MSc Advanced Professional Practice - Distance Learning (Part Time)


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Key facts

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The health and care sectors are forever changing: adapting to new challenges – and new forms of treatment.

Reflecting UK and international benchmarks, our Advanced Professional Practice programme has been designed to help experienced professionals meet these changes head-on, with improved ways of working and a positive impact on patient health.

Our programme is based on the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical, research, education, and management. Through it you’ll develop your expertise in leadership, innovation, and change management. You will also further your skills in research appraisal, evidence-based practice, and decision-making, enabling you to deliver the best possible care.

Overview

The programme is designed to offer flexibility to working professionals through blended learning. You can tailor the course to your requirements by choosing to follow either the Leadership or Clinical pathway at PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Master’s level. If you are a UK student you will have the option of studying part-time. ;

The overarching philosophy of our programme is that advanced practice is all about reaching a level of practice, rather than a specific professional role. Suitable for all experienced health and care professionals and open to both national and international applicants, it reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforces.  You will attain the contemporary knowledge and skills for advanced level practice. Our aim is to help you to develop an academic preparedness for an advanced professional practice role. All of this is based on the four pillars of advanced practice – clinical, research, education and management/leadership – and the five key principles: autonomous practice, critical thinking, values-based care, improving practice, and high levels of decision-making and problem-solving. By selecting the optional modules that are relevant to your area of advanced practice, you can tailor the course around your professional practice needs and across the pillars and principles. The emphasis of learning within each of the four pillars will be dependent on the pathway you have chosen, the level of study you’ve opted for and the modules you have selected. So you can build a qualification specific to your individual requirements. 

Course Structure

You will have the choice of two pathways, Clinical or Leadership, each of which provides a range of core and optional modules. Depending on the modules you choose to complete, you could exit with a PG certificate (60 credits required), PG Diploma (120 credits required) or MSc Advanced Professional Practice (180 credits required).

Some of the optional modules are subject to entry requirements, and in some cases, professional, statutory or regulatory body requirements apply.

If you would like to study any of the above as stand-alone modules - visit our CPD section.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

You will be taught at the highest level by experienced academics with a programme drawn from the latest research, theories, practice and clinical skills. In addition, our state-of-the-art, purpose built facilities will provide you with an excellent learning environment.

The ongoing quality development of the programme will include change of provision to some modules from a face to face provision to a,p. fully online provision. All of the modules will be delivered via a variety of teaching and learning approaches, student interaction activities and module organiser support. This will enable you to build your knowledge and confidence associated with the module content.

You will be given additional academic support by your individual Personal Adviser. Interdisciplinary student groups will also provide you with enriched learning experiences and perspectives. So you can be sure that you will be supported through your studies by a community of like-minded professionals, academics and researchers – all of whom are dedicated to providing the best education to develop your advanced professional practice.

Independent Study

Throughout the course you will be fully supported as you complete both directed and independent study. This will not only enhance your learning experience, but will also help develop a sound evidence base to support your academic preparedness for an advanced professional practice role.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessment methods throughout the course, which have been carefully considered to demonstrate learning across all the pillars and principles of advanced practice.

Formative and summative assessment strategies across the programme include written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and portfolio.

After the course

Whether you’re looking for promotion or to improve your knowledge and abilities, complete our programme and you will walk away armed with the skills you require to support your individual advanced practice needs.

You’ll be able to demonstrate learning across all of the pillars and principles of advanced practice. The emphasis of learning within each of the four pillars will be dependent on the pathway you have chosen and the modules you have selected. Dependent on your role within practice and the modules selected there is also potential for application for credentialing with external bodies.

Career destinations

  • Advanced nurse practitioner - Royal College of Nursing
  • Emergency care practitioner – Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

MANAGING YOURSELF AND LEADING OTHERS

The aim of this module it to support you in developing a critical understanding of efficient and effective leadership, in order to manage yourself and lead others. You will be empowered to lead innovative change and organisational development through the fostering of a shared sense of leadership and responsibility for the success of the organisation and the development of quality services.

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USING EVIDENCE TO LEAD AND ADVANCE PRACTICE

This module will introduce the concepts and skills of evidence-based practice. In doing so, it will explore and critically analyse core theories, policies and models that support and underpin evidence-based practice. You will be facilitated to turn clinical and leadership queries into advanced practice focused questions, from which you can search the evidence. You will be supported to identify effective strategies for identifying and communicating the need for change associated with national and international quality standards and findings from research. You will also be introduced to a range of quantitative and qualitative research data collection and data analysis methods. These can be used to measure the impact of change in terms of quality improvement and transformation at the point of care within your area and scope of advanced practice.

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Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

You must take either two 20 credit modules (one from term 2 and one from term 3) or one 40 credit module (from term 2). PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to take Creating a Culture For Innovation and Change you must take Managing Yourself and Leading Others first. If you wish to take Transforming the Service you must take Creating a Culture For Innovation and Change first.

