MSc Advanced Practitioner: Occupational Therapy (Part time)

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MSc Advanced Practitioner: Occupational Therapy (Part time)

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This course is for senior clinicians and health care practitioners who wish to fulfil their own personal and professional development needs whilst contributing to their organisation's modernisation agenda and advancing their practice and leading the service delivery for their client group/practice locality. The course meets the NMC 'Draft Standards for Advanced Practice' and enables practitioners to develop their skills and services related to any of the clinical pathways. The practice-based programme is multi-professional and aims to reflect collaborative methods of inquiry that will appeal to a broad range of health care professions with experience of a variety of health care sectors.


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This course is for senior clinicians and health care practitioners who wish to fulfil their own personal and professional development needs whilst contributing to their organisation's modernisation agenda and advancing their practice and leading the service delivery for their client group/practice locality. The course meets the NMC 'Draft Standards for Advanced Practice' and enables practitioners to develop their skills and services related to any of the clinical pathways. The practice-based programme is multi-professional and aims to reflect collaborative methods of inquiry that will appeal to a broad range of health care professions with experience of a variety of health care sectors.


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Entry Requirements Degree Subject: A degree, carrying with it a qualification in a health care profession Degree Classification: 2.2 or above Alternative Qualifications: State registration with a recognised health profession council together with appropriate professional experience Special Entry Requirements: A suitable mentor for clinical assessment (where required) must be identified prior to commencement of the course Entry Requirement

A degree carrying with it a qualification in a health care profession or State registration with a recognised health professions council together with appropriate professional experience. Students need support from their employing organisation (on completion of a Memorandum of Understanding).

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 98 (minimum 22 in all components and 23 in speaking)
  • PTE: 70 (minimum 70 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

PART TIME: Students will be expected to take 1 Module in each teaching block (3 Modules per year for the first 2 years), followed by their dissertation in their third year of study.

Compulsory Study (60 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits CLINICAL ASSESSMENT NSC-M20F 20 This module aims to: * prepare the student to manage complex clinical conditions using scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge; * prepare the student to practice safely and effectively; * facilitate the development of advanced skills in the fields of physical assessment and examination skills; * support the development of practitioners who will advance the boundaries of clinical practice; * provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of assessment, the process of diagnosis, differential diagnosis, red flags and appropriate planning of care; * facilitate the interpretation of routine laboratory investigations and to facilitate the development of critical understanding of risk assessment strategies; * support critical awareness and acknowledgement of the student's limitations and boundaries whilst demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the contribution of other professionals and agencies. FURTHER QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS MED-M32E 20 The purpose of this module is to build on the coverage of quantitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, trial design and statistics, 2: begin to acquire a basic understand of the concept of systematic reviews and meta analysis. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: A NATURE-NURTURE APPROACH NSC-M21E 20 This module utilises the scientific knowledge base of the human genomic and proteonomic projects to understand the basis of clinical knowledge. It provides a nature-nurture template to the understanding of a person's position on the health/illness continuum. The template is used to deepen the practitioner's understanding of the principles of the healthcare process. The module aims to facilitate the development of a practitioner who: * is critically aware of the limitations in providing 'holistic' care based upon contemporary scientific and clinical knowledge base; * can articulate and provide written evidence which demonstrates the ability to appraise, critically, academic material/literature in an intelligent and original way; * can synthesise ideas and demonstrate knowedge base, which explores the boundaries of current thinking; * can hypothesise future advances in healthcare.

In their second year, part-time students will take a further 60 credits, choosing 20 credits from Options Range A, 20 credits from Options Range B and 20 credits from Options Range C

Option A Study (20 credits)

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR ENHANCING HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE NSC-M22D 20 LONG TERM CONDITIONS NSC-M14D 20 This module aims to support practitioners in promoting person-centered care for the patient with a long-term condition and explore emerging models of service provision for the patient with a long-term condition; to provide opportunities for enhanced collaboration between services in the heath and social care sectors, also across primary, secondary and tertiary care; to facilitate enhanced understanding of the psychosocial experience of long-term conditions for the patient and their carers; to explore inequalities in health and public health/ health promotion strategies related to long-term conditions and to support the development of leadership and service development for patients with long-term conditions. WORK BASED LEARNING NSC-M18D 20 This work based learning will facilitate the development of clinical practice through integrated learning. The student will seek, use evidence and knowledge of decision making and clinical practice for the development of advanced clinical practice in their own field. The student may initiate a change in practice, or develop an aspect of their practice whilst undertaking this module. They will need to identify these aspects of practice before the commencement of the module. Parameters for study will in most cases need to be negotiated by the student, together with their employer and academic adviser. Option B Study (20 credits)

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits FURTHER QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS MED-M33E 20 The purpose of this module is to build on the coverage of qualitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies 2: negotiate and acquire the practical skills needed in the planning and design, the data collection, the data analysis, and the data interpretation of a qualitative study. FURTHER QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS MED-M33F 20 The purpose of this module is to build on the coverage of qualitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies 2: negotiate and acquire the practical skills needed in the planning and design, the data collection, the data analysis, and the data interpretation of a qualitative study. FURTHER QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS MED-M32E 20 The purpose of this module is to build on the coverage of quantitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills to be developed further include being able to 1: add depth to the basic knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, trial design and statistics, 2: begin to acquire a basic understand of the concept of systematic reviews and meta analysis. Option C Study (20 credits)

