Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) - MSc part-time

Why choose this course?

    • Delivers a high level of integrated clinical knowledge and skill development that is designed to prepare you for the complexities of real world practice. Challenging but rewarding.

    • Inspiring learning environment: the course is taught in Bolton One’s brand new and well equipped Clinical Simulation Suite. This ensures that you will have a comfortable, highly interactive, practical learning experience that assist you to make sense of theory and apply it to complex patient care.

    • Taught by an innovative and supportive team who are dedicated to ensuring your success in the advanced practice role.

    • Advanced Practitioners who have graduated from Bolton are highly sought after each obtaining employment immediately on graduation.

    Course overview

    If you are an experienced practitioner working in health and social care the MSc in Advanced Practice will enable you to broaden your role beyond its traditional boundaries, enhance your applied skills and knowledge, and support your personal and career development.

    You will develop skills and knowledge to achieve the level of an ‘advanced practitioner’ through a personalised work-based programme of learning. This will allow you to tailor your practice to respond to challenges and changes within the health service.

    The course combines work-based activities and mentoring with a diverse range of experiences provided in both the workplace and the University, including expert-led lectures, seminars, learning sets, group and individual tutorials, case studies and individual reflective practice.

    As the course is work-based it is very flexible and ensures a student-centred approach that is designed to fit your personal circumstances, employment and professional development needs.

    About the course

    The course will develop both your clinical and leadership abilities enabling you to achieve the level of an ‘advanced practitioner’. You will experience a highly structured academic programme in the University that is augmented by a personalised work-based programme of learning. The combination of academic and practice based learning ensures that you have the requisite clinical grounding yet remains flexible enough to allow you to personalise your practice, to respond to challenges and changes within your role and your developing service. Specifically you will gain an in depth knowledge of the principal diseases that affect humans and the medicines that are used in their management. You will also learn how to thoroughly clinically examine patients and interpret the findings of diagnostic studies.

    Alongside the clinical content of the course you will also develop the necessary leadership skills that will allow you to challenge and change practice with a view to delivering innovative changes in your service that derive real benefits for patients. NHS values and behaviours are embedded within all the programme's modules, together with the skills and competencies required to deliver the quality standards for end of life care where appropriate.

    The course is supported by Health Education NW and employing NHS Trusts.

    The Health and Community Studies academic team is focused on supporting the development of individuals from health and social care professions who can manage and achieve success in both their personal and professional aspirations.

    Students are recruited from a range of health and social care professions, including nurses, midwives, paramedics, public health and allied health professionals, and healthcare scientists.

    Special features

    • You will be allocated an Advanced Practice Learning Facilitator who will act as an advocate for you as well as supporting you and your mentors and assessors in negotiating personalised workplace learning activities

    Award(s) MSc
    Code0064-P
    Mode of attendancePart-time
    Duration(s)2 years
    Start date(s) 18/09/2017
    Entry requirements You must demonstrate the following: evidence of recent professional and academic development; current professional registration as a health or social care practitioner (for example, as an allied health professional, healthcare scientist, nurse, pharmacist or public health professional); normally, a minimum of five years' post-registration experience of professional practice; at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a subject relevant to your health or social care practice; compliance with occupational health screening procedures and DBS Enhanced Disclosure clearance to the satisfaction of the employing health/social care organisation providing the practice placement; and support from the appropriate service manager for learning time, funding and learning support (i.e. mentors/assessors).

    If you do not meet the standard academic entry criteria listed above you may be accepted on the basis of the following: recent level HE6 study (60 credits), and/or submission of a portfolio of evidence in support of an APEL claim for level HE6 credit, or a diploma in higher education linked to your professional qualification and satisfactory completion of a piece of set academic writing.

    If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

    This course involves regulated activity so all students must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting their studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. (Normally your sponsoring organisation will organise this.)
    Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
    Location(s) University of Bolton:
    Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

    Programme Specification

    http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/HLT044-P-UOB-MX

    What you will learn

    You will encounter a diverse range of learning experiences both within the University and in clinical practice. Expert-led lectures, seminars, learning sets, workshops and clinical sessions take place in Bolton One our brand new clinical teaching and research facility. Initially you will learn and practice your clinical skills in our well equipped clinical simulation suite then you will take these skills into practice and work with your mentor who will support you to develop and consolidate your assessment and management skills in the context of your own work setting.

