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Health and Social Care Apprenticeships

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We make sure our courses are professionally relevant by working closely with a range of health, social care and third sector agencies, in particular, Health Education East of England. We also have several fellows and honorary lecturers who are based in practice environments.

Our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships:

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

About the course and qualification

As an apprentice you will enrol on a FdSc Health Science degree as part of the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard.

The course has been designed to stretch and challenge you to develop both your academic and clinical skills. There is the opportunity upon successful completion to progress to our BSc Health Care Practice or BSc Nursing courses.

Course content and delivery

The apprenticeship will take 24 months, including the end point assessment, doing a mixture of on-campus and work-based learning. Apprentices will attend university one day per week. The course is delivered at both our Colchester and Southend Campuses.

We'll train you in:

  • the principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • the physiology, organisation and function of the human body
  • lifespan developments and healthcare needs from prenatal to end of life/bereavement
  • research and development in the health and social care sector to inform and improve quality of care
  • provision and promotion of holistic person centred care and support, duty of care and safeguarding of individuals

Course modules

First Year

Study and Lifelong Learning – 15 Credits

 

This module explores the concept of communication and workplace learning. The application of listening and effective communication skills is directed toward building trust and addressing the real concerns of patients. The module addresses reading, essay writing, key literacy skills, digital literacy, literature searching and written communication skills.

Biopsychosocial Science – 30 Credits

 

This module is designed to introduce and develop applied knowledge of the sciences that inform professional practice, including anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology.

This module will cover the following - Introduction to module and assessment, applied human anatomy, physiological systems, branches of psychology, applied sociology and Introduction to the different illnesses and diseases.

Person Centred Care – 30 Credits

 

 

This module will enable students to investigate and explore the structures, processes and outcomes associated with the provision of person-centred care. Emphasis on values; engaging patients and carers; principles of social justice, advocacy, health beliefs, including consideration of culture and religion; shared decision making; establishing therapeutic partnerships and concordance; healthcare systems and complexity; patient safety; human factors and their importance; understanding and learning from errors; managing risk and law and ethics.

Introduction to Interprofessional Working – 15 Credits

The module will provide the opportunity to explore and develop an individual’s understanding of professional and interprofessional working in health and social care environments.

This module will cover the following: concepts and values of professional practice, interprofessional working and communication, evidence based practice, practice based evidence, effective interprofessional team working and challenges associated with interprofessional team working

Skills Portfolio 1 – Profession Specific – 30 Credits

This module will provide evidence that students have successful completed all skills identified in the portfolio with supportive evidence. To show the importance of reflection in the workplace and to demonstrate continuous personal and professional development.

 

 

 Second Year

Critical Appraisal Skills – 30 Credits 

This module takes an evidence-based approach to develop skills in literature searching, reviewing and critiquing health and social care research.  

Public Health and Wellbeing – 15 Credits

Promoting the health and wellbeing of the individual requires an understanding of the wider issues, including environment and work safety issues, heredity, lifestyle, education, social economic factors and media influence.

Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care – 30 Credits

This module introduces the student to both the theory and practical background to leadership and management. This module will cover the following: leadership – motivation, personal power, using team skills, demonstrating trust, mentoring, management – delegation, prioritisation, team roles and responsibilities, resource management, change management, clinical governance – definition, impact, operation of clinical governance, examples from practice and health care policy and local impact – NSFs, NICE guidelines, current health policies and their implementation locally.

Skills Portfolio 2 – Profession Specific - 30 Credits

To provide evidence that students have successful completed all skills identified in the portfolio with supportive evidence. To show the importance of reflection in the workplace and to demonstrate continuous personal and professional development.

Core Role Specific: Each student must pick one from the following:

Acute Intervention & Rehabilitation (Nursing Pathway) – 15 Credits

Caring for the individual receiving acute intervention is a core function of the healthcare worker.

This module builds upon the learning gained in the Biopsychosocial Science module, Person Centred Care and Management and leadership in Health and Social Care.

It prepares students for their role in care of the individual whom is acutely unwell and before, during and after an acute intervention and associated rehabilitation.

Introduction to Occupational Therapy (Occupational Therapy Pathway) – 15 Credit

This module will introduce students to the core knowledge and skills of occupational therapy, enabling them to develop an understanding of the occupational nature of human beings.

Students will explore how people engage in their occupations and what influences their performance of occupations. Students will draw on their experiences in order to develop an understanding of the occupational nature of human beings and the theoretical framework that underpins occupational therapy.

Course structure

As part of the assessment plan you will complete a variety of assessment methods, including:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Short-answer written papers
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination
  • Research Project/Dissertation

Entry requirements

To be eligible to be an Apprentice you must be employed within a clinical practice setting.

Our usual entry requirements for this course are:

  • English and Maths, GCSE grade A-C/4-9, or a Level 2 Functional Skill in English and Maths or Level 2 Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy
  • have studied A-Levels, NVQ or an Access course

There are no tuition fees to pay as your employer pays these for you. That means you will earn while you learn.

