- Distance Learning
- Part Time
The clinical management of burn patients has developed significantly over the last few decades. This relates to multiple factors including a better understanding of the pathophysiology of the burn wound, improvements in critical care, as well as advances in skin tissue engineering and burn rehabilitation.
There are a vast range of contradictory practices around the world, and this innovative distance learning programme, recognised by both the British Burn Association (BBA), and the International Society of Burn Injury (ISBI) attempts to fill a void in postgraduate burn care education.
This course is ideal for any of the following professionals:
- Surgical trainees who are applying for a National Training Number (NTN) to enter the specialty of plastic surgery and burns. Studying the course will not only give students sound knowledge of burn care in practice, but most importantly, will display dedication and enthusiasm towards the specialty, which can be very advantageous at the point of application.
- Doctors and Allied Health Care Professionals (AHPs) e.g. nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, who are already in the field / practicing in burns and wishing to further their knowledge and improve their practice on burns units. For some AHP positions, having an MSc is now mandatory for career progression within the clinical service framework.
- International professionals who do not have access to postgraduate burn care education in their own countries and would like to improve their practice utilising evidence based principles and further their knowledge relating to burn care.
Typical career paths include:
- National Training Number in plastic surgery and burns.
- Progression within clinical services. For those seeking promotion of any job advancement, this degree will go a long way to help them by enhancing their CV.
- Entry into academia. Distinction graduates of the programme may, upon course director / lead recommendation, be invited to contribute to the course and this may potentially help professionals pave an academic pathway.
Why study your postgraduate degree in Burn Care at Queen Mary?
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
The Barts and the London’s Academic Plastic Surgery Group is based at the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research (CCBCR) at The Blizard Institute. The CCBCR is composed of the academic unit of Dermatology and the Cancer Research UK Skin Tumour Laboratory, and is one of the largest cutaneous research centres in Europe.
The Centre comprises a large group of full time clinical and non-clinical research workers. A major research programme has been in place for more than 25 years in collaboration with initially, St Andrew's Hospital, Billericay and, more recently, Broomfield Hospital in Cell and Tissue Engineering.
The Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research was the first to use laboratory-grown skin to treat burns and chronic wounds in the UK in the early 1980's. This has led to the establishment of research fellowships for many young plastic surgeons, and they have had some considerable success in acquiring higher degrees as well as providing tissue engineered products for patients around London.