Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc

Degree Apprenticeship

Advanced Clinical Practitioner - Level 7

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner programme will prepare and develop health care practitioners, who can lead and develop practice working innovatively with a high level of autonomy combining the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice.

The programmes are designed to enable students to:

  • Practice autonomously and be accountable for judgements and decisions in line with professional codes of practice
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical frameworks to develop effective solutions to complex clinical and organisational challenges
  • Utilise clinical decision making to manage and co-ordinate differentiated/undifferentiated episodes of care to improve patient outcome/experience
  • Promote a culture of values-based care
  • Lead and foster interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, quality improvement and service re-design

HEE (2017) describes an Advanced Clinical Practitioner is describes as: 'Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes.’

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification/accreditation alongside the degree.
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professionals

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Industry led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

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What does the programme lead to

Advanced Clinical Practitioners are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their scope of practice. They manage defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end, providing care and treatment from the time an individual first presents through to the end of the episode, which may include admission, referral or discharge or care at home.

They carry out their full range of duties in relation to individuals’ physical and mental healthcare and in acute, primary, urgent and emergency settings (including hospitals, general practice, individuals’ homes, schools and prisons, and in the public, independent, private and charity sectors).

They combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership within their scope of practice. Advanced Clinical Practitioners work innovatively on a one to one basis with individuals as well as part of a wider team. They work as part of the wider health and social care team and across traditional professional boundaries in health and social care.

Job Roles

Advanced Practitioner

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

AWARD TYPE: MSc
LEVEL: Level 7
START DATE: September
LOCATION/CAMPUS: Preston
DURATION: 36 months

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk.

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk for support.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally:

  • Have a first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject (i.e. health related, pure science or social science) from an approved institution of higher education.
  • Have a current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain.
  • Have, normally, at least three years post registration clinical experience in practice OR proof of equivalent experience in practice.
  • Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.
  • Have identified a work-based mentor/mentors, who will support and guide your development throughout the course.
  • Be able to provide relevant references.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Vacancies

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Course Content

Level 7

  • Advanced Consultation, Examination and Clinical Decision Making
  • Evidence for Practice
  • Designing Quality Improvement
  • Leading Quality Improvement
  • Transition to Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Individual Learning Plan and Portfolio Development

In addition to the above core modules students can select optional modules to account for 60 credits from the modules available at level 7 from the Faculty portfolio.

Delivery

All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: MSc
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Advanced Clinical Practitioner - Read more
LEVEL: Level 7
FUNDING BAND: up to £12,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email: uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk

Standard

The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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