Clinical Nursing MSc

Postgraduate (Up to 4 years part-time)

Chelmsford, Peterborough (Guild House), Cambridge

January 2017, September 2017

Overview

One of the greatest challenges facing nursing today is to build on its essence as a caring profession, while incorporating new technologies, ideas and approaches to healthcare. Our MSc Clinical Nursing course is designed to meet the needs of graduates who are working in a range of roles and settings in the fast-changing world of health service provision. It's ideal for registered nurses who wish to develop their careers.

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Full description

Careers

If you're interested in joining this course, you'll already be employed in a local healthcare trust. Our course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to confront the challenges of healthcare, and shape the future of your practice.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Applied Leadership & Management
    This module provides an innovative exploration of leadership and management in healthcare, and examines their impact on organisations including wider considerations in the external environment. This module will enable students to assess and analyse the roles that leaders and managers play in a range of organizational contexts; and to apply the principles and techniques of leadership and management in a range of contexts.

Optional modules

  • Adult Acute Care
    This module explores all aspects of adult acute care and the support required for family or carers. It builds on the concept of Quality Critical Care (2005), recognising that individuals have the right to specialist care, regardless of location or speciality. Patient safety is an absolute priority and lessons learnt from the NPSA reports (2007,2008) and the initiative of 'Reducing Harm from Deterioration' (Patient Safety First 2008) is incorporated as an outcome measure. Maintaining adequate tissue perfusion and oxygenation is essential for life. Compromise from any cause will lead to organ dysfunction, failure or even death. Through skilled assessment and interventions, practitioners can be proactive in detecting and supporting the highly dependent and acutely ill patient. This module provides the practitioner with the knowledge necessary to care for the highly dependent and acutely ill patient and maps directly against National Institute for health & Clinical Excellence Clinical Guideline 50, Acutely ill Patients in Hospital (2007). It is also guided by the Department of Health (2009) competencies for the acutely ill adult. In this post Francis (2013) era, the focus on patient experience and the NHS Constitution (2012) are embedded in the module. National reports such as 'Time to Interven' (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome & Death 2012) and 'Time to Act' (Parliamentary Ombudsmen 2013) continue to record failings in the provision of acute health care provision. This module helps to address how these failings may be remedied from the perspective of the practitioners and of the organisation. Opportunities to simulate practice and identify the human factors that influence patient safety together with increasing situational awareness will assist in this goal. Learning and teaching strategies include lectures, skills workshops, and a scenario based workshops. Opportunities to apply new knowledge and skills within your specialist practice will be facilitated.
  • Advanced Management of Chronic Cardiac and Respiratory Symptoms
    This module will focus on the pathophysiological and psychological perspectives to manage patients with a long term cardiac and/or respiratory condition. You will develop the knowledge required to meet the diverse chronic needs of patients in primary and secondary care settings. There is a strong emphasis on applying your knowledge of disordered physiology in order to support symptom management and the formation of care planning strategies that reflect patient and carer preferences. You will debate psychological, pharmacological interventions and therapeutic approaches to symptom management to optimise patient’s well-being. You will also evaluate the role of primary prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills
    This module will look at receiving patients with undiagnosed health needs and using advanced skills to offer them treatment or referral. You will improve your decision making and learn to deliver advanced services usually offered by advanced nursing practitioners and doctors. Topics will include: development of clinical assessment skills, using diagnostic equipment, assessing common conditions and injuries, understanding systems and patho-psysiology, legal and professional issues of advanced practice and communication and psycho-social aspects of healthcare.
  • Advanced Management of Minor Injuries
    The module recognises that there are multitude of different definitions and conceptualisations of the term ‘advanced nursing practice,’ ranging from those focused on very specific practitioner roles through to those that are much broader articulations of practice at a senior or expert level. You will concentrate on the application of learning in the work-place and relate your study to your role as a practitioner. You will develop new ways of learning and working for your future career as an advanced nurse practitioner.
  • Advanced Non-Medical Prescribing
    This module will prepare nurses, midwives, specialist community public health nurses and pharmacists to prescribe safely and cost effectively as independent and supplementary prescribers. Alongside the holistic assessment skills module, this educational programme will provide the practitioner with key skills to deliver community agendas, providing care close to home. Supervision and assessment from a designated GP or Nurse Practitioner is essential within this module in order to meet the 78 hours clinical practice requirement. It also aims to prepare allied health professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively as supplementary prescribers and provide an opportunity for interprofessional students to debate, analyse and synthesise key issues within safe prescribing practice and its contribution to health care.
  • Advanced Principles of Respiratory and Thoracic Care
    Diseases of the lungs are a growing and real issue that needs to be addressed. Diseases and illness affecting the respiratory system are often complex and require varied prevention, management and treatment interventions, involving patients, carers and multidisciplinary team members. This module is intended for registered healthcare professionals working in areas such as respiratory wards, thoracic surgery and critical care areas. You will develop advanced theoretical knowledge which you will be able to apply to your practice in the respiratory and thoracic fields. There will be opportunities to learn both in the classroom and practice area.
  • Advanced Practice in Diabetes Care
    This module is aimed at all practitioners, especially those with an interest in the management of adults and children with diabetes. It will help you enhance your existing knowledge and skills for delivering evidence-based diabetes care and exercise your higher levels of judgment, discretion and decision making. Key aspects of diabetes care will be explored including the epidemiology, pathophysiology, novel biomarkers and diagnosis criteria of diabetes; main types of diabetes and short-term and long-term complications. You will analyse key standards required to improve diabetes care either in a primary or secondary care setting.
  • Cardiac Care
