MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Part time)


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Science



"I would highly recommend studying at the UEA - the facilities are superb and there is excellent support."

In their words

Heather Hasthorpe, graduate

Key facts

(REF, 2014)

Aimed at experienced health and care professionals in all fields, this course is designed to help you meet the ever-changing needs and challenges of modern practice. You will 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.

You can pursue your professional interests by choosing to follow either a Leadership or Clinical Pathway at either PG certificate, PG diploma or Master’s level. You also have the option of studying full or part-time.

Overview

Take your career to the next level

Gain the advanced skills you need to take your career to the highest level on this innovative course. Whether you are working in a clinical or non-clinical role this programme will ensure you have the most up-to-date skills and experience in order to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges of modern practice.

You will benefit from a flexible approach to study and from innovative new teaching methods including interprofessional learning – studying alongside other health and care students. You will be taught by a range of academic, clinical, research and practice colleagues. You will also learn through a mix of seminars, classes, simulated practice, work-shops and distance virtual learning activities using both our campus and online facilities.

Our strong partnerships with health and care providers means you will have the chance to learn first-hand from the clinical expertise and professional experience of others. Throughout your studies you will have the support of a named Personal Advisor to help you ensure you reach your potential on the course.

You will join a community of like-minded professionals, academics and researchers – all of whom are dedicated to providing the best educational experience impacting on the quality of health and care possible.

Highlights of the course

  • Flexible approach to learning
  • Increase your expertise and skills in leadership or clinical practice, specific to your specialism
  • Be part of a community of driven, caring health and care professionals, researchers and academics
  • Interprofessional learning – learn alongside a range of health and care professionals
  • Access to excellent facilities across UEA, and located next to the NNUH and Norwich Research Park
  • Graduate ready to deliver the best possible care

Pathway options

You will have the choice of two pathways, Clinical or Leadership, each of which allows for a range of pathway specific and optional modules to be taken.

Each pathway comprises of core learning, addressing themes of self-management and leadership and using evidence to inform and advance practice. If you are studying to a full Master’s degree you will also complete your own Service Improvement Project on a topic relevant to your role and workplace.

Exit awards for PG certificate, PG Diploma or MSc Advanced Professional Practice are based on successful completion of the core, open and restricted modules specified within each of the pathways.

Career opportunities

You will graduate with excellent career prospects, ready to advance your practice and that of others. You will gain skills in areas such as leadership, innovation and change management. You will also gain expertise in research appraisal, evidence-based practice, critical thinking and decision-making. That means you will have the skills and experience you need to support organisational transformation and innovation at the point of care.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all health and care professionals, including paramedics, nurses, therapists, physiotherapists, midwives, nutritionists, pharmacists and social workers. It is also open to those without a professional registration who work in a role influencing the provision and quality of care.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 20 - 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

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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MANAGING YOURSELF AND LEADING OTHERS

The aim of this module is to support practitioners to develop a critical understanding of efficient and effective leadership in order to manage yourself and lead others. The overall objective of the module is to empower you to lead innovative change and organisational development through the fostering of a sense of shared sense of leadership and responsibility for the success of the organisation and the development of quality services. You will learn about theories of leadership and skills needed for an advanced level of practice.

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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 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

LEADERSHIP PATHWAY FOR UK STUDENTS to choose 20 credits from the option range. CLINICAL PATHWAY FOR UK STUDENTS to choose 40 credits from the option range. PLEASE NOTE SOME MODULES HAVE PRE-REQUISITIES, SO ENSURE YOU CHECK THE MODULE DESCRIPTIONS BEFORE MAKING YOUR CHOICE

Name Code Credits

ACUTE AND CRITICAL CARE

Acute and critical illness are increasingly prevalent in healthcare, requiring effective identification, management and care. This module provides the experienced registered health care professional, working in an area of acute or critical care, with the in-depth theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to competently assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of those in critical illness. You will develop a greater understanding of the importance of patient assessment, enhancing your ability to practice as a competent and informed practitioner in acute and critical care. This module provides the essential content for the completion of the critical care competencies steps 1 and 2. In order to undertake this module, you must work in an area of acute or critical care and you must be a registered health care professional with access to a medical mentor.

