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Contemporary Issues in Advancing Practice (distance learning)

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This module is aimed at:

All registered health care professionals working in primary, secondary, or tertiary care wishing to develop a wider understanding of the context in which advanced practice is developing. It is available in online, distance learning (DL) and face to face classroom formats.


This module explores some of the key contemporary issues that affect the development and implementation of advancing practice in modern health care. Its content aligns with the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England published by Health Education England (HEE) in 2017. Participation in the module will therefore enable you to meet the portfolio requirements of the HEE multi-professional framework for advancing practice and in particular the pillars of leadership and management, education, and research. 

The module will challenge you on all levels to develop and enhance the following key skills for your own advanced practice:

• Critical thinking and understanding complexity in health care

• Decision-making, innovation, and problem solving 

• Clinical risk management and risk stratification

• Clinical leadership and advocacy

Teaching and learning strategy

This will be done through the provision of a supportive and inclusive learning experience. This experience will be achieved through the use of peer discussion, critique and debate. The structure of the module is designed to support peer to peer learning, through engagement with the interactive module materials and the experienced academic team that facilitate your learning. 

Module content

Using a macro/meso/micro approach to understanding health care, the module explores the socio-political context in which advanced practice takes place and helps you to critically examine the key external influences that impact upon policy and practice in advanced professional practice.  It also examines the theoretical basis for contemporary clinical decision-making, managing complex situations, and the management of risk. Taking the module will enable you to explore key issues such as:

• Working across professional boundaries and broadening your own sphere of influence

• Developing safe, effective, and productive relationships with your own and other professions 

• Engaging in peer review to inform your own and other’s practice 

• Leading new practice and the need to develop service redesign solutions

• Influencing the future development of clinical practice to enhance quality, reduce variation and promote the sharing and adoption of ‘best practice’

• Demonstrating and enacting team leadership, resilience, managing situations that are unfamiliar, complex, or unpredictable, and seeking to support and build confidence in others

• The need to constructively challenge others and the escalation of concerns that may affect safety and well-being.

• The legal, ethical, professional, and organisational policies, governance and procedures that affect advancing practice



Fees and Funding for 2022/23

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £710

EU / International students: £1205 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

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

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding 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 has 2 planned intakes to commence in September 2022 and January 2023

    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:

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