MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care

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Overview

The MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care is an innovative, flexible, inter-professional programme designed for the modern health and social care workforce. This programme enables the professional to advance their management and leadership skills, develop their understanding of research and evaluation and progress clinical and teaching skills.

This is a flexible programme that allows students to plan their own unique pathway of CPD, offering multi- professional learning as well as discipline specific modules. There is an emphasis on practice and service improvement, in addition to enhancing professional and personal development.

"The teaching on this course is excellent. Each unit successfully combines theory and knowledge with a focus on real world professional practice" Frank Denning, final year student.

There are core modules related to research and evaluation skills and project planning, delivered by an experienced and supportive team of academics. All other credits can be gained by completing modules from a range of CPD units delivered across the University. Formal recognition for academic credits, at Level 7, achieved through previous study, may be considered through the Manchester Metropolitan University accreditation of prior learning system.

*Please note this course does not lead to advanced practitioner status.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

This versatile programme aims to equip you to apply to study at MPhil, Professional Doctorate or PhD level on completion. The programme also enables Career practitioners to effect changes in practice to the benefit of service users, as well as enhance the skills and knowledge associated with your chosen route through the programme.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a Health and Social care discipline. Applicants with a diploma who have gained significant clinical and professional knowledge will be considered on an individual basis. Those with appropriate PG Certificate and PG Diploma qualification can join as advanced standing.

Course details

All units of study provide credits which are built up to offer exit routes at the following stages:

For more information on applying for this programme, please contact our Academic Admissions lead, Simone Bol on s.bol@mmu.ac.uk

Units can be spread over more than one year, but typically students will take a core unit of Collection and Analysis of data in September of the first year.

Please be advised that the option unit availability will differ and these options are no guaranteed to be offered once you start the course. 

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Core Units

Collection and Analysis of Data

The overall aim of this unit is to provide students with practical experience in relation to the collection, and analysis of data; and enable them to make informed choices in relation to the theoretical and practical strengths and weaknesses of a range of methods of data collection and analysis when considering research design.

Practice Development and Project Management

This unit has been designed to introduce students to the principles of projects and project management in the practice area.

Typically the unit will cover:

  • defining the project,
  • stakeholder engagement,
  • the project team,
  • planning the project,
  • managing the project, 
  • controlling risk,
  • reviewing projects,
  • evidence based practice,
  • developing practice,
  • project and research ethics,
  • managing information

Students will examine models of applied research for practice evaluation and different evaluation perspectives. Audit culture? and the risks of evaluation strategies will also be reviewed and there will be an examination of current evaluation strategies in health and social care.  Successful completion of this unit will enable students to develop creative, reflective and critical thinking skills that can be used in effective practice problem solving and practice development.

Likely Optional Units

Flexible Study (Health and Social Care Themes 10/20 credits)

This unit is for individuals who work in a health and social care environment or role. It focuses on the participants practice, engagement with generic and/or discipline specific CPD activities and the impact of these on health and social care practice.  It provides the students with a flexible and practice based approach to their continuing professional development and enhancement of their working practice.  They will choose four activities  which will be linked to an appropriate health and social care theme agreed with the tutor. Assessment will be learning and development through reflection, critical analysis and evaluation and action enabled through use of a digital portfolio (ePortfolio) in which development linked to the themes is captured. Students will be supported to develop a suitable digital portfolio.

Participants will be able to choose from a suite of CPD opportunities that are linked to their chosen theme and fit their personal,  professional and organisational needs and agreed with the unit lead or unit co-ordinator.

Evidence Based Approach to Acute Stroke Management

This unit will cover core concepts of the acute stroke journey.  Utilising case based learning, the unit will facilitate qualified Health Care professionals to critically evaluate the current policy, guidelines and literature that underpins stroke assessment and management within the acute phase. This unit will help qualified Health Care professionals from a range of disciplines to gain an in-depth understanding of the causes, nature, assessment and identification of stroke, including: investigations, emergency treatment, common stroke mimics, scoring systems, stroke thrombolysis and intra-arterial and surgical interventions. The unit will also cover post stroke care including early mobilisation, positioning, nutrition, mood, medication, monitoring and end of life care. Participants attending this unit must be registered health care professionals who have worked within stroke services for a minimum of one year

Approaches to Research

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Show a systematic understanding of differing ways in which health and social care practice can be researched
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of:
    • how differing ways/approaches to research and enquiry lead to differing perspectives in terms of the interpretation and creation of knowledge; and
    • how ethical, practical and political factors influence and shape research design.
  • Show a conceptual understanding that enables the students to evaluate in a critical manner research and advanced scholarship appropriate to their own specialist field of practice and incorporate their own practice experience into such an evaluation.
  • Present the beginnings of a detailed and comprehensive understanding of a particular way or approach to research; and its application when addressing a research problem based within their own specialist field of practice.
Supporting Patients with Communication Difficulties

It has been shown that people who are communication impaired are at greater risk of medical error and poorer outcomes. People with communication difficulties are also vulnerable to long-term, multi-form abuse, and may find it more difficult to access appropriate services and support. This unit will be relevant to many practitioners working in health and social care settings with children, young people or adults. The unit will enable students to recognise, understand and respond appropriately to support people with communication difficulties in their care. Students should have some practical experience of working with people with communication difficulties.

