Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) (MSc)

University of Bolton

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
2 years

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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

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About Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) at University of Bolton

If you are an experienced practitioner working in health and social care the MSc in Advanced Practice will enable you to broaden your role beyond its traditional boundaries, enhance your applied skills and knowledge, and support your personal and career development.

You will develop skills and knowledge to achieve the level of an ‘advanced practitioner’ through a personalised work-based programme of learning. This will allow you to tailor your practice to respond to challenges and changes within the health service.

The course combines work-based activities and mentoring with a diverse range of experiences provided in both the workplace and the University, including expert-led lectures, seminars, learning sets, group and individual tutorials, case studies and individual reflective practice.

As the course is work-based it is very flexible and ensures a student-centred approach that is designed to fit your personal circumstances, employment and professional development needs.
The purpose of the programme is the development of your skills and knowledge to the level of an ‘advanced practitioner’ in health and social care, enabling you to advance your practice and assume a role that is more autonomous and clinically expert.

The programme is based on three major aspects of the advanced practitioner’s role – personal, role and organisational assessment; clinical skills at an advanced level and clinical leadership through evidence based service evaluation and development.

The programme is based on three major aspects of the advanced practitioner’s role – personal, role and organisational assessment; clinical skills at an advanced level and clinical leadership through evidence based service evaluation and development.

You will establish an understanding and critical awareness of problems in professional practice, develop the capacity to combine practice and theory and use higher levels of discretion and judgement in decision making in your service delivery and leadership.

You will enhance your ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, to make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and to communicate your conclusions clearly to service users and other stakeholders.

Module details

Core modules are: Foundations of Advanced Practice (4 x 5 credit modules); Biological Basis of Disease and Therapeutics (20 credits); Clinical Examination Skills (20 credits); Clinical Diagnostics and Decision Making (20 credits); Principles and Concepts of Research Design; Research Dissertation (60 credits).

Elective (20 credits at Level HE6, HE7 or equivalent).

The elective module must be equivalent to 20 credits at Level HE6 (minimum). It can sourced from:

1. The University of Bolton's health professional development framework
2. A relevant external module
3. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) for relevant previous study.

The advantage of the elective module is that it allows you to personalise your learning in an area specific to your role and your service need.

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