Advanced Clinical Practice MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

HLST221 (various - see overview section)

Study options:

5 years part-time

 

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44(0)24 7765 5989
+44(0)24 7765 5958
+44(0)24 7765 5388

hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLST221 (various - see overview section)

Study options:

5 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44(0)24 7765 5989
+44(0)24 7765 5958
+44(0)24 7765 5388

hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLST221 (various - see overview section)

Study options:

5 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44(0)24 7765 5989
+44(0)24 7765 5958
+44(0)24 7765 5388

hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

This master’s course aims to provide continuing professional development for healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds, and is rooted in Health Education England’s National Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice. It is designed to enhance your ability to work across clinical teams and take on leadership responsibilities in multi-disciplinary roles, and ultimately enhance the care provided for patients.

This degree is aimed at healthcare practitioners who want the opportunity to make a real difference and improve standards of practice throughout all aspects of healthcare provision. It is also available as a Level 7 apprenticeship, which some NHS Trusts fund through the apprenticeship levy. Find out more at https://www.coventry.ac.uk/apprenticeships.

You can now study this degree via the following pathways: 

September 2021 and January 2022

HLST221 MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Integrated Care Pathway)

HLST223 MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Urgent and Emergency Care Pathway)

HLST226 MSc Advanced Clicincal Practice (Generic Pathway)

January 2022 entry only:

HLST213 MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (General Pathway)

HLST215 MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Musculoskeletal Pathway)

HLST217 MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Neonatal Pathway)

HLST219 MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Children and Young People Pathway)

HLST249 MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Mental Health Pathway)

This exciting programme has been developed to meet the needs of healthcare practitioners who wish to expand their practice, to be recognised as 'Advanced Practitioners'.

The course will support development of the ability to:

  • Enhance the quality and standard of patient care;
  • Influence the strategic direction of patient care within your own field of practice;
  • Develop into an enquiring and reflective clinician.

The Advanced Clinical Practice MSc is approved and supported through Health Education England, working across the West Midlands, the West Midlands ACP Forum and West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

On successful completion of this course, graduates will be eligible to apply for entry to Health Education England's forthcoming ACP Directory of Advanced Practitioners Directory.

This course is currently going through the accreditation process with Health Education England. When this is complete students (past and present) will be able to go automatically onto the directory.

Health Education England

Health Education England

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

Our Facilities

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

 

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Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for much improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

 

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

What our students say...

I think it is a fantastic course! I have learnt a huge amount and have achieved things I did not think I was capable of. It has without doubt changed me both personally and professionally through the knowledge and confidence that I have gained. The core course leaders and lecturers are brilliant. There is no question that it is hard work, but 100% worth it. You get out of it what you put in.

The presentations/speaking in front of an audience have been the most challenging for me, but equally this has increased my confidence massively. I have learnt a huge amount from all of the reading and research that is necessary for all aspects of the course and I have found this learning very enjoyable. As well as adding to my confidence at work I would say it has actually changed my whole perspective and I now look at things from a rather different standpoint. As one of my ACP colleagues has said to me many times - this course puts fire in your belly! 

Rachael Meadows, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, current student, quoted in 2020

Course information

This course is aimed at experienced healthcare practitioners registered with a relevant professional body (NMC/HCPC/GPC) who wish to be prepared to fulfil specific Advanced Clinical Practitioner roles, upon successfully completing the course. Successful completion of the course will prepare you to become expert clinicians and clinical leaders - educating, developing and building teams.

You will have the chance to utilise evidence and research to shape your practice and current and future healthcare delivery through innovation and change.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Year 1 will focus on the key pillars in the ACP framework and aims to cover advanced health assessment, diagnostics, leadership and research.

The modules studied will vary according to the pathway you have selected and will take note of relevant recognition of prior achievement (RPL). Where RPL is agreed this will shorten the overall length of the course.

In addition to the full MSc courses above we also aim to offer a series of study days aimed at healthcare professionals.

Modules

  • These modules are mandatory unless stated otherwise.

