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Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) - MSc

Advanced clinical practitioners are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their scope of practice (Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE), 2018)....

Studying with us in 2021/22 and 2022/23

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  • Level Apprenticeship
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • Award MSc
  • Start date September 2022
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

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Overview

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).  

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this 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.  

Facilities and Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins 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 manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

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.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

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.  

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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. 

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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

Course Leader for MSc Transforming and Leading in Healthcare

Helen has spent 25 years as a consultant running her own business, helping healthcare and private sector 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 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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