MSc Allied Health Practice makes use of the excellent facilities at UCLan, including the School's own state-of-the-art movement analysis lab, clinical treatment rooms and the excellent Information Technology support which the University provides.
Usually three-five years part-time studying up to 60 credits per year. The number of credits studied each year will determine the duration of study – 60 credits each year give a completion within three years.
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Applicants should note that some modules require either HCPC registration or that you are currently practicing. Students who are undertaking placements will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced criminal record check, for which there may be an additional fee. The awards do not provide eligibility to apply for professional registration; students wishing to gain access to the AHP register of the HCPC may use these modules to develop some of the required evidence to support their application. All applicants may be asked to attend for a guidance interview.
This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. Where this is the case, students will be required to obtain a DBS Enhanced Criminal Records check and UCLan will take you through the process.
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The course is innovative in its inclusion of modules which are designed to develop your clinical and professional practice, at the pace at which you are able to study. All the modules are available as stand-alone CPD modules, or can be studied as part of an award pathway.
This course affords you the opportunity to develop through using your daily work experience and your CPD opportunities as basis for further study and the focus of your assessments. All the assessments are designed to accommodate your choice of clinical area and therefore the course is truly responsive to you. This enables you to tailor your study to a broad range of core practice areas or specialisms depending on your personal development needs.
The emphasis of the course is on issues relating to the current health and clinical practice agendas, which is a theme maintained across all modules. The course has been mapped against key health and social care strategies and is developed in conjunction with clinical partners to ensure that it meets service needs.
The accessibility of this course means that you can choose to study as much or as little as you are ready for. If you enrol on individual modules, you will be awarded M level credits which you may then choose to transfer, using APL (accreditation of prior learning), should you subsequently enrol on an award; alternatively you may choose to register for a combination of modules leading to an award of Post-Graduate Certificate, Post-Graduate Diploma or Master of Science in Allied Health Practice.
You are encouraged to enquire about using relevant and current Masters level credits that you already hold, from UCLan or elsewhere, as credit towards an award at UCLan, through APL.
The part-time programme would typically be studied over three-five years. All modules are delivered in set semesters, however on a part time route the optional modules can be studied in any year of study.
Studying less than 40 optional credits in a year will increase the duration of study; the maximum credits for which a part -time student can be enrolled, in any academic year, is 80 credits.
PU4001 Developing practice through enquiry (20 credits- core) This module develops skills for critical enquiry, an understanding of evidence based practice and how to use the principles in practice. This module is studied by supported distance learning. Enrolment must be before 17/9/13
PU4002 Demonstrating practice outcomes (20 Credits- core) In this module, interrogation of the contemporary use of clinical outcome measures and measures of service outcome ensures participants can apply these principles to their practice. This module is studied by supported distance learning. Enrolment must be before 17/10/13
PZ4015 Dissertation (60 Credits –core- studied in MSc only) A supported, independent in-depth enquiry into a subject of choice. A paper for submission to an appropriate journal and a conference style presentation are the assessment for this module. 18-20/9/13 (18th optional); 9/1/14 (optional);22/1/14; 17.9.14 (assessment)
PU4004 Developing a service Improvement* (20 Credits) Driven by initiatives within their organisations, students identify an appropriate service improvement and identify the opportunities, challenges and strategies which would enable the improvement to occur. 25-27/9/13; 7-8/11/13
PU4005 Implementing a service improvement (20 Credits) Using the work from “Developing a service Improvement”, students implement, evaluate and draw recommendations from the Service Improvement and produce a report suitable for presentation to stakeholders. 16-17/1/14; 5-6/3/14
PU4007 Developing practice through work based learning* (20 Credits) Using current work place location or through the facilitation of a placement, students explore an area of practice in greater depth. 16-17/1/14;11/9/14 (assessment)
PU4008 Developing Practice through CPD (20 Credits) This module allows students to develop their skills in the use of a CPD opportunity as the foundation of deeper understanding and application to clinical practice. 25-27/9/13; 7-8/11/13
PU4009 Assessment and measurement of movement (20 Credits) This module addresses the challenges of understanding and evaluating human movement. Using biomechanical analysis, an understanding of the scope and limitations of current movement assessment techniques is developed. 23-24/1/14;6-7/3/14
PZ4021 Student Initiated Module (20 Credits) This module allows a student to investigate or develop an area of clinical practice. The study method and assessment methods are flexible depending on the subject under study. Can be studied in any semester, enrolment must be before 17/9/13 (Semester 1); 9/1/14 (semester 2) or 28/3/14 (semester 3) –throughout the semester of study, participation in 1:1 tutorials will be required.
