Advanced Clinical Practitioner Masters Degree Apprenticeship

for Student Apprentices

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, will support you to develop expertise in your scope of practice.

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

Our next cohorts will be starting in October 2019 (two-year) and January 2020 (three-year).

What You Will Study

The programme 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.

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

The flexible nature of the apprenticeship also allows you, in agreement with your employer, to tailor the programme to meet your individual service needs. There are six core and two optional 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

Two-Year Programme Delivery

Our September 2019 cohort, will be the first chance to enrol on our two-year Advanced Clinical Practitioner Masters Degree Apprenticeship programme that requires you to participate in learning and skills development for approximately two days a week.

Alongside the university learning, you will complete structured work-based learning, supported by a mentor, in order to further develop your advanced clinical practice skills.

You are supported by a bespoke online portfolio, so you can collate evidence of your 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.
  • employees of larger organisations/teams with the opportunity to release staff for two days per week.

Three-Year Programme Delivery

Our January 2020 cohort, will be the next chance to enrol on our three-year Advanced Clinical Practitioner Masters Degree Apprenticeship programme that requires you to participate in learning and skills development for approximately one day a week.

Alongside the university learning, you will complete structured work-based learning, supported by a mentor, in order to further develop your advanced clinical practice skills.

You are supported by a bespoke online portfolio, so you can collate evidence of your 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.
  • employees of smaller organisations/teams where releasing staff for more than one day per week may be challenging

The Degree Award

At the end of the programme, if successful you will receive an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and the Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

You 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 your employer.

It is a condition of apprenticeship funding, at all levels, that you 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.

Get Involved

Please get in touch so we can discuss your own situation and advise you on the best way to proceed.

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

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