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Advanced Clinical Practice MSc

De Montfort University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    De Montfort University

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The NHS Long term plan, published in January 2019, sets out a vision for the future based on new models of care. Health Education England (HEE) in the East Midlands is supporting this as are other institutional bodies across the region and nationally.

Overview

One of the major changes envisaged in the NHS's Five Year Forward View and further developed in the Long Term Plan is the changing roles of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, essentially taking on roles that previously were the domain of medical staff. This has been happening for many years but numbers have increased significantly over recent times and with it a burgeoning desire to see standards set and the role clearly defined.

There is unfortunately still no clear definition of what ‘advanced practice’ is and therefore the education and roles that the practitioner might be required to perform or undertake is also open to question. There is however clear support from all parties involved (across the UK) that the educational provision should be at Masters level; and ideally a full MSc. The Department of Health (DoH) and HEE have published curriculum guidelines pertaining to the content of ACP courses in an attempt to introduce some standardisation. The full MSc enhances the practitioner’s ability to appraise research, think critically, and prepares them to develop further beyond simply the role of an expert clinician.

Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme is designed to match the DoH and HEE guidelines, and future proof graduates in regards to possible credentialing or voluntary registration schemes in the future. This programme has also taken into account the needs of local stakeholders and the views of past and current students. We seek to develop:

“Registered practitioners with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices. Demonstrable at Masters level and meets the education, training and CPD requirements for Advanced Clinical Practice” (HEEM, 2014)

The advanced practitioner is characterised by high levels of skill, competence and autonomous decision making, at a perhaps higher level than the specialist, though of course a practitioner may well specialise at an advanced level. A more simplistic explanation might be that the specialist operates at a high level in their specialism, but returns to novice when outside it; the advanced practitioner operates at a higher level in their speciality, but can also bring advanced practice to other areas as well. The department of Health (2010) suggested that it was a level of practice, rather than specific role.

Nationally, due to the extremely varied nature of ACP roles, it has proved impossible to define a set list of ‘competencies’, beyond very broad strictures such as the ability to physically examine a patient. There is however broad agreement

on some aspects that should be common to all. Those have been identified as the ‘four pillars’ of advanced practice:

Clinical
Education
Research
Leadership

The MSc ACP at De Montfort University draws these together and produces an able graduate who is highly employable. This course will not make you competent – no course will – but it will give you the educational grounding in order to develop competence and in turn become expert, with a strong clinical focus.

The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from clinicians, academics and local strategic partners to address both the academic and clinical demands of the role. Regular meetings are held between faculty and clinical staff to ensure good exchange of information. Student opinion and feedback is also incorporated.

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University information

De Montfort University

  • University League Table

    101st

  • Campus address

    De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 9BH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    65th out of 77 14

    13th out of 29

    21st out of 29

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    123 59%

    48th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    97.0 97%

    38th

    24
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%

    60th

    37
  • Entry standards

    / Max 128
    98 77%

    21st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    14th

  • Entry standards

    / Max 166
    135 82%

    15th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%

    17th

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