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Advanced Clinical Practice PgDip/Top up to MSc

Overview

Thorough preparation

Our course provides thorough preparation not only for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP), but also for Advanced Clinical Practitioners and health professionals who wish to work at a higher level of practice.

It has been developed for both experienced qualified registered nurses and other health professionals working in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings.

Advanced clinical Practice

Why Advanced Clinical Practice at LSBU?

We have been delivering high quality, advanced nursing education for over 20 years.
Our programme is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Dedicated facilities: We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus.
No.1 in the UK for graduate prospects in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019).
Successful PGDip students can undertake the top-up MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award by completing a dissertation.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
PgDip
Duration
18 months - 5 years
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
MSc (top-up)
Duration
18 months - 5 years
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

PgDip

The structure for the course comprises of a prescribed sequence of six compulsory modules, the order depending on the start date (September or January) and the rate of progression.

Each 20 credit module accounts for 200 hours of total student effort.  This typically comprises of 36 – 42 classroom contact hours, 14 blended learning activity hours, practice based learning hours (equivalent to a minimum of 3 hours per week) and the remainder for self-directed study.

The Complexity modules share a common learning framework and approach to assessment but the focus, content and assessment requirements are adapted for the context.

The first part of the course includes:

  • Physiological Principles for Advanced Clinical Practice
    This module develops key foundation knowledge to underpin subsequent applied pathophysiology and pharmacology educational input.
  • Clinical Assessment Skills for Advanced Practice
    This module can be taken in conjunction with, or following the Physiological Principles for Advanced Clinical Practice module.
  • Non Medical Prescribing
    The PgDip ACP includes the requirement for students to be Independent Prescribers. This ensures that graduates from the programme will be able to fully meet patient's needs and service demands. Increasing numbers of applicants are already Independent Prescribers, having completed Non Medical Prescribing (NMP) courses at Level 6 or 7, and are using their prescribing rights on a daily basis. Such students will be able to accredit their prior learning to account for 20 credits within the PgDip ACP course.

    Students who are not Independent Prescribers will be required to undertake the NMP course, normally in January - July of their first year, when a separate occurrence of the NMP course is provided for all advanced practice students in the School. 20 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate Non Medical Prescribing will be used towards the PgDip ACP award.

    Current prescribing legislation enables Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Chiropodists and Podiatrists to train to become Independent Prescribers. The case for extending these rights to Diagnostic Radiographers and Paramedics was debated in 2016 but rejected. It is anticipated that the case for Paramedics will be represented within the next couple of years. Therefore Paramedics will be able to enter the course and study for the other modules first and undertake the Non Medical Prescribing component when the legislation is amended to include this profession.

    In the event that this is delayed, the student will be able to take an alternative module "Professional Development through Contract Learning". This module allows students to investigate an area of their own choice, relevant to their field of professional practice. For this group, the focus will be on development of the knowledge and skills to make safe, appropriate, evidence-based prescribing decisions. The module is delivered in the form of a learning contract and is largely student managed with tutorial support. This will be provided by members of the Non Medical Prescribing team. This strategy will ensure that paramedic students will not be disadvantaged and can complete the PgDip ACP award within the maximum 5 year time frame.

The second part of the course includes:

  • Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice
  • Leadership and Research Skills for Advanced Practice

There is an option for the final module according to work setting from:

  • Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Community and Primary Care)
  • Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Emergency Care)
  • Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (Acute and Critical Care)

MSc (top-up)

Students can undertake the Dissertation module (60 credits) to gain the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award.

Employability

Graduate and employer surveys and feedback indicate our graduates are making a positive impact on patient care and service innovation in general practices, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units, emergency departments, projects for refugees, asylum seekers and homeless populations, elderly care facilities, “out of hours” developments, rapid response services, intermediate care teams, prison services, acute medical and surgical teams, critical-care outreach and specialist hospital services.

Some of our graduates are now lead nurses within social enterprises, nurse partners in general practices, nurse representatives on commissioning boards, community matrons and consultant nurses.

Our first Paramedic student successfully gained his PgDip Advanced Clinical Practice in February 2018 and is now employed as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in an Emergency Department in South London.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Each 20 credit module accounts for 200 hours of total student effort.  This typically comprises of 36 – 42 classroom contact hours, 14 blended learning activity hours, practice based learning hours (equivalent to a minimum of 3 hours per week) and the remainder for self-directed study.

A range of assessment strategies will be used to reflect the academic, clinical and professional aspects of the programme. This includes use of exams, a written case study, an essay, completion of a Practice Based Learning record including Practice Facilitator feedback and evaluation of practice, OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and production of a clinical portfolio including patient feedback.

Facilities

There are a range of facilities to support teaching practice skills and simulation. These include the skills laboratories, clinical and simulation equipment, themed notice boards, resources, anatomical models and the media/skills technicians who maintain the labs and prepare for sessions.

