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Scotland launches new MSc in Rural Advanced Practice

Pioneer qualification aims to support rural GPs

April 28th 2023

Tagged: HR Zone news Scotland Rurality

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) is set to deliver a new MSc in Rural Advanced Practice (RAP) in September 2023.

NHS Education for Scotland is funding twelve places on the programme which is based on the Multidisciplinary Rural Advanced Practice Education Pathway and the associated Rural Advanced Practice Capability Framework for Primary & Community Care. This is the first qualification of its kind and builds on the NES requirements for advanced practice, recognising the additional SCQF, Level 11 knowledge and skills required to become a rural advanced practitioner.

The aim of the qualification is to produce the right multidisciplinary skill mix to support rural GP colleagues who have an extended generalist role.

The programme is open to applicants who have successfully completed the following modules:

  • Clinical Assessment (SCQF Level 11)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (SCQF Level 11)

Participants may exit after year two with a Diploma in RAP or choose to complete the full MSc RAP programme in year three. Course funding may be available.

NES is developing an online rural practice supervision hub to support delivery of the new MSc RAP programme and build a network of RAP supervisors to allow peer support and review.

To find out more about how the new MSc in Rural Advanced Practice, email: [email protected]