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HLTH6183 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)

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 (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner). This module will support you in developing your portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your development as an advanced critical care practitioner.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

On completion of the module you will have shown the ability to: 1) Critically reflect on your role transition towards advanced practice through personal, professional and academic development. 2) 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. 3) Demonstrate leadership, collaboration and risk management in contexts that are challenging, complex and /or unpredictable. 4) Critically evaluate the contribution of your profession, and underpinning health and social policy, to the health of the critically ill patient 5) Demonstrate advanced interpersonal skills including those of negotiation, referral, consultation, case presentation, mentorship and education. 6) Critically evaluate how your advanced practice role can improve health outcomes

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 critically ill patient
  • 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

Syllabus

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 in critical care, 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 critical care practice • Legal and ethical issues underpinning advanced/autonomous practice with particiular reference to critical care environments • Leadership within advanced practice • Advanced practitioner roles in the context of the multi-disciplinary/multi agency team in critical care • UK and international health and social care policy in relation to advanced practice with particular reference to critical care • Continuing your own learning and development in critical care, planning for the future • Integration of clinical practice and patient safety • Managing and dealing with complaints and concerns • Building and maintain resilience

Special Features

During this module you will be supported by many professionals, but the key people will be your Pathway Leader / academic tutor and clinical leads in clinical practice. As this module takes place alongside your clinical training you are expected to draw on both to facilitate your learning. This module will also support you in the development of a portfolio of evidence which may be used as part of your presentation to the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine as an Associate Member with the title Advanced Critical Care practitioner.

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.

TypeHours
Lecture20
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Completion of assessment task60
Seminar20
Wider reading or practice100
Follow-up work30
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

McGloin S. McLeod A. (2010). Advanced Practice in Critical Care A case study approach. 

Advanced Practice: Report to the Four UK Health Departments.

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

CPD & Appraisal pathway.

Curriculum for Training Advanced Critical Care Practitioners Edition 1.

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.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Formative assessment Formative assessment will take the form of a short presentation. You will present an expanded case summary to the group using the template provided. This is your opportunity to gain feedback from your peers in relation to your presentation skills, the case study and evidence that you are drawing on. You may wish to include this presentation and feedback in the summative portfolio. Additional guidance on the expanded case based summary will be provided at the beginning of the module. Summative Assessment The assessment and evaluation of your required clinical skills and your professional functioning at an advanced level will be assessed. The defined level of competence must be achieved in order to pass the module. Your progress towards summative achievement of the required clinical competencies may include interim formative assessments as identified in the assessment of practice documentation. Portfolio of Learning (50% of module mark) This comprises a critical reflective report of 2500 words which will assess your ability to discuss, critically appraise and evaluate your progress in your role transition to that of an advanced practitioner in critical care. It should enable you to integrate and apply your knowledge base to clinical practice to demonstrate your promotion of quality care provision. The portfolio MUST also include the following supporting elements: • A learning contract / personal development plan • SWOT analyses which demonstrate reflection on your professional development • Multi-source feedback including self assessment • Evidence demonstrating that the learning outcomes have been achieved; this should include reflections on (clinical) experiences you have encountered during the module. 2. A simulated examination (50% of unit mark): This examination will assess your theoretical knowledge and your ability to integrate and apply it to clinical practice. Transferable skills such as communication, problem solving, prioritisation of care and management will be evaluated. You will be expected to explore simulated case presentations. You will need to underpin discussion of your assessment and diagnostic and therapeutic management decisions with recent evidence. This examination will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate that you have the capacity to incorporate the knowledge gained from previous modules with your clinical experience, judgement, clinical competence and overall approach to advanced practice in terms of safety and professionalism.Both elements will be marked out of 100. You must achieve a minimum of 50% in each component to pass the module. You must achieve a minimum of 50% in each of the elements to pass. If you refer one element you will be required to resubmit that element.

Formative

Presentation (Case study)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio of Learning 50%
Simulated Examination 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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