This module is a core compulsory module for the MSc Healthcare Practice (Advanced Practice) pathway and is also an option module within the Advanced Clinical Practice Pathway.
The module prepares health and social care professionals with advanced knowledge, skills and capabilities to expertly make clinical decisions through assessment, diagnosis and management of patients presenting with an undifferentiated illness. It is suitable for healthcare professionals working in community/pre-hospital or acute care.
The emphasis of the module is on integrating subjective knowledge from comprehensive history taking and objective data as generated following physical assessment and relevant investigations into the complex clinical reasoning process and on synthesis of evidential practice in the context of undifferentiated urgent care.
It will allow the professional to make a balanced clinical decision based on systematic patient assessment and an understanding of relevant patho-physiologies related to the diagnosis. The educational delivery and ethos of this module emphasises and builds on autonomous self-directed learning for advanced practice.
Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:
- Students should be working in a clinical area where they are able to access a minimum of 50 hours of supervision by an appropriately experienced healthcare practitioner. Evidence will need to be provided by employers confirming that applicants are clinically facing and will be given a minimum of 50 hours supervised practice.
- Programme entry requirements
Usual assessment: Essay and OSCE with Viva
NOTE - TEMPORARY ASSESSMENT CHANGE: Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, this module has a modified assessment in place: Essay and Clinical Logs. The modified assessment will apply to module runs starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment. At the time of writing, it is not known when this will be.
Course length: 10 Teaching Days