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Postgraduate course

Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Develop your clinical and leadership skills to support your development as an advanced healthcare practitioner.

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If you are an established professional working in a health and social care setting, and looking to develop and refine your professional practice, this course could be for you. Here you will be assessed in advanced settings, accurate to the actual scenarios found in your chosen field. The focus of this course is Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice and you can undertake your study at MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate level.

York campus

  • Duration – MSc 3 years part time, PG Diploma 2 years part time, PG Certificate 1 year part time
  • Start date – October 2021
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 in a relevant degree

    3 Years in a professional healthcare setting

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £2,167 per year part time

    International 2021-22 N/A per year part time

Course overview

This course provides a validated advanced practice training framework which is aligned to key national guidance from HEE on training and competencies for specialist staff. This guidance includes First Contact Practitioner Roadmap and Multi Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice. On this course you will develop the skills necessary to deliver key musculoskeletal services in primary and secondary care settings.

This is a unique model of continued professional development for allied health professionals. You will be taught by healthcare professionals with considerable clinical and research experience in Advanced MSK Practice. You will gain a master’s level award, be it PG Certificate, PG Diploma or full MSc, in your chosen area of Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice. The award you decide upon will affect the duration of the course, as well as how many modules you undertake.

You will be a qualified professional, working in UK health and social care, such as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist. You will be seeking to develop advanced practice in your own specific clinical area.

 

 

 

The award pathways have different expected learning outcomes. Each one advances the previous award. They include:

PG Certificate

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical decision making
  • Critically evaluate and apply current evidence on the management of complex patient care strategies
  • Demonstrate comprehensive leadership skills to support and encourage development of others.

PG Diploma

  • Critically evaluate and apply relevant evidence on health coaching, health literacy, leadership and change management
  • Develop high levels of effective communication appropriate to patients in health coaching and health literacy, and to key stakeholders in leadership and change management
  • Demonstrate comprehensive leadership skills to support and encourage service development.

Full MSc

  • Select, justify and implement a methodology appropriate to the research question or aim
  • Follow research ethics principles to conduct the research ethically
  • Present research findings in a recognised journal format for manuscript submission.

Course structure

How you will study

For postgraduate study our academic year is split into 3 semesters.

You can study this postgraduate course part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

If you choose to study for the PGCert the course will take 1 year to complete. You will study:

  • 1 compulsory module across semesters 1 and 2

If you choose to study for the PGDip the course will take 2 years to complete. You will study:

  • 1 compulsory module across semesters 1 and 2 for your first year
  • 1 compulsory module across semesters 1 and 2 for your second year

If you choose to study for the MSc the course will take 3 years to complete. You will study:

  • 1 compulsory module across semesters 1 and 2 for your first year
  • 1 compulsory module across semesters 1 and 2 for your second year
  • 1 compulsory module across semesters 1, 2 and 3 of your third year.

 

Modules

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop and refine your skills towards becoming an advanced practitioner. Roles in musculoskeletal (MSK) practice are well established, but these roles are seeing rapid expansion, with recognition in recent health policy that they play a vital role in clinical care (NHS Long Term Plan 2019). New advanced practice roles in MSK have also emerged, such as the First Contact Practitioner in GP practices. Advanced practitioners have a unique skill set to enable them to manage patients across a whole care pathway. Health Education England (HEE 2017) recognise the vital role you will play as a practitioner.

The HEE framework has characterised the main components of multi-professional advanced practice with 4 key pillars:

  • Clinical practice
  • Leadership and management
  • Education
  • Research

The development and scope of this master’s level PG Cert in Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice aligns to these 4 pillars. These will equip you with the necessary skills, and competencies to support your advanced practice career pathway and provide a recognised academic award.

You will be assessed on both a presentation and reflective portfolio. The presentation makes up 30% of the module and will be 20 minutes in length. The Portfolio is worth 70% of the module. In this, you will utilise evidence to critically reflect on 5 case studies encountered within the clinical setting. This should include both complex clinical case studies and evidence of the application of leadership skills.

You will also be assessed on the application of documented skills in a practical setting, by a mentor. This is not weighted, instead being a PASS/FAIL.

The unique design of the PGCert Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice means that this single module constitutes the whole programme.

 

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

On this module, you will focus on transforming practice. As a clinician, you will develop your own specific areas of expertise and advanced practice. You will consider the service and practice within which you work and how to enhance it:

  • You may transform your own service and its interaction with other services in patient pathways through innovation inside and across different services
  • You may transform your relationship with patients by adopting a health coaching approach
  • You may transform the effectiveness of your interventions by understanding how health literacy influences patient compliance  to treatment regimens.