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ADVANCED CRITICAL CARE

Advanced critical care practitioners require specialist knowledge and clinical skills to competently care for Level 2 (High Dependency) and 3 (Ventilated) critically ill patients (Intensive Care Society 2009 and CC3N 2015). Throughout this module you will develop advanced, evidence-based clinical and leadership skills in communication, assessment techniques, interpretation of patient data, responding to rapid changes in patient status, and working effectively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Specific advanced skills include: renal replacement therapy, invasive haemodynamic monitoring and ventilation techniques. You'll learn through a series of lectures and work-based clinical experiences. Learning is assessed via achievement of the Step 3 National Critical Care Competencies in clinical practice and an end of module written examination. This module promotes the delivery of high quality, compassionate, person-centred care to patients and their loved ones. Applicants must be critical care practitioners working a minimum of 0.6 FTE in a critical care unit that provides care for level 2 and 3 patients

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ADVANCING PRACTICE IN DEMENTIA CARE

You will develop your skills and knowledge of health and social care practitioners 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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Advanced Communication

It is widely acknowledged that effective communication skills are central to the delivery of high quality health and social care and a decisive factor in determining patient satisfaction, concordance, resilience and recovery. This module aims to explore and describe the theoretical background and frameworks underpinning this essential area of practice, whilst at the same time providing you with an opportunity to evaluate and develop your own communication skills further. Utilising a number of different teaching methods such as role-play, video examples, case studies and discussion, this module will enable you to consider in-depth some of the common communication challenges found in the work environment whilst at the same time developing strategies to manage these. This module underpins the four pillars of advanced practice: management and leadership, education, research and advanced clinical practice. It reinforces the core principle that advanced practice is a level of practice rather than a particular role.

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CHILD AND YOUNG PERSONS MENTAL HEALTH

This module provides the underpinning knowledge of the aetiology, presentation and assessment, treatment options and prognosis of the most common child and young person's mental health disorders. It is aimed at practitioners / potential practitioners working or aspiring to work at an advanced level with children / young persons. The approach is service user / family centric throughout.

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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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Diagnostic Interpretation

This is designed for health professionals who use diagnostic tests in their current role, including diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, physiotherapists, nurses, and advanced nurse practitioners. It will allow you to develop and apply skills to recognise normal and abnormal appearances of diagnostic imaging, and have the ability to interpret laboratory investigations. By the end you will be able to synthesise clinical information commonly seen in health care settings with radiographic appearances, enabling you to describe the radiographic appearances in a structured format, enabling you to make sound clinical judgements. You must have completed Ionising radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) training. You should be currently working towards an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role for credentialing or in an advanced practitioner role that requires this from your employer. You must be registered with either the NMC or HCPC and currently working in a health care setting.

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ENHANCED CLINICAL ASSESSMENT

The diversification of traditional care provision has seen the opening of GP led Walk-In Centres, the new 111 service, Minor Injury Units and Urgent Care Centres staffed by a range of qualified healthcare professionals. Practitioners are increasingly expected to help reduce hospital admissions and therefore need to develop enhanced skills in clinical assessment and examination. To be in a position to deliver safe, high quality care to those who need it, you will need to have robust clinical, theoretical and experiential preparation. Helping you learn the clinical assessment and examination skills required to develop a deeper understanding of clinical situations and practice as an advanced practitioner, this module fosters effective skills in decision-making and critical analysis of rapidly changing situation. It promotes analysis of clinical judgements through reflective processes such as clinical supervision, and supports the philosophy of caring for patients as unique individuals.

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ENHANCING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT IN CLINICAL EDUCATION

This 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 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 will ultimately improve services. This module is relevant to all health and social care professionals who supervise/mentor students or other clinicians who teach in higher education, whether they are new to these roles or new to studying at masters level. If you are a Nursing and Midwifery professionals who is taking this module as a route to mentorship, you must have access to a pre-registration student on a recognised NMC program in order to teach, supervise and assess the learner.

