Our Postgraduate Certificate First Contact Musculoskeletal Practice course enables experienced musculoskeletal clinicians to gain academic recognition for their First Contact Practitioner training. The content of this course has been aligned with guidance from all national and professional groups involved in the development and delivery of this role.
The first module, First Contact Musculoskeletal Practice, has been designed to map to Stage 1 requirements of Health Education England's 'Roadmap to Practice' and the second module, Evaluation of Clinical Practice for First Contact Musculoskeletal Practitioners, evidences the Stage 2 clinical competencies. You will explore topics relating to FCP practice including communication strategies, screening for sinister pathology, integration of the wider determinants of health, operational issues and professional accountability. A clinical mentor is required to support your clinical learning but this mentor does not need to be 'Roadmap trained'.
Completing this course will enable you to demonstrate:
We have a range of University of Essex staff and external expert specialists who work with us. This pathway is supported by clinicians including FCPs and other experts, eg rheumatologist.
This course does not require attendance at the University of Essex but you will have access to facilities including online resources, such as the library and a digital learning environment.
This course will enable you, as a clinician, to gain academic recognition for your FCP education. It is suitable for clinicians employed as FCPs and for those intending to apply for this role, please be aware that the full pathway requires clinical supervision in musculoskeletal primary care.
Applicants should have a relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7 .Applicant should also have:
Applicants will need access to a clinical supervisor for the second module in this course.
This degree pathway is not available to students who require a Student visa to study in the UK
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Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.
Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.
|Status||What this means|
||You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
|Core with Options
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.|
||You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.|
|Compulsory with Options
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.|
The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.
Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.
In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.
Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:
The department or school the module will be taught by.
In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.
|The module number.||
The UK academic level of the module.
A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.
A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.
A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.
The term the module will be taught in.
The teaching methods for the two modules include a diversity of methods. Your clinical competencies will be evidenced from clinical experience which will be supported by a clinical supervisor and academic supervisor. Teaching methods also include task-driven remote learning to prepare you for the teaching events (delivered using a digital platform).
Across the two modules, you will be assessed by coursework, a patient presentation and completion of professional tasks.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you are intending to follow a modular programme, please email email@example.com. You will be guided through how to apply and we will refer you to the relevant programme or module lead to discuss your plans.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If you are interested in applying for a specific module, you will need to complete the module application form:
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.
Available as a standalone module or as part of MSc/PG Diploma/PG Certificate programmes offered, modules are at level seven:
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