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  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship

    Why an apprenticeship?

    Are you looking to improve skills and fill gaps in your organisation?

    Do you have staff who are ready to take the next step in their careers? An apprenticeship could help them turn their skills into expertise and make a big difference in your workplace.

    Or perhaps you’re looking to attract new staff? This programme could be just the thing to attract ambitious healthcare professionals.

    With an apprenticeship, you help staff to flourish by giving them the chance to study while they work, learning academic theory that can go straight into improving practice.

    The cost of apprenticeship training and assessment can typically be met, in full or in part, through the apprenticeship levy or government funding for non-levy payers.

    Why an Advanced Clinical Practitioner?

    Advanced Clinical Practitioners are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their practice.

    The right person for this apprenticeship will already have a few years’ experience post-registration. They will be a professional who can be trusted to manage aspects of clinical care independently, providing care and treatment from the time an individual first presents to the end of the episode.

    An Advanced Clinical Practitioner carries out a full range of duties looking after a patient’s physical and mental healthcare. They’ll become comfortable in acute, primary, urgent and emergency settings. And they will combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership within their scope of practice.

    Programme information

    Apprenticeship title:
    Advanced Clinical Practitioner

    Qualifications/ components:
    Integrated Degree Apprenticeship Advanced Clinical Practitioner (incorporating an award of MSc Advanced Clinical Practice)

    Available start dates:
    September 2018 | January 2019 | September 2019 | January 2019

    Teaching location:
    Oxford Brookes University: Marston Road site

    Course length:
    36 months

    Delivery of the apprenticeship programme is subject to approval from the ESFA for the University to join the register of end point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship standard.

    For full application details, please see the 'How to apply/ entry requirements' section.

    • We have longstanding experience delivering this course as a Masters programmes to Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.
    • We have state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.
    • We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching. Many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
    • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas. Our educators have a reputation for excellence. They also have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
    • We have a strong research profile. Our experienced researchers work in established areas in fields such as: cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in healthcare research was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.
    • Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

    The course typically runs for 36 months. Apprentices attend the University for their taught academic modules and combine classroom study with their job role. On completion of the gateway requirement (160 credits), apprentices are entered for the integrated end point assessment. The end point assessment comprises an open book examination and presentation of practice which is conducted on the final module of the Masters programme.

    Days are organised as follows:

    Study modules

    As our courses are reviewed regularly, the modules available may vary from those listed here.

    P44041 Advancing Professional Practice - compulsory, 20 credits at level 7
    This is a practice-related module where the development of advanced clinical practice is studied; this is accomplished through an understanding of its history and influences on contemporary care. We explore definitions of advanced clinical practice, philosophy and ethics in relation to the concepts that surround the role.

    The nature of knowledge in advanced clinical practice and decision-making in relationship to patient experience and outcomes will be explored. We will examine the political and legal aspects of advanced clinical practice and reflect on issues such as gender, power and control. Advanced practice as art/science, professional identity, collaborative practice and major theories will be explored and critical thinking will be applied to how these develop.

    P44011 Advanced History Taking and Assessment - compulsory 20 credits at level 7
    This practice-focused module provides apprentices with the opportunity to develop critical thinking by enhancing their history-taking knowledge and skills. They will practice taking a comprehensive patient history and performing a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment. Apprentices are expected to demonstrate analysis and evaluation through their assessment skills.

    They should also show the ability to accurately communicate the findings of a patient/client health history and examination using appropriate terminology; while also reporting deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary team. Apprentices must have support from their clinical manager to undertake this module because there is an expectation that students will need supervision in the practice area.

    P44012 Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice - compulsory 20 credits at level 7
    This theory-based module will enable apprentices to critically appraise the theory and evidence base that supports diagnostic tests and tools in practice. With this enhanced knowledge, apprentices should be able to make efficient and effective decisions about diagnostic tests/tools when assessing healthcare needs, and planning their management.

    The main medical sciences will be explored using online learning activities and reading. In attendance weeks the relevant medical science will be applied to clinical practice using a ‘case study’, which is explored using a problem-based learning approach.

    P44061 Applied Research Methods - compulsory 10 credits at level 7
    This module aims to prepare advanced health and social care practitioners for practice-based research. This module will enable apprentices to explore the variety of research methods that are used in health service and practice research. It will examine both primary and secondary research approaches including qualitative and quantitative methods, clinical audit and service evaluation. Apprentices will be expected to identify a practice or professional dilemma consistent with their programme of study; they will then investigate using one of these means.

    Should they continue to the dissertation module, they can then take this subject forward for that research. The module aims to equip the apprentice with the understanding and skills to take forward a realistic, small-scale research project of your own, using one of the methods studied.

    Optional modules - level 7 40 credits
    Apprentices will select two optional modules as part of the Masters, selection of optional modules can be aligned to professional practice. Examples of options currently available include: Non-medical Prescribing; Leadership in Health and Social Care; Adults Emergency Care; Childrens Emergency Care; Care at the End of Life; Care of the Older Person with Frailty; Dimensions of Adult Intensive Care Practice; Assessing and Managing Minor Illnesses and Injuries; Nursing the Person with Cancer and Recognition, Stabilisation and Management of At Risk Neonates.

