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Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy PgCert / Top up to PgDip / Top up to MSc

Overview

Extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of Occupational Therapy to further develop your occupation-centred and evidence-informed practice.

Prepare yourself as an OT to meet the agendas and future challenges within healthcare sector and to enable the development of services fit-for-the-future, including innovation and entrepreneurship.

This is a post-registration qualification intended for practising Occupational Therapists. If you are interested in a pre-registration course, please visit our Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) PgDip/MSc course page.

5 reasons to study here

Flexible learning (incl. online distance learning): Modules may be studied in any order and at your pace (provided all modules for an award are completed within a six year timeframe). You can also choose between modes, studying everything through distance learning, on-site, or a flexible combination that best meets your needs.
Learn leadership and collaboration skills: Gain the vital leadership skills to enable you to achieve value and cost efficiencies in health and social care as well as to work collaboratively with a broad range of agencies and professionals.
Career prospects: Completion may be used as evidence to support career progression
Evidence-based practice: Develop your research skills and critical thinking. Conduct a research project, laying the foundations for future research work and clinical practice as an evidence-based practitioner.
Demonstrating impact: Advanced practitioners need to show the economic benefits of their role in any care setting but, added to this, there is now the need to demonstrate impact and outcome beyond economics alone.

Key benefits of the PgCert programme...

  1. Enhance the delivery of effective, efficient, quality and sustainable occupational therapy in partnership with service users and other stakeholders
  2. Develop your potential for strategic leadership in health and social care services and other contexts
  3. Develop your reflective, enquiring, critical and innovative approach to professional practice
  4. Allow you to contribute to advancing professional practice by continuing professional learning.

Key benefits of the PgDip programme...

As well as the above, should you take on the PgDip qualification you'll also develop a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and methods in health and social care research together with the skills to find, appraise and use the evidence to address policy and practice issues.

Key benefits of the MSc programme...

In addition to the above, by undertaking the full Masters level qualification you'll develop critically, strategically and in-depth an area of occupational therapy practice, justifying and applying your knowledge in order to undertake a research project, mini systematic review or a work-based project.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time (Distance or Taught)
Duration
Up to 3 years
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time (Distance Learning / Taught)
Duration
Max of 5 years if participant wishes to undertake the top-up to MSc level
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time (Distance Learning / Taught)
Duration
1 year top-up to MSc (complete entire qualification within 6 year timeframe)
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Modular Employer-funded CPPD
Duration
Max 6 years to MSc Level
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

The courses are intentionally flexible; modules may be studied in any order and at your pace (provided all modules for an award are completed within a six year timeframe). You'll meet with your personal tutor/course director each semester to discuss module choice and review your progress.

PgCert:

  • Three 20 credit option modules of which a minimum of two must be occupational therapy modules.

PgDip:

  • Research in Health and Social Care (Core)
  • Plus five 20 credit modules (a minimum of three of which must be occupational therapy modules

MSc 

  • Dissertation (60 or 40 credit) - (Core)
  • Research in Health and Social Care (Core)
  • Plus five or six (depending on whether you choose 40 or 60 credit dissertation) 20 credit modules, a minimum of three of which must be occupational therapy modules.

Build your qualification

Open the pop-up module table to see which modules are mandatory or options for PgCert, PgDip and MSc. Also see which modules are taught through blended-learning with an element of on-site teaching - and which are available 100% distance learning.

Before applying please contact our course team at ot-cppd@lsbu.ac.uk to discuss your choice of modules.

View large pop-up module table.