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

About the course and qualification 

The NMC have changed their professional standards for nursing and as a result of this we have refreshed our curriculum for October 2020 entry to meet these standards.

As an apprentice you will be able to choose between BSc Nursing (Adult) and BSc Nursing (Mental Health).

For further information please see the Registered Nurse Apprenticeship Standard.

Course content and delivery

University based teaching will take place in blocks throughout the academic year. The rest of the time, apprentices will be in their usual place of work or occasionally in 'away' placements (i.e. other settings which will be chosen to develop particular skills and knowledge). 15 hours a week will be spent as an apprentice, and the remaining time will be in their given role.

The pathways are designed to continuously interweave theory and practice; this is reflected in the learning and practice outcomes and assessment strategy for each module. There are four terms per year, each of 13 weeks and within each term:

Course modules

First Year

Person Centred Care 2 - 60 Credits

This module prepares students to participate in practice-based learning, reasoning and decision-making to deliver person-centred care. Students will develop confidence and competence in the range of enhanced nursing proficiencies and nursing procedures. Students will develop and demonstrate emergent leadership, collaborating with service users and other professions to make decisions about how person-centred care is provided to an individual or small group of people. 

The Therapeutic Practitioner - 20 Credits

This module allows students to review and appraise the resources, interventions and therapies at the disposal of registered nurses and to select appropriately from these to provide safe and effective care in the complex situations that nursing can operate within. The delivery of any intervention or therapy requires careful consideration in terms of both the evidence base for that intervention and safeguarding people’s autonomy in the decision-making process. The module will draw upon experiences of working with people with a range of physical and mental health co-morbidities.

Relationship-Based Practitioner - 20 Credits

Relationship-based practice is central to the provision of safe and compassionate person-centred care. This module comprehensively prepares students in relationship-based practices that provide the foundations for person-centred nursing care. Students will develop proficiency in approaches to skilled communication and relationship management (Annexe A Section 2), NMC standards and approaches for providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions (Annexe A, Section 3) Students will consider how these approaches apply in different situations and fields of practice. 

Advocacy, Activism and Resistance - 20 Credits 

Advocacy is a central tenet of the philosophies and practices of nursing. Drawing on the principles of social justice, this module encourages students to critically consider what it means to be an advocate for people who are seeking to access and use health services, and to explore strategies to constructively and actively resist those practices and policies that have detrimental consequences for groups of people.


 Second Year

Person-Centred Care 3 (Adult Nursing) - 60 Credits

This module prepares students to lead, manage and coordinate care during practice-based learning experiences. Students will develop independence in the range of enhanced adult nursing proficiencies and procedures. Student will demonstrate critical, reflective and person-centred leadership when working with others, and demonstrate proficiency in managing the complexities and ambiguities of challenging and conflicting episodes in adult nursing care. 

Person Centred Care 3 (Mental Health Nursing) - 60 Credits

This module prepares students to lead, manage and coordinate care during practice-based learning experiences. Students will develop independence in the range of enhanced mental health nursing proficiencies and procedures. Student will demonstrate critical, reflective and person-centred leadership when working with others, and demonstrate proficiency in managing the complexities and ambiguities of challenging and conflicting episodes of mental health care.

Participatory Research for Service Improvement - 20 Credits 

Monitoring and evaluating the quality of care practices and services, and making subsequent service changes are fundamental for improving the safety and quality of care. Improvements in care and treatment that enhance the outcomes that people experience can be transformative when the people whose experiences matter most are involved in the design of the service. This module offers students the opportunity to work closely with people with lived experience, citizens and service users to consult on, develop, co-design and lead participatory quality improvement initiatives. In partnership with people, students will select questions and issues that are important to people, and co-design a proposal to address these issues in partnership with people with lived experience, quality and education leads in partner organisations and the support of an academic supervisor. 

The Autonomous Practitioner    (Adult Nursing) - 20 Credits      

This module consolidates learning around compassionate, clinical leadership in adult nursing. Students will consider the accountabilities and human consequences associated with their own and others’ leadership decisions at the point of care. They will be supported to explore the complexities and uncertainties of clinical situations. Students will critically examine how the ‘quality’ of care is defined, measured and audited, and the impact of these measurements on the lived experiences of people. They will reflect upon their own professional development needs and proactively plan their own development.

The Autonomous Practitioner (Mental Health Nursing) - 20 Credits

This module consolidates learning around compassionate, clinical leadership in mental health nursing. Students will consider the accountabilities and human consequences associated with their own and others’ leadership decisions at the point of care. They will be supported to explore the complexities and uncertainties of clinical situations. Students will critically examine how the ‘quality’ of care is defined, measured and audited, and the impact of these measurements on the lived experiences of people.They will reflect upon their own professional development needs and proactively plan their own development.