    This module provides you with the opportunity to explore and develop the knowledge and skills required to meet the diverse acute and chronic needs of cardiac patients, their families or carers. It will focuses on the assessment, monitoring, and management of cardiac disorders. It's suitable for graduate practitioners working in areas such as coronary care units, both medical and surgical cardiac wards, investigational units and critical care areas. In order to receive care that is effective and of high quality the patient with a cardiac disorder is dependent upon practitioners being skilled in the recognition of arrhythmia and the analysis of 12 lead ECGs. This module is a theory/practice module in which you will learn both in the classroom and in the practice area. Learning and teaching methods in the classroom will include a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, group work, etc. Learning and teaching in clinical practice will be under the supervision of an experienced practitioner and qualified mentor within your own clinical area.
  • Critical Care
    This module provides a partnership between theoretical knowledge and practical competence as supported by the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education (Critical Care National Nurse Network Leads 2012). You will be required to provide safe, high quality care for the critically ill. Through this module you will learn strategies to support improvements in critical care practice. Thus such safety and quality of care becomes embedded within your clinical practice through the ability to continually re-evaluate and enhance care. It is recognised that the critical care environment is constantly changing especially with the emergence of new technologies and therapies to facilitate patient recovery from an often life threatening illness. To be able to care for the critically ill patient expertly, critical care nurses need to ensure they develop and maintain their own competence in practice. The importance of competence within nursing is recognised as one of the six 'Cs' fundamental to the vision of developing a culture of compassion and care (Department of Health 2012). As a theory/practice you will learn both in the classroom and in the practice area. Learning and teaching methods in the classroom will include a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, scenario based group work and simulation.
  • Emergency Care
    Injury or illness may occur suddenly or may arise as a consequence of an underlying condition. It may have life threatening implications. The purpose of this module is to consider and explore the common illnesses and injuries of clients attending the emergency department. The accepted initial and subsequent management of these illnesses and injuries are critically evaluated. The use of effective teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration are related to current key policies in the practice situation. This module is a theory/practice module in which the student will learn both in the classroom and in the practice area. Learning and teaching methods in the classroom will include a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, group work, simulation, etc. Learning and teaching in clinical practice will be under the supervision of an experienced practitioner within the your own clinical area. The module is assessed from both a theory and practice perspective.
  • Law & Ethics in Health & Social Care
    This module highlights the ethical and legal aspects related to your professional practice. There will be an analysis of legal cases and the statutory provision driving practice coupled with an exploration of current ethical issues, such as resource allocation and judicial review, issues of consent, death and dying and respecting life. The application of principles, theories and the legislative framework will be presented to you via reflective activities, case situations and scenarios, which will enable students to access their knowledge, trace their implications, refine their outcomes and evaluate the degree of moral justification they possess. You will also have the opportunity to focus on particular aspects of law and ethics that have relevance to your practice or personal interest This module is particularly relevant to health and social care professionals wishing to develop crucial insights into legal and ethical issues in practice.
  • Minor Illness Assessment and Management
    This module will prepare you to assess and manage patients who have minor illnesses, incorporating a symptom-based, patient safety-focused approach.
  • Pain and symptom management in palliative care
    You will learn about pain and symptom management in the context of palliative and end of life care and enhance your skills in the management of pain and the relief of symptoms. You will also gain a better understanding of pharmacological intervention. Last but not least, you will help patients and their families to achieve a better quality of life, through the analysis and effective management of pain and the relief of symptoms.
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
    In this module you will study explanations of child abuse and safeguarding children and young people, and critically reflect upon the findings. An examination of personal reflections related to children and young people, and the relevant issues, will also offer professional insight into current policy and procedure. It will enable you to critically evaluate your own knowledge and the skills which underpin your current practice and to take a more proactive and innovative stance when promoting the safeguarding of children and young people.
  • Specialist Mental Health Care
    This module aims to allow you to develop specialist knowledge on certain mental health conditions. You will be able to understand and comprehend various specialised aspects of the ‘craft of caring’ for people with a serious mental illness. You will also get the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of more complex individualised care, helping to improve the quality of care the patient receives. The module will explore varied specialisms for example, forensics, older people, learning disabilities, carers, child and adolescence mental health care needs, and will also consider an international perspective.

Assessment

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To find out more details about the modules including teaching dates and locations please take a look at our Continuing Professional Development course listings page.

Assessments are your chance to show your achievement of learning outcomes, we make sure that we use different methods to adapt to different learning styles. Assessments vary from module to module and will include: essays, online activities, portfolios of evidence of work-based learning, OSCEs, competency frameworks for practice learning, VivaVoce, unseen examinations and posters. The assessment have been designed to give you freedom to explore your own areas of interest and develop specialist knowledge and skills in your practice. The appointment of a mentor in practice will ensure that you are assessed suitably throughout the whole course.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Peterborough (Guild House)
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Guild House is our dedicated healthcare campus in the historic city of Peterborough.

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Cambridge
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Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Important fee notes

If you require NHS contract funding, please speak to your manager before applying.

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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support

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