Postgraduate Study & Professional Development for Health, Social Care & Medicine Professionals

 

Introduction

Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine is one of the largest providers of health and social care education and professional development in the North West of England.

Offering an innovative postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio, the Faculty provides flexible and responsive provision for professionals seeking to enhance health and social care delivery whilst progressing in their careers.

Our experienced team of lecturers offers a range of CPD training to the whole health and social care workforce. Our teaching, support and resources are student-focused and attract individuals from a wide range of backgrounds including those with non-traditional qualifications or experience and those who have not studied for a number of years.

We recognise that our professional development students are in full or part-time employment and have many personal commitments and we therefore strive to provide a learning experience which is flexible whilst designed to meet professional needs and learning requirements.

Facilities

The Faculty has bases in Liverpool at Aintree Hospital and at St James’ in Manchester.

  • £14 million purpose-built Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine building on the Ormskirk Campus
  • Leading-edge clinical skills facilities and ward stimulations with industry standard equipment
  • A Postgraduate Education Centre at University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool
  • A clinical simulation suite at St James’, Manchester including a mock operating theatre, simulated ambulance and clinical skills stations
  • Learning and Information Resource Centres with state-of-the-art facilities

Contact Us

For further information on joining one of our health professional development pathways, contact us via email cpdenquiries@edgehill.ac.uk.

As the majority of correspondence is sent by email, please make edgehill.ac.uk a trusted contact in your contact lists.

Study

Edge Hill University recognises that training in the area of the caring professions can be demanding and is committed to ensuring students can access support throughout their course. All students have access to the advice and support available through Student Services, such as a Careers Centre, advice on childcare support and student finance.

We deliver comprehensive support to health and social care students in particular by:

  • Providing extensive learning resources at our Ormskirk and Aintree campuses and access to library facilities at NHS study centres in Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
  • Offering free, one-to-one counselling sessions.

Further support is delivered by:

  • Pathway Co-ordinators – offering advice on pathway routes and negotiating specific pathways, monitoring student progression and achievement.
  • Student Liaison Officers – supporting students in practice in particular pathways.
  • Academic leads – managing student issues relating to deadline extensions and mitigating circumstances.
  • Faculty staff – supporting mentors in practice and offering advice on student support.

Working while you Study

Effective time management is often the key to success at university and although finding the time to study between other aspects of everyday life can be challenging, most CPD students succeed in striking the balance between their studies and work and personal commitments. It is likely that you already have the skills to effectively prioritise tasks and manage your time successfully – you probably do this everyday at work. Speak to your employer before commencing your course to see how they can support you.

Try to plan ahead time to study especially when approaching an assignment deadline. You might be able to identify regular times every week that can be set aside for study.  It is also a good idea to set up a quiet place to study away from work and home distractions, such as the phone or television.

Individual programme leaders will be able to advise how many hours you will need to spend in lectures and seminars for a specific course and whether any placements are required.

Placements

For some health professional development programmes it may be a requirement of the course that you are working in a relevant area to meet the learning outcomes. For students on the Return to Practise programme, we will provide placements as part of the programme. We have excellent relationships with NHS Hospital and Community Trusts meaning we can offer work-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at over 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. The practice placement experience of the Edge Hill NHS students was considered the best in the country in the 2008 National Student Survey.

Undergraduate

Our undergraduate CPD programmes are usually for health and social care practitioners with no previous higher education qualifications or practitioners who wish to increase their knowledge of a specific subject to progress in their career.

  • Undergraduate (Bachelor) Degrees

A bachelor degree is a course of academic study leading to a level 6 qualification such as a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BSc). You normally need to earn 120 credits at level 4, 120 credits at level 5 and 120 credits at level 6 to achieve a bachelor degree. However, we recognise that CPD students will have existing professional qualifications and previous experience and therefore our BSc courses only require 120 credits at level 6. To be accepted on to our BSc courses, applicants would normally be required to already hold a Dip HE. Bachelor degrees are normally studied full-time over three years or part-time over six years. Designed to give you a thorough understanding of a subject, they can prepare you for a particular career or lead to further study such as a masters degree.

Length of Study
The timeframes given above are for guidance only. Our CPD programmes are flexible and tailored towards health professionals studying whilst in employment and therefore they can be completed in a timeframe that suits you up to a maximum of six years. Individual course leaders can advise applicants of an appropriate timeframe for your circumstances.

