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HLTH6229 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Allied Health Practitioner)

Module Overview

This module forms the 'capstone' of the taught component of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Allied Health Practitioner journey. You will be supported to explore in depth the meaning of Advanced Practice and its associated concepts (such as specialist practice and expert practice), and critically consider the theory practice links between the extensive literature debating these concepts and your own professional speciality. 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 practitioner against the four pillars, enabling you to demonstrate the higher level of autonomy which the role requires, and your ability to make clinical judgements in situations that are increasingly complex or uncertain. To achieve this you will undertake an assessment in practice in your own practice setting which is based on the capabilities published by Health Education England (2017). This takes the form of both continuous assessment in practice via a mentor whom you identify, and a tripartite assessment conducted by your mentor and a University assessor. Both take place within your own clinical setting.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and reflect upon your increasing autonomy and development as an advanced clinical practitioner in situations that are complex and uncertain, demonstrating capabilities, i.e. knowledge, skills and behaviours, that are relevant to your professional role.
  • Demonstrate the integration of holistic assessment, diagnostic reasoning, complex decision making and therapeutic intervention in the initiation, management, referral and conclusion of discrete episodes of care delivery.
  • 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 ability to critically apply different sources of evidence to your advanced practice, and participate in the co-creation of evidence.
  • Critically reflect on the educational role of the advanced practitioner, applying educational principles to your development of yourself and your peers, and your role as an educator and promotor of health and wellbeing for the people in your care.
  • Critically consider your broadened level of responsibility and accountability as an advanced practitioner, demonstrating professional and ethical judgement in working within the boundaries of your scope of professional practice


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 Clinical 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 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 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 higher level of responsibility and professional autonomy requires. 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 capabilities required for your advanced practitioner role, and equip you to further develop your role as an advanced clinical practitioner beyond the end of the module. 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 skills, complex decision making, therapeutic management, and speciality specific knowledge and skills acquired during the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme. • Role transition and professional identity in advanced practice, including professional and service user 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 increasing 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 Advanced Practitioner within health promotion and illness prevention. • The application of evidenced based practice within the advanced practitioner role, including the role of the advanced practitioner in service evaluation and clinical audit. • The role of the Advanced Practitioner 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

Within this module you will build on your experience as trainee advanced practitioner, and the knowledge and skills gained from the other modules that you have studied on the programme, to demonstrate your transition to advanced practitioner. You will integrate the knowledge, skill and behaviours required of an advanced practitioner in order to achieve the learning outcomes and demonstrate the required capabilities within the context of your professional role and clinical speciality. Although lectures form a central component of the module, a key 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 may include: • 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

Allied Health Professions into Action.

Northouse, P.G. (2018). Leadership Theory and Practice. 

Barton,T. and Allen,D. (2015). Advanced Nursing Practice: Changing Healthcare in a Changing World. 

A Multi Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice.

Behavioural Change: Individual Approaches.





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


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

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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