MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
Postgraduate Certificate Health Care Practice options

Year 1, Component 02

Option(s) from list
HS568-7-SP
Fundamentals of General Practice Nursing
(15 CREDITS)
HS611-7-PS
Developing Professional Practice
(30 CREDITS)

Developing Professional Practice is a supervised project with no formal taught component; all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials. During the module you will carry out a project in your workplace which explores the nature of your individual professional practice. Your project will be unique, focusing on the clinical practice environment as experienced by the practitioner.

HS619-7-AP
Applying and Using Learning in Practice
(15 CREDITS)

This module allows you to take a structured approach to applying and using learning in your professional practice. Health professionals commonly attend learning events such as conferences, workshops, skills training or role shadowing as part of their professional development. Although highly valuable in terms of shaping your ideas, learning techniques and broadening understanding, there is limited opportunity afforded within these one-off learning events to allow demonstration of reflection, critical analysis, contextualisation and evaluation. This module is designed to give you, as a health professional, an opportunity to demonstrate how you have applied the learning gained from such events to your day-to-day practice. There is no formal taught component on this supervised project, and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials.

HS619-7-PS
Applying and Using Learning in Practice
(15 CREDITS)

This module allows you to take a structured approach to applying and using learning in your professional practice. Health professionals commonly attend learning events such as conferences, workshops, skills training or role shadowing as part of their professional development. Although highly valuable in terms of shaping your ideas, learning techniques and broadening understanding, there is limited opportunity afforded within these one-off learning events to allow demonstration of reflection, critical analysis, contextualisation and evaluation. This module is designed to give you, as a health professional, an opportunity to demonstrate how you have applied the learning gained from such events to your day-to-day practice. There is no formal taught component on this supervised project, and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials.

HS619-7-SL
Applying and Using Learning in Practice
(15 CREDITS)

This module allows you to take a structured approach to applying and using learning in your professional practice. Health professionals commonly attend learning events such as conferences, workshops, skills training or role shadowing as part of their professional development. Although highly valuable in terms of shaping your ideas, learning techniques and broadening understanding, there is limited opportunity afforded within these one-off learning events to allow demonstration of reflection, critical analysis, contextualisation and evaluation. This module is designed to give you, as a health professional, an opportunity to demonstrate how you have applied the learning gained from such events to your day-to-day practice. There is no formal taught component on this supervised project, and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials.

HS620-7-AP
Applying and Using Learning in Practice
(30 CREDITS)

This module allows you to take a structured approach to applying and using learning in your professional practice. Health professionals commonly attend learning events such as conferences, workshops, skills training or role shadowing as part of their professional development. Although highly valuable in terms of shaping your ideas, learning techniques and broadening understanding, there is limited opportunity afforded within these one-off learning events to allow demonstration of reflection, critical analysis, contextualisation and evaluation. This module is designed to give you, as a health professional, an opportunity to demonstrate how you have applied the learning gained from such events to your day-to-day practice. There is no formal taught component on this supervised project, and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials.

HS620-7-PS
Applying and Using Learning in Practice
(30 CREDITS)

This module allows you to take a structured approach to applying and using learning in your professional practice. Health professionals commonly attend learning events such as conferences, workshops, skills training or role shadowing as part of their professional development. Although highly valuable in terms of shaping your ideas, learning techniques and broadening understanding, there is limited opportunity afforded within these one-off learning events to allow demonstration of reflection, critical analysis, contextualisation and evaluation. This module is designed to give you, as a health professional, an opportunity to demonstrate how you have applied the learning gained from such events to your day-to-day practice. There is no formal taught component on this supervised project, and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials.

HS620-7-SL
Applying and Using Learning in Practice
(30 CREDITS)

This module allows you to take a structured approach to applying and using learning in your professional practice. Health professionals commonly attend learning events such as conferences, workshops, skills training or role shadowing as part of their professional development. Although highly valuable in terms of shaping your ideas, learning techniques and broadening understanding, there is limited opportunity afforded within these one-off learning events to allow demonstration of reflection, critical analysis, contextualisation and evaluation. This module is designed to give you, as a health professional, an opportunity to demonstrate how you have applied the learning gained from such events to your day-to-day practice. There is no formal taught component on this supervised project, and all sessions are based around individual or group tutorials.

HS640-7-SP
Leadership in Health and Social Care
(15 CREDITS)

The aim of this module is to provide you with the theoretical basis of leadership as applied to practice, which supports health and social care organisations in meeting the needs of patients and service users. This course is suitable for health and social care practitioners including nurses, allied health professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and, speech and language therapists and other health professions, as well as social care staff working in relevant roles.

