Postgraduate Course

MSc Health Care Practice

MSc Health Care Practice

Overview

The details
Health Care Practice
October 2019
Part-time
6 years
Colchester Campus

We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

Our MSc Health Care Practice is designed for health care professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary settings who wish to advance their knowledge-base and clinical skills. Irrespective of your clinical speciality, you will become actively involved in the advancement of practice which will be recognised within the degree award.

Health care practice is an evolving process in which new skills are continuously being developed and refined in response to the needs of clients. The NHS Plan seeks to challenge traditional role boundaries and recognises that professionals of all clinical disciplines have the potential to develop advanced clinical skills to support the client from referral to discharge.

By the end of your time with us you will be able to:

  • Assess physical and psychosocial states and make independent diagnoses in relation to specific episodes of care
  • Pioneer new roles which are responsive to changing health needs
  • Act in a consultancy and leadership role for other team members and other professionals in the development of their practice
  • Demonstrate expert judgement in the assessment and management of specific client groups
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of factors that influence service provision and use innovative problem solving skills to effect best use of resources

Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard, and as such we expect that anyone who cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Why we're great.
  • Develop your knowledge base and clinical skills with a flexible, part-time CPD pathway
  • Challenge traditional boundaries – gain the skills and recognition in advancing clinical practice
  • Work alongside experts in your field and benefit from their wide range of clinical and academic experience

Our expert staff

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.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building on the Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building on the Southend campus.

As one of our CPD students, you may be taking modules at either campus or online to suit your needs, which means that you can access facilities across both campuses as required.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A relevant professional qualification and current registration with the relevant UK professional body.
  • A good first degree in a relevant subject or relevant professional experience and qualifications that demonstrate ability to study at level seven.
  • Currently employed in a relevant field of practice.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Work Based Learning Module

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.

View Work Based Learning Module on our Module Directory

Preparation for non-Medical Prescribing - Nurses, Midwives and SCPHNs

This NMC-accredited module will prepare nurses to prescribe as both an Independent Prescriber, and a Supplementary Prescriber working in partnership with an Independent Prescriber and the patient. This programme has been designed for qualified nurses working in a variety of healthcare settings.Its underpinning philosophy is that successful participants will be able to enhance patient care by providing quicker and more efficient access to healthcare, by making better use of your own skills, and allowing doctors more time to deal with more complex and serious health problems.

View Preparation for non-Medical Prescribing - Nurses, Midwives and SCPHNs on our Module Directory

Dissertation

Your dissertation is the pinnacle of your masters degree. We offer dissertation workshops held throughout the academic year which help you select a topic and provide guidance on writing up your research. You are allocated a dissertation supervisor appropriate for your topic and/or selected methods.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

Person Centred Dementia

This module is designed to offer health and social care practitioners the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and to develop specialist skills in providing care for people living with dementia and their families. This module is ideally suited for those who want to promote good practice and facilitate practice-based change within their organisation, or for people who want to go on to undertake a specialist role in dementia care.

View Person Centred Dementia on our Module Directory

Developing Professional Practice

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.

View Developing Professional Practice on our Module Directory

Mindfulness, self-compassion and compassionate care

By combining an introduction to mindfulness and self-compassion with direct application to health and social care practice, we develop your capacity as a professional to deliver compassionate care. We help you to be more aware of the present moment experience, and improve your ability to identify and deal more compassionately with your own emotional needs, so that you will become more confident in practice and more emotionally resilient to the challenges of your work. Becoming more mindful and compassionate towards yourself will mean you can form better professional relationships and more effectively incorporate the needs of your patients in their care-giving.

View Mindfulness, self-compassion and compassionate care on our Module Directory

Applying and Using Learning in Practice

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.

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Applying and Using Learning in Practice

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.

View Applying and Using Learning in Practice on our Module Directory

Evidence Based Practice for Advanced Clinical Decision-Making

Healthcare professionals are applying evidence-based practice (EBP) principles in an increasingly complex working environment. Effective health provision is achieved by skilled clinicians utilising the three EBP domains of research, clinical experience and expertise, and patient experience or perspective to achieve decisions around assessment and intervention. Shared decision-making is core to the NHS values, and this module sets out to examine, critically analyse and evaluate EBP in real-life contexts and to strengthen clinical reasoning (CR) and clinical decision-making skills (CDM) within this complex context. It has been designed for experienced clinicians working in clinical or educational settings.

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Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Physiotherapists / Podiatrists

This HCPC approved module will prepare the individual practitioner to prescribe as both as an Independent Prescriber, and a Supplementary Prescriber working in partnership with Independent Prescribers and the patient. One day a week, you will engage in learning through a mix of classroom and on-line activities, led by a variety of healthcare professionals and University lecturers with prescribing experience. In addition, you will undertake a minimum of 12 days of supervised practice with a medical mentor.

View Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Physiotherapists / Podiatrists on our Module Directory

Leadership in Health and Social Care

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.

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Pharmacological Management of Diabetes - Optimising Control

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.

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Pharmacological Management of Diabetes - Initiating Therapy and Optimising

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.

