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Brayford Pool

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Validated

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Course Code

ADCLPRMS

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Applications for the February 2021 intake of this course are now open. You can apply online using the link provided further down this page.

Key Information

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

ADCLPRMS

Sharon Andrews - Programme Leader

Sharon Andrews - Programme Leader

Sharon joined the University of Lincoln in 2012 having previously worked at the Royal Brompton Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital, The Heart Hospital (UCH) and GOSH across both cardio thoracic and respiratory directorates. She is involved in developing the biosciences teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the school of Health and Social care. She is programme lead for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP). Sharon achieved a MA in International Higher Education at Nottingham in 2012, and is working towards completing her educational research studies with a PhD in Education at the University of Lincoln. She is an active member of AAPE, the BiNE network, and is a fellow of the HEA.

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Welcome to MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice offers registered practitioners a student-centred programme of study that aims to meet their personal and professional development needs as they progress within their role towards advanced expert practice.

Students will explore advanced practice on both a personal, local, and national level. They will be encouraged to develop a substantial portfolio of evidence illustrating a breadth of practice, while exploring relevant research and developing their own skill set.

The programme is designed to fully integrate the Health Education England (2017) Multidisciplinary Capability Framework enabling registered healthcare practitioners to acquire an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills, and clinical competences for expanded scope of practice, underpinned by the four Advanced Clinical Practice pillars of Clinical Skills, Management and Leadership, Education, and Research.

Within the award the combination of modules aims to continuously promote the core principles of Advanced Clinical Practice; Autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision making and problem solving, values based care and improving practice.

Teaching and learning contextualises the University's ‘Student as Producer’, promoting a coherent approach to andragogic practice via discovery, collaboration, engagement, and the production of new knowledge and new ways of working.

You will be able to develop your abilities across all pillars, evidencing competencies relevant to your area of practice using work-based supervision and tripartite assessment.

The course is open to registered healthcare professionals who meet the entry criteria, through self-funding and the Health Education England funded route.

Start date: September 2020

For further information please contact Programme Leader, Sharon Andrews: sandrews@lincoln.ac.uk

How You Study

Teaching is delivered over one day a week, with additional student learning activity in the workplace. Student learning is managed via a tripartite agreement between the student, the academic assessor, and the clinical supervisor.

In the context of this course, high-quality learning and teaching is characterised by the clear relationship between the programme learning outcomes, the professional application of the learning outputs and the innovative learning methods employed to achieve them.

Blended teaching and learning is used wherever possible in recognition that students on this programme are working professionals and that the nature of their engagement with this programme requires the student to take responsibility for their own learning.

Students can expect twenty per cent of the week to be taught contact time with twenty per cent time for self-study.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module introduces key principles of advanced practice, based on the four pillars of clinical practice, education, leadership, and research. Students can explore and develop their understanding of the professional requirements of working at an Advanced Practice level. The module provides students with opportunities to develop life-long self-directed learning and evidence that development. Students are expected to evaluate their own practice role, their development needs, and apply theories of education, teamwork, and collaboration to build their own linear developmental plan.

Module Overview

In this module, students will be given opportunities to further develop their skills in applying a sound understanding of pathophysiology at a cellular level to the competent assessment of people presenting with a range of health needs. The module will provide students with the tools to integrate physical and mental health assessment and planning across the lifespan, incorporating complex case studies involving multiple comorbidities. Developing robust clinical reasoning skills across a wide field of practice will be assessed using OSCE examinations. By the end of the module students are expected to have collaborated with their work-based supervisors to demonstrate clinical competence in managing complete episodes of care in a variety of clinical settings.

Module Overview

This module is designed to engage students in conducting care service evaluation and transformation through researching, understanding, and applying theory and evidence-based best practice to a transformation of an aspect of the student’s clinical service. Values, culture, organisational imperatives and ethical issues affecting service users, their families and/or carers and healthcare staff will be considered during the module. An introduction to evaluation techniques and the contemporary issues and theoretical principles associated with the undertaking of a service transformation project in health and social care will be introduced using a series of lectures and seminar sessions at the beginning of the module. Students will be required to undertake independent study, design and deliver a review of contemporary literature associated with the topic, and progress towards completing a service transformation project with support from a member of the module team and their clinical supervisor, line manager, and employer.