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FOUNDATIONS OF END OF LIFE CARE

This module has been constructed to provide those delivering services, with the opportunity to explore this important and sometimes challenging area of practice, in a supportive environment that enables reflection on practice and development of knowledge and skills in end of life care. The modules creates strong links between the students area of practice and topics covered in the module

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INDEPENDENT AND SUPPLEMENTARY PRESCRIBING

Nurse independent prescribing is a widely integrated part of healthcare delivery in the UK. Nurses are prescribing for a range of conditions both acute and long term which has been evaluated as clinically safe and appropriate and is well received by patients (DH 2010). This module is based on the Standards for proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers and leads to the V300: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Qualification which is recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2006). You will learn to utilise enhanced consultation skills to support your decision making based on sound history taking, consideration of complex differential diagnosis and development of an evidence based and holistic management plan agreed with your patient to support adherence. During this module you will gain a robust understanding of clinical pharmacology and application to prescribing practice to ensure patient safety and public protection. We will also consider budgetary influences and your responsibilities as a prescriber in relation to cost-effectiveness. Other influences on prescribing of medicines will include the legal and ethical considerations as well as local and national policy. On successful completion of this module you will be able to provide safe, effective and timely access to medicines in your field of practice.

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INDEPENDENT and SUPPLEMENTARY PRESCRIBING

Nurse independent prescribing is a widely integrated part of healthcare delivery in the UK. Nurses are prescribing for a range of conditions both acute and long term which has been evaluated as clinically safe and appropriate and is well received by patients (DH 2010). This module is based on the Standards for proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers and leads to the V300: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Qualification which is recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2006). You will learn to utilise enhanced consultation skills to support your decision making based on sound history taking, consideration of complex differential diagnosis and development of an evidence based and holistic management plan agreed with your patient to support adherence. During this module you will gain a robust understanding of clinical pharmacology and application to prescribing practice to ensure patient safety and public protection. We will also consider budgetary influences and your responsibilities as a prescriber in relation to cost-effectiveness. Other influences on prescribing of medicines will include the legal and ethical considerations as well as local and national policy. On successful completion of this module you will be able to provide safe, effective and timely access to medicines in your field of practice.

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LONG TERM CONDITIONS

This module supports practitioners in promoting person-centred care for the patient and their families/carers with a long-term condition. It will enable practitioners to understand the challenges and complexities of living with a long-term condition and the strategies and interventions used to support people to self- manage their illness. It will explore emerging models of service provision for the patient and provide opportunities for enhanced collaboration between services in the health and social care sectors, including primary, secondary and tertiary care. Central to this module is the significance of using evidence-based approaches to manage long-term conditions and to understand this in the context of contemporary health and social care practice. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your practice and continuously be an advocate for driving and improving service provision within your own area of practice.

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MINOR INJURIES

Healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care may be expected to manage patients presenting with a minor injury. It is essential to be equipped with the appropriate skills to formulate a diagnosis and ensure evidence based care. You will learn the importance of good history taking including the mechanism of injury to support sound clinical reasoning relevant to the injury and recognise 'red flags'. You will learn to employ a range of assessment and examination strategies in a wide range of presenting conditions and negotiate evidence based management with your patient. The module will enable you to provide safe, effective and timely management of minor injuries in primary and secondary care settings.

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MINOR ILLNESS

This module will enable you, the health care practitioner, to develop a holistic approach to the assessment and treatment of patients with minor health problems and prepare you to provide evidence-based care in primary care, urgent care and first contact settings. The module will enable you to build on existing skills that reflect an individualised, empowering and holistic approach to patient health assessment, care management and treatment in a more advanced and autonomous clinical role. You will build on your knowledge base, demonstrating evidence based practice in the care of a patient with a minor health problem, providing anticipatory guidance and educating patients in self-care.

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NEWBORN INFANT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

The purpose of this module is to prepare midwives and neonatal nurses to undertake the physical examination of the newborn within 72 hours of birth. The newborn examination complies with UK National Screening Committee Standards and Competencies (UK National Screening Committee 2016) and is overseen by PublicHealth England. The module has been developed in conjunction with Neonatologists, Paediatricians, Heads of Midwifery, Practice Development Midwives and current and previous students who have undertaken Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) modules. The module satisfies the need of local NHS Trusts to train staff in examination of the newborn, in keeping with the criteria set in the NIPESC (2016) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Routine post natal care of women and their babies guideline (NICE 2006). In this module, you will: 1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the maternal health and family history, antenatal, birth and the perinatal influences which may impact on the health of the newborn. 2. Critically appraise research and other literature in the evidence base of this specialist area of midwifery/neonatal nursing practice. 3. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of care which applies specialist knowledge, skills and expertise of inspection, palpation and auscultation in relationship to the assessment of the newborn. 4. Critically evaluate all aspects related to the assessment of the newborn including detection of abnormalities. 5. Critically evaluate effective communication skills with parents within a multi-cultural society, health care professionals and other agencies involved with the care of the newborn. 6. Identify and demonstrate critical awareness of the legal and ethical issues associated with Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) 7. Evaluate critically the midwife's/neonatal nurse's changing role in relationship to the holistic assessment of the newborn.

