Practice in Context. Doctor using technology in medicine.

Key features

This 20 credit module is a core module for the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) and (Clinical Practitioner) route in addition to other pathways within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. It will afford you the opportunity to look at, critically analyse and evaluate the principles of advancing clinical practice and prepare you for your learning journey on your masters. You will study alongside health professionals from different disciplines and from different healthcare settings adding a unique richness to this learning opportunity.
You will develop a critical understanding of the current issues that impact on service delivery and how advancing practice influences the provision of high-quality, patient centred care whilst also ensuring that the right care is delivered by the right clinician at the right time. You will also have the opportunity to consider the legal and ethical boundaries, working environment and complexities of your own practice.
Within the taught component of the module there will be input from visiting lecturers, clinicians, and managers from health sectors to offer practical and pragmatic input and promote active discussion.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 (degree) and Level 7 (masters) 


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

APP 701

Course details

Critically review the four pillars of advanced practice – leadership, clinical, education, research – which characterise the work of the advanced practitioner within a diversity of clinical settings.
Critically analyse the challenges to and opportunities for leadership that stimulate and facilitate effective service change, supporting inter-professional working and service user involvement to facilitate high quality care.
Critically evaluate contemporary policy drivers and framework within the health and social care sector in relation to an advanced level of practice. 
Identify and critically analyse the professional issues relation to their own practice role within the context of integrated care delivery.
Critically debate the professional, political, legal and ethical demands of working within the context of advanced practice as an autonomous practitioner.
The summative assessment for this module is an essay.
(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

Delivery 1
11, 18, 25 September and 2, 9, 23 October 2024
Delivery 2
8, 15, 22, 29 January and 5, 19 February 2025
(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.
This module can be studied as a standalone module or as a core module towards the following programmes:

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module you must:
  • be a registered practitioner working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the module outcomes
  • ideally be in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level.
Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.