Module Overview

This module provides an opportunity for those working in an advanced level of practice to integrate, synthesise, and demonstrate the application of knowledge around an area of specialism through clinical case presentation in the workplace. The aim of this module is to provide students with the means to develop a professional recognition portfolio that demonstrates learning through a series of self-assessments, critical reflections and case studies. The portfolio will be personal to each student and should challenge them to engage in a critical review on their own professional practice and demonstrate understanding of the limitations of their own role.

Module Overview

This module provides an opportunity for those working in an advanced level of practice to integrate, synthesise, and demonstrate the application of knowledge around an area of specialism through clinical case presentation in the workplace. The aim of this module is to provide students with the means to develop a professional recognition portfolio that demonstrates learning through a series of self-assessments, critical reflections and case studies. The portfolio will be personal to each student and should challenge them to engage in a critical review on their own professional practice and demonstrate understanding of the limitations of their own role.

Module Overview

This module has been designed to support students' understanding and application of legal, ethical, and professional perspectives, to inform future advancing practice. Students will be given opportunities to relate the theoretical perspectives and new learning gained throughout the module to their own clinical area. This module will support the development of a practice portfolio of evidence to demonstrate students’ achievement of ACP competencies. Students are expected to work towards evidencing these competencies in clinical practice, contextualised to their clinical area, supported via a named supervisor and assessor.

Module Overview

This module is designed to develop sound underpinning knowledge in relation to pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. The emphasis is on applied therapeutic interventions, essential for safe, competent prescribing within a student's scope of practice and professional competence. The module encompasses the main theoretical perspectives associated with consultation skills and styles, considering patient centred approaches to history taking, and building on pre-existing knowledge and expertise as healthcare professionals. The focus is on effective communications, shared decision-making, and enhancing safety by promoting the development of meaningful, concordant relationships with patient and carers.

Module Overview

This module enables students to examine a range of interventions and approaches to managing episodes of care across the lifespan. It aims to develop students’ pharmacological knowledge to support effective medicines management across the lifespan. It will include consideration of motivational and psychological approaches to care delivery and gaining concordance in treatment plans, alongside consideration of the pharmacological and other therapeutic options available. Students can explore how the evidence base for such interventions affects decision-making and consider the importance of empowerment and co-design in meeting health and care needs. The emphasis is on applied therapeutic interventions essential for safe, competent practice.

Module Overview

This module has been designed to support students' understanding and application of legal, ethical, and professional perspectives to inform their future prescribing practice. Students can relate the theoretical perspectives and new learning gained throughout the programme to their own specialist field and clinical area. The module supports the development of the practice portfolio of evidence to demonstrate students' achievement of their RPS competencies (RPS, 2016). Student can work towards evidencing the requirements of A Competency Framework for all Prescribers (RPS, 2016), contextualised to their clinical area, supported via a named Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

Applicants require current registration with relevant professional/regulatory organisations and a full support from their employing organisation to facilitate the requirements of the clinical supervision.

This means that:

  • You must be a registered healthcare professional with current First Level registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
  • You must have no current sanctions on your practice imposed by your Registering body (NMC, HCPC or GPhC). You should have at least 36 months clinical experience post-qualification. You should hold a First or Second class Honours Degree in a related subject. Applicant who do not hold this should provide evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the past 6 years and relevant equivalent clinical experience to be managed as a non-standard application.
  • You must be currently employed in a suitable practice setting and have an identified clinical supervisor who is suitably qualified and experienced to be able to undertake supervised clinical assessments in the workplace. This is usually someone at a minimum of an experienced advanced practitioner or specialist registrar level (Health Education England 2017)

For the Prescriber Preparation Programme option, in addition the following applies: 

  • A separate applications is made via the online form provided on the University of Lincoln website, not UCAS.  In relation to entry requirements, nurse applicants must meet the current conditions laid out by the NMC of having 12 months post registration experience.  Applicants who are registered with the HCPC or GPhC must meet profession specific conditions laid out by these registering bodies to access Prescriber Preparation modules (subject to validation). Applicants must provide a current enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

All Prescriber Preparation Applicants will be required to pass a drug calculation test with a minimum score of 80% prior to being accepted onto the course. 

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

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Applications for our February 2021 start date are now open and you can apply directly online.

Features

This course has been designed to feature a linear approach, with the NMP (PPP) programme embedded as an optional feature.

Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

An exciting new development for the School, the Sarah Swift Building, is a £19m investment into a dedicated facility for the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses high-quality teaching, research, social and learning spaces for both Schools. The building will also include advanced clinical simulation facilities for the School’s nursing courses.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

Postgraduate Events

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