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This post qualifying course for qualified Allied Health Professionals is jointly delivered by the School of Psychological Sciences (SPS) and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work (NMSW) - administratively it is managed by NMSW. Both Schools are at the forefront of developments in Health Professional education and research having received excellent research ratings in UK Research Assessment Exercises. In the 2008 exercise, NMSW was placed top of the table for nursing and midwifery research. In recent reviews by the Quality Assurance Agency, both Schools were commended on the excellent quality of teaching and learning provision. An established reputation for excellence, outstanding learning facilities and high student support, combined with the opportunity to be taught by leading academic, clinical and research staff, make the University of Manchester the ideal place for practising Allied Health Professionals to study for a relevant postgraduate award. The course includes a range of course units shared with health professionals from a variety of other disciplines. Students are required to complete 60 credits for a PGCert (exit award) or 120 credits for a PGDip. Students will meet with the course director to plan out a pathway. Students completing 120 credits can, subject to meeting progression requirements, progress to MSc which enables them to explore, in-depth, a specific aspect of Health Professional practice, policy, research or education in the form of a 60 credit, 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. The course aims to: - Enable students to critically evaluate and apply aspects of contemporary health professional practice, policy, research and education, fostering positive values and attitudes that recognise and respect individual and cultural diversities and challenge discriminatory practice. - Equip students with in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to critically evaluate research and the evidence-base for health professional practice that promote optimal health and involve service users and carers in the delivery of care Develop students' abilities and skills for critically reflective practice, problem solving and creative ethical decision making. - Contribute to innovation, change and quality improvement in health professional practice at both individual and organisational levels by equipping students with a systematic and critical understanding of relevant knowledge, theoretical frameworks and advanced skills. - Enhance career development and lifelong learning in students in order to support safe practice and the maintenance and enhancement of appropriate standards of health professional practice. The course provides unique opportunities for interprofessional learning with a range of course units in which students from a different health care professions study core concepts and subjects together. Students thus benefit from interprofessional learning whilst at the same time being able to apply core knowledge and skills specifically to their profession and area of practice through their assessments. There is an extensive menu of course units available. Students participate in a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group work, student-led seminars, problem-based learning and online learning. In addition, students will be required to undertake independent study in order to further develop and consolidate their learning. Part-time students entering the PGDip or MSc will normally study one day per week to complete 60 credits per year as required for the award. An exit award of PGCert is available to students exiting after completion of 60 credits. A maximum of 30 credits of Individual course units can also be studied on a 'stand alone' basis. The course prepares students for advanced health professional roles in clinical management, clinical practice, teaching and research. For further details please refer to the MSc website.

This post qualifying course for qualified Allied Health Professionals is jointly delivered by the School of Psychological Sciences (SPS) and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work (NMSW) - administratively it is managed by NMSW. Both Schools are at the forefront of developments in Health Professional education and research having received excellent research ratings in UK Research Assessment...

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