Individual Modules of Study
Programmes are made up of individual modules and our wide range of CPD modules can be studied individually. Many modules start in September and February meaning that if you miss the September intake you do not always need to wait a year to begin studying. Following completion, you can continue your studies with other modules and work towards an award. View our range of stand alone CPD modules.

NHS Health Education North West-Funded Modules 

NHS Health Education North West funds Post-Qualification Learning for professional health and social care staff under their remit. Post-Qualification Learning follows a modular structure and a limited choice of modules can be studied on a stand alone basis or towards a post-qualification award.

AT THE MOMENT THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT FUNDING WILL BE AVAILABLE

Staff should contact their Line Manager and Trust Lead to discuss availability  and how to apply.  Please note that the CPD Apply NW application tool is no longer in operation.

Postgraduate

Our postgraduate CPD programmes are usually for health and social care practitioners with existing higher education qualifications who want to study a specific subject at a higher level or gain a higher qualification to help them progress in their career.

Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas

A postgraduate certificate of higher education (PG Cert) is a level 7 academic qualification requiring 60 credits, while postgraduate diplomas carry 120 credits. They are usually studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Further study could include a masters degree.

Masters Degrees

A masters degree is a course of academic study leading to a level 7 qualification such as a master of arts (MA), master of science (MSc), masters by research (MRes), or master of surgery (MCh). You will need to earn 180 credits at level 7 to achieve a masters degree and the majority of our programmes can be  studied on a part-time basis. Usually incorporating both taught sessions and research, they are designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of a subject and to assist you in progressing your career.

Master of Medicine (MMed) / Master of Surgery (MCh)

In partnership, Edge Hill University and Wrightington Hospital offer MMed Medicine and MCh Surgery programmes with a range of specialist pathways.

Postgraduate Medical Education

Medical Education programmes associated with the Faculty’s Postgraduate Professional Education portfolio are provided by the Health Research Institute (HRI).  The HRI is a provider of innovative multi-professional postgraduate education and practice-based research, which supports the development of all professionals working in the field of health and social care to improve service delivery, treatment, care, and health. Many of these programmes have been developed with, and are delivered with, external NHS trusts and organisations and are accredited by professional bodies.

The HRI’s current portfolio comprises:

Length of Study
The timeframes given above are for guidance only. Our CPD programmes are flexible and tailored towards health professionals studying whilst in employment and therefore they can be completed in a timeframe that suits you up to a maximum of six years. Individual course leaders can advise applicants of an appropriate timeframe for your circumstances.

Individual Modules of Study
Programmes are made up of individual modules and our wide range of CPD modules can be studied individually. Many modules start in September and February meaning that if you miss the September intake you do not always need to wait a year to begin studying. Following completion, you can continue your studies with other modules and work towards an award. View our range of stand alone CPD modules.

NHS Health Education North West-Funded Modules 

NHS Health Education North West funds Post-Qualification Learning for professional health and social care staff under their remit. Post-Qualification Learning follows a modular structure and a limited choice of modules can be studied on a stand alone basis or towards a post-qualification award.

AT THE MOMENT THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT FUNDING WILL BE AVAILABLE

Staff should contact their Line Manager and Trust Lead to discuss availability  and how to apply.  Please note that the CPD Apply NW application tool is no longer in operation.

Short Courses

Short Courses for Health & Social Care Professionals

In addition to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the Faculty of Health,  Social Care & Medicine also offers several shorter professional development courses.  Some start in both September and February meaning that if you miss the September intake you do not always need to wait a year to begin studying. Additionally, our wide range of CPD modules can be also studied individually on a stand alone basis. You can use the Academic Calendar to view a summary of all the CPD modules we are currently offering.

Non-Medical Prescribing

Edge Hill University offers two Non-Medical Prescribing courses: The Non-Medical Prescribing V150 programme prepares nurses without a specialist practitioner qualification to prescribe safely, appropriately and competently from the Nurse Prescribers Formulary for Community Practitioners. The Non-Medical Prescribing V300 programme provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for nurses, midwives, pharmacists and relevant allied health professionals to expand their roles to meet the needs of their patients and service users to improve access to appropriate medication. It is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and appropriately within your area of practice and current non-medical prescribing legislation.

