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Duration

Part time, 1-2 years, flexible duration

Application Deadline

01 June 2020

Location

St George's, University of London and Kingston University

UK and EU

Not open to non-EU (international) citizens

  • Application deadline: applications should be submitted at least 8 weeks before the start of each module.

  • Workforce development course: open to employed professionals within health and social care.

Healthcare Practice GradCert is a clinically focussed award, aimed at the increasing number of existing healthcare graduates who are either newly qualified practitioners, new to the area of practice or who require further study prior to embarking on level 7 studies.

We offer a range of 13 Graduate Certificates to suit a variety of needs and clinical specialities, each comprising 60 credits at level 6. Students may be able to claim exemption for up to 30 credits towards the award, through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) mechanism.

This course is currently offered through a partnership with Kingston University, the Joint Faculty of Health Social Care and Education. For students enrolling from 2022, the course will be delivered through a structure which is the sole responsibility of St George's, University of London, our Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education. There will be no impact on the teaching or the award of the degree. See further information.

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Highlights

  • We share our main campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK, so you will be integrated into a professional healthcare environment when attending the site.

  • Taught in partnership with Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s.

The wide variety of Grad Certs available and the recognition of prior learning (RPL) allowance provide maximum flexibility to suit individual needs.

Fees

There is a modular, pay-as-you-go fee structure.

The table below highlights the additional course-specific costs related to this degree. Visit the additional course-related costs for more information on general costs to consider alongside your studies. 

Additional cost

Description

Recognition of Prior Learning

 

RPL costs will be charged at £200 per module.

 

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

Applicants to the programme will normally be required to meet all of the following criteria.

  • Hold a recognised healthcare-related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification).

  • Hold an honours or ordinary degree qualification (or equivalent).

  • Have at least six months post-qualifying practice experience. Module-specific entry requirements will apply to some modules and these are indicated in the module outlines.

To obtain the graduate certificate, you will be expected to accumulate 60 level 6 credits from 15 and/or 30 credit modules, over a 1-2 year period. You may also be able to claim an exemption for up to 30 credits towards the 60 level 6 credits required for the award, through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) mechanism. Learn more about the RPL fee.

The following 13 Graduate Certificates are offered.

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Personalised GradCert

Acute Care GradCert

GradCert Healthcare Practice (Acute Medicine)

Compulsory Modules                                                                             

Credits 

Acutely Unwell Adult

 30

Acute Medicine in Practice

 30

 

Healthcare Practice (Cardiac Care) GradCert 

Modules

Credits

Cardiac Care: Principles and Practice                                                     

 30

Cardiac Care: Specialist Practice

 30

 

Healthcare Practice (Emergency care) GradCert

Modules 

Credits

Acutely Unwell Adult                                                                            

 30

Emergency Practice

 30

 

Healthcare Practice (Intensive care) GradCert

Modules

Credits

Intensive Care Patient Assessment                             

30 

Intensive Care Patient Management

30

 

Healthcare Practice (Perioperative Care) GradCert

Modules 

Credits

Perioperative Practice                                                    

 30

Plus 30 credits free choice from the following list:                                       

Anaesthetic Practice

 30

Post-anaesthetic Care: Principles and Practice

 30

Theatre Practice

 30

 

Healthcare Practice (Psychosocial Interventions) GradCert

Compulsory Modules                                                                             

Credits

Recovery Oriented Care in Mental Health                                         

 15

Psychosocial Assessment

 15

Psychosocial Interventions

 30

 

Healthcare Practice (Renal Care) GradCert

Modules

Credits

Renal Dialysis: Principles of Care

 30

Renal Dysfunction: Complexities of Care                                               

 30

Community and Integrated Care GradCert

Healthcare Practice (Community and Integrated Care) GradCert

Modules - 60 credits free choice from the following list           

Clinical reasoning in physical assessment; lifespan perspectives

Community and public health

Dementia care - improving practice

Dementia care - skilled practice

Diabetes care

Hospital avoidance: managing complexity

Leg ulcer management

Minor illness - assessment and management

Minor injury management

Practice nursing - an introduction

Pressure ulcers: prevention and management

Telephone healthcare assessment: discharge planning, referral pathways and risk

Tissue Viability

Wound management and tissue repair

Maternal and Child Health GradCert

Healthcare Practice (Children's Critical Care) GradCert

Modules

Credits

Acutely Ill Child*

 15

Applied Pathophysiology in Children*                                                              

 15

Critically Ill Child

 30

 

