Clinical Leadership, Management and Advancing Practice (ADV779)

Key features

This module will develop students' knowledge and skills in Advanced Clinical Practice, exploring theories of Clinical Leadership and Management. It will encourage students to critically assess their own clinical leadership and management needs, as well as those of their team, helping to build capacity and capability and foster a culture of continuous improvement.
This module has been designed to align with the Leadership and Management pillar of the Health Education England Multidisciplinary framework for Advanced Clinical Practice

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Module code




FHEQ Level

7 – masters degree


Distance learning approach: live (synchronous) online delivery of taught content allowing engagement with the module content and interactive discussion.

Module details

This module will equip students with advanced theoretical knowledge in Clinical Leadership, Management and Advancing Practice.
Units of study include:
  • Advancing Practice in Context.
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management.
  • Leadership in Practice.
  • Management and Business in Healthcare.
  • Decision making, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
  • Leading and Managing change.
  • Multi-professional team working.
The assessment for this module is 100% coursework.
Learning outcomes
  • Critically evaluate the four pillars of advanced clinical practice and the opportunities and demands of working as an autonomous practitioner in the context of advanced practice.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of leadership and management strategies and their application to the multi-professional clinical environment.
  • Critically evaluate current leadership concepts and their application to service change, the delivery of person-centred care and facilitation of high-quality care.
  • Critically reflect on team leadership, resilience and determination, managing situations that are complex or unpredictable.
  • Critically examine and reflect on own identity as a leader and recognise leadership capabilities and personal development needs. 
  • Critically evaluate the legal, ethical, professional and organisational policies, procedures and codes of conduct that underpin care delivery and their relevance to leadership and management.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
Access to: 
  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides 
  • student card.


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Module dates

Dates: 1 February, 2 February and 8 February 2023
Duration: one academic term
End date: 10 May 2023
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.



Entry requirements

  • Applicants will normally have a relevant first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above; or a European first cycle equivalent. 
  • Applicants without a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above may be eligible to apply, if combined with appropriate practice related experience relevant to the programme and following submission of a written critical evaluation of advanced practice marked against the Level 7 criteria. 
  • Certified evidence of an appropriate level of competence in clinical examination of the eye, to include slit lamp examination of the anterior eye, slit lamp biomicroscopy assessment of the optic nerve head and retina and tonometry, will be required where applicable, and where necessary for the successful completion of a chosen clinical module.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English through an IELTS average of 6.5, overall minimum of 5.5 in each part. 
  • Due to the blended learning delivery model of this module, it is an expectation that applicants will have access to wi-fi and relevant electronic devices that allow them to engage fully with all aspects of module delivery, teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • In some cases, an interview may be required to assess individual ability to meet the requirements of this module. 

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology

This module can be studied as a standalone 20 credit option or as part of the full MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology.
An innovative and flexible MSc programme supporting the postgraduate development of registered ophthalmic professionals to an advanced level of practice in Clinical Ophthalmology.
Full programme details can be found on our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology  page. 



You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Phone: +44 1752 586951
Current student enquiries:
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.