These multi-professional programmes are aimed at practitioners aspiring to develop and work at an advanced level of practice. They also provide experienced advanced clinical practitioners with the opportunity to evidence, and where necessary develop, the core capabilities and specialty specific competencies across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice (clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research) at master’s level. .
Students will come from a range of regulated healthcare professions such as nursing, pharmacy, therapeutic and diagnostic radiography, physiotherapy, paramedics, speech and language therapy, dietetics, and occupational health, who are working in a variety of specialties, settings or sectors.
Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship programmes aim to develop your skills, knowledge and capabilities as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) within your specialty, sector or setting. They have been designed by experienced and senior clinicians specifically around the four pillars of advanced practice to equip you with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes (behaviours) to meet the requirements of the Multi-Professional Framework of Advanced Clinical Practice introduced by Health Education England in 2017.
To apply for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme you must have a current UK health professional registration with a regulatory body (e.g. Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professional s Council (HCPC).
You should have a second class or above (2:2 classification) honours degree in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.
In addition, you should have achieved a minimum qualification of level 2 in English and Mathematics (as per general apprenticeship requirements). Where it is not possible to provide evidence of this, you need to undertake the national numeracy and literacy (functional maths and English).
You need to have a current job contract in a clinical area in a trainee/advanced clinical practice role or a role where you will have the opportunity to develop advanced clinical practice skills, knowledge and behaviours.
You must have a minimum of 3-years post-registration experience, 2 of which must be within an area relevant to speciality, setting or sector.
You need written confirmation from your employer that they will support you to complete the programme and that you will have an assigned clinical supervisor.
Candidates who meet the above requirements but do not have a degree, or have a classification of less than 2.2, who have evidence of master’s level (level 7) study undertaken within the last five years will also be considered.
For candidates who meet the above requirements, but do not have a degree, or have a classification of less than 2.2, who are not able to evidence of master’s level (level 7) study undertaken within the last five years, will be given the option to undertake a module from year 1 of the programme and if successful, this credit can be transferred into the programme.
Those wishing to undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship programme will need to meet the above requirements and have been identified by their employer.
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Fees information for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme is listed below:
Part-time: £5,300 *
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programme is fully funded through your employers apprenticeship levy.
* Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
Funding to undertake the Advanced Clinical Practice Programme may be available through your employing organisation supported by Health Education England; please check with your employer.
Students applying for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programme will be funded via the Apprenticeship Scheme and cannot self-fund. Please discuss Apprenticeship opportunities with your employer.
The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programmes do not offer any placements. You will be required to have employer support for your participation in the programme, this includes the identification of a clinical supervisor and protected time for learning in practice.
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You will learn from a variety of student-centred and patient-focused teaching, learning and assessment strategies aimed at developing and assessing different knowledge, skills and attitudes.
This involves shared learning across interdisciplinary professions with further consideration and specialisation for intensive branch-specific tutorials.
You will have the opportunity to work within your practice or other healthcare settings, and learn from lecturers who are experienced advanced clinical practitioners engaged in active clinical practice. There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform – Moodle – for a more interactive learning experience.
You may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme includes six core taught modules, one elective 15-credit module and the MSc dissertation. The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programme includes the same six core taught modules and the MSc dissertation of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme (as outlined below) but does not include an elective module. Students on this pathway are required to undertake an End Point Assessment module at the end of the programme to be awarded an MSc.
ACP students who work in a profession where they are not eligible to prescribe or in a role where they are not required to prescribe, will undertake elective module(s) to complete 30 credits that meet the ACP programme learning outcomes.
This module will provide you with the fundamental skills and competence to develop and investigate research questions and to audit and evaluate your practice utilising a structured research methodology approach.
You will develop this portfolio with guidance from your module leader and continuous support from your clinical supervisor to ensure it relates directly to your area of clinical interest.
This module encourages a critically reflective approach to considering your own practice and explore evidence-based approaches to teaching, coaching and facilitation.
This module will help you realise and develop your inherent leadership qualities in order to deliver high quality, person-centred care and create a culture of innovation.
This first clinical module will provide you with the opportunities to develop your knowledge of clinically relevant biological sciences, patient consultation, history taking and physical assessment skills.
This module will encourage you to acquire, critically explore, share, apply and synthesize specialist knowledge and technical expertise fundamental in accountable and proficient prescribing of medicinal products.
You will undertake either a single 30-credit elective module or two 15-credit elective modules which meet the ACP programme learning outcomes. In discussion with your clinical supervisor and your programme director you can identify your learning needs and select relevant modules from those offered across the School of Health Sciences.
Following discussion and agreement with your clinical supervisor and the programme director you will be able to choose a module from the School of Health Sciences which will support your practice as an ACP, is relevant to your area of specialty or setting, and supports your development in any of the four pillars of ACP.
The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to undertake a piece of original, independent research, focused on the topics pertinent to your specialty, setting or sector. It will build on the knowledge and research skills you develop throughout the programme.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programme includes the same six core taught modules and the MSc dissertation of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme (as outlined above) but does not include an elective module. Students on this pathway are required to undertake an End Point Assessment module at the end of the programme to be awarded an MSc.
During the three-month EPA period at the end of your programme, you will have group tutorials and 1:1 tutorial sessions to help you review your learning from the case studies for your EPA examination and supervision for the development of your practice change report and presentation. In accordance with national standards, the EPA is awarded at 20 credits giving you thus a total of 185 credits when you are awarded the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship).
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship programmes equip your with a range of transferable capabilities across the four pillars and are designed to develop you into a competent and confident Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP). On successful completion of the programme, you will be ready to undertake an advanced clinical practice role within your speciality, sector or setting*.
Future career options may include senior ACP, trainee consultant and consultant practitioner roles, senior leadership roles, clinical educator roles and research roles.
*In some specialities, sectors or settings (such as emergency medicine) additional training and/or credentialing is required.
Academically, many master’s students within the School of Health Sciences go on to undertake doctoral education or enter a clinical academic career pathway. While other students may go on to undertake further study related to specific pillars of advanced clinical practice such as education programmes (e.g. post-graduate teaching qualifications), leadership programmes (e.g. master’s level awards in Health Management) or research programmes (e.g. master’s in clinical research).
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