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Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship - Level 7

Kickstart your career

Access a wealth of rewarding career paths with the NHS

Learn from experts

Apprentices will learn from several experts in their field, including academic staff

Future ready

Upon completion, you will receive a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice

Location:
Centre of Excellence Stafford
Duration:
Typical duration for this apprenticeship is 3 years.
Start date(s):

This course starts in September 2022

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This degree apprenticeship in Advanced Clinical Practice will give you the knowledge required to provide care from the time a patient first presents through to discharge.

Advanced Clinical Practice is delivered by experienced, registered healthcare practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. Advanced clinical practitioners work as part of a wider health and social care team, they manage complete episodes of clinical care, which means they can independently provide care from the time a patient first presents through to discharge.

Who is it for?

This programme is designed to offer a pathway for experienced healthcare practitioners to study and practice as an apprentice to achieve the requirements for Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP).

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice

Course content

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Modules

Year 1 Modules: 

  • Advanced Health Assessment Core
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making Core

Year 2 Modules:

  • Leadership Role in Quality Innovation and Change
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
  • Research

Year 3 Modules:

  • Work Based Learning Project

End-point Assessment will follow the completion of all modules.

Entry requirements

Entry onto the award pathway must comply with the University requirements for admission to postgraduate awards.

Applicants should normally hold an honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK University, or any other qualification deemed to be equivalent to a UK honours degree at this level OR If an applicant does not have an honours degree, she/he may still be admitted if he/she has significant appropriate experience and can provide evidence of ability to undertake the course successfully and benefit from it.  A professional portfolio indicating achievements is an essential tool for this purpose.

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • You must be registered with a statutory or regulatory body - HCPC, NMC or GPhC - and meet the essential criteria for trainee advanced clinical practitioner as specified by your employer.
  • Under UK government rules, apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and must have the right to live and work in the UK. A degree apprentice cannot be self-employed. The employer must enter into an apprenticeship agreement with the student.
  • Have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor/ assessor within practice, supported by their line manager. Also, supporting 20% off the job training
  • Current DBS certification.

Apprentices will be expected to have GCSE Maths and English (Grade 4/C or above) or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

Fees

Levy paying organisations pay from their digital account, the course falls within the £12K funding band. 

Delivery and assessment

Delivery

The programme is delivered using a variety of methods including face to face teaching, independent study and practice-based learning in the workplace. During their studies, apprentices will learn from several experts in their field, including academic staff, from the University, guest speakers and visiting clinicians.

Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used across the modules including written assignments, oral presentations, objective structured clinical examinations, development of clinical competencies and a portfolio of evidence.

The employer is expected to assign a workplace assessor/ supervisor who will facilitate the development of clinical competencies and meet with the apprentice and assessor to discuss progress.

In addition to the on-programme assessments all apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment which is a synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship.

End point assessments are graded, and an apprenticeship certificate will only be awarded after the end -point assessment is successfully completed.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills

Careers

You will carry out your full range of duties in relation to individuals’ physical and mental healthcare in acute, primary, urgent and emergency settings (including hospitals, general practice, individuals’ homes, schools and prisons, and in the public, independent, private and charity sectors). 

To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme, enquire with us today.