  • General Pathway

    • Advanced health assessment - The aim of this module is to enable you to develop advanced health assessment knowledge and skills to underpin your advancing practice role. The module is designed for practitioners from a variety of practice settings across the lifespan and those who work in an autonomous capacity, carrying out patient assessments that normally include formulating a diagnosis and performing investigations, as a precursor for clinical decision-making and management.
    • Diagnostics and clinical management - The aims of this module are to enable you to establish a baseline in advancement of your autonomous role in the delivery of clinical management and care to individual patients and patient groups. It will also enable you to critically evaluate the impact of advanced clinical practice on the effectiveness of patient journeys. The emphasis will be on investigations (including ECG, X-ray, CT, MRI, blood gases), advanced clinical decision-making and autonomous clinical management. The module is designed for practitioners working in an autonomous capacity utilising holistic assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries (specialist pathway-specific content included).
    • Advancing practice - The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Research in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research for Advanced Clinical Practitioners. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches utilised in healthcare practice.
    • Practical law and ethics in Advanced Clinical Practice - The aims of this module are to explore and understand the role of ethics and law in accountable advanced clinical practice. You will be able to define ethical concepts and demonstrate insight into the role of legislation in influencing and directing current and emerging clinical practices. You will also have the opportunity to gain understanding of the use of ethics in defensible practice.
    • Clinical management of minor Injuries and Illness - The aims of this module are to enable you to develop your care and clinical management of patients, from across the life-span, with a minor injury or illness. It enables you to critically evaluate the impact of your practice on the effectiveness of patient care journeys. The module is designed for practitioners working in emergency/urgent care/minor injury/illness, or general practice/walk-in services. You will be a practitioner who works in an autonomous capacity and whose clinical practice utilises broad perspectives of assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries.
    • Facilitating individuals in the management of their LTCs - This module is relevant for practitioners who currently practice in healthcare with individuals who are living with a long-term condition(s). It will focus on concepts which transfer across disease boundaries for individuals and their families who live with long-term conditions. This module aims to enable you to critically examine and synthesize the principle concepts of supporting the care of those living with a long-term condition or multi-morbidities. It will enable the development of independent thinking and consideration of a strategic change in practice to develop knowledge, skill, analytical enquiry and person-centred approaches to people living with long-term conditions and multi-morbidities.
    • Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module offers you the opportunity to critically evaluate theoretical principles of leadership and management which can then be applied to your own current and future clinical practice. The module covers leadership and management, personal effectiveness, management of resources, management of people and explores the current literature on leadership and management. The module offers you the opportunity to reflect on your own qualities as a clinical leader and to consider how to develop yourself for your future practice. The overall aim of the module is to develop leaders with the confidence and skills to become competent and reflective leaders.
    • Advancing Practice Service Improvement project - This module aims to enable you to propose a service improvement plan with accompanying presentation. This will be sufficient to obtain notional approval by senior decision-makers/project funders to progress with leading and implementing the project plan.
    • Integration of Advanced Clinical Practice (Non-apprentice route only) - The module aims to further develop your appreciation of the significance and potential impact of all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice when they are integrated into everyday practice. It will enable you to recognise how each pillar informs the various dimensions of your role and that how when utilised together in an integrated way they deliver considerable impact on the quality of teamwork and patient care delivery. It will facilitate and promote the inclusion of the pillars in your everyday practice to achieve excellent and innovative services for patients. OR
    • Advanced Clinical Practice End point Assessment (Apprentice route only) - a nationally recognised assessment of learning from the whole course to gain MSc accreditation.