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED STOMA CARE

This module aims to enable stoma care specialist nurses to build in-depth and extensive knowledge, understanding and skills applied to all aspects of their role through critical evaluation of and reflection on their own professional responsibilities, the context in which they practice and the diverse and complex needs of the patient population they serve. Varied and innovative teaching and learning methods aim to develop critical thinking, communication skills, problem-solving and decision-making appropriate, and directly applied to, an advanced level of stoma care nursing practice. The module will aim to advance students' specialist stoma care practice across the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical, Research, Education, Management/leadership) and to develop and apply the underpinning principles of advanced practice within their specialist role, namely autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem-solving, values-based care, and improving practice (NHS Education for Scotland, 2007).

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ADVANCING PRACTICE IN DEMENTIA CARE

You will develop your skills and knowledge of working with people living with dementia across a wide range of community and inpatient settings. You will focus on improving your knowledge about and advancing practice in dementia, person-centred care and care interactions.

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CLINICAL DECISION MAKING

This module aims to prepare you to be able to manage complex clinical conditions using scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge to underpin action, reflection and evaluation. You will learn how to practice safely and effectively, incorporating a systems approach to clinical examination skills. You will understand the principles of assessment, the process of diagnosis, differential diagnosis, red flags and appropriate planning of care. It will support you to develop your practice as an advanced clinical practitioner to enable you to manage complex clinical conditions using scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge that is evidence based.

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CREATING A CULTURE FOR INNOVATION AND CHANGE

The module aims to enable leaders to manage the business and resources (including people) to meet external targets and drivers by enhancing their understanding of the political, policy and business drivers impacting on the strategic operational management and leadership of their organisation and of healthcare per se. By the end of the module the practitioner will demonstrate: #Critical appraisal of the political, social, technical, economic, organisational and professional environment and its impact on service delivery; #Evaluation of current legislation, policy and evidence; #Utilisation of creative ways to influence the wider organisation/sector; #Expert application of assertiveness skills; #Expertise in identifying, developing and influencing networks to influence best practice in service delivery- #Critical appraisal of a diverse range of evidence and datasets to inform the development of a systematic and well-argued business case; #Evidence of effective decision-making with well-argued rationale; #Developing strategic awareness. These feed into the CLF competencies: 5.1Identifying the contexts for change #Demonstrate awareness of the political, social, technical, economic, organisational and professional environment; #Understand and interpret relevant legislation and accountability frameworks; #Anticipate and prepare for the future by scanning for ideas, best practice and emerging trends that will have an impact on health outcomes; # Develop and communicate aspirations. 5.3Making decisions #Participate in and contribute to organisational decision-making processes; #Act in a manner consistent with the values and priorities of their organisation and profession; #Educate and inform key people who influence and make decisions; #Contribute their unique perspective to team, department, system and organisational decisions.

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ENHANCING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT IN CLINICAL EDUCATION

This module will introduce you to the underpinning educational theory and practice required to enhance your clinical education role, particularly as a clinical supervisor, mentor, or practice educator. It recognises the uniqueness of learning in clinical and practice settings and the importance of the role of the educator in facilitating learning which occurs in the context of client care.You will develop skills and experience professional socialisation which cannot readily be acquired elsewhere. The overall aim of the module is to provide you with a body of knowledge and principles to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment in practice-based settings. This will enable you to work effectively with learners who will become the workforce of the future and ultimately to improve services.

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PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION PORTFOLIO

You will develop a professional recognition portfolio that demonstrates your learning through a series of self - assessment, reflections and case studies. The portfolio will be personal to your own Advanced Professional Practice Development. The work included within the portfolio should demonstrate your learning and development across the four pillars of advanced practice: #Clinical #Research #Education #Management/leadership Together with the underpinning principles of advanced practice: #Autonomous practice #Critical thinking #High levels of decision-making and problem-solving #Values-based care This can be a stand-alone module or part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme (L7).

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TRANSFORMING THE SERVICE

This module provides the opportunity for practitioners to complete a substantial project and to evaluate its impact or likely impact on care provision and the patient experience This module offers student further opportunity to develop: #Engagement of staff, service users and carers and other agencies and disciplines to inform service review and development #Resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving and solution finding #Ways to motivate staff and promote resilience #Expertise in facilitating transformation and leading change #Evaluation of the impact of service transformation on patient safety and the quality of the patient experience #Ability to communicate the case for change and to disseminate good practice

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40

WORKING WITH OLDER PEOPLE: BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACHES

This module is about developing your skills and knowledge for working with older people across a wide range of community and inpatient settings. The focus is on improving knowledge about, and advancing practice in, working with older people from biological, psychological and social perspectives.

