The University of Wolverhampton

MScLymphoedema Care at Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton

Why choose this course?

Studying this award will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills in the principles and practice of holistic palliative/end of life care and you will have the opportunity to critically analyse local and national influences on care and their implications for service delivery.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) ratified proposals to make nursing an all-graduate profession which will come into effect as early as 2013. This historic move for nursing in the United Kingdom means that 'the minimum academic award for pre-registration nursing programmes will be degree'. Therefore, as seen with the development of Project 2000/RN Dip HE several years ago, student nurses qualified with a Diploma, in comparison to a Certificate. The demand for post-graduate modules will almost certainly increase.

Undertaking each of the modules within this course will allow you the opportunity to cover a variety of skills important for your development as a qualified health and/or social care individual, in a way which helps you to bring together theory and practice. As a graduate nurse you will reflect a knowledgeable and enterprising approach to health and social care and adopt a critical, analytical and imaginative approach to your practice.

This Masters Programme will equip you, as a health and social care professional, with the necessary skills and knowledge required to ensure the highest possible standards of lymphoedema care are provided to people with a life limiting progressive illness, including those with a malignant or non-malignant disease.

This Masters Programme also aims to enable practitioners to demonstrate expertise and advanced skills in the management of a case-load and/or healthcare staff in the support of people with lymphoedema.

This will be achieved by:

  • Enhancing and critically evaluating the quality and continuity of lymphoedema care;
  • Developing a reflective, expert professional who is able to facilitate critical inquiry and evaluation, challenging value systems in order to promote person-centred best practice for people who have lymphoedema care needs;
  • Expanding the boundaries of professional practice as a result of increased theoretical knowledge;
  • Developing critical insight and skills of evaluation of health and social policy frameworks and inter-agency collaboration required for the management of people requiring lymphoedema care;
  • Preparing individuals to display mastery within the role of leading and developing the complex practice within lymphoedema services, synthesising teaching, supervision, clinical audit and contributing to research/evidence based practice;
  • Critically evaluating the new generation of equalities legislation that is placing greater responsibility upon health care providers to promote equality and respect diversity.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course aims to meet professional development needs in both the health and social care sectors relating to the provision of palliative and end of life care.

  • There will be opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning; inter-disciplinary working is vital to employment within the increasingly integrated health & social care arena.
  • A friendly, helpful and student-focused team of academic and administrative staff.
  • The programme is delivered by subject specialists who are involved in significant education and advisory roles within health and social care locally, regionally and nationally, and who participate in national communities of practice, developing and sharing expertise across the UK and beyond.
  • Links and knowledge from local, national and international research initiatives undertaken in the School of Health and Wellbeing and the wider University research institutions.

Career path

This Award is aimed at supporting opportunities for health and social care professionals to function with confidence in contemporary healthcare. Lymphoedema is about working across existing boundaries, moving into a new area of professional care, and consolidating new roles for a range of health and social care professionals who are involved in supporting people with hereditary; progressive and/or incurable diseases. In line with the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions (DoH 2005), the award has been specifically designed to equip health and social care professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to constructively challenge, inform and lead the development of health and social care provision for people with a life limiting, progressive and incurable illness.

What skills will you gain?

  1. Develop a range of advanced communication skills to enable practitioners to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and other members of the multi-professional team
  2. Demonstrate a range of transferable academic, professional and personal skills appropriate to a career in lymphoedema care
  3. Develop advanced level skills in the critical appraisal of research and design, implement and evaluate a substantial piece of academic, or evidence based practice research within the field of lymphoedema care
  4. Demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of the drivers of service provision and improvement within lymphoedema care
  5. Demonstrate critically the ethical and philosophical principles of providing care to an individuals (and their significant others) with a life limiting progressive illness

Entry requirements

You must previously have studied and passed 120 credits at certificate level (level 4) or equivalent, 120 credits at diploma level (level 5) or equivalent and 120 credits at degree level (level 6) before commencing this course. If you think that you do not meet these criteria please check with your course leader immediately.

You should hold current registration as a healthcare professional and be employed in an appropriate setting with access to individuals with palliative/end of life care needs (e.g. hospital, hospice, nursing home, community etc.) Ideally, you should already have a clear understanding of the contemporary issues relating to the speciality and the impact of these upon care provision.

If English is not your first language you will need to have a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.

Course fees and finance

2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 321150 for further information.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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