Please note this course is subject to validation.
The MSc Primary and Community Care will provide Registered Healthcare Professionals, who are currently working in the primary care and /or community care setting, with a flexible, learner-centred and practice focused programme of study which aims to meet their personal, professional and practice development needs. It reflects the growing field of advanced clinical practice and aligns to the guidelines for General Practice Nursing produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing’s Advanced Practice Guidelines, Health Education England’s pillars of Advanced Practice and the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s Voluntary Standards for Education and Practice.
|Academic School:||School of Social Sciences|
|Mode of Study:||Full-time|
|Awarding Institution:||Bishop Grosseteste University|
You will have an honours degree, normally at a 2:2 (or equivalent level qualification) or will be working at an equivalent level in your clinical practice. You will also need to hold a professional registration with an appropriate professional regulatory body.
You will also be required to evidence that you are employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 300 hour whilst studying.
BGU welcomes applications with non-standard qualifications so if you have significant experience in lieu of the above, we would be happy to consider this.
Applications for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) will be considered with up to 90 credits being awarded for prior learning from programmes accredited at other Higher Education Institutions, for example the Non-medical Prescribing Programme. This will need to be applied for in line with BGU APL policy. Funding implications will need to be assessed if APL is successful.
About The Course
The MSc Primary and Community Care is a specialised Master’s degree Programme designed to provide Registered Healthcare Professionals (who are currently working in the Primary or Community Care setting) with a supportive yet challenging, flexible, learner-centred but practice focused programme of study, which aims to meet their personal, professional and practice development needs. It aims to produce high-calibre post graduates who are autonomous, reflexive, possessing of inquiring and analytical minds as part of their continued professional development required by their relevant Professional Regulatory body.
The course will support your postgraduate prospects professionally, by adding quality to the care you provide, and will promote your continued study at doctoral level and beyond. The curriculum design focuses on both professional and service requirements supported by key generic competencies which cross all modules, including autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of problem solving and decision making, values based care, practice improvement and innovation, and clinical leadership and management.
The focus of this course will be on the promotion of strong professional values, holistic individualised care provision and the ability to liaise effectively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Its aim is to promote community health and well-being and it will have a strong focus on individual patient needs as well as that of the community. Skills gained will relate to the promotion of the self-care agenda and will focus on early intervention in an attempt to prevent unnecessary ill health, condition deterioration and avoid hospital admission.
The curriculum is designed to enable you to construct your learning journey in accordance with your current job role and/or to meet the needs of future roles. There are three taught compulsory modules across three semesters which are considered to be the foundational content for the course and enable you to build towards your Dissertation. There are a further six optional taught modules which look specifically at key clinical issues within practice. You will be encouraged to select the most appropriate modules for your current employment role, looking to take 60 credits in total across the optional modules.
A blended learning pattern of delivery will be adopted on this course, which will consist of face-to-face attendance at BGU for some of the taught element (through workshops, keynote lectures, seminars and tutorials) alongside effective and appropriate use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
The course structure will provide flexibility to allow you to build your individual learning pathway based on your current and future professional needs. You will select modules of learning that are best suited to your current practice. These will be discussed with the Programme Lead at the point of selection and, where appropriate, your employer.
A mixture of face-to-face lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials will feature alongside online packages of learning. Within this course there is strong emphasis on practice-based learning, which will require you to focus on your specific areas of practice through the use of a variety of self-selected reflective models. These encourage reflexivity and self-critical reflection of not only individual learning styles and needs, but also of clinical practice.
The development of your ability to undertake purposeful critical thinking is a defining feature of this course, with modules developed that will enhance the validity of judgments through the effective utility of evidence-based practice and will inform decision-making resulting in synthesis and practice enhancement.
A variety of assessments will be utilised which will enable you to demonstrate confidence in your articulation of knowledge and critical understanding within your professional practice setting. Methods used will include written case studies, an exam, posters and presentations. Assessments will provide a reflexive learning platform that will enable you to build on your critical reflection skills to critically evaluate your current practice and performance. They build towards the Dissertation element, which looks at an area of practice which is in need of enhancement.
Careers & Further Study
The knowledge and skills gained during the study of this course will support your growth and development within your specific field of clinical practice. In addition, many elements of the course are contextually transferable and the acquisition of these skills will prepare you for advanced clinical and leadership roles, especially those that reflect the current Health Education England ACP Framework.
Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
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Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.