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Context of Advanced Practice HEA4265


This is a core module within the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. It is a 15 week module in which teaching and learning is supported by the blended use of blackboard and classroom based experiential teaching methods. The module is designed to provide a strong foundation to prepare practitioners to operate safely and purposely at an advanced and increasingly autonomous level within their area of practice.

Module code:HEA4265
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£940 for 2023/24 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your module fee will have been advised to you by email.  Any queries on fees to [email protected]

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

Experienced healthcare practitioners working, or aspiring to work, in ‘advanced’ clinical roles.

What are the key aims of the module?

• To equip practitioners understanding of the various professional, legal and ethical demands of working at an advanced level making autonomous clinical decisions
• To support practitioners to work creatively and innovatively, utilising critical thinking and reflective abilities to promote their own practice development, and improved patient care
• To support students’ ability to self direct their own learning.

How will I study?

This module is normally studied over 14 sessions, one half day session per week for 14 weeks. The module overall takes 15 weeks. Trainee ACP Apprenticeship students funded by Health Education England will be required to attend for a full day on the day the module commences.

What will I study?

• Preparation for Master level study
• Characteristics and definitions of an ‘advanced practitioner’
• Ethical and legal issues
• Professional accountabilities
• Governance
• Leadership and management of change
• Therapeutic communication
• Developing effective interventions with individuals, families, and carers.

How will I be assessed?

The academic assessment for the module consists of two elements:
A summative assessment requires the development of a portfolio of evidence based on five specific elements that will inform the requirements for each individual’s developmental journey as a trainee ACP, accompanied by a 4,000 word written assignment.

On successful completion you will:

Have a greater understanding of the systems and frameworks that can be used to support your development as an advanced practitioner, within the context of improving the quality of service provision.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Monday 4 September 2023

Session times:

  • Monday 4 September 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 11 September 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 18 September 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 25 September 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 2 October 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 9 October 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 16 October 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 23 October 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 30 October 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 6 November 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 13 November 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 20 November 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday 27 November 2023, 9:30am-12:30pm

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.

This module cannot be studied as a standalone module, please see the MSc Advance Clinical Practice programme webpage for details about the full programme.

Contact us

For further module information, please contact the Module Lead Maureen Wallymahmed via email: [email protected]

For any other queries, you can contact the school office email [email protected].


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