Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.
MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Adult) Apprenticeship (Advanced Clinical Practitioner Qualification)Southwark Campus
A high level of autonomy
Combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership. Work innovatively on a one to one basis with individuals as well as part of a wider health and social care team.
Advanced Clinical Practitioners manage defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end, providing care and treatment from the time an individual first presents through to the end of the episode, which may include admission, referral or discharge or care at home. They carry out their full range of duties in relation to individuals’ physical and mental healthcare and in acute, primary, urgent and emergency settings (including hospitals, general practice, individuals’ homes, schools and prisons, and in the public, independent, private and charity sectors).
As an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, you will:
- Have a high level of autonomy and freedom to make decisions about how people should be cared for a treated and act in complex and unpredictable situations
- Use person-centred approaches to taking an individual’s detailed history and examine body systems to help you make a diagnosis
- Select, undertake or request a range of appropriate clinical tests and assessments to help you make a diagnosis
- Initiate and evaluate a range of interventions, which may include for example prescribing of medicines, therapies and care
- Apply a skillset that may have traditionally been the remit of other disciplines so that you can enhance the care and experience of individuals
- Analyse, interpret and act on the results of clinical tests and assessments and formulate a plan of care, which may include admission to a care setting such as a hospital, referral to settings for another opinion or discharge from services
- Drive service improvements, educate others and provide consultancy services within your scope of practice
- Undertake research activities to develop new knowledge and undertake audit to evaluate and further develop your area of expertise to improve care and services for the people you are treating
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the IfA website.
Why an Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship at LSBU?
- We have been delivering high quality advanced practice education for over 25 years so have an established track record of success.
- Our graduate numbers exceed 1,000 with many having gone on to lead service innovation and gained promotion, such as general practice partnerships and consultant nurse posts.
- Our curriculum ensures you develop the four pillars within the standard, with a strong clinical focus.
- In recent commissioning requests, LSBU was the preferred provider for Advanced Clinical Practice education in London and the surrounding area.
- This is a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited programme.
This course has been designed to build your clinical and professional knowledge, skills and behaviours as you progress through the sequence of modules and guided practice based learning activities.
You will start with a two day block to start your studies and introduce you to your cohort and the teaching team.
You will then study the following modules:
- Physiology for advanced clinical practice
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of physiological principles, thereby providing a foundation on which your subsequent learning in areas such as pathophysiology, pharmacology, and prescribing can be developed, to inform and underpin your clinical practice at an advanced level.
- Advanced clinical assessment skills
This module develops your knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable comprehensive, safe and effective clinical assessment of an adult at an advanced level.
- Clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills
This module enables you to develop and enhance your clinical reasoning, knowledge and clinical expertise in relation to holistic assessment and diagnostic decision-making.
- Leadership, research and education for advanced clinical practice
This module aims to use a critical review of the range of issues that are encountered by advanced practitioners on a micro and macro level, as the basis for development of a comprehensive understanding of key concepts that will develop you as skilled leaders who can use research and education effectively to achieve sustained positive impact on patient care and service provision.
- Professional development for advanced clinical practice
This module aims to develop you to become a clinical role model, advocating for developing and delivering care that is responsive to changing requirements and informed by an understanding of local population needs, agencies and networks. This will involve individual and team leadership, resilience and determination, managing situations that are unfamiliar, complex or unpredictable. Module strategies will aim to develop your capability to optimise collaborative working with an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources, developing and maintaining and evaluating links to manage risk and issues across organisations and settings.
- Non medical prescribing (pediatric)
This short professional module validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and Health Care Professions Council prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists for independent prescribing and radiographers for supplementary prescribing and advanced paramedics within a specified field of clinical practice.
- End point assessment
This module is the final stage in the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship course. You will undertake this once you have demonstrated you are eligible by passing through the gateway. The EPA provides an independent assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the ACP Apprenticeship standard and therefore is an essential part of this apprenticeship. It comprises of a 2 hour open book examination where you will submit three 1,500 word case studies and use this information to support your answers to questions under exam conditions. The other part is submission of a 1,500 word Clinical Practice Change Report that you have prepared during the EPA and a 25 minute Presentation with 10 minutes of questions from a panel. An independent assessor who has not had any involvement with the on-programme learning will conduct the EPA. The maximum time frame for completion of the EPA is three months. This includes time for you to prepare for and undertake the EPA but does not include the period required to conclude subsequent academic confirmation of results and degree award processes. Work previously used for your on-programme assessments cannot be used for the EPA. Further guidance will be provided during the course.
