MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Devise evidence-based strategies which underpin practice as you become a highly effective leader with the skills and knowledge required to assess the development needs of yourself and others.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 2-4.5 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, February 2023
      Subjects: Health and Social Care
      Location: Edge Hill University

      This programme is designed to enable health and social care professionals to extend their knowledge to an advanced level within their specialist field of practice. It is suitable both for individuals who wish to become advanced practitioners, or for those individuals who wish to promote the advance of practice within their field of work.

      The course consists of a wide range of highly flexible taught and work-based learning modules that will enable busy practitioners to access patient-care enhancing education and become a leader who can demonstrate a high level of autonomy in their specialist area of practice.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The programme will support you in becoming a competent and capable advanced clinical practitioner. You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding to deliver, sustain and enhance safe, professional, ethical and excellent quality of care across health and care services in your specific area or scope of practice.

      Successful completion of the course will:

      • Equip you with a critical understanding of the role that an advanced clinical practitioner plays in the delivery of safe, effective, high quality patient care as a member of the wider multidisciplinary team;
      • Support you in the development of the capabilities to practice with autonomy, accountability and critical insight in decision making in complex and uncertain environments within your defined scope of advanced clinical practice;
      • Help you to develop as an advanced clinical practitioner who is a resilient, effective team leader able to challenge and act as a change agent supported by a critical understanding of evidence-based practice while managing risk and upholding patient safety;
      • Enable you to critically assess your own learning and training needs required to work safely and effectively as an advanced clinical practitioner while advocating for the development of others;
      • Equip you with the skills required to critically engage in research activity/quality improvement projects and apply the outcomes to enhance the quality and safety of person-centred care.

      How will I study?

      Diverse teaching and learning strategies will be used, ranging from individual personal teacher contact to supported online learning, small group work to teacher-led lectures.

      While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

      How will I be assessed?

      Assessment methods vary according to the demands of the module but can be through assignments, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, portfolios, seminar presentations and work-based learning projects.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The programme team comprises of expert staff with many years experience in clinical practice in areas such as emergency care, paramedic practice, respiratory care, mental health, primary care and medical practice.

      You will also be taught by associate tutors from primary and secondary care, neurology, biological sciences and areas of senior healthcare management.

      A Great Study Environment

      The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

      Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

      The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

      Modules

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      HEA4118Developing Clinical Skills and Capabilities in Advanced Practice (Adult) (40 credits)

      Developing Clinical Skills and Capabilities in Advanced Practice (Adult) uses a body-systems based approach to support you in the development of competence and capability in clinical assessments and diagnostic skills within a practice setting. For each system, normal structure/function and common pathologies will be introduced prior to clinical skills, such as eliciting an accurate medical history, performing clinical examinations, requesting appropriate investigations, and applying critical clinical reasoning to effect safe, effective, evidenced based, person-centred management plans.


      Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

      HEA4119Developing Research Capabilities for Advanced Clinical Practice (20 credits)

      Developing Research Capabilities for Advanced Clinical Practice engages you in the critical analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling you to develop appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills to effect innovative solutions that enhance person-centred care and improve health outcomes. You will undertake research or quality improvement activity, adhering to good practice guidance and ethical and governance frameworks, so that evidence-based strategies are developed and applied in order to enhance quality, safety, productivity and value for money. The module will enable you to critically evaluate and synthesise evidence from relevant research to inform your own practice and that of the wider multidisciplinary team, critically analyse the outcome of your research or quality improvement activity and demonstrate critical insight to inform wider dissemination of your findings.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4259E-Portfolio for Advanced Clinical Practice (0 credits)

      E-Portfolio for Advanced Clinical Practice is a non-credit-bearing module that is designed to embed a spiral approach to learning in the workplace, revisiting and building on in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills in increasingly complex/challenging situations. The module will support you in the development of critical insight into your self-limitations and scope of practice as part of the wider multidisciplinary team. Producing an e-portfolio, you will need to evidence the development of your competence and capabilities to the level required of an advanced clinical practitioner, in a variety of situations and different case complexities in each domain of the pillars of advanced practice. Your e-portfolio will utilise PebblePad software, a dynamic, real-time platform that will guide and evidence your workplace journey, highlighting strengths and areas for further development, as well as allowing timely interventions to provide maximum opportunity for you to succeed in your workplace learning.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4264Research Inquiry for Advanced Practice (40 credits)

