Advanced Clinical Practice (MSc/PgCert)
n/a (Full-time) / MSc 3 years (Part-time), PgCert 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
This innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, developed in collaboration with health care professionals, is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles.
Modern healthcare practice has seen traditional professional boundaries change to reflect the demands of national healthcare policy, the scope of practice and patient needs. Increasingly, advanced practitioners in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions have to be prepared both academically and clinically to deliver complex care traditionally delivered by doctors.
This programme aims to advance practice through facilitating the individual’s capability to extend their competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).
The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a three year, part time programme, and is made up of 180 credits, including 4 taught modules of 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).
In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, students are required to undertake the core module ‘Approaches, designs and methods for research and health improvement’, plus 3 optional modules of their choice, from a defined menu of available modules (see below).
Students are required to complete 3,150 hours of associated practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated Advanced Practitioner.
Assessments used within the programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and clinical practice, and will include written work such as reflective narratives, Objective Structured Clinical Assessments (OSCA’s), situational analyses, case study analysis, oral/ teaching presentations, seminars, project work and completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolios.
In addition to the group discussions provided, each student will have the opportunity for a minimum of one individual tutorial per module and five per Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio module with their academic supervisor. The DSMP will support the completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio.
Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice
To support the development of practitioners aiming to work at advanced practitioner level within practice who already hold a Masters level qualification, the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio is available as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate.
A two-year, part-time programme, the Postgraduate Certificate is run in conjunction with the MSc and consists of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio only.
- Approaches, Designs and Methods for Research and Health Improvement NRT178
- Analysing and Interpreting Advanced Practice NRT174
- Non-Medical Prescribing NRT082 + NRT083
- Clinical Patient Assessment for Health Professionals NR3177
- Advancing Assessment and Decision Making NRT153
- Patient Safety and Clinical Risk NRT073
- Transforming Care, Systems and Services Through Leadership NRT150
- Complexities in Care Management NRT149
- Nurse Practitioner: Towards Autonomous Practice Module NR3048
- Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (Core Module) NRT176
- Advanced Clinical Assessment for Healthcare Professionals NRT 181
Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio
- The Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio is an innovative alternative to a dissertation, created to take into account the nature of the Advanced Practitioner role. The Portfolio is launched at the beginning of the programme, to allow the student to capture any opportunity to experience and achieve competencies, and clinical hours. It will provide a clinically focused programme that integrates the anatomy and physiology, altered physiology and advanced practice competencies required to underpin the treatments and decisions made in clinical practice, at band 7 Advanced Practitioner level.
- The Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio will comprise of two elements: a competency document within a portfolio of evidence (maximum 10,000 words), worth 70% of the final module mark, and situational analyses (maximum 10,000 words), that will draw together the student’s learning exemplifying evidence based practice.
- Students will be encouraged to examine theoretical aspects of decision-making, with a view to analysing and developing existing practice, and to develop strategies for effective and defendable practice based on analyses of situations experienced in practice. Students will be supported by a DSMP, and will be expected to complete 3,150 hours of associated practice.
The programme is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake an advanced practice role within their area of expertise.
"The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a 3 year course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice. Developed by experts in both critical care and emergency care in conjunction with Cardiff University, this course addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments."
- Mark Wise
Clinical Nurse Leader, Emergency Unit
Cardiff and Vale UHB
- Current registration with the relevant professional/regulatory body
- An undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent
- Extensive experience within the specialised area of clinical practice, demonstrating abilities in clinical, research, leadership and management fields which would normally be achieved through at least five years post-registration clinical practice
- Evidence of continuing professional development
- Enhanced up-to-date CRB disclosure
Successful candidates will also require the support of their line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) in order to access the programme, as the student will need to accrue clinical hours working alongside their DSMP.
In addition to the above, those who are applying for the PgCert only must have already achieved an MSc in Advanced Practice or equivalent, to be judged on an individual basis against set criteria including:
- Whether the MSc degree held remains relevant to current specialist area practice
- Whether the MSc degree held included a comparable research component, and clinically focused modules
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh must satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the University by attainment of a minimum IELTS overall score of 6.5.
This programme is available to Home students only.
How To Apply
1. Applicants must secure the agreement of their line manager and DSMP prior to making a formal application.
2. Complete an online application form.
3. The admissions committee will review all completed application forms, and successful applicants will usually receive an offer of a place by early August of each academic year.
4. Applicants must reply to Registry confirming acceptance of their place by the end of August.
Tuition Fees for 2014/15 are still to be confirmed.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Ms Sue Williams
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7869