This Advanced Clinical Practice MSc course is designed for senior health practitioners, with at least 3 years professional experience, to develop their clinical skills and advance their careers. You will be supported to develop extensive understanding of the clinical skills required, to lead evidence based service developments in your practice area.
If you have any questions or queries about the course, please contact Sharon Bishop before applying. You can email Sharon.Bishop@bcu.ac.uk or call 0121 202 4548.
MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group. Find out more information about the Regional Advance Practice Programme.
You will be provided with an introduction to all aspects of Advanced Clinical Practice, in relation to your current field of work so that you are able to work at an advanced level of practice. It is essential therefore that you have the full support of your organisation to be able to practice at an advanced level both during (including supervised / supernumerary clinical learning time) and following completion of the programme.
Our Master’s course is split into three years – the first year will see you study and undertake the skills practice aspects of our allied Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making. The second year requires study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Clinical Practice and in the third year, you will undertake a dissertation for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award.
Registered professionals, whose Professional / Statutory regulatory bodies approve prescribing awards, will be expected to complete the independent and supplementary prescribing qualification as part of the MSc, if not previously completed. Throughout the course you will relate the content of each module to your own speciality, whether you are a nurse, midwife or AHP.
You will be supported in identifying practice learning skills that are required for your own speciality throughout the course. Student and practice facilitator(s) will discuss and write your own action plan so that learning is directly focused on the needs of your patients and the service being provided.
You will study in our brand new £41 million City South Campus, complete with access to state-of-the-art simulation technology and learning facilities that will be vital in developing your skills further.
“I've been educated, trained and supported throughout my entire career by Birmingham City University. I've been very impressed right from my first days as an undergraduate, and they seem to be very focused on what nursing requires in terms of skills, knowledge and a critical ability out there in the clinical practice ”
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Saturday 4 November 2017, between 12 and 3pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.
Must hold current professional registration with a UK regulatory body (NMC, HCPC).
Students will normally have studied to BSc or equivalent, ideally to include Research Methods and physiology.
Minimum of 3 years relevant experience in the speciality they practice in.
Must have full support from employer in regard to role development and protected learning time (1 day a week in University, plus one day a week for supported clinical practice)
Appropriately named clinical supervisor (GP or consultant) to support the trainee during the programme.
|MSc||Sep 2018||FT||3 years||£767 per module|
|PgCert||Sep 2018||PT||1 year||£767 per module|
|PgDip||Sep 2018||FT||2 years||£767 per module|
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Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
*Subject to any further inflationary increase as approved by the government. The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
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UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
Health Assessment for Advanced Clinical Practice
This module will help you to learn the skills required to undertake structured history taking utilising effective communication and interpersonal skills, with consideration of range of potential impacting factors that can influence ongoing decision making and care planning.
Additionally, using a systematic approach, the module will enable you to develop practical advanced clinical assessment skills which are an essential element of the advanced clinical practice role.
Clinical Decision Making for Differential Diagnosis
Advanced practioners are required to assess, diagnose and implement care in a variety of practice settings. Building on the Health Assessment module, this modules aims to enable the development of clinical reasoning and problem solving skills which are essential for safe advanced practice. You will study theories of decision making, and will be provided the opportunity to formulate differential diagnoses through the consideration of complex information including tests, investigators and other evidence from sources appropriate to the clinical situation.
Pathophysiology to Public Health: Influences on People’s Health
It is intended that by studying this module you will increase knowledge and understanding of populations to make appropriate decisions for an advanced practice level based upon the best evidence available. This includes understanding physiological processes in greater depth and detail, as well as critically evaluating evidence from relevant health policy and public health sources.
Research Methods of Enquiry
You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare
Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.
This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.
Non-medical Prescribing for Health (V300) (double module)
A range of other Level 7 modules are available for practitioners who cannot undertake non-medical prescribing.
You will gain 180 credits at MSc level by completing six modules for the Postgraduate Diploma plus a dissertation. The substantial piece of work undertaken for your dissertation will have a strong focus on practice.
You will have the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management.
Your first year involves a systems approach to health assessment learning, with detailed theoretical teaching and practice-based work. Group practice is a central feature, with support from medical and advanced practitioner teachers, as well as a strong shared approach to learning. You’ll be provided with appropriate case studies so you can practice your analysis and decision-making.
In the second year, you will undertake a core research methods module as well as a leadership module. In addition, you can choose to complete Non-Medical Prescribing for Health (V300) if this is appropriate for your role and allowed by your professional regulatory body. Where this is not appropriate, you will be able to select an optional module from a range of level 7 modules within the Faculty.
For your final year, you will work on your Master’s Project, a substantial piece of up to 15,000 words. Throughout this, you’ll be supported by an academic supervisor who has the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate support for the methodology and subject area you have chosen. In addition attendance at workshops so you can engage in shared learning with other students and supervisors is strongly encouraged.
A wide range of summative assessments include essays, presentations, and practice based clinical assessment are completed as part of the Post Graduate Diploma. Clinical competencies including reflective practice is an essential part of the assessment for advanced clinical practitioners. Students are expected to demonstrate at least 100 hours in clinical advanced practice related activity.
Ultimately for the MSc a 15,000 word Master’s project is compiled.
With a solid background in the NHS, Mark Radford now heads up nursing at a large teaching hospital trust that manages two major hospitals.
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Students may want to continue reading and research by registering for a PhD and continuing study into the subject selected for their Master’s Project or some prefer to explore a different topic.
We have strong links with several universities in the Netherlands, recruiting Dutch students each year. Our programme team staff have been involved in a number of collaborative research and conference presentations in the Netherlands.
Because of our Advanced Clinical Practice links in the Netherlands, it may be possible to arrange visits to Dutch graduates clinical areas in that country.
Advanced clinical practitioners can move into a range of different fields within the health care sector, specialising in a number of areas. The assessment, clinical decision-making and differential diagnostic skills you’ll hone here will enable you to progress into roles as health care professionals, practising holistically in partnership with patients and their families.
Practice development takes place in your normal practice setting. Practice learning facilitators are identified to support you. These are normally a consultant or GP and a senior professional from your own discipline. They will work with you to assist you in achieving the required clinical competencies.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Graduates from this programme are employed in a variety of settings as non-medical consultants, advanced practitioners and nurse practitioners. Some have then continued to be promoted into a variety of senior management and education roles.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.
Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.
The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.
Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Course leader Sue Shortland has over 20 years’ experience working in general practice as a General Practice Nurse and Advanced Practitioner. She is the RCGP Midlands Faculty Nurse representative and a member of the Regional General Practice Nurse Network.