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HLTH6227 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)

Module Overview

This module forms the 'capstone' of the taught component of the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner journey. You will be supported to explore in depth the meaning of Advanced Practice and its associated concepts. It also enables you to critically explore the four ‘pillars’ of advanced practice i.e. advanced clinical practice, education, research and leadership, and to evidence and critically reflect upon your development as an advanced practitioner in relation to these pillars. The module also equips you to be formally assessed in practice as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (FICM), against the four pillars, enabling you to demonstrate the higher level of autonomy which the role requires. Your ability to make clinical judgements in situations that are complex or uncertain will be considered through an assessment in practice process that is based on the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Advanced Critical Care Practitioner Annual Review of Clinical Performance. This takes the form of both continuous assessment in practice via a mentor whom you identify, a tripartite assessment between the mentor, a University assessor and you, taking place at the end of the module and the creation of a portfolio of evidence

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on and evaluate your role transition towards autonomous advanced clinical practice in critical care, demonstrating a breadth of knowledge skills and behaviours required to function as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner
  • Initiate and manage the care of the critically ill adult both in partnership with others and within the boundaries of your scope of professional practice
  • Critically consider the hallmarks of effective personal and professional leadership when working within and across professional boundaries, demonstrating effective management of change, risk and uncertainty, and acting as a role model, consultant, advocate, mentor and innovator.
  • Demonstrate the integration and evaluation of assessment, diagnostic reasoning, complex decision making and therapeutic intervention maintaining a focus on person-centred care
  • Critically reflect on the educational role of the ACCP applying educational principles to your development of your self and peers, and your role as an educator and promotor of health and wellbeing for the critically ill adult and their family
  • Critically evaluate and apply research, using evidence-based practice to underpin and improve service development and promote high quality standards and a culture of safety and organisational learning


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 and your preparation for the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioner. 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 the growing consensus around the four pillars of advanced clinical practice, leadership, research and education as the key hallmarks of advanced practice, and takes these as the basis for the syllabus content. It also recognises that advanced practitioners work at the interface between their own profession and medicine, and the importance of those working in advanced practitioner roles demonstrating the clinical capabilities that this broadened level of responsibility and higher level of professional autonomy requires. The module will thus enable you to explore and identify what advanced practice means within critical care, enable you to demonstrate the clinical competencies required for your advanced practitioner role, and equip you to further develop your role as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner. Core content will include: • Analysis of the concept and scope of advanced practice focusing on both national and international perspectives, and exploration of the interface of advanced practice accountability, clinical governance, autonomy, specialist practice and expert practice. • Exploration of the integration and application to practice of advanced health assessment skills, diagnostic, complex decision making, therapeutic management and speciality specific knowledge and skills acquired during the programme to the role of the ACCP • Role transition and professional identity in advanced practice, including professional and patients and their families perspectives on advanced practice and its meaning and place within current and future healthcare delivery and the implications of working at the interface between your own profession and medicine in situations of complexity and uncertainty. • Legal and ethical issues underpinning advanced/autonomous practice, including the management of risk and uncertainty. • Leadership and management of change within advanced practice, including exploration of leadership of both self and others. • Exploration of the educator role of the advanced practitioner, focusing on the education of self, peers and recipients of care, including the role of the ACCP within health promotion and illness prevention. • The application of evidenced based practitioner within advanced practice, including the role of the ACCP service evaluation and clinical audit. • The role of the ACCP 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 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.

Independent Study208
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Barton, T. and Allen,D. (2015). Changing Healthcare in a Changing World.. 

Advanced Critical Care Practitioner Syllabus.

Northouse, P.G. (2018). Leadership theory and practice. 

Singer, M. Webb, A (2017). Oxford Handbook of Critical Care. 

Bersten, A. Handy, J. (2018). Oh's Intensive Care Medicine. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment of Practice Document  (1 hours)
Practice Based Clinical Assessment  (1 hours)
Reflective report  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment of Practice Document  (1 hours)
Practice Based Clinical Assessment  (2500 words)
Reflective report  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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