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PAEDIATRIC EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT

You will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to assess children presenting to you who are acutely unwell and this module will enable you to recognise those with potential serious and life threatening illness. 'Spotting the Sick Child' offers a useful framework for guiding principles and will offer you a useful platform by which to consolidate your learning. The use of the Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) will be applied to detect changes in the child's physiological status in the context of their vital signs e.g. pulse, respiratory rate and distress and conscious level. You will explore the use of PEWS in order to identify if a child's clinical condition is deteriorating and recognise this as an early indication that intervention may be required.

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PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: A NATURE-NURTURE APPROACH

This module utilises the scientific knowledge base of the human genomic and proteonomic projects to understand the basis of clinical knowledge. It provides a nature-nurture template to the understanding of a person's position on the health/illness continuum. The template is used to deepen the practitioner's understanding of the principles of the healthcare process. The module aims to facilitate the development of a practitioner who: is critically aware of the limitations in providing 'holistic' care based upon contemporary scientific and clinical knowledge base; can articulate and provide written evidence which demonstrates the ability to appraise, critically, academic material/literature in an intelligent and original way; can synthesise ideas and demonstrate knowledge base, which explores the boundaries of current thinking; can hypothesise future advances in healthcare.

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PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION PORTFOLIO

The aim of this module is to provide you with the means to 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 and the underpinning principles of advanced practice #Autonomous practice #Critical thinking #High levels of decision-making and problem-solving #Values-based care Can be stand alone module or part of MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme (L7).

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WORKING WITH OLDER PEOPLE: BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACHES

This module is about developing the skills and knowledge of health and social care practitioners 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 - 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

MANAGING YOURSELF AND LEADING OTHERS

The aim of this module is to support practitioners to develop a critical understanding of efficient and effective leadership in order to manage yourself and lead others. The overall objective of the module is to empower you to lead innovative change and organisational development through the fostering of a sense of shared sense of leadership and responsibility for the success of the organisation and the development of quality services. You will learn about theories of leadership and skills needed for an advanced level of practice.

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TRANSFORMING THE SERVICE

The aim of the module is to give you an opportunity to further develop a reflexive approach to leading and managing quality improvement at the point of care. You will learn: - How to engage with staff, service users and carers and other agencies and disciplines to inform service review and development - Resourcefulness and creative approaches to problem-solving and solution-finding - Ways to motivate staff and promote resilience. Strategies for facilitating transformation and leading change include: - Methods for the evaluation of the impact of service transformation on patient safety and the quality of the patient experience - Strategies for communicating the case for change and disseminating good practice.

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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 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

LEADERSHIP PATHWAY FOR UK STUDENTS there are no option choices. CLINICAL PATHWAY FOR UK STUDENTS can choose 40 credits from the option range. PLEASE NOTE SOME MODULES HAVE PRE-REQUISTIES, SO ENSURE YOU CHECK THE MODULE DESCRIPTIONS BEFORE MAKING YOUR CHOICE.

Name Code Credits

ACUTE AND CRITICAL CARE

Acute and critical illness are increasingly prevalent in healthcare, requiring effective identification, management and care. This module provides the experienced registered health care professional, working in an area of acute or critical care, with the in-depth theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to competently assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of those in critical illness. You will develop a greater understanding of the importance of patient assessment, enhancing your ability to practice as a competent and informed practitioner in acute and critical care. This module provides the essential content for the completion of the critical care competencies steps 1 and 2. In order to undertake this module, you must work in an area of acute or critical care and you must be a registered health care professional with access to a medical mentor.