Healthcare Practice (Neonatal Critical Care) GradCert

Modules

Credits

Applied Neonatal Pathophysiology**

 15

High Dependency Neonatal Care

 15

Neonatal Special ad Transitional Care**                                                          

 15

Neonatal Intensive Care

 15

 

Healthcare Practice (Child Health) GradCert

Modules

Credits

Acutely Ill Child*

15

Adolesence - Transition to Adulthood

15

Applied Neonatal Pathophysiology**

15

Applied Pathophysiology in Children*

15

Children with Complex and Continuing Care Needs 

15

Children with Trauma and Burns

15

Examination of the Newborn

30

Fertility and Fertility Control

30

High Dependency Neonatal Care

15

Neonatal Special and Transition Care**

15

Palliative Care for Children, Young People and Families

30

Safeguarding Children - An Interdisciplinary Approach

15

 Urgent Care for Children

15

 

Healthcare Practice (Midwifery Practice) GradCert

Modules - 60 credits free choice from the following list: 

Credits

Applied Neonatal Pathophysiology**

15

Examination of the Newborn

30

Fertility and Fertility Control

30

High Dependency Issues in Maternity Care

15

Neonatal Special and Transitional Care**

15

Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives

30

Safeguarding Children - An Interdisciplinary Approach                                      

15

 

*Applied Pathophysiology in Children can be taken as a stand-alone module; however it is a co-requisite to the Acutely Ill Child.

**Applied Neonatal Pathophysiology can be taken as a stand-alone module; however, it is also a co-requisite to Neonatal Special and Transitional Care.

For a full breakdown of the modules that can be completed as part of the graduate certificates view the Kingston and St George's joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education website.

Modules are taught at either the St George's of Kingston Hill campuses.

Candidates must complete a direct application form for each module they wish to take.

How to apply:

Start dates for level 6 modules and further information regarding modules and the application process can be found on the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education website.

The closing date for module application submission is usually 8 weeks before the start of each module.

For any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) questions, please contact hscerpel@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Get your shot 
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others.
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  2. Wear a mask
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus and available on site.
  3. Make space
    • Keep your distance when possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  4. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study.

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any changes to the content of the undergraduate healthcare practice programmes (DipHE Healthcare Practice, BSc Healthcare Practice, GradCert Healthcare Practice). We have made some changes to the mode of delivery, with an increased proportion of online learning.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver the programme without changes to the content.

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Module changes

 

Module/component

Academic year to which the change applies

Description of change

Acutely Unwell Adult

2020/21

End of module examination changed to question type essay paper:

Students will be provided with a patient scenario, clinical and biochemical data and two questions, covering the following:

·         Question 1: assessment of the acutely unwell patient

·         Question 2: management of the patient (using the Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability and Exposure methodology to structure both responses).

Trauma Care

2020/21

End of module changed to a written assignment (3,500 words in total).

Assignment to include, in addition to the current essay requirement (3,000 words), a case study (500 words) which will be presented as a preface to the main essay. Using the case study, as an illustration, the student will demonstrate within the main body of the assignment breadth of knowledge and critical analysis of the evidence base, applied to initial clinical assessment and decision-making related to the polytrauma patient.

Intensive Care Patient Assessment

2020/21

End of module examination changed to question-type essay paper:

Students will be provided with a patient scenario of a critically ill patient, clinical and biochemical data and three questions with individual weightings:

1.       Critically analyse the assessment data in relation to the case scenario taking into consideration the underlying pathophysiology. (40%)

2.       Critically discuss the assessment methods used to ensure the accuracy of the data obtained, including the possible direction of errors, and debate their limitations. (30%)

3.       Identify other sources of information that could aid the assessment process providing an evidence-based rationale for your suggestions. (30%)

Post Anaesthetic Care

 

2020/21

Current assessment: Unseen exam

Anticipated assessment change: Written assignment – awaiting confirmation and approval.