HS641-7-AU
Pharmacological Management of Diabetes - Optimising Control
(15 CREDITS)

This module is an innovative multi-professional qualification which has been jointly developed by North East Essex Diabetes Specialist Team and the University of Essex. The subjects are specifically aimed at meeting the learning needs of those providing clinical services to patients with diabetes in Primary Care, the community and in the hospital setting. The module is suitable for general practitioners, practice nurses, community nurses, ward nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

HS642-7-AU
Pharmacological Management of Diabetes - Initiating Therapy and Optimising
(15 CREDITS)

This module was jointly developed by North East Essex Diabetes Specialist Team and the University of Essex to ensure you gain relevant training which helps you develop person-centred, evidence-based, diabetes management plans to optimise glycaemic control.

HS643-7-AU
Advanced Management of Diabetes
(15 CREDITS)

This module will provide a range of learning opportunities, offering a mixture of taught sessions, shadow sessions within the specialist clinical areas, and self-directed learning. You will build on current skills and knowledge to improve confidence so that you can deliver safe, effective healthcare. A co-requisite of the module is the completion of HS641/2 and will include teaching and assessment of health promotion in relation to Management of established oral medication, Insulin and GLP-1 therapies in Diabetes Management AND Insulin and GLP-1 therapy initiation.

HS666-7-XA
Accredited Prior Learning (15 Credits Level7)
(15 CREDITS)

This module is utilised to recognise and provide a route for Accreditation for Prior Learning within our Continuing Professional Development pathways. This includes transfer of credit from another Higher Education Institution where you have undertaken a course/courses elsewhere, and awarding credit for experiential (non-accredited) learning. To find out more about AP(E)L please go to the following link: http://www.essex.ac.uk/quality/university_policies/ap(E)L/default.asp Please visit our website to find out more about the pathways we offer. http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/cpd/pathways.aspx You can also arrange a pathway discussion by contacting cpd@essex.ac.uk

HS667-7-XA
Accredited Prior Learning (15 Credits, Level 7)
(15 CREDITS)

This module is utilised to recognise and provide a route for Accreditation for Prior Learning within our Continuing Professional Development pathways. This includes transfer of credit from another Higher Education Institution where you have undertaken a course/courses elsewhere, and awarding credit for experiential (non-accredited) learning. To find out more about AP(E)L please go to the following link: http://www.essex.ac.uk/quality/university_policies/ap(E)L/default.asp Please visit our website to find out more about the pathways we offer. http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/cpd/pathways.aspx You can also arrange a pathway discussion by contacting cpd@essex.ac.uk

HS668-7-XA
Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 7)
(30 CREDITS)
HS669-7-XA
Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 7)
(30 CREDITS)

This module is utilised to recognise and provide a route for Accreditation for Prior Learning within our Continuing Professional Development pathways. This includes transfer of credit from another Higher Education Institution where you have undertaken a course/courses elsewhere, and awarding credit for experiential (non-accredited) learning. To find out more about AP(E)L please go to the following link: http://www.essex.ac.uk/quality/university_policies/ap(E)L/default.asp Please visit our website to find out more about the pathways we offer. http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/cpd/pathways.aspx You can also arrange a pathway discussion by contacting cpd@essex.ac.uk

HS670-7-XA
Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 7)
(30 CREDITS)

This module is utilised to recognise and provide a route for Accreditation for Prior Learning within our Continuing Professional Development pathways. This includes transfer of credit from another Higher Education Institution where you have undertaken a course/courses elsewhere, and awarding credit for experiential (non-accredited) learning. To find out more about AP(E)L please go to the following link: http://www.essex.ac.uk/quality/university_policies/ap(E)L/default.asp Please visit our website to find out more about the pathways we offer. http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/cpd/pathways.aspx You can also arrange a pathway discussion by contacting cpd@essex.ac.uk

HS900-7-SP
Research Design and Critical Appraisal
(15 CREDITS)

This module provides you with an advanced understanding of the research study designs commonly used in health research. It combines a theoretical and a practical approach to enable you to search for, obtain, and understand the research literature, and provides you with the critical skills to analyse and synthesize material into a literature review.

HS908-7-AU
Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
(15 CREDITS)

This module provides you with a range of techniques for collecting, analysing and interpreting data. It combines a theoretical and a practical approach to enable you to understand the collection and analysis process. At the end of the module, you will be able to design and pilot data collection instruments, conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis using appropriate computer software, and interpret statistical and qualitative research findings. Find out more about this module at https://www.essex.ac.uk/short-courses/hs908/7/data-collection-analysis-and-interpretation

HS909-7-AP
Quality Improvement in Practice
(30 CREDITS)

There are a number of options for this module, which ranges in the level and volume of work that will need to be produced for assessment. Work-based learning offers both a means of linking theory to practice and of valuing practice, as an integral part of professional education. The principle behind work-based learning is that you are given an opportunity to explore aspects of your work for your own personal development and that of the organisation/service in which you work. This module places control over the learning process in your hands - you negotiate your own learning contract with your academic and practice supervisors. This will set out and structure what you want to learn, what action you will take to achieve it, and what evidence will demonstrate that achievement. You will directly apply the knowledge and skills gained to your professional work through development of a service improvement project and specific, individualised activities to enhance your professional practice.

