To access the Master of Science (MSc) Advanced Clinical Practice (Specialist Negotiated Practice) you must be a practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) who are working in a clinical area with identified support from an appropriate clinical supervisor.
To become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, the following points should normally be met and the applicant must be in a role that has employer support for clinical placement and time to attend the course with a clinical supervisor/mentor in practice:
Entry requirement includes first degree and minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in clinical practice.
Recognised post within a healthcare organisation and the post listed within workforce plan and business need.
Confirmed defined / protected Advanced Clinical Practice role for the trainee to be moved into on successful completion of the programme.
Appropriately named clinical supervisor to support the trainee during the programme of training. The supervisor will not necessarily hold the same professional registration as the developing advanced clinical practitioner/trainee but will be experienced in supervision and in the relevant field of advanced clinical practice.
Commitment to providing protected learning time for the trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner during the MSc and this is equivalent to: One day a week in university (or equivalent) reading, writing and other academic activities.
One day a week protected time for supported clinical practice (or equivalent).
- Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body.
Applicants without a first degree
We have a separate policy for applicants who do not hold a first degree at 2:2 but have substantial and relevant clinical or prior study experience. Please discuss with the course leader in the first instance. Applicants may be offered a place to study a single module of the programme as a stand-alone module student and, if successful, upgrade your university registration to a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or M.Sc. and use your stand-alone module towards the course to which you have upgraded.
Existing practitioners who are currently working in an Advanced Clinical Practice role and do not have a M.Sc. level of education have options to either complete the Masters or continue in the role and update in-line with their CPD requirements.
There are ‘Top Up’ arrangements or Recognition of Prior learning (RPL) for existing practitioners who do not have a full Master’s degree. They have the option to complete the degree and to do this they would need to be in a relevant Advanced Clinical Practice post and supported by their organisation.
For students who do not currently hold a V300 Non-medical Prescribing qualification, your year two pathway must include the completion of 7NH094 Non-medical Prescribing for Nurse, Midwives and Allied health Professionals (40 credits) and 7HW126 Advanced Inquiry (20 credits) as core modules. Any student who does hold a V300 Non-medical Prescribing qualification you will undertake an RPL process to include your V300 for a total of 40 credits and then complete 7HW126 Advanced Inquiry as your core module for year two of the MSC Advanced Clinical Practice.
This includes Pharmacists who have completed a level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Independent prescribing will be profiled and will be advised on the appropriate entry level to the course, and practitioners have successfully completed the V300 Non-Medical Prescribing at level 6 or 7, they would be eligible to claim RPL towards the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.
Those applicants who meet all of the requirements of the Post Graduate Diploma will be required to complete a research module and dissertation along with evidence of achievement of the advanced clinical capabilities.