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MSc Advanced Practice

Course Description

The flexible nature of the course means that you can complete the modules in any order (with the only pre- requisite that a research methods module is completed prior to the dissertation). We will accept credits at Level 7 from other universities providing they can be mapped to our course learning outcomes. Once accepted on to the course, you will meet with the programme leader to plot your route to award and who will support you during your programme of study at the University of West London.

Generally, students will study 60 credits worth of modules each year. We recommend that students start the course with two modules: Role Development (20 credits) and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner (40 credits), unless the student has prior learning which can be credited against the course learning outcomes at this level. Role Development has 3 face to face days and 3 electronic study learning days and runs between October and December, whilst Becoming and Advanced Practitioner has 6 face to face days, and 6 electronic study days and runs from January to July.

Year 2 offers you the choice of a variety of clinical and leadership modules. These change from year to year, and currently include:

Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (NMC Approved)
Diabetes: Improving Health Outcomes L7
Long term conditions: Improving Quality of Patient Care through Effective Management of Multi-Morbidity
Tissue Viability: Delivering Harm Free Care L7
Infection Prevention and Control: Delivering Harm Free Care L7
Nutrition and hydration: Delivering Harm Free Care
Understanding the Complexities of Caring for Frail and Older People: An integrated Health and Social Care Approach L7
Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient L7
Introduction to Care of the Critically Ill Adult L7
Ophthalmic Nursing L7
Delivering Contemporary Intensive Care L7
Clinical Innovation and Contextual Decision Making in Intensive Care Practice L7
Early Recognition and Management of the Acutely Unwell Child/Young Person
Crisis Intervention and Resolution Skills for Complex Mental Health Needs
Enhancing Skills in Engagement and Assessment for Mental Health Practice
Skills for Managing Psychological Trauma in Clinical Practice
Making a Difference to Person Centred Dementia Care L7
Examination of the Newborn L7
High Dependency Practice for Midwives L7
Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives Level 7
Enhancing Professional Midwifery Practice through Service Improvement L7
Communicable Diseases: Risk Assessment and Interventions for Substance Misusers
The Nature of Addiction: biological, psychological and social perspectives
Communicable Diseases: Risk Assessment and Interventions for Substance Misusers
Improving Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Dual Diagnosis
Strategic Choices
Managing Relationships
Leadership Strategies to Improve the Patient Experience
Supporting Student Learning
Enhancing Student Learning
Or a choice from any of the PSI L7 Modules:

Psychosocial Interventions: Assessment and Case Formulation L7
Psychosocial Interventions: Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis L7
Psychosocial Interventions: Brief Interventions in Acute Mental Health Care L7
Psychosocial Interventions: Family Intervention L7
Psychosocial Interventions: Medication Management and Physical Well Being L7
Prior learning can be accredited via our APEL process if you have already taken similar modules at level 7.

Year 3 starts with a 20 credit module, Research Methods (September to December) and leads to your Dissertation module (40 credits) which will start in January, and complete by September.

Recruitment to year one opens in February, when you are invited to submit your application form for review by the Programme Leader. If you meet our entry criteria, you will be invited to meet with the Programme Leader to discuss your application and explore your options on the course. Successful students will be notified shortly after this meeting and recruitment is generally completed by the middle of August, prior to the October start date, when students can expect to receive detailed information about the first module and pre-course reading. Applications received after the August deadline will be still be considered if places are available.

Visit the MSc Advanced Practice page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants need:- a first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a health or social care related subject (for example a nursing / physiotherapy/social work degree)- to be working as a health and social care professional (usually at least two years full-time or equivalent), with a significant professional experience for advanced practice.

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