CREDPG SPECIALIST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SPD) - PRINCIPLES OF REGIONAL ANAESTHESIA


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Postgraduate Credit (non-award bearing)



As a Specialist Professional Development (SPD) student you’ll take part in fully-online, tutor-mediated discussions, centered around realistic cases, within our VLE. This innovative course is based around six advanced modules, covering all areas of Regional Anaesthesia and a host of relevant transferrable skills. The course is designed to complement your day-to-day clinical practice, so each session is delivered asynchronously, meaning that you won’t need to log-on at set times. For each module you will be expected to actively contribute to the online forum, which will focus on clinical discussions of cases. Each module comprises several topics spanning the knowledge base in that specialist area, each bringing with it new expertise and insights, which will prove directly applicable to your own clinical practice. As such, each forum discussion will take on a life of its own, fueled by the shared reading, personal experience, and tutor guidance.

Overview

Our course is comprised of six 16-week-long online modules, providing advanced learning in the following specialist areas:

  • Anatomy and applied anatomy applicable to regional anaesthesia
  • Neuropharmacy/physiology of perioperative pain medicine
  • Applications of regional anaesthesia
  • Delivering a high quality service in regional anaesthesia
  • Research, audit and service evaluation
  • Leadership and management     

Each module is delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to current UK practice. You will also be required to undertake approximately 10 hours of independent study each week, including:

  • Reading core texts and the latest clinical papers
  • Discussing an online clinical case with your peers to draw out learning opportunities and evidence-based practice
  • Completing formative assessments to aid your learning, including multiple choice questions and script concordance tests
  • Constructing a personal management plan for the clinical case to demonstrate your understanding of the topic

You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module.

You will also have the option to take a summative written assessment for each module; complete it successfully and you’ll be awarded 20 university credits. Acquire 60 credits and, in addition to your CPD accreditation, you’ll also be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate. Successfully complete assessments for 6 modules and you’ll acquire 120 credits and receive a Postgraduate Diploma. If you then decide to complete a 60 credit Master’s dissertation project, you’ll achieve 180 credits in total, and a Master’s degree.

Teaching

All teaching will take place online, using range of teaching techniques, including peer-group (PBL) discussion and specialist formative testing.

Our e-tutors are all highly experienced senior clinicians working both in the UK and internationally, so you will be able to maximise your exposure to global discussions and comparisons of best practice.

Independent study

You will complete the course in parallel with your clinical duties in Regional Anaesthesia. We allocate time for background reading and will provide you with access to the UEA online library to facilitate your evidence-based learning.

Optional Study Abroad or Placement Year

You may be eligible to undertake local RA fellowships in your country of residence, where available. It will be your own responsibility to arrange and pay for your travel and accommodation for any trip, and to ensure you have any required visas in place.

After the course

Past students have cited a swift progression to more senior positions having completed our full Master’s course. They’ve also reported additional benefits, such as greater confidence in communication with peers, senior colleagues and patients.

You can expect to apply the knowledge and skills you’ll gain immediately in your clinical practice.

Career Destinations

The course develops critical thinking and decision-making skills, which are the key skills for consultants in specialist medicine.

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Course related costs

Core recommended textbooks are cited throughout the modules, which can be obtained locally through medical libraries, but you may wish to purchase your own.

If you choose to undertake the summative assessment for each module, and if this is in the form of a face-to-face written paper, you will need to cover any travel and accommodation costs associated with this.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module is undertaken in isolation without an assessment component, allowing you to gain CPD evidence for your portfolio. However, if you do want to obtain formal university credits to contribute towards a postgraduate qualification, you will need to successfully complete a written assessment for each module. The summative assessment comprises of a written reflective essay-style assessment, which will be submitted and marked online.The research and management modules will require the online submission of a piece of written work, which will be marked according to the UEA postgraduate senate scale, the national scale for higher education marking.

Course Modules 2019/0

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject MBBS or overseas equivalent
  • Degree Classification Pass, merit or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements MRCS examination or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study – which are conducted in English - we require evidence of proficiency in English.  Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in each section)

  • PTE (Pearson): 65 (minimum 65 in each section)

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests. 

Fees and Funding

The fee for a single module (not including the dissertation) for 2017/18 is £1000, which includes all tuition and assessment associated with the module. Modules undertaken as CPD only (without formal assessment) will be the same cost as the fully assessed module.

  1. Completion and passing of 3 modules can lead to a PG Certificate in Principles of Regional Anaesthesia

  2. Completion and passing of 6 modules can lead to a PG Diploma in Principles of Regional Anaesthesia

  3. Completion and passing of 6 modules plus the dissertation can lead to a Masters of Principles of Regional Anaesthesia

The dissertation component, should you wish to complete a Masters qualification, lasts a complete year and can only be undertaken once the required number of taught modules has been successfully passed. The dissertation fee of £3000 includes formative e-tutor support and assessment of your dissertation thesis.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. Students apply for one stand-alone module initially by applying online. Students wishing to take additional modules in the future can then do so through the UEA Learning and Teaching Service, without needing to reapply.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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