Continuing Professional Development

PgCert, PgDip and Masters

We offer a wide range of exciting and innovative Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and Masters (MSc) courses, which will enable you to meet both your personal and professional developmental goals. 

Select a course you are interested in to read more information:

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PgCert/PgDip/MSc Professional Practice

This course has been designed for healthcare practitioners who have recently qualified/working in a new practice area and wish to enhance their clinical skills and knowledge.

The MSc pathway has two compulsory modules (Research methods and Dissertation) with students choosing the remaining modules for the degree.

Why study this course at UWL?
  • You can opt for one of three awards; PgCert, PgDip or the MSc.
  • First module (maximum of 20 academic credits) can be studied at Level 6.
  • PgCert/PgDip is made up entirely of option modules - you choose modules relevant to your area of clinical practice.
  • You can opt for a badged award in one of the following areas:
    • Complex Mental Health Needs
    • Acute Care
    • Frail and Older People
    • Intensive/Critical Care
    • Out of Hospital Care
    • Dementia and Nutrition
    • Midwifery
    • Substance Misuse
    • Children and Young People

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Contact us

For more information, please contact Claire Anderson, Head of Post Qualifying Education, claire.anderson@uwl.ac.uk.


MSc Nursing

This course has been designed for nurses who have completed a pre-registration PgDip in Nursing course at the University of West London and wish to 'top-up' their award to a Masters degree.

You will usually complete two modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
Why study this course at UWL?
  • Innovative modes of delivery.
  • Inter-professional learning and working.
  • Undertake a primary piece of research and make a difference to the delivery of care/patient experience.

For further information please refer to the course webpage.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Claire Anderson, Head of Post Qualifying Education, claire.anderson@uwl.ac.uk.


MSc Advanced Practice

This course has been designed for health/social care practitioners preparing to/undertaking an advanced practice role.

You study core modules in years one and three and optional modules during year two.

Why study this course at UWL?
  • You can opt for a badged award in one of the following areas:
    • Leadership
    • Midwifery
    • Mental Health
    • Infection Prevention and Control
    • Healthcare Education
    • Substance Misuse
  • Innovative modes of delivery.
  • You will develop and maintain an advanced practice portfolio as part of the course.
  • Interprofessional learning and working.

For further information please refer to the course webpage

Contact us

For more information, please contact Catherine Lynch, Course Leader, catherine.lynch@uwl.ac.uk.


PgCert/PgDip/MSc Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (THORN Accredited)

This course has been designed to equip mental health practitioners with the knowledge, skills and competencies to work collaboratively with service users, who have a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions.

Why study this course at UWL?
  • This skills focused course has been updated and revalidated in partnership with our Trusts to ensure it meets current service need and will be delivered in the 2014/15 academic year.
  • You can opt for the PgCert/PgDip/MSc* award.
  • An option module has been introduced providing an opportunity to focus on acute or longer term mental health care.
  • Assessments enable you to develop both the practical skills and knowledge you need to work effectively with this client group.
  • The course leader is a Lecturer Practitioner, ensuring a contemporary practice focus.

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*This course is also available at degree level – BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis

Contact us

For more information, please contact Nicki Moone, Course Leader, nicki.moone@uwl.ac.uk.


PgCert Strategic Workforce Planning

Workforce planning is recognised as one of the key development areas in health and social care. Effective workforce planning not only benefits good patient care, but can play a key role in helping to meet service and productivity targets by ensuring the right people are in the right jobs at the right time.

However, if workforce planning is to be effective in the health and social care sectors, it is important to develop the skills of the people responsible for achieving it.

Why study this course at UWL?

Until recently, there has been limited provision of workforce planning training and education at a national level. The PgCert in Strategic Workforce Planning was developed in response to the increasing demand for specific training and education of those involved in workforce planning.

The pathway consists of three modules:

  • The Context of Strategic Planning
  • Workforce Planning for Service Improvement
  • Leading Workforce Planning

Participants who successfully complete the PgCert can build on these credits to gain the MSc Strategic Workforce Planning.

For further information please refer to the course webpage.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Dr Deirdre Kelley-Patterson, Course Leader, deirdre.kelley-patterson@uwl.ac.uk.


MSc Improvement Science

This course is delivered by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London, specialists in improvement science and is designed for experienced qualified healthcare staff, working both in the UK and internationally.

It will provide you with a high level of pragmatic research capability and knowledge that is directly applicable to your professional setting and workplace. Professionals with an independent, proactive, problem solving attitude with extensive knowledge bases, are highly sought after in the workplace, and valued by employers.

Why study this course at UWL?

The CLAHRC delivered course focuses on:

  • Understanding care from the perspective of patients and carers through engaging patients and members of the community with the design and development of care
  • Bringing research more rapidly into everyday practice, utilising rapid-cycle research, improvement methodologies and rigorous evaluation of clinical and cost effectiveness
  • Adopting an industrial standard of quality in healthcare services through utilising information to drive evidence-based implementation and support evidence-based practice
  • Increasing staff capacity to implement change and improvements across professional and organisational boundaries. As such the course will enable you to meet the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) agendas.

Modules

The modules will provide you with the skills, competence and underpinning knowledge to be truly effective in your role and build your capability to apply the latest improvement models and tools to your work.

  • Leading and Sustaining Improvement
  • Engaging others in Improvement
  • The Policy context of Improvement
  • 40 credits of option modules focusing on current issues of organisational and/or professional relevance.
  • Evidence-based Improvement Methods
  • Improvement Project.

For further information please refer to the course webpage.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Dr Rowan Myron, Course Leader, rowan.myron@uwl.ac.uk.