Practitioners with Special Interest

MSc / PGDip




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Entry requirements

The University welcomes applications from all potential students and most important in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme. Consideration of applications will be based on a combination of formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.

The standard entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

  • Students must be a suitably qualified registered primary or secondary care practitioner, demonstrating successful study skills at level 6, with at least two years relevant work experience
  • Students must obtain written support from an NHS hospital trust consultant or Advanced Clinician (GMC Registered), in their Specialty for mentorship and the provision of a clinical attachment
  • Students must produce evidence of relevant registered qualification, currency and academic qualifications

Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience.

English language requirements

As the assessment elements of the postgraduate diploma require a substantial amount of written work at level 7, in accordance with regulations from the University of Bradford we ask that non-native speakers complete an IELTS English Language Exam at a minimum of 6.5 before they begin their studies.


If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »

Learning and assessment

A variety of teaching methods is employed in the programme, to enable students to fulfil the varied modular learning outcomes.

The learning within the programme is gained through:

Face-to-face tuition: this occurs at the beginning of each module in Bradford.  Tutors are available by email if required during placement periods to handle learning queries.  Tutors are clinical practitioners (consultant specialists and PwSIs).

Work-based learning: this forms the central part of the programme of study, in the form of clinical placements – each six month module should contain at least 14 weeks of hands-on practical study in a secondary care environment.  This learning is undertaken on placement in the locality, under the supervision of a clinical mentor. Students approach the mentor in the first instance: they must be a GMC registered consultant/Advanced clinician in whose name appears on a national register of practitioners, and who has teaching experience. The clinical mentor will receive a specific Mentor Guide including advice and support from the course management team in fulfilling the role of mentor.  

Guided reading (given by tutor and mentor): this complements the placement and enables you to fulfil the theoretical background necessary for your placement activities, and prepares you for your written and presentational assignments.  e-learning: the virtual learning environment gives access to the peer group and tutors during placement, facilitating learning through clinical discussion, as well as providing support.

Local research and application: The AM module involves working within the healthcare community to apply 3 different methodologies; learning takes place during the activities of researching and reading information, planning, preparation and application of these.

Assessment is designed to enable you to have a rounded measurement of the skills needed for your role in the healthcare community.

Clinical competence is verified through mentor signature after observation (by mentor and where appropriate other relevant clinical professionals) and discussion during the placement periods.

The issues of ethics and informed consent are an integrated part of the students’ daily practice, and it is implicit in all the modules that there is conformity to the usual standards and guidelines in these areas.

Optionality is available to students studying for the Certificate in their choice of modules.  It is available to students studying for the Diploma in the choice of cases for the written reflective studies and the presentations.

Programme specifications

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About The Ridge Training Ltd.

The PwSI Programmes are delivered at the premises of The Ridge Medical Practice, in Bradford.  The programme director is Dr Chris Harris; born and bred in Bradford, he has been involved with the courses since their inception in 2003. He is a Senior Partner at The Ridge, a PwSI and he has a clinical leadership role at Bradford CCG.

In his PwSI role, Dr Harris leads a team of enthusiastic and highly specialised clinical tutors who are passionate about delivering the Programmes to a high standard and who are dedicated to creating an excellent student experience. We currently have 22 tutors; practising advanced clinicians and service improvement specialists.

As the programme tutors are employed within the specialist sectors that they teach on, they are able to ensure that the contents of the programmes are clinically sound, contemporaneous and appropriate to the changing workforce within the NHS. Students are provided with high quality work-based learning through their relationship with their clinical mentor within an attachment for each clinical module. In addition to the clinical tutors, subject specialists are invited to provide complementary and additional teaching on the Programmes e.g. Physiotherapists on the MSK programme, ECG specialist on the Cardiology programme.

Gynaecology clinical tutors:

  • Dr Julie Ayres
  • Dr Virginia Beckett
  • Dr Sue Calvert
  • Dr Ann Connolly 
  • Dr Christine Corrin  

Cardiology clinical tutors:

  • Professor Ahmet Fuat
  • Dr Kathryn Griffith 
  • Dr Chris Harris
  • Dr Clare Hawley 
  • Dr Steven Lindsay
  • Prof Jerry Murphy

MSK & Rheumatology clinical tutors:

  • Dr Mark Brook
  • Dr John Dickson
  • Dr Adrian Dunbar
  • Dr Phil Helliwell
  • Dr Michael Horsfield
  • Dr Andrew Jackson
  • Dr Jean Wong

Physiotherapy Support:

  • Jamie Bell
  • Richard Kunz

Diabetes clinical tutors:

  • Margaret Bannister
  • Dr Kathryn Griffith

Applied Methodology (non-clinical module) tutors:

  • Darren Lee
  • Kate MacKay

Study support

Students can access the extensive Study Support resources provided by the University.

See: Learning Resources

Further support offered by the University include:

  • Disability Services
  • 24 hour access to the JB Priestley Library
  • 24 hour access to some computer clusters on the main campus
  • Excellent access to the Library’s online resources
  • A dedicated distance learning librarian, and a dedicated Faculty of Health Studies librarian
  • The Health Studies collection within the JB Priestley library.

Further programme specific support is provided:

Induction takes place on the first day of the teaching programme. Students are guided through an overview of their chosen programme and the Blackboard system, where all the relevant documents are placed.

The programme tutors and the programme co-ordinator are committed to supporting students as they progress. They provide advice and guidance for all students on all aspects of the course both academically, administratively and pastorally.

Students are able to access the programme co-ordinator and tutors via individual contact (face to face, email or telephone).

Students working at the MSc level are expected to liaise on a regular basis with their project supervisor.


We focus on research themes that have a direct impact on the quality of care.

Our research is locally and internationally significant, undertaken in collaboration with NHS and other partners.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.