1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Postgraduate, Professional Development
Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time
The UCLan School of Medicine is offering a series of short courses leading to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master’s for clinical and managerial practitioners working within integrated healthcare teams. Clinicians and managers can develop and enhance their portfolio career or diversify their current role. The programme allows you to convert your previous study into academic credits towards a postgraduate award.
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With the challenging situation faced by the health and social care sector, changes need to be made in the way services are delivered and there is an urgent need to provide clinicians and managers with the skill sets needed for their new and future roles. We have worked closely with a wide range of clinicians and managers from across the health and social care economy to design a flexible programme that meets your specific needs. Not only will this underpin professional career progression, it can help develop a multi-strand career for those who may seek alternative pathways that work in tandem with their clinical practice. According to the BMA*, providing staff with a framework for career progression will have a positive impact on recruitment and retention, particularly where it can be combined with opportunities to work flexibly or to pursue portfolio careers.
Within our School of Medicine, you are joining a vibrant academic community made up of clinicians and managers currently practising across health and social care, offering great opportunities to learn and network with others to share experience and views. Our teaching team includes experienced and practising clinicians, academics and tutors from Health Education England North West (HENW).
* BMA Consultation Response: Facing the facts, shaping the future – a draft health and social care workforce strategy for England to 2027
Certified CPD or previous study can be converted into academic credits to enter the programme at an appropriate stage.
The School of Medicine recognises:
In order to be recognised, you will be asked to show how the prior learning relates to improvement in your practice and undergo a formative and summative assessment by the course team.
Any prior learning can be considered from the last 10 years but must be relevant to your current role. The maximum credit for prior learning that UCLan can offer is 2/3rds of the total credit required for the award.
You will discuss your prior learning with our career coach and agree your bespoke progression towards successful completion of the next short course and relevant postgraduate award.
Students are then able to choose from a wide range of modules to build a programme suited to their own individual needs and to those of their organisation. CPD-based modules each comprise 5 days of CPD grouped around key themes in medical practice, followed by UCLan assessment.
Modules include (each module awards 20 credits unless shown otherwise):
To help support you, our course tutors are now available to chat with you virtually, either by video call, phone or email. Book here to connect with a UCLan expert in the area you’re interested in and explore your postgraduate study options in-depth.
Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.
If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
Direct entry students: Please contact NJGarratt@uclan.ac.uk for further information. You will then be provided with a specific programme code.
The programme has been developed in close liaison with NHS Trusts, CCGs, clinicians and managers from across the health economies. The programme is delivered by experienced and practising clinicians, academics and tutors from Health Education England North West.
Centre accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons
This flexible programme can be studied in ‘bite size chunks’ at any of three UCLan campuses – Preston, Burnley or Westlakes in Cumbria. Short courses can be delivered to groups on site in your organisation. Delivery of the modules will be a mixture of traditional classroom teaching, 1:1 supported project work and some distance learning, making full use of the leading technology available at the UCLan. This variety of delivery modes will enable your study to be as flexible as possible and enable you to study at your own pace (4 years for part-time students).
Within our School of Medicine, you are joining a vibrant academic community made up of clinicians and managers currently practising across health and social care offering great opportunities to learn and network with others to share experience and views. Our teaching team includes experienced and practising clinicians, academics and tutors from Health Education England North West (HENW).
Students are able to use all University facilities including the Library and Sports Centre.
If you complete the Masters in Clinical Practice, Management and Education, you are ideally placed to continue onto our professional doctorate, the DProf Clinical Studies. Our DProf Clinical Studies requires a further 360 academic credits on top of the 180 credits obtained on the Masters.