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40

ADVANCED CRITICAL CARE

Advanced critical care practitioners require specialist knowledge and clinical skills to competently care for Level 2 (High Dependency) and 3 (Ventilated) critically ill patients (Intensive Care Society 2009 and CC3N 2015). Throughout this module you will develop advanced, evidence-based clinical and leadership skills in communication, assessment techniques, interpretation of patient data, responding to rapid changes in patient status, and working effectively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Specific advanced skills include: renal replacement therapy, invasive haemodynamic monitoring and ventilation techniques. You'll learn through a series of lectures and work-based clinical experiences. Learning is assessed via achievement of the Step 3 National Critical Care Competencies in clinical practice and an end of module written examination. This module promotes the delivery of high quality, compassionate, person-centred care to patients and their loved ones. Applicants must be critical care practitioners working a minimum of 0.6 FTE in a critical care unit that provides care for level 2 and 3 patients

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ADVANCING PRACTICE IN DEMENTIA CARE

You will develop your skills and knowledge of health and social care practitioners 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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20

Advanced Communication

It is widely acknowledged that effective communication skills are central to the delivery of high quality health and social care and a decisive factor in determining patient satisfaction, concordance, resilience and recovery. This module aims to explore and describe the theoretical background and frameworks underpinning this essential area of practice, whilst at the same time providing you with an opportunity to evaluate and develop your own communication skills further. Utilising a number of different teaching methods such as role-play, video examples, case studies and discussion, this module will enable you to consider in-depth some of the common communication challenges found in the work environment whilst at the same time developing strategies to manage these. This module underpins the four pillars of advanced practice: management and leadership, education, research and advanced clinical practice. It reinforces the core principle that advanced practice is a level of practice rather than a particular role.

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CHILD AND YOUNG PERSONS MENTAL HEALTH

This module provides the underpinning knowledge of the aetiology, presentation and assessment, treatment options and prognosis of the most common child and young person's mental health disorders. It is aimed at practitioners / potential practitioners working or aspiring to work at an advanced level with children / young persons. The approach is service user / family centric throughout.

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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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20

Diagnostic Interpretation

This is designed for health professionals who use diagnostic tests in their current role, including diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, physiotherapists, nurses, and advanced nurse practitioners. It will allow you to develop and apply skills to recognise normal and abnormal appearances of diagnostic imaging, and have the ability to interpret laboratory investigations. By the end you will be able to synthesise clinical information commonly seen in health care settings with radiographic appearances, enabling you to describe the radiographic appearances in a structured format, enabling you to make sound clinical judgements. You must have completed Ionising radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) training. You should be currently working towards an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role for credentialing or in an advanced practitioner role that requires this from your employer. You must be registered with either the NMC or HCPC and currently working in a health care setting.

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ENHANCED CLINICAL ASSESSMENT

The diversification of traditional care provision has seen the opening of GP led Walk-In Centres, the new 111 service, Minor Injury Units and Urgent Care Centres staffed by a range of qualified healthcare professionals. Practitioners are increasingly expected to help reduce hospital admissions and therefore need to develop enhanced skills in clinical assessment and examination. To be in a position to deliver safe, high quality care to those who need it, you will need to have robust clinical, theoretical and experiential preparation. Helping you learn the clinical assessment and examination skills required to develop a deeper understanding of clinical situations and practice as an advanced practitioner, this module fosters effective skills in decision-making and critical analysis of rapidly changing situation. It promotes analysis of clinical judgements through reflective processes such as clinical supervision, and supports the philosophy of caring for patients as unique individuals.

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ENHANCING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT IN CLINICAL EDUCATION

This 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 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 will ultimately improve services. This module is relevant to all health and social care professionals who supervise/mentor students or other clinicians who teach in higher education, whether they are new to these roles or new to studying at masters level. If you are a Nursing and Midwifery professionals who is taking this module as a route to mentorship, you must have access to a pre-registration student on a recognised NMC program in order to teach, supervise and assess the learner.

