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HLTH6127 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Neonatal Practitioner, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner pathways)

Module Overview

This module will enable you to navigate and articulate your transition towards advanced clinical practice

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with the opportunity to integrate the theoretical component of the module with your clinical expertise in preparation for assuming the role of advanced practitioner. This will be underpinned by the integration of your personal, professional and academic development, gained as a result of your study within the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your role transition towards advanced practice through personal, professional and academic development.
  • Demonstrate the integration of best evidence when undertaking health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, decision making, therapeutic intervention and evaluation within the context of advanced clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership, collaboration and risk management in contexts that are challenging, complex and /or unpredictable.
  • Critically evaluate the contribution of your profession, and underpinning health and social policy, to the health of the specified client group.
  • Demonstrate advanced interpersonal skills including those of negotiation, referral, consultation, case presentation, mentorship and education.
  • Critically evaluate how your advanced practice role can improve health outcomes.


This module has been specifically designed to enable integration of the learning and personal/professional development that occurs during study of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice. The module content is designed to allow you to critically explore and debate both national and international perspectives on advanced clinical practice, and their underpinning evidence base. It recognises that there are a multitude of different definitions and conceptualisations of advanced practice, ranging from those that are focused on very specific practitioner roles through to those that are much broader articulations of practice at a senior or expert level. It also recognises that there are marked regional, national and international variations in how advanced practice roles are articulated and enacted, as well as variations across the different healthcare professions. However it also recognises that as an advanced practitioner student, often working at the interface between their own profession and medicine, you need to demonstrate clinical competencies regarding a number of aspects of your role, with a high level of professional autonomy. The module will thus enable you to explore and identify what advanced practice means within the context of your own professional practice role, enable you to demonstrate the clinical competencies required for this role, and equip you to further develop your advanced clinical practice beyond the end of the module. Core content will include: • Analysis of the concept and scope of advanced practice, and its interface with accountability, clinical governance, autonomy, specialist practice and expert practice. • Integration of communication and assessment skills, decision making, management and speciality specific knowledge and skills acquired during the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme. • Role transition and professional identity in advanced practice • Legal and ethical issues underpinning advanced/autonomous practice • Leadership within advanced practice • Advanced practitioner roles in the context of the multi-disciplinary/multi agency team. • UK and international health and social care policy in relation to advanced practice.

Special Features

During this module you will be supported by many professionals, but the key people will be your Pathway Leader / academic tutor and mentor(s) in clinical practice. On some occasions a mentor from your own profession will be deemed sufficient. On other occasions you will be required to have a mentor from a different profession (this will often be a medical mentor) and in this instance you will also need the support of a second mentor from your own profession to enable you to contextualise your learning and role transition in the context of your own professional role. Your pathway leader will guide you regarding mentorship requirements depending on the pathway you are studying; usually within these pathways mentorship will be discussed from the outset of your programme and established well ahead of module commencement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods are underpinned by constructivist theory. Students will use their experience and construct knowledge in order to achieve the learning outcomes. Although lectures by experts within the field of advanced practice will form a central component of the module, the greater emphasis will be on student centred debate and critical appraisal. This will enable you to fully explore the meaning of advanced practice within the context of your own professional role and future career development. Teaching and learning methods are likely to include several of the following: • Seminars • Action learning sets • Case presentations • Lectures • Critique of published papers and policies • Group debate/critical discussion. • Self -directed learning. • Where appropriate the teaching and supervision of advanced clinical skills Key contributors to the module include active researchers and advanced/consultant practitioners as well as experts in the field of advanced clinical practice.

Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Wider reading or practice72
Supervised time in studio/workshop4
Follow-up work36
Practical classes and workshops6
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Review of Advanced Nursing Practice: The International Literature and Developing the Generic Features. ,16 , pp. 28-37.

Role Development and Effective Practice in Specialist and Advanced Practice Roles in Acute Hospital Settings: Systematic Review and Meta Analysis. ,49 , pp. 191-209.

Schober, M. and Affara, F. (2006). International Council of Nurses: Advanced Nursing Practice. 

Benner, P. (1984). From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Practice.. 

International Council of Nurses (2008). The Scope of Practice, Standards and Competencies of the Advanced Practice Nurse. 

Advanced Nurse Practitioners: An RCN Guide to the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Role, Competencies and Programme Accreditation.

Advanced Practice for Therapy Radiographers: A Discussion Paper. ,14 , pp. 21-34.

Advanced Midwifery Practice or Advancing Midwifery Practice. ,23 , pp. 117-120.

Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (2009). Advanced Level Nursing: a position statement. 

Hinchcliff S, Rogers R (2008). Competencies for Advanced Nursing Practice. 

Framework for Advanced Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Practice in Wales, NHS Wales,.

Portfolios and the assessment of competence in nursing: a literature review. ,Volume 44, Issue 1 , pp. 143-151.

McGee, P and Castledine, G (2009). Advanced practice in Nursing and Allied Health Professions. 



Required core clinical skills


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio of practice  (2500 words) 50%
Viva  (75 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Mock Viva voce %
Portfolio of practice %
Required core clinical skills %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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