Non-standard entry requirements: To be eligible to enter this course you need to be: – A registered nurse who has been qualified for a minimum of 2 years – Able to provide evidence of recent academic level study – Employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week in one of the following : - A primary care setting such as general practice, walk-in centre, urgent care facility (A&E, MIU’s etc), out of hours services, rapid response team, community matron role, offender care, within intermediate care services, or a role which crosses traditional health care boundaries – Able to demonstrate the employer support for you to undertake the course and develop as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) – Able to organise for a doctor/qualified NP to act as your ‘Practice Facilitator’ to initially supervise and subsequently support practice–based learning activities and your clinical development – Able to dedicate 3 hours per week (in addition to your study day in college) to work in a ‘supernumerary capacity’ in order to focus on your development as an ANP and complete the requirement for certified clinical hours – Motivated to undertake this course of study and to develop your practice to become an ANP
Course units: All units on this ANP preparation programme are compulsory, with a prescribed sequence of progression.
BSc (Hons) Enhancing Clinical Practice (Primary Care) Year 1 – Underpinning Physiological Principles for Advanced Nurse Practitioners – Health Assessment for Advanced Practice – Therapeutic Communication and Consultation Skills – Evaluating Research for Advanced Practice
Year 2 – Clinical Reasoning & Applied Pathophysiology in Primary Care – Professional Development for Advanced Nursing Practice – Non-Medical Prescribing programme [Course code 3468]
Students continue to the Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) Year 3 – Innovation for Excellence – Leading Service Improvement – Evidence-based Clinical Practice for ANP’s
Course description: This innovative pathway will enable you to reach a new advanced level of practice commensurate with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) definition of an ANP (2008) and thereby take full advantage of opportunities within primary health care.
The ANP preparation comprises of 3 parts : (1) For the first two years, you will undertake a prescribed sequence of six degree level units, (2) followed by the Non Medical Prescribing programme, to initially be awarded a BSc (Hons) Enhancing Clinical Practice (Primary Care) at the end of that period. (3) You will then undertake masters level units in the final semester to gain an additional award of PG Cert Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care). This combination ensures undergraduates who enter the programme have demonstrated masters-level outcomes upon graduation as an ANP, consistent with current thinking regarding advanced nursing practice.
Focused practice–based learning activities are integrated at all stages to complement classroom learning and develop clinical and professional scope of practice to an advanced level. The requirements for this extend beyond normal LSBU semesters to include the summer periods.
The programme can be taken on a modular basis over a period of up to 5 years. Accreditation of Prior Learning is considered on an individual basis.
The format of this programme facilitates progression to an MSc eg students need to complete one core research unit and three units of their choice and a dissertation to be awarded the MSc Primary Care.
Career opportunities: ANP graduates have excellent employment opportunities in general practice, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units, A&E departments, refugee/ asylum seekers/homeless projects, elderly care facilities, ‘out of hours’ developments, outreach initiatives, intermediate care teams and community matron roles. Some of our graduates are now lead nurses in new innovative services, partners in general practices, community matrons and nurse consultants.
Professional contacts / Industry links: This course has been developed from our experience of providing RCN Accredited, high quality ANP programmes since 1990.