Advanced Clinical Practice
School of Health and Society
In a nutshell
The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Master's Degree is a HEE accredited programme. It is a programme for experienced clinicians who wish to advance their professional practise to independently manage holistic episodes of physical and mental healthcare in a range of settings. Working across traditional health and social care boundaries, Advanced Clinical Practitioners combine expert clinical skills with research, education and leadership to facilitate change in patient and service outcomes.
This course is aligned with the HEE Multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical practice (2017). It uses a work based learning approach to develop the higher level skills that will lead to advanced clinical practitioner status and enhance your career prospects. You will be required to be supported in clinical practice by experienced Advanced Clinical Practitioners / Consultants, Medical Consultants, specialist registrars or General Practitioners. You will be taught by experts in the field including specialist consultants, lecturers, advanced clinical practitioners, pharmacists and radiographers. You will develop advanced clinical skills in our brand new simulation suites with our award-winning human simulators.
The following pathways are offered:
- Critical Care
- Primary Care
- Mental Health
Speciality accreditation e.g. FICM is supported during the programme.
- Study on a multi-professional course which places work at the centre of learning
- Have access to expertise and skills from a wide range of professionals including non-medical consultants, advanced clinical practitioners, medical practitioners and guest lecturers at the cutting-edge of health and social care
- Be supported in clinical practice by advanced clinical practitioners, consultants, specialist registrars or general practitioners
This is for you if...
You are from a regulated professional health or social care background
You are a registered health professional (nurses, midwives and allied health professionals)
You have been working in the appropriate clinical context for a minimum of two years
You must have a minimum of 4 years post qualification experience on application
All about the course
The full course runs part-time over two years giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical assessment (60 credits) year
- Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Practice (120 credits
- Master's in Advanced Clinical Practice (180 credits)
This course comprises a number of core and optional modules depending on which pathway you choose.
This module provides the scientific underpinning for the academic and clinical development of experienced and competent practitioners to facilitate the appropriate assessment, diagnosis, prescription and therapeutic management of clients/service users by the application of life sciences.
This module introduces the concepts and context of advanced practice and enhances students' current knowledge and skills to enable the development of core and bespoke advanced practice competencies.
Contextualising Advanced Practice (Optional)
This module provides a framework enabling you to consolidate generic competencies of advanced clinical practice; critically reflect upon your development in the context of your professional role; develop leadership skills to identify and manage risk appropriately; use research and audit skills to lead service improvement in your clinical practice. You will critically examine your personal job description in conjunction with the national multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice which incorporates the fours pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice: Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education, Research.
Non-medical Prescribing (Optional)
This module has been integrated into the programme to enable those registered health professionals who will be able to prescribe as part of their Advanced Practice role. The module prepares the practitioner to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively. In order to undertake the module, it is essential there is additional learning time in practice in order to meet the required practice hours.
This is split into two 15 credit modules: Theory and Practice.
Please refer to the NMP requirements to see whether your professional body is eligible for this module.
Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice (FCPs only)
This module is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of appropriately qualified healthcare professionals in the field of musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine. It is suited to those those who wish to enhance and further their skills in musculoskeletal practice and those who wish to develop as First Contact or Advanced Practitioners.
The emphasis of the module is on evidence-based, patient-centred approaches with a focus on the development of advanced clinical reasoning and decision making in MSK practice. You will have to opportunity to enhance your existing practical skills, refine your clinical reasoning using a case-based learning approach and build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your achievements. You will need to be working with a suitable MSK caseload during the module to allow the development of evidence to be presented within the assessed portfolio.
First Contact Practice in Primary Care (Optional)
This multi-professional module is designed to support suitably qualified and experienced Allied Health Professionals who wish to work as autonomous First Contact Practitioners (FCPs) within primary care.
The module is designed to include stage 1 and stage 2 of the required elements, consistent with Health Education England ‘roadmaps to practice’ which outline the skills and attributes needed for AHPs to become FCPs in primary care.
Completion of the module will support AHPs to be recognised by Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice by being placed on a FCP directory.
Project Management and Methods of Inquiry
This module helps you develop the skills needed in developing practice and policy. This module will develop your skills in different project management methodologies and methods of inquiry, enabling you to construct a business in relation to service improvement.
The skills required to complete a portfolio of high-quality evidence of achievement of the elements of advanced practice will be developed throughout this module.
(pathways within this module: Mental health; Primary Care and Critical Care )
Knowledge and skills related to client management and advanced clinical reasoning will be developed alongside justification for differential diagnoses, investigations and treatments.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
The emphasis on work-based learning rather than classroom teaching distinguishes this course from more traditional taught courses. The co creation and collaboration between the workplace and academic facilitators is innovative and embraces the ethos of overall course philosophy and design. A learning facilitator will be employed with a particular remit to work with practice-based assessors and mentors in order to assure the quality of clinical and work-based learning/assessments.
