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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Professional Development

University of Salford
Health and Social care Faculty
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University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

This three year, part-time Masters level course is aimed at health care practitioners including those who are extending their role beyond traditional professional boundaries.

It is particularly relevant to those working with long term disorders such as diabetes, rheumatology and neurological conditions.

For those wishing to focus on other clinical disorders, there is the option to take a patient clinical management course as a stand-alone module, for example, one of our orthopaedic management modules.

This course will build around your clinical practice, with a strong focus on work-based learning that will enable you to:

  • Develop different assessment and diagnostic skills a range of medical systems that can be used in prevention and early diagnosis of a range of conditions - ideal for those moving into an extended scope role
  • Focus on your own speciality, exploring the evidence base, evaluating your own practice and improving your level of care
  • Incorporate newly learned skills into your practice producing a portfolio of evidence to support your professional development
  • Develop business and management skills which are vital for all today’s health care professionals, including marketing, health commissioning, and business planning

What qualifications do I need?

Single modules

Each module is available as a stand-alone course in its own right, and will be relevant to a wide range of health care professionals.

Why study Professional Development at Salford?

You will have access to first-class facilities at the University and academic staff with a wealth of experience and research credibility that crosses the broad spectrum of health care, including physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography and nursing

You will also be able to compile a portfolio of evidence to support your development, assessed by a practice-based mentor who is a clinical expert in their field.

Not only will you be able to use your own workplace to learn and implement vital new skills and knowledge, we offer workshops and practical sessions that will enhance your professional development.

There is input from highly respected clinicians in the North West including:

  • Neil Snowden, Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Director at North Manchester General Hospital
  • Julie Rigby, Director for the Greater Manchester Neurosciences Network and Head of Commissioning for Neurosciences at Salford PCT
  • Professor Phil Wiles, Consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at North Manchester General Hospital

We are home to a vibrant research community with an international reputation and the course will have contributions from a number of these experts including:

  • Dr Alison Hammond: Research interests include musculoskeletal conditions, rehabilitation, patient education, occupational therapy and health psychology
  • Dr Anita Williams: Research interests include influences on health behaviour, rheumatic diseases, specialist therapeutic footwear and practitioner-patient interaction
  • Dr Sarah Tyson: Research interests include physiotherapy, rehabilitation, stroke, neurological conditions, outcome measures, measurement science, postural control, posture, and balance

What will I learn?

Studying part-time over three years, the full Masters course involves four 30 credit modules and a dissertation.

Assessment and Diagnostics (30 Credits): Explore patient assessment, investigation and differential diagnosis relevant to patients in your own field. This can include areas such as supportive laboratory, ultrasound and radiological investigations.

Management of Long Term Conditions (30 Credits): Apply new knowledge and advanced clinical reasoning skills to specialist areas such as diabetology, rheumatology, neurology and cardiovascular problems. With access to expert clinicians in current practice, you will explore in-depth management strategies for long term conditions as well as psychosocial issues and pharmacoptherapy related to your area.

Extending Proficiencies (30 Credits): This work-based module allows you to take your newly learned skills out into the clinical area. You will compile a portfolio of evidence to support the acquisition of advanced skills in patient assessment, diagnosis and management of medical systems.

Professional Business Management for Health Professionals (30 credits): Develop professional business awareness and acumen and implement this in current or future healthcare practice. This wide-ranging module covers leadership, commissioning, evaluating services and marketing strategies which are vital for today's health care professional.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.

How will I be assessed?

We offer a variety of methods of assessment depending on the module you are taking. These include:

  • Presentations
  • Portfolio development
  • Assignments
  • Critical reflections

How do I apply?

Applications are made direct to the University on our postgraduate application form.

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