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Advanced Clinical Practice (MSc) Part-time

Please note that this course is currently under review. Therefore the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. The review is expected to be completed by July 2019. This page will be updated after that date and will then represent the basis on which the University intends to deliver the course.

This programme aims to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles, through facilitating your capability to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level.

This innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, developed in collaboration with health care professionals, is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles.

Modern healthcare practice has seen traditional professional boundaries change to reflect the demands of national healthcare policy, the scope of practice and patient needs. Increasingly, advanced practitioners in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions have to be prepared both academically and clinically to deliver complex care traditionally delivered by doctors.

This course aims to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a four-year, part-time programme, and is made up of 180 credits, including five taught modules of up to 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).

In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, you are required to undertake the core Research and Study Skills modules plus three optional modules of your choice, from a defined menu.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 1200 hours of associated clinical practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated advanced practitioner.

In addition to the group discussions, each student will have the opportunity for five individual tutorials per Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio module with their academic supervisor. The DSMP will support the completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio.

Distinctive features

  • The portfolio offers an innovative alternative to a dissertation, created to take into account the nature of the advanced practitioner role.
  • Our state of the art clinical simulation and clinical skills laboratories enable the development of skills in a safe environment that mirrors the clinical environment.
  • This is a clinically focused course that integrates the anatomy and physiology, altered physiology and advanced practice competencies required to underpin the treatments and decisions made in clinical practice.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration4 years
QualificationMSc
ModePart-time
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Admissions criteria

 To gain a place on the MSc, you will need:

  • Current registration with the relevant professional/regulatory body.
  • An undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent.
  • Extensive experience within the specialised area of clinical practice, demonstrating abilities in clinical, research, leadership and management fields which would normally be achieved through at least five years post-registration clinical practice.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Enhanced up-to-date DBS disclosure.

Successful candidates will also require the support of their line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) in order to access the programme, as the student will need to accrue clinical hours working alongside their DSMP.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

This programme is available to Home students only.

The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied. You must address the following points in your personal statement. This list is not exhaustive.

  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about the programme?
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.

To apply for this programme please complete the online application via the Cardiff University Online Application Service and also complete the Supplementary Application Form and email it to HCAREadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk.

This form provides information about support from your line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner and provides information regarding eligibility to undertake the programme (in line with professional standards).

Supporting material

  • Applicants must secure the agreement of their line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) prior to making a formal application.
  • Complete an online application form and complete the programme-specific Supplementary Application Form and upload to application form.
  • The admissions committee will review all completed application forms, and successful applicants will normally receive their offer within 30 working days following submission of application.
  • Applicants must reply to Registry confirming acceptance of their place by the end of August.

Application deadline: End of July of each academic year.  Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

 

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

The Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio is an innovative alternative to a dissertation, created to take into account the nature of the advanced practitioner role. It provides a clinically focused course that integrates the anatomy and physiology, altered physiology and advanced practice competencies required to underpin the treatments and decisions made in clinical practice, at band 7 Advanced Practitioner level.

The Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (NRT176) is a core module that consists of two elements: a competency document within a portfolio of evidence (maximum 10,000 words), worth 70% of the final module mark, and situational analysis (maximum 10,000 words), that draws together your learning, exemplifying evidence based practice. This module runs throughout the duration of the MSc. You will also be required to undertake HCT118 Research methods and health improvement in health and social care.

You will be encouraged to examine theoretical aspects of decision-making, with a view to analysing and developing existing practice, and to develop strategies for effective and defendable practice based on analyses of situations experienced in practice. You will be supported by a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP), and will be expected to complete a minimum of 1200 hours of associated practice.

There are a range of optional and programme specific modules available. Your programme team will guide you in identifying and selecting the appropriate and available modules.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

Year two

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio ModuleNRT17660 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Seminars and case presentations support learning alongside the situational analyses of advanced practice. The use of e-learning materials, self-directed study guides, indicative reading lists provided by both University staff and clinically-based medical consultants and professionals will support your development. The use of clinical simulation and clinical skills laboratories will enhance the development of your skills in a safe environment. Additional proformas will be utilised according to your speciality, to allow you to develop skills appropriate to your clinical area of practice.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives students the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing their own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables them to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.

Feedback

We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats.  These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark.  You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Each module will be assessed formatively and summatively in line with each specific module assessment strategy. This incorporates a variety of modes of assessment including the following:

  • Assignment (theoretical and reflective)
  • Presentations/ Peer reviewed presentations/ seminars
  • Discussion/ seminars/ workshops
  • Case scenarios
  • Simulated clinical workshops
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
  • Multiple choice question classroom tests.

Assessments used within the programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and clinical practice, and will include written work such as reflective narratives, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), situational analyses, case study analysis, oral/ teaching presentations, seminars, project work and completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolios (competencies).

Competency Portfolio

This portfolio is based on the four pillars - Advanced Clinical Practice, Education, Research, and Management and Leadership, and The National Education and Competence Framework for Advanced Critical Care Practitioners.

It includes recommended core theoretical components, and it may be necessary to include more specific competencies dependent upon area of practice/ service requirement. The competency portfolio will provide the means to evidence your learning and development, fully supported by medical consultants who will provide the main source of teaching.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you should have developed the following skills and knowledge:

  • A systematic understanding of the concepts of advanced practice and its integration and application to the development of health policies and the specific area of practice.
  • The ability to access research material, pose questions of enquiry and apply new techniques and information to professional judgments, decision making and development within the field of advanced practice.
  • Understanding of what constitutes scholarly activity and the ability to  critically evaluate dimensions of theory and practice, applying new knowledge and skills to advanced practice.
  • Understanding of complex problems associated with advanced practice and the ability to problem solve and develop solutions based on evidence, and sound professional and clinical judgment.
  • The ability to be responsive to health and social care needs, and initiate, lead and manage service developments ensuring the safe and effective organization and provision of quality patient focused care.
  • An understanding of the importance of addressing personal and professional development needs through a variety of learning and teaching situations.
  • The ability to communicate and disseminate advanced practice knowledge to the interprofessional team.
  • The ability to work independently to undertake situational analyses and develop new approaches to practice.
  • The ability to develop a coherent and sustained argument for change based on a clear presentation of  current evidence.
  • Confidence in the use of advanced methods of scholarship and techniques applicable to their own area.

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice.

It addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments.

Testimonials include the following:

“After 15 years of Critical Care I still have the desire to progress in my career. Although I love education, I do not want to go down the formal lecturing pathway. The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice will allow me to meet the  Advanced Critical Care Practitioner framework competencies, and therefore to work clinically at an advanced level, continuing to use my acquired  skills and share them with others. Ultimately this benefits patients and other staff.”

"The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice. Developed by experts in both critical care and emergency care in conjunction with Cardiff University, this course addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments."

As this programme is three years or over in duration and has a one year full time equivalent you will not be eligible for a postgraduate loan. The UK Government has more information about eligibility for postgraduate loans.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

This course is charged on a per-module basis. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment required.