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Work Based Learning - Expert/Specialist Practice CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Health professionals are engaging in expert and specialist roles within an advanced practice framework. These roles include taking on clinical practices which were previously undertaken by radiologists and radiotherapists.

Examples of such work include interventional procedures, breast mark-up and planning for palliative treatment.

In order to provide opportunities for clinical staff engaged in, or working towards expert/specialist practice and who in the current climate within the NHS are unable to undertake taught programmes of study that necessitates time away from the workplace, there is a need for a module that will allow these practitioners to use their clinical work they are undertaking to gain academic credit.

The flexibility of the work based approach will enable more practitioners to undertake study that can lead to a credit bearing award without the need to attend formal lectures in the City. The work that individual practitioners undertake as part of this module will be embedded in clinical practice.

This module provides a framework for practitioners to gain credit whilst working towards competence in a specialist/expert clinical practice role.

You will need to ensure that you have a suitably qualified clinical supervisor who will be responsible for assessing the negotiated clinical competencies for the clinical practice being undertaken.

All students enrolling on this module must have the relevant scope of practice to undertake the module in the clinical area defined between the institution and their clinical manager.

This module is taken online.

The module start date can be negotiated.

Module dates

Term 1

SEP: Tuesday 18 September 2018

Module Submission Date: 29 January 2019

Term 2

JAN: Tuesday 22 January 2019

Module Submission Date: 7 May 2019



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

    All entrants to the Programme must be in possession of a relevant first degree. The normal entry requirements are:

    * Applicants will normally hold a BSc (hons) degree (2:1 or above) from a recognised higher education institution e.g. Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery.

    * Non-standard entrants will be considered on a case by case basis, subject to availability of places on the programme. An appropriate professional qualification such as a Diploma of the College of Radiographers; Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Midwifery may be considered; subject to successfully demonstrating the required academic level by completing a pre-course assignment and successful interview (early application is recommended).

    * A clinical placement for an average of 3 days per week in a clinical department is required. The department will need to provide a range of clinical examinations, appropriate clinical support and a named mentor who can attend mentor and assessor training at the university.

    * A clinical experience (CE1) form will need to be signed by the ultrasound department manager, before your application can be considered. *  If your clinical placement is terminated for any reason, the university is unable to provide placements. If a suitable clinical placement cannot be found you would be required to withdraw from the course

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a post graduate course of study:

  • A first degree from a UK university
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): 7.0  (minimum of 7 in all categories)