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Nursing student
Postgraduate course
MSc

Advanced Clinical Practice

Advanced Clinical Practice

Advanced Clinical Practice

Applications are open for September 2019
International Scholarships available

Overview

Healthcare professionals are developing new skills to meet the needs of growing numbers of people who live with complex and long-term conditions. Your learning will be based upon the NHS four-pillar framework for advanced clinical practitioners: clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research. To achieve this, you will develop advanced health assessment skills and professional expertise in order to work as an autonomous practitioner. With your expert knowledge, complex decision-making skills and clinical reasoning you will be able to apply this knowledge to your clinical setting. Your learning will be client-centred and clinically focused, helping you develop the essential skills required by an advanced clinical practitioner working in acute, primary or secondary care settings, or for any organisation where advanced diagnostic skills are required. You will also undertake a dissertation, where you will explore a topic relevant to your area of practice, refining your expertise and underlining your leadership potential to employers.
We have a long history of providing postgraduate courses in health and social care and this is a well-established course. As well as the many senior nurses who study with us, there is growing interest from allied health professionals too, including paramedics, physiotherapists and pharmacists, allowing you to mix with those from different professions. The knowledge, expertise and attitude that you will gain will offer you the opportunity to consider advanced practice in significant depth, while also increasing your personal development and academic proficiency. You will learn skills that you will go on to use in your working environment, such as critique, analysis, clinical reasoning, communication, consultation, team working and time management.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Specialist facilities
  • 24/7 Library

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Health. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement are advised to undertake the Professional Profile Development modules in order to apply for recognition for prior (experiential) learning. Details of the module can be found at this link.

You should also have a minimum of 2 years post registration experience and be able to demonstrate through your personal statement that you have developed professionally to a level that prepares you for an advanced clinical role.

Your personal statement should address the following criteria in no more than 1200 words:

  • Identify the main national and local drivers that have influenced your expansion into an advanced clinical practice role;
  • Describe how you will incorporate advanced clinical practice into your role and its benefit to service users;
  • Evidence of how your use of research has developed clinical practice;
  • Demonstrate how you implement change and how you monitor and evaluate practice;
  • Evidence recent continual professional development;
  • Evidence your understanding of the legal and role boundaries of the advanced practice role
You are required to provide evidence of support from an appropriate work based medical facilitator for support in developing the advanced clinical practice competencies.

Applicants will need to satisfy the requirements for access to the Non-Medical Prescribing module as stipulated by the NMC/HCPC. Further information and a link to the application form and process can be found at this link.

Your application should be supported by two references, either academic or professional; one of the references should be from a professional who can confirm that you have undertaken the necessary development for Advanced Practice. A template can be accessed at this link and references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

Applicants who successfully completed a PG Diploma Advanced Practice or PG Diploma Advanced Clinical Practice course at Leeds Beckett in the last five years will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 7 credit points for the dissertation module.

Applicants who successfully completed their PG Diploma course more than five years ago or completed a similar PG Diploma course at another university can apply for credit transfer through the Recognition of Prior Learning route.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Health. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement are advised to undertake the Professional Profile Development modules in order to apply for recognition for prior (experiential) learning. Details of the module can be found at this link.

You should also have a minimum of 2 years post registration experience and be able to demonstrate through your personal statement that you have developed professionally to a level that prepares you for an advanced clinical role.

Your personal statement should address the following criteria in no more than 1200 words:

  • Identify the main national and local drivers that have influenced your expansion into an advanced clinical practice role;
  • Describe how you will incorporate advanced clinical practice into your role and its benefit to service users;
  • Evidence of how your use of research has developed clinical practice;
  • Demonstrate how you implement change and how you monitor and evaluate practice;
  • Evidence recent continual professional development;
  • Evidence your understanding of the legal and role boundaries of the advanced practice role
You are required to provide evidence of support from an appropriate work based medical facilitator for support in developing the advanced clinical practice competencies.

Applicants will need to satisfy the requirements for access to the Non-Medical Prescribing module as stipulated by the NMC/HCPC. Further information and a link to the application form and process can be found at this link.