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Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

MANAGING YOURSELF AND LEADING OTHERS

The aim of this module it to support you in developing a critical understanding of efficient and effective leadership, in order to manage yourself and lead others. You will be empowered to lead innovative change and organisational development through the fostering of a shared sense of leadership and responsibility for the success of the organisation and the development of quality services.

HSC-7126D

20

USING EVIDENCE TO LEAD AND ADVANCE PRACTICE

This module will introduce the concepts and skills of evidence-based practice. In doing so, it will explore and critically analyse core theories, policies and models that support and underpin evidence-based practice. You will be facilitated to turn clinical and leadership queries into advanced practice focused questions, from which you can search the evidence. You will be supported to identify effective strategies for identifying and communicating the need for change associated with national and international quality standards and findings from research. You will also be introduced to a range of quantitative and qualitative research data collection and data analysis methods. These can be used to measure the impact of change in terms of quality improvement and transformation at the point of care within your area and scope of advanced practice.

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Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

You must take either two 20 credit modules (one from term 2 and one from term 3) or one 40 credit module (from term 2). PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to take Creating a Culture For Innovation and Change you must take Managing Yourself and Leading Others first. If you wish to take Transforming the Service you must take Creating a Culture For Innovation and Change first.

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED STOMA CARE

This module aims to enable stoma care specialist nurses to build in-depth and extensive knowledge, understanding and skills applied to all aspects of their role through critical evaluation of and reflection on their own professional responsibilities, the context in which they practice and the diverse and complex needs of the patient population they serve. Varied and innovative teaching and learning methods aim to develop critical thinking, communication skills, problem-solving and decision-making appropriate, and directly applied to, an advanced level of stoma care nursing practice. The module will aim to advance students' specialist stoma care practice across the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical, Research, Education, Management/leadership) and to develop and apply the underpinning principles of advanced practice within their specialist role, namely autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem-solving, values-based care, and improving practice (NHS Education for Scotland, 2007).

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40

ADVANCING PRACTICE IN DEMENTIA CARE

You will develop your skills and knowledge of working with people living with dementia across a wide range of community and inpatient settings. You will focus on improving your knowledge about and advancing practice in dementia, person-centred care and care interactions.

HSC-7194H

20

CLINICAL DECISION MAKING

This module aims to prepare you to be able to manage complex clinical conditions using scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge to underpin action, reflection and evaluation. You will learn how to practice safely and effectively, incorporating a systems approach to clinical examination skills. You will understand the principles of assessment, the process of diagnosis, differential diagnosis, red flags and appropriate planning of care. It will support you to develop your practice as an advanced clinical practitioner to enable you to manage complex clinical conditions using scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge that is evidence based.

HSC-7163F

20

CREATING A CULTURE FOR INNOVATION AND CHANGE

The module aims to enable leaders to manage the business and resources (including people) to meet external targets and drivers by enhancing their understanding of the political, policy and business drivers impacting on the strategic operational management and leadership of their organisation and of healthcare per se. By the end of the module the practitioner will demonstrate: #Critical appraisal of the political, social, technical, economic, organisational and professional environment and its impact on service delivery; #Evaluation of current legislation, policy and evidence; #Utilisation of creative ways to influence the wider organisation/sector; #Expert application of assertiveness skills; #Expertise in identifying, developing and influencing networks to influence best practice in service delivery- #Critical appraisal of a diverse range of evidence and datasets to inform the development of a systematic and well-argued business case; #Evidence of effective decision-making with well-argued rationale; #Developing strategic awareness. These feed into the CLF competencies: 5.1Identifying the contexts for change #Demonstrate awareness of the political, social, technical, economic, organisational and professional environment; #Understand and interpret relevant legislation and accountability frameworks; #Anticipate and prepare for the future by scanning for ideas, best practice and emerging trends that will have an impact on health outcomes; # Develop and communicate aspirations. 5.3Making decisions #Participate in and contribute to organisational decision-making processes; #Act in a manner consistent with the values and priorities of their organisation and profession; #Educate and inform key people who influence and make decisions; #Contribute their unique perspective to team, department, system and organisational decisions.

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20

ENHANCING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT IN CLINICAL EDUCATION

This module will introduce you to the underpinning educational theory and practice required to enhance your clinical education role, particularly as a clinical supervisor, mentor, or practice educator. It recognises the uniqueness of learning in clinical and practice settings and the importance of the role of the educator in facilitating learning which occurs in the context of client care.You will develop skills and experience professional socialisation which cannot readily be acquired elsewhere. The overall aim of the module is to provide you with a body of knowledge and principles to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment in practice-based settings. This will enable you to work effectively with learners who will become the workforce of the future and ultimately to improve services.