Session dates for 2017-18

  • Saturday 19 May 2018, 10:00-16:00, room 3.19
  • Saturday 2 June 2018, 10:00-16:00, room 3.19
  • Saturday 16 June 2018, 10:00-16:00, room 3.19
Simulation in Healthcare: Practical Application

This unit is designed for clinicians, healthcare workers, clinical educators, managers and lecturers in academia involved in, or considering the provision of simulation-based education within a number of contexts. It will provide participants with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and application of pedagogical principles underpinning the development of simulation scenarios, facilitation and debriefing for learning, teaching, assessment and research purposes. The unit will require students to practically demonstrate an evidence-based approach to scenario design, facilitation and debriefing.

Simulation in Healthcare: Learning Theory, Curriculum Design, and Evaluation

This unit is designed for clinicians, clinical educators and lecturers in academia involved in, or considering providing, simulation-based education within a number of contexts. It will provide participants with the opportunity to critically evaluate the pedagogical principles underpinning the use of a wide range of simulation-based education available to support diagnostic, formative and summative assessment activities. The unit will encourage participants to adopt a design framework to critically justify and evaluate holistic formative and summative learning, teaching and assessment strategies, which is supported by the appropriate use of technology. The participants will reflect on these theories and apply them to the context of their own practice.

Principles of Health Economics

This unit is designed to enable practitioner/students to explore health economics and equip them with the basic principles of economics. The unit covers fundamental economic principles and their application to health care. These include the supply of and demand for health and health care, scarcity, choice and opportunity cost. It also examines, economic evaluation of health care systems and health care reforms, methods of economic evaluation in healthcare, and priorities setting using health economics. The unit will also examine economic analysis of healthcare technologies and valuation of health.

Policy and Politics in Practice

This unit provides the candidate with an opportunity to explore and discuss contemporary policy contexts and in doing so encourages them to take the long view in respect of a selected practice area.
The candidate is encouraged to select a single issue or topic that is current in their chosen area or field, and to discuss how and why this issue has become prevalent (or is in decline) in respect of policy and political positions.

Negotiated Independent Study for Practice-Focussed Research

The overall aim of this unit is to provide students with practical experience in relation to the collection, management and analysis of data; and enable them to make informed choices in relation to the theoretical and practical strengths and weaknesses of a range of methods of data collection and analysis when considering research design.

Managing Long Term Conditions

The overall aim of this unit is to develop the practitioners knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning the holistic management of common long-term condition within the context of health and social care.

Managing Change

The overall aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical concepts through which they can critically reflection upon, and appraise the management of change within their organisation. They will be able to critically evaluate the problematic nature of change management and scrutinise the strengths and limitations of current practice. From this, they will be able to construct and develop insights into what might constitute good practice in the management of change within their organisation and identify implications for their personal, professional practice, and operational practice within the organisation too.

Healthcare Interventions in Response to Problem Substance Use

This unit aims to guide the student to explore and examine the current evidence and rationale-governing evidence based interventions for problem substance misuse in relation to health and/or social care. The unit will discuss and critique justifications for the adoption of approaches to tackling substance use and examine practice and policy in the context of health and social care values. The student will have the opportunity to investigate the application of policy and strategy approaches in a chosen field of care.

Excellence in Practice

The terms practice development and excellence in practice can be interpreted in many different ways, yet there is an assumption that we all know what we mean by them. The purpose of this unit is to stimulate discussion and critical thinking about what excellence in practice might mean, how it might be recognised and how it can be achieved. This unit is for those practitioners who wish to develop their own practice or those who wish to engage with policy development in the pursuit of excellence in practice.

Evidence Based Intervention in Complex Communication Need

This unit offers experienced speech and language therapists (SALT) the opportunity to reflect on their intervention practices within the field of AAC. AAC is an intervention and therefore spans many client groups across developmental and acquired domains. This unit has relevance to any SALT with a caseload that includes complex communication need where aided communication techniques may be relevant (e.g. the aphasias, dysarthrias, specific language impairment, learning difficulties).
This unit is usually only available to practitioners with considerable clinical experience in the area of complex communication need. In discussion with tutors, exceptions may be made.
This unit complements the Evidence Based Assessment in Complex Communication Needs but may be taken as a stand-alone unit.

