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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship)

Programme code:MSC-APACP-20UCAS code:
Duration:36 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Ian Goulden Contact address:i.goulden@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Applicants will;
- Be currently registered with an appropriate health / social care professional body (NMC, HCPC, GPhC etc)
- AND will possess an Honours Degree (normally 2:1 and above) in a health / social care related discipline from a recognised higher education institution
- AND will be working in an advanced practice role or as trainee advanced clinical practitioner at the start of and throughout the programme.
- AND have a satisfactory application and interview.

Opportunities for Non-Standard Entry are available.

In addition; Prior to being submitted for the End Point Assessment students will be required to show that they have achieved GCSE English Language / English Literature and Mathematics at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme), or have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics (or any agreed equivalencies).

As this is an apprenticeship recruitment to the training role is managed by the supporting organisation. All organisations are provided with a copy of the programme entry requirements and these are included within the originations advert for role. The programme manager reviews applications for training roles at the "long listing stage" to ensure that applicants meet the programme entry requirements. Joint interviews take place whenever possible. On successful appointment to role, the candidate applies to the university in the normal way. All offers of employment are conditional on the applicant securing a place on the programme of study.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Healthcare

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Healthcare

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no relevant subject benchmarks for Advanced Clinical Practice. However in August 2019 QAA published a "characteristics statement" for apprenticeships in higher education. This says that apprenticeships incorporating higher education:
- are constituted as first and foremost a job which requires work-integrated learning. The workplace becomes a site for the development and generation of knowledge, understanding, skills and professional behaviours rather than just a site for their application.
- are designed to enable apprentices to develop professional / occupational competence within a defined occupation and apprenticeship pathway
- are based on occupational standards
- support inclusion and diversity in the workplace and should ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers to learning or assessment
- require the integration of on and off-the-job learning
- may require at least 20 per cent off-the-job learning and / or meet notional guided hours
- require the development of professional and / or occupational competence that is concerned with the ability to continually enhance professional practice to drive innovation, informed by codes of ethical practice and values.
- seek to maximise the transferability and recognition of apprenticeship outcomes to enhance career development opportunities for apprentices and deliver workforce development objectives for employers
- require comprehensive collaboration with employers at all stages
- position the employer as the primary gatekeeper for admissions working closely with the higher education provider
- involve tripartite agreements between employers, apprentices and higher education providers
- include support for apprentices in the workplace by a competent mentor and in their learning and assessment by a qualified trainer / educator / assessor who have sector experience and knowledge
- are not necessarily aligned with traditional academic years and may reflect varied patterns of employment
- may include a higher education qualification
- may include professional recognition.
This proposal addresses all of these characteristics.

Programme specification:

An Advanced Clinical Practitioner is able to manage defined episodes of clinical care independently from admission to discharge. This programme will produce Advanced Clinical Practitioners who have achieved all required competencies under the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. They will;

- Show understanding and mastery of the identified skills
- Improve quality of health outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in evaluation and research.
- Be able to develop self and others
- Show leadership and practice development
- Work across Professional and organisational boundaries
- Show innovation and change practice.

The programme will provide students with:
- Access to inter-professional learning.
- Access to a range of option modules, which will allow students to mould their programme of study to their own professional needs and the needs of the supporting organisation.
- A programme in which work based and work related learning is emphasised.
- Flexibility within the programme structure to maximise the opportunities provided by their personal case load within their work environment
- Assessment methods, which are linked to the students' practice and work requirements.



Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules, these can be taken in either Year 1 or Year 2 but the students must have completed them before undertaking HECS5324M and HECS5325M:

HECS5169MIssues and Concepts of Advancing Practice
Pre-requisite for: HECS5324M and HECS5325M
15 credits1 Oct to 31 Jan, 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
IOFN5004MResearch Methods
Pre-requisite for: HECS5324M and HECS5325M
15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun), 01 Oct to 31 Dec

Optional modules:

Depending on student circumstances the number of credits studied in each year may vary.

By the end of the programme, students should have studied 105 credits from the folllowing optional modules.

ARCS5261MPrinciples for Medical Imaging Interpretation15 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
HECS5003MPathophysiology15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5141MService Development within Healthcare15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5167MInterpreting Biochemistry and Haematology for Healthcare Practice15 credits1 May to 30 Sep
HECS5235MClinical Examination30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5236MManagement of Patient's Clinical Conditions15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
HECS5301MECG Interpretation30 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5315MPrinciples and Challenges in Diabetes Care30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
HECS5318MEnabling Self Management in Long-Term Conditions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
HECS5321MIndependent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals30 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep, 1 Sep to 30 Jun (adv year), Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS5322MIndependent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives30 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep, Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun), 1 Sep to 30 Jun (adv year)
HECS5323MIndependent Prescribing for Pharmacists30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun), 1 Jan to 30 Sep, 1 Sep to 30 Jun (adv year)
HECS5328MLearning from Practice 115 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5329MLearning from Practice 230 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), 1 Jan to 30 Sep
HECS5341MECG - Acute Coronary Syndrome15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5342MECG - Cardiac Rhythm Disorders15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)

N.B Please note that the list of optional modules is not exhaustive and optional modules may be added or removed due to demand.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules, these can be taken in either Year 1 or Year 2 but the students must have completed them before undertaking HECS5324M and HECS5325M:

HECS5169MIssues and Concepts of Advancing Practice
Pre-requisite for: HECS5324M and HECS5325M
15 credits1 Oct to 31 Jan, 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
IOFN5004MResearch Methods
Pre-requisite for: HECS5324M and HECS5325M
15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun), 01 Oct to 31 Dec

Optional modules:

Depending on student circumstances the number of credits studied in each year may vary.

By the end of the programme, students should have studied 105 credits from the folllowing optional modules.

N.B Please note that the list of optional modules is not exhaustive and optional modules may be added or removed due to demand.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students must have completed 160 credits and have clinical manager sign off before they can take HECS5325M Advanced Clinical Practice End Point Assessment

HECS5324MAdvanced Practitioner Inquiry (Apprenticeship)
Pre-requisite for: HECS5325M
25 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5325MAdvanced Clinical Practice End Point Assessment20 credits 

Optional modules:

Depending on student circumstances the number of credits studied in each year may vary. By the end of the programme, students should have studied 105 credits from the folllowing optional modules:

N.B Please note that the list of optional modules is not exhaustive and optional modules may be added or removed due to demand.

Last updated: 18/08/2021 16:57:23

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