Advanced Clinical Practice MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
The development of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role is one of the ways the Government plans to modernise the National Health Service and improve the quality of healthcare.
Capable of working autonomously with high levels of skills, ACP's work as part of interdisciplinary healthcare teams, complementing existing provision and improving patient care, through which they aim to add a new dimension to healthcare.
The course is designed to help experienced nurses and allied healthcare professionals take on this challenging role in a variety of healthcare settings. It aims to provide additional theoretical, clinically focused education and training not addressed in initial nursing and healthcare education. This is at an appropriate level to support the expansion of practice and the development of new skills; specifically clinical history taking, clinical examination skills and consultation skills. You will be required to undertake a compulsory clinical placement in primary or secondary care, for which you will require a clinical educator.
The course offers you the opportunity to enhance your current knowledge and practice, which may lead to career progression into advanced roles across all specialities of practice.
11 / 09 / 2017
3 years part-time
• Applicants must hold current registration on Part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register, Health and Care Professions Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council. A period of 3 years post-registration experience will be required.
• A first degree in nursing, your specialism or another relevant health related subject is also required, or you must provide other evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level.
Clinical Sciences and Clinical Skills for Advanced Practitioners (1)
You will study the theoretical principles required to carry out effective diagnosis, assessment and management of undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions in addition to pre-diagnosed conditions related to the respiratory, ear, nose and throat, cardiovascular, skin and neuro-muscular systems. You will explore how to generate differential diagnoses in addition to making informed collaborative decisions about the management of your patient’s presentation. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding, in order to demonstrate competency in these clinical skills applied to the context of your clinical practice. You will be assessed via written coursework, an E Portfolio and an OSCE examination.
Option modules, choose one from:
Through this module you will have the chance to formulate, negotiate and undertake an assignment, which will provide the opportunity for you to enhance your practice knowledge and abilities within your workplace. This will also provide evidence of learning for academic review, as well as reflect on the process of practice development. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
Learning and Teaching: Theories Processes and Strategies in HPE
In this module you will study theories related to learning, teaching and assessment applicable to health professional educators and teachers. You will explore major learning theories such as behaviourism, cognitivism and humanism amongst others, and will have the opportunity to apply a variety of teaching approaches within a peer group setting. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework; firstly a written essay on learning theories and secondly a presentation on teaching strategies.
Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care Practice
In this module, practitioners within a leadership role will have the opportunity to further develop knowledge of leadership and management theories and strategies, enabling you to ethically manage people and resources and effect change. You will explore how services are developed and commissioned and evaluate the role of the leader lobbying and influencing change in the care arena. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
Clinical Sciences and Clinical Skills for Advanced Practitioners (2)
You will study the theoretical principles required to carry out effective diagnosis, assessment and management of undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions in addition to pre-diagnosed conditions of the blood, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, neurological and reproductive. You will explore how to generate differential diagnoses in addition to making informed collaborative decisions about the management of your patient’s presentation. You will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding, in order to demonstrate competency in these clinical skills applied to the context of your clinical practice. You will be assessed via a written coursework, an E Portfolio and an OSCE examination.
Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
This module helps to prepare you to be an Independent and Supplementary Prescriber. You will explore the relevant law, ethics, policy, evidence-based and practice components of prescribing. You will be assessed through coursework, an examination in pharmacology and numeracy, in practice by your medical mentor, as well as complete an in-class test which will be assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis.
Project (Health Related)
This module provides the opportunity to develop a working project proposal facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. In addition you will attend lectures and have access to supervision with a subject specialist or researcher in the field. You will be assessed through submission of coursework in the form of a project.
Becky is currently studying on the Advanced Clinical Practice MSc
“The lecturers are incredible, approachable, knowledgeable and friendly. The facilities are great! We used models to practise intimate examinations, as well as various other pieces of equipment required to perform other examinations. You can also book the skills labs so you can practise at any time. This course is preparing me well and is vital for both my career and the benefit of my patients.”
Teaching and Assessment
Learning and teaching is delivered through lectures, group work, practical experience lectures, and completion of on-line workbooks. Student-centred learning is used where appropriate and peer review and support is an integral part of the learning process.
In relation to the research skills and knowledge, you will be required to produce a dissertation in the final module of the course. You will be supported by a supervisor allocated to you at the beginning of the dissertation module (this may utilise a group supervision model). There is an emphasis on student-centred learning throughout the course.
The taught modules are designed to embed transferable skills and to allow you to progressively increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in professional in specialist aspects of advanced practice and masters level research methods.
All modules are supported by the University's virtual learning environment, Unilearn. The development of on-line delivery and material, is a key component of the teaching and learning strategy in this course. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
You will undertake a compulsory clinical placement in primary or secondary care, for which you will require a clinical educator. If offered a place on this course, you be required to find your own Clinical Educator who you will work with you for 1- 2 days per week and who is willing to teach you clinical skills. This placement is usually within your own area of practice.
Upon successful completion of this course you will meet the national standards as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.
Professional links and accreditations
How much will it cost me?
Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.
You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.
How to apply
We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.
Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.