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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Adult) Apprenticeship (Advanced Clinical Practitioner Qualification)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Apprenticeship

Overview

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.

Apprenticeship Employment Guidelines
Apprenticeship Evidence Pack Guidance

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. 

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
27 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

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.

Skills workshops

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.

Employability

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.

Role

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.

Employability Service

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

Apprenticeship structure

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:

  1. Attending the University on a one day a week basis for an average of 6 hours teaching
  2. Scheduled self-directed learning activities including use of the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)
  3. 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.

Duration

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.

Delivery

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.

Assessment

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)

Gateway

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.

Staff

Entry requirements

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:

Professional

  • Current professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Academic qualifications

  • 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

Practice

  • 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 students

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
Duration
27 months
Start date
September
Application code
5483
Application method

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

If you’re an employer, you can find information about the employer commitments and further related information on the related pages for business.

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.

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 email a copy to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk and then bring in your hard copy 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 hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

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?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.

If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

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.

Questionnaire

The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.

Complete your online questionnaire

GP appointment

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.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter
GP Vaccination and Screening History

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?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

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?

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?

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Uniforms

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?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

Fees and funding

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.

Bands

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.

Incentives

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.

Cost

You can find out the funding band for an Apprenticeship Standard on the Government website. To find out how much we are charging, please get in touch with us at apprenticeships@lsbu.ac.uk

Field trips

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.