Enhanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship

Developed to empower you as a practitioner, our Enhanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship provides you with a clear progression pathway. The programme recognises your existing clinical practice expertise, provides the opportunity to develop your knowledge in different specialist clinical themes and consolidates your experience and knowledge working towards a higher-level qualification. 

Duration: 18 months

Qualification: Enhanced Clinical Practice BSc (Hons) or PG Diploma 

Application: Prior to formal application an informal interview will take place to discuss the route and options. This is typically with the programme lead - please contact n.witton@keele.ac.uk

Enhanced practitioners work in multidisciplinary environments and the programme will enable you to maintain and develop opportunities to engage with other healthcare professionals and services across the care system and alternative models of care delivery.

The apprenticeship aims to enhance your experience enabling you to continue to provide, excellent complex care to individuals in a variety of healthcare environments. Modules on our specialist pathways concentrate on specific themes around Critical Care Practice, Contemporary Rheumatology Practice (BSc route only), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Neonatal Practice, Heart Failure (PG Diploma route only) and a Generic Practice route.

We use a blended model of delivery on this programme using a mixture of online and in-situ teaching depending on the module you are studying.  

Our Enhanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship programme offers you the opportunity to undertake flexible study culminating in either a BSc or PG Diploma. If you are successful in completing the postgraduate diploma, you will have the opportunity to undertake an advanced work based practice project module to enable you to achieve an MSc.

Our blending learning consists of an asynchronous and synchronous approach. Your skills may also be developed through access to skills and simulation resources. 

Indicative modules, dependent on the pathway and level of qualification may include; 

  • Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Mental health problems. 
  • Clinical Practice 
  • Critical Care Practice 
  • An Introduction to Adult Assessment 
  • Research Application in Critical Practice 
  • Introduction to Arthritis and Allied Conditions 
  • Management of Arthritis 
  • Mental Health Assessment 
  • Independent Professional Practice 
  • Legal and Ethical 
  • Practice Focused Neonatal Intensive Care 
  • Clinical Leadership 
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives 
  • Health Assessment in Clinical Practice
  • Heart Failure

To complete an apprenticeship, you must be employed in an organisation with your employer's support of the equivalent of a minimum of 6 hours per week (off-the-job learning).

To be able to study on this apprenticeship you must be currently registered with a relevant regulatory body. You must be working in practice aligned to one of the specialist Enhanced Clinical Practitioner routes (Critical Care, Contemporary Rheumatology, Neonatal, Generic, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Heart Failure and Mental Health) and hold a Diploma in Higher Education in a related subject or equivalent, or when not in place, Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RPEL) will be considered. 

  • Current registration with a relevant regulatory body 
  • Working in practice aligned to the specialist ECP route 
  • Hold a Diploma in Higher Education in a related subject or equivalent or where not in place, Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) will be considered 

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to commencing their ECP apprenticeship.

You will be studying in a supportive learning environment at Keele University. Our personalised approach provides you with the assistance you need from us as your training provider, throughout your learning on the Enhanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship.

You will be allocated an Academic Mentor from our teaching teams and will be able to access additional personal support from our Student Services team at Keele University.

Why Keele University?

Keele University is proud to offer a variety of apprenticeships across different sectors and specialisms.
Our apprenticeship approach has been praised by Ofsted (Monitoring Visit, June 2021) and we have a growing portfolio of apprenticeship programmes, based on employer needs through consultation.