Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation MSc
2016 - 2017
Master of Science
Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation
Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation
University of Chester
University of Chester
Full-time and Part-time
Classroom / Laboratory,
1 year (FT), 2-4 years (PT)
Annual - September
Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences
Clinical Sciences and Nutrition
QAA - Health care subjects
Embedded in the course with some modules are BACPR courses, which provide CPD attendance certificates.
Recognised in relation to Associations' criteria for CPD towards advance certifications:
British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation;
The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation;
British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Clinical Sciences and Nutrition in Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences
Saturday 1st January 2011
Provides opportunity for healthcare professionals to update their knowledge, understanding and skills and improve their capacity to contribute effectively to the promotion of evidence-based practice in cardiovascular health and rehabilitation.
Meets the market demand for professional development opportunities and qualifications in cardiovascular health and rehabilitation for health professionals that will help hospitals and primary care service providers fulfil the national UK targets and aims.
Provides postgraduate education and vocational opportunities for those aspiring to work in this rapidly developing and high profile field.
Provides a framework for the development of collaborative inter-professional learning in the context of cardiovascular health, disease prevention and rehabilitation.
Offers practitioners opportunity to develop professionally and academically their understanding of the theoretical principles and related practical applications which underpin cardiovascular health and rehabilitation services and programmes.
Offers opportunity for the completion of a major item of independent research study leading to potential for publication.
Throughout all modules
A range of academic subjects (medicine, physiology, exercise science, nutrition & dietetics, psychology etc) are considered in the context of a major health care issue.
Theoretical matters are related to professional practice throughout
Throughout all modules
Modules that focus on policy and action with respect to cardiovascular health and rehabilitation provide opportunity to consider authentic examples in context.
A problem-based approach is adopted for a number of the modules and critical analysis is required throughout.
The programme is grounded in current research and offers the opportunity for individual in-depth consideration of a topic of contemporary importance.
Practical Skills Modules XN7402, XN7403, XN7414 and other options from other MSc programmes in Nutrition and Exercise Science
Laboratory classes, clinical practice procedures and exercise physiology activities are included in certain modules.
Data collection and analysis is central to the programme.
Research methodologies will be explored to provide the basis for the development of a sound research project suitable for the construction of a Masters' level dissertation and possible publication.
Plus organised and structured learning volunteer/optional/non-credit clinical experience placements within local and regional cardiac rehabilitation programmes
Transferable Professional Skills
Although not designed as a professional qualification the programme includes the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of professional skills of relevance to practise within the field of cardiovascular health and rehabilitation.
Throughout all modules
Application of Number
Information Literacy and Technology
Improving own learning and performance
Working with others
The MSc involves the study of 5 core modules (to include Research Methods), one option module and a research project.
The PgDip involves the study of five core modules and one option modules.
The PgCert involves the study of two core modules and one option module.
Each module comprises 200 notional hours of total student study time which is split broadly as below:
25-30 hrs intensive course of lectures, seminars, group discussions, laboratories and practical activities (delivered over three or four days)
15hrs of practical activities or work experience and support tutorials
160hrs of directed self-study within which students prepare an assignment using the Module Resource Pack (printed and electronic), library and on-line learning resources, primary research journals and national and international professional guidelines, standards and scientific position statements. The specific assignment requirements are set out in the module descriptors but are each equivalent to a 4000 word written assignment.
Each module is worth 20 Level 7 Academic Credits.
The course meets the requirements of FHEQ for students working at Level 7, notably:
students will gain a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice.
students will continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level and will have:
the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, professional development and/or academic practice and research
the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development
MSc and PG Diploma students may study one optional module from other complementary programmes offered by the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition (MSc Exercise & Nutrition Science, MSc Obesity and Weight Management and MSc Diabetes Management) subject to the agreement of the programme leader. Relevant modules are as follows:
PG Certificate students may select optional modules from other complementary programmes offered by the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition (MSc Exercise & Nutrition Science, MSc Obesity and Weight Management) subject to the agreement of the programme leader. The list of relevant modules is as given above.
Cardiovascular Psychology, Health Behaviour and Education
MSc - 180 credits at Level 7 (5 core module, 1 option modules plus research project) PgDip - 120 credits at Level 7 (5 core modules plus 1 option module) PgCert - 60 credits at Level 7 (2 core modules plus 1 option module)
Students will normally have a first degree in an appropriate subject.
Students will be from a range of academic and professional health backgrounds including doctors, nurses, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, sport, exercise and health or biological sciences etc.
