The School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire was established in 2015 and was granted degree-awarding powers by the General Medical Council in February 2020. Since its inception, the School has grown significantly, with now more than 1,500 UK and international students studying on a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to attracting an increasing number of applicants, the School has enjoyed several noteworthy successes to date, including ranking as the Top Medical School in North West England (The Guardian University Guide 2021).
We strive for excellence across teaching, research, and knowledge exchange activity, and it is our aim to be a pathfinder for achieving and sustaining sector-influencing activity across these three domains. As student feedback testifies, the strength of our postgraduate provision inheres in our non-standard approach to course delivery. Our programmes are structured on the accumulation of credits leading to a target award, affording our learners both flexibility and optionality to enable them to study alongside their professional commitments whilst building a portfolio career that centres on their individual interests and aspirations.
We offer a range of programmes across our postgraduate portfolio to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance your professional practice. Please see the below for more information.
The School of Primary Care has entered into an arrangement with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). There are two aspects to this agreement.
1.Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Practice, Management and Education
Firstly, it has been agreed that completion of the GP Intending Trainer’s Course (GPITC) delivered by Health Education England, North East & North Cumbria (HEENE+C) is equivalent in learning achievement to completion of two modules delivered with the Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Practice, Management and Education (CPME) at UCLan. This means that anyone who completes the GPITC will be eligible to be awarded this Certificate by UCLan.
The fee for this award is £750, payable to UCLan. This covers administrative work, and the quality assurance of the summative assessments of the GPITC going forward. There is no financial gain to the School of Primary Care.
Please note that you must apply before your letter of completion of ITC. If you apply afterwards you can still obtain the Certificate, but only if you progress to the Diploma. This is a Regulation requirement of UCLan
2.Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Practice, Management and Education
Due to the relationship between the School of Primary Care and UCLan, UCLan are able to award 60 credits retrospectively to Trainers who have completed the GPITC in the past to enable them to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in CPME. This is on the proviso that you go on to study an additional 60 credits with UCLan to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Practice, Management and Education.
- For those trainers who have completed the GPITC within the last three years, they may apply on receipt of a statement of successful completion from the School
- for those trainers who completed the GPITC more than three years ago, they may apply on receipt of a statement of being in good current standing as a Trainer within the School.
- There is also a £750 fee attached to this agreement to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate. Additional modules leading to a Postgraduate Diploma are charged at £900 per 20 credits.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Practice, Management and Education is a flexible Postgraduate award that enables health care professionals to obtain academic credit for additional developmental activity.
The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of two modules:
- Firstly, the Professional Development through CPD module enables you to convert previously obtained CPD into academic credits by undertaking a critical reflection on your professional development. This module is available as both a 20 and a 40 credit option.
- Secondly, the Work Based Assessment module centres on a service improvement project you are currently undertaking – or plan to undertake – in your professional practice. This could be around quality improvement, policy review, service redesign, risk assessment, education and so on. Assessment is by way of a critical reflection on your project and its impact on your professional practice. This module is available as a 20 or 40 credit option.
Once you have obtained a Postgraduate Diploma you will be eligible to apply for the MSc in Clinical Practice, Management and Education where you will undertake an introductory module in research methods and evidence based practice before embarking upon a dissertation.
For more details, please see the following;
We are excited about this development because it represents an opportunity to obtain further academic qualification while doing the ‘day job’ and as recognition of the numerous areas of additional work that GPs do.
If you would like more information, please contact Vanessa Perrott.
UCLan offer's a range of programmes across our postgraduate portfolio to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance your professional practice. Please see the following links for more information.