The Graduate Certificate Unscheduled Care is an innovative programme of study designed for those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) respectively. The programme has been designed for those currently employed within the area of Unscheduled Care as the programme is vocationally relevant and complements the strategic development of unscheduled care in line with the NHS National Out of Hours and Unscheduled Practice Agenda.
At UWS, we have successfully delivered modules in the field of Unscheduled Care for several years. In continuing to offer named programmes of study for this specific area of health care delivery, UWS can continue with the development of the educational and clinical competencies required by such individuals to practice in this area. Prospective students require a suitably qualified Clinical Supervisor from the relevant practice area; registered with the GMC, NMC or HCPC.
Programme content includes; clinical assessment theory and competencies, common presentations of illness, assessment of minor injuries, or an independent study.
These programmes have been designed to ensure that those professionals, who undertake them, are equipped with the skills of Personal Development Planning and reflective practice.
The Graduate Certificate consists of 1 core module and 2 Option Modules; each credit rated 20 points at SCQF Level 9. Each module incorporates a variety of teaching methods.
Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Section 6 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements: candidates must be appropriately registered practitioners e.g. registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
All prospective students must have line management support and a clinical supervisor from their area of practice to supervise and assess clinical competency where required.
For international students undertaking this programme as part of an international cohort, you must be able to demonstrate current professional registration from the country in which you practice.
– This module has been designed for nurses and paramedics working clinically in the field of Unscheduled Care within UK Jurisdiction. Prospective students must be registered with either NMC or HCPC, and as part of their role require enhanced Clinical Assessment knowledge and skills. Students must have the support of their line manager and a Clinical Supervisor in order to undertake this module. Students will develop critical understanding of their professional practice and enhance knowledge, clinical decision making and competency in the following key areas of practice: primary assessment, consultation skills and history taking for the examination of patients across the lifespan. In particular the examination of the chest, abdomen, musculoskeletal system, neurological system and ear, nose and throat. Practitioners undertaking this module shall also critically examine relevant legal, ethical and professional issues pertinent to the expanding practitioner role.
- Common Presentations – This module examines the safe management of the most common medical presentations and aims to equip the practitioner with the skills and knowledge required to safely examine and offer the appropriate treatment, referral and discharge to patients, whilst respecting the cultural, diversity and vulnerability elements underpinning care delivery.This module includes the assessment, differential diagnosis and management of; respiratory, cardiac, abdominal, ENT, dermatological, common paediatric, neurological and mental health presentations.
- Minor Injuries - This module examines the safe management of minor injuries and aims to equip the practitioner with the skills and knowledge required to safely examine and offer the appropriate treatment, referral and discharge to patients, whilst respecting the cultural, diversity and vulnerability elements underpinning care delivery. Conditions covered include: injuries of lower limb, injuries of upper limb, wounds and burns, minor head injuries, minor eye injuries and ionising radiation (medical exposure) regulations.
- Independent Study for Professional Practice – this module is designed to provide an opportunity for independent study where the student can critically analyse an area of relevant clinical practice and provide evidence and recommendations for development/improvement.
Previous students have developed their role as out-of-hours nurse practitioners or gained promotion within their unscheduled care environment. Our Armed Forces students often successfully gain pay/career enhancement on successful completion of the Programme.