Kate Robertson - Meet our students - University of Derby

Developing clinical, research and leadership skills

Kate Robertson completed the MSc Advanced Practice through distance learning whilst working as a Falls Clinical Specialist for County Health Partnerships in Nottinghamshire.

"I was attracted to studying at Derby as the postgraduate framework available through the Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) route gave me the flexibility to choose modules which support my clinical and career development.

I began by completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Falls and Osteoporosis, choosing the Research, Improving Bone Health, Assessment Prevention and Management of Falls, and Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis modules.

I followed this with the Postgraduate Diploma and broadened my choice of modules to include Research Methodologies, Clinical Considerations of the Prevention and Management of Falls, Management of Change and Human Behaviour and Health.

Finally I completed my Independent Scholarship where I carried out a systematic review on causes of falls in older people resident in care homes, and so graduated in MSc Advanced Practice - all though the LBR framework.

The choice of modules supported and developed my clinical skills, research skills and leadership skills related to my current role. At the same time they are beneficial for any future career development.

Distance learning

Being able to complete postgraduate study as a distance learning student allowed the flexibility of working and studying at my own pace aswell as managing a busy home and family life. Support offered by module tutors is very important for distance learning students and throughout my studies this was offered flexibly to suit my needs, including face to face tutorials, study days, telephone tutorials and email support.

Helping to deliver effective healthcare

The need for a flexible workforce within health services has never been greater, and the LBR postgraduate framework enables clinicians to study those modules that can best support the delivery of evidence based effective healthcare.”