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This programme in Enhanced Professional Practice encourages work based learning values which takes place outside of an educational institution and integrates practice with theory. In a practice driven environment such as health and social care, the concept of work based learning is forming a corner stone for the continuing professional development of health and social care practitioners, and is a key theme in current government health policy. The MSc Enhanced Professional Practice is an academic award developed to enable health and social care professionals undertaking work-based learning and practice development to gain academic credit for their learning. This is a work-based modular programme.
This is a flexible programme in Enhanced Professional Practice. Students can study a maximum of 60 credits per year and complete in no less than 3 years and no more than 4 to 5 years including submission of the dissertation.
This flexible work based learning degree requires a student led approach to learning, with the opportunity of attending taught modules of up to 30 credits if the student chooses.
This programme is suitable for experienced practitioners with a health or social care background currently working within a health or social care environment.
The degree in Enhanced Professional Practice will be delivered using blended learning including work-based learning and attendance at taught modules if the student chooses. The first module ‘Starting your Professional Development’ will comprise taught days in the College. Subsequent modules will either be existing taught modules from the College of Human and Health Sciences, continuing professional development modules with established assessment methods or work-based modules which will be assessed by portfolio.
For work-based modules, students will, in conjunction with a practice facilitator, develop learning contracts which will be aimed at meeting both the module learning outcomes and practice development needs in their clinical practice. The ‘Personal Practice Development Portfolio’ will be the last module to be completed.
Modules on the Enhanced Professional Practice programme typically include:
• Starting your professional development
• Personal practice development portfolio
• Policy influences on your practice
• Assessing your current practice
• How the evidence base can help you change your practice
• How can I make a change in practice?
• Advancing your own practice
• Teaching and learning in practice
All applicants for the Enhanced Professional Practice programme need to be in employment in the health and social care sector. An appropriate degree or its equivalent from an approved institution (preferably 2:2 or above) and evidence of recent academic study is required. Evidence of undertaking Continuous Professional Development with at least two years experience and possession of a good and relevant professional portfolio is also desirable.