Developing Specialist Practice for Health and Social Care - 20 credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6576, LBR7528
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: April 2020
  • Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Online Learning
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This is an online module available to Specialist Practitioners working across the health and social care sectors or people working in a specialist area who wish to enhance their role within their field through examining  policies and frameworks and through contributing to practice development by audit. 

What's covered in the course?

The module has a particular focus on quality monitoring through audit of clinical practice. The module will enable the practitioner to develop their competence and confidence to deal positively with a range of different aspects within their specialist role and support their role in practice and service development within the context of a dynamic and challenging health and social care work setting.  

Why Choose Us?

  • Our modular is relevant to a wide range of practitioners with responsibilities for quality monitoring and practice development
  • Our module enables working practitioners to study flexibly online at a pace and place that suits personal work-life commitments   
  • Our learning experience provides highly interactive, collaborative and inter-professional opportunities
  • Global, national and local practices are at the forefront of our teaching, learning and assessment activities  
  • We ensure our students feel supported and part of the whole University experience: you will have access to student support and academic services and departments

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

Fees

This course costs...

£680 per 20-credit module

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Apr 2020 PT
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£680 per 20-credit module

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

  • You must be working in a relevant field of health and social care practice
  • You require access to Broadband for the purpose of online learning

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

This multi-professional module can be accessed as a stand-alone option or part of a structured degree course. It is a multi-professional module for those who are already working in a specialist role; are planning to become a specialist or are working within a specialist area of care. It is provided completely on line; there is no requirement to attend the University. Work is provided in a wide range of weekly e-activities which are varied and stimulating. 1-1 tutorials are provided via Skype or FaceTime. It is run alongside the Level 7 module.

There is an emphasis on you and your particular learning needs in all the 4 key parts of the module which are ‘what is specialist practice; audit; policy and personal and professional development. To practice in a safe, effective and quality driven way is paramount, so these aspects will be examined before you engage in e-activities that will identify how you are doing this. You will look at ‘what is it that you do, that no one else can? What makes you so unique?’ It is no longer acceptable that your care and the service you work within stands still, so the assignment is focused upon audit and the activities you participate in will enable you to develop and design an audit tool of your choice, which you can then utilise in your particular service to measure practice against quality driven, evidence based standards . You will be supported to identify your own key learning objectives as well as the generic module ones. It is anticipated that training and education that is provided within this module will develop your competence and confidence in dealing positively with a range of aspects within your specialist role and focuses on supporting you as you work within today’s dynamic and challenging health and social care climate.

This module aligns with the course philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice led. You have the opportunity to develop skills on enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online Moodle activities) in line with the Universities learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills. And have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team..

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

The content of the module is dynamic and changes to reflect current health and social care requirements; the learning outcomes are designed to meet your needs as you work in specialist practice or a specialised area of care and will focus on the need to review, critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate the role of the Specialist along with the service that you provide. The outcomes also facilitate and encourage you in identifying current health and social care drivers and focuses upon the need to act autonomously in planning and implementing service design. You will be encouraged to develop skills in clinical audit by examining local service delivery and the cost effectiveness of this; this will facilitate in you developing a critical, strategic understanding of how audit can influence service design and will provide you with a very real project to take forward once the module is completed, encouraging deep learning and assimilation of knowledge.

You are required to be active and self- directed learners who are motivated towards on line learning. You will be required to actively participate in the on line e-activities and be prepared to challenge other students and the course tutor by expressing your own thoughts and ideas whilst contesting alternative viewpoints. There is a focus within the module on how your individual role contributes to interprofessional working and achieving clinical competence in specialist practice.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice led. You have the opportunity to develop skills on enquiry, reflection and problem solving. You will be encouraged to think critically and share experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Module

There is no universal definition for Specialist Practice across the disciplines. You will be given an opportunity to debate and justify the specialist role through policies and frameworks. You will be expected to participate in group forum discussions, relate to online activities and materials such as reading texts, videos, podcasts and wikis.

In your field of practice you will revise or develop an audit for implementation towards practice and service development.

This module is entirely online. 

Employability

This module enables you to examine the effectiveness of your role in a specialised field with a focus on measuring and auditing clinical practice. Training and education that is provided within this module should enable the practitioner to develop their competence and confidence to deal positively with a range of different aspects within their specialist role and support them as they work within the dynamic and challenging health and social care climate.

The module is delivered entirely online and will develop your academic and decision-making skills whilst working within your field of practice. You will experience an enriching learner-centred approach to learning that supports the achievement of personal and workplace goals.   

Assessment

  • Part 1: Reflection
  • Part 2: Audit

Course dates

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Senior Lecturer, Course Leader

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Module Leader

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