Module summaries

  • Research in Health and Social Care
    The purpose of this module is to consolidate and extend your knowledge of research approaches and methods and enhance your ability to be a critical user of research evidence. We'll examine philosophical and theoretical perspectives underpinning health and social care research approaches including exploration of research design and key aspects of data gathering and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative analyses. This module will develop your practical skills for identifying, critical reviewing and synthesising research evidence relevant to professional practice. Assessment: 4,000-word written assignment incorporating a detailed search strategy, a literature review and critical appraisal of the evidence in a clinically relevant topic of your choosing.
  • 60 credit dissertation
    This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice, either through a systematic review of the literature or a research/work-based project such as service evaluation or audit. You'll be able to consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design and associated methods of enquiry during six taught sessions. You'll subsequently be supported by a named supervisor to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out your chosen project.
  • 40 credit dissertation
    This module enables you to plan and conduct an investigation of a topic that contributes to professional practice.  It provides the opportunity to apply an understanding of research methods to the investigation and allows demonstration of your ability to work with relative autonomy in undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning. It promotes the dissemination of findings to the relevant professional community.
  • Living well with dementia
    This module is designed with a focus on using occupation to promote independence and well-being. It combines a range of practical activities, approaches and strategies from an individual and community perspective. The practical activities will be informed by research and evidence-based practice. Assessment: 20 minute presentation linked to an aspect of living well with dementia from an individual or community perspective. This may be delivered through poster, PowerPoint or arts based approach (for example using collage, photographs, artefacts or poem).
  • Occupational therapy, public health and working with communities
    This module focuses on the contemporary public health agenda and explores the potential of Occupational Therapy in the context of that agenda. It enables critical and analytic exploration of the concepts of health and wellbeing, determinants of health, epidemiology and approaches to improvement of health outcomes. You'll critically explore their practice with a view to identifying opportunities for health promotion, prevention and improvement. Population approaches and community development will be considered alongside traditional practice approaches (i.e. working with individuals and groups) and emphasis will be placed on evidence-informed development. Assessment: 4,000 word written assignment – Critically analyse the health needs of a defined population and propose an evidence informed occupation focused intervention to promote or improve the health of that population.
  • Outcome measures in occupational therapy
    This module provides the opportunity to critically explore and appraise a range of outcome measures relevant to occupational therapy practice. The module will enable you to select outcome measures which will provide evidence of change following occupational therapy intervention. Assessment: a choice of either a 20-minute presentation or a 4,000-word written assignment.
  • Advancing practice in assisted living technologies
    This module will be of particular interest to health and social care professionals working with assisted living technologies (ALTs), or with an active interest in the field. Home-based ALTs – including telecare and telehealth – are developed, introduced, supported and used (or not) in complex and dynamic systems comprising multiple stakeholders. In the module we'll critically examine individual, organisational, social and policy contexts. You will discuss and evaluate what constitutes quality in the field, with a focus on patient/service user involvement and co-production in achieving useful and useable ALTs and services which support people living with long term conditions and/or disability. Assessment: 4,000-word written report.
  • An introduction to counselling skills for health and social care professionals
    This module offers health and social care professionals, working in a variety of settings, the opportunity to reflect upon and further develop counselling skills to address the on-going issues pertinent to the current client population. The module will consolidate learning utilising a variety of models which place patients, clients and carers at the centre of care, using theory and clinical experiences to inform practice.Learning and enhancing counselling skills will enable students to better manage resources and support clients through their experiences of changing health or social needs. Assessment: 4,000-word essay.
  • An introduction to teaching in higher education for allied health professionals
    This module will be of particular interest to practising therapists who are planning to work with students in higher education or who have an active interest in teaching in pre-registration allied health education. The module will critically examine a range of teaching and learning strategies and appropriate underlying educational theory. The module will acknowledge the learning experiences of students and will specifically address the diverse needs of the student population. You will discuss and evaluate the roles and skills of educators working in Universities and will have opportunity to prepare, plan and deliver a teaching session with students. Assessment: Part One: Taught session with lesson plan - pass/fail. Part Two: 2,000 word reflective evaluation - 100%.
  • Introduction to economic evaluation for health and social care practitioners
    This module will introduce you to the topic of economic evaluation and provide you with a basic critical, conceptual and theoretical understanding of the processes involved in economic evaluation. Assessment: 4,000-word summary report representing an economic evaluation.
  • Mentorship for the allied health professions
    This module will be of particular interest to allied health professionals involved in mentoring students or staff. The module incorporates theory and practice to develop mentorship skills (communication, goal setting, assessment, feedback, and reflection) and knowledge (learning styles and theories, learning environment, professional, personal and practice development). Anyone undertaking the module will be required to mentor a student or colleague to promote integration of theory and practice. Assessment: 4,000-word reflective account of the experience of mentoring a student or colleague.
  • Leadership and quality improvement for allied health professionals
    This module explores a range of leadership perspectives for AHPs, to develop leadership behaviours and change management skills. This module requires you to develop and present your own work-related quality improvement plan and submit a critical reflection, both of which are assessed components. 1: A 15-minute presentation, outlining a Quality Improvement plan and incorporating leadership approaches as part of implementation. 2: A 1,000-word academic reflection on your own learning in relation to leadership.

