Taught course

Rheumatology Practice

Keele University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Potential/prospective students will normally:

  • Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body
  • Significant experience of the routine management of patients with rheumatological disorders
  • Have either a degree (at least second-class honours) or an equivalent professional qualification and appropriate experience.
  • Provide a portfolio of their previous experience along with their completed application form
  • Attend an interview

Months of entry


Course content

Over the last decade there has been a major increase in the number of healthcare professionals engaged in specialist roles within rheumatology. This development has seen an expansion in the clinical skills used by such practitioners within the rheumatology field. Many rheumatology practitioners at a specialist/advanced level undertake patient assessment clinics, drug surveillance and counselling clinics and are involved in patient and multidisciplinary education programmes. Not surprisingly, these health professionals often express a desire to extend their knowledge base to complement their clinical skills.

This exciting and contemporary programme places clinical advancement within a theoretical framework, with the objectives of enhancing professional capabilities, individual development, and influencing rheumatology care provision. The programme promotes concepts of professionalism, reflective learning and evidence based practice in the field of rheumatology.

This programme will enable you as an experienced clinical nurse or allied health professionals to manage the on-going care of people with rheumatoid arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. The programme will develop your clinical knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal examination, psychological and social aspects of care, drug therapy, clinical leadership and enable you to challenge existing practice and engage in research to develop the discipline of rheumatology practice.

Course participants will already be experienced practitioners in the field of rheumatology. The course will encourage an analytical and questioning approach to the care of people with rheumatoid disorders. It will lead students to evaluate their current role and adopt evidence-based practice.

Fees and funding

Information on Funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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