MMedSci Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner - NURT108

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Who is it for?

This is a newly developed programme for paediatric nurses who have been educated to degree level or who can demonstrate that they are able to study at masters level, and who have been working in a paediatric area for a minimum of two years.  It is for nurses who are demonstrating aspects of leadership and clinical expertise with a future role as a Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner.  Evidence of a first degree minimum 2.2 or equivalent in a relevant healthcare subject from an approved higher education institution.

What is it about?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is committed to providing opportunities for practitioners working within the context of paediatric nursing to advance both clinically and professionally.  This course equips paediatric nurses to advance their practice and to become future leaders of paediatric nursing practice playing a pioneering role in the multi-disciplinary team making pivotal decisions about practice, leadership and management.

Rationale for the award

As part of the post-graduate framework within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, this award enhances the existing advanced nurse practitioner programme.  The development of this award, has in part, been driven by NHS directives, in particular The European Working Time directive which was implemented in 2007.  This directive enforced restrictions on the working hours of junior doctors and has challenged staffing and resource needs within clinical nursing practice.  Additionally the NHS modernisation agenda embraced the concept of new ways of working and advanced nursing practice has been at the forefront of this development.  In response to the clinical demand and external drivers, the School of Nursing and Midwifery has developed this award that will pioneer the Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner (APNP) role and enhance the delivery of complex care offered to sick children and their families within a dynamic and constantly evolving health care agenda.

How will it advance practice?

During the course students will be actively involved in reflective professional conversations about clinical practice in workshops driven by real clinical scenarios complimenting clinical teaching and skill acquisition at the patients side. This approach will contribute to establishing critical thinking and mastery of broader contemporary knowledge, skills and attributes commensurate with their developing APNP role. A combination of theory and practice that encourages critical thinking, analysis and self awareness will prepare the students for working across traditional boundaries and learning how to deal with uncertainty that is inherent within the four pillars of advanced practice.


The teaching will be delivered by both university staff and clinical experts and will be in a range of styles: formal lectures; case study presentations and analysis, professional conversations with peers and reflective workshops

Overview of content

During the programme students will undertake modules which will give them the opportunity to gain mastery in what is a multi-dimensional clinical role.  Course modules include:

  • Year 1, level 7 (Core) - Paediatric Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning with Applied Pathophysiology
  • Year 1, level 7 (Core) - Work-based Learning in Specialist Practice
  • Year 1, level 7 (Core) - Advanced Paediatric Nursing:  Contemporary Clinical Practice
  • Year 2, level 7 (Core) - Research Methods
  • Year 2, level 7 (Core) - Evidence Based Practice
  • Year 2, level 7 (Core) - Nurse/Midwife Independent/Supplementary Prescribing
  • Year 3, level 7 (Core) - Critical Development of Clinical Practice

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.


You’ll develop a portfolio of learning, a skills log, undertake objective structured clinical exam, formative and summative EMSQs (multiple choice-style questions under exam conditions) and report writing.

Start Dates:

Introductory Day:  25 September 2019

Start Date:  01 October 2019

Tuition fees:

The annual tuition fee for 'home' self funding or sponsored students for the academic year 2019/20 is £3,333. LBR funding may be available, subject to eligibility and availability. Please refer to our funding pages for further information.

Important: HEYH Multi professional advanced clinical practitioner funding

If you believe that you are funded by Health Education England, you will need your unique reference number, which will have been sent to you as part of the application process.  If you have received confirmation from Higher Education Yorkshire & Humber of Multi professional advanced clinical practitioner funding, please complete the PG Application form only. You do not need to complete the fees and funding form.

Our Campus and How We Use It:

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments, central teaching space and at Samuel Fox House, Northern General Hospital.

Contact us

Programme Lead:  Sara Morris

Telephone: 0114 222 2041


Admissions Office

Telephone:  0114 222 2030