Key features

A-EQUIP (Advocating for Education and QUality ImProvement) is the new employer-led model of supervision. The model promotes a continuous improvement process through staff development, and action to improve quality and experience of care.
The professional advocate is a leadership and advocacy role designed to deploy the A-EQUIP model. Our course will prepare you to undertake the role of the professional advocate, and is for midwives and nurses who are being supported to develop this role within their organisation. 
We want to enable you to work with the A-EQUIP model, and believe A-EQUIP will have a positive impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of midwives, nurses and others working across health and social care, and will also improve the safety, quality and kindness to the people that we work with.
Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree


Online delivery

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) student

Course details

On our course, you will:
  • understand the role of the professional advocate
  • learn to work with the A-EQUIP model as a means to continual improvement
  • develop the skills and competencies required to undertake the four functions of the A-EQUIP model; this includes quality improvement and restorative clinical supervision (RCS)
  • explore and deploy the A-EQUIP model locally, regionally and within communities of practice.
At the end of our course, you will be equipped to:
  • keep people at the centre of all that you do
  • build and develop professional networks
  • meet contractual obligations
  • explore how the A-EQUIP model can work locally and regionally.
This module can be studied as a standalone module or towards the following award MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions).


There are two parts to the assessment for this module:
  • a written report
  • a practice portfolio.

Module dates

Delivery 1
18, 19 and 25 September, 2, 10, 11, 16 and 23 October 2023
Delivery 2
13, 14, 20, 28 and 29 November, 4, 11 and 18 December 2023
Delivery 3
19, 20 and 26 February, 5, 6, 11, 18 and 25 March 2024
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.

What our students say

"An enjoyable thought-provoking experience, with opportunities to network and sessions from lots of different speakers." 
"I really liked how the course was set up. I think there was the right amount of breaks and the start / finish times were a luxury and allowed me to use time either side for further study. I loved the different people that came onto the course and it did feel like we had a wide breadth of experienced / inspirational people that came to talk to us."
"The course has presented me with opportunities to develop education within my department and I am looking forward to taking some ideas to my line managers."
"The course seems to be the most hands on, interactive and enjoyable that my friends and colleagues have encountered. Thank you!"
"Thank you for a brilliant course, the taught sessions have been informative, well paced and cover broad topics to aid in pretty much any report topic I can think of. The lecturers have been knowledgeable and approachable and the facilitators have responded well to any questions posed, providing advice and guidance as needed. Well designed and led, thank you."
"Great course, I have learned so much and I am look forward to putting it into practice."
"Lecturers are all very supportive and are happy to answer questions throughout the course."

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (with live registration) and evidence of study at level 6 within the last 3 years would be advantageous.

Fees and funding

APP741 fees
Please see our professional development module fees page.
Funding for this module may be available through your employing organisation. Please contact your organisation’s education coordinator in the first instance.

Further information

Places for most module deliveries have been allocated regionally for this academic year and this is being coordinated by the PNA regional leads. Please contact your professional nurse advocate regional lead regarding the process in your locality. Please note, this module will run to minimum numbers and therefore may not run if interest is low.
For further information regarding this module, please contact:
Course Lead (Andrea Stebbings)
Phone: +44 1752 586512
Enquiries for prospective students:
Phone: +44 1752 586951
Enquiries for enrolled students (Programme Admin team):
Phone: +44 1752 586748

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.