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Accredited Prior Learning (15 Credits Level7)

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

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Accredited Prior Learning (15 Credits, Level 7)

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

View Accredited Prior Learning (15 Credits, Level 7) on our Module Directory

Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 5) Version 2

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

View Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 5) Version 2 on our Module Directory

Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 7)

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

View Accredited Prior Learning (30 Credits, Level 7) on our Module Directory

Research Design and Critical Appraisal

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.

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Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

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.

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Statistical Analysis

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.

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Postgraduate Research Methods

This module enables you to explore theoretical and practical issues in relation to the research process, with specific emphasis on research in health and social care. You will develop the ability to understand and use relevant research literature, and acquire some of the skills you need to plan and carry out your own research. A defining feature of the course is that the research principles that are encountered will constantly be applied to real health and social care settings.

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Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The practice environment provides important learning opportunities for all student health care practitioners. In order for this opportunity to be fully realised, practitioners working with learners need to be knowledgeable, skilled experts in both healthcare and educational practice. This module is suitable for any healthcare professional supporting students in practice, and is mapped against the requirements for GP Associate Trainers, ACE for physiotherapists, APPLE for occupational therapists, and is a requirement for the nurse teacher and GP trainers.

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Learning Organisations and Quality Enhancement

The practice environment provides important learning opportunities for all student health care practitioners. In order for this opportunity to be fully realised, practitioners working with learners need to be knowledgeable, skilled experts in both healthcare and educational practice. This module will help to provide health care practitioners working with learners the self-determination to improve your practice as educators, and the ability to promote change within your learning organisations. The module facilitates the development of an evidence-based understanding of the meaning of enhancement, allowing development and improvement of knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning. Quality enhancement is presented as a deliberate process of change leading to improvement.

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Course Design and Development

This module allows you to consider the many variables involved in designing and developing curricula that provide students with a good and successful learning experience. It explores the external influences that provide opportunities and constraints when undertaking course design and development.

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Consultation and Assessment

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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Using Reflective Practice

This module provides you with an applied grounding in reflective practice within a professional learning context. It is an introduction to and application of the work of four significant theorists in the reflective practice field, followed by reflexive discussion about the contribution their theories make to our own capacity to learn in and through practice.

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Managing Care At the End of Life

The purpose of this module is to enhance the knowledge and skills surrounding the effective delivery of End of Life Care (EoLC). Applying the framework of the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy and the Common Core Principles and Competences, you will be encouraged to reflect on best practice and explore creative approaches to caring for, and supporting, people approaching the end of their life, and to be aware and responsive to the needs of their families and carers.

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Care of the Patient Undergoing Chemotherapy

This module enables you to develop knowledge and skills to care for a person undergoing chemotherapy. It has been developed in collaboration with the Essex Cancer Network. The aim is to provide students with the requisite skills and knowledge to make informed care management decisions for patients undergoing chemotherapy. By drawing from national guidance from the UK Oncology Nurses Forum this module aims to enable staff working in cancer care to provide evidence-based best practice in the management and delivery of chemotherapy.

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Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

TBC

This is a modular study course and fees will be charged per module.

International fee

TBC

This is a modular study course and fees will be charged per module.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

If you are intending to follow a modular programme, please email cpd@essex.ac.uk. You will be guided through how to apply and we will refer you to the relevant programme or module lead to discuss your plans.

From this discussion, a formal outline of the most suitable modules for your professional and personal circumstances will be produced, called a pathway plan. Although your plans may change over time, this formal document helps us plan delivery of modules over the coming years, and it helps your sponsor to plan funding arrangements as appropriate.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We recognise the importance of your previous academic learning and professional experience, and you can use both to gain credit value towards the specific programme you are interested in, known as Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.

APEL is dependent on many factors. If you are interested in this option please email us at cpd@essex.ac.uk before you apply. It is necessary to highlight any prior learning before you apply as the modules you wish to study may be dependent on this. For further information on our AP(E)L procedure, please review the University’s Quality Enhancement information.

Please note: there is an administration fee for the APEL process request which can be found on our fees document (.pdf)

Application forms and supporting documents

Once you have had your pathway discussion with the relevant programme lead and, if relevant, spoken to the CPD Lead about APEL, you will need to fill in an application form and send it through to our School.

Note: Please initially check the module you are interested in as there may be additional documents required:

www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/cpd/modules.aspx

MSc Programme application

Module application

If you are interested in applying for a specific module, you will need to complete the module application form:

Your application and funding

If you are being funded by your employer, please obtain your line manager’s signature once you have completed the application form including how payment will be made and, if you work within the NHS, forward to your Education Liaison Manager for processing.

If you are self-funded, please complete the application form providing the required information and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct you on how to make payments.

If you are being funded by a charitable organisation, please complete the application form, with the signature of the person providing the funds and the way in which they will be paying, and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct your sponsor on how to make payments.

Once we have received your signed and completed application form we will write to confirm if you have been successful in gaining a place.

Module contact: Vikki-Jo Scott / Mel Wiltshire

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