About your course
Advanced practitioners in paediatrics are an innovative solution for an NHS that is currently facing unprecedented challenges
- Develop autonomous, reflective advanced paediatric practitioner's in ambulatory care
- Enables practitioners to systematically utilise advanced levels of knowledge in order to respond to complex challenges
- Provides a dynamic learning environment which enables the student to meet challenges flexibly and creatively in order to become a proficient practitioner
- A rigorous evidence base to ensure fitness for practice underpins Teaching and Learning
- Gain skills to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of minor injuries, illnesses and paediatric emergencies that commonly present in ambulatory settings
"Without a doubt one of the best and most challenging courses I've completed. It's not easy and requires dedication and determination and I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support and guidance of my tutors, who were there to help every step of the way"
Introduction to the School
The School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes.
Whatever your area of interest or career ambitions within the sector, the School's innovative training will provide you with the skills, confidence and competence to provide first class support to those in your care.
All of our programmes meet the needs of the current healthcare agenda and the growing demands of this ever-evolving sector for increasingly skilled healthcare professionals.
Each and every course is informed by the latest research, ensuring that when you study with us, you will be at the forefront of developments in the field, working alongside leading experts. Indeed, in the 2014 REF, 68% of LJMU's health-related research was considered world leading or internationally excellent.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Advanced practitioners in paediatrics are an innovative solution for an NHS that is currently facing unprecedented challenges requiring new ways of working and a systems-based approach.
There is also a growing evidence base that highlights areas in children’s health services that need a workforce innovation to be plugged into front-line settings, to improve in local access, quality, and child health targets; the advanced paediatric practice programme is specifically designed to be that innovation.
Management and development of the programme will involve the active participation of the Child Nursing team lead through partnership between the LJMU Programme Leader, Nick Medforth and Katie Barnes, an Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner with proven track record of excellence in teaching and learning, development of the advanced paediatric practice role and clinical practice excellence.
The programme follows a blended learning approach. This combines traditional teaching methods with opportunities for some attendance and access of learning resources at a distance through an on-line facility. This is consolidated through as well as classroom based discussion and critical reflection on case studies led by experienced clinicians.
Programme outline and structure
By studying this course, you will gain an:
- in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of paediatric advanced practice within a variety of ambulatory settings.
- in-depth knowledge of the pathogenesis of paediatric disease processes; (encountered in ambulatory paediatric practice); integration of the clinical manifestations of disease to the relevant pathophysiological mechanisms; and the subsequent relationships to assessment, diagnosis and management.
- advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving in the assessment and management of child illness and health.
- ability to explore, critically review, consolidate, extend and apply a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to paediatric advanced practice and the assessment and management of child health and illness in a variety of ambulatory settings
You will be able to recognise the boundaries of advanced professional roles and articulate the legal and ethical frameworks in which the Advanced Practitioner works.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. There may be some changes before you start your course.
Advanced Health Assessment in Paediatrics (20 credits)
To prepare the student to undertake and appropriately document a thorough health assessment across the age spectrum from neonates to adolescents.
Ambulatory Paediatrics 1: common problems in infants and young children (20 credits)
To prepare students to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of well and ill child issues that commonly present among infants and young children in ambulatory settings.
Ambulatory Paediatrics 2: Common problems in school-age children and adolescents (20 Credits)
To prepare students to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of well and ill child issues that commonly present among school-aged children and adolescents in ambulatory settings.
Ambulatory Paediatric Emergencies (20 credits)
To prepare students to assess, diagnose and manage a variety of paediatric emergency conditions and minor injuries that may present in ambulatory settings.
Research for Paediatric Advanced Practitioners (20 credits)
To provide a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of applied health and social research and to develop the skills necessary to plan and execute a research project that is relevant to their area of study.
Dissertation (60 credits)
To approach a research question you have devised systematically, enabling you to apply your developing research skills to the established evidence base that informs your practice, or a gap in the evidence base you have identified.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
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How will I be assessed?
Oral and written presentations, unseen examinations, written assignments, OSCE examination, clinical evaluation and clinical practice portfolio and Dissertation.
Staff research interests
Development of a portfolio (in place of a dissertation) which includes a number of pieces of work (including a systematic review of the evidence-base with regard to a clinical issue within paediatric advanced practice), that is designed to demonstrate independent learning, originality of thought, creativity and innovation with regard to advanced practice. A viva will be used to challenge/explore issues raised by the portfolio.
Staff research interests
Reflecting the wide variety of modules available on this programme, course tutors are involved in an extensive selection of research interests.
This research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in the field for:
- Children, young people and families
- Paediatric ambulatory care
- Paediatric emergency care
- Assessment of the sick child
- Community Partnership
- Quality of children’s service
- Clinical Governance
- Critical Illness
- Teaching and Assessment
Entry requirements (Home)
1) BA/BSc (Hons) in relevant field (2.2 or above) or evidence of potential to study at Masters Level
2) Registration as a health professional (nursing, allied health or medicine)
3) Physician Associate
4) Evidence of organisational support with protected study and placement time
5) Evidence of relevant workplace opportunities for clinical placements and evidence of relevant supervision and mentoring
Entry requirements (International)
Entry requirments are the same as for home students.
Application and selection
Candidates would need to have been identified for role development by their employers. They also need to have a clear commitment from their employer that they will be given study time and clinical hours to develop their skills. Any self-funded candidates would need to be a registered professional, and to demonstrate that they would have opportunity to meet the clinical hours on the programme within a suitable environment with a mentor.
No, but will be expected to provide evidence of clinical support
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU's Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught master's programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU's Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you've completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn't always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study. NHS funding for the programme may be available. Please discuss with the development lead within yourown organisation in the first instance.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students' Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don't have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU's Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
The intention is to recruit up to 12 seconded students each year with the potential to extend to further secondees and self-funders from across the region, UK and possibly internationally as future demand escalates.
There is currently no other UK provider of a programme based on this particular model. LJMU has a strong national reputation in providing Advanced Practice paediatric courses.
Katie Barnes, who will have oversight of the programme through the Cheshire and Mersey NHS Vanguard, is an Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner with proven track record of excellence in teaching and learning, development of the advanced paediatric practice role and clinical practice excellence.
Previous graduates are working across the UK as well as Australia.
Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes