This master's in Advanced Practice has been created for neuroscience practitioners to build on their experience, advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare.
- Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.
- Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
- A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.
Students are experienced practitioners working in a variety of neuroscience care settings such as: neurological and neurosurgical units, intensive care units, stroke units, spinal injuries units, neurological rehabilitation departments, primary long-term care settings for people with neurological problems.
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Typically students take one year to complete a certificate, two years for a diploma and three years for an MSc. Maximum of six years PT.
Waterloo and Guy's campuses.
Year of entry 2013
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery
End of July. Late applications may be considered, subject to availability of places.
PT Home: £2633 (2013)
PT Overseas: £5180 (2013)
Postgraduate Admissions, tel 020 7848 3571.
For experienced neuroscience care practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare.
This programme aims to build on practitioners' neuroscience practice experience and equip practitioners engaged in advanced neuroscience practice with the critical thinking skills to evaluate issues related to neuroscience services, policy and clinical practice. The programme provides opportunities for students to acquire the requisite knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges encountered and opportunities presented by ever-expanding role responsibilities in practice within a neuroscience care setting. The programme also provides opportunities for students to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical and evidence-based underpinnings of specialist practice, health policy, health economics and ethical and legal challenges facing practitioners functioning at an advanced level within a neuroscience care arena. It also allows students to develop skills of critical reflection, and understand the political context of healthcare and how it influences practice.
It is a suitable programme for practitioners from a wide variety of neuroscience care areas, for example: neurological and neurosurgical units; intensive care units; stroke units; spinal injuries units; neurological rehabilitation departments; primary long-term care settings for people with neurological problems.
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Core programme content
- Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice
- Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare
- Neuroscience Care. Advanced Practice
For students wishing to undertake either an empirical study or a service development project as part of the dissertation module, additional modules must be taken and passed. These include:
- Issues in the Conduct of Healthcare Research (for empirical study)
- Professional Development and Organisational Change (for service development project).
Alternatively students may choose for their dissertation to undertake an indepth analysis of an area of policy or practice or to prepare three papers for publication.
Indicative non-core content
Students select optional courses from a wide range of available options including:
- Advanced assessment skills
- Clinical specialities.
Other options from our BSc programme may also be available. Students who have already studied modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King's may be able to incorporate this study into the programme, subject to certain limits, provided that the credits have not already contributed to an award. Modules studied elsewhere may be incorporated through accreditation of prior certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim
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FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
The majority of assessment is by coursework; some modules are also assessed by one examination.
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
The aim of this module is to provide students undertaking the MClin Res in Health and Social Care Research with an opportunity to draw on previous research training to plan and carry out an empirical clinical research project under supervision. Students are also required to prepare a draft of a 3000 word article for publication.
A monthly tutorial programme between October and July which students can attend if they wish. Students will also be allocated a supervisor who they will see on an individual basis and who will guide them through the process.
Module code: 7KNIM110
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 30
This course aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to identify best evidence for your practice. It focuses on searching for, appraising and synthesising evidence from health care research. You are introduced to a range of electronic databases for accessing evidence and the principles of systematic review. Learning is facilitated through lectures, workshops and a student-directed search for evidence to address a question emerging from your own practice. Issues surrounding research implementation and evidence at the level of the individual practitioner and the health care organisation are addressed. Assessment is by means of a review of literature which answers a focussed question utilising explicit methods.
This module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of the key research approaches and techniques used in healthcare research. It intends to promote students’ understanding of published articles and enhance skills of critical analysis and enhance skills for critiquing research articles. Further it aims to promote the development of skills required to undertake a research-based project in the future. This module is a good stepping stone to Master's level work for those who have studied research methods at level 6 and those who would benefit from revision of this knowledge. It will consider philosophical bases for research, traditions and features of qualitative and quantitative research designs, data collection tools used in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. This module is a precursor for the second research methods module, ‘Issues in the Conduct of Healthcare Research’
Module code: 7KNIM716
Credit level: 7
This course aims to build on practitioners’ neuroscience practice experience and equip practitioners engaged in advanced neuroscience practice with the critical thinking skills to evaluate issues related to neuroscience services, policy and clinical practice. The course provides opportunities for students to acquire the requisite knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges encountered and opportunities presented by ever-expanding role responsibilities in practice within a neuroscience care setting. The course provides opportunities for students to develop an expert critical understanding of the theoretical and evidence-based underpinnings of specialist practice, health policy, health economics and ethical and legal challenges facing practitioners functioning at an advanced level within a neuroscience care arena.
Topics covered within this 30 credit neuroscience care- advanced practice module include: advanced neuroanatomy and physiology, blood brain barrier and neuropharmacology, advanced neurological assessment and examination, health economics and neuroscience workforce, health policy and future trends in neuroscience care, neuroscience specialist roles, advances in neurosurgical, neurological and palliative care, current perspectives on care of patients with long-term conditions e.g. stroke, MS, PD, epilepsy and dementias, neuroethics and legal issues, quality of life and measuring health and disease, neuroscience clinical research and expert practice and professional artistry.
Module code: 7KNIM701
Credit level: 7
This course aims to raise awareness of issues that arise inthe conduct of research, from writing research proposals to the publication of findings. It will be useful for students embarking on a research or service development project, for new researchers wishing to develop their skills, and for healthcare professionals seeking to evaluate healthcare services. Issues covered in the course include gaining funding, managing research schedules, involving users in the research process, working with external agencies, addressing ethical and political issues in research, and managing aspects of the data collection process - for example overcoming poor response rates and managing group dynamics in focus group research. Learning is facilitated through lectures, recommended reading and seminars. The seminars provide a series of How to... sessions that facilitate application of concepts learnt during the Principal Methods for Healthcare Research course. For example: How to develop an interview schedule, or How to run a focus group. These seminars enable students to gain a practical understanding of the research process.
Module code: 7KNIM707
Credit level: 7
This course will enable students to critically appraise and utilise organisational and management theories in order to facilitate the development of individuals and groups. Examples of this include continuing professional development, motivation, the management of change and manpower planning.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
For specialist pathways, applicants must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. The entry requirement for graduate study is a good first degree (minimum 2:1 honours or equivalent). Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered. If you do not meet the normal entry requirements or have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publication, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in funded research. In addition to the entry criteria for the Advanced Practice programme applicants wishing to enrol on this pathway should be working in an appropriate neuroscience care setting for the duration of the programme.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Apply using the College application form available online. In addition, please submit a CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's College modules that you have already studied which you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.
Staff from contracted Trusts are eligible to have their study funded, subject to agreement by their manager. Students not sponsored by their employer may wish to pursue other sources of funding. Some scholarships may be available. Prospective students may also wish to consult the Directory of Grant-making Trusts and Charities (available in local libraries). Self-funding students may wish to consider a Career Development Loan http://www.lifelonglearning.co.uk/cdl/
Advanced Practice (Neuroscience Care) MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert
I am delighted to be able to oversee a raft of exciting master’s programmes within the School of Nursing & Midwifery. I myself have studied at King’s and was attracted to do so because of the College’s reputation for research.
Today the number of programmes has increased to meet the complexity and diversity of healthcare provision, and research has been fully accepted as an essential element of healthcare practice. I am pleased to say that research and the appraisal of evidence remain core to all of our programmes whether concerned with advanced clinical practice and leadership roles or in the field of education for healthcare professionals.