  • Musculoskeletal Pathway

    • Advanced health assessment - The aim of this module is to enable you to develop advanced health assessment knowledge and skills to underpin your advancing practice role. The module is designed for practitioners from a variety of practice settings across the lifespan and those who work in an autonomous capacity, carrying out patient assessments that normally include formulating a diagnosis and performing investigations, as a precursor for clinical decision-making and management.
    • Diagnostics and clinical management - The aims of this module are to enable you to establish a baseline in advancement of your autonomous role in the delivery of clinical management and care to individual patients and patient groups. It will also enable you to critically evaluate the impact of advanced clinical practice on the effectiveness of patient journeys. The emphasis will be on investigations (including ECG, X-ray, CT, MRI, blood gases), advanced clinical decision-making and autonomous clinical management. The module is designed for practitioners working in an autonomous capacity utilising holistic assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries (specialist pathway-specific content included)
    • Advancing practice - The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Research in advanced clinical practice - This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research for Advanced Clinical Practitioners. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches utilised in healthcare practice.
    • Practice Certificate Independent Supplementary Prescribing 1 - This module aims to prepare independent non-medical prescribers for their roles and responsibilities within the practice setting. This is the first of two modules which focuses upon the theoretical elements which underpins the practice of prescribing.
    • Practice Certificate Independent Supplementary Prescribing 2 - The second module builds on the theoretical concepts to consider the clinical context of prescribing. These master’s level modules adhere to professional body requirements for prescribing courses (NMC, HCPC, and GPhC).
    • Clinical management of Musculoskeletal Problems - The aim of this module is to enable development of the clinical knowledge, skills and capabilities required for practitioners to work safely, effectively and autonomously in advanced practice roles where the focus is to promote MSK health and to diagnose and manage care of individuals with MSK conditions.
    • Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module offers you the opportunity to critically evaluate theoretical principles of leadership and management which can then be applied to your own current and future clinical practice. The module covers leadership and management, personal effectiveness, management of resources, management of people and explores the current literature on leadership and management. The module offers you the opportunity to reflect on your own qualities as a clinical leader and to consider how to develop yourself for your future practice. The overall aim of the module is to develop leaders with the confidence and skills to become competent and reflective leaders.
    • Advancing Practice Service Improvement Project - This module aims to enable you to propose a service improvement plan with accompanying presentation. This will be sufficient to obtain notional approval by senior decision-makers/project funders to progress with leading and implementing the project plan.
    • Integration of Advanced Clinical Practice (Non-apprentice route only) - The module aims to further develop your appreciation of the significance and potential impact of all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice when they are integrated into everyday practice. It will enable you to recognise how each pillar informs the various dimensions of your role and that how when utilised together in an integrated way they deliver considerable impact on the quality of teamwork and patient care delivery. It will facilitate and promote the inclusion of the pillars in your everyday practice to achieve excellent and innovative services for patients. OR
    • Advanced Clinical Practice End point Assessment (Apprentice route only) - a nationally recognised assessment of learning from the whole course to gain MSc accreditation.

  • Generic Pathway

    • Advanced health assessment – The aim of this module is to enable you to develop advanced health assessment knowledge and skills to underpin your advancing practice role. The module is designed for practitioners from a variety of practice settings across the lifespan and those who work in an autonomous capacity, carrying out patient assessments that normally include formulating a diagnosis and performing investigations, as a precursor for clinical decision-making and management.
    • Diagnostics and Clinical Management –The aims of this module are to enable you to establish a baseline in advancement of your autonomous role in the delivery of clinical management and care to individual patients and patient groups. It will also enable you to critically evaluate the impact of advanced clinical practice on the effectiveness of patient journeys. The emphasis will be on investigations (including ECG, X-ray, CT, MRI, blood gases), advanced clinical decision-making and autonomous clinical management. The module is designed for practitioners working in an autonomous capacity utilising holistic assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries (specialist pathway-specific content included).
    • Advancing Practice – The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Research in Advanced Clinical Practice – This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research for Advanced Clinical Practitioners. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches utilised in healthcare practice.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 1 - This module aims to prepare independent non-medical prescribers for their roles and responsibilities within the practice setting. This is the first of two modules which focuses upon the theoretical elements which underpins the practice of prescribing.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 2 - The second module builds on the theoretical concepts to consider the clinical context of prescribing. These master’s level modules adhere to professional body requirements for prescribing courses (NMC, HCPC, and GPhC).
    • Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Management - This module will refine and further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners to enable effective autonomous patient management. The knowledge and skills will focus on the biomedical sciences, applied pathophysiology and an informed evidence base, including diagnostic tests, techniques and their interpretation. Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners should be enabled to autonomously initiate the management and care of patients within a defined scope of practice negotiated with their mentor and manager.
    • Advancing Practice Service Improvement Project - This module aims to enable you to propose a service improvement plan with accompanying presentation. This will be sufficient to obtain notional approval by senior decision-makers/project funders to progress with leading and implementing the project plan.
    • Integration of Advanced Clinical Practice (Non-apprentice route only) -- The module aims to further develop your appreciation of the significance and potential impact of all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice when they are integrated into everyday practice. It will enable you to recognise how each pillar informs the various dimensions of your role and that how when utilised together in an integrated way they deliver considerable impact on the quality of teamwork and patient care delivery. It will facilitate and promote the inclusion of the pillars in your everyday practice to achieve excellent and innovative services for patients. OR
    • Advanced Clinical Practice End point Assessment (Apprentice route only)- – a nationally recognised assessment of learning from the whole course to gain MSc accreditation.

