The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice 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. The course is open to practitioners registered with the NMC, HCPC, or GPhC.
New entrants to Advanced Clinical Practice: This course is open to practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) OR Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 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. Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body. 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. 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) 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 Cert, Dip or MSc and use your stand-alone module towards the course to which you have upgraded. Existing Practitioners: Existing Practitioners who are currently working in an Advanced Clinical Practice role and do not have a MSc 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. 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.
Fees and funding
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