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Professional Development Framework

Professional Development Framework Courses

Designed to support healthcare and healthcare science professionals to work towards a post qualifying award by undertaking units of study building on your work experience and qualifications to enhance your career progression.

Developed in partnership with a number of healthcare organisations to ensure that it meets their workforce development requirements. If you’re looking to work at a higher level within your existing field these courses might be for you.

Learn under the guidance of working professionals and experts of their disciplines, add valuable contemporary skills to your real-world experience. These courses are flexible so that you can complete them alongside your existing work and lifestyle. If you’re looking to widen your career opportunities and gain additional skills to complement your existing health sciences experience, these could very well be the courses for you.

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Identifying, Assessing & Managing Mental Health Issues

Enhance your understanding of the identification, assessment and management of patients who present with a range of mental health issues.

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Workplace Supervision – Supporting Health and Social Care Professionals

High quality supervision for healthcare professionals is essential for supporting the development of confidence and capability and underpins patient and practitioner safety.

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Medicines Management for Healthcare Professionals

Enhance your understanding of medicines management to maximise your patients benefit. This standalone unit will develop your knowledge of pharmacological interventions to allow you to empower your patients to make informed choices and promote autonomy.

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Driving Change by Supporting Workforce Transformation

The Centre for Workforce and Systems Innovation aims to drive positive change in healthcare systems.

We promoting knowledge exchange, and offering comprehensive professional development programs for healthcare professionals, healthcare educators, healthcare leaders and policymakers.

Professional Development Framework Units

You can take units of study over a period of five years to complete your award, which may be a PGCert (60 credits), PG Dip (120 credits)  or an MSC (180 credits) – not applicable to MSc ACP. The delivery of the units is designed to fit around your working life, taking one unit at a time. You can choose from a variety of units in various subjects, some specialist and others generic in nature, building an award to reflect your professional career.  

Students wishing to progress to the full MSc will be required to take 60 credits of core units, consisting of 2 units. The first is Research Methods (20 credits) followed by a dissertation (40 credits) or a Service Improvement for Healthcare (40 credits). The decision of pathway may be discussed with your employer/sponsor (if appropriate) and your academic supervisor. NHS applicants may be eligible for funding through their employing organisation. Applicants for the full MSc may be eligible for a Post-Graduate Loan.   

Take your career further with our tailored Professional Development Framework courses


– With over 50 years’ experience in musculoskeletal health and wellbeing, we are a specialist provider of health sciences subjects, offering excellent specialist facilities, equipment, teaching and research.


– We recognise the industry’s need for high-quality health care workers. Our multi-disciplinary environment gives you the experience, key skills and knowledge to take away and apply directly into practice.

Close-Knit Community

– Be amongst likeminded individuals, collaborate and take your place in our close-knit community of health sciences students, researchers, academics and practitioners.

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More than just study

There’s always something to keep you busy when you’re not studying, whether it’s catching up with friends in our on-campus gym or bar, or getting involved in our clubs and societies.

With an active Students’ Union there’s loads you can do to make the most of your university experience. We know health and well-being is important, so you’ll also get free treatment in the training clinic. And best of all, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who all care about the same things you do.


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