  • Neonatal Pathway

    • Assessment of the Newborn - The United Kingdom National Screening Committee (UK NSC) policy for Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) is that all eligible babies will be offered the NIPE screen. The screen should be offered within 72 hours of birth and then again at 6-8 weeks of age. This module provides the theoretical and clinical foundation for this specialist area of practice and aims to enhance the Registered Practitioner’s knowledge and understanding of, and develop their clinical skills in, the complete, holistic physical examination of the newborn. The primary aim of this module is to provide appropriate healthcare professionals with the skills to competently undertake examination of newborn babies within a variety of practice settings according to their area of professional practice.
    • Diagnostics and Clinical Management – subject specific material - The aims of this module are to enable you to establish a baseline in advancement of your autonomous role in the delivery of clinical management and care to individual patients and patient groups. It will also enable you to critically evaluate the impact of advanced clinical practice on the effectiveness of patient journeys. The emphasis will be on investigations (including ECG, X-ray, CT, MRI, blood gases), advanced clinical decision-making and autonomous clinical management. The module is designed for practitioners working in an autonomous capacity utilising holistic assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries (specialist pathway-specific content included).
    • Advancing Practice – The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Research in Advanced Clinical Practice – The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 1 - This module aims to prepare independent non-medical prescribers for their roles and responsibilities within the practice setting. This is the first of two modules which focuses upon the theoretical elements which underpins the practice of prescribing.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 2 - The second module builds on the theoretical concepts to consider the clinical context of prescribing. These master’s level modules adhere to professional body requirements for prescribing courses (NMC, HCPC, and GPhC).
    • Clinical Management of Neonatal Conditions - This module will refine and develop the skills and knowledge required to deliver an advanced level of neonatal care. Skills and knowledge will be underpinned by biomedical science, applied pathophysiology and an informed evidence base. Neonatal Advanced Clinical Practitioners will be fully equipped to autonomously initiate and manage the total care of a spectrum of neonatal conditions.
    • Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module offers you the opportunity to critically evaluate theoretical principles of leadership and management which can then be applied to your own current and future clinical practice. The module covers leadership and management, personal effectiveness, management of resources, management of people and explores the current literature on leadership and management. The module offers you the opportunity to reflect on your own qualities as a clinical leader and to consider how to develop yourself for your future practice. The overall aim of the module is to develop leaders with the confidence and skills to become competent and reflective leaders.
    • Advancing Practice Service Improvement Project - This module aims to enable you to propose a service improvement plan with accompanying presentation. This will be sufficient to obtain notional approval by senior decision-makers/project funders to progress with leading and implementing the project plan.
    • Integration of Advanced Clinical Practice (Non-apprentice route only) OR - The module aims to further develop your appreciation of the significance and potential impact of all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice when they are integrated into everyday practice. It will enable you to recognise how each pillar informs the various dimensions of your role and that how when utilised together in an integrated way they deliver considerable impact on the quality of teamwork and patient care delivery. It will facilitate and promote the inclusion of the pillars in your everyday practice to achieve excellent and innovative services for patients.
    • Advanced Clinical Practice End point Assessment (Apprentice route only) – a nationally recognised assessment of learning from the whole course to gain MSc accreditation.

