PGCert Learning Disability and/or Autism

Join an online programme for multi-disciplinary and professionally qualified practitioners who are seeking to deliver person-centred care and improve service delivery for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 1 Year Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022
      Subjects: Health and Social Care
      Location: Online Study

      Designed for individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds, this programme will immerse you in leading advanced practice, person-centred care, and enhanced service delivery for people with a learning disability and/or autism. By enabling high quality credentialing in learning disability and/or autism practice supporting children, young people and adults, the course will be particularly attractive to any registered professional in the learning disability and/or autism workforce across health, social care and the independent sector. This includes, for example, nurses, allied health professionals, psychologists and social workers. Online distance learning will help you to balance work commitments and study remotely to meet your individual needs.

      This innovative Postgraduate Certificate aligns to the Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England (Health Education England, 2017) and Advanced Clinical Practice: Capabilities Framework When Working with People who have a Learning Disability and/or Autism (Health Education England, 2020).

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      You will study two modules concurrently which will overlap to integrate knowledge and learning.

      You will consider advancing practice in the context of leading advanced person centre care, enhancing your understanding of the complex support needs of those with a learning disability and/or autism who access a diverse range of health, social care, educational and multi-agency services.

      There is also a focus on improving service delivery for people with a learning disability and/or autism, enabling you to explore national and international drivers for change and examine contemporary leadership approaches. Alongside your tutors, you will work with employers, service users, families and carers to identify a potential area of service improvement before designing, implementing and evaluating change and providing recommendations for enhanced practice.

      How will I study?

      The programme will be delivered nationally via distance learning using a combination of online lectures, seminars, masterclasses and tutorials. Sessions will typically take place on one day per week for the duration of the programme.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed in practice as well as through the production of an e-portfolio, critical reflection on your personal development, and a service improvement project or audit.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The programme will be delivered by a range of academic specialists and expert practitioners in learning disabilities and autism. The programme team reflects the multi-professional nature of both the workforce and practice environments in learning disabilities and/or autism.

      You will receive tailored support in your workplace from an identified clinical supervisor. A community of practice will also be established to provide additional support to your learning via peer networks and access to multi-professional student colleagues.

      Modules

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      HEA4257Leading Advanced Person-Centred Care within Learning Disability and/or Autism (30 credits)

      Leading Advanced Person-Centred Care within Learning Disability and/or Autism equips you with an understanding of the complex support needs associated with people who utilise a diverse range of health, social care, educational and multi-agency services. Such needs can include biopsychosocial issues, behavioural needs, equity of access, parity of esteem and communication difficulties. The module will consider the impact and amelioration of such factors for the individual, their families, carers and services. Legal, moral and ethical issues associated with the delivery of trans-disciplinary care will be highlighted. The support of individuals with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum conditions will also be critically explored, utilising a lifespan and social model approach to their health and wellbeing.


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

      HEA4258Improving Service Delivery within Learning Disability and/or Autism (30 credits)

      Improving Service Delivery within Learning Disability and/or Autism will enable practitioners to critically explore the strategic context of advanced clinical practice when working with people with a learning disability and/or autism. The module will focus on national and international drivers for change, policy, culture, politics and power in health and social care. Synthesising the evidence to understand the implications for clinical leaders working within the field, you will review contemporary leadership theory, frameworks and approaches, reflecting on how these are influenced by organisational policy and practice.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      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

      The normal minimum requirement is a degree equivalent to UK lower second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a health or social care related subject. You must also be an experienced practitioner within the field of learning disabilities and/or autism and be registered with a relevant UK professional body. You should typically have experience of two years in practice or the equivalent.

      You must have access to appropriate practice in a suitable clinical area. This will be demonstrated on completion of the application form and at interview, requiring approval from your line manager and/or training and development lead. A clinical supervisor must be identified in your workplace and a suitable reference obtained to confirm your suitability to enter and complete the programme.

      An interview forms part of the selection process.

      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?

      The programme provides you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your competencies and knowledge as a practitioner working with those with a learning disability and/or autism across the lifespan.

      It is designed to bring those practicing in the fields of learning disabilities and/or autism together, from a variety of professional backgrounds, and enable you to work at an advanced level in supporting children, young people and/or adults.

      The programme directly relates to a key strategic priority of the NHS for developing and retaining an advanced practice workforce, supporting the delivery of new roles and models for advancing practice, and facilitating workplace transformation underpinned by enhanced opportunities for career progression and the continuing professional development of highly valued and skilled staff.

      On completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, you may wish to continue your studies and apply to join a taught Masters degree, for example our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, or an associated programme.

      Finance

      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for UK students enrolling on this Postgraduate Certificate in academic year 2022/23 are £36.50 per credit. This is equivalent to £1,095 per 30 credit module. 60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.

      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.

      Financial Support

      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.

      Applications for September 2022 entry will open soon.

      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

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      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. No material changes have been made to the information for this programme in that time. Any future amends will be tracked here.

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