The final taught module focusses on Clinical Complexity. There is an option according to your work setting:
- Clinical complexity in advanced practice (primary and urgent care)
This module you to develop, implement and evaluate safe and appropriate management plans for adult patients presenting with common acute and long term complex health problems within the community or primary care settings.
- Clinical complexity in advanced practice (emergency care)
This module enables you to develop, implement and evaluate safe and appropriate management plans for adult patients presenting to emergency care with common acute, major and long term complex health problems.
- Clinical complexity in advanced Practice (acute and critical Care)
This module enables you to develop, implement and evaluate safe and appropriate management plans for adult patients experiencing complex health problems within acute and critical care settings.
If you are a in a health care profession that is unable to undertake the Non Medical Prescribing module under current legislation, you will do an alternative combination of a Level 7 optional module of your choice plus this module:
- Enhancing practice through work based learning
This module requires students to devise their own study management plan (learning contract) aimed at encouraging independent study related to their own field of practice. It develops your ability to structure a plan of work/study that focuses on both process and product skills; focuses on your own learning needs and how to structure and manage your own professional development through learning and; develops your analytical and critical abilities.
You will spend 4 days within the university focussing on revision and consolidation of skills and developing your capability in assessment related to sexual health and musculoskeletal problems.
Professional development day
Professional development delay enables all of the ACP apprentices to come together from the Adult, Child and Mental Health courses to hear presentations on latest developments, participate in group work and discuss their progression and experiences.
Benefits of the apprenticeship standard route
This style of course is ideal for developing as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. You will have the benefits of highly relevant education that will impact immediately on the care that you give within your work place. You will have the opportunity of planned time out of practice to learn and develop in the university alongside like-minded people who also want to innovate and push the frontiers of clinical practice forward. To complement this you will have dedicated time in the work environment to apply your new knowledge, skills and behaviours in a real context supported by nominated supervisors, experienced clinical colleagues and your managers. This dedicated package extends beyond what is currently available for most students embarking on advanced clinical practice education.
Over the past decade, the benefits of advanced practitioners in the workforce internationally have been realised with numbers increasing year on year. From early developments in nursing, this has now extended to allied health professionals, pharmacists, midwives, healthcare scientists and social workers. In the UK this trend is reflected in Advanced Practice frameworks from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the publication of the Health Education England “Multiprofessional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England” in 2017. Advanced Practitioners now work in primary, secondary and tertiary settings and in services that cross traditional boundaries from people’s homes through to intensive care. This has provided a clinically-based career option for experienced health and social care professionals to remain at the front line of services at a senior level.
By completing the apprenticeship route, you’ll have the advantage of having real-world work experience, working in a role related to your area of study. This will give you a competitive edge among other graduates when you complete your apprenticeship standard.
During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, who can help you develop your skills through the Careers Gym workshops and presentations. Our JobShop advisers support students and graduates with finding the right job for them.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
Teaching and learning
The format of this course is condensed compared to the usual 3 year MSc format for postgraduate study. To enable success within this time frame, you will be required to spend a minimum 40% of your time on “off the job training” for the full duration of the course including Christmas, Easter and Summer periods with time to take annual leave factored into the programme. The timetable will be made up of:
- Attending the University on a one day a week basis for an average of 6 hours teaching
- Scheduled self-directed learning activities including use of the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)
- Engaging in a minimum of 6 hours a week supernumerary Protected Learning Time for practice based learning across the calendar year.
This will be tracked across the course to ensure that this takes place.
The typical duration for this integrated apprenticeship is 27 months. 24 months to undertake the on programme learning and move through the gateway to complete the End Point Assessment in the final 3 months.
Recognition of prior learning can be discussed with the course team.
A variety of student–centred, teaching strategies are used including case-based learning, skills demonstration with supervised practice, practical workshops, role play, student presentations and use of online learning resources. Inter-professional and peer learning is promoted utilising the wide range of experience and variety of clinical roles and settings reflected within each cohort
Guided Practice Based Learning takes place in the student’s own work place with verification through a series of Practice Based Learning Records.
A range of methods assess your learning, including clinical case analysis, a scenario-based exam, an essay, a portfolio and practical assessments including OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
The criteria for progression to the final End Point Assessment (EPA) are set nationally. These are:
- Registered with a statutory health and/or social care regulator with proof of current registration
- Achievement of English and mathematics qualifications at a minimum of level 2 as per general apprenticeship requirements
- 160 credits of an integrated Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Practice from the on-programme apprenticeship formally confirmed prior to the gateway progression
- Confirmation from the employer that the requirements of the apprentice agreement and knowledge, skills and behaviours from the standard has been met within the apprentice’s workplace
- Confirmation by the employer of the apprentice’s readiness to progress to the EPA.