        Employability

        Salary

        Occupational therapists beginning their career as allied health professionals in the NHS typically as a Band 5 with a starting salary of about £21,909. Salaries in local government are at similar levels.Career development offers opportunities to move to higher grades in team leadership, clinical expert, service management and Consultant Therapist roles. Within the NHS, this can mean salary in the band 7 and 8 range.

        LSBU Employability Service

        We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

        LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

        As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

        Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

        • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
        • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
        • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
        • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
          It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
        • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
        • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

        Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

        Placements

        Staff

        Musharrat Ahmed-Landeryou

        School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
        Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

        Musharrat is an HCPC registered occupational therapist and has contributed to the academic community through published academic articles which are narrative reviews on neurophysiology.


        Dr Austin Claffey

        School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
        Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


        Anne Marie Langan

        School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
        Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

        Anne Marie has a diverse range of teaching and research interests. These include problem based learning, professionalism, the public health agenda and the teaching of biomedical sciences in pre-registration occupational therapy courses.


        Dr Paul Sugarhood

        School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
        Job title: Senior Lecturer

        Dr Sugarhood is an occupational therapist and has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in the UK and Brazil. He is Course Director for the MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy.


        Sandie Woods

        School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
        Job title: Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader

        Sandie worked as an Occupational Therapist with individuals with physical disabilities and mental health needs in hospital and community settings over many years. She is undertaking a Doctorate in Education linked to living well with Dementia and has a special interest in qualitative research. She works full-time.


        Facilities

        Teaching and learning

        Taught modules

        The teaching strategy will aim to connect teachings to real world issues, problems and applications. Methods will include the provision of online material, pre-session activities and a variety of blended learning through the virtual learning environment.

        • Lectures will be used to introduce new information and update existing knowledge.
        • Seminars and discussions will enable you to discuss real world issues and develop your knowledge and understanding.
        • Formative assessments will be placed in all modules to enable self-reflection, peer and tutor feedback on progress.
        • You'll be encouraged to share examples from practice to support dialogue and reflection on practice.
        • Structured reading and guided study will be provided to update knowledge, encourage independent learning and peer discussion.
        • You'll  be encouraged to engage in independent and group critical reflection to identify learning needs and develop strategies to address these.
        • Lectures and seminars will address contemporary practice issues and consider the potential for new directions in practice and inter-professional and inter agency working.

        Distance learning modules

        The teaching strategy will involve the provision of online material through London South Bank University’s virtual learning environment. A range of methods will be used, for example online presentations/lectures and synchronous and asynchronous online discussions.

        Assessment

        Assessment methods are specified in each module descriptor with details in the individual module guides. Assessments are designed to be relevant to real world practice and to meet the module and course learning outcomes. The assessment strategy assists you to work towards disseminable outputs (e.g. conference presentations, posters, journal articles) that will advance the occupational therapy profession.

        Coursework can take many forms based on the content of the modules. Examples include:

        • Presentations – poster, PowerPoint, arts-based approaches (e.g. collage, photographs, artefacts or poem)
        • Single or multimedia portfoilio
        • A critical review
        • Literature review
        • A business plan
        • An economic evaluation
        • Essay
        • Report.

