If you’re an advanced practitioner workingin a health profession, or you are workingtowards advanced practice status in a rolethat involves high level decision-making andproblem-solving, this course is for you.
There is a lot of flexibility in your choice of modules and in most cases you do not have to select all of your modules from a certain area. However, for some of the specialist modules, you may need to be working in a specific area or studied other modules first.
The course has been developed in partnership with NHS colleagues, partners and professional bodies from across the health care sector. In addition, selected modules have been linked to the Department of Health competencies and proficiencies, so you can be sure to receive learning that will benefit your service delivery and enhance the care you give to patients.
Each award has specific entry criteria therefore please contact the programme leader initially. Usually a First degree or equivalent (such as a professional healthcare qualification with appropriate experience in the chosen field) is required.
If your first language is not English you will need to prove you are proficient in English by having IELTS 7.
This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. As we need a minimum number of students before we can offer some modules, not all of them will run every year, so please check before you apply. Because of the flexibility of this course there is not a set list of modules that you will complete. Examples of the modules you could study include:
This double, face to face module will give you the skills and knowledge needed to undertake advanced assessment through the application and integration of clinical information.
Introduction to Masters Level Study
You will develop the skills needed to study at masters level, including critical appraisal, so that you can critically consider the content of journal articles. This module is delivered by blended distance learning.
Management of Change
You will be introduced to some of the models and theories that are fundamental to the successful management of change. You will look at how to manage change within your workplace and develop the skills to critically evaluate the processes involved. This module is delivered by distance learning.
This double, face to face module will prepare you for the responsibility of prescribing in your health career. This is for nurses or pharmacists looking to gain independent prescribing skills.
Principles of Service Improvement in the Workplace
You’ll gain an insight into the dilemmas and conflicts associated with introducing improvement plans and learn to think strategically about planning service improvement activities. This module is delivered by online distance learning.
Research Methodology – Application to Advanced Practice
This face to face module will enable you to explore the research based approaches and methodologies that affect the delivery of health care practice. It will also help you to develop a reflexive approach to the application of knowledge in evidence-based practice.
Therapeutics and Prescribing Practice
To underpin the non-medical prescribers’ practice, it is important to maintain a sound knowledge base in contemporary pharmacedynamics, pharmacokinetics and therapeutics in order to contribute successfully to care in an inter-professional prescribing environment. The aim of this module is to provide you with a sound basis for developing your current specialist prescribing practice to a more advanced level.
Vulnerability and Mental Health
You will identify groups at risk because of mental health problems and learn how to assess, support and manage them to avoid challenging or crisis situations. You will also be taught to evaluate ethical dilemmas that may arise.
Work-Based Learning – Negotiated Module
As a professional in health care, you need to be capable of validating and refining research findings, and generating knowledge that directly or indirectly influences practice. You will develop specialist knowledge on an individually negotiated topic that is relevant to the service needs of your area of practice. This module is delivered by distance learning.
You will choose a project to meet the needs of your practice and the academic criteria for this double module. You will plan, implement and evaluate the project and gain skills including problem-solving, decision-making and negotiation. This module is delivered by distance learning.
To complete your MSc you must study this module:
During this triple module, you will have the opportunity to investigate, in detail, a chosen area of practice relevant to your profession. This module is delivered by distance learning (paper based).
The courses have been developed to reflect the philosophies of Advanced Practice within the ethos of current healthcare provision in the UK, therefore your studies will be fit for purpose and informed by current standards.
You may wish to progress to a doctorate level of study, gain entry on to postgraduate medical programmes or become partners in GP practices. Many students go on to develop, specialise in, and lead the implementation of healthcare services including healthcare improvement, osteoporosis and falls services including fracture liaison or bone densitometry services and the variety of ultrasound provision.
The course is diverse and innovative, so you could use the skills and knowledge you´ve gained to work within the public and private sectors. The flexibility of the course ensures that your own personal interests are met as well as those of your employer (if appropriate).
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