This is a part-time course, which has been specifically designed so that it can be available to health and social care professionals from all over the country, to fit with the demands of fulltime employment. The Professional Doctorate usually consists of coursework and research and is credit based. The course structure is only offered in a part-time mode and is divided into two parts. The coursework component is designed to help build on professional expertise by exposing students to challenging and innovative ideas in their field.
This is the 'taught' component of the programme, which will equip students with the skills that they will need in preparation for Part 2. Part 1 consists of four units, namely:
- Professional Review and Development
- Advanced Research Techniques*
- Publication and Dissemination
- Proposal for Professional Research and Development
* Those with significant experience of research techniques will be offered the alternative opportunity of undertaking the Application of Research to Professional Practice Unit.
Assessment is by coursework (including preparation of an article for publication and a research proposal) and oral presentations. This should normally take between 18 and 24 months to complete.
This is the research and professional development component and comprises one or two pieces of practice-based research, linked with a commentary demonstrating the relevance of the research to both practice and the practitioner. The nature of this study may include pure basic research or applied research related, for example, to a management or educational setting. This should normally take between 18 and 36 months to complete.
Assessment will be by a thesis or portfolio of research, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination.
Examples of recent and successfully defended Research and Professional Development Unit Projects include:
- The feasibility of teleultrasound consultations in the training and supervision of General Practitioners with Special Interests (GPwSI) in prioritising patients presenting with benign prostatic hyperplasia and lower urinary tract symptoms: A pilot project.
- Setting up, piloting, implementing and reviewing a General Practitioners direct access service for the diagnosis of lower limb deep vein thrombosis.
- A model for the implementation of point of care testing facilities within an acute hospital environment.
- An illuminative evaluation of an older person’s outreach and support team in an acute general hospital.
- The gate keeping role of general practice nurses in accessing primary care for patients requesting unscheduled consultations.
- Optimisation of the diagnostic potential of coagulation assays for the laboratory diagnosis of lupus anticoagulants.
The University offers Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL), for applicants with previous learning experience and other academic achievement which could be taken into account for some of the units of study. Claims will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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