De Montfort University

De Montfort University

Advanced Clinical Practice

The advanced practitioner is characterised by high levels of skill, competence and autonomous decision making, at a perhaps higher level than the specialist, though of course a practitioner may well specialise at an advanced level. A more simplistic explanation might be that the specialist operates at a high level in their specialism, but returns to novice when outside it; the advanced practitioner operates at a higher level in their speciality, but can also bring advanced practice to other areas as well. The department of Health (2010) suggested that it was a level of practice, rather than specific role. Nationally, due to the extremely varied nature of ACP roles, it has proved impossible to define a set list of 'competencies', beyond very broad strictures such as the ability to physically examine a patient. There is however broad agreement on some aspects that should be common to all. Those have been identified as the 'four pillars' of advanced practice: Clinical; education; research; leadership. The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from clinicians, academics and local strategic partners to address both the academic and clinical demands of the role. Regular meetings are held between faculty and clinical staff to ensure good exchange of information. Student opinion and feedback is also incorporated.

Entry requirements

Applicants should: Hold a professional qualification as a health care practitioner and be currently registered with the relevant health care professional body; be able to supply two references, one giving emphasis to academic and clinical ability; have an Honours degree (2.2 or above) awarded by a British University or other equivalent approved degree awarding college/body. In exceptional circumstances, consideration may be given to a student who: Hold a professional qualification as a health care practitioner and are currently registered with the relevant health care professional body; is able to supply two references, giving emphasis to academic and clinical ability; demonstrates expertise through publication, change management and/or leadership as well as successful study at third level or above through Professional Portfolio. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Prescribing; research module; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

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