HSC-7165E

20

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION PORTFOLIO

You will develop a professional recognition portfolio that demonstrates your learning through a series of self - assessment, reflections and case studies. The portfolio will be personal to your own Advanced Professional Practice Development. The work included within the portfolio should demonstrate your learning and development across the four pillars of advanced practice: #Clinical #Research #Education #Management/leadership Together with the underpinning principles of advanced practice: #Autonomous practice #Critical thinking #High levels of decision-making and problem-solving #Values-based care This can be a stand-alone module or part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme (L7).

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20

TRANSFORMING THE SERVICE

This module provides the opportunity for practitioners to complete a substantial project and to evaluate its impact or likely impact on care provision and the patient experience This module offers student further opportunity to develop: #Engagement of staff, service users and carers and other agencies and disciplines to inform service review and development #Resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving and solution finding #Ways to motivate staff and promote resilience #Expertise in facilitating transformation and leading change #Evaluation of the impact of service transformation on patient safety and the quality of the patient experience #Ability to communicate the case for change and to disseminate good practice

HSC-7133X

40

WORKING WITH OLDER PEOPLE: BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACHES

This module is about developing your skills and knowledge for working with older people across a wide range of community and inpatient settings. The focus is on improving knowledge about, and advancing practice in, working with older people from biological, psychological and social perspectives.

HSC-7195X

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

SERVICE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

This module will equip you to negotiate and design a small-scale service improvement project appropriate to your scope of advanced practice. The service improvement project will be outlined in detail within a written project proposal and approved by the module lead and your manager within practice.

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40

SERVICE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

This module will equip you to negotiate and design a service improvement project appropriate to your scope of advanced practice. The service improvement project will be outlined in detail within a written project proposal and approved by the module lead and your manager within practice.

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40

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

If you are taking the Service Improvement Project in Term 1 you must select one 20 credit term 3 module. Alternatively if you are taking the Service Improvement Project in Term 2 you must select one 20 credit term 1 module. If you wish to take the Professional Recognition Portfolio you can either take the Term 1 version or the Term 3 version.

Name Code Credits

CLINICAL DECISION MAKING

This module aims to prepare you to be able to manage complex clinical conditions using scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge to underpin action, reflection and evaluation. You will learn how to practice safely and effectively, incorporating a systems approach to clinical examination skills. You will understand the principles of assessment, the process of diagnosis, differential diagnosis, red flags and appropriate planning of care. It will support you to develop your practice as an advanced clinical practitioner to enable you to manage complex clinical conditions using scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge that is evidence based.

HSC-7163F

20

ENHANCING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT IN CLINICAL EDUCATION

This module will introduce you to the underpinning educational theory and practice required to enhance your clinical education role, particularly as a clinical supervisor, mentor, or practice educator. It recognises the uniqueness of learning in clinical and practice settings and the importance of the role of the educator in facilitating learning which occurs in the context of client care.You will develop skills and experience professional socialisation which cannot readily be acquired elsewhere. The overall aim of the module is to provide you with a body of knowledge and principles to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment in practice-based settings. This will enable you to work effectively with learners who will become the workforce of the future and ultimately to improve services.

HSC-7165D

20

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION PORTFOLIO

The aim of this module is to provide the students the means to develop a professional recognition portfolio that demonstrates their learning through a series of self-assessment, reflections and case studies. The portfolio will be personal to the students own Advanced Professional Practice Development .The work included within the portfolio should demonstrate student learning and development across the four pillars of advanced practice #Clinical #Research #Education #Management/leadership and the underpinning principles of advanced practice #Autonomous practice #Critical thinking #High levels of decision-making and problem-solving #Values-based care

HSC-7199D

20

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION PORTFOLIO

You will develop a professional recognition portfolio that demonstrates your learning through a series of self - assessment, reflections and case studies. The portfolio will be personal to your own Advanced Professional Practice Development. The work included within the portfolio should demonstrate your learning and development across the four pillars of advanced practice: #Clinical #Research #Education #Management/leadership Together with the underpinning principles of advanced practice: #Autonomous practice #Critical thinking #High levels of decision-making and problem-solving #Values-based care This can be a stand-alone module or part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme (L7).

HSC-7199F

20

WORKING WITH OLDER PEOPLE: BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACHES

This module is about developing your skills and knowledge for working with older people across a wide range of community and inpatient settings. The focus is on improving knowledge about, and advancing practice in, working with older people from biological, psychological and social perspectives.

HSC-7195X

20

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.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Related Health Care subject
  • Degree Classification Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.2 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements Successful applicants will have recent experience of working in a professional role in a health, education or care setting. Students will typically hold a professional registration with a recognised health or care professional body.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.5 in all component)
  • PTE: 58 (minimum 58 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

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.

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk.

Special Entry Requirements

You must submit a Memorandum of Understanding at the time of application. Your manager will need to confirm that you will be given the time and resources required for the programme. 

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850
  • International Students: £16,400

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

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

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