        Entry requirements

        You should hold an award which entitles you to register with the HCPC (or equivalent for international students).

        For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

        • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language,
        • Possession of an IELTS score of at least 7.0 across all four domains or its equivalent for students whose first language is not English.

        Use of Prior Credit (APL/APEL)

        Prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the Programme in the following ways:

        • Evidence of relevant academic and clinical expertise may be considered through the University’s APL and APEL procedures for Recognition of Prior Learning. Consequently, students may be able to claim appropriate Master's level credits as approved by the University.
        • You may be able to import specific credits into the MSc in support of previous relevant certified learning (APL) or provide evidence of experiential learning for which you may be awarded credit (APEL). This is currently permitted up to a half of an overall award (90 credits of a 180 credit Master's).
        • For the credits offered for APL to be considered they must be current, at Master’s level and of an equivalent scale. Claims under the APL scheme will be considered by the course director and must be supported by acceptable evidence of proof of learning (e.g. transcripts, certificates, and module descriptors).

        How to apply

        International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

        Instructions for Home/EU applicants
        Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
        Mode
        Part-time (Distance or Taught)
        Duration
        Up to 3 years
        Start date
        January
        Application code
        5073
        Application method
        Mode
        Part-time (Distance Learning / Taught)
        Duration
        Max of 5 years if participant wishes to undertake the top-up to MSc level
        Start date
        January
        Application code
        Please apply to PgCert qualification as first step
        Application method
        See below
        Mode
        Part-time (Distance Learning / Taught)
        Duration
        1 year top-up to MSc (complete entire qualification within 6 year timeframe)
        Start date
        January
        Application code
        Please apply to PgCert qualification as first step
        Application method
        See below
        Mode
        Modular Employer-funded CPPD
        Duration
        Max 6 years to MSc Level
        Start date
        January
        Application code
        Application method

        All self-funding students intending to undertake the PgDip and Masters should first apply for the PgCert via UKPass. Students successfully passing the PgCert can then apply to the University directly to continue their studies and enrol on the PgDip and MSc.

        CPPD applicants

        Each module is available as CPPD to working healthcare professionals sponsored by their employer.

        You can apply for the range of CPPD Health and Social Care courses on offer through our CPPD online prospectus where you can also browse through our programmes and modules. You can use the easy search facility or use one of the shortcuts to the professional groups. By clicking on the programme or module you are interested in you will be shown information on the course itself, including dates delivered. You will also be able to apply online, with no need to fill out lots of paperwork. Apply within five minutes using our system, and if your employer has offered to fund you, our system will even get their authorisation before your application is processed. Your application will be processed with ease and you will receive an e-mail at every step of the process.

        Browse our online CPPD prospectus

        Before applying please contact our course team at ot-cppd@lsbu.ac.uk to discuss your choice of modules.

        More information on UKPass Application Service

        Full-time/part-time self-funding postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

        Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

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        Part-time
        The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
        UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
        AOS/LSBU code: 5073Session code: 1PS00
        The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
        UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4375
        AOS/LSBU code: 5074Session code: 1PS00
        The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
        UK/EU fee: £2898International fee: £4375
        AOS/LSBU code: 5075Session code: 1PS00

        CPPD employer-funded students

        Many of our students are funded through their NHS Trust or employer. If you are being funded by your employer,please check with your line manager before making your application. You will need to know how your fees are being paid before applying.

        For more information about fees and funding for individual CPPD modules please contact hsc-cppd@lsbu.ac.uk

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        Possible fee changes

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        The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

        Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

        At the current time, no details have been published regarding the Postgraduate Loan Scheme for 2017/18. The arrangements for 2016/17 are shown as a guide, but should not be relied upon. Details will be updated as soon as they are published by Student Finance England.

        If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,000 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

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        Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

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        This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

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