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FOUNDATIONS OF END OF LIFE CARE

This module has been constructed to provide those delivering services, with the opportunity to explore this important and sometimes challenging area of practice, in a supportive environment that enables reflection on practice and development of knowledge and skills in end of life care. The modules creates strong links between the students area of practice and topics covered in the module

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INDEPENDENT AND SUPPLEMENTARY PRESCRIBING

Nurse independent prescribing is a widely integrated part of healthcare delivery in the UK. Nurses are prescribing for a range of conditions both acute and long term which has been evaluated as clinically safe and appropriate and is well received by patients (DH 2010). This module is based on the Standards for proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers and leads to the V300: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Qualification which is recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2006). You will learn to utilise enhanced consultation skills to support your decision making based on sound history taking, consideration of complex differential diagnosis and development of an evidence based and holistic management plan agreed with your patient to support adherence. During this module you will gain a robust understanding of clinical pharmacology and application to prescribing practice to ensure patient safety and public protection. We will also consider budgetary influences and your responsibilities as a prescriber in relation to cost-effectiveness. Other influences on prescribing of medicines will include the legal and ethical considerations as well as local and national policy. On successful completion of this module you will be able to provide safe, effective and timely access to medicines in your field of practice.

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INDEPENDENT and SUPPLEMENTARY PRESCRIBING

Nurse independent prescribing is a widely integrated part of healthcare delivery in the UK. Nurses are prescribing for a range of conditions both acute and long term which has been evaluated as clinically safe and appropriate and is well received by patients (DH 2010). This module is based on the Standards for proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers and leads to the V300: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Qualification which is recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2006). You will learn to utilise enhanced consultation skills to support your decision making based on sound history taking, consideration of complex differential diagnosis and development of an evidence based and holistic management plan agreed with your patient to support adherence. During this module you will gain a robust understanding of clinical pharmacology and application to prescribing practice to ensure patient safety and public protection. We will also consider budgetary influences and your responsibilities as a prescriber in relation to cost-effectiveness. Other influences on prescribing of medicines will include the legal and ethical considerations as well as local and national policy. On successful completion of this module you will be able to provide safe, effective and timely access to medicines in your field of practice.

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LONG TERM CONDITIONS

This module supports practitioners in promoting person-centred care for the patient and their families/carers with a long-term condition. It will enable practitioners to understand the challenges and complexities of living with a long-term condition and the strategies and interventions used to support people to self- manage their illness. It will explore emerging models of service provision for the patient and provide opportunities for enhanced collaboration between services in the health and social care sectors, including primary, secondary and tertiary care. Central to this module is the significance of using evidence-based approaches to manage long-term conditions and to understand this in the context of contemporary health and social care practice. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your practice and continuously be an advocate for driving and improving service provision within your own area of practice.

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MINOR INJURIES

Healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care may be expected to manage patients presenting with a minor injury. It is essential to be equipped with the appropriate skills to formulate a diagnosis and ensure evidence based care. You will learn the importance of good history taking including the mechanism of injury to support sound clinical reasoning relevant to the injury and recognise 'red flags'. You will learn to employ a range of assessment and examination strategies in a wide range of presenting conditions and negotiate evidence based management with your patient. The module will enable you to provide safe, effective and timely management of minor injuries in primary and secondary care settings.

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MINOR ILLNESS

This module will enable you, the health care practitioner, to develop a holistic approach to the assessment and treatment of patients with minor health problems and prepare you to provide evidence-based care in primary care, urgent care and first contact settings. The module will enable you to build on existing skills that reflect an individualised, empowering and holistic approach to patient health assessment, care management and treatment in a more advanced and autonomous clinical role. You will build on your knowledge base, demonstrating evidence based practice in the care of a patient with a minor health problem, providing anticipatory guidance and educating patients in self-care.

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NEWBORN INFANT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

The purpose of this module is to prepare midwives and neonatal nurses to undertake the physical examination of the newborn within 72 hours of birth. The newborn examination complies with UK National Screening Committee Standards and Competencies (UK National Screening Committee 2016) and is overseen by PublicHealth England. The module has been developed in conjunction with Neonatologists, Paediatricians, Heads of Midwifery, Practice Development Midwives and current and previous students who have undertaken Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) modules. The module satisfies the need of local NHS Trusts to train staff in examination of the newborn, in keeping with the criteria set in the NIPESC (2016) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Routine post natal care of women and their babies guideline (NICE 2006). In this module, you will: 1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the maternal health and family history, antenatal, birth and the perinatal influences which may impact on the health of the newborn. 2. Critically appraise research and other literature in the evidence base of this specialist area of midwifery/neonatal nursing practice. 3. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of care which applies specialist knowledge, skills and expertise of inspection, palpation and auscultation in relationship to the assessment of the newborn. 4. Critically evaluate all aspects related to the assessment of the newborn including detection of abnormalities. 5. Critically evaluate effective communication skills with parents within a multi-cultural society, health care professionals and other agencies involved with the care of the newborn. 6. Identify and demonstrate critical awareness of the legal and ethical issues associated with Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) 7. Evaluate critically the midwife's/neonatal nurse's changing role in relationship to the holistic assessment of the newborn.