Evidence Based Assessment in Complex Communication Need

This unit offers experienced speech and language therapists (SALT) the opportunity to reflect on their assessment practices within the field of AAC. AAC is an intervention and therefore spans many client groups across developmental and acquired domains. This unit has relevance to any SALT with a caseload that includes complex communication need where aided communication techniques may be relevant (e.g. the aphasias, dysarthrias, specific language impairment, learning difficulties). This unit is usually only available to practitioners with considerable clinical experience in the area of complex communication need. In discussion with tutors, exceptions may be made.
This unit complements the Evidence Based Intervention in Complex Communication Needs but may be taken as a stand-alone unit.

Dysphagia: Evidence Based Practice in Management and Intervention

This unit offers speech and language therapists (SLT), nurses and other interested professionals the opportunity to develop evidence based management and intervention practice within the field of dysphagia. Dysphagia spans many client groups across developmental and acquired domains and the content covers the breadth of these domains.

Dysphagia: Evidence Based Practice in Assessment

This unit offers speech and language therapists (SLT), nurses and other interested professionals the opportunity to reflect on their assessment practices within the field of dysphagia. Dysphagia spans many client groups across developmental and acquired domains and the content covers the breadth of these domains.

Dysfluency and Stuttering

The overall aim of this unit is to gain an in-depth understanding of professional and personal experience of stuttering through evaluation of current research in the field.

Developments in Ophthalmic Practice

This unit explores issues around the development of ophthalmic practice and ophthalmic services.

Contemporary Issues in Practice
  • This is a unit in which content is negotiated with students to take account of their practice based contemporary issues. Tutor-led learning (including seminars, tutorials and directed study) 40 hours
  • Independent student learning 160 hours
Contemporary Issues in Infection Control

The background to the development of infection control and infection control services. The issues relating to the development of collaborative / multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working associated with infection control. The key documents, current legislation and guidance, and the evidence underpinning current infection control practice. The implications of infection outbreak in healthcare settings. The management of outbreaks of infection in healthcare settings. The future of infection control.

Communicable Disease Control

The historical background to the development of communicable disease control services in the UK. Issues relating to the development of collaborative/multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working associated with communicable disease control. The key documents, current public health law and other associated guidance underpinning current communicable disease control practice. The implications of outbreaks of infection. The management of outbreaks of infection The impact of outbreak of infection on the wider community. The national burden of infectious disease. The global burden of infectious disease. The future of Communicable Disease Control.

Clinical Sciences for Ophthalmic Practice

Basic sciences in relation to the normal and disordered eye, which will include elements of anatomy and physiology, microbiology, embryology, pharmacology, psychology, optics. The experience of the person with ophthalmic problems in relation to the science underpinning the pathology. Pathologies and interventions.

Clinical Nutrition and Decision Making in Contemporary Healthcare Practice

This unit supports the development of knowledge and understanding of practitioners in managing the complex nutritional care of adult patients. The wide-ranging nutritional options available for adult patients will be examined in conjunction with robust mechanisms to support the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of evidenced based care. This unit will enhance practitioners ability to support and manage nutritional care in the clinical environment. The focus on clinical decision-making will be threaded throughout the unit highlighting the complexity of contemporary nutritional support. This will be explored within the context of a multi-professional framework

Assessment and Management of Immediate Needs at Point of Contact

The overall aim of this unit is to develop the practitioners knowledge and systematic understanding of the principles of assessment and management of patients/ clients presenting at the first point of contact within a range of professional settings.
A minimum of 2 years experience in clinical practice is required.

During September of the second year, students typically chose one of two units

  • Evidence based approach to Stroke Management
  • Managing Change

In the January the following options are available

  • Contemporary issues in practice
  • Excellence in practice

In April, students can chose from the following options:

  • Problem substance abuse
  • Managing long term conditions
  • Policy and politics in practice
  • or another unit that is available

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Core Units

Practice Focused Project
  • At the end of this unit, the student will be able to:
  • undertake a literature review with a focus related to their project/dissertation, in a form which mirrors an established form of systematic review
  • present a project/dissertation report including:
    • an executive summary
    • data collected and analysed in support of the aims and objectives of the project
    • critical discussion/reflection on the process of undertaking the project/dissertation
    • a consideration of the implications of the project/research for future practice and practice development
  • present a draft article based on the work, prepared as for a named journal

The final 60 credit unit will commence in the September of the final year, students should discuss their particular focus and project outline with the course leader.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

Study
Assessment

Placements options

The course is available on a full or part time basis.

Department of Health Professions

Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.

The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £1417 per 30 credits per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £2417 per 30 credits per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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