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Advanced Clinical Practice
Postgraduate course
PG Dip

Advanced Clinical Practice

Applications for September 2017 are now closed.

Overview

Our course aims to equip health practitioners with the knowledge required to lead and develop practice, diagnostics, therapeutics, decision-making and clinical management. Your learning will be client-centred and clinically focused, helping you to develop the skills essential for the job of an advanced practitioner working in a primary or secondary care setting, or any other organisation where advanced diagnostic skills are required.

Our Postgraduate Diploma will equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills to function as an advanced practitioner. You would normally be required to undertake the core modules listed below in order to achieve this. You may choose to continue your studies and gain an MSc by completing an additional 40 credit Research in Practice module.
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, 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, whilst also increasing your personal development and academic proficiency. You'll 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.

Entry Requirements

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 professional 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 the expansion of the advanced practice role and relate this to your clinical area;
  • Describe how you will incorporate the advanced practice role into your clinical area and how this will benefit service users
  • Evidence how you have used a piece of contemporary research or clinical guideline to develop and improve clinical practice
  • Demonstrate how you implemented this change and how you monitored its effect and impact on service uses and colleagues
  • Evidence how you have applied recent continual professional development activity to your work place
  • Evidence your understanding of the legal and role boundaries of the advanced practice role

Further information for applicants is available here.

You are required to provide evidence of support from an appropriate work based medical facilitator for support in developing the advanced clinical practice competencies. If applying for an HEE funded place you are also asked to provide evidence of support from your line manager, who will also confirm the release for attendance onto the course.

Applicants will need to satisfy the requirements for access to the Non-Medical Prescribing module as stipulated by the NMC/HCPC.

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.

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.
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.

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 professional 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 the expansion of the advanced practice role and relate this to your clinical area;
  • Describe how you will incorporate the advanced practice role into your clinical area and how this will benefit service users
  • Evidence how you have used a piece of contemporary research or clinical guideline to develop and improve clinical practice
  • Demonstrate how you implemented this change and how you monitored its effect and impact on service uses and colleagues
  • Evidence how you have applied recent continual professional development activity to your work place
  • Evidence your understanding of the legal and role boundaries of the advanced practice role

Further information for applicants is available here.

You are required to provide evidence of support from an appropriate work based medical facilitator for support in developing the advanced clinical practice competencies. If applying for an HEE funded place you are also asked to provide evidence of support from your line manager, who will also confirm the release for attendance onto the course.

Applicants will need to satisfy the requirements for access to the Non-Medical Prescribing module as stipulated by the NMC/HCPC.

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.

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.
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.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

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.

Modules & learning

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The module recognises the importance of all body systems, but introduces six as 'core' that practitioners are more commonly required to assess. These are cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal and head and neck.

The module recognises the importance of all body systems, but concentrates on supplementary body systems such as male and female genitourinary, dermatology, endocrinology and integumentary systems.

Explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

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

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

Fiona Needham
Fiona Needham
Senior Lecturer

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer in clinical skills in the faculty of HSS and course leader of Advanced Clinical Practice. she is a registered nurse with over 25 years clinical experience.

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MSc Advanced Practice - Fiona Needham, Course Leader

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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