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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) Degree Apprenticeship - Level 7

Start date
September
Duration
3 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

Our Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) represents a new and exciting opportunity to gain an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), supported by employers and funded by the Degree Apprenticeship Levy.

Our aim at the University of Birmingham is to support registered physiotherapists to develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to undertake advanced clinical practice roles within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Our Advanced Clinical Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship allows learners to gain a Masters level qualification funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Aligned to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Standard and the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England, the programme has been developed to extend learner’s competence to advanced clinical practice level with the support of theoretical and experiential learning; with high quality, research informed person-centred care at its heart.

This programme facilitates the development of highly skilled registered musculoskeletal physiotherapists to enable delivery of clinical practice to an advanced level within a variety of clinical specialities  and practice areas. With clear focus on the four pillars of advanced clinical practice (Clinical Practice, Education, Leadership and Research) this innovative course, designed in collaboration with healthcare professionals, aims to meet the challenges encountered by current healthcare services and providers by preparing dynamic and reflexive practitioners to ensure effective delivery of care for patients with increasingly complex needs. Drawing on theory, research, and clinical experiences the programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research informed clinical practice.

With specialty specific competencies integrated with the generic core capabilities for Advanced Clinical Practice, this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice. As a Russell Group University, our programmes bring together world-class research and cutting-edge facilities to produce exceptional results.

Degree Apprenticeship Levy Funding

Discover all the latest information on the apprenticeship levy. Find out more about University of Birmingham Degree Apprenticeship provision here.

Guidance for Employers and Employees

The programme is fully levy-funding compliant. Talk to our Degree Apprenticeships team to understand what this might mean for you.

Why study this course at Birmingham?

  • The University is ranked in the world top 100 and joint 7th in the UK for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022).
  • The programme fulfils the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy (IFOMPT) Educational Standards and affords eligibility to full membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) on completion of the MSc
  • The programme is aligned to the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England, with core modules in year one exploring the four pillars of advanced clinical practice.
  • The final year research project will allow you to undertake a service evaluation within your own clinical practice area. You will then disseminate your findings through a report prepared for publication and a clinical poster presentation.
  • Invaluable to your career progression, this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.
  • You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and network in a multi-professional learning environment with experienced practitioners, academic and teaching staff from a wide range of clinical specialities and practice areas.
  • The flexible mode of delivery will suit you and your employer needs through a blend of online and on-campus delivery.

Modules

Learners will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy through an accredited pathway of mandatory modules. The clinically focused course integrates generic modules, including Advanced Physical Health Assessment and Advanced Clinical Decision Making, with specialty specific components including Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1, Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2 and Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice.

Learners are required to complete supervised practice within their clinical area with the support of practice supervisors and assessors to facilitate the synthesis of the theoretical and practical aspects of the course.  The University will maintain a close partnership with practice areas for the duration of study, through tripartite meetings, to facilitate an inclusive and supportive learning environment. During clinically focused hours, students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated practice assessor or supervisor to facilitate the completion of competency-based assessments and the development of a comprehensive evidence portfolio to demonstrate developing competence across the four pillars of practice.

All applicants must provide evidence of >1500 hours post qualifying experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy on application.

Core modules

Year one

  • Advanced Physical Health Assessment* (20 credits) - NB: Students will need to undertake 37 hours of supervised clinical practice
  • Advanced Clinical Decision Making*  (20 credits)
  • The Reflective Advanced Practitioner (20 credits)

Year Two

  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2
  • Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice

Year Three

  • Consolidation of Advanced Clinical Practice: The End Point Assessment (20 credits)
  • Research Project (40 credits)

 *These modules are available on a stand-alone basis. 

All students taking an MSc must complete the Research Project module and carry out an independent research project. All apprenticeship students will be required to undertake an end point assessment as part of the final 20 credit module in year three.

Learners are required to complete supervised practice within their clinical area with the support of practice supervisors and assessors and maintain a clinical portfolio reflecting the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice.

The University will maintain a close partnership with practice areas for the duration of study to facilitate an inclusive and supportive learning environment. During clinically focused hours, students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated practice supervisor or assessor to facilitate the completion of competency-based assessments and the development of a comprehensive evidence portfolio to demonstrate developing competence across the four pillars of practice.

 Read more about the Apprenticeship Standard for Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Degree).

Fees

The programme is fully levy-funding compliant. Talk to our Degree Apprenticeships team to understand what this might mean for you.

How To Apply

For all enquiries relating to this Degree Apprenticeship programme please contact Mr. Sam Hickman, our Degree Apprenticeships Manager:

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4271
Mob: +44 (0)7976230204
Email: degreeapps@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Our Standard Requirements

Typical entry requirements:

  • All apprentices must be employed by a health or social care organisation.
  • The apprentice must hold current registration as a physiotherapist with the  HCPC
  • The apprentice must have at least 36 months clinical experience post qualification.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of >1500 hours post qualifying experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
  • They should normally hold an honours degree in their clinical field of practice.
  • Apprentices will need to demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at Masters level.

Learners requires full support from their employing organisation to facilitate the requirements of the clinical supervision.

The ESFA rules state that all apprentices must achieve English and Mathematics at level 2 (GCSE grade A* - C or equivalent) prior to taking their End Point Assessment.

International students:

This course is not available for International Students. 

The MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare (Global) programme is offered within the School of Nursing and Midwifery designed with international students in mind from a range of registered healthcare professionals. 

Please note: this programme does not offer a route to HCPC registration/employment in the UK.

 

As a Birmingham student, you will learn from world-leading experts, as well as your clinical peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself within your professional role, essential for advancing your clinical practice.

The modules within the programme are delivered differently. On-campus learning in year one is delivered across two-day blocks, every two weeks to a fixed schedule enabling work commitments to be balanced. Learning in year two allows for the specialty specific components including modules Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1, Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2 and Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice.

You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, eLectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

Lectures are delivered by subject specialists, NHS clinicians, service users and carers. Many of the lectures are from visiting experts who practice and/or research in their specific field. The course is academic in nature and you are expected to use the basic content as a springboard for further self-study. All programme presentations and materials are available on Canvas (the University’s on-line learning platform) for follow up after lectures.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Our Staff

  • Course Director: Louise Beesley
  • Deputy Course Director: Jason Pritchard 
  • Co-programme lead for the MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine Football and MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy: Matthew Willett
  • Co-programme lead for the MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine Football and MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy: Michael Mansfield

Assessment Methods

The programme has a variety of assessment styles including essays, oral presentations, clinical Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and examinations. The research project is a substantial piece of research that will be linked to leading change in your field of practice. Your research project will be supervised by an academic within the department and supported by a series of online resources. You will be expected to maintain a portfolio of evidence reflecting your developing competency in the four pillars of advanced clinical practice throughout the course, whilst reflecting your musculoskeletal physiotherapy specialism.

As a University of Birmingham graduate, you will thrive in the workplace as you to apply your knowledge and skills to your chosen career.

This programme is aimed at multi-professionals from a variety of clinical settings who want to develop their research and leadership skills and clinical expertise at Masters level. This programme will be of interest to those wishing to work at advanced levels of practice or those who are currently working as specialist practitioners in bespoke clinical areas. 

The programme fulfils the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy (IFOMPT) Educational Standards and affords eligibility to full membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) on completion of the full Masters level award.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal. Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

By making the most of the wide range of services available, you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

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