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Overview

Our innovative Graduate Certificate Unscheduled Care is for those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) respectively.

If you are currently employed within the area of Unscheduled Care then our course has been designed with you in mind. Our course is vocationally relevant and complements the strategic development of unscheduled care in line with the NHS National Out of Hours and Unscheduled Practice Agenda.

Core Module: Clinical Assessment – 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 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.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

What qualifications do you need? You must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of as specified in Section 6 of the University Regulatory Framework, together with the following course requirements:

  • You must be appropriately registered practitioners e.g. registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] or the Health Care Professions Council [HCPC].
  • You 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 course as part of an international cohort, you must be able to demonstrate current professional registration from the country in which you practice.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this postgraduate Unscheduled Care course is: Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this postgraduate Unscheduled Care course, we offer a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree.

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree course at UWS and who need to improve their English

Course details

Course content includes one core and two optional 20-credit modules.

Core module:

  • Clinical assessment

Optional modules (two from three):

  • Common presentations
  • Minor injuries
  • Independent study for Professional Practice

Module Overview

Clinical assessment:

This module has been designed for nurses and paramedics working clinically in the field of Unscheduled Care within UK Jurisdiction. You must be registered with either NMC or HCPC, and as part of their role require enhanced Clinical Assessment knowledge and skills. You must have the support of your line manager and a Clinical Supervisor in order to undertake this module. You will develop critical understanding of your 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

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 you 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
  • ionising radiation (medical exposure) regulations


Independent study for Professional Practice:

This module is designed to provide an opportunity for independent study where you can critically analyse an area of relevant clinical practice and provide evidence and recommendations for development/improvement.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

All teaching and learning activities occur using our online learning platform, Moodle. To complement this, we use a range of digital and online learning tools to support knowledge acquisition. The assessment methods within the programme are varied and consist of multiple choice tests, case studies, competency assessment and reflective logs.

Career Prospects

Jobs

Our 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 course.

Further Study

It is possible to progress to undertake further studies at Masters level. UWS offers a wide range of suitable Masters degrees such as: MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner, MSc Health Studies, or MSc Mental Health Practice.

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.

 
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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