The programme is delivered by Kent's Global and Lifelong Learning (GLL) team, based at the Medway campus. It is a joint collaboration between GLL and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP (UK)).
Who is the programme for?
Candidates who have successfully completed an FGDP post-registration Diploma or other appropriate programmes may apply for direct access entry with advanced standing of 90 credits to the next available MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare cohort.
The programme fosters intellectual and professional development of experienced healthcare practitioners allowing them to extend and deepen the analytical and critical reasoning powers which underpin practice (e.g. in organisational leadership and change, health and welfare systems, organisations and services and advanced technical procedures and practices).
The programme aims to:
- provide supervision for advanced practitioner-centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment
- equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging,
questioning and realigning
strategies for specialist practice
- develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, and work effectively with organisational interests and evidence-based processes within complex multidisciplinary teams.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Theories of reflective practice which will equip the learner in delivering quality services in health and social care settings.
- Leadership styles to develop theory and skills appropriate to specialist areas of practice.
- Strategic decision-making in healthcare services and other health and social care and organisational settings.
- A specialist area of practice with emphasis on developing both the clinical skills and skills to evaluate quality and assess clinical or general practice.
- Critical analysis of models of care of patients, clients, service users, customers and consumers through evidence-based practice.
- The learning process of collaborative working in an area of specialist practice.
- Practice-based research and enquiry underpinned by concepts of patient/client assessment, such as critical analysis of medical, health and social care factors.
- Theory-building and theory-testing in professional practice including holistic factors such as health or disease, treatment and sociologic economic factors.
- Data Management and the main statistical principles and methods used in area of practice.
- The key ethical and legal principles governing area of practice.
You develop intellectual skills to:
- Demonstrate critical and analytical reasoning to review and analyse contemporary practice.
- Prepare and present clearly reasoned and justified argument in securing practice change and development.
- Apply work-based learning to demonstrably enhance services.
- Develop a comprehensive professional portfolio that identifies the utility of intellectual skills in practice.
- Design and implement a programme of practice-based enquiry.
- Collect and analyse data from practice to inform evidence-based enquiry including the statistical analysis of data.
- Undertake and report ethical analysis of practice research project-plans.
- Understand the importance to professionalism of positive critique, response to feedback and reflective practice.
You gain subject-specific skills to:
- Demonstrate effective engagement in team working appropriate to workplace.
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of change management in healthcare services/
- Develop new roles that support the interface between the strategic aims of service and practice.
- Present and argue an evidence based case for service change and development.
You gain transferable skills to:
- Enable acquisition of skills of evaluation and enquiry that support the practitioner in making a contribution to professional knowledge in their subject field.
- Ability to design and implementation of a research programme with a clear analysis of the outcomes and recommendations for future action.
- Clear and detailed reporting and accounting for the implementation and outcomes of an applied development project.
- Skilled utilisation of action learning set approaches to solve problems and identify solutions.
- Effective use of work-based learning to establish a future personal plan within the context of lifelong professional development.
- Use of supervision to inform and enhance learning approaches in the workplace.
- To communicate with clarity in academic settings and in professional / work place settings.
- Show evidence of critical self-reflection and the ability to enhance professional competence on the basis of feedback.
This programme aims to:
- Provide supervision for advanced practitioner centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment.
- Equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for specialist practice.
- Develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, work effectively with organisational interests, evidence-based processes, and within complex multidisciplinary teams.
- Enable practitioners to critically evaluate their own area of practice informed by evidence-based research and grounded in self-reflection
- Provide a culture of lifelong learning that values and respects practice as the context for building and testing theory to enhance services for patients /clients/ consumers/customers and their families.
- Enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in a multidisciplinary working environment. Support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.
- Support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.