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Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship MSc

What is Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship MSc?

This programme enables experienced healthcare professionals to develop skills, knowledge and specialist capabilities across the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice: clinical practice, leadership, education and research.

This level 7 programme supports learners throughout their transformation journey towards advanced clinical practice. It supports the workforce development needs of contemporary healthcare providers, while also considering the learning, teaching and quality assurance required of Master’s level study.

Study style

Learners develop the confidence, mastery and skills to become leaders within clinical practice, promoting and enabling patient-centred care, innovative treatment models and clinical effectiveness. Learners 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, and learn to engage with clinical decision-making at increasing levels of complexity.

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.

In this programme, innovative models of care are utilised to develop personal and professional skills to overcome workplace challenges within our evolving NHS. 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.

Entry requirements

Apprentices should be in a relevant full-time (e.g. at least employed for 30 hours per week) role throughout the duration of their 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 must be registered UK healthcare professionals from any discipline, and should have the full support of their employer and a suitable clinical mentor for the duration of the programme.

Employers may also specify that their apprentices meet additional entry requirements – this is something that can be discussed further with the University.

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