Developing Advanced Practice
Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Sara Lisabeth Roberts
Overall aims and purpose
This module develops the knowledge and skills of students who are or wish to become Advanced Clinical Practitioners. Students are expected to explore and develop knowledge and skills within all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice (Practice, Education, Research and Management Leadership). The increasing emphasis on the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioners alongside developments in legislation and policy drivers entails practitioners taking on different roles which are supported by the Framework for Advanced Practice in Wales.
This blended learning module facilitates students to deepen their knowledge of the principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and apply this knowledge in their workplace and professional development. Students are expected to develop their Advanced Practice Portfolio with the support of University based staff and Advance Practice Mentors from their workplace. Students utilise learning to keep abreast of current changes in health and social care in order to enhance service user care and promote best quality of service delivery.
The module can be accessed by health, social care and third sector professionals from any discipline who would normally be expected to hold a relevant professional qualification in the UK. The online learning for this module minimises time spent away from the work place and enhances student learning within their individual areas of work.
4 pillars of advanced practice : • Practice • Education • Research • Management Leadership
Theory underpinning advanced clinical practice
Clinical reasoning, accountability and evidence based practice applied to the advanced clinical practice role.
Developing and maintaining an advanced clinical practice portfolio
Legislation and policy drivers for enhancing and modernising service delivery in health and social care and the third sector
Modernising service development and delivery in health, social care and the third sector
Inter-professional working within advanced clinical practice
Students will be required to achieve a minimum of C- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module. Demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the facts and principles specific to the development and impact of the development of Advanced Practice across all four Pillars of Practice. Basic understanding of the principles that underpin Advanced Practice. Be focused on the assessment brief, describing the major links between topics with some irrelevant material and/or weaknesses in structure evident. There must be an attempt to present relevant and logical arguments. The assignment should not contain a large number of factual errors and there should be an attempt to analyse and/or explain problems. Be free of major weaknesses in presentation and accuracy.
Students will be required to achieve a minimum of B- grade in the assignment in order to achieve a B grade for this module. Demonstrate a strong understanding of the facts and principles specific to the development and impact of the development of Advanced Practice across all four Pillars of Practice. A range of coherent arguments that demonstrate understanding of the principles that underpin Advanced Practice. Be focused on the assessment brief, describing the major links between topics with little irrelevant material and/or weaknesses in structure evident. There must be relevant and logical arguments presented with evidence of some original interpretation. The assignment should not contain factual errors and there should be a good analysis of a range of issues evident. Be primarily free of weaknesses in presentation and accuracy.
Students will be required to achieve a minimum of A- grade in the assignment to in order to achieve an A grade for the module. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the facts and principles specific to the development and impact of the development of Advanced Practice across all four Pillars of Practice. Outline a wide range of well-structured and coherent arguments that demonstrate a deep level of understanding of the principles that underpin Advanced Practice which include significant elements of original interpretation. Be focused on the assessment brief, contain logically presented and defended arguments demonstrating an ability to identify, develop and present new links between topics and be free of irrelevant material and/or weaknesses in structure. There must be a very high standard of relevant and logical arguments presented with original interpretation evident. The assignment should not contain factual errors and there should be in depth analysis of a wide range of issues. Be free of weaknesses in presentation and accuracy.
Explore and critically appraise the development of inter-professional working for advanced practitioners and identify and discern the changing role and responsibilities that advanced practitioners may undertake that were previously the domain of other professionals
Demonstrate critical understanding of the principles of clinical reasoning and evidence based practice within the Frameworks of Advanced Practice (including the 4 pillars of Advanced Practice)
Undertake an analytical exploration of the need to respond effectively and flexibly to new models of care in order to enhance service development and delivery within health, social care and the third sector
Explore and critically analyse the principles of governance that guide working within accepted boundaries as well as professional accountability, capability and competence of the advanced practitioner role
Undertake a detailed analysis of the principles of delivery of high quality of care and apply to advanced practice
Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and apply a broad range and depth of theory that underpins the advanced practice role and show understanding of the impact of the role on innovative service development and delivery through developing and modernising working practices
Explore a comprehensive range of legislation and policy drivers and fully recognise their impact on advanced practice roles
|ESSAY||3,000 word Reflective Written Assignment||
Students are required to present a summative reflective assignment of 3,000 words based upon reflections of their learning experiences as trainee advanced clinical practitioners during the module (E.g. learning from the online discussion boards, working with their mentor and producing and presenting the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio at the portfolio workshop). The focus of this assignment will be on the impact on their professional development for each of the four pillars of advanced practice. Students are expected to demonstrate critical evaluation of the theory underpinning advanced clinical practice as well as application to their own practice (Learning outcomes 2-7)
|INDIVIDUAL BLOG||Online Discussion Board Contribution||
Students are required to contribute a minimum of 200 words to each of four online discussion boards which utilise the four Pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice (Practice, Education, Research and Management Leadership). The contribution to the online forum will entail a minimum of 800 words in total and will be marked by a Pass/Fail Criteria which is outlined in the Mentorship and Portfolio Document. Contribution to discussion forums will be monitored and facilitated by tutors and peers
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Attend 3 workshops which may be delivered using blended learning in 2020/21
Students will identify and work with a mentor who will be an experienced Advanced Practitioner. Minimum of 3 meetings to develop the Advanced Practice Portfolio.
Online learning via Blackboard
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
Students need to identify and work with an Advanced Clinical Practice Mentor who will normally be an experienced Advanced Clinical Practitioner or a Designated Medical Practitioner. A minimum of 3 formal meetings will be required to develop the Advanced Practice Portfolio and reflect on application of theory from the module to your practice.
Students are required to develop and maintain a Portfolio of Advanced Clinical Practice which will be developed in collaboration with their ACP Mentor in practice, University tutors and peers. Students will present their portfolio during a Portfolio Development Workshop and receive formative feedback from peers.
Resource implications for students
Students will need to have access to computers that enable them to engage with the University online learning and discussion boards. Students will need to identify and engage with an ACP Mentor in their workplace
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/nhs-4375.html
National Leadership and Innovation Agency. (2010). Framework for Advanced Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Practice in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
National Leadership and Innovation Agency. (2011). Advanced Practice Portfolio. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
Scottish Government Health Department. (2010). Advanced Nursing Practice Roles – Guidance for NHS Boards. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.
Welsh Assembly Government. (2010). Delivering a Five Year Service, Workforce and Financial Strategic Framework for NHS Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
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National Leadership and Innovation Agency. (2008). NHS Wales, A strategy for a Flexible and Sustainable Workforce. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
Welsh Government. (2015). Health and Care Standards. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
Department of Health. (2004). NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (NHS KSF) and the Development Review process. Leeds: Agenda for Change Project Team.
Welsh Assembly Government. (2010). Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) Cardiff: Welsh Government.
Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). (2011). Guidance for the development of (non medical) Consultant Practitioner Posts. http://www.hiw.org.uk/opendoc/234872
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1,000 Lives plus Campaign: www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/homecfm?orgid=781
Skills for Health National Occupational Standards: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/competences.aspx
Skills for Health Career Framework for Health: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/workforce-design-development/workforcedesign-and-planning/tools-and-methodologies/~/media/Resource-Library/PDF/Career_framework_key_elements.ashx