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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advanced Practice (Radiotherapy and Oncology)

This course is specifically designed to support staff working in an extended role or at an advanced practice level in your clinical field allowing you to further develop your practice. It is made up of core and elective modules allowing you to tailor course content to reflect your evolving scope of practice, individual development needs and service requirements. Work within an online community of practitioners in similar roles offering support and sharing practice. This course is designed to help you develop a profile that satisfies both statutory CPD and professional body requirements.

Course description

If you are a practitioner working in an extended role or at an advanced practice level in your clinical field, this course is designed to help you develop your practice. You can tailor course content to reflect your evolving scope of practice, individual development needs and service requirements.

You critically evaluate theoretical perspectives and relevant research to help inform and underpin your clinical decision-making and develop your ability to work collaboratively across professional boundaries.

The course improves your independent and active learning ability, so you can

• advance your knowledge, understanding and skills

• review and enhance your own and others practice

• develop your management of complex issues and problems

• lead practice developments

It also supports and enables you to work towards developing a profile that satisfies professional body requirements for advanced practice (for UK practitioners) and statutory requirements for continuing professional development (CPD). This may also meet the requirements of advanced practice in other countries, which increases your employability and career potential. It is a requirement for all students to have a tripartite agreement with employer support to undertake the course. You must be in a role where there is an opportunity to practice advanced skills under the guidance and mentorship of someone appropriately qualified.

Study individual modules

You can study individual modules from this course that reflect your areas of specialism and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Professional recognition

The course is recognised by the College of Radiographers for the purposes of professional accreditation.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally you need one from

• a degree in therapeutic radiography

• a Diploma of the College of Radiographers (T) or equivalent study in therapeutic radiography

• an equivalent healthcare degree

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

You also need a letter of support from your line manager indicating that you are in an appropriate extended role in practice, have clinical support mechanisms and a mentor assigned.

We consider applicants on an individual basis. To be accepted, you need to satisfy the course leader that you have an ability to complete the course. A telephone conversation may be arranged with the course leader to discuss your role and the suitability of the course, before a place is offered. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

You must be prepared to be intellectually challenged and to reflect on your clinical practice and consider how it may be improved based on critical evaluation. You need to be motivated, able to contribute to the online discussion and debate, and be prepared to study independently to explore the research literature that underpins practice.

2018 entry requirements

Normally you need one from

• a degree in therapeutic radiography

• a Diploma of the College of Radiographers (T) or equivalent study in therapeutic radiography

• an equivalent healthcare degree

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

You also need a letter of support from your line manager indicating that you are in an appropriate extended role in practice, have clinical support mechanisms and a mentor assigned.

We consider applicants on an individual basis. To be accepted, you need to satisfy the course leader that you have an ability to complete the course. A telephone conversation may be arranged with the course leader to discuss your role and the suitability of the course, before a place is offered. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

You must be prepared to be intellectually challenged and to reflect on your clinical practice and consider how it may be improved based on critical evaluation. You need to be motivated, able to contribute to the online discussion and debate, and be prepared to study independently to explore the research literature that underpins practice.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Distance learning – 3 years. A mix of e-learning and work-based learning although you can study optional taught modules

Starts January and September

Typical modules may include

Course structure

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate certificate core modules

Expert practice (30 credits)
With the support of your workplace this module aims to formalise and validate your development as an expert practitioner. The module encourages you to take ownership of your advancing professional practice and academic learning, to support the development of your expert clinical practice. As part of this development critically reflect on non-standard and difficult/challenging cases and the decisions you make, you also demonstrate an in-depth understanding of inter-patient differences and how these influence your decisions. You develop a critical understanding of the legal, ethical and professional frameworks underpinning your practice and the influence these have on your role and responsibilities as an expert practitioner.

Plus a further 30 credits of optional module list below

Postgraduate diploma core modules

Advancing practice (15 credits)
This module explores your role as an advanced practitioner working within radiotherapy. You critically reflect on how you are contributing to the service and its development in terms leadership and management, education of others and/or research or service development focused activities.