As a clinician, you will reflect on and develop your practice through engagement with theories, models and tools of change management, health coaching and health literacy. This will be underpinned by your critical appraisal of the relevant evidence.

You will be assessed on four different pieces of written work. Each one is worth 25% of your total qualification:

  • A 2500 word critique of a health coaching-related research paper
  • A 25 minute presentation on service transformation, including plan for change, implementation of change, personal and theoretical reflections on change
  • A 2500 word critical self reflection
  • A 2500 word critical evaluation of the effectiveness of communications with patients/users of service

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

On this module, you will develop your ability to select and interpret assessment method/tools and outcomes measures that are suitable for the individuals, groups and populations with whom you will work.

You will learn how to make clinical decisions based on robust evidence-based assessment. As you develop into a more advanced practitioner role, you will extend your responsibility to:

  • Appraise the assessment and outcome measurement methods and tools that are adopted for specific client groups and care pathways
  • Supervise and support peers to select and interpret assessment and outcome measurement methods and tools
  • Lead service evaluations and improvements in this area to support sound clinical decision making.

On this module you will develop the knowledge and skills to make complex clinical decisions. Your furthered understanding will enable you to make decisions on the selection, implementation and interpretation of assessment and outcome measures. You will be able to lead and support service evaluation and improvements in this area.

You will be assessed through 2 pieces of written work:

  • A 2500 word research proposal  
  • A 5000 word research paper

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Each module requires 36 hours of assessment, spread over 6 non-consecutive days. The learning time for each module is 600 hours, which includes any external independent research and tutor and peer review sessions.

You will engage in a variety of modes of learning:

  • Discussions on critiques and theories
  • Consideration of case studies to explore authentic scenarios
  • Critical appraisal of evidence
  • Self-reflection.

These modes of learning will help you gain the knowledge and experience for your summative assessments.

On the course, you will engage with an approach to learning that mirrors and enhances the practice in which you work. You will refine your practice, focusing on autonomous activity and complex decision making. By engaging with this format, you will have the abilities to develop innovative methods that will enhance your clients' experiences and improve outcomes.

Assessment

The course is made up of formative and summative assessments, designed to support and inspire your development. Assessments are carried out in environments that are as authentic as possible to the scenarios you will find in the health and social care industry.

Your formative assessments include:

  • Opportunities to share a critique of a research paper with your peers and tutors
  • A plan for transformational service change
  • Self-reflection on your experience of implementing a health coaching approach with a service user
  • A critique of a standardised assessment tool
  • Produce a manuscript suitable for possible publication.

These activities all closely resemble your summative assessments for this module but are enacted in a safe and supportive peer group, enabling you to further develop your ideas.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 in a relevant degree

    3 Years in a professional healthcare setting

The minimum entry requirements for this course are: 

  • A 2:1 degree in a related subject

If you have a 2.2 degree in a relatable subject you may be considered if you are able to demonstrate significant academic or professional experience.

Additional Requirements

For entry onto this course, you will also need:

  • 3 years current postgraduate experience in an appropriate clinical setting.
  • Line manager’s letter of support.
  • Proof of appropriate and up to date professional registration (for example HCPC, GMC).

International Students

This course is not open to international students. Discover the other courses we offer. 

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Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

 

 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU 2021-2022

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £2,167 per year for part time study

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

If you are delivering NHS services within the Humber Coast and Vale area, Health Education England/Humber Coast and Vale have confirmed limited funding for this course in 2021. Information about the geographical area can be found here:

Geographical area information

In order for us to access funding for you from Humber Coast and Vale you will need the approval of your line manager and workforce development lead. Please complete our funding form and ask your line manager and workforce development lead to confirm their approval by signing it. Please return your completed form to business@yorksj.ac.uk

Advanced Practice funding form (103 KB)

If funding from Humber Coast and Vale is not available the other options you have are:

1. Access CPD funding or other organisation-based funding. The way this is managed varies from one organisation to another so it would be best to discuss this with your line manager and workforce development lead.

2. Self-fund.

Funding your studies

If you live in England, you can use the same student loans system as undergraduate students to pay for this course.

You can find out more about this loan and how to apply by following the link below to our funding opportunities page.

POSTGRADUATE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £2,167 per year part time

    International 2021-22 N/A per year part time

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Where could Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice take you?

You will already be a qualified professional working in UK health and/or social care. This course will help you further develop the advanced level of your practice in your own clinical area and enhance your career options.

 

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form.

Your personal statement should be a maximum of 1000 words.

Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

We only consider the first 100 applicants for each course. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

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