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Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) - MSc *

  • Level: Apprenticeship
  • Starting: January 2022
  • Study mode: Part Time (3 years)
  • Location: City South

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Advanced clinical practitioners are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their scope of practice (Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE), 2018).   Advanced clinical practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners and is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making (Health Education England (HEE), 2017).  

What's covered in the course?

Through evolving professional roles, practitioners are increasingly encouraged to develop advanced clinical skills, critical thinking and problem solving which enables them to meet the changing needs of patients through the development of new, accessible approaches to care and service delivery. This innovative degree apprenticeship is mapped against the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (degree apprenticeship) standard ST0564 (IFATE), 2018), and is designed to inform, enhance and develop practitioners’ advancing clinical roles, incorporating the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical practice; leadership and management; education and research(HEE, 2017).   

As an apprentice, you will be supported within the University setting as well as your own organisation to build on existing professional skills, knowledge and experience in order to develop the advanced skill set required of an autonomous practitioner, whilst meeting the complexity of modern healthcare challenges.  Provision of opportunities to investigate, critically appraise and understand the evidence base for practice will develop your critical awareness, in order to further improve and advance practice through strategic development, leadership, education and innovation.  You will have a minimum of 20% ‘off the job’ learning time, with the majority of learning taking place in the workplace.  You will be required to identify a clinical supervisor who will be able to support you throughout the course.  Completion of the apprenticeship gateway criteria will enable you to undertake the End Point Assessment (EPA)

We are committed to providing excellent, innovative, learning, teaching and assessment experiences. We use technology to enhance your learning, through lectures, seminars, skills, simulation and virtual learning. Engagement of employers, practice partners and service users in all areas of learning, teaching and assessment is integral to our approach. Our evidence based curriculum will empower you to develop and maintain high quality, safe and effective interdisciplinary advanced clinical practice provision. 

Completion of this Masters course and successful integration of the advanced practice capabilities into the workplace provides you with the foundation for further career and academic development and progression, such as the attainment of Consultant Practitioner status and further doctoral studies.

Entry requirements

  • Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • 3 years post-registration clinical experience will be required.  This experience needs to be related to the clinical environment within which you will be working at an advanced practice level
  • Evidence of study at level 6 in relevant subject area gained within the previous 5 years
  • Be employed in a role (for at least 30 hours a week) where there is an agreement from the employing organisation that the applicant will be supported and developed to work at an advanced practice level.  This will include the need to allow protected learning time for both attendance at University and additional time for practice learning
  • Identification of a clinical supervisor
  • Achievement of English and Mathematics qualification at Level 2 (evidence will be required prior to commencement)

Consideration may be given for applicants with significant clinical experience who have not completed a first degree, or applicants whose academic level 6 credits were awarded more than 5 years prior to applying to complete the course. Candidates will be required to complete pre-offer work for assessment by the course team to deem suitability for entry onto the course.

Qualifications and clinical experience that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis. 

Recruitment of apprentices onto the course will be done in collaboration with the applicant, employer and the university. 

All applicants will be interviewed.  

This course is not open to International students
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This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 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 cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

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.

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.

Hospital Ward

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.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

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.

Biomedical Laboratories

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.

Simulation Mannequins

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.

Mary Seacole Library

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.

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:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

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.

Sharon Bishop

Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

After qualifying, Sharon developed experience across a range of clinical environments before gaining a staff nurse post in Intensive Care. During this time she undertook the ENB 100 (Adult Critical Care course) as well as ENB 998 (mentorship qualification). She progressed in this speciality, ultimately attaining a senior role. Sharon has always had a keen interest in teaching and learning, and following completion of a PG Certificate in Education and then a Masters degree, she enjoyed a number of years as a Practice Development Nurse. During this time she successfully helped to introduce a range of clinical education strategies in order to meet local, organisational and national strategies and standards. Additionally, a secondment into a Senior Nurse Manager role allowed her to further demonstrate excellent leadership and organisation skills, including risk management, quality initiatives and change management.

On joining the Adult Nursing department at BCU in the Spring of 2014, she was fortunate to co-lead a pre-registration nursing module, as well as actively contributing to a range of other pre and post-registration nursing modules. The development of sound strategies to support learning activities in this role contributed to the decision to apply for a new role, and in early 2016, she joined the Advanced Practice team and took the Programme Lead role on from September 2016. Continuing development of her skills and knowledge in Higher Education has led to the achievement of Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Sharon retains an Honorary Contract at her previous NHS Trust, where she is able to do clinical shifts. She holds Advanced Life Support instructor status and regularly supports the Trust teams to deliver this programme.  

Mary Hutchinson

Mary Hutchinson

Senior Lecturer/Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Mary Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice who works clinical sessions as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) with a Midlands Out-of-Hours Service co-located with the local Emergency Department. Her clinical career encompasses many aspects of Urgent and Emergency Care from Staff Nurse in a community hospital Casualty Department to eight years as Sister in City Hospital Emergency Department, Birmingham during which time she project-managed development of the role of Emergency Nurse Practitioner. 

Katherine Lemon

Senior Lecturer in Advanced Practice and Non-Medical Prescribing

Katherine qualified as a Children’s nurse in 2003 and spent the next 5 years rotating between several specialties including general paediatrics, planned surgery, adolescent and neonatal care and emergency medicine. She then went on to train as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

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Helen Cope

Helen Cope

Course Leader for MSc Transforming and Leading in Healthcare

Helen has spent 25 years as a consultant running her own business, helping organisations nationally and internationally improve their practice and innovate. She has an HR and Organisational Development background and is a keen advocate of change. Focused on effective, engaging and innovative teaching, Helen is the acting Course Lead for the MSc In Transforming and Leading in Health Care. Helen has worked in universities since 2011 near London, Coventry and at BCU since 2019. Helen has an MBA and an MA in Personal and Organisational Development. 

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