An increasing number of students are newly qualified graduates with degrees in a related subject aiming to increase their employment potential
Across all modules
Although no formal benchmarks apply to studies in cardiovascular health and rehabilitation, those suggested by QAA for health care subjects are applied as follows:
A1 Professional autonomy and accountability
During practical sessions and if on voluntary placement:
Maintain the standards and requirements of the BACPR, ACPICR and BASES
Adhere to relevant codes of conduct of Skills for Health, Skills Active, BASES, Royal Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences
Understand the legal and ethical responsibilities of professional practice in cardiovascular health and rehabilitation, the NHS and or of any other service provider
A2 Professional relationships
To be able to work effectively with nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, exercise scientists and practitioners, and or those in related supervisor or management roles
To be able to with voluntary groups and patients such as heart patient support groups, or as a committee member of national bodies relation cardiovascular health and rehabilitation
A3 Personal and professional skills
Patient counselling and screening skills both subjective and objective linked with the 5 components of care; Lifestyle (Diet, Exercise, Smoking), Psychosocial (expect and recognise anxiety, depression, mood disorders), assess cardiovascular risk factors (blood pressure, lipids, anthropometrics, physical activity, exercise capacity)
Collect information on the above in a coherent manner upon which others can make decisions
Understand how the evidence underpins national guidelines for cardiovascular health and rehabilitation and the limitations of the evidence (quality, practicalities of translating into practice)
Be trained in emergency and resuscitation skills
A4 Profession and employer context
Understand how cardiac rehabilitation is funded in the UK and the link between national, regional and local organisations in primary, secondary and tertiary care
B1 Identification and assessment of health and social care needs
Practical implementation of A1-A3 in an organised and sensitive manner, with empathy and confidence taking a patient centred approach
B2 Formulation of plans and strategies for meeting health and social care needs
Respect and implement the BACPR goals of working towards developing patient self-management skills
Offer choice of style of rehabilitation that best suits the patient (clinic, community or home) and assess how much support is required by each of the professionals delivering the 5 BACPR core components
Effectively implement the 7 practice/service standards of the BACPR
Compare data between baseline assessment and discharge of the 5 BACPR core components to report to the patient in supporting their long-term goal setting needs
Aggregate all patients data so has to evaluate overall service outcomes and enter these into the National Audit and compare performance so as to develop service enhancement goals
Learning and Teaching Methods
The programme is delivered by a mix of: academics from the University of Chester and other UK universities; healthcare professionals from a range of disciplines; and other visiting lecturers with appropriate specialist knowledge and skills.
The programme is comprised of series of taught modules each delivered by a three to four day, 25-30 hour short course followed by a period of directed learning (often derived from the assignment) and the submission of a 4,000 word assignment, or its equivalent.
A diverse range of teaching and learning modes are utilised for this programme (lectures, seminars, group activities, case studies, student presentations, laboratory classes and practical activities). Independent learning following an intensive "taught" element is a key feature of the programme.
Throughout the programme students are encouraged to interact with the teaching teams through individual tutorials which may be face-to-face, by telephone or email. There is opportunity for formative comment on assignment drafts.
The formal modular programme is supported by a range of extra-modular workshops covering (for instance): e-learning and use of on-line resources (delivered by Learning Resources); high level information presentation skills; IT (including use of research software such as Nvivo); and specialist professional development activities.
Where appropriate, students are encouraged to take up placement opportunities / work experience with collaborating or individually arranged health-care units. The programme includes an appointed clinical education experience facilitator/advisor.
The above approach offers higher learning in a client-focused manner which suits the requirements of busy practitioners who wish to update their knowledge and practical and/or academic skills.
Assessment Strategy and Methods
Each module is assessed and must be passed at Level 7 and carries 20 credits.
Assessments are based around consideration of authentic problems and circumstances. Assessment tasks vary from module to module but include, for instance, preparation of reports, research posters, presentations, analysis of datasets.
Demonstration of critical thinking is essential to achieve level 7 requirements.
A minimum of 25% of assessed work is second marked in accordance with University policy.
Where a student fails to achieve the required standard the assignment must be revised and resubmitted in accordance with the recommendations made by the examiners.
A significant proportion of students undertake their studies on a part-time basis whilst continuing in relevant full or part-time employment. These categories of student are primarily studying for personal professional development.
Students who join the programme directly from their first degree utilise their Masters degree to gain admission to a wide range of professions and/or employment opportunities both in the UK and internationally.
The majority of graduates are able to make rapid transition into relevant employment on completion of their studies.
Each year a proportion of graduates continue their studies by taking additional degrees in related subjects whilst others progress to higher level research degrees (MPhil, PhD).
The programmes in cardiovascular health and rehabilitation (MSc, PgDip and PgCert) currently recruit world-wide and hence there is considerable diversity in national and ethnic origins.
Modules are designed to include debate and discussion of cardiovascular health and rehabilitation issues in different settings (both within the UK and elsewhere). International students are encouraged to contribute by adding their home experiences, including consideration of their research projects to reflect this.
Programmes recruit from a mix of health-related disciplines and the teaching team aim to promote the ethic of interprofessional education by valuing the contribution that each discipline contributes to effective cardiovascular health and rehabilitation as set out in the Standards and Core Components of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
All modules have resource packs of support materials to aid directed study.
Students are counselled on admission with regard to sensible module selection.
A personal academic tutor is allocated to each student
The Research Co-ordinator provides additional tutor support during the research phase of studies.
Volunteer work placements, shadowing and other professional development experiences are facilitated wherever possible.
If required, all students are provided with the opportunity to gain additional professional recognition in areas such as Immediate Life Support.
Only for module XN7412, where they have to have either attended the BACPR Exercise Course or hold the Exercise Instructor Qualification and in both cases, are working currently with clients/patients with CVD so as to be able to submit an individual client case study for the assessment
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