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Postgraduate Taught

Healthcare and Medicine

Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice


This module aims to support you in developing a deep and systematic understanding of the role of the advanced practitioner. This is essential in order to provide you with the skills to demonstrate effective leadership and to allow you to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment. It will introduce you to the skills required to drive service improvements, to educate others and to further develop your area of expertise in order to improve patient care.

It will also promote your ability to undertake critical reflection with regards to your own professional development within the framework of your professional role. The enhanced leadership skills will enable you to identify and manage risk appropriately; use research and implement audit skills to lead service improvement in your clinical practice.

This module is suited to:

Suitable for practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge base and understanding and appreciation of the impact of advanced clinical practice on their own professional role and within the wider community.

What will I learn?

This module will teach you to critically evaluate your own practice, and reflect on the extended role of the advanced practitioner in the wider context of healthcare policy and provision.

You will explore the four pillars of advanced clinical practice, encompassing leadership and management, education and research, and understand how these elements blend with your own profession and clinical role.

Learning outcomes

  1. Make valid connections to local and national policies and procedures, codes of conduct as relevant to your own profession and the importance of working within boundaries of practice
  2. Understand the importance of leadership in the delivery of healthcare services with regard to quality, service improvement, and clinical governance and the methods and systems which can be implemented to measure the impact of advanced practice
  3. Critically evaluate theories, models and techniques which can be deployed in a healthcare setting in order to affect change at differing levels
  4. Evaluate and audit own practice, selecting and applying valid, reliable methods and demonstrating an understanding of the importance of effective governance systems and methods
  5. Understand the application of teaching and learning theories and models in health and care; how to identify learning needs and the importance and impact of organisational culture in learning and development
  6. Work effectively within professional, ethical and legal frameworks, reflecting upon own practice and that of others and take responsibility for own professional practice
  7. Recognise and evidence knowledge of the wider responsibilities associated with advanced practice including principles of health promotion and prevention; the range of health promotion tools available
  8. Demonstrate a critical understanding of autonomy, professional scope of practice and the importance and impact of peer review and evaluation in advanced clinical practice
  9. Identify, evaluate and maintain qualities to support effective communication in a range of complex and specialised contexts
  10. Exercise initiative and personal responsibility for independent learning and continuing professional development

How is the module assessed?

Presentation % Size/Duration
Poster and abstract: Clinical Pillar 30 Conference style poster and 250-word abstract
Group based assessment: Podcast/fireside chat and personal reflection: education and leadership pillars 70 Oral element 15 mins max,
Reflective written submission 500 words

Syllabus plan

  • Awareness of accountability and standards of safe and efficient practice and legal, ethical and professional policies as applicable to your own practice
  • Understanding of the importance and impact of peer review, quality standards and methods and techniques to evaluate interventions in order to drive service development
  • Leadership theories, models and techniques; the importance of effective leadership, how it is integral to advanced practice and its application across professional boundaries
  • Explore the expectations and professional responsibilities associated with a higher level of practice; effecting change at individual team and organisational levels

Education; the application of teaching and learning including education theory and roles and responsibilities of peers and relevant health professionals within the multidisciplinary setting

  • Principles of health promotion and prevention; motivational theory and the importance of therapeutic communication and behaviour change
  • Understanding of the importance and impact of organisational culture in learning and development
  • Critical evaluation; of current literature with regard to effective audit and governance processes and measures of safe working standards
  • Assessment of impact measures relative to advanced clinical practice
  • Exploration of current research and how this may be evidenced in order to shape and guide clinical practice

Teaching format

Teaching on this module will take place over 2 terms:

  • Term 1: 2 weeks.
  • Term 2: 1 week (270 hours study time in total)

Taught via scheduled learning and teaching activities, including lectures, seminars and small group work. Students will be expected to undertake independent study in the form of guided reading and assessment prep. There will also be opportunities for collaborative learning and engagement with other nursing and allied and health care professionals in a multidisciplinary setting.

Module staff

Lucy Banfield

Ms Lucy Banfield
Senior Lecturer (Education and Scholarship)

Entry Requirements

You should hold a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or for older qualifications a Professional Diploma) in a healthcare related discipline. Relevant clinical experience or previous postgraduate qualifications will also be considered as part of the admissions process. In addition, you should be registered with the appropriate statutory regulatory body for your profession (such as the HCPC or NMC).

In addition, a personal statement, detailing your reasons for seeking to undertake this subject, will be required. It is expected that candidates will have a current contract of employment with a healthcare provider and will normally have at least 2 years’ experience of professional practice.

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

 Starts September 2024

£2,200 (Home)
£5,000 (Intl)

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