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Contemporary Issues in Advancing Practice (distance learning)

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This module explores the context in which advanced practice takes place, and helps you to critically examine the key policy drivers and ethical and legal influences that impact upon advanced professional practice. It also examines the theoretical basis for clinical decision-making and managing complex situations, and the context of collaboration and teamwork with advancing practice. The module will challenge you to develop and enhance the following key skills for advanced practice:

  • critical thinking
  • decision-making
  • problem solving and innovative thinking
  • risk management
  • clinical reasoning
  • leadership / fellowship

This is done by providing a supportive and inclusive learning experience through the use of collaborative tools to support peer learning, engagement with module materials and the academic team that facilitate your learning.

Who the module is aimed at

You will be a registered health care professional working in primary, secondary or tertiary care wishing to develop your understanding of the legal, ethical and professional context in which advanced practitioners work.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

This module enables you to develop the core knowledge, skills and attitudes that you require as an advanced clinical practitioner. By critically examining the factors which affect the development and implementation of advanced practice roles, you develop an awareness of the contemporary issues affecting your role and its execution. You develop an understanding of the wider context of advanced practice roles within health care, and their impact upon the provision of high quality patient-centred care.

What you learn

You learn about the contextual drivers for advancing clinical practice, develop your understanding of clinical reasoning and decision-making and the importance of clinical risk management in practice.

General areas covered

  • legal and ethical principles for autonomous practice
  • positive risk-taking
  • clinical decision-making, clinical reasoning and managing complexity
  • human factors and patient safety
  • the socio-political context for advancing practice
  • psychology and emotional self-care

Fees and Funding for 2020/21

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £690

International students: £690 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

     Normally an honours degree recognised in the UK, at 2:2 or above in a related health care subject.

    If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If the level of your English lanuages is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recomment you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

    The above must be evidenced in your application form.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery during w/c 28th September 2020 with online induction activities during w/c 7th September 2020.  

    This module is delivered via distance learning. Attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Presentation

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 15 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Dr Robin Lewis - or contact the student experience team:

0114 2252372

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