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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has been designed to meet the needs of the health professional whose desire is to develop their clinical career to a higher level as an advanced practitioner. The course philosophy is to acknowledge your prior experience and knowledge as a health professional and subsequently enable you to fulfil your potential as a postgraduate through the development of new understanding, critical insight and advanced level academic and clinical skills. This course is open to practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

This programme will utilise a multi-professional approach to develop the health professional’s knowledge and skills to work at an advanced level of clinical practice. The programme has been designed around the current Health Education England (HEE) (2017) Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England and applies to all non-medical healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals. The course supports the concepts outlined within the Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England (Health Education England, 2017) and encourages the development of new ways of working within the multi-professional workforce to meet the changing needs of the population.

It is expected that on completion of this course you will be a recognised Advanced Clinical Practitioner (HEE, 2017) with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical capabilities for an expanded, autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices. This requires that health and care professionals working at the level of advanced clinical practice will exercise autonomy and decision-making in a context of complexity, uncertainty and varying levels of risk, holding accountability for decisions made.

You will normally have an honours degree and have been working in clinical practice for a minimum of 3 years within your current area and have evidence of studying at level 6 prior to commencing the course.

The course has been developed in response to identified and anticipated demands for increasing the number of registered health professionals with advanced clinical skills and critical understanding for transformation of the current health care workforce.

For the award of Postgraduate Diploma, you will study six 20 credit modules. This can be followed by one 60 credit Independent Project module to achieve the award MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.