Course summary

The MSc Primary and Community Care is ideal if you are a Registered Healthcare Professional currently working in a primary care and/or community care setting. It will provide you with a flexible, learner centred and practice focused programme of study which aims to meet your personal, professional and practice development needs. The course 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..

Key facts


Award

Masters

Duration

16 months

Mode of study

Full-time

Start date

February

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code

B38

Course details

About this 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.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

This module will encourage critical reflection about your role as a leader within your practice setting. You will consider leadership, management and organisational influences on and in practice, identifying and reflecting on your existing assumptions and core values, understanding and determining what is seen as principled leadership within Primary Care settings. You will reflect upon your role and contribution within an environment where change is constant and where you are expected to deliver services in ways which are innovative and effective.

The module prepares you as an educator within your professional practice setting. You will reflect on your role and skills as an educator within practice, and will develop further your skills to enhance facilitation and coordination of effective learning activities and strategies within practice. The module will allow you to undertake critical evaluation of provision for all learners in practice. The module will encourage liaison with other professionals from a range of healthcare backgrounds, and will develop the knowledge and skills for inter-agency and inter-professional learning within the practice setting.

The module is designed to enhance and develop the fundamental clinical skills of Registered Health Care Professionals working in General Practice. It seeks to enhance your knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your role in the Primary Care setting. It will explore effective care management pathways, Evidence Based Practice utility to inform decision making and will consider health promotion strategies. Specific skills will introduce you to areas of practice such as cervical cytology, immunisation, ear care and wound care in line with the standards set Working in Partnership Programme (RCN 2012) i.e. The GPN Career Framework for Level 5. The module content is also aligned to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) competencies for General Practice Nursing.

Every day, thousands of people across the UK ask for an urgent consultation with a health care professional. Some have no more than a small concern that something might be wrong with their health, others may have simple minor illnesses. Therefore this module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patients presenting with an undifferentiated and undiagnosed minor illness. It will enable you to undertake an autonomous (advanced practitioner) role and is aimed at nurses and allied health professionals working within primary care and unscheduled care settings.

The module will give an overview of clinical blood testing within the Primary Care setting. It will support you to understand the relevance, meaning and clinical implications of tests and results. It will provide you with effective decision making tools to enable you to make informed evidence based decisions around effective holistic management.

The module will enable you to critically reflect on and evaluate your utility of evidence-based practice (EBP). It will encourage further development of your research knowledge and skills, and will focus on enhancing your ability to utilize effectively research (and related evaluative data) within your clinical practice. It will enable you to critically review the effectiveness of applied evidence, with a view to empowering you to communicate changes in practice where incongruence exists. you will be expected to consider appropriate ethical frameworks required to protect the rights, dignity and safety of those involved, but also which challenge the values and beliefs of self.

There are 15 million people living with at least one long-term health condition in the United Kingdom today. In addition to the impact on people’s lives, long-term conditions (LTC) such as Diabetes, chronic breathing diseases such as asthma and coronary heart disease management, account for over half of all General Practice appointments, with poor management resulting in over 70% of all hospital bed days. This therefore, defines the need for effective management within the Primary Care setting. This module will provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on your current practice and consider evidence based interventions which will improve management.

This module will enable you to critically review your current practice and judiciously consider contemporary evidence based practice around the practice of mental health management within Primary and Community care. You will be enabled to effectively influence the nature and quality of understanding of professional practice, whilst supporting effective mental health practice and promoting well-being. It will enable you to consider effective support of individuals, both patients and those within your own teams with mental health issues or who are deemed at risk, in both the short and long term.

Providing urgent and acute care in the Primary Care setting has never been more challenging for health care professionals working in this field due to the rise in conditional complexity and issues of accessibility to traditional services. This module is designed to respond to the needs of those health care professionals working in Primary and or Community Care, thus enabling them to rise to the challenges of the early recognition of symptoms to enable timely interventions, whilst delivering high quality urgent and acute care for patients within a complex and demanding care environment. It supports evidence based practice assessment, informed decision making and appropriate management of patients with a range of clinical conditions presenting in Primary Care. In particular the module will consider approaches to the provision of urgent and acute care for patients with longer term conditions, the frail elderly and those patients with potentially life threatening conditions, including the very young.

This is an independent study, but will be fully supported by an appropriately allocated supervisor. You are expected to identify, critically analyse and develop an evidence based solution, where appropriate, for an existing or potential situation within your practice which is deemed to require improvement or enhancement. The dissertation may take the form of a piece of primary research (with the appropriate ethical approvals) or a systematic literature review with recommendations or practice/service evaluation project or project proposal.

Entry requirements

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.

How you will be taught

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.

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Assessment

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.

Support

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.

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