What you will study
Block one: Introduction to advanced practice encompasses the key principles of advanced level practice and provides core skills learning. It consists of:
- Learning guide 1: Foundations for advanced thinking and advanced practice
- Learning guide 2: Communication and decision making
- Day school 1
This block explores what advanced level practice looks like and focuses on development of critical thinking, advanced communication, and decision-making skills. You’ll reflect on your own professional role, envisage your advancing practice, and apply theory to practice. The skills developed within block one enables you to progress your practice-based learning whilst allowing you to explore your own particular learning needs and carve out your advanced role.
Block two: Clinical dimensions of advanced practice incorporates practice-based knowledge and skills development. It includes:
- Learning guide 3: Biomedical basis of advanced clinical practice
- Learning guide 4: ‘What’s wrong?’ Clinical consultation (history taking)
- Learning guide 5: Pathophysiology and Examination
- Learning guide 6: ‘What’s to be done?’ Clinical consultation (planning and doing)
- Day school 2
This block concentrates on the clinical elements of advanced clinical practice and equips you with the core practice-based capabilities. You will be facilitated to develop the biomedical knowledge required to perform safe and effective advanced clinical assessment, pertinent to your field of practice. Building on the learning from block one, you'll develop your abilities in the use of assessment data and clinical judgement, in order to reach independent diagnostic conclusions and complete full episodes of care. You will enhance your knowledge and understanding of relevant pathophysiology and health and wellbeing, and you will advance your skills in physical examination, shared decision making and therapeutic interventions.
Block three: Educating and leading through advanced clinical practice is aimed at developing broader advanced practitioner expertise, and includes:
- Learning guide 7: Developing yourself and others
- Learning guide 8: Leading in practice
- Learning guide 9: Preparing for your End-of-module assessment (EMA)
This final block provides opportunities to develop educational and leadership capabilities as part of your advanced clinical practice, and to review your own learning throughout the module. You will apply key principles to enhance your skills in facilitation of learning, and will demonstrate your abilities in leadership, management and collaborative practice, as part of your advancing role.
You will learn
This module is designed to enable you to progress your development of professional capabilities across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice – clinical practice; education and facilitation of learning; research and evidence-based practice; and leadership, management and collaborative practice. Learning outcomes reflect these pillars and are based on the key standards for advanced practice.
On successful completion of the module, you will demonstrate developing advanced practice skills; increased confidence in critical analysis; and enhanced knowledge and understanding of the broadened level of responsibility and autonomy associated with advanced practice in your own professional field.