Students are supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) using “Moodle”. Open access computers are provided in the Library and Learning Resource Centre on our Southwark campus. E-learning will complement face-to-face delivery for all modules within the course, with 14 specific hours assigned to blended learning activities in each timetable.

Skills workshop

A four day workshop will be provided mid-way through the course, giving the opportunity for students to practise, consolidate and develop their new skills in a supervised, supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications

Normally applicants will have a Health-related honours degree (or international equivalent), with a classification of 2.2 or above, however applications from clinically experienced, senior level health professionals with evidence of a minimum of 90 undergraduate degree level credits (at least 15 credits of which has been completed within the past 2 years) will also be considered.

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • Possession of an IELTS score of at least 7.0 across all four domains or its equivalent for students whose first language is not English.

Professional experience

Applicants require:

  • Current nursing registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • A minimum of 3 years post-registration experience
  • Employed for a minimum of 25 hours per week in a relevant clinical environment, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision for the development of knowledge and skills to an advanced level.

Applicants (even where self-funding) must also be able to demonstrate their employer can do the following:

  • Support for the applicant to undertake this course at LSBU
  • Support for development of the applicant to an advanced level within the workplace
  • Release the student to enable them to dedicate the equivalent of 3 hours per week throughout the calendar year (in addition to the study day in university), so as to have protected learning time in a 'supernumerary capacity' to focus on clinical and professional development, completion of the Practice Based Learning activity requirements and the Practice Based Learning records
  • Organise doctor/qualified Advanced Practitioner to act as applicant's designated "Practice Facilitator" to supervise and support their overall clinical development and facilitate completion of specified practice-based learning activities. Sign off for specific aspects of learning is required (this responsibility can be shared with other senior experienced clinical colleagues however nomination of an overall lead clinician is required)
  • Provide day-to-day supervision and support by an experienced clinical team to enable the development of the knowledge, skills, competence and confidence commensurate with this level of practice

Selection process

Advanced level clinical practice is by its very nature challenging and demanding. It is therefore important that appropriate candidates are selected who have the determination, professional attitudes and calibre that is needed for academic success and maximum impact in practice.

Students are therefore selected for the course using the following strategies:

  1. Application form with personal statement.
  2. Submission of a 1,000 word referenced essay, which critically analyses the potential for development of ANPs within their clinical practice, with reference to relevant advanced practice literature.
  3. A letter from the clinical lead expressing their support for the course AND development of the individuals practice to an advanced level.
  4. A supportive reference from the students current clinical lead.
  5. The contents of the Clinical Practice Learning Environment profile which evaluates the students work environment (and other clinical opportunities) for meeting the learning requirements for the course.
  6. Provision of a completed Practice Facilitators nomination and acceptance form.

Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview to assess interpersonal skills and professional awareness, particularly in relation to the potential benefits offered by the course for personal and professional development and to the patient care provided on an individual and organisational basis.

Recognition of prior learning

This is considered on an individual basis at interview, in accordance with the University academic regulations. Credit awarded by another Higher Education Provider may under certain circumstances contribute to the credit required for a London South Bank University award.

For credit to be transferred, the learning must be relevant to the course for which the claim for credit is being made. The learning must also have been at a comparable academic level and must have been assessed.

The amount of credit transferred must be equal to or less than the amount of credit awarded by the Provider at which the learning took place. At least half of the credit required for an award of the University must normally be accumulated as a result of learning assessed at London South Bank University.

The University also has a process for accreditation of prior experiential learning, with the details and submission requirements for each claim considered individually.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
PgDip
Duration
18 months - 5 years
Start date
January; September
Application code
4758
Application method
Mode
MSc (top-up)
Duration
18 months - 5 years
Start date
January; September
Application code
4759
Application method

Apply for this course through the online CPPD prospectus.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2898International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4759Session code: 1PS01
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4758Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2898International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4759Session code: 1PS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2370International fee: £2916.67
AOS/LSBU code: 4758Session code: 1PS07
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4758Session code: 1PS05
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2370International fee: £2916.67
AOS/LSBU code: 4758Session code: 1PS06
Total course fee:
UK/EU £4740
International £5833.33
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2370International fee: £2916.67
AOS/LSBU code: 4758Session code: 1PS04
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4758Session code: 1PS02
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2370International fee: £2916.67
AOS/LSBU code: 4758Session code: 1PS03
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8750

Speak with your employer/Trust regarding professional development funding that may be available to you.

Stories

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Reading list

Pre-module workbooks are provided for the first two modules:

  • Physiological Principles for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Assessment Skills for Advanced Practice.

The core text for the course is: Bickley, L. and Szilagyi, P. (2016), Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History taking. 12th ed. London: Wolters Kluwer.

 
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