By the end of the module you should be able to provide evidence of how you are working towards meeting the College of Radiographers criteria for becoming an advanced practitioner.

Research methods for practice (15 credits)
This module allows you to develop a critical understanding of a range of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and apply their use to specific health care scenarios. You are encouraged to critically appraise the appropriateness of a range of study designs and data collection and analysis methods, in relation to a specific research question(s).

Personalised study module or work-based learning for service development (15 credits)
The work-based learning module provides you with the opportunity to apply your academic and developing professional skills in a real world environment. You propose and undertake a package of work which directly relates to your scope of practice and/or client group.

For the personalised study module, you propose and undertake a package of work that is reflective of a more personal and individual area of interest. It may still be of relevance to your professional role, but this need not be informed and guided by priorities specific to your workplace.

Plus a further 15 credits from the optional module list below

Options

Informed consent in healthcare practice (15 credits)
This module aims to facilitate and support the active participation of health care practitioners in the informed consent process. It enables you to work with, and respond to, current policies and legal and ethical frameworks in practice. It also enables you to develop an increased awareness of the patient/carer perspective regarding the process of informed consent. You are encourage to critically reflect on this, and the principles and practice of information consent in the context of your scope of practice, helping to improve the service you and others deliver and enhance the patient experience of informed consent as a result.

Evidencing your CPD (15 credits)
This module enables you to gain academic credit following Continued Professional Development (CPD) activity by individually tailoring a learning plan for evidencing CPD that is specific to your own unique experience and personal and professional development. This module aims to promote a proactive approach to professional development planning which will refine and enhance your approach to documenting, recording and evidencing CPD.

Prostate cancer (15 credits)
This module aims to enable an in depth understanding of the current knowledge and evidence based findings on prostate cancer and its management. Content is very much patient centered, with specific reference to the patient journey and the physical and psychological impact of the disease and its management. Contemporary issues and approaches related to patient management and care will be discussed and critical reflection and evaluation of own and others clinical practice will be encouraged.

Technical advances in radiotherapy (15 credits)
This module provides you with an opportunity to extend and enhance your knowledge of key technical advances that are influencing and continually evolving the role of radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. This includes both current and future advances including topics such as, advanced immobilisation and breath hold techniques, proton therapy, stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), functional and biological targeting and much more. You develop a critical understanding of the key principles and evidence base underpinning these advances and how these may impact on the patient, the service and individual practitioners.

Image guided radiotherapy (15 credits)
Imaging is now an integral part of the radiotherapy process and is essential in ensuring the radiotherapy is planned and delivered in the most accurate way possible. Imaging plays a vital role in helping us to maximise the potential of radiotherapy, implement advanced techniques safely and ensure the best clinical outcomes for cancer patients. Embracing the move towards 4D adaptive radiotherapy, you explore the use of imaging throughout the whole radiotherapy pathway (localisation, planning and delivery) and this module allows you to explore the fundamental principles and best practice associated with a range of current and future imaging modalities. You develop a critical understanding of the evidence base underpinning these advances and how these may impact on the patient, the service and individual practitioners.

MSc

Dissertation (60 credits)
This module provides an opportunity to conduct a project that is of importance to your professional practice and of relevance to your own workplace or organisation, with the ultimate aim of influencing and impacting on the care provided to those using this service.

Assessment
  • demonstrate clinical competencies in your field of expertise
  • individually negotiated assignment
  • portfolio
  • select modules that support your areas of clinical specialism

Employability

Prepare for or develop and enhance advanced level practice or begin working towards consultant practice. Strengthening your ability to evidence and articulate your clinical skills and expertise may enable you to further your career in clinical practice in a variety of settings. This may include positions in teaching and research, both in the UK or internationally. You can also continue further study to professional doctorate or a PhD level.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £2,100 for 60 credits

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the MSc, 15 credits £535 or 30 credits £1,070

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £1,275 for a 30 credit module

2017/18 academic year

Typically £1,325 for a 30 credit module

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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