  • Children and Young People Pathway

    • Assessment of the Child and Young Person - The aim of this module is to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake an Advanced Health Assessment, in relation to children and young people aged 0-18 years. The specialist assessment skills will underpin your advancing practice role in order to carry out autonomous and effective care. The module is designed to develop practitioners from diverse practice settings and healthcare professions and will provide seminal theory and assessment skills education in order to prepare you to undertake the subsequent clinical management of paediatric presentations.
    • Diagnostics and Clinical Management - subject specific material - The aims of this module are to enable you to establish a baseline in advancement of your autonomous role in the delivery of clinical management and care to individual patients and patient groups. It will also enable you to critically evaluate the impact of advanced clinical practice on the effectiveness of patient journeys. The emphasis will be on investigations (including ECG, X-ray, CT, MRI, blood gases), advanced clinical decision-making and autonomous clinical management. The module is designed for practitioners working in an autonomous capacity utilising holistic assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries (specialist pathway-specific content included).
    • Advancing Practice – The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Research in Advanced Clinical Practice – This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research for Advanced Clinical Practitioners. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches utilised in healthcare practice.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 1 - This module aims to prepare independent non-medical prescribers for their roles and responsibilities within the practice setting. This is the first of two modules which focuses upon the theoretical elements which underpins the practice of prescribing.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 2 - The second module builds on the theoretical concepts to consider the clinical context of prescribing. These master’s level modules adhere to professional body requirements for prescribing courses (NMC, HCPC, and GPhC).
    • Managing Minor Injury Illness in Children and Young People - The aims of this module are to enable you to develop your clinical management of children and young people, from 0-18 years, that demonstrate signs and symptoms associated with diverse minor injury and illness presentations. The module will allow you to critically evaluate the clinical effectiveness of your practice when applied to the care of children and young people. This module is specifically designed for health practitioners working with emergency and urgent care centres, in-patient paediatric care settings, children’s community services including the provision of pre-hospital emergency care, general practice and walk-in centres. You will practice in an autonomous capacity, and your scope of practice will include broad perspectives encompassing assessment, diagnosis, case management and treatment(s) including prescribing.
    • Advancing Practice Service Improvement Project - This module aims to enable you to propose a service improvement plan with accompanying presentation. This will be sufficient to obtain notional approval by senior decision-makers/project funders to progress with leading and implementing the project plan.
    • Integration of Advanced Clinical Practice (Non-apprentice route only) - The module aims to further develop your appreciation of the significance and potential impact of all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice when they are integrated into everyday practice. It will enable you to recognise how each pillar informs the various dimensions of your role and that how when utilised together in an integrated way they deliver considerable impact on the quality of teamwork and patient care delivery. It will facilitate and promote the inclusion of the pillars in your everyday practice to achieve excellent and innovative services for patients. OR
    • Advanced Clinical Practice End point Assessment (Apprentice route only)– a nationally recognised assessment of learning from the whole course to gain MSc accreditation.

