needs can best be met.

Career opportunities

Because units are linked to the Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF), they provide a flexible and responsive training provision, which is increasingly important to practitioners and their managers. This programme will assist in developing your career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas. Units are designed to offer Continuing Professional Development linked to professional regulation and Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) requirements.

Visit the Professional Development for Allied Health Professions (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Degree / Professional background - See Course Details

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