      Research Inquiry for Advanced Practice provides the opportunity to undertake a comprehensive study that aligns with your profession, scope of practice, job role, and professional development needs under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor and your workplace coordinating education supervisor. You will be supported in taking a critical approach to the identification of gaps in the current evidence base related to your own specialist area/scope of practice upon which your research activity will be centred. This will allow you to develop a project that is forward-facing, critically evaluating and auditing practice to produce results that could impact on patient care and/or service delivery. This will enable you to progress into advanced practice as an educator, leader and innovator.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4265Context of Advanced Practice (20 credits)

      Context of Advanced Practice is designed to provide a solid foundation in the four pillars of advanced clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research. You will gain a critical insight into the drivers and professional and clinical responsibilities for safe, holistic, person-centred care applied to your role and defined scope of practice. Assessing current policy and literature on patient safety, risk, governance and quality assurance, you will also enhance your understanding of therapeutic communication, reflect on your own leadership style and establish a personal development plan to support your journey as a trainee advanced clinical practitioner.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will study 60 credits chosen from the following modules:

      CPD4454Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context (20 credits)

      Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context introduces and raises awareness of the key concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning in both the clinical context and Higher Education. The module critically examines theories of learning and teaching and their relevance to learning and teaching facilitation in the clinical context. Topics include using the clinical environment for the teaching and facilitation of learning; theories of learning; aligning learning, teaching and assessment; reflective learning and a philosophy of teaching.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4904Non-Medical Prescribing (20 credits)

      Non-Medical Prescribing prepares eligible allied health professionals, nurses and midwives to prescribe safely, appropriately and competently. You will gain expertise relevant to your area of clinical practice and current prescribing legislation while meeting the standards for prescribing set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health and Care Professions Council. The module is designed to enable you to build upon your existing knowledge and skills while developing competence in prescribing practice. Following successful completion of the module and all assessments, you will be eligible to record your prescribing qualification on the register of your professional regulator, thereby gaining the legal right to prescribe medication in the United Kingdom.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Written Exam(s): Pass/Fail Element, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

      CPD7004Educational Leadership in Health Settings (20 credits)

      Educational Leadership in Health Settings provides you with a critical and evaluative perspective on educational leadership. The module will address leadership theories, styles and approaches in the specific context of clinical education and will facilitate the application of theory to practice. Educational leaders can face unique challenges in working across organisational and professional boundaries and you will, therefore, be encouraged to apply leadership concepts to your own role and consider your personal contribution to the development of ‘learning organisations’.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7011Mentoring and Coaching in Clinical Education (20 credits)

      Mentoring and Coaching in Clinical Education focuses on mentoring and coaching in relation to the purposes, context, processes, skills and impact on the clinical learning environment. You will engage in an analysis of the nature of supportive/developmental relationships in the field of clinical education, including conducting an evaluation of the theoretical constructs of mentoring and coaching, current research and the benefits to both the individual and the organisation. You will explore the roles of mentoring and coaching in your own specific area of clinical practice in some depth.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4033Negotiated Learning Shell 7.10 (10 credits)

      Negotiated Learning Shell 7.10 provides an opportunity for you to study a topic or work-related issue at Masters level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study before developing and negotiating a learning contract, which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4034Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

      Negotiated Learning Shell provides an opportunity for you to study a topic or work-related issue at Masters level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study before developing and negotiating a learning contract, which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4037Leadership Self-Awareness and Self-Empowerment (20 credits)

      Leadership Self-Awareness and Self-Empowerment provides you with a critical and evaluative perspective on self-awareness and self-management in order to assist you in developing leadership skills. The module will facilitate critical reflection using a number of reflective lenses.  These lenses will include personal reflection, peer review and self-awareness tools. In addition, action learning sets will provide a vehicle for reflective support and challenge, to help you to reach deeper levels of self-reflection.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4038Leading People Through Change (20 credits)

      Leading People Through Change provides a critical and evaluative perspective on change theories, styles and tools in order to implement change in the context of health and social care.  The module will facilitate the further enhancement of skills in the transfer of theoretical perspectives to practice and enable you to critically reflect upon, and learn from, your actions and the actions of others.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4197Transforming Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care (20 credits)

      Transforming Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care enhances your skills and knowledge in understanding the signs, trajectories and impact of advanced progressive disease. The focus of the module is on symptom assessment and management, care planning, future care planning, and communication skills. You will learn how to recognise when individuals are approaching the end of life, discussing prognosis, involving the individual in shared decision-making about their care, and managing their transition to a positive palliative care approach. Attention will also be paid to the importance of ethics related to living the last months of life and spiritual assessment and care. Additionally, support for carers and those who have been bereaved will be highlighted.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4208Strategic Clinical Leadership (20 credits)