This course has a strong clinical focus throughout all modules with specialist pathways being offered in: Mental Health, Primary Care and Critical Care, in addition to the Generic Adult pathway.
The programme is taught using face to face teaching in lectures and seminars, action learning sets, the use of online teaching, and practical sessions using plinth rooms and the high fidelity simulation suite.
You will be taught by an expert multi-professional team, many of whom work in clinical practice as Advanced Clinical Practitioners alongside their academic commitments.
Assessment strategies have been developed to reflect the ethos and learning aims and objectives of individual modules and may include:
- Self assessment
- Peer assessment
- Practice-based assessments: Including case based discussions; integrated systematic health assessment records, DOPs, core and bespoke skills.
- Critical reflective commentaries
- Portfolio of evidence
- Viva Voce
- Poster presentations
- Service delivery and organisational assessment and redesign
- Assessed essays
- Client management plans
- Written reports
- Unseen examinations
The School of Health and Society
The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.
We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
Our Plinth rooms and Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the first and second floor. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.
The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward or community-based environment, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.
The equipment includes:
- Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
- iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breaths, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
- Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
- Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment
The programme team includes staff from different professional backgrounds that have both clinical and academic expertise in a wide range of specialist fields. Several faculty members are currently working as ACP’s in primary care, mental health, medicine and critical care. External expert speakers are also involved in the programme.
All are members of the Association of Advance Practice Educators (AAPE UK) and contribute to the National agenda for advanced clinical practice. Staff regularly publish their work in journals and at conferences.
Jenny Jenkins - Programme Lead MSc Advanced Clinical Practice / Advanced Clinical practitioner.
I qualified as a registered nurse in 2002 where I began my career working in Emergency Nursing. My clinical career progressed, and I completed the MSc in Advanced Practice with distinction in 2012, qualifying as an Advanced Practitioner working within Emergency Medicine.
My career at Salford University began in 2014 with a secondment post for 2 days a week as a lecturer / learning facilitator on the MSc in Advanced Practice programme. In 2017 my clinical commitments moved to primary care where I continue to work two days as an ACP.
In September 2021 I was promoted at the University to Programme lead for the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.
What about after uni?
On completion of this course, you will be eligible for an advanced clinical practitioner role in your own specialist fields such as midwifery, emergency medicine, critical care, mental health, acute medicine or surgery, and primary care.
Graduates of this course have undertaken a wide variety of advanced practice roles within their own field of practice. Many have made a significant contribution to improving services for their patient group and have demonstrated evidence of the impact of their role.
Whilst many advanced clinical practitioners remain in post, some have chosen to become non-medical consultants and hold leadership roles within Clinical Practice.
You may with to pursue further study on the Professional Doctorate (Health and Social Care/Advanced Practitioner/Social Work).
The emphasis on work-based learning rather than classroom teaching distinguishes this course from more traditional taught courses. The collaboration between the workplace and academic facilitators is innovative and embraces the ethos of overall course philosophy and design and is in accordance with the University strategic objective of strengthening partnerships with partner organisations.
A learning facilitator will be employed with a particular remit to work with practice-based assessors and mentors in order to assure the quality of clinical and work-based learning/assessments.
What you need to know
When undertaking the clinical modules there is a requirement for you to have access to a relevant and sufficient clinical patient/client case-load for the duration of the course.
As part of the requirements for admission to clinical modules, you must identify and have the agreement of a service manager and clinical expert mentor/assessor to facilitate access to the case load. The clinical assessor MUST hold a GMC registration and be a Consultant or GP.
The mentor/assessor will provide practical training, supervision and ongoing formative assessment via a log of clinical cases. All students on this course are registered or regulated health and social care professionals who are accessing the clinical training within their own work-place.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
You will be a graduate in health and/or social care and be working in an area that will support and facilitate the development of advanced practice and have a written agreement with your employer for minimum learning and financial support.
Information for all applicants
You must be registered with a professional regulatory body e.g. NMC, BPharmC, Social Work England (Scottish, Welsh or NI equivalent), HCPC only.
You must be employed by NHS or other recognised healthcare provider.
You must be employed a minimum of 30 hours/ week in a clinical/ patient facing role.
You must be guaranteed 45 days/ year study leave (for 24 months).
You must provide evidence of available funding.
Degrees from overseas universities must be verified by NARIC
Overseas applicants who are not employed by the NHS and/or are not registered with a UK regulatory body are not eligible to apply.
You must have a Physician Medical Assessor at GP / Consultant level available to you. This is to ensure clinical competency / access to clinical placements, both of which are needed to meet placement requirements. This person will be your main assessor for your clinical practice and will ensure you are competent by assessing your skills and enabling you to complete a clinical portfolio that is developed throughout the programme. You will be supervised by this person in clinical practice for at least 2 hours each week. This can be discussed further at the HEI interview.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Part-time||2022/23||£1,575 per 30 credits for non-commissioned places|
You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.