PZ4023 Leadership and Business Planning for Allied Health Professionals (20 Credits) Contemporary leadership and business skills are used to consider a service review and the development of a business plan. 9-11/10.13;13-14/11/13
PZ4025 Injection Therapy* (Holds award of Uni Ceritficate if studied alone) (20 Credits) Designed for musculoskeletal or neurological practitioners, you will study the principles and practice of using injection therapy as an intervention. There are two pathways on this module – either Musculoskeletal, focusing on intra-articular and soft tissue injection, or Neurological, for the treatment of spasticity using intramuscular injection. January start cohort (MSK only) 6-8/1/14; 3-4/3/14. March cohort (MSK and Neuro course) 10-12/3/14; 28-29/4/14.
NU4023 Non-medical prescribing* (40 Credits) Students develop the skills to become a supplementary or independent prescriber, as their Professional status allows. See link: http://www.nmplearningnw.org/
MB4031 Musculoskeletal Management of the upper limb* (20 Credits) The diagnosis, assessment and management of upper limb conditions in primary care is addressed in this module. Dates TBC
MB4032 Musculoskeletal management of the lower limb* (20 Credits) The diagnosis, assessment and management of lower limb conditions in primary care is addressed in this module. Dates TBC
MB4033 Management of spinal dysfunction in primary care* (20 Credits) The diagnosis, assessment and management of spinal conditions in primary care is addressed in this module. Dates TBC
*These modules require you to be in clinical practice and may have additional requirements which must be fulfilled prior to commencing the module
Our research teams headed by Professors in Physiotherapy and Biomechanics and a Speech and Language Therapist with a specific interest in research allow the School to develop a broad spectrum of clinical based research. Staff are also involved in knowledge transfer and clinical product development work with external partners, which keeps us at the forefront of clinical developments.
Our MSc Allied Health Practice makes use of the excellent facilities at the University including the School's own state-of-the-art movement analysis lab, clinical treatment rooms and the excellent Information technology support which the University provides. Class sizes are usually small (upto 15 students), however this may increase where modules take students from other courses or where modules are enriched by the inclusion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) study days as part of the taught delivery.
Much of your contact time with tutors will involve exploration of the module content through questioning, discussion, debate and practical exercises. Additionally all students are assigned a personal tutor to assist them with study skills and pastoral concerns. To make the most of your time with tutors, it is expected that you will use independent study time to prepare for taught sessions, thus enabling you to engage with your peers and tutors in group discussion.
Extensive use is made of the Information Technology investments that the University provides, such that access to teaching materials, reading lists, online support mechanisms, assessments and feedback are through the online resources hosted by the University. This means that, through an internet connection, resources are available to you whenever and wherever you have time to study.
Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. The assessments for this course are designed to complement your working practice, develop your skills as an independent practitioner and increase your options for employment.
All the modules have assessment support embedded within the teaching and learning strategy, and skills which are required for completion of the assessment are developed as part of the academic curriculum. A varied range of assessments is used, including portfolio work, presentations, business plans, personal development plans, presentations, preparation of a paper for publication, reflective reviews of practice and technical assignments.
To enable Allied Health practitioners to:
Teaching and Learning Methods
Key note lectures, group discussion, lab-based work, self-directed study/research, eLearn facilitated discussion boards allowing off campus discussions, practice-based learning
Assignments, Literature reviews, Dissertation, Oral presentations, case studies, portfolio
Teaching and Learning Methods
Case presentations, lab-based experimental work, group discussions & debates, practice-based learning, portfolio development, poster presentations.
Assignments, case studies, portfolio.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Student-led debates, lead lectures, seminars, search strategies, eLearn facilitated discussion boards.
Presentations and assessment of ability to field questions effectively, dissertation, literature reviews, case studies, portfolio.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Debates, group discussions/forums, eLearn facilitated discussion boards allowing off campus discussions.
Written assignments, dissertation, case studies & literature reviews, poster presentation, oral presentations and viva/discussions using an experienced panel of clinical and academic staff, portfolio.
As an experienced Allied Health Professional in the UK, this course will challenge your understanding and develop your reasoning skills, thus enabling you to engage in more strategic roles within your organisation. Your studies will also enhance your opportunity to engage with more advanced roles, diversification in the workplace or specialisation.
The inter-professional nature of this programme enables you to develop clinical links which may be invaluable in developing and sustaining services in a changing landscape of Health Service provision. Additionally the modules are designed to promote innovation and effectiveness in practice, enabling you to be in a position to drive changes in practice for the benefit of patients.
If you have had a break from your career and wish to support your return to practice with academic study, this course may support some of the learning that you require for re-registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.NHS applicants who are funded by their workplace should apply through CPD Apply Website.
All other applicants should apply on standard postgraduate application forms.