  • Integrated Care Pathway

    • Advanced health assessment – The aim of this module is to enable you to develop advanced health assessment knowledge and skills to underpin your advancing practice role. The module is designed for practitioners from a variety of practice settings across the lifespan and those who work in an autonomous capacity, carrying out patient assessments that normally include formulating a diagnosis and performing investigations, as a precursor for clinical decision-making and management.
    • Diagnostics and Clinical Management – subject specific material - The aims of this module are to enable you to establish a baseline in advancement of your autonomous role in the delivery of clinical management and care to individual patients and patient groups. It will also enable you to critically evaluate the impact of advanced clinical practice on the effectiveness of patient journeys. The emphasis will be on investigations (including ECG, X-ray, CT, MRI, blood gases), advanced clinical decision-making and autonomous clinical management. The module is designed for practitioners working in an autonomous capacity utilising holistic assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries (specialist pathway-specific content included).
    • Advancing Practice – The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Research in Advanced Clinical Practice – This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research for Advanced Clinical Practitioners. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches utilised in healthcare practice.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 1 - This module aims to prepare independent non-medical prescribers for their roles and responsibilities within the practice setting. This is the first of two modules which focuses upon the theoretical elements which underpins the practice of prescribing.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 2 - The second module builds on the theoretical concepts to consider the clinical context of prescribing. These master’s level modules adhere to professional body requirements for prescribing courses (NMC, HCPC, and GPhC).
    • Facilitating individuals in the management of their LTCs - This module is relevant for practitioners who currently practice in healthcare with individuals who are living with a long-term condition(s). It will focus on concepts which transfer across disease boundaries for individuals and their families who live with long-term conditions. This module enables you to critically examine and synthesize the principle concepts of supporting the care of those living with a long-term condition or multi-morbidities. This module will enable the development of independent thinking and consideration of a strategic change in practice to develop knowledge, skill, analytical enquiry and person-centred approaches to people living with long-term conditions and multi-morbidities.
    • Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module offers you the opportunity to critically evaluate theoretical principles of leadership and management which can then be applied to your own current and future clinical practice. The module covers leadership and management, personal effectiveness, management of resources, management of people and explores the current literature on leadership and management. The module offers you the opportunity to reflect on your own qualities as a clinical leader and to consider how to develop yourself for your future practice. The overall aim of the module is to develop leaders with the confidence and skills to become competent and reflective leader
    • Integration of Advanced Clinical Practice (Non-apprentice route only) - The module aims to further develop your appreciation of the significance and potential impact of all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice when they are integrated into everyday practice. It will enable you to recognise how each pillar informs the various dimensions of your role and that how when utilised together in an integrated way they deliver considerable impact on the quality of teamwork and patient care delivery. It will facilitate and promote the inclusion of the pillars in your everyday practice to achieve excellent and innovative services for patients. OR
    • Advanced Clinical Practice End point Assessment (Apprentice route only)– a nationally recognised assessment of learning from the whole course to gain MSc accreditation.

  • Urgent & Emergency Care Pathway

    • Advanced health assessment - The aim of this module is to enable you to develop advanced health assessment knowledge and skills to underpin your advancing practice role. The module is designed for practitioners from a variety of practice settings across the lifespan and those who work in an autonomous capacity, carrying out patient assessments that normally include formulating a diagnosis and performing investigations, as a precursor for clinical decision-making and management.
    • Diagnostics and Clinical Management - subject specific material - The aims of this module are to enable you to establish a baseline in advancement of your autonomous role in the delivery of clinical management and care to individual patients and patient groups. It will also enable you to critically evaluate the impact of advanced clinical practice on the effectiveness of patient journeys. The emphasis will be on investigations (including ECG, X-ray, CT, MRI, blood gases), advanced clinical decision-making and autonomous clinical management. The module is designed for practitioners working in an autonomous capacity utilising holistic assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries (specialist pathway-specific content included).
    • Advancing Practice - The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Research in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research for Advanced Clinical Practitioners. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches utilised in healthcare practice.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 1 - This module aims to prepare independent non-medical prescribers for their roles and responsibilities within the practice setting. This is the first of two modules which focuses upon the theoretical elements which underpins the practice of prescribing.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 2 - The second module builds on the theoretical concepts to consider the clinical context of prescribing. These master’s level modules adhere to professional body requirements for prescribing courses (NMC, HCPC, and GPhC).
    • Clinical Management of Minor Injuries and Illness - The aims of this module are to enable you to develop your care and clinical management of patients, from across the lifespan, with a minor injury or illness. It enables you to critically evaluate the impact of your practice on the effectiveness of patient care journeys. The module is designed for practitioners working in emergency/urgent care/minor injury/illness, or general practice/walk-in services. You will work in an autonomous capacity and your clinical practice will utilise broad perspectives of assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries.
    • Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module offers you the opportunity to critically evaluate theoretical principles of leadership and management which can then be applied to your own current and future clinical practice. The module covers leadership and management, personal effectiveness, management of resources, management of people and explores the current literature on leadership and management. The module offers you the opportunity to reflect on your own qualities as a clinical leader and to consider how to develop yourself for your future practice. The overall aim of the module is to develop leaders with the confidence and skills to become competent and reflective leaders.
    • Advancing Practice Service Improvement Project - This module aims to enable you to propose a service improvement plan with accompanying presentation. This will be sufficient to obtain notional approval by senior decision-makers/project funders to progress with leading and implementing the project plan
    • Integration of Advanced Clinical Practice (Non-apprentice route only) - The module aims to further develop your appreciation of the significance and potential impact of all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice when they are integrated into everyday practice. It will enable you to recognise how each pillar informs the various dimensions of your role and that how when utilised together in an integrated way they deliver considerable impact on the quality of teamwork and patient care delivery. It will facilitate and promote the inclusion of the pillars in your everyday practice to achieve excellent and innovative services for patients. OR
    • Advanced Clinical Practice End point Assessment (Apprentice route only) - a nationally recognised assessment of learning from the whole course to gain MSc accreditation.

