Advancing Professional Practice







15 Weeks


Part time - 15 Credit



Course leader

Dr Rachael Major


in partnership with MDX Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowFrameworks are emerging across the UK to support Health and Social Care Professionals to extend their expertise and scope of practice, including the development of Advanced Practice Roles.  This module will enable students to analyse the concepts of Advanced Practice, including the 'Four Pillars' identified within these frameworks: clinical practice, facilitating learning, leadership, and research and development (NHS 2017).  They will apply this to identify how their own area of practice can be advanced. This module is suitable for all health and social care practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in a specific aspect of their role, including recognition as an Advanced Practitioner.

This module is quality assured by Middlesex University and the student will receive a Middlesex University award on successful completion.

Course content

Module aims:
To provide the student with an opportunity to explore the key theories and concepts underpinning advanced practice roles within their field of practice.

Knowledge (understanding):

  1. Define the term advanced practice and critically evaluate the concept, scope and value of advanced practice within the health and social care context.
  2. Critically explore the part the advanced practitioner plays in promoting inter-collaborative practice within the health and social care context.
  3. Critically evaluate the evidence base supporting advanced practice.
  4. Critically explore the legal, ethical and professional dimensions, at a local, national and international level, associated with advanced practice.

Skills (competencies)
Critically review their own role and scope of practice.

This module will include:

  • Definitions of the term advanced practice,
  • Scope of advanced practice roles including teaching, leadership and research,
  • Inter-collaborative practice,
  • Theory and concepts under-pinning advanced practice,
  • Critically evaluating and reviewing the evidence base
  • The legal, ethical and professional dimensions of advanced practice,
  • Governance structures, ensuring safe and quality practice, promoting service improvements
  • Identifying learning needs, planning and delivering teaching sessions, assessing competence. 


The students will undertake 150 hours of independent and facilitated learning over one semester of 15 weeks.
Our pedagogical approach, aligned to Universal Design for Learning (CAST 2018), is to offer a range of teaching and learning experience to enable deep learning and mastery of the subject. Using a blended learning multimedia approach, teaching content will be available using technology such as videos, narrated PowerPoints and podcasts through the Institute’s Learning Pod. Knowledge and understanding, as well as application to the student’s area of practice, will be developed through a range of teaching methods suited to the module content. Formative assessment using methods such as peer review, peer teaching, engagement in online discussion forums and skills mapping will consolidate learning and prepare students for their summative assessments

There will be embedded sessions to address the expectations of studying at Masters level for all students who are new to this level of study, which will also be available to continuing students, as well as access to additional optional study skills sessions, both online and workshop based.

Assessment methods:

Task 1: A critical evaluation of your current role and how this aligns with advanced practice, including an action plan for your future development. This can be presented using 1 or 2 options:
Option 1: a 15 minute oral poster presentation
Option 2: a 15 minute digital presentation
30% of total mark (Outcomes, K1, K4, S1)

Task 2: A 2500 word critical review of how the principles of advanced practice could be used to develop an identified area of practice relevant to your role.
70 % of total module mark (outcomes K1, K2, K3, K4)

Entry requirements

Students accessing this programme will normally hold a relevant first degree (2:2 or above). Consideration will be given to applicants who have extensive experience and can demonstrate that they have the equivalent 'graduate level' skills by virtue of this experience. These individuals will be able to seek alternative entry through the accreditation of prior learning process. International students must demonstrate competence in English language through IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Funding may be available for States of Guernsey employees. Please discuss with your manager. 


This module forms part of the advanced practice pathway of the Masters in Professional Practice and will develop skills and knowledge to apply for advanced practice roles

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