12-lead ECG Interpretation

2020/21

End of module examination changed to Clinical logs:

Part 1 – Four clinical logs: Students will complete 4 clinical logs relating to four patients’ ECGs that they have observed/assessed in clinical practice. Through these, students will demonstrate an ability to recognise the ECG patterns of a range of clinically important cardiac conditions and the ability to analyse the ECGs using a published ECG analysis tool.

Part 2 – Evidence-based review of one clinical log: Selecting one clinical log for elaboration, students will provide a discussion of the patient’s ECG, supported by a short, critical review and appraisal of published evidence. This will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrophysiology and pathophysiology.

There will be a word count of a maximum of 3,000 words (250 words for each practice log and 2,000 words for the literature review).

Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment

2020/21

End of module OSCE changed to clinical logs

Two clinical logs recording patient assessments and decision-making, which the student has undertaken in practice. These will be assessed by the student’s practise assessor.

Applied Pathophysiology in Children

2020/21

End of module examination changed to online essay questions:

Students will be provided with a patient scenario, clinical and biochemical data and two questions covering the following:

·         Question 1: Critically discuss the pathophysiology of a child health care issue and the care/management of the child/family with underpinning physiological rationale/concepts to support.

·         Question 2: Analyse and critically discuss the biochemical data provided within the scenario.

Cardiac Arrhythmias

2020/21

End of module examination changed to essay questions

Students will be provided with three scenarios with patient history and rhythm strips. They will be asked to analyse the rhythm strips using a published ECG analysis tool, then relate their findings to cardiac anatomy and physiology. Students will also be required to develop a management plan to safely care for the patient, demonstrating an understanding of evidence-based pharmacological or invasive management of the patient.

Applied Neonatal Pathophysiology

2020/21

Usual assessment: Unseen exam

Anticipated temporary assessment change: Online essay/MCQ style questions – awaiting confirmation and approval.

Supporting vulnerable students

A large proportion of module content will be delivered online, and live online lectures will be recorded. Module leaders will provide online assessment supervision/tutorials.

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

In the autumn term, most modules will be delivered online. This may continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow a greater proportion of on-site teaching. Modules that have skills/clinical components will be delivered by blended learning (online and face-to-face teaching). For example, Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment: Lifespan Perspectives combines online learning with face-to-face, on-site teaching of physical assessment skills. These skills are further developed and practised in the student’s own place of employment.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

At this stage, we expect to deliver the modules/course within the planned timescales, to enable successful students to progress without delay. Although some assessments (mainly exams) are designed to be taken on-site, we have developed an alternative assessment strategy to enable you to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus.

The programme does include modules with practical/skills elements that are delivered in practical/cubicle teaching rooms. These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures in place.  There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we may need to change the mode of delivery of practical components of the programme to protect the safety of students.

Some modules within the programme (e.g. Minor Injuries; Minor Illness; Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) require students to undertake a negotiated placement/practice experience in order to achieve the clinical competencies. In the event that students are unable to negotiate the required practice experience due to Covid-19, extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments which might include essays, reflective essays, reports, oral presentations, dissertations and poster presentations.

Modules with formal written examinations or practical examinations (e.g. OSCE) were temporarily replaced by alternative assessments in 2019/20, to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus. For example, formal examinations were replaced by written essay-style answers and OSCEs replaced by clinical logs (see above). We anticipate this approach will continue during the early part of the 2020/21 academic year, possibly longer, until government advice on social distancing changes.

Award

The Healthcare Practice programme (Grad Cert/DipHE/BSc) is not an accredited programme and we are not implementing any changes that will impact on the qualifications awarded.

The module ‘Independent/Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives’ (NMC approved) will be delivered online. This will not affect professional accreditation.

Location of study

In the autumn term, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, most modules will be delivered online. This may continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year, until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow a greater proportion of on-site teaching.

Modules that have skills/clinical components will be delivered by blended learning (online and face-to-face teaching). Face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on-site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

Consenting to these changes

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

Part time, 1-2 years, flexible duration

Application Deadline

01 June 2020

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