Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner (APNP) in Ambulatory Care Msc, PgDip, PgCert
Modes of study: Full Time & Part Time
Start date: September
- The programme
- Supporting information
- Entry requirements
- Finance and fees
- How to apply
- Employment and careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- Excellent educational and professional training facilities
- Balances academic content with practical experience and is geared towards securing motivating and rewarding employment
- Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation
The practice of caring for children when they are ill, but do not require hospitalisation is termed paediatric ambulatory care. It is a concept driven by the NHS modernisation agenda as it provides facilities and services directly related to patient needs in a manner that is convenient to the patient.
This programme will enable you to assess, diagnose and manage the wide variety of conditions that present in ambulatory settings, such as: general practice, walk-in centres, minor illness/injury units, paediatric assessment units, A/E, schools, health centres, outpatient departments, etc. It will also enable you to provide direct services related to health protection/promotion and disease prevention, including: child health surveillance, 6-8 week checks, newborn discharge examinations, parenting support, developmental advice and screening, and anticipatory guidance, etc.
Modules focus on advanced skills in evidenced-based practice, case management of infants, children and adolescents with complex health needs and issues in advanced practice (with a special emphasis on the development and implementation of new roles).
The programme emphasises clinical acumen and requires over 500 hours of precepted practice in a variety of ambulatory settings. In addition, the programme is unique in its integration of research and evidence-based practice in each module (rather than consolidating the research into a large dissertation project).
This shift from a traditional MSc educational structure operationalises the concepts of modernisation and evidenced-based practice as you will research, evaluate and apply the evidence base to advanced clinical paediatrics from the very first module.
Introduction to the School
The Faculty offers students excellent educational and professional training facilties for programmes of study that facilitate the development of the relevant skills and knowledge to become effective practitioners in health & social care. The course portfolio includes certificates, diplomas and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The programmes are specifically designed to balance academic content with practical experience and are geared towards securing , motivating and rewarding employment. The Faculty is also expert in developing and delivering continuing professional development programmes that help practitioners maintain and advance their skills throughout their careers.
Staff research interests
The Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences has an active research programme, with supervision offered in the following areas:
- Alcohol Research
- Behavioural Epidemiology
- Environment, Sustainability and Capacity Building
- Financial Inclusion
- Poverty and Social Security
- Health and Social Care Informatics
- Health Promotion, Policy and Inequalities
- Healthcare for Ageing Populations
- Organisation and Delivery of Services
- Medical Sciences and Therapeutics
- Public Health Education and Training
- Sexual Health and Substance Use.
The Faculty is renowned nationally and internationally for aspects of its social science research, including work around the role of credit unions in promoting financial inclusion and the application of participatory action research as a research methodology.
The Faculty is home to the internationally acclaimed Centre for Public Health, designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention and home to the UK Focal Point for Violence and Injury prevention, providing information and intelligence for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Together with other research undertaken in the Faculty, the Centre plays a central role in the University’s Institute for Health Research (IHR).
How will I be assessed?
Each module has its own assessment strategy. Examples include: Written assignments, examination, OSCE evaluations, student presentations and portfolio development.
Standard Entry:Children’s Nursing Qualification or an Adult Nursing qualification with registration as a Health Visitor, plus:
- First or second-class degree in relevant area (e.g community children’s nursing, clinical practice, health visiting/specialist practice, etc)
- Appropriate academic references
- Appropriate post-registration experience
- Support from employer
- Satisfactory Enhanced CRB check
- Satisfactory Occupation Health Clearance (from employer)
For Candidates Not Meeting The Standard Entry Requirements:
Candidates that do not hold a first degree may be considered where they are able to (additionally) demonstrate:
- A range of skills including recent evidence of professional development
- Appropriate verbal, written and communication skills
- The ability to seek out and analyse information
- The ability to problem-solve and think critically
- Research knowledge equivalent to an undergraduate research methods or evidence-based practice module (i.e 15-20 Level 3 CATS points)
Candidates that do not hold a Children’s Nursing Qualification
Will I be interviewed?No
Please contact the Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences for up to date information on financial support. The Faculty can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0151 231 5829.
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email email@example.com for guidance and support.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
Please contact the Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences on:
- tel: 0151 231 5829
If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:
Tel: +44(0)151 231 5090
Employment and careers
This programme is specifically designed to balance academic content with practical experience and is geared towards securing, motivating and rewarding employment. The Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences is also expert in developing and delivering continuing professional development programmes that help practitioners maintain and advance their skills throughout their careers.
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
To find out more about our postgraduate courses and research opportunities plus the range of facilities and support we offer, click on the links opposite.
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