  • Mental Health Pathway

    • Advanced Mental Health Assessment - The aim of this module is to enable you to develop advanced mental health assessment knowledge and skills to underpin your advanced clinical practice role. The module is designed for practitioners, from a variety of mental illness practice settings, who work in an autonomous capacity and carry out service user assessments. Assessments normally include formulating a diagnosis and performing investigations, as a precursor for clinical decision-making and management.
    • Diagnostics and Clinical Management - subject specific material - The aims of this module are to enable you to establish a baseline in advancement of your autonomous role in the delivery of clinical management and care to individual patients and patient groups. It will also enable you to critically evaluate the impact of advanced clinical practice on the effectiveness of patient journeys. The emphasis will be on investigations (including ECG, X-ray, CT, MRI, blood gases), advanced clinical decision-making and autonomous clinical management. The module is designed for practitioners working in an autonomous capacity utilising holistic assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries (specialist pathway-specific content included).
    • Advancing Practice - The aims of this module are to enable you to critically evaluate your current role in relation to the Education and Leadership pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Adopting a reflective and critical approach to the appraisal of these pillars will enable ongoing development of principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning Advanced Clinical Practice. This will facilitate advancing the impact of your role and contribute to the continued development of your professional group.
    • Research in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research for Advanced Clinical Practitioners. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches utilised in healthcare practice.
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 1 - This module aims to prepare independent non-medical prescribers for their roles and responsibilities within the practice setting. This is the first of two modules which focuses upon the theoretical elements which underpins the practice of prescribing. 
    • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 2 - The second module builds on the theoretical concepts to consider the clinical context of prescribing. These master’s level modules adhere to professional body requirements for prescribing courses (NMC, HCPC, and GPhC).
    • Advanced Clinical Management of Mental Health Conditions - This module will refine and further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners, to enable effective autonomous management of service user mental illness. The knowledge and skills obtained will focus on the psychosocial sciences, applied psychopathology, applied pathophysiology, symptom recognition and interpretation. Evidence base will inform clinical risk management and support therapeutic engagement in relation to the management of those experiencing mental health conditions. You will be enabled to autonomously initiate the management and care of service users within a defined scope of practice negotiated with your mentor and manager.
    • Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice - This module offers you the opportunity to critically evaluate theoretical principles of leadership and management which can then be applied to your own current and future clinical practice. The module covers leadership and management, personal effectiveness, management of resources, management of people and explores the current literature on leadership and management. The module offers you the opportunity to reflect on your own qualities as a clinical leader and to consider how to develop yourself for your future practice. The overall aim of the module is to develop leaders with the confidence and skills to become competent and reflective leaders.
    • Advancing Practice Service Improvement Project - This module aims to enable you to propose a service improvement plan with accompanying presentation. This will be sufficient to obtain notional approval by senior decision-makers/project funders to progress with leading and implementing the project plan.
    • Integration of Advanced Clinical Practice (Non-apprentice route only) - The module aims to further develop your appreciation of the significance and potential impact of all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice when they are integrated into everyday practice. It will enable you to recognise how each pillar informs the various dimensions of your role and that how when utilised together in an integrated way they deliver considerable impact on the quality of teamwork and patient care delivery. It will facilitate and promote the inclusion of the pillars in your everyday practice to achieve excellent and innovative services for patients. OR
    • Advanced Clinical Practice End point Assessment (Apprentice route only) - a nationally recognised assessment of learning from the whole course to gain MSc accreditation.

Overview

In year two you will develop your skills and knowledge in areas specific to your role with either prescribing modules and a specialist advanced module, or three more generic advanced modules, depending on the pathway chosen.