End Point Assessment
This module is the final stage in the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship course. You will undertake this once you have demonstrated you are eligible by passing through the gateway. The EPA provides an independent assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the ACP Apprenticeship standard and therefore is an essential part of this apprenticeship. It comprises of a 2 hour open book examination where you will submit three 1,500 word case studies and use this information to support your answers to questions under exam conditions. The other part is submission of a 1,500 word Clinical Practice Change Report that you have prepared during the EPA and a 25 minute Presentation with 10 minutes of questions from a panel.
An independent assessor who has not had any involvement with the on-programme learning will conduct the EPA. The maximum time frame for completion of the EPA is three months. This includes time for you to prepare for and undertake the EPA but does not include the period required to conclude subsequent academic confirmation of results and degree award processes. Work previously used for your on-programme assessments cannot be used for the EPA. Further guidance will be provided during the course.
In order to be considered for entry to MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Child) Apprenticeship applicants will be required to demonstrate they have the following before they are eligible to start the course:
- Current professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
- GCSE passes (Grade C, Grade 4 or above) in English Language and Mathematics or pass in the Functional Skills qualification at Level 2
- Evidence of a minimum of 90 undergraduate degree level healthcare related credits
- A minimum of 3 years post-registration experience on entry to the course
- On entry to ACP Apprenticeship have been employed at minimum of Band 6 or equivalent
- Employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in one relevant clinical environment, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision for the development of knowledge and skills to an advanced level.
Applicants must also be able to demonstrate employer support for the Apprentice to do the following:
- Attend the University on a one day a week basis for 6 hours teaching in accordance with the timetable AND
- Engage in a minimum of 6 hours a week supernumerary Protected Learning Time for practice based learning. This requirement extends beyond the University semesters to include the Christmas, Easter and summer periods. This will be tracked across the course to ensure that this takes place.
- For the student to organise for a Doctor/qualified Advanced Practitioner to act as their designated "Practice Facilitator" to supervise and subsequently support the applicants overall clinical development and facilitate completion of specified practice-based learning activities. Sign off for specific aspects of learning is required during the course (this responsibility can be shared with other senior experienced clinical colleagues however nomination of an overall Practice Facilitator is required).
- Provision of day-to-day supervision and support by an experienced clinical team while working across the remainder of their working week to enable the development of the knowledge, skills, behaviours, competence and confidence commensurate with this level of practice.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our online application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
- You will need to find a job role related to the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, with an employer who is happy to support you. If you would like to find an employer to support your apprenticeship with LSBU, you can search which employers are currently advertising Apprenticeships via the National Apprenticeship Service website searching for ‘London South Bank University’ as keywords.
- If there are no search results, this means there are currently no vacancies. We update our vacancies regularly, so please do check back regularly.
- Many employers advertise their apprenticeship vacancies on their websites or via other portals. You could search for ‘find an apprenticeship’ online.
- When you’re ready to apply, see the government's advice on how to write a winning apprenticeship application and make your application using our online application system.
Further information for apprentices
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
Further information for employers
Prepare to start
There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the New Students: Apprentices section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.
Study skills induction programme
You will undertake 5 consecutive days of study skills to prepare for studying a foundation degree at the University. This will include: induction, academic writing, reading and searching literature, effective reading, SWOT analysis of skills, referencing, revision and exam technique.
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.
The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2020.
DBS update service
If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at email@example.com.
How to complete your DBS
Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.
Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.
You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.
When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.
Frequently asked questions
My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?
What do I need to declare on my DBS?
Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.
I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?
Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.
Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?
Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.
Who reviews my DBS?
As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.
When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?
If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.
Which address do I use?
You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.
I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?
Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.
Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list to be verified.
Providing documents whilst campus is closed due to COVID-19
LSBU help desks are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are temporarily accepting ID documents and DBS certificates for Update Service checks by email. Documents should be clear and legible; DBS certificates should include all pages. Please send your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Document check on campus
Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm
Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm
Document check at the Post Office
If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to email@example.com.
Enrolment and Welcome Week
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.
Occupational Health (OH)
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
Occupational Health appointment
After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
Frequently asked questions
I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?
We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.
My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?
Contact the OH team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise you.
What if I can’t make my OH appointment?
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.
Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.
Frequently asked questions
Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?
Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.
Which uniforms will I receive?
Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.
How long do the uniforms need to last?
The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.
How do I know what size I am?
A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.
Am I able to request a longer tunic?
You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.
Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?
Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.
What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?
You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.
Can I order more uniforms?
You are welcome to purchase additional items at Work in Style. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.
Can I try on my uniforms?
You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.
What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?
They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.
Fees and funding
The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to contribute towards the cost. If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.