HS909-7-PS
Quality Improvement in Practice
(30 CREDITS)

There are a number of options for this module, which ranges in the level and volume of work that will need to be produced for assessment. Work-based learning offers both a means of linking theory to practice and of valuing practice, as an integral part of professional education. The principle behind work-based learning is that you are given an opportunity to explore aspects of your work for your own personal development and that of the organisation/service in which you work. This module places control over the learning process in your hands - you negotiate your own learning contract with your academic and practice supervisors. This will set out and structure what you want to learn, what action you will take to achieve it, and what evidence will demonstrate that achievement. You will directly apply the knowledge and skills gained to your professional work through development of a service improvement project and specific, individualised activities to enhance your professional practice.

HS909-7-SL
Quality Improvement in Practice
(30 CREDITS)

There are a number of options for this module, which ranges in the level and volume of work that will need to be produced for assessment. Work-based learning offers both a means of linking theory to practice and of valuing practice, as an integral part of professional education. The principle behind work-based learning is that you are given an opportunity to explore aspects of your work for your own personal development and that of the organisation/service in which you work. This module places control over the learning process in your hands - you negotiate your own learning contract with your academic and practice supervisors. This will set out and structure what you want to learn, what action you will take to achieve it, and what evidence will demonstrate that achievement. You will directly apply the knowledge and skills gained to your professional work through development of a service improvement project and specific, individualised activities to enhance your professional practice.

HS927-7-SP
Statistical Analysis
(15 CREDITS)

This module is ideal if you have no previous experience of quantitative methods. It introduces you to basic and intermediate statistical concepts and procedures, emphasising practical applications rather than mathematics; although a small amount of elementary mathematics is inevitably required.

HS947-7-AU
Theory and Method in Health Research
(15 CREDITS)

This module examines major perspectives in social science disciplines as they are applied to health and clinical research. Research in health and healthcare needs to evaluate and account for scientific and social scientific information produced by a wide range of methods. In this module, an in-depth understanding of research methodology is facilitated through studying the philosophical foundations of methods. Furthermore, an understanding of the links between theory and method, at different levels, is also necessary for research at postgraduate level. This module therefore additionally examines some of the philosophical foundations of health-related social research and (to a lesser extent) places the origins and development of these philosophical foundations in their historical and socio-political contexts. A range of philosophical, theoretical and applied texts are examined during the course of the module.

HS948-7-SP
Qualitative Health Research
(15 CREDITS)

Suitable for Masters and Doctoral students undertaking research methods training, this is a general introduction to process of qualitative research as applied to the study of issues of health and illness. The course places a central focus on processes and practices of qualitative research. At the end of this course you will be aware of central issues in the conduct of qualitative research.

HS950-7-AU
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
(30 CREDITS)

This module enhances critical expertise in both the facilitation and assessment of learning in practice and higher education. You will learn about philosophies of learning and explore contemporary thinking about assessment and feedback. You will consider how the critical use of teaching, learning and assessment strategies enable learners engaged in professional development to gain the capability to function as effective practitioners. Successful completion of this module may make you eligible to gain Fellowship of AdvanceHE (FHEA). Participants who successfully complete this module (as well as HS951) and are employed as a General Practitioner (GP) in a registered GP Training Practice can qualify as GP trainers.

HS951-7-SP
Learning Organisations and Quality Enhancement
(30 CREDITS)

This module provides health professions educators with the self-determination and conceptual knowledge to improve their practices as educators and the ability to promote positive change within their learning environments and organisations. On this module, you will develop an evidence-based and critical understanding of quality enhancement, and evaluate the complex influences that impact on learning in clinical communities and organisations. Participants who successfully complete this module (as well as HS950) and are employed as a General Practitioner (GP) in a registered GP Training Practice can qualify as GP trainers.

HS952-7-SU
Course Design and Development
(15 CREDITS)

This module explores the many variables involved in designing and developing curricula capable of delivering a valuable and transformative learning experience. Focusing on education in the health professions, this module will enable you to design a unit of learning whilst considering the political, social, philosophical, professional influences and assumptions embedded in health professions education. You will be encouraged to take a democratic approach to curriculum design, leading strategies and learning experiences that shapes the contemporary and future health profession workforce.

HS954-7-SU
Using Technology to Enhance Learning in Practice
(15 CREDITS)

This module is designed to enhance the critical understandings of strategies, techniques and pedagogies employed to enhance learning through the use of technology. Participants will explore and experiment with a range of technology-enhanced learning strategies, demonstrating critical application of these within the design of health professions education. Students are encouraged to design learning materials that they can then go on to use in their professional practice.

HS955-7-AU
Consultation and Assessment
(30 CREDITS)

Health care practitioners are increasingly working outside their traditional boundaries of practice. There is recognition that effective health practitioners are skilled clinicians who enhance the patient experience by bridging gaps in service provision. The quality and safety of patient care is dependent on clinical staff being adequately prepared for that role. This programme has been designed for experienced nurses and allied health professionals working in clinical settings.

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