Supervising Learning in Clinical Practice - 20 Credits

Preparation in the principles of supervision and feedback ensures that students are ready to act as practice supervisors and are ready to learn to become practice assessors at the point of registration. Students will consider approaches to clinical and practice supervision and how these contribute to the development of peers and learners. Students will have the opportunity to supervise and coach less experienced students in both practice and university-based/simulated setting (e.g. in Person-Centred Care 1 and selected other modules.) Students will enhance and develop awareness of cultural competence, processes of constructive feedback, reflective appraisal and formative and summative assessment. They will be encouraged to develop approaches to coaching and supervision whilst considering how to challenge circumstances that impact upon the quality of a learning environment.


Course structure

To ensure balanced learning, a wide variety of assessment methods within a coherent framework is employed. For further information please see the assessment plan.

Entry requirements

The University is currently delivering a two year Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship.

Our usual entry requirements for this course are:

  • You will already have successfully completed a relevant Foundation Degree (for all Foundation Degrees not awarded by the University of Essex, please contact us for eligibility) and have appropriate employment within a clinical practice setting
  • English and Maths, GCSE grade A-C/4-9, or a Level 2 Functional Skill in English and Maths or Level 2 Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy

There are no tuition fees to pay as your employer pays these for you. That means you will earn while you learn.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

About the course and qualification

Join us for our Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Degree Apprenticeship at either our Colchester or Southend campus. We’ve carefully planned this apprenticeship to work flexibly around your professional needs and commitments to maximise the benefits to you and your organisation. The Apprenticeship includes the MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building at our Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building at our Southend campus. Delivering the course across two campuses means that we have small, interactive classes to create a stronger learning environment.

This apprenticeship is suitable for health care professionals from a range of backgrounds, to include nursing and midwifery, as well as allied health professions such as pharmacy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. You may already be working in an advanced role but require professional qualifications, or you may be looking to develop your skills set to enable progression to an ACP role. 

There are key advantages to you to achieve ACP status as an apprentice. Unlike some other qualifications, as an apprentice, your employer will protect time away from your normal clinical role to study. Your employer will also fund your qualification, so there will be no additional cost to you.

 ‘Advanced Clinical Practitioner’ is not currently a regulated title but is expected to be in the near future using the national Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice as the criteria to be able to register on a data base of ACPs. The apprenticeship is underpinned by the national framework for advanced clinical practice which means that as well as gaining a level 7 (master’s level) qualification, on completion, you will also be eligible to apply for ACP roles. Depending on the modules that you choose, you will gain skills in leadership, critical thinking and clinical decision-making, as well as enhanced knowledge of specific areas of specialist clinical practice.

To apply for this apprenticeship you will need support from your employer. In the first instance, please speak to your line manager so they can advise you of how to request their support. Following this please contact cpd@essex.ac.uk so that we can talk you through what you need to do next and plan your pathway.

Course content and delivery

This course maps to the National Framework for Multi-Professional Advanced Clinical Practice.

Course Modules

Before you start, you’ll co-design a pathway with one of our experienced staff that will map out which modules you’ll take. We’ll take into consideration your existing personal and professional responsibilities, and design a part-time programme which will take between one and five years to complete. The advantage of this approach is that we will have many intakes throughout the year, depending on when your chosen modules are running. 

With us, you benefit from the expertise of staff from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. This means that you gain a well-rounded education that is research-led and clinically relevant. Where we feel you will benefit, we bring in additional specialists direct from the field.

We are delighted to be the first department in the University to have obtained the Athena Swan Silver Award for gender equality. This award recognises initiatives we have in place such as our mentorship system, our additional promotion of flexible work and study options, and our work to recognise the barriers to opportunity for BAME and LGBT members of our community.

Example Modules 
 Optional Module

HS955 Consultation and Assessment

(30 credits)
 Optional Module

HS604 Non-Medical Prescribing

(30 credits)

 Research Modules

 HS900 Research Design and Critical Appraisal Skills

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HS908 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

HS909 Quality Improvement in Practice

(30 credits)
 

HS979 Advanced Clinical Practice Dissertation

(40 credits)

SE750 Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship: End Point Assessment

Course Structure

 You will need to complete the following as part of the assessment plan:

  • Open Book Examination
  • Presentation of Practice

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to be an Apprentice you must be employed within a clinical practice setting.

  • English and Maths, GCSE grade A-C/4-9, or a Level 2 Functional Skill in English and Maths or Level 2 Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy
  • Current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions.
  • Current employment in a health care role with agreement from their employer to be supported (course fees and salary plus study time) by their employer.
  • Undergraduate Degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant subject

    or 
  • Equivalent current professional practice experience and qualifications in a health care setting that demonstrate ability to study at level 7.

There are no tuition fees to pay as your employer pays these for you. That means you will earn while you learn.

Our partnerships

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Our facilities

Our School of Health and Social Care is at the forefront of preparing people to solve real-life issues in health and society.

Both campuses provide outstanding facilities. We offer excellent physical and online resources including libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials, and have simulation labs where apprentices can practise their clinical skills safely.

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