School of Health Sciences

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship develops highly skilled practitioners who demonstrate competence across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice - clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

 
Fact File
Qualifications MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
Duration Typically two and a half years
Entry requirements At least a 2:2 honours degree in a related subject.
 

Experience within a specialised area of clinical practice, which would normally be achieved through at least three years post-registration clinical practice.

Hold current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions.

Other requirements

Level 2 (equivalent to grades 4-9 at GCSE) or above in English and maths

Apprentices must be working in a job role that provides opportunities to learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship Standard.

Please note the apprenticeship route is only available to UK/EU/EEA nationals or apprentices that have lived and have had a right to work in the UK for 3 years or more and work a minimum of 50% of their time in England.

Start date  January 2022
Fees  £12,000
Nottingham Nottingham 
Faculty Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

 

Overview

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship is designed with NHS Trusts, and private and charity sector healthcare employers to meet the advanced clinical skills requirements of the healthcare industry. 

Advanced Clinical Practice apprentices will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to demonstrate expertise within the scope of practice, combining expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership. Apprentices will:

  • develop their skills in history taking, physical examination and clinical decision-making
  • develop their skills as an autonomous practitioner to lead, educate and develop the research skills synonymous with working as an advanced clinical practitioner
  • benefit from being taught by expert bio-scientists, anatomists and clinicians
  • study a multi-professional apprenticeship

Focusing on high-quality teaching with plenty of opportunities to develop clinical skills in a practical setting, our apprenticeship provides an educational structure that links to relevant competency frameworks and supports the NHS Career Framework. 

 

Who is the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship for?

This programme is designed for experienced clinicians working in a wide range of settings including: 

  • Healthcare services 
  • Community or integrated healthcare
  • Residential and community care 

Apprentices will be employed in a role that enables them to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of an Advanced Clinical Practitioner and will carry out their full range of duties concerning individuals’ physical and mental healthcare. Apprentices will have experience within a specialised area of clinical practice, which would normally be achieved through at least three years post-registration clinical practice. They must also hold current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions.

To discuss your employees suitability for the programme please contact our employer engagement team.

 

Full course details

This master’s-level apprenticeship is delivered via day release at our Nottingham Campus. Apprentices will undertake five modules (totalling 180 credits) including the end-point assessment (EPA). All apprentices must undertake an EPA which is a synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure apprentices meet the standard set by employers and are occupationally competent. End-point-assessments are graded and an apprenticeship certificate and the master's award will only be awarded after the end-point assessment is completed.

Clinical Supervisor

Before the start of the programme, each apprentice must identify a workplace clinical supervisor. The clinical supervisor will provide clinical guidance and support to the apprentice, helping to identify learning opportunities in the clinical environment and assist with the development of their competency portfolio. A clinical supervisor must be a consultant level doctor in the apprentice’s professional specialism. It may be possible to appoint a highly experienced, qualified advanced clinical practitioner as a clinical supervisor, however, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please speak to our employer engagement team about appointing a suitable clinical supervisor.

Features of the Advanced Clinical Practioer Degree Apprenticeship

Individual needs assessment

As part of the application and enrolment process, we will carry out an individual needs assessment. This will enable us to determine existing levels of skill and knowledge, and build a personal plan for each apprentice that will set out all the learning, tutorial support, and resources provided by the University.

Off-the-job training

During the programme, apprentices are required to spend 20% of their contracted hours on off-the-job activities that directly relate to their learning. Employers must support their apprentices in accessing this time and ensure that it is not captured as part of their usual work. 

Off-the-job learning comprises a range of development and learning activities, including lectures, clinical skill teaching, seminars, work-based projects, self-directed study and assessment preparation. As part of this 20%, apprentices have the opportunity to undertake projects within the organisation which aren’t part of their normal role but deliver real-time benefits back into the organisation.  

To find out more about off-the-job training and how to factor it into the working week, please contact our employer engagement team.

Contact days

Face-to-face teaching makes up some of the off-the-job training in this programme. This is delivered via day release at the University’s Nottingham Campus.

A calendar illustrating contact days for the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship programme is available by contacting our employer engagement team.

Assessments

Modules are evaluated by variety of assessment methods including:

  • Anatomy and physiology examinations 
  • Objective structured clinical examinations
  • Individual assignments
  • Presentations
  • Work-based learning projects 

Apprentices will undertake an end-point assessment (EPA) to achieve the government-approved standard for an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. The EPA consists of a multiple-choice knowledge test, a report on the apprentice’s work-based project and a professional discussion. 

Tripartite reviews

As part of our continued support for each apprentice, we carry out a mixture of face-to-face and online termly tripartite reviews between the employer, apprentice and the university. The aim is to formally assess progress in the academic programme and work-based learning.  