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PAEDIATRIC EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT

You will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to assess children presenting to you who are acutely unwell and this module will enable you to recognise those with potential serious and life threatening illness. 'Spotting the Sick Child' offers a useful framework for guiding principles and will offer you a useful platform by which to consolidate your learning. The use of the Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) will be applied to detect changes in the child's physiological status in the context of their vital signs e.g. pulse, respiratory rate and distress and conscious level. You will explore the use of PEWS in order to identify if a child's clinical condition is deteriorating and recognise this as an early indication that intervention may be required.

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PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: A NATURE-NURTURE APPROACH

This module utilises the scientific knowledge base of the human genomic and proteonomic projects to understand the basis of clinical knowledge. It provides a nature-nurture template to the understanding of a person's position on the health/illness continuum. The template is used to deepen the practitioner's understanding of the principles of the healthcare process. The module aims to facilitate the development of a practitioner who: is critically aware of the limitations in providing 'holistic' care based upon contemporary scientific and clinical knowledge base; can articulate and provide written evidence which demonstrates the ability to appraise, critically, academic material/literature in an intelligent and original way; can synthesise ideas and demonstrate knowledge base, which explores the boundaries of current thinking; can hypothesise future advances in healthcare.

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PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION PORTFOLIO

The aim of this module is to provide you with the means to 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 and the underpinning principles of advanced practice #Autonomous practice #Critical thinking #High levels of decision-making and problem-solving #Values-based care Can be stand alone module or part of MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme (L7).

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WORKING WITH OLDER PEOPLE: BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACHES

This module is about developing the skills and knowledge of health and social care practitioners 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 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

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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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

LEADERSHIP PATHWAY FOR UK STUDENTS can take 20 credits from the option range. CLINICAL PATHWAY FOR UK STUDENTS can take 20 credits from the option range. PLEASE NOTE SOME MODULES HAVE PRE-REQUISITES, SO ENSURE YOU CHECK THE MODULE DESCRIPTIONS BEFORE MAKING YOUR CHOICE.

Name Code Credits

Diagnostic Interpretation

This is designed for health professionals who use diagnostic tests in their current role, including diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, physiotherapists, nurses, and advanced nurse practitioners. It will allow you to develop and apply skills to recognise normal and abnormal appearances of diagnostic imaging, and have the ability to interpret laboratory investigations. By the end you will be able to synthesise clinical information commonly seen in health care settings with radiographic appearances, enabling you to describe the radiographic appearances in a structured format, enabling you to make sound clinical judgements. You must have completed Ionising radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) training. You should be currently working towards an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role for credentialing or in an advanced practitioner role that requires this from your employer. You must be registered with either the NMC or HCPC and currently working in a health care setting.

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ENHANCING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT IN CLINICAL EDUCATION

This 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 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 will ultimately improve services. This module is relevant to all health and social care professionals who supervise/mentor students or other clinicians who teach in higher education, whether they are new to these roles or new to studying at masters level. If you are a Nursing and Midwifery professionals who is taking this module as a route to mentorship, you must have access to a pre-registration student on a recognised NMC program in order to teach, supervise and assess the learner.

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PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION PORTFOLIO

The aim of this module is to provide you with the means to 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 and the underpinning principles of advanced practice #Autonomous practice #Critical thinking #High levels of decision-making and problem-solving #Values-based care Can be stand alone module or part of MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme (L7).

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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 A health or care profession
  • Degree Classification 2.2 or above
  • Special Entry Requirements Current professional registration with a minimum of 2 years post registration practice experience. Must already be qualified as a Nurse, Midwife etc.

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: 62 (minimum 62 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 run pre-sessional English 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 (INTO UEA Norwich).

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 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550
  • International Students: £15,800

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

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


For those applying under the Health Education England contract, contract prices will apply.

How to Apply

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

You can apply online.

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

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