Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. This online masters course is designed to be practical and clinically focused and will focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. It aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role. As such, on completion of the MSc Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine, you will be able to deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk; demonstrate knowledge and competence in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and develop and deliver Preventative Cardiovascular interventions for the wider population.
Year One Students progressing from the PG Diploma course do the one-year MSc consisting of the following modules: Core •Research Methodologies and Critical Evaluation in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine This module will address the terminology and methodologies used in epidemiology and research studies, and you will learn how to interpret graphical and other statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses. You will develop an understanding of the importance of evidence based practice and how to apply it within a clinical setting. Optional modules •Professional Project •Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University) MSc: Two-year duration Students who decide to enrol directly on to the MSc (rather than the PG Dip) will do the two-year version, which consists of the following modules: Core •Principles of Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine •Cardiovascular Risk Management •Lipid Metabolism in Clinical Practice •Management of Lipid Disorders •Hypertension: Diagnosis and Management •Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine in Special Situations •Research Methodologies and Critical Evaluation in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Optional modules •Professional Project This module aims to develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice of your choice and develop skills in independent research and study. You will produce a report of 12000 words which will include a project proposal of 1,500 words and the remaining 10,500 words will consist of a literature review and an evidence appraisal, clinical or organisational practice audit. It will also involve the implementation of evidence-based practice and undertaking qualitative or quantitative research. As part of the module you will be in regular contact with your tutor who will offer guidance and supervision either via email, telephone or SKYPE. •Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University) This module aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Synopsis of module content: •Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral. •Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing. •Prescribing in a team context. •Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity. •Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing. •Legal, policy and ethical aspects. •Professional accountability and responsibility.
Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities. The Independent Prescribing module will be assessed via completion of Formative and Summative assessments.
Entry to the one-year MSc programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University. Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc as a two year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits). Applicants without recognised qualifications but have relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills will also be considered on an individual basis. ;English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) ;Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application: ;Qualification certificates ;One written reference Please note: entry requirements for the Independent Prescribing module differ from the other modules and require: 3 years post registration experience ;1 year in field of practice ;Support of Line manager ;Requirement of current role for IP status ;Availability of a mentor.
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