Your application should be supported by two references, either academic or professional; one of the references should be from a professional who can confirm that you have undertaken the necessary development for Advanced Practice. A template can be accessed at this link and references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

Applicants who successfully completed a PG Diploma Advanced Practice or PG Diploma Advanced Clinical Practice course at Leeds Beckett in the last five years will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 7 credit points for the dissertation module.

Applicants who successfully completed their PG Diploma course more than five years ago or completed a similar PG Diploma course at another university can apply for credit transfer through the Recognition of Prior Learning route.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

Carla Moore

Careers

Carla Moore
Community Matron and Integrated Care Coordinator Bradford District Care Trust

MSc Advanced Practice

“I've been in nursing for 17 years and decided I wanted to progress into a more senior and patient centred role. Studying at the University gave me the confidence to advance my career in a clinical environment and develop in the job I love.

Teaching and learning

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download

Enhance your knowledge and expertise in core body systems that practitioners are required to assess, e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, head and neck etc.

Your studies will build upon the Advanced Health Assessment module to focus upon complexity and pathophysiology

Produce a substantial research project on a self-selected topic of interest to demonstrate developmental learning in breadth and depth, in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills.

Identify and critique your future learning goals in the context of your professional role and the wider context of healthcare.

Explore how knowledge is constructed through the research process, different study designs and research methodology, and how to propose a research project to learn more about practice.

Achieve the required professional standards to be able to register as a non-medical prescriber. This module will be recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council/Health and Care Professions Council as applicable.

Enhance your knowledge and expertise in core body systems that practitioners are required to assess, e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, head and neck etc.

Your studies will build upon the Advanced Health Assessment module to focus upon complexity and pathophysiology

Produce a substantial research project on a self-selected topic of interest to demonstrate developmental learning in breadth and depth, in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills.

Identify and critique your future learning goals in the context of your professional role and the wider context of healthcare.

Explore how knowledge is constructed through the research process, different study designs and research methodology, and how to propose a research project to learn more about practice.

Achieve the required professional standards to be able to register as a non-medical prescriber. This module will be recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council/Health and Care Professions Council as applicable.

Fiona Needham
Fiona Needham
Senior Lecturer

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer in clinical skills in the School of Health & Community Studies and course leader of Advanced Clinical Practice. She is a registered nurse with more than 25 years' clinical experience.

Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.
The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following is also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

As a student on this course, access to the following will also be included in your tuition fees:

  • Use of facilities, including our Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essential costs

  • Diagnostic equipment: For this course, you will need access to good quality diagnostic equipment. In many cases your employer will supply this for you, we can also loan some items during your period of study. However, if you need to purchase the equipment e.g., you’re in private practice, then the costs are approximately £300 plus insurance.
  • Placements: As part of your educational practice / clinical experience, you will need to be able to travel to different health and social care sites. In many instances, these costs will be covered by your employer as part of your staff travel expenses process

Course-specific optional costs

  • Practice / clinical experience (you may opt to spend time with different health and social care providers and services. Costs will vary depending on location)

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following is also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

As a student on this course, access to the following will also be included in your tuition fees:

  • Use of facilities, including our Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essential costs

  • Diagnostic equipment: For this course, you will need access to good quality diagnostic equipment. In many cases your employer will supply this for you, we can also loan some items during your period of study. However, if you need to purchase the equipment e.g., you’re in private practice, then the costs are approximately £300 plus insurance.
  • Placements: As part of your educational practice / clinical experience, you will need to be able to travel to different health and social care sites. In many instances, these costs will be covered by your employer as part of your staff travel expenses process

Course-specific optional costs

  • Practice / clinical experience (you may opt to spend time with different health and social care providers and services. Costs will vary depending on location)

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £833.20 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.66. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Diagnostic equipment: For this course, you will need access to good quality diagnostic equipment. In many cases your employer will supply this for you, we can also loan some items during your period of study. However, if you need to purchase the equipment e.g. you’re in private practice, then the approximate costs are approximate £300 plus insurance.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.

Facilities

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • 24/7 Library and learning spaces
    24/7 Library and learning spaces

    Our online library is a vital resource, allowing you to access tens of thousands of digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, subject-specific web pages and databases, from any machine anywhere in the world. Our split-site Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, so you will always find space to work, whether that is in our silent study areas or social learning spaces.

Location

City Campus

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