Return to Professional Practice

The Return to Professional Practice programme is for nurses and health care professionals who wish to reactivate registration with their professional body, or who wish to refresh their knowledge and skills before applying for jobs in healthcare. Practitioners who originally obtained their registration from countries outside Europe and wish to practice in the UK are also be able to access this programme but must initiate their application with the relevant professional body.

Advanced Perioperative Roles

Surgical First Assistance in Operative Procedures is for qualified practitioners working as scrub practitioners or who are employed in an assisting role.  You will gain the knowledge and experience that will enable you to safely and competently assist surgical procedures with the skills listed by the Perioperative Care Collaborative (2012) Position Statement as being within the role of a Surgical First Assistant. You will also acquire an understanding of the professional boundaries and legalities of the role.

Fees & Finance

Fees and Finance

Fees and any funding arrangements vary between courses.  The information below applies only to Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine professional development courses.

Undergraduate professional development programmes

The cost of modules on these programmes is determined by the credits awarded and the programme that you are studying. Module fees are indicated on individual module pages.

Invoices are generated on enrolment.  Students who are SELF FUNDED are able to cancel their place on the module up to 14 days from the start date without incurring any costs.

Fees can be paid in installments by prior arrangement. Unpaid fees will be subject to the University Credit Control procedures. (See Finance Advice section below)

Postgraduate professional development programmes

Fees are charged according to programme structure, as some programmes have fees charged per year rather than per module. Please check your programme descriptor for further details. Programmes which charge fees on a module by module basis adopt the following structure.

The cost of modules on these programmes is determined by the credits awarded and the programme that you are studying. Module fees are indicated on individual module pages.

Invoices are generated on enrolment.  Students who are SELF FUNDED are able to cancel their place on the module up to 14 days from the start date without incurring any costs.

Fees can be paid in installments by prior arrangement. Unpaid fees will be subject to the University Credit Control procedures. (See Finance Advice section below)

Finance Advice

Our Finance Advisers can give you advice and information about grants, loans and bursaries and offer you a confidential financial health check. They can be contacted at financialadviceteam@edgehill.ac.uk

NHS Health Education North West-Funded Modules 

NHS Health Education North West funds Post-Qualification Learning for professional health and social care staff under their remit. Post-Qualification Learning follows a modular structure and a limited choice of modules can be studied on a stand alone basis or towards a post-qualification award.

Staff should contact their Line Manager and Trust Lead to discuss availability  and how to apply.  Please note that the CPD Apply NW application tool is no longer in operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I pay my fees?

ALL STUDENTS ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR PAYMENT OF FEES.

For some programmes we normally invoice for each module on enrolment rather than for the  full programme. We can also invoice your employer direct if we have received written confirmation from them.  Students who do not provide confirmation of sponsorship will be invoiced directly.

Invoices are generated on enrolment.  Students who are SELF FUNDED are able to cancel their place on the module up to 14 days from the start date without incurring any costs.

Fees can be paid :

Online By Credit or Debit card – payments can be made by using the online payment facility or by telephone using 01695 657252 or 01695 657115.

Prepayments can be made through our pre-payment system.

Can I pay my tuition/course fees in installments?

Edge Hill will accept fee payments for professional development courses made in instalments by prior arrangement. This can be arranged on enrolment.  Please contact the Faculty’s Finance Team on 01695 650716 or 01695 657640 to arrange.

Unpaid fees will be subject to the University Credit Control procedures.

My employer has agreed to pay my fees – how do I arrange this?

We can invoice your employer where consent has been provided on a Funding Confirmation form

You must ensure that your trust has fully completed this form.  Incomplete forms will be returned to you. Please note that several employers now insist that a purchase order number be quoted on all invoices, so purchase order details should also be included.  Full details of these trusts are included on the form. Students will be taken as self funded if a purchase order is not given when needed.

Money Matters

For comprehensive information about the financial support which may be available to UK and eligible EU students joining courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/moneymatters.

FAQ's

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

Can I visit the University before I apply?

You can visit the University to see all the facilities on offer and receive further advice and guidance by attending an open day. We also run monthly tours of our Ormskirk campus. Details of forthcoming open days, campus tours and information on how to book is available on our website.

Can I get more information on the course/module I’m interested in?

Further information is available on our website but if you have a specific question, you can contact the individual course lead. Details of individual course leads are available on our website on the individual course or module pages.

Can I get credits for previous learning or work experience?

