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Advancing Practice (Dissertation Project) HEA3161


The purpose of this module is to support students in developing the abilities to work independently on a sustained piece of work, a practice advancement project, with the support of an academic supervisor. The nature of the practice advancement/project will be negotiated between the student, the line manager and the Module Leader (Academic Supervisor). There will be four study sessions and the student will be allocated an academic supervisor for individual support.

Module code:HEA3161
Module credits:40
Cost for new students:Cost for new students: tbc for 2023/24 academic year

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Who is this module for?

This is the final module for students for specific programme such as the BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Practice and is not available on a standalone basis.

What are the key aims of the module?

This module seeks to enable the student to use their work base or work context as a focus in order to initiate a change or enhancement in practice.

How will I study?

This module normally requires attendance at four half-day sessions. Additional sessions can be arranged with your Dissertation Supervisor. The module runs over two semesters.

What will I study?

  • Leadership
  • Change management
  • Literature review
  • Project implementation
  • Support from academic supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for this module is a 7,000 word assignment relating to an advancement in practice that the student will have initiated following negotiation with their line manager/mentor in practice and Module Leader.

The assignment will include:

  • A literature review relating to the selected subject
  • An analytical account of how the advancement was planned implemented and evaluated with critical analysis of concepts relating to change management and leadership;
  • A critical reflection of the impact of the practice advancement with recommendations for practice.

On successful completion you will:

  • Critically review and apply best available evidence relevant to the practice context/client group;
  • Apply enhanced professional and specialist knowledge and skill relating to the planning, implementation and evaluation of the practice advancement, including leadership and change management strategies
  • Critically reflect upon the impact of the practice advancement and propose recommendations for practice and their personal development.

Study dates and venues

September 2022 S1

Venue: Alder Hey Institute in the Park

Starts: Tuesday 6 September 2022

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February 2023 S2

Venue: Alder Hey Institute in the Park

Starts: Tuesday 7 February 2023

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September 2023


Starts: Tuesday 5 September 2023

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February 2024


Starts: Tuesday 6 February 2024

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How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Contact us

For further module information, please contact the Module Coordinator Delyth Meirion Owen by calling 0151 529 2190 or emailing [email protected].

For any other queries, you can contact the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health on [email protected].


This module is not available on a standalone basis. This is the final (core) module for the following degree programmes: