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    Advanced Clinical Practice (Paediatrics)

    School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health

    Expand the role you play in caring for babies, children and young people, and develop your knowledge, skills and leadership in paediatrics.
    Advanced Clinical Practice (Paediatrics) MMedSci

    Course description

    This course provides training for expanded primary and secondary care roles that focus on babies, children and young people. It is designed to build on the experience you have from working in paediatrics to become an advanced clinical practitioner in this area. The course can be taken as a standard degree programme or apprenticeship.

    You will cover all four pillars of advanced practice: clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research. You will gain advanced skills in anatomy, history taking and clinical examination, develop your understanding of evidence-based practice, learn how to deal with complex clinical situations and improve services, and cover the training necessary to become an independent prescriber.

    The programme is designed for working healthcare professionals. It is led by a multidisciplinary team of academics and practitioners who are experienced in supporting mature and distance learners. You will combine your university studies with work-based learning under the supervision of a local mentor who can support and assess your knowledge, skills and capabilities.


    All applications for 2024 entry must be received by 1 August.

    It can take up to six weeks for an offer to be made. Please do not contact us for a decision before this time has passed.

    Before you complete your University of Sheffield application, you must have been interviewed for and secured a trainee advanced clinical practitioner post. This will ensure you have the correct funding and supervision in place.

    After this, you will receive a link to a University of Sheffield online application form and be asked to download and complete our ACP admissions checklist. Your completed checklist and all required information should then be uploaded to the application form for your programme. Failure to do this will mean your application can not be considered.

    If you are applying for the Advanced Clinical Practice apprenticeship route, you must be employed by your organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week to undertake a job with training to recognised industry standards

    Professionals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council can apply if they already hold an independent prescriber qualification.

    Do you have a question? Talk to us

    Book a 15-minute online meeting with our programme lead to find out more information and ask further questions.

    Book an appointment with Elizabeth Mills  or email the ACP team at hss-acpcourse@sheffield.ac.uk.


    This programme is accredited by the Centre for Advancing Practice.

    Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice has been established to standardise post-registration education by accrediting advanced practice courses that achieve the standards outlined in the multi-professional Advanced Practice Framework.

    Practitioners who have completed accredited education programmes will be eligible to be listed on the Centre’s Advanced Practice Directory.


    A selection of modules is available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Paediatric Episode Management

    This module explores and identifies specialist paediatric knowledge to support the clinical management of common clinical episodes of care in children. The student will augment their advanced clinical skills of comprehensive history taking, assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic management of the sick child by reviewing children in their sphere of practice. The knowledge and skills related to different assessment foci will be explored so that client management and advanced clinical reasoning can be fostered alongside developing justification for differential diagnoses, investigations and treatments.

    15 credits
    Advanced Paediatric Assessment

    Advanced clinical skill development is a key feature of the advanced paediatric clinical practitioner role and the completion of this module will provide advanced paediatric clinical practitioner students with the relevant underpinning anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology knowledge to gain mastery in their role. The knowledge and expertise gained on this module will facilitate mastery and autonomy in comprehensive history taking, assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic management of the sick child. The knowledge and skills related to client management and advanced clinical reasoning will be fostered alongside developing justification for differential diagnoses, investigations and treatments.

    30 credits
    Evidence Based Practice (Online)

    This unit is designed to enable the student to consider sources of knowledge that impact on the development of health and social care practices. The nature of evidence and the skills of searching, retrieval, appraisal, utilisation, dissemination and implementation of evidence will be conceded in the light of health and social care service efficacy. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be offered to facilitate the development of the knowledge and skills required for evaluation of evidence in practice, culminating in the development of a defensible proposal to support practice/service enhancement.

    15 credits

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Open days

    An open day gives you the best opportunity to hear first-hand from our current students and staff about our courses.

    You may also be able to pre-book a department visit as part of a campus tour.Open days and campus tours


    3 years, part-time


    You will learn through lectures, skills workshops, simulations, seminars, case-based discussions, supervised clinical practice, tripartite reviews and reflection.


    You will be assessed through case presentations, reports, examinations including objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs), presentations, essays and a specialist electronic portfolio.

    Your career

    After successfully completing your course, there are a wide variety of roles you can pursue, including:

    • Nurse consultant
    • Research nurse
    • Matron
    • University teacher
    • Patient transport lead

    Past students have gone on to work in a variety of health settings such as the NHS, The Resuscitation Council and the Department of Health, as well as UK universities.

    Entry requirements

    You will:

    • have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in nursing or midwifery which is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (upload your certificate)
    • have a minimum of a grade 4/C in GCSE English Language and Maths or equivalent (please upload evidence of this to your application)
    • be a qualified, UK-registered healthcare professional, working in the pathway-specific area for a minimum of two years (upload your NMC certificate)
    • hold a current relevant employment contract in the pathway-specific setting for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 30 hours per week

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    Overall IELTS score of 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7 in each other component.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Fees and funding

    Apprenticeship route

    Full funding for the cost of the apprenticeship programme fee is available for levy-paying employers (up to the relevant funding cap).

    Partial funding for the cost of the apprenticeship programme fee is available for non levy-paying employers (up to the relevant funding cap). The government will fund up to 90 per cent of the apprenticeship programme fees



    To apply for this course, you must have been interviewed for and secured a trainee advanced clinical practitioner post. After this, you will receive a link to a University of Sheffield online application form and further instructions to complete your application.


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    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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