Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

Introduction

We are delighted to be offering the first Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship in the South West. This is a valuable opportunity for registered nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to prepare for work in an advanced clinical role, by studying for a work-integrated masters degree in Advanced Clinical Practice whilst in employment.

This programme has been designed by sector specialists to meet the needs of health professionals across all healthcare sectors, giving your employees the opportunity to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice. As an advanced clinical practitioner, you will confidently drive service improvements, provide professional leadership and supervision in complex situations and manage defined episodes of clinical care and treatment independently from beginning to end. 

This contemporary and flexible-focused programme will equip the clinician to take on a lead role in supporting and meeting the demands of the ever-changing health service.


Programme overview

  • A three-year, full-time programme with a blended approach to learning with face to face study days at the University and highly directed online study resources.
  • Employees will have seven and a half hours of protected study time a week.
  • Apprentices will be employed as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner Trainee throughout the duration of the programme.
  • This is a Level 7 programme — they will graduate with an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.
  • Apprentices will remain as part of the workforce and continue to contribute to patient care whilst working towards their qualification
  • As education funding experts, we can support you in accessing government funding via the apprenticeship levy or provide alternative options to minimise or eradicate any costs.

Key benefits

  • @ Support — Advanced Clinical Practice apprentices will be supported by experienced academic clinicians who all currently work in clinical practice.
  • @ Flexibility — A contemporary and dynamic programme which can be linked to the apprentice's current practice area and is responsive to the changing healthcare environment.
  • @ Highest quality education — Teaching is always current and integrates best practice, through internationally renowned research and national frameworks and policies.
  • @ An education provider you can trust — We’re one of the largest providers of healthcare education in the South West, with an excellent reputation for delivering healthcare study at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Who is this programme for?

This is an exciting opportunity for registered nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. This programme is aimed at multi-professionals from a variety of clinical settings who wish to develop their research and leadership skills and clinical expertise at masters level.

This programme will be of interest to those wishing to work at advanced levels of practice or those who are currently working as specialist practitioners in bespoke clinical areas.

Assessment

Your ACP trainee will be assessed utilising a diverse range of assessment methods which will be linked to their own practice.

Throughout the programme apprentices will also be required to maintain an electronic portfolio of evidence of learning, which on successful completion of the programme will become a lifelong source to evidence your professional practice.

Support

Our experienced clinicians will be there to support the ACP trainees every step of the way; they will receive 12 weekly tripartite meetings with their workplace mentor and a member of our apprenticeship team to discuss their progress, as well as receiving visits from their academic tutor once every semester.

“We are happy and proud to offer the first Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship in the South West. 

On successful completion of this exciting three-year masters degree, the apprentice will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be an independent clinical practitioner. They will be able to manage defined episodes of clinical care, whilst working as part of the wider health and social care team, putting excellent patient care at the heart of their practice. 

We look forward to welcoming your employees onto our programme and supporting them on their learning journey.”

Catherine McDougall 
Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer Advanced Practice

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