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits HEALTH CARE LAW AND ETHICS NSC-M28F 20 Health care law and ethics is now part of the pre-registration curricula in nursing, medicine and in allied health professions, so it is also important to update the knowledge of those professionals who were not given this opportunity in their original training programme. The interrelationship between health care law and health care ethics provides breadth and depth to the taught component and reflects the required multi faceted approach to complex issues encountered daily in practice. Subject areas covered: • Overview of health care law in relation to the law generally. • Overview of health care ethics. Theories, principles, frameworks, models, the language and history of health care ethics. • Medical Negligence and the Standard of Care. • Regulation of health professionals – law and ethics • Paternalism versus autonomy – law and ethics • Confidentiality and Data Protection – law and ethics • Consent to treatment and research – law and ethics • Legal and ethical issues at the beginning and end of life. • The law relating to children including child protection issues • Human Rights • Organ and tissue donation and transplantation - law and ethics. • Ethical and legal issues in resource allocation in health care • Ethical concept of personhood • Ethical Issues in Health Promotion • Legal and Ethical Issues in Reporting Concerns in Practice – whistle blowing, public interest disclosure. • Ethical decision-making in practice. • Ethical and emotional issues in practice – the work and role of clinical ethics committees. • Clinical governance – law and ethics. INDEPENDENT AND SUPPLEMENTARY PRESCRIBING NSC-M16F 40 This module will prepare non-medical practitioners to meet the competencies for Independent and Supplementary Prescribing as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and RPSGB. The programme will comprise 26 theory days and 12 supervised practice days - NMC 2006. Once students have completed the programme they will be expected to maintain their prescribing competence according to the requirements of their professional body. LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE AHP-M45F 20 Overview The learning outcomes for the course have been developed to enable the students to extend and integrate their knowledge and practical skills of leadership within the heath care sector to an advance level. The learning outcomes are mapped against the Leadership framework within the NHS Knowledge and Skills framework (October 2004) which is used by NHS staff to review and develop their career progression and the national Leadership Qualities Framework (LQF). Objectives • To provide education on leadership and management skills for health professionals who are involved in the care of patients during their rehabilitation phase. • To encourage interdisciplinary learning and provide a multidisciplinary educational programme. • To enable clinicians to critically analyse complex problems and issues within practice related to policy, planning and leadership. • To develop personal leadership skills including problem solving and the development of service improvement packages through evidence based practice. Learning outcomes At the end of the module the student will be able to; • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and discuss complex leadership, management and organisational issues in healthcare relevant to their own organisation and the influence of these on quality and performance to employees, service users and stakeholders. • Critically appraise their leadership and management qualities and capability and develop these skills required for professional success within the healthcare sector. • Respond to changing situations using appropriate and effective personal leadership styles to manage risk, protect staff, service users and stakeholders. • Critically examine the underlying theories, concepts, nature and approaches to team work and apply knowledge of relevant team work skills to work situations. • Critically examine the meaning, nature and source of organisational development, culture, conflict and change. • Develop appropriate strategies for managing organisational conflict and change that improves quality in practice performance related to employees, service users and stakeholders. • Apply critical evaluation skills to assess risk associated with aspects of management and leadership related to change. • Develop, articulate and disseminate a service improvement plan of new and innovative methods and practices which improves quality of healthcare though evidence based practice. MINOR INJURIES FOR ADVANCED PRACTITIONERS NSC-M43D 20 Medicines management in Mental Health Care NSC-M27F 20 This module provides the required preparation and access for a mental health practitioner undertaking the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses, Midwives and Pharmacists at M level (Level 4), but may also be taken by students undertaking the MSc Mental Health programme who are not intending to undertake prescribing, but whose patient care and its safety and effectiveness would be enhanced by an in-depth knowledge of medicines and their management in mental health. The module will help you to promote safer and more effective medicines management, drawing on current research related to service user perspectives and approaches to enhance concordance and medication adherence. The teaching team includes active researchers and prescribing practitioners as well as expert pharmacists. The module can be taken on a free-standing basis. • Promoting evidence-based practice to support concordance and empowerment of clients including using motivational interviewing techniques • Enhancing the effectiveness of medicines management • The national and local policy and legal context and guidelines; with specific reference to local policy, use of PGDs and protocols and the law relating to prescribing, supply and administration of medicines in relation to the MHA and compulsory detention • Physiology related to the nervous system and cell biology and the specific pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs commonly used in mental health. • Mental health content focused on the pharmacology and management of medication for people with: schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, , anxiety disorders including post-traumatic disorder, sleep disorders etc. • Medications and Older People including dementing illnesses and the use of anticholinergics • Service user perspectives including the use of Advanced Directives • Pharmacovigilance, patient safety and medicines reconciliation WORK BASED LEARNING NSC-M18F 20 This work based learning will facilitate the development of clinical practice through integrated learning. The student will seek, use evidence and knowledge of decision making and clinical practice for the development of advanced clinical practice in their own field. The student may initiate a change in practice, or develop an aspect of their practice whilst undertaking this module. They will need to identify these aspects of practice before the commencement of the unit. Parameters for study will in most cases need to be negotiated by the student, together with their employer and academic adviser.

In their third year students will complete their dissertation

Compulsory Study (60 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits RESEARCH DISSERTATION NSC-M10X 60 This module is aimed at illustrating the depth of knowledge developed through the whole of the MSc and giving students practical experience in conducting research. All students will be encouraged to consider their dissertation work for publication either through the University or in refereed academic journals. Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Fees and Funding

Fees for students starting in the academic year 2013/14 will be:

  • UK/EU Students: £6,800
  • International Students: £15,525

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

For those applying under the SHA contract, contract prices will apply.


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