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 practice commensurate with a future role as an APNP.

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?

A dynamic combination of theory and practice will equip the student with the knowledge and skills to develop critical thinking and a mastery of the broader contemporary knowledge commensurate with their developing APNP. A combination of theory and practice will prepare students to work effectively across traditional boundaries within the four pillars of advanced practice.

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:

  • Paediatric Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning with Applied Pathophysiology
  • Work-based Learning in Specialist Practice
  • Advanced Paediatric Nursing:  Contemporary Clinical Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Non-Medical Prescribing

Modes of assessment

Observed Structured Clinical Exam
Short answer exam paper and MCQ;s
Independent Learning Pathway and Bespoke Skills Log
Health Assessments Skills Inventory with Extended Health Assessment
Report writing

Start Dates:

Introductory Day:  19 September 2018

Start Date:  25 September 2018

Tuition fees:

The annual tuition fee for 'home' self funding or sponsored students for the academic year 2017/18 is £2,830 and for the academic year 2018/19 is £3,033. LBR funding may be available, subject to eligibility and availability. Please refer to our funding pages for further information.

Contact us

Programme Lead:  Jenny Longden 

Telephone:  0114 222 2073



Telephone:  0114 222 2030