    What you will study

    Core modules

    Core modules are: Discovery and Establishment of the Advanced Practitioner (10 credits at level HE7); Embedding the Advanced Practitioner Role within the Organisation (10 credits at level HE7); The Biological Basis of Disease and Therapeutics (20 credits at level HE7); Clinical Examination Skills (20 credits at level HE7); Clinical Diagnostics and Decision Making (20 credits at level HE7); Leadership and Innovation (20 credits at level HE7); Delivering Quality Improvement in Clinical Practice (60 Credits at level HE7).

    Elective module (20 credits at level HE6, HE7 or equivalent)

    The elective module must be equivalent to 20 credits at level HE6 (minimum). It can sourced from:

    1. The University of Bolton's health professional development framework

    2. A relevant external module

    3. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) for relevant previous study.

    The advantage of the elective module is that it allows you to personalise your learning in an area specific to your role and your service need.

    Careers & professional development

    The MSc Advanced Practice gives you a highly competitive edge as qualified advanced practitioners are highly sort after with some graduates attracting a band 8a on the NHS salary framework. Students who have completed the programme to date have gone on to develop their career in a wide range of fields and roles, including as directors of social enterprise organisations; consultant children’s nurses; and advanced practitioners in audiology, mental health, palliative care, podiatry, falls management, cardiovascular, sexual health and substance misuse services.

    As well as the direct benefits for your career postgraduate study is designed to enhance your lifelong learning, transferable skills and personal development, enabling you to work with self-direction and confidence. This powerful combination will widely broaden your opportunities for career progression and development including PhD level study and being a stepping stone to Consultant Practitioner status.

    Professional recognition

    Currently, ‘advanced practitioner’ is not a restricted title although this issue is being explored by the professional bodies; for example, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professions Council.

    Fees, funding and finance information

    Home/EU Fees

    Home/EU students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £8,432 for the academic year 2016/17

    Home/EU students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £8,432 for the academic year 2017/18

    More Home/EU Fee information

    International Fees

    No fee information is currently available for international students, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information.

    More International Fee information

    Additional learning opportunities and associated costs


    In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

    If there are any additional costs within the agreed learning agreement these will require funding by the student or the employing organisation.

    Contact Us

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Michelle Powell (Programme Leader)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903779

    For general information about the University of Bolton please contact:

    Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

    http://www.bolton.ac.uk

    How to Apply

    You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

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    Course Overview

    Why choose this course?

      • Delivers a high level of integrated clinical knowledge and skill development that is designed to prepare you for the complexities of real world practice. Challenging but rewarding.

      • Inspiring learning environment: the course is taught in Bolton One’s brand new and well equipped Clinical Simulation Suite. This ensures that you will have a comfortable, highly interactive, practical learning experience that assist you to make sense of theory and apply it to complex patient care.

      • Taught by an innovative and supportive team who are dedicated to ensuring your success in the advanced practice role.

      • Advanced Practitioners who have graduated from Bolton are highly sought after each obtaining employment immediately on graduation.

      Course overview

      If you are an experienced practitioner working in health and social care the MSc in Advanced Practice will enable you to broaden your role beyond its traditional boundaries, enhance your applied skills and knowledge, and support your personal and career development.

      You will develop skills and knowledge to achieve the level of an ‘advanced practitioner’ through a personalised work-based programme of learning. This will allow you to tailor your practice to respond to challenges and changes within the health service.

      The course combines work-based activities and mentoring with a diverse range of experiences provided in both the workplace and the University, including expert-led lectures, seminars, learning sets, group and individual tutorials, case studies and individual reflective practice.

      As the course is work-based it is very flexible and ensures a student-centred approach that is designed to fit your personal circumstances, employment and professional development needs.

      About the course

      The course will develop both your clinical and leadership abilities enabling you to achieve the level of an ‘advanced practitioner’. You will experience a highly structured academic programme in the University that is augmented by a personalised work-based programme of learning. The combination of academic and practice based learning ensures that you have the requisite clinical grounding yet remains flexible enough to allow you to personalise your practice, to respond to challenges and changes within your role and your developing service. Specifically you will gain an in depth knowledge of the principal diseases that affect humans and the medicines that are used in their management. You will also learn how to thoroughly clinically examine patients and interpret the findings of diagnostic studies.

      Alongside the clinical content of the course you will also develop the necessary leadership skills that will allow you to challenge and change practice with a view to delivering innovative changes in your service that derive real benefits for patients. NHS values and behaviours are embedded within all the programme's modules, together with the skills and competencies required to deliver the quality standards for end of life care where appropriate.

      The course is supported by Health Education NW and employing NHS Trusts.

