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Qualification Title Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care with endorsements (Advanced Paramedic Practice,Paramedic Community Care,Pacific Health Leadership,Palliative Care, Perioperative Nursing, Gerontology, Intellectual Disability, Forensic Practice, and Primary Mental Health Care)
Qualification Type Postgraduate Certificate
Level 8
Credits 90
Subject Area
  • Health » Nursing » Nursing
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this programme is to provide the health and social sector with graduates who have attained advanced knowledge and scholarship through application of research to their professional practice context. Each endorsement contributes to the objectives for the tertiary education and health sectors in relationship to their specific/specialty population. The endorsed programme also contributes to the New Zealand Health Strategy which aims to ensure that health workers meet the demand for services that integrate cultural practices, concepts and diverse world views into high-quality, evidence informed health services.
Graduate profile
Graduates will be able to:

Demonstrate advanced professional knowledge and skills in a specialist field in which they work

Apply leadership skills effectively in interprofessional teams within a specialised field.

Evaluate and integrate best practice principles in specialty practice for the provision of high-quality services to diverse people and communities

Critically analyse practice development trends, issues and existing solutions in relation to health and wellbeing of people, and whānau appropriate to a specialised field.
Education pathways
Successful graduates may gain credits towards Master's studies.
Employment pathways
Graduates are able to demonstrate specialty care health professional advancement, with evidence for use in national Professional Development Recognition Programmes (PDRP). Graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care in:

Advanced Paramedic Practice will have the skills and knowledge at Advanced Life Support or intensive care paramedic level.

Paramedic Community Care will have gained additional skills and knowledge to provide advanced paramedic care within a community context.

Pacific Health Leadership will have gained additional knowledge and skills, with particular focus on Pacific cultural worldviews and leadership, to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of Pacific peoples and their communities.

Palliative Care will have gained knowledge and skills to provide holistic specialty palliative care in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the needs of the patient, family and whānau living with a terminal illness

Perioperative Nursing will have gained additional knowledge and skills required of registered nurses to provide specialty care in service delivery for individuals throughout the pre, intra and post-operative experience, with particular focus on complex health care needs.

Intellectual Disability will have gained additional knowledge and skills to provide specialty care in service delivery for people with an intellectual disability and their whānau and families with a particular focus on individual needs, and co-existing conditions.

Forensic Practice will have gained additional knowledge and skills required to provide specialty care in service delivery for people who present to mental health and criminal justice services, and their whānau and families, with a particular focus on prevention, early intervention, responsivity and desistance.

Primary Mental Health Care will have gained additional knowledge and skills required to provide specialty care, with a particular focus on co-existing problems and advanced assessment and decision-making skills, in service delivery people, whānau and families experiencing mental issues in primary health settings.

Gerontology will have gained additional knowledge and skills required to provide specialty care with a particular focus on gerontology knowledge, critical understanding of the aging processes, and clinical capacity in specialty gerontology practice areas.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Registered health professional/counsellor, NZ practicing certificate (or equivalent), Bachelor degree (or equivalent) AND employed in relevant clinical service for minimum three days (22.5 hours) per week.
International: IELTS 6.5 (no band lower than 6), or equivalent.
Education Organisation Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited
Developed By Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 4130
Status Current
Created September 2019
Content
Overall programme content covers specialty practice: theoretical constructs including recovery, evidence-based practice, clinical leadership, quality assurance, ethics and professional practice.

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