New entrants to Advanced Clinical Practice:
To become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, the following points should normally be met and the applicant must be in a role that has employer support for clinical placement and time to attend the course with a clinical supervisor/mentor in practice.
- Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body.
- Entry requirement includes first degree and minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in clinical practice.
- Recognised post within a healthcare organisation and the post listed within workforce plan and business need.
- Confirmed defined / protected Advanced Clinical Practice role for the trainee to be moved into on successful completion of the programme.
- Appropriately named clinical supervisor to support the trainee during the programme of training.
- Commitment to providing protected learning time for the trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner during the MSc and this is equivalent to either one day a week in University (or equivalent) reading, writing and other academic activities or one day a week protected time for supported clinical practice (or equivalent).
Applicants without a first degree:
Universities have a separate policy for applicants who do not hold a first degree at 2:2 but have substantial and relevant clinical or prior study experience.
Existing Practitioners who are currently working in an Advanced Clinical Practice role and do not have a MSc level of education have options to either complete the Masters or continue in the role and update in-line with their CPD requirements.
There are ‘Top Up’ arrangements for existing Practitioners who do not have a full Masters degree. They have the option to complete the degree and to do this they would need to be in a relevant Advanced Clinical Practice post and supported by their organisation.
All organisations supporting staff to undertake an Advanced Clinical Practice course will need to ensure as part of their workforce plans the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner is embedded within their organisation structures. Once the trainee is a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner, there will need to be on-going support from the Trust
Months of entry
On successful completion of this Award you will be a recognised Advanced Clinical Practitioner (HEWM, 2015) with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices.
Fees and funding
Please see the funding page for more details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Administration Office