MSc Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy
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For prospective applicants to the Entry requirements MSc Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy Academic Standard academic requirements for postgraduate study include a first or second class honours degree from a recognised higher education institution. Candidates with other relevant professional qualifications, must demonstrate post-qualification academic performance, range and breadth of continuing professional development, relevant professional experience, have professional recommendation and the motivation and ability to succeed at master’s level. Subject specific Some stand-alone inter-professional modules on this programme require applicants to have two or three years’ practice-based experience prior to access. However, in order to register for the full award, applicants must be professionally qualified physiotherapists and should normally have five years’ post-registered/postgraduate practice-based experience of working in health and/or social care settings. Physiotherapists with a minimum of three years full-time equivalent experience may be considered in some circumstances, where for example, there is evidence of Faculty of Health, Medical Sciences and Social Care advanced standing provided. Applicants should have the support of their employer, if remaining School of Rehabilitation and Public Health employed whilst undertaking this course of study. This is a master’s-level programme, endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, International and non-NHS students for postgraduate/registrant physiotherapists working in health and social care settings. If English is not the first language and the first degree is not in the English medium, evidence The programme is designed to support the development of advanced competencies that of English competence must be provided prior to registration on this course. The minimum are required to address the needs of stakeholders such as patients/clients and patient/ International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score requirement for entry is 7.5 or an client-centred services. equivalent recognised by the University. Advice for international students and other information on English language courses for example, is available at Programme rationale and philosophy The rationale for this programme is to respond to the continuing professional development http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/FutureStudents/International/Welcome.aspx (CPD) needs of physiotherapists by providing a high quality master’s-level physiotherapy programme to a diverse community of students; to educate physiotherapists with the personal International and non-NHS employed students will need to discuss placement opportunities and professional resources to respond to current and potential market needs in health and with the course and module leaders. In more specialised modules, such as Non-medical social care; and to educate physiotherapists with masters-level academic competencies fit to Prescribing, evidence of current Criminal Record Bureau clearance will be required. engage in scholarly practice to support the development of the profession and meet the needs of all stakeholders. How to apply Applications should be made directly to the university. Forms can be obtained from student Programme aims The overall educational aims are to support recruitment or downloaded from the website. • continuing professional development and career progression, enabling practitioners to Details of current fee rates and delivery dates can be found on the website. demonstrate to their regulatory bodies, employers and themselves, that they are engaged in life-long learning and developing both clinically and academically in line with the NHS Contact ‘Knowledge & Skills Framework‘ For queries regarding course content or suitability contact Alan Chamberlain, course leader • effective learning and the development of skills of critical analysis and synthesis, planning 01228 616032 and organisation, evaluation and reflection on professional practice to an advanced level Alan.Chamberlain@cumbria.ac.uk • advancement of skills in assessment, investigation and interpretation of data, clinical reasoning, judgment and decision-making, rehabilitation and outcomes For queries regarding the admissions process contact • application of theories, models, perspectives and approaches within the context of Student Recruitment, Lancaster campus contemporary practice. 01524 384 360 email@example.com www.cumbria.ac.uk Programme location Exit points The programme will run from the University of Cumbria, Lancaster campus and Fusehill Street To exit the programme with a PgC in Advanced Practice Physiotherapy, the student will have campus in Carlisle, but some optional modules will only be available in Lancaster eg ultrasound. completed three modules and 60 credits in total. For example, one core and two optional modules within the programme of which one optional module must be in Advanced Practice Physiotherapy. Programme description To exit the programme with a PgD in Advanced Practice Physiotherapy, the student will have The programme will be delivered over a maximum of five calendar years part-time or two completed six modules and 120 credits in total. For example, two core and four optional modules calendar years full-time. Programme delivery will vary according to modules undertaken, but within the programme of which one optional module must be in Advanced Practice Physiotherapy. study blocks and weekly day/evening study sessions are available for certain modules. Applicants will be able to take specific clinically-related routes through their choice of modules, or a more Modules generic route with the possibility of individually negotiated independent study modules. The MSc consists of two core modules of 20 credits each and a research project or dissertation of 60 credits. Students will choose four optional modules; a maximum of three and a minimum Programme outcomes of one from the Optional Advanced Practice Physiotherapy (APP) listing; a maximum of three The programme outcomes are determined by the individual core and optional modules and a minimum of one from the Optional Inter-professional (IPL) listing (please see examples available, but students should be able to demonstrate below). A full list of modules is available upon request. • master’s-level skills of critical analysis and synthesis of new and accepted knowledge and practice Core modules Credits • application of theory to practice where the practitioner is accountable in varied and CLH 804 Clinical Judgment and Decision-making in Professional Practice 20 complex situations • appraisal of the evidence-base for clinical, educational, research, management and RPHH 7306 Research Methods 20 leadership practice RPHP 7408 Dissertation 20 • evaluation of nationally/locally produced service frameworks, policies, pathways and protocols Optional (20 credits)* modules Listing • exploration of roles and responsibilities in the delivery of patient/client-centred services, within the moral, ethical and legal frameworks and dimensions of practice RPHP 7400 Advanced Practice in Rehabilitation for Adults with Hand Dysfunction APP • clinical judgment and decision-making for complex biopsychosocial health and well being RPHP 7401 Advanced Practice in the Critically-ill Respiratory Patient APP needs, in the context of intra/inter-professional and multi-disciplinary care from a plurality of RPHP 7402 Advanced Practice in Ergonomics APP medical, health and social care providers • advanced understanding of research methodologies; ability to evaluate and present research. RPHP 7403 Understanding Pain in Advanced Practice APP RPHP 7404 Advanced Practice in the Sporting Environment APP Learning and teaching methods RPHP 7405 Advanced Practice in Paediatrics: Collaborative Approaches APP Each module will be supported by the use of Blackboard, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. All modules must be passed; the pass mark for each module is 50%. An RPHP 7406 Independent Study (Negotiated Learning) Advanced Practice in Therapy APP emphasis is will be placed on independent learning, and student-led sessions. RPHP 7407 Work-based (Negotiated) Learning Advanced Practice in Therapy APP Assessment methods RPHH 7303 Education and Training in Practice Settings IPL The methods of assessment include the following examples RPHH 7304 Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care Settings IPL Essays and critical reports, written and MCQ examinations, Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)/staged clinical assessment, Literature reviews, Case study analysis, MIS 824 Musculo-skeletal Ultrasound IPL Clinical management plan, Oral presentations, Portfolio of evidence, Data analysis and handling, NMP 800 Non-medical Prescribing IPL Research proposal, Dissertation. All modules with the exception of RPHP 7408 can also be taken as stand alone modules for CPD. Programme structure * Denotes that the availability of some optional study modules will be subject to demand. All students will be registered on the MSc programme at the outset, but students exiting from the programme may be awarded an exit qualification.