Edge Hill University recognises that learning may take place in any context and operates accreditation procedures to formally recognise learning gained elsewhere both for admission to a programme and, where appropriate, for the award of credit which can be counted towards a qualification award requirement. Prior learning may be certified (from another institution/awarding body) or experiential (drawn from life/work experience). For more information contact your School RPL Administrator:

If you are considering applying to study one of our health and social care undergraduate or postgraduate pathway programmes and would like to apply for recognition of prior learning, please complete an RPL FORM

I am new to academic study/I haven’t studied an academic course for a while, do you offer any help with academic writing?

The University can help you develop your academic writing skills. We offer one-to-one guidance for students whether you are new to academic study or just need a refresher session.

Do you offer any help with finding childcare?

Edge Hill University offers an information service providing students who have pre-school children with information, advice and support in securing local places if required. In particular, we recognise that parents want to select a form of childcare to suit their particular needs.

How long are CPD module sessions (lectures/seminars)?

Each CPD module session normally lasts half a day or one full day. CPD module sessions normally run once a week for either 16 or 30 weeks depending on the individual module.  To see details for each individual module that we offer please see our CPD Module Pages.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is individualised to each module, and a variety of assessment methods are used, for example, examinations, essays, critical incident analysis, classroom presentations/seminars, portfolios of evidence and/or objective structured clinical examinations.  To see details for each individual module that we offer please see our CPD Module Pages.

Can I pay my tuition fees/course fees in instalments?

Edge Hill University will accept fee payments for CPD courses made in instalments by prior arrangement. This can be arranged on registration. We normally invoice for each module on enrolment rather than full course fee all in one go. We can also invoice your employer direct by prior arrangement.  To set up a direct debit instalment plan please contact the Faculty’s Finance Team on 01695 650716 or 01695 657640 to arrange.

Apply

Apply for Health, Social Care & Medicine CPD Standalone Modules on an employer or self funded basis

Our wide range of CPD modules can be studied individually. Following completion, you can continue your studies with other modules and work towards an award. Many modules start in September and February meaning that if you miss the September intake you do not always need to wait a year to begin studying.

To apply for any CPD module please access the online application form here: module application form.

NHS Health Education North West-Funded Modules

NHS Health Education North West funds Post-Qualification Learning for professional health and social care staff under their remit. Post-Qualification Learning follows a modular structure and a limited choice of modules can be studied on a stand alone basis or towards a post-qualification award.

Staff should contact their Line Manager and Trust Lead to discuss availability and how to apply.  Please note that the CPD Apply NW application tool is no longer in operation.

Apply for Clinical Education CPD modules

Our wide range of clinical education CPD modules can be studied individually. Following completion, you can continue your studies with other modules and work towards an award.  Many modules start in September and February meaning that if you miss the September intake you do not always need to wait a year to begin studying.

To apply for any CPD module please access the online application form here: module application form.

Apply for Health and Social Care CPD BSc and MSc Programmes

Entry requirements and application details for our CPD degree and masters pathway programmes are given on the individual course pages. Applications for these courses should be made directly to the Student Recruitment & Marketing Support Team, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine, Edge Hill University.

To apply for any programme please access the online application form on the individual programme webpage.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Edge Hill University recognises that learning may take place in any context and operates accreditation procedures to formally recognise learning gained elsewhere both for admission to a programme and, where appropriate, for the award of credit which can be counted towards a qualification award requirement. Prior learning may be certified (from another institution/awarding body) or experiential (drawn from life/work experience). For more information contact your School RPL Administrator:

If you are considering applying to study one of our health and social care undergraduate or postgraduate  programmes and would like to apply for recognition of prior learning, please complete an RPL FORM

Some RPL claims may require students to provide further information to support their claim,

For example

Students who have undertaken our Medical Leadership module HEA4117 may be able to use this in place of CPD7004 when using towards the PG Cert Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education, PG Cert Simulation in Clinical Learning or MA Clinical Education.  Candidates should demonstrate how they meet CPD7004 Learning Outcomes.  For guidance on how to do this please click here.

International Students

Please contact the Centre for International Education for advice on courses, fees and finance, how to apply and the suitability of overseas qualifications on +44 (0)1695 657122, or email international@edgehill.ac.uk

Enrolment instructions for CPD modules and programmes

Please note that this information is for Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine Continuing Professional Development (CPD) students only.

All the information you need about enrolment can now be found here: www.edgehill.ac.uk/registry/enrolment/cpd-enrolment/

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