Practitioners with a Special Interest
This part-time MSc pathway comprises 180 credits in 2 parts.
The first part (120 credits) can be pursued in two ways:
1) Either through enrolment and successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma for Practitioners with a Special Interest which is run by NHS clinicians in Bradford
2) Or through presentation to a panel of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating equivalent competence-based study within the specialist area.
The second part of the pathway comprises two further modules, both of which require external clinical supervision:
Research in health and social care: an overview of research methods, including the development of a research proposal (20 credits)
A dissertation module, incorporating the research study itself (40 credits)
PG Dip for Practitioners with a Special Interest
This new suite of programmes provides competence-based training for GPs with a special interest, and other advanced-level practitioners, e.g. nurse consultants and specialist nurses. Each programme comprises three clinical modules and one service improvement module, and can be studied within 18 months on a part-time basis. The programmes are run by the NHS and are taught by specialist clinicians.
There are 7 mandatory teaching days in or near Bradford (off campus). All additional learning is work-based in the practitioner’s locality. A local hospital placement must be found for each module for a minimum of 14 sessions per module and supervised by a consultant in the area of interest.
The Postgraduate Diplomas are worth 120 credits. Those currently available are:
Respiratory Disease (subject to validation)
Gastroenterology (subject to validation)
For entry to the Postgraduate Diploma, practitioners must demonstrate interest and experience in their area of special interest, and have the support of the local specialist consultant (who will act as their mentor) and the support of the Primary Care Trust (PCT)
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission