To enable your development as an advanced clinical practitioner, modules have been created that are considered core to this role. The detailed pathway you will follow will be dependent on your chosen target award and this may be due to funding for your programme for example if you are following an apprenticeship route.
If you plan to undertake clinical reporting modules or medical ultrasound modules you will need to look at the specific MSc Clinical Reporting and MSc Medical Imaging programmes for details of the modules available. Planning your modules will be undertaken in conjunction with the Programme Director for the MSc ACP in conjunction with the programme directors for the MSc Clinical Reporting and MSc Medical Imaging to ensure that the modules are suitable for your clinical development as an ACP.
Key modules you will undertake include an advanced practice skills and clinical reasoning module. Using a structured systematic approach to assessing a system this module will allow you to enhance your assessment skills and develop your ability to make clinical decisions. Throughout, key cases will be used and you will be expected to use these skills in clinical practice with supervision from your clinical facilitator.
Your studies throughout the programme will also include Pathophysiology, diagnostics and decision making for advanced practice module. This will enable you to develop the ability to interpret diagnostics. Pathophysiology components ensure you link this to the investigations that you have requested and undertaken.
The non–medical prescribing (NMP) programme is also required (please note that this is core for all those professions who currently are able to prescribe/ support NMP). Please see the NMP programme information for further details. If you are in a profession that does not support this programme then an alternative 40 credits will need to be undertaken. These modules will take the form of two 20 credit negotiated modules.
As part of the programme you will also need to complete the leadership: advancing innovation, transforming healthcare module (from MSc Health and Wellbeing provision).
The negotiated module for those on the non- apprenticeship route is included as core. This module allows you to consider the four pillars of advanced clinical practice and how you are meeting them.
You will complete your MSc programme with the Research Modules. The aim of the Research Modules within your programme are to enable you to develop sound knowledge and understanding of different research approaches and methods which will enable you to plan and undertake a substantive dissertation or project in a topic relevant to your profession. As part of this MSc you are required to undertake a practice development project. Your clinical facilitator, supporting Trust/ Organisation, Programme Director and/ or Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) will direct you to the most suitable area to research.
At the end of these modules you will be able to produce clear aims and objectives for your study and be able to select and evaluate key research and other evidence. You will be able to select and justify a study design or methodology and be able to analyse and interpret relevant data. You will be able to reflect on the processes undertaken in carrying out a dissertation or project and discuss findings in relation to theoretical perspectives and your professional practice.
You will undertake 2 research modules, the Research Approaches and Methods module (RAM) which develops knowledge and understanding of research methods, followed by a Dissertation or Project. You will experience a variety of learning and teaching methods including the use of online materials, taught sessions and individual and small group supervision. The assessment for these modules is the production of a research plan or proposal followed by a substantive dissertation/project in which the proposed research is carried out.
For students following an apprenticeship route, on completion of the dissertation you will have successfully completed 160 credits. You are then required to undertake and end point assessment.