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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advanced Clinical Practice

Course Description

This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. It is intended for experienced healthcare professionals and for those wishing to formalise and develop their role as an advanced clinical practitioner. The course seeks to focus on decision-making, diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical management. You share learning with others from an extensive range of multi-professional backgrounds to create a vibrant and challenging learning environment.

The core modules focus on the four elements of advanced practice • clinical practice • education • managerial/leadership • research and flexibility is built into this course to enable you to tailor the course and focus on your area of specialism using a wide choice of elective modules.

Recognition of prior credited learning and recognition of prior experiential learning have been adopted for these awards to facilitate entry to the course. The course enables you to:
-Develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviours required to function as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.
-Apply advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and disease processes when undertaking patient assessment and diagnosis.
-Use a range of knowledge to underpin safe decision making when implementing appropriate pharmacological interventions, and prescribe medications when legally permitted as part of the advance practitioner's role.
-Engage with a range of theoretical perspectives, contemporary research and evidence based literature to support clinical reasoning relevant to your supervised advanced clinical practice.
-Enhance employability through the development of transferable skills and intellectual attributes necessary for lifelong learning.

Learning in multi-professional groups and being taught by a multi-professional teaching team creates a vibrant and challenging learning environment to enhance and extend your knowledge of working in transformational roles such as Advanced Clinical Practice.

This course is designed to provide a platform of essential skills, supported by a variety of pathways that provides you with a genuine choice. This range seeks to provide you with the opportunity to critically discuss cases, demonstrate knowledge within a simulation and develop critical appraisal skills.

You also take part in practical assessments that are designed to ensure that you are safe and able to make judicious clinical decisions based on your knowledge and understanding. The range of your practice related learning is recorded and documented in the Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (PPDP), which is a personal record of learning through the course. The format of your e-portfolio will be dependent on local and professional body requirements.

The course is structured around a combination of both core and elective modules, some of which are delivered via distance learning.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-advanced-clinical-practice

Course structure

Part time - 3 years. Starts September.

Year One core modules
-Advanced physical assessment & consultation skills (30 credits)
Year One options
One ELECTIVE module, either:
-Non-Medical Prescribing (30 credits, if relevant to your role)
-Pathophysiology & Pharmacology for Advanced Management (30 credits, if relevant to your role).

Year Two core modules
-Advancing practice in the wider context (15 credits; taught or distance learning).
-Researching for practice (15 credits; taught or distance learning).
Year Two options
-Minor illness management (30 credits)
-Minor injury management (30 credits)
-Managing the acutely unwell patient (30 credits)
-Managing long term conditions (30 credits)
-Personalised study module (distance learning or taught) (15 credits)
-Personalised study module (distance learning) (30 credits)
-Evidencing your cpd (distance learning) (15 credits)
-Core principles of paediatrics in primary care & the acute sector (30 credits)
-Advancing paediatric management improving care in the primary and acute sector (30 credits)
-Chest radiographic image interpretation -acute and emergency care (distance learning) (15 credits)
-Appendicular musculoskeletal radiographic imaging interpretation (distance learning) (15 credits)
-Introduction to healthcare education (distance learning or taught) (30 credits)
-Leadership in adult safeguarding (30 credits)

Year Three
-60 credit dissertation

Assessment: written assignments; reflective case studies; examinations; Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs); videos and practical assessments.

Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advanced Clinical Practice page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Honours degree recognised in the UK, 2.2 or above in a related health care subject. 3 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience in an appropriate field of practice. You must be currently employed in a suitable practice setting and have an available supervisor who is able to undertake supervised clinical assessments. A pre-agreement form is completed by the clinical manager, confirming that the student will have an identified clinical supervisor. Applicants must provide written evidence in the form of a pre-course learning agreement that all parties, sponsoring managers, clinical mentors and students, are committed to supporting an advanced practice role.

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