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Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person) (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person) seeks to encourage students both to increase their knowledge of, and confidence in using, the legal and policy frameworks which are available to reduce vulnerability and to enable them to critically examine these and alternative approaches.

Recent years have seen an increased awareness of how some children and adults can be vulnerable to abuse. As a consequence policies and legislation have been developed to try and safeguard such individuals. However, it is still common for practitioners in health and social care to find themselves in situations where they are supporting vulnerable people.

There are many ways that people can become vulnerable to harm. This raises the questions, “What is vulnerability?”, “Is it inevitable?” and “What are the best strategies for seeking to reduce/eliminate vulnerability?” The course is designed to assist you in critically examining such questions in the context of professional practice.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/620-msc-professional-practice-vulnerable-person

What you will study

- Research Methods
- Vulnerable Person (specialist module)

This covers issues such as sociological and psychological perspectives on vulnerability associated with particular client groups; assessment and planning of interventions, multidisciplinary working and the evidence base for practice.

- Legal and ethical issues relating to the vulnerable person (specialist module)

You will be introduced to key ethical frameworks, ethical decision making, law and policy development. As well as legislation relating to capacity, consent and human rights; safeguarding children, policy frameworks for the protection of vulnerable adults, research and vulnerable groups.

Learning and teaching methods

All students studying for the MSc Professional Practice are required to undertake the core research methods module (40 credits). In order to gain the MSc Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person) degree you will need to study at least 80 credits (including your 60 credit dissertation) relating to care of the vulnerable person. This means that you may choose to study one or both of the specialist modules discussed above.

These modules run on alternate years and are usually delivered via 3 hour sessions on a weekly basis during the academic year.

You will be taught via lectures, seminars and case studies. Past students have felt that they have gained a lot from such discussion with colleagues and learning about different approaches. You will also undertake self-study to develop your knowledge.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This degree provides graduates with the knowledge to pursue a leadership role within the healthcare profession. Past students have come from a range of backgrounds including mental health, surgery, accident and emergency, learning disabilities, midwifery, school nursing, care of the older person, medicine and community.

Some students have also had a specific remit within their role for the protection of vulnerable children and/ or adults.

Feedback received from students shows that, whatever their professional background, they found the modules clearly related to their practice and that the course has assisted them to enhance the support they offer to persons who may be vulnerable.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, presentations and role plays.

Visit the Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person) (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally have an Honours degree and be a professionally qualified health or social care professional. For international students, IELTs 7.0 or equivalent is required.

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