      Strategic Clinical Leadership provides a critical and evaluative perspective on leadership theories, styles and approaches in the context of health and social care. The module will facilitate the enhancement of your skills in the transfer of theoretical perspectives to practice and in the development of a strategic focus. You will critically appraise theoretical modelling frameworks of leadership and critically debate their relevance to current practice within the context of health and social care. You will also evaluate the multi-factorial influences which impact on the role of leaders within health and social care.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4219Transforming End of Life Trajectories (20 credits)

      Transforming End of Life Trajectories enhances your skills and knowledge in understanding the similarities and differences in trajectories and impact of advanced progressive illness in malignant and non-malignant disease. The module focuses specifically on different individual disease trajectories, for example frailty, dementia and organ failure (including heart, renal and respiratory) and sudden unexpected death, while also considering the impact of multiple comorbidities, frailty and dementia. Some end-of-life trajectories result in unresolved symptoms and hidden psychological distress because neither the approach towards dying nor symptoms are recognised. This module will introduce you to the holistic care needed to provide effective care for this group of patients and their families.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4220Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice (20 credits)

      Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice enables you to explore and critically appraise the notion of professionalism. You will critically examine ethical aspects associated with professionalism in healthcare, for example public expectations versus personal expression, to assist in reflective practice. The aim is to encourage you to critically reflect on your practices and values when working in a multi-disciplinary team. You will explore ways in which an individual can validate and support the development of professionalism, creating a professional environment in healthcare settings and role-modelling professional values and behaviours to enhance both the patient experience and the sharing of best practice.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4252Transforming End of Life Communication and Spiritual Care (20 credits)

      Transforming End of Life Communication and Spiritual Care explores the psychology of spirituality, the individual meaning of life, and the impact of positive emotion for individuals. The module addresses the recognition and differentiation of the causes of distress – physical, psychological, emotional, social, spiritual, religious and cultural – as observed by health, social and pastoral workers. You will investigate the parallel possible outcomes of stress-related illness and stress-related growth as responses to irreversible and unresolvable distressing situations and consider the ways in which health, social and pastoral workers can affect and impact these outcomes. Reviewing the tools and narrative for enquiring about spiritual distress, the module will focus on the challenges to such assessment, consider how to plan for spiritual care in a health care setting, and explore the similarities and differences of spiritual needs for those with and without religious and health beliefs. The need for good communication is a key focus of the module and you will learn how to recognise facilitative skills and blocking behaviours and consider the importance of cue-based and person-centred conversations and the value of silence.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4262Advanced Respiratory Care Practice (Adult) (20 credits)

      Advanced Respiratory Care Practice (Adult) offers you the opportunity to critically examine common respiratory conditions and their evidence-based management, aligned to the person-centred approach to care in adults. The module will enable you to advance your in-depth knowledge and understanding relating to respiratory conditions, supporting you in the development of the ability to compare and contrast common clinical presentations through the synthesis of clinical information, as well as in the application of evidence-based research and critical clinical reasoning, to generate patient-centred management and treatment. Additionally, you will develop a critical understanding and awareness of current issues in clinical practice and the application of new insights within respiratory practice.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

      For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/cpdmodules.

      Timetables

      You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

      Disclaimer

      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      To join this programme, you must be a practitioner who is a member of a UK-recognised Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB).

      You should typically have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant healthcare-related subject. Applicants with a third-class honours degree or a Diploma in a relevant healthcare-related subject, who have adequate clinical experience may also be considered.

      You will need to demonstrate your ability to study at Masters level, evidenced within your application by your prior studies and/or experiential learning.

      Your employer must also confirm that you are suitable for the role of advanced clinical practitioner in their organisation, with access to the appropriate workplace environment to gain relevant clinical experience throughout the programme, including appropriate clinical supervision by a designated Coordinating Education Supervisor and Associate Workplace Supervisors to meet Health Education England (HEE) requirements.

      Working with your employer/workplace organisation, you should have a suitable job role identified for when you are qualified, compliant with the requirements of Health Education England Centre for Advancing Practice, that will direct your programme of study.

      Applications must be supported by a reference from your current employer.

      An interview forms part of the selection process to confirm that you meet the criteria and to consider your potential pathway through the programme.

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

      Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      This programme will enhance your ability to gain employment in more senior roles as an advanced clinical practitioner, within your chosen field of healthcare.

