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HLTH6151 Transition to Advanced Practice (Specialist Practice Community Nursing Pathways)

Module Overview

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

Aims and Objectives

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 (Specialist Practice Community Nursing pathway). 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. Associated with these variants are also differing levels 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, and equip you to further develop your advanced clinical practice beyond the end of the module. It will also allow you to demonstrate your ability to meet the required Standards for Specialist Practice Community Nursing. 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.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods are underpinned by constructivist theory (Piaget 1950). 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 and specialist practice community nursing will form a central component of the module, the greater emphasis will be on student centred debate, critical appraisal and action learning, to enable you to fully explore the meaning of advanced practice within the context of your own professional role and future career development. Assessment of competence to practice will be undertaken by a practice teacher. They will include: • Seminars • Action learning sets • Case presentations • Lectures • Critique of published papers and policies • Group debate/critical discussion. • Self -directed learning. • Practice based learning Key contributors to the module include active researchers and advanced/consultant practitioners as well as experts in the field of advanced clinical practice. Piaget J (1950) The Psychology of Intelligence. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Independent Study214
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2001). Standards for Specialist Education and 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. 

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.. ,44 , pp. 143-151.

Department of Health (2011). NHS at Home: Community Children’s Nursing Services. 

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008). Standards to support learning and assessment in practice. 

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

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

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

Department of Health (2013). Care in Local Communities A New Vision and Model for District Nursing. 

Department of Health (2012). Compassion in Practice Nursing Midwifery and Care Staff Our Vision and Strategy. 

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

Seminal texts and papers. 

Department of Health (2010). Advanced Level Nursing: a position statement. 

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2006). Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers. 

Advanced practice in Nursing and Allied Health Professions..

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



Group presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice  () %
Individual reflective learning portfolio report  (2500 words) 50%
Practice Based Clinical Assessment 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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