Support team

Each of our degree apprenticeship programmes is designed to include full support for the apprentice and the sponsoring employer. We provide:

  • An account manager to look after the employer relationship 
  • A degree apprenticeship officer to support each apprentice throughout the end-to-end programme
  • An assigned academic work-based mentor for each apprentice 
  • Workplace visits during the apprenticeship
  • A dedicated academic management project supervisor
 

 

 

Modules

Year one

History Taking, Physical Examination and Clinical Decision Making 1

This module considers:

  • Normal anatomy and physiology: cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine system
  • Mental health assessment, identification and management
  • Common diseases and their clinical presentations
  • How to take and present a systematic clinical history
  • How to conduct a comprehensive physical examination and present the findings
  • The abnormal clinical signs following a comprehensive clinical assessment
  • Epidemiological, demographic, social and political influences on health
  • Health promotion, behavioural change and wellbeing
  • Cognitive bias
  • Scope of practice
 
History Taking, Physical Examination and Clinical Decision Making 2

This module considers:

  • Normal anatomy and physiology: musculoskeletal and nervous systems. 
  • Common diseases and their clinical presentations.  
  • How to develop systematic clinical history taking. 
  • How to conduct a comprehensive physical examination and present the findings.
  • The abnormal clinical signs following a comprehensive clinical assessment.
 
 
Year two

Non-medical Prescribing 

This module enables apprentices to study one of the following options, dependent on their profession: 

  • Independent and supplementary prescribing 
  • Supplementary prescribing 
  • Preparing to prescribe for non-prescribing professionals 

Topics covered include: 

  • law, accountability and ethics of prescribing
  • prescribing in a public health context 
  • psychology of, and influences on prescribing 
  • prescribing in a team context 
  • consultation, decision making and therapy including referral 
  • pharmacology and therapeutics 
  • organisational leadership concerning prescribing

Read more about our non-medical prescribing modules.

 

Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio Project

This module runs throughout the second year of the apprenticeship. 

Apprentices are expected to engage in critical thinking and reflection to enable the integration of theory and practice to support competent, safe, high-quality healthcare delivery at an advanced level. They will critically evaluate current evidence to demonstrate advancement in clinical skills and knowledge including:

  • data collection
  • assessment and therapeutic modalities
  • leadership and collaborative practice
  • improving quality and developing healthcare practice for the self and others
  • gaining experience in integration of theory, research and clinical knowledge related to the goals of interdisciplinary health services and systems
 
 
Year three

Transition to Advanced Clinical Practice (Integrated End Point Assessment) 

This module concerns the integrated End Point Assessment (EPA) which is the final assessment in the apprenticeship. 

The EPA aims to support your transition into advanced clinical practice. It recognises that there are regional, national and international variations in how advanced practitioner roles are articulated and enacted, as well as variations across the different healthcare professions. Associated with these variants are also differing levels of professional autonomy.

The module will enable you to identify what advanced practice means within the context of your professional practice role, and how your advanced clinical practitioner role can improve the health outcomes of your specified client group.

 
 
 

Why choose the University of Nottingham?

The University of Nottingham is a pioneering university providing an exceptional research-led education and an outstanding student experience for its 45,000 students. 

Built on the ethos that education can unlock potential and transform lives, our graduates are among the most sought-after in the UK, consistently targeted by leading graduate employers. 

Working together, we equip your apprentices with the core knowledge, skills and behaviours your industry needs to compete and succeed at the highest level.

Apprentices will be taught by experts in their field who are passionate about advanced practice. Apprentices will be supported throughout the programme to aid their professional development into clinically competent practitioners

Benefits of our Degree Apprenticeships

Supporting your strategic priorities 

We work with local, regional and national businesses to understand strategic priorities and challenges. We develop specialist programmes that cost-effectively address industry skills gaps.

Increase productivity

Develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviours in your workplace with programmes that are backed by world-leading research. We are ranked eighth in the UK for research power with 97% of our research recognised internationally (REF 2014). 

Attracting and retaining talent 

As one of the world’s top 100 universities (QS), and part of the Russell Group, we support you to attract, develop and retain exceptional talent, whether new recruits or your existing workforce. Our apprenticeships offer exceptional early and mid-career employees the prospect of a world-class degree without the debt.

Careers and professional development

Invaluable to career progression this degree apprenticeship will enable apprentices to demonstrate expertise within the scope of practice, combining expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership. Successful completion of the degree apprenticeship programme will enable apprentices to demonstrate their skills as autonomous practitioners to lead, educate and develop the research skills synonymous with working as an advanced clinical practitioner.

Build networks

Allow apprentices to develop their networks by studying alongside apprentices from other leading UK businesses, and by joining the University of Nottingham alumni network. 

We have over 270,000 alumni in 190 countries, many of whom hold positions of influence all over the world. Our staff and students benefit from continuous investment in a world-class environment, which includes award-winning campuses and unrivalled facilities in both the UK and Asia.

 
 

Funding information for employers

Funding eligibility depends on the number of people you employ, your company’s annual payroll and the age of the learner. 

If you have a wage bill above £3 million, you can use your Apprenticeship Levy contributions to pay for the cost of the tuition fees. If you do not have sufficient levy payments to cover the full cost of tuition fees, you may be eligible for 95% government funding to cover the shortfall.

If you have a wage bill under £3 million, you can still access this programme for your employees. You may be eligible for 95% government funding. 

To find out more about the funding options available, and your eligibility, please get in touch with our degree apprenticeship team.

Find out more

For more information about this programme, please contact our dedicated Degree Apprenticeship Team

 

Apprentice wages

As an employee, apprentices are entitled to a wage and paid time off to study.

You will not have to pay Class 1 National Insurance for apprentices under 25.

 

School of Health Sciences

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