      Successful completion of this MSc enables you to meet Health Education North West’s requirements to practice at an advanced level across the health professions spectrum, including roles such as paramedics, operating department practitioners, nurses, dietitians, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

      Finance

      Tuition Fees

      With the exception of the modules specified below, tuition fees for studying on this MSc are:

      • £37.50 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22. This is equivalent to £750 per 20 credit module;
      • £39 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £780 per 20 credit module.

      Alternative tuition fees apply for UK students enrolling on the following optional modules in academic years 2021/22 or 2022/23.

      • CPD4904 Non-Medical Prescribing – £1,600;
      • HEA4197 Transforming Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care – £880;
      • HEA4219 Transforming End of Life Trajectories – £880;
      • HEA4252 Transforming End of Life Communication and Spiritual Care – £880.

      180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2021.

      Financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses in academic year 2022/23 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

      Apply

      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      28th July 2021 - Change to Entry Requirements

      The entry requirements for this programme have been revised.

      To join the programme, you must be a practitioner who is a member of a UK-recognised Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB).

      You should typically have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant healthcare-related subject. Applicants with a third-class honours degree or a Diploma in a relevant healthcare-related subject, who have adequate clinical experience may also be considered.

      You will need to demonstrate your ability to study at Masters level, evidenced within your application by your prior studies and/or experiential learning.

      Your employer must also confirm that you are suitable for the role of advanced clinical practitioner in their organisation, with access to the appropriate workplace environment to gain relevant clinical experience throughout the programme, including appropriate clinical supervision by a designated Coordinating Education Supervisor and Associate Workplace Supervisors to meet Health Education England (HEE) requirements.

      Working with your employer/workplace organisation, you should have a suitable job role identified for when you are qualified, compliant with the requirements of Health Education England Centre for Advancing Practice, that will direct your programme of study.

      Applications must be supported by a reference from your current employer.

      An interview forms part of the selection process to confirm that you meet the criteria and to consider your potential pathway through the programme.

      28th July 2021 - Change of Modules

      HEA4118 Developing Clinical Skills and Capabilities in Advanced Practice (Adult) (20 credits), HEA4119 Developing Research Capabilities for Advanced Clinical Practice (20 credits), HEA4259 E-Portfolio for Advanced Clinical Practice (0 credits), HEA4264 Research Inquiry for Advanced Practice (40 credits) and HEA4265 Context of Advanced Practice (20 credits) replace HEA4025 Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics (20 credits), HEA4241 Developing Practice Capability in Advanced Care (20 credits), HEA4244 Research Inquiry for Advanced Practice (40 credits), HEA4444 Research Methods (20 credits) and HEA9055 Context of Advanced Practice (20 credits) as compulsory modules.

      CPD4904 Non-Medical Prescribing (40 credits), CPD7004 Educational Leadership in Health Settings (20 credits), CPD7011 Mentoring and Coaching in Clinical Education (20 credits), HEA4033 Negotiated Learning Shell (10 credits), HEA4037 Leadership Self-Awareness and Self-Empowerment (20 credits), HEA4197 Transforming Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care (20 credits), HEA4219 Transforming End of Life Trajectories (20 credits), HEA4220 Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice (20 credits), HEA4252 Transforming End of Life Communication and Spiritual Care (20 credits) and HEA4262 Advanced Respiratory Care Practice (Adult) added as optional modules;

      HEA4105 Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (30 credits), HEA4178 Management of Frailty (20 credits), HEA4195 Ethics, The Law and Decision Making (20 credits), HEA4242 Advanced Person-Centred Care (20 credits), HEA9085 Mental Health Law and Defensible Practice (20 credits) and HUG4046 Applied Nutrition for Health (20 credits) removed as optional modules.

      11th March 2021 - Change of Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for studying on this MSc are £37.50 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22, i.e. £750 per 20 credit module.

      18th December 2019 - New Modules Added

      HEA4242 Advanced Person-Centred Care (20 credits) and HUG4046 Applied Nutrition for Health (20 credits) added as optional modules.

      Covid-19 - Advanced Clinical Practice Essential Information

      Advanced Clinical Practice Course Statement

      Delivery will be a mix of live interactive teaching by lecturers in an online environment and attendance on campus or at a University site. For the theory component of the programme, there will be campus attendance and online learning comprising of synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support. For practical activities, simulation will be used, either on campus or via virtual learning environments. Attendance on campus or at a University site will be compliant with current Public Health England guidelines. If government advice allows, there will an offer of attendance on campus for relevant module activities which may include theoretical learning, academic support or access to campus/site-based learning resources.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

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      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.