Advancing Practice in Health Framework

A multidisciplinary course framework housed in the Division of Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DPPR).

 

In the academic year of 2019-20 DPPR has launched an exciting, educationally and practice relevant Postgraduate Framework. The Framework will be attractive to individuals who want to make a difference to the lives of others locally, nationally and globally.

The Framework will be of interest to any individual working in a health-related field such a medical practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, allied health professionals, nutritionists and professionals in areas such as public health, the community and the voluntary sector. We also welcome enquiries from other interested individuals including international applicants.

The Framework offers flexibility in module choice and modes of study (part-time, full-time, work place) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance.

Additional support is available for those new to or returning to master's level study.

The Framework aims to foster and develop QMU’s vision of ideas and influence and its mission of cultivating intellectual capital with both a theoretical and practical focus. Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, evidence and scholarship against a background of the current and evolving political and social landscape for health and wellbeing.

The Framework is based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research). There are learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advanced practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research methodologies, as well as a number of more specific modules. The Framework also draws on expertise across the University such as business management, leadership, social science and education.

As part of the framework we offer a number of named PgDip/MSc awards:

PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice in Health

PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice in Community Health and Wellbeing

PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice in Medical Imaging

PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice in Physiotherapy

PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice in Podiatry

Individual modules can also be taken for the purposes of continuous professional development (and more information on the modules we offer can be found below).

We also recognise that career opportunities transform over time, and we can facilitate a more personalised learning pathway which can lead to PgCert/PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice in Health awards. This may of particular interest to those who already hold a master's award or wish to study modules in a particular area of practice.

This framework complements the University's wider range of post-registration healthcare courses which encompass:

Person-Centred Practice and Post Nursing Registration 

Occupational Therapy 

Framework modules

Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)*: These modules enable you to attain pre agreed work place competencies and to critically evaluate the evidence base underpinning the selected area of work.

Assessment for learning (20 credits): This module is designed to enable those who have an educational role within their workplace to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessment and feedback methods.

Community Health and Wellbeing Theory (20 credits): This module will enable learners to advance their own practice by gaining a critical understanding of theory related to community health and wellbeing policy and practice.

Diagnostic Investigations for the Lower Limb (20 credits): This module will provide you with theoretical knowledge and understanding of a range of diagnostic and laboratory investigations in the lower limb.

Dissertation (60 credits): This module enables learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work which contributes to a subject, field or profession.

Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by demonstrating sustainable impact in practice at a service, project or community level.

Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with an understanding of research principles, methodologies and analysis.

Facilitation of Learning (20 credits): This module is designed to enable those with an educational role within their workplace to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of how to facilitate learning of others.

Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding of advanced practice.

Leadership for Transformation and Innovation (20 credits): This module will provide you with a broad critical knowledge and understanding of the principles of leadership and business management in the public and private sector.

Management of Diabetes and its Complications (20 credits): This module will provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the historical and current management of diabetes and its associated complications.

MRI/CT in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners working with MRI or CT to develop a critical understanding of protocol selection and development as well as facilitating the evolution of skills and techniques regarding MRI or CT.

Medical Imaging of the Foot and Ankle (20 credits)*: This module will provide learners with a critical understanding of diagnostic modalities to develop evaluative and interpretative skills of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic modalities.

Non-medical Prescribing for Allied Health Profession (40 credits)*: This module will prepare learners to prescribe safely and competently within the context of their professional role as non-medical prescribers.

Principles of MRI/CT (20 credits)*: This module will allow learners working with MRI or CT to develop a more in depth understanding of the theoretical applications of MRI or CT.

Principles of Diabetes and its Complications (20 credits): This module will allow you to explore the physiological and biochemical underpinning of diabetes and its complications along with an opportunity to critically evaluate current pharmacotherapies.

Realistic Lifestyle Medicine (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by critically evaluating, designing, delivering and reflecting on interventions at the individual level to improve health outcomes related to lifestyle behaviours.

Tissue Viability (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical understanding of the evidence base for factors contributing to cutaneous ulceration, viable assessment techniques and the effectiveness of current management practices.

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2019) but are subject to availability. Please check back here for any updates.

*These modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary).

 

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline

International: English language: IELTS >6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Some modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary) and require support of a line manager and workplace mentor.

Single module study

You can register as an associate student to study up to two single modules from the Framework modules listed above.

Professional registration

Framework awards do not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aim to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development.

Duration

1 year full-time OR 5 years part-time

Exit awards

MSc (180credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Start date

September 2019 and January 2020

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