Clinical Practice - PgDip part-time
Our PgDip in Clinical Practice really helps health professionals do what they do best – care for patients.
More traditional health related masters programmes deal with important issues involved in the provision of healthcare by including modules on research methods, professional development planning and leadership. However, these subjects alone do not always equip health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to directly care for patients or take on senior clinical roles.
Our PgDip Clinical Practice dispenses with these traditional modules replacing them with modules that are directly relevant to caring for patents. So if questions like “why is this patient’s haemoglobin raised?”, “how do I rule out a secondary cause to this patient’s hypertension?”, and “what am I meant to hear when I listen to the heart with a stethoscope?” are the type that cross your mind then this is the course for you. Built around clinical problems and patient journeys, as well as cases, this course takes a problem solving approach to clinical learning and helps you develop the skills you will need in practice.
On successful completion of the PgDip you have the option of continuing your studies with us by progressing to the MSc Clinical Practice.
About the course
Much of the course is delivered in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suite. Here you will have access to a range of anatomical models, high fidelity patient simulators as well as a range of clinical equipment that makes your learning experience as dynamic as possible. This helps draw together all aspects of your learning so you can apply your new knowledge and skills to realistic scenarios. You will gain confidence in your practical skills and decision making abilities before entering live clinical practice situations.
- Rigorous evidence-based clinical training
- Designed for problem-solving clinicians not academics
- Well respected clinical course used by many local trusts
What you will learn
Our highly experienced and passionate team offer a high level of support throughout the course, ensuring that your study is engaging, challenging and most importantly facilitates your transition to expert clinician.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching activities on this course, including clinical simulations and resource based learning, interactive lectures, demonstrations, tutorials and supervision, problem-based learning, e-learning, podcasts, seminars and self-directed study.
In particular, we make extensive use of case-based learning. By examining patient case studies you will gain new knowledge in a similar context to where you will eventually apply it. This helps you to immediately recognise the value of this knowledge and put it into practice. Cases are used to introduce anatomical and physiological structures, explain pathology and make sense of examination findings. They are also used in the development of skills and the practice of decision making skills. Cases will range from simple ones used for class discussion, to more complicated practical simulated clinical scenarios and presentations about cases that individuals have encountered in practice.
What you will study
During this course you will gain an in depth understanding of how the human body functions as well as the different disease processes that can affect the body. You will learn how to take histories and examine patients in a systematic and organised way so that you can form impressions about an individual’s health status and propose appropriate plans of care which will include investigations. You will also have an opportunity to study an area of clinical practice that particularly interests you in depth so that you can start to become a clinical expert in this area. You will undertake a project that has a direct and positive impact on patient care.
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology is the foundation of clinical practice. In the first module ‘The Human Body’ you will learn in depth anatomy and physiology as a foundation for your further studies. You will then go on to learn about the mechanisms that cause disease and how these manifest in different organ systems. Alongside this you will learn how medicines act to counter the effects of disease. The Biological Basis of Disease and Therapeutics module houses this learning.
Once you have a good understanding of the underpinning principles of health and disease we will teach you how to examine patients in a comprehensive way. You will learn to identify the clinical signs of illness and build a clinical picture that will assist you in the diagnosis of disease. You will then learn how you can use clinical tests to further confirm your assessment of an individual patient. The modules Clinical Examination Skills and Clinical Diagnostics and Decision Making constitute this second stage.
The third stage of the course develops your clinical knowledge in a focused way allowing you to expand and become more clinically expert in a specific area. Here you can take an elective module from the subject group as well as a module that directly supports you to develop a specialist interest in clinical care.
Overall this is an intensive and interesting course that you will find rewarding, especially when you take your skills back to practice.
You should be a health professional with at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a subject relevant to health or social care practice, or recent evidence of relevant study at level HE6 or above.
Individuals who do not meet these requirements but who have significant relevant experience, or who show significant promise to excel on the course and have a positive impact on clinical practice, will be considered on a case by case basis.
You will be invited for an interview to ensure that you understand the requirements and level of this course, and to ensure it is the correct course for you.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).
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Last updated October 28, 2017