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Advanced Clinical Practice - HEA00106M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Victoria Lack
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This module aims to bring together the knowledge and skills the student advanced clinical practitioners have learned over the 2 years. Students will revisit the consultation and examine how to manage patients presenting with complex problems. The module will also look at patient management against the background of the current health context and public health issues in our time.

Professional requirements

Students need to be currently registered with the relevant professional body (HPC, NMC, GPhC.) They need to have at least 3 years experience in a relevant area of clinical practice.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module aims to integrate the knowledge and skills students have gained throughout the programme in order to practice as advanced clinical practitioners, both for individual patients and for populations.

Students will discuss management of patients presenting with 'complex' problems as well as looking at the management of the patient in the wider context- taking into account cultural identity, health and social policy, the current political agenda and the public health issues facing us today.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will:

  1. Be able to use different techniques during a consultation to facilitate a comprehensive assessment of a patient and to facilitate a collaborative approach to decision making and care planning.
  2. Be able to manage patients and medical uncertainty in patients presenting with more complex problems and patients presenting with confusing signs and symptoms.
  3. Understand the broader context of health policy and planning, and where the advanced clinical practitioner can fit into this picture.
  4. Understand the public health issues facing us in our time and how advanced clinical practitioners can work within systems to address these issues.

Module content

  • The consultation revisited (consultation techniques/cultural awareness/achieving concordance)
  • Mental capacity/deprivation of liberty/safeguarding/ mental health act
  • Working with patients with learning disabilities
  • Patients presenting with complex problems/medical uncertanity and medically unexplained symptoms. Managing risk.
  • Current health care context (the NHS today/political agenda/ burden of disease/managing expectations)
  • Contemporary public health issues (obesity/inequalities in health/climate change)


Task Length % of module mark
Log of hours/competency
N/A 0
Poster Presentation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The summative assessment will be a poster and accompanying presentation to the class and lecturers of 15 minutes. The poster will be a critical analysis of care provided to an individual for whom the clinician has provided care. The analysis will take into account the wider context of care provision with relation to the patient, alongside public health issues raised by the case study.

Students will also be required to submit a log of practice hours and confirmation of competency to work as an advanced clinical practitioner in order to pass this module and therefore the programme.

In the event that students do not achieve the competency required at first attempt, this can be reassessed in a time frame in accordance with university reassessment dates. Mentor and student and personal tutor will work together to develop an action plan (included in the clinical portfolio) in order to facilitate a pass at second attempt.


Task Length % of module mark
Log of hours/competency
N/A 0
Poster Presentation
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will submit a 500 word proposal outlining their poster presentation for the summative assessment. Students will receive feedback prior to the summative assignment.

Indicative reading

  • Burton, Chris, (2013) ABC of Medically unexplained symptoms. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Carrier, J., & Kendall, I. (2015.) Health and the National Health Service [electronic resource] Abingdon:Routledge.
  • Gurbutt, D. (2016) Collaborative practice for public health. CRC press.
  • Moulton, Liz. (2015). The naked consultation : a practical guide to primary care consultation skills. [S.l.] : CRC Press
  • Neighbour, Roger (2005). The inner consultation. Radcliffe

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