Modules

  • Year Two – Modules as detailed in Year One

Overview

Year three brings together the learning from the previous years and introduces the final pillar: Leadership in Advanced Practice. Throughout this year, you will hone your leadership skills and propose a service development project to enhance your service. The final module integrates the skills learned into everyday practice.

Modules

  • Final Year – Modules as detailed in Year One

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • This course is designed to meet the specific requirements for Advanced Clinical Practitioner roles.
  • The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice provides opportunities to develop autonomous clinical practice and clinical leadership roles across the multi-disciplinary team, within complex healthcare settings including the NHS .
  • Existing knowledge and skills will be continuously built upon, enhancing your experience.
  • State-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life environments relevant to practice.

The course covers the established four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice.

  • Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Education
  • Research

A wide range of educationally transformative learning opportunities are designed to develop clinical practice and other skills. These include simulation in our state-of-the-art facilities, role-specific work-based learning utilising expertise from the breadth of clinical practice and up-to-date approaches including problem-based scenarios from the real world of practice. Inter-professional and collaborative experiences are at the heart of the course. The development in the final year of a proposal for a service improvement project will give you the opportunity to develop project leadership skills. The importance of effective mentorship in practice is afforded high priority and emphasis since it is crucial in helping you to apply theory to practice.

Assessment methods are varied and may include essays, vlogs, case presentations, simulated consultations and project reports, among others. They are designed to give you the opportunity to measure effective safe clinical practice, while also delivering practical skills in presentation and engagement with colleagues. Together they can feed forward into your ongoing growth and development.

The creation of an individual practice portfolio, feeds throughout the course demonstrating advanced clinical practice competence, capability and expertise within your specific field of practice.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Successful completion will enable recognition as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner and inclusion in the forthcoming Health Education England’s Advanced Clinical Practitioners Directory. This course is currently going through the accreditation process with Health Education England. When this is complete students (past and present) will be able to go automatically onto the directory.

One day taught/attended session per week at the Coventry campus for three 13-week terms per year.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Established international partnership opportunities are in place and support understanding of the diverse world of advanced practice.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any international opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

International experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

  • Must be a registered health care practitioner
  • Normally qualified for a minimum of five years, with a minimum of two years’ experience in your current speciality.
  • Must be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week, employed as a Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner / Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • Must have full support and engagement of your line manager
  • Must have an identified senior clinical mentor.
  • Normally hold an honours degree In a health-related discipline and evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level.
  • The general requirements for admissions are in line with University policy. Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have IELTS >6.5 or equivalent.
  • Applicants must provide, on application, two references, one should be an academic one and the other a clinical/employer one.
Academic advice

Normally, once the application papers are complete and have been processed, applicants will be invited for informal interview (usually in-person, but may be done virtually) to confirm suitability and discuss and confirm the choice of pathway.

Additional Requirements: Integrated Apprenticeship

Evidence for selection is gained from applicant’s personal statement, academic qualifications and employer’s recommendation.

Applicants must be registered with a statutory health and/or social care regulator with proof of current registration.

Applicants must demonstrate achievement of English and Mathematics qualifications at a minimum of Level 2, as per general apprenticeship requirements.

Students must remain in continuous appropriate employment throughout the life of the course.

Additional Requirements: Neonatal Pathway

Students on the Neonatal Pathway must be able to work in an area of practice where examination of the newborn can be undertaken. Employer support and appropriate clinical supervision must be evident before commencement of the course.

Prospective EU and International students currently working in the UK are able to apply for this course (subject to visa conditions, and meeting additional requirements as specified on the UK entry requirements tab). A Tier 4 visa is not suitable for this course. 

For more information please contact the International Office on applications.io@coventry.ac.uk.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Prospective EU and International students currently working in the UK are able to apply for this course (subject to visa conditions, and meeting additional requirements as specified on the UK entry requirements tab). A Tier 4 visa is not suitable for this course.

For more information please contact the International Office on applications.io@coventry.ac.uk.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£10,400


January 2022

£10,400


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

TBC


January 2022

TBC


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

TBC


January 2022

TBC


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any placements or work experience or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation and activities.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Graduates typically progress into ACP roles in a range of settings in primary/secondary/tertiary care, in the NHS and some private services.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.