Health Studies (Advanced Clinical Practitioner) MSc 2017-18
About the course
We are proud that our course currently:
• Enables allied health practitioners to become qualified in assessment, diagnosis and management of a wide range of clinical presentations in primary and secondary care settings
• This route aims to meet the standards of education for Advanced Practitioner training recommended by the Royal College of Nursing and the Health and Care Professionals Council
• The qualification gained may enable practitioners to work autonomously and collaboratively with the aim of meeting the health needs of their patients at the highest standard possible.
• This route aims to combine the best of medicine, nursing and allied health skills to enhance service provision and patient care
The development of the role of advanced nurse practitioner is one of the ways the Government plans to modernise the National Health Service and improve the quality of healthcare. They add a new dimension to healthcare. Capable of working autonomously with high levels of skills, healthcare practitioners work as part of inter-disciplinary healthcare teams, complementing existing provision and improving patient care.
This course is designed to help experienced nurses take on this challenging role in healthcare settings. It aims to provide additional theoretical and clinical practice education and training not addressed in initial 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.
25 / 09 / 2017
2-3 years part-time
• Applicants must hold current registration on with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC) or the General Pharmaceutical Council. A period of 3 years post-registration experience will be required.
• Applicants to this course will also be required to hold a first degree in their specialism or other relevant health related subject OR
• provide other evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level. Examples of indicators of ability to study at master's level that may be accepted as evidence include one or more of the following:
• Successful completion of a module(s) at Master's level
• A report (written or verbal) of an aspect of practice role development or of clinical practice in which the applicant played a prominent role, identifying strategies utilised at key stages and academic skills required for successful completion of the project. Ideally this will include evidence of ability to undertake electronic searches and critically review relevant literature.
• Successful completion of a substantial amount of relevant study at Honours level for which credit has been awarded, as evidenced by an educational transcript, that indicates readiness to progress to studying at a more advanced level.
Requests by applicants for accreditation of prior certificated learning (APL) and / or for accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) to enable entry to the course with credit will be considered by the Admissions Tutor and where considered appropriate.
All applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to attend for an interview.
Applicants must be released by your current NHS employer for 2 days per week and have a named Clinical Educator who has been qualified for 5 years.
Critical Appraisal of Research Literature
In this module you will be encouraged to develop your understanding of methodological design. You will study the critical appraisal of a variety of aspects of published quantitative and qualitative research in practice settings, and will consider the utilisation of your knowledge and skills in future career developments, through pursuing autonomous practice and agenda setting in your profession. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
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.
Core for Secondary Care students:
Core for Secondary Care students:
Assessment of the Acutely/Critically Ill Adult
This module offers you the opportunity to focus your studies on the assessment of an acutely/critically ill adult in any healthcare setting. Emphasis throughout the module is placed on accurate assessment of the acute and critically ill person, interpretation of clinical presentations followed by appropriate responses with implementation and evaluation of therapeutic interventions. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework and one practical. Firstly you will submit an essay and secondly you will undertake a Simulated Clinical Examination (pass/refer/fail).
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 Nurse Prescribing (V300)
This module prepares you to be an Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescriber. You will explore the relevant laws, ethics, policy, evidence based and practice components of prescribing. You will be assessed through coursework involving a case study. In order to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, you will also be assessed in practice by your medical mentor and complete two exams in pharmacology and numeracy, which will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.
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.
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.
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.
An appropriate clinical placement in primary or secondary care is compulsory for this route.
Graduates of this route have gone on to work as Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Clinical Practitioners in GP Surgeries and A&E departments.
Teaching and assessment
The theoretical material will be addressed by means of lectures, seminars, action learning sets incorporating the virtual classroom and tutorials. The development of the student's competencies/practical skills will be addressed in part in a skills laboratory, but principally whilst the student is working under the supervision of a clinical educator during placement in a healthcare setting.
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.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
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 this course is not eligible for international students.
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.
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