Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Masters)

for Employers

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Masters Degree Apprenticeship is a programme for experienced clinicians seeking to progress their professional practice, delivering effective end-to-end patient care.

Healthcare is highly complex and the demands placed upon medical professionals increasingly require high-level expertise and advanced thinking to deliver effective patient outcomes. This new programme designed in collaboration with primary and secondary care organisations, supports clinicians to develop expertise in their scope of practice.

Clinicians who enrol on the programme will undertake university and practice-based learning to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

We are currently inviting employers to get in touch to register an interest in the programme. We will be accepting our next cohorts in October 2020 (two-year) and January 2021 (three-year).

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Two-Year Delivery Model

Our next two-year Advanced Clinical Practitioner Masters Degree Apprenticeship programme begins in September 2020. This modular programme requires apprentices to participate in learning and skills development for approximately two days a week.

Alongside the University learning, apprentices will complete structured work-based learning, supported by their mentor, in order to further develop their advanced clinical practice skills.

The programme is supported by a bespoke online portfolio, for apprentices to collate evidence of their ongoing competence against the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical practice, clinical leadership, education and research.

Who is it suitable for?

The two-year route is suited to learners:

  • who are better working at a faster pace and may have studied previously at postgraduate level;
  • who may be able to gain credit for previously completed clinically-focused units, such as Non-Medical Prescribing;
  • and/or employees of larger organisations/teams with the opportunity to release staff for two days per week.

Three-Year Delivery Model

The next opportunity to enrol apprentices onto our three-year Advanced Clinical Practitioner Masters Degree Apprenticeship programme will be in January 2020. This modular programme requires apprentices to participate in learning and skills development for approximately one day a week.

Alongside the University learning, apprentices will complete structured work-based learning, supported by their mentor, in order to further develop their advanced clinical practice skills.

The programme is supported by a bespoke online portfolio, for apprentices to collate evidence of their ongoing competence against the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical practice, clinical leadership, education and research

Who is it suitable for?

The three-year route is suited to learners:

  • looking for a steadier pace, who may not have previously studied at a post-graduate level;
  • and/or employees of smaller organisations/teams where releasing staff for more than one day per week may be challenging.

Programme Content

The programme, whether studied over two or three years, is designed to ensure the educational requirements of the future advanced practice workforce are met. The curriculum is delivered in line with the Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice (HEE, 2017). This clinically-based programme has a strong emphasis on research methodology and quality improvement.

Apprentices will research, develop, implement and evaluate a quality improvement project within their scope of practice. This will benefit the delivery and redesign of existing and new services.

The flexible nature of the Apprenticeship also allows the employer to tailor the programme to meet their individual service needs. All apprentices must complete the six core units and a choice of two flexible units.

Core Units (compulsory)

  • Clinical Examination and Decision Making
  • Education in Advanced Practice
  • Leadership for Integrated Care
  • Research Methodology for Quality Improvement
  • Research for Quality Improvement Practice Project
  • End Point Assessment

Flexible Units (choice of two)

  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice
  • Non-Medical Prescribing
  • Advanced Care of the Mental Health Patient
  • Advanced Care of the Frail and Older Adult
  • Advanced Diagnostics and Management of the Acutely Ill Patient
  • Radiology in Musculoskeletal
  • Injection Therapy
  • Advanced Practice Independent Study

Final Degree Award

Upon successful completion of the programme, apprentices will receive an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and the Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered with a statutory or regulatory body - HCPC, NMC or GPhC - and meet the essential criteria for Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner as specified by their employer.

It is a condition of apprenticeship funding, at all levels, that applicants are able to evidence GCSE English and Maths passes equivalent to grade A*-C or commit to completing Functional Skills Level 2. This can be arranged if required and must be completed prior to end-point assessment.

Funding

Employers with a payroll in excess of £3 million will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy and any funds paid out can be used to fund participation in apprenticeship programmes. Employers with a payroll below £3 million are eligible for funding, which will cover at least 95% of the cost of apprenticeship programmes.

More funding information

Get Involved

Our apprenticeship experts are available to support you to implement apprenticeships at your organisation. Please get in touch so we can discuss your own requirements and advise you on how to proceed.

You can contact us by emailing apprenticeships@mmu.ac.uk or calling 0161 247 3720.

Employers