Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Master of Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practice)

The Master of Clinical Practice programme incorporates the Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practice) and Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills, and is only available to Trust employees appointed into the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioner. The Master of Clinical Practice reflects a unique focus on mastery of clinical (health care practice) theory and skills, and unlike other postgraduate programmes it requires an assessment of clinical competence on which the award is contingent. As a result, the breadth of knowledge introduced will be limited when compared to existing MSc or MA programmes within postgraduate studies, and focused instead on knowledge that is imperative for clinical practice. For these reasons this links postgraduate study to clinical work. The programme addresses the requirement to provide a Masters award that includes new clinical skills to prepare for a role as a new type of health professional. A substantial part of the programme is devoted to the development of specific skills and the remainder accommodates the acquisition of a bio-medical and practice related knowledge base required for the role. For this reason, research and other forms of evidence are integrated within the practitioner specific modules and within clinical practice. The duration of the Master of Clinical Practice is 3 years. The Postgraduate Diploma will be full-time over 2 years. The final (dissertation) year will be undertaken on a part-time basis. The changing nature of healthcare provision has created new roles within critical care units. These developments are in response to variations in recruitment and retention patterns for medical staff, and the impact of the European Working Time Directive. The Advanced Practitioner role is a new non-medical role in critical care. The role is designed to make significant contribution to the care and management of critically ill patients and their families. Students will engage theory and practice within modules that adopt an integrated approach to teaching and learning in the development of skills and practice knowledge

Entry requirements

1st degree at 2.2 or above. Professional role qualification and working in role. As this is a seconded role all candidates will be interviewed by the seconding Trust and the University


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Professional Qualification Full-time - 36 months

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