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Advanced Practice Paediatrics

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: N/A
Home cost per credit: £33.00
International full time annual tuition fee: N/A

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Course type



Nursing and Allied Health

Study mode

Part Time

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

​The core modules were well developed and delivered. They covered a range of issues that I have used extensively in my clinical and academic career.​

​Vicky Nash, Graduate of previous Advanced Practice Neontatal Practitioner programme

"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"

Rayanna Bailey, Graduate of previous Advanced Practice Paediatrics programme

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.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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
  • Transition
  • Community Partnership

  • Quality of children’s service
  • Disability
  • Clinical Governance
  • Pharmacology
  • Critical Illness
  • Dementia
  • 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.

Will I be interviewed?

No, but will be expected to provide evidence of clinical support


6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

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 loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing epayments 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:-

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

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.

Graduate employment

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.​

International study

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

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