This Level 7 apprenticeship is designed for experienced healthcare professionals to develop their skills, knowledge and specialist capabilities. Upon successful completion, learners will achieve a master’s degree.
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About the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship MSc
This level 7 programme is for experienced healthcare professionals wanting to develop their skills, knowledge and specialist capabilities across the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice: clinical practice, leadership, education and research.
It supports workforce development needs of contemporary healthcare providers by utilising innovative models of care to develop personal and professional skills, while also providing the learning, teaching and quality assurance of Master?s level study. Apprentices come from a range of backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, paramedic science and occupational therapy, and within this programme they will develop the skills and knowledge to expand their scope of practice to better meet the needs of the people they care for.-
- They develop the confidence, mastery and skills to become leaders within clinical practice, promoting and enabling patient-centred care, innovative treatment models and clinical effectiveness.
- They critically reflect upon patient care provided within a political, social and environmental context.
- They utilise knowledge of public health data relating to patients in their clinical area.
- They learn to engage with clinical decision-making at increasing levels of complexity.
Teaching is delivered over 3 years, and the modules within this programme are designed to support health and social care practitioners as they make the transformation into advanced clinical practitioners.
The use of a portfolio throughout the programme supports learners in demonstrating their professional development and modules are mapped against national standards for advancing practice, focusing on the four pillars (education, clinical practice, research and leadership). Learners critically explore, evaluate and apply theory from the classroom at work, reflecting upon and identifying their own learning needs in order to enhance their practice in the workplace.
Delivered by an experienced advanced clinical practitioner, the curriculum is designed to take learners on a journey of transformation towards advanced practice. They are supported to expand the boundaries of their current scope of practice, with the aim of providing an enhanced service for their patients.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprentices should have employer support with an identified ACP role development, as identified by NHSE.
What are Degree Apprenticeships?
Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.
Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.
Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.
The programme consists of five compulsory modules, and a number of core modules which relate to the learner’s specialism and field of practice. Learners undertake each of the following compulsory modules:
Personal and professional development for advanced practice
This module introduces the learner to both the academic and clinical practice elements of the MSc course, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to study at level 7 and to start their professional transformation on the journey towards advanced practice.
Research, audit and service evaluation methods
This module is designed to support practitioners of health as they become increasingly research active, learning how to use evidence to support innovation and change, evaluate clinical interventions and audit clinical services against standards.
Leadership for advanced practice
This module enables learners to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to inform their practice as an inspirational, strategic, resilient, inclusive and innovative advanced clinical leader and educator.
Assess, diagnosis and decision making for advanced clinical practice
This module will enable learners to develop advanced skills of clinical reasoning, while expanding their knowledge, skills, expertise and confidence to devise patient management plans that address the complexities of physical, psychological, mental health and social factors.
This final module consolidates learning from previous stages of the course and requires learners to complete an intensive independent piece of work. Drawing upon all previous course learning, learners will develop a high quality, evidence based proposal for a clinical practice change in their workplace area which will demonstrate integration of the knowledge skills and behaviours required of the advanced clinical practitioner.
This apprenticeship has a compulsory and fully integrated End point Assessment (EPA), which takes place after the learner has completed the university part of the apprenticeship, and once they have met the ‘gateway’ criteria for progression to EPA.
The gateway criteria consists of:
- Registered with a statutory health and/or social care regulator.
- English and Maths qualifications at a minimum of level 2.
- 160 credits from the programme.
- Confirmation from employer that requirements of apprentice agreement have been met.
- Confirmation from employer that apprentice is ready to progress.
The EPA consists of two components:
- A two hour open book exam.
- A presentation of practice, comprising a 1,500 word clinical practice change report, and a 35 minute presentation.
Teaching for this apprenticeship will start at Oxstalls Campus, then transfer to the new City Campus in Gloucester in the 2024-25 academic year. This provides time to ensure a smooth transition and familiarisation with the new facilities for all.
Our new City Campus is partly funded by Gloucester’s successful £20million ‘Levelling Up’ bid, the building is being refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and will include state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for all our learners.
We have also secured a landmark £29million in funding from Barclays linked to our commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals: to recruit a higher proportion of UK-domiciled young BAME students; widen access, engagement and participation for students from deprived areas; and to reduce gas and electricity CO2 emissions as part of its commitment to Net Zero by 2030.
As part of its decarbonisation drive, the University has also secured £3.3million funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of its Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, delivered by Salix. The scheme aims to put the public sector at the forefront of decarbonising buildings in the UK.
As well as training the region’s future nurses and teachers, it is estimated that over its lifetime, City Campus will add over £300million of direct and indirect value to the county’s economy, as well as more than 4,000 jobs.
Employer and learner support
Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.
Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.
All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities
View our apprenticeships FAQ guide and discover answers to the most commonly asked questions about higher and degree apprenticeships.
Apprentices should be in relevant, full-time employment (eg employed for at least 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. Typically, they are working in a band 7 level clinical post, although clinicians working in band 6 posts with appropriate experience may also be eligible.
Learners must be a registered UK healthcare professional from any discipline, and should have the full support of their employer and a suitable clinical mentor for the duration of the programme
Exact entry requirements are set by the employer but typically include GCSE grade C/4 or above in maths and English language, plus an undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) in Nursing.
Relevant work experience would also be discussed during the learner’s application interview.
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