      The Health and Community Studies academic team is focused on supporting the development of individuals from health and social care professions who can manage and achieve success in both their personal and professional aspirations.

      Students are recruited from a range of health and social care professions, including nurses, midwives, paramedics, public health and allied health professionals, and healthcare scientists.

      Special features

      • You will be allocated an Advanced Practice Learning Facilitator who will act as an advocate for you as well as supporting you and your mentors and assessors in negotiating personalised workplace learning activities

      Key Information

      Award(s) MSc
      Code0064-P
      Mode of attendancePart-time
      Duration(s)2 years
      Start date(s) 18/09/2017
      Entry requirements You must demonstrate the following: evidence of recent professional and academic development; current professional registration as a health or social care practitioner (for example, as an allied health professional, healthcare scientist, nurse, pharmacist or public health professional); normally, a minimum of five years' post-registration experience of professional practice; at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a subject relevant to your health or social care practice; compliance with occupational health screening procedures and DBS Enhanced Disclosure clearance to the satisfaction of the employing health/social care organisation providing the practice placement; and support from the appropriate service manager for learning time, funding and learning support (i.e. mentors/assessors).

      If you do not meet the standard academic entry criteria listed above you may be accepted on the basis of the following: recent level HE6 study (60 credits), and/or submission of a portfolio of evidence in support of an APEL claim for level HE6 credit, or a diploma in higher education linked to your professional qualification and satisfactory completion of a piece of set academic writing.

      If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

      This course involves regulated activity so all students must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting their studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. (Normally your sponsoring organisation will organise this.)
      Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
      Location(s) University of Bolton:
      Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

      Course Content

      Programme Specification

      http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/HLT044-P-UOB-MX

      What you will learn

      You will encounter a diverse range of learning experiences both within the University and in clinical practice. Expert-led lectures, seminars, learning sets, workshops and clinical sessions take place in Bolton One our brand new clinical teaching and research facility. Initially you will learn and practice your clinical skills in our well equipped clinical simulation suite then you will take these skills into practice and work with your mentor who will support you to develop and consolidate your assessment and management skills in the context of your own work setting.

      What you will study

      Core modules

      Core modules are: Discovery and Establishment of the Advanced Practitioner (10 credits at level HE7); Embedding the Advanced Practitioner Role within the Organisation (10 credits at level HE7); The Biological Basis of Disease and Therapeutics (20 credits at level HE7); Clinical Examination Skills (20 credits at level HE7); Clinical Diagnostics and Decision Making (20 credits at level HE7); Leadership and Innovation (20 credits at level HE7); Delivering Quality Improvement in Clinical Practice (60 Credits at level HE7).

      Elective module (20 credits at level HE6, HE7 or equivalent)

      The elective module must be equivalent to 20 credits at level HE6 (minimum). It can sourced from:

      1. The University of Bolton's health professional development framework

      2. A relevant external module

      3. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) for relevant previous study.

      The advantage of the elective module is that it allows you to personalise your learning in an area specific to your role and your service need.

      Careers

      Careers & professional development

      The MSc Advanced Practice gives you a highly competitive edge as qualified advanced practitioners are highly sort after with some graduates attracting a band 8a on the NHS salary framework. Students who have completed the programme to date have gone on to develop their career in a wide range of fields and roles, including as directors of social enterprise organisations; consultant children’s nurses; and advanced practitioners in audiology, mental health, palliative care, podiatry, falls management, cardiovascular, sexual health and substance misuse services.

      As well as the direct benefits for your career postgraduate study is designed to enhance your lifelong learning, transferable skills and personal development, enabling you to work with self-direction and confidence. This powerful combination will widely broaden your opportunities for career progression and development including PhD level study and being a stepping stone to Consultant Practitioner status.

      Professional recognition

      Currently, ‘advanced practitioner’ is not a restricted title although this issue is being explored by the professional bodies; for example, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professions Council.

      Fees & Funding

      Fees, funding and finance information

      Home/EU Fees

      Home/EU students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £8,432 for the academic year 2016/17

      Home/EU students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £8,432 for the academic year 2017/18

      More Home/EU Fee information

      International Fees

      No fee information is currently available for international students, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information.

      More International Fee information

      Additional learning opportunities and associated costs


      In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

      If there are any additional costs within the agreed learning agreement these will require funding by the student or the employing organisation.

      Contacts

      Contact Us

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Michelle Powell (Programme Leader)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903779

      For general information about the University of Bolton please contact:

      Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

      http://www.bolton.ac.uk

      How to Apply

      How to Apply

      You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.