    P44062 Dissertation - compulsory 50 credits at level 7
    This module enables the apprentice to design and conduct a small research project that is relevant to their professional practice and central to the learning outcomes of the Masters programme. It is an opportunity to explore the professional practice dilemma identified in Applied Research Methods and to seek a viable solution. To complete the module, the apprentice will collect primary data, undertake secondary data analysis, and conduct a clinical audit or service evaluation. Apprentices are allocated a supervisor for the duration of the module and receive individual research supervision.

    End Point Assessment - compulsory 20 credits at level 7
    On successful completion of the modules above and the required work-based practice, the apprentice will complete the integrated End Point Assessment (EPA) module. This module will explore overall achievement of the apprenticeship standard expectations, which are based around the four pillars of practice (as defined by Health Education England): Advanced Clinical Practice; Clinical Leadership; Research and Education.

    Programme changes

    On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

    The EPA comprises of:

    • Open Book Examination - Apprentices will sit an unseen open book examination of 2 hours duration. The examination will assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours for Advanced Clinical Practice. The apprentice bringsresources into the examination room in order to support their completion of examination answers. The resources allowed for the open book examination are three referenced written case studies built from the Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprentice’s own practice.
    • Presentation of practice - This is a synoptic assessment with two elements that demonstrates the apprentice’s integration of the knowledge, skills and behaviours across the Advanced Clinical Practitioner standard. The presentation of practice assessment is focused on a 1500 word clinical practice change report (Element 1). This written report will outline an evidence based background and proposed clinical practice change related to theapprentices area of clinical practice. Element 2 will comprise a 25 minute presentation and 10 minutes question and answer session with the presentation panel.

    Tuition Fees

    Apprenticeship fee 2018/19: £4,000 annually (Total cost: £12,000).

    Please note that the cost of tuition for this programme must be met by the employer. Where reassessment or retakes are required, the employer will be liable for additional costs.

    Apprenticeship funding and the levy

    Levy paying employers can pay for the cost of training and assessment (up to £12,000) using the apprenticeship levy. Please note that the cost of tuition for this programme must be met by the employer. Where reassessment or retakes are required, the employer will be liable for additional costs.

    Unfortunately the University cannot offer the programme to non-levy payers who wish to draw down a contribution from the government to meet the costs of tuition.

    For more information about levy funding and options for non-levy payers visit www.brookes.ac.uk/apprenticeships.

    Other funding?

    Employers should contact Health Education England regarding any other funding which will be made available to support apprenticeship developments.

    Questions about fees?

    Contact Student Finance on:

    +44 (0)1865 483088

    Or email the finance team.

    Employment/ job role requirements

    The apprentice should:

    • Be employed as Advanced Clinical Practitioner while on apprenticeship*
    • Have a minimum of three years post-registration experience
    • Be engaged in professional practice in the UK in a role in which they can achieve the clinical skills required
    • Have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within practice, supported by their line manager.

    *Apprentices will be employed as Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP). ACPs are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their scope of practice. They 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). They work as part of the wider health and social care team and across traditional professional boundaries in health and social care.

    Students are required to have an up-to-date DBS check completed by their employer before applying tocommence their studies at the university.

    Academic entry requirements

    • Evidence of degree (level 6) study from a recognised UK or overseas institution, or an equivalent professional / other qualification
    • Hold professional registration with the relevant Professional Body in the UK
    • Have British Council IELTS: overall score of level 7 or above
    • English and Maths at level 2 or equivalent

    Accredited Prior Learning

    If an apprentice holds any relevant qualifications in a health related subject at level 7 this will be taken in to consideration and modular exemptions will be applied as appropriate.

    How to apply

    Employers should contact the University Apprenticeship team, the University will conduct an initial assessment to ensure the apprenticeship will be suitable for proposed candidates and will meet the employer’s requirements.

    When contracts including the commitment statement have been agreed, the University will complete the sign up process with the employer and apprentice.


    UK Partnerships and Apprenticeships

    +44 (0)1865 484945


    Supporting 20% off the job training

    • Apprentices are required to spend 20% of their contracted hours off the job engaged in training, assessment or associated activities.
    • Apprentices are typically employed on a contract of at least 30 hours, so should have time for off the job training for an average of 6 hours per week.
    • Off-the-job hours can be delivered in blocks or weighted differently at different times of the year.

    Employment rules

    An apprenticeship lasts for the duration of the apprenticeship training. The minimum duration is a year and a week. The employer should have an apprentice agreement in place with the apprentice.

    The employer will also need to comply with Education and Skills Funding Agency rules about apprentice wages as set out in the Apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers.

    Requirements specific to this Apprenticeship

    The employer is required to support the apprentice throughout their training and development; conducts reviews to monitor progress and determines when the apprentice is competent and ready to attempt the end-point assessment.

    Advanced Clinical Practitioners will require a work based supervisor. The supervisor should work in the same/a closely related team and should hold a more senior role/have great professional experience than the apprentice. The employer will be required to verify case studies that the apprentice will develop for end point assessment.

    UK Partnerships and Apprenticeships

    +44 (0)1865 484945