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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care)

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University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

This Masters course is aimed at health and social care practitioners who wish to facilitate change. It uses a work-based learning approach to develop the higher level skills that will lead to Advanced Practitioner status and enhance your career prospects.

Key strategic reviews undertaken by the Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority (now part of NHS North West) established a need to develop health and social care practitioners who are fit for award, fit for practice and fit for purpose at Advanced Practitioner level.

This interprofessional Masters programme places work at the centre of learning.

  • You’ll have access to the expertise and skills of a wide range of collaborators including non-medical consultants, advanced practitioners, medical practitioners and other guest lecturers who are at the cutting-edge of health and social care
  • You can also draw on the expertise of professorial and research staff from various schools and research centres across the University

You will be allocated a learning facilitator who will help you broker effective work-based placements which will enable you to meet the needs identified in your individual learning pathway.

Course Content

The course provides the opportunity to complete a PgCert, Pg Dip or the full Masters qualification as follows:

  • PgCert – 12 months to 2 years (60 credits)
  • PgDip – 18 months to 3 years (120 credits)
  • MSc – 2 to 5 years (180 credits)

Application of Life Sciences for Advanced Practice (30 credits):

This module provides the scientific underpinning for the academic and clinical development of experienced and competent practitioners to facilitate the appropriate assessment, diagnosis, prescription and therapeutic management of clients/service users by the application of life sciences, including:

  • The physiology of communication
  • Physiology of cells at a molecular level, e.g. receptors
  • Developmental human biology, which includes genetics and its impact on health
  • Maturation and the processes involved
  • Psychophysiological foundations of mental health
  • Pathophysiology related to diagnosis, for example schizophrenia, heart disease and diabetes, drug addiction
  • Drug targeting and delivery
  • Psychological aspects of care management

Principles of Advanced Practice (30 credits):

This module introduces the concepts and context of advanced practice and enhances students’ current knowledge and skills to enable the development of core and bespoke advanced practice competencies:

  • Theory and models relating to communication to enable students to gain high level knowledge and skills of communication, to develop therapeutic relationships
  • History taking
  • Consultation
  • Legal and ethical frameworks for Advanced Practice
  • Models and practice of clinical decision making
  • Assessment and clinical examination skills
  • Knowledge and skills relating to diagnostic investigations and their interpretation, using an all systems approach
  • Differential diagnosis and decision making
  • Implementation of treatment plans, evaluation and review of interventions
  • Referral to other agencies

Contextualising Advanced Practice (30 credits):

Using a work based learning approach, this module provides a framework for you to consolidate your advanced practice and critically reflect on your development and includes:

  • Strategies for knowledge and skill acquisition
  • Local health issues
  • The wider health care setting
  • Professional/role issues

Research Methods (30 credits):

This module helps you develop a rigorous approach to research and prepares you for undertaking the Dissertation module and includes:

  • Contemporary issues and debates in research
  • Theories/paradigms of research
  • Ethics of, and in, research
  • Reviewing literature and the critical analysis of existing research
  • Developing a research question/hypothesis
  • Designing appropriate research
  • Role and function of the pilot study
  • Developing a research proposal
  • Access and sampling
  • Methods of data collection
  • Analysis and interpretation of data
  • Fundamentals of frequently used statistical tests
  • Uses and application of ICT
  • Dissemination and publication of research

Application of Advanced Practice – Dissertation (60 credits):

This module provides you with the experience of carrying out a systematic and structured piece of research/scholarly enquiry and develops your critical and evaluative research skills in relation to your own professional practice and organisational setting. The dissertation can be:

  • A structured/comprehensive, systematic review of evidence on a particular topic concluding with a robust critical analysis of implications for implementation in professional practice
  • A research proposal (or protocol) suitable for submission for funding that includes a critical review of relevant research literature, identifies a problem/topic or issue amenable to investigation, and outline a research design including pilot work (if appropriate) and costing projections
  • A project related to the area of professional practice, negotiated with the supervisor

What you can expect from Salford

You’ll find us on the Allerton Campus of the University which includes the Mary Seacole Building, a brand new development with state-of-the-art clinical practice wards, lecture theatres and offices, providing some the most up-to-date facilities in the UK.

Our programmes are delivered by teams of dynamic and supportive staff who are committed to helping you move professional practice forward. We have a strong tradition of working closely with healthcare organisations and this ensures this course will meet your needs.

Many of our staff are active in research and the Faculty is home to a vibrant and friendly Research Institute that explores a wide range of health and social care issues.

Virtual Learning

You will get additional support through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It can be accessed by registered users from anywhere in the world by using the Internet and provides a range of possibilities, including:

  • The delivery of course materials, such as handbooks, lecture handouts, slides and web links which can be accessed easily by students both on and off campus
  • The use of discussion boards that allows discussion between staff, students and others
  • Online exchanges between staff, students and others who can be logged into a virtual classroom
  • Taking online assessments with automatic marking and feedback facilities

Research that makes a difference

There are many challenges in modern health care and nurses are at the forefront of care delivery. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to practice that is based on the best available evidence and a philosophy of lifelong learning.

At the University of Salford, we pride ourselves on encouraging lifelong learners who will have a real impact on the world of nursing care provision. Because we believe that the evidence base should inform our practice, we are also host to a vibrant and enthusiastic team of researchers under the Salford Centre of Nursing, Midwifery and Collaborative Research.

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