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Principles of Advanced Practice module

Module code NSA 4007
Level Level 7
Credits 15
FeesSee the Fees and funding below
Start dateJanuary
DurationFull-time via blended learning
Programme leaderChrysi Leliopoulou


This module is a short course delivered both on campus and online. It has been designed for both nurses and midwives working towards an advanced level of practice and can be taken as a single module (15 credits) or as part of the MSc Nursing Studies or MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Practice).

The teaching and learning strategy of this module is designed to facilitate learning and make it easy for busy professionals to study from home or work using a smart device (iPhone, iPad or any android phone or tablet) any time, any place.

Course content

This module is taught by experienced lecturers and focuses on your own development in relation to the core components of advanced practice*. The aim is to further your skills with the knowledge, competencies and understanding of this level of practice.

Through a series of online lectures and student led activities, you will develop your understanding of the advanced nurse practitioner role in delivering care effectively, such as deescalation and teamwork skills, health promotion care skills for public health, and workforce and service development. The module assessment will allow you to focus on developing a plan to improve your current capabilities of advanced clinical practice* within the local and national policy context.

*Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England. October 2017. Health Education England.


You will be assessed with a 2500 word summative essay submitted via Turnitin.




Indicative content

Directed study/preparatory work 

Thursday 17 January 2019


Session 1

  • Overview of the module content, coursework, assessment guidelines, attendance and tutorial support
  • Defining advancing practice
  • Historical overview of advancing practice in the UK

Focused reading

  • Reflection, reflective models and reflective writing
  • Defining advancing practice roles; models of advancing clinical practice
  • Definitions of a profession
  • Role development
  • Making sense of autonomy in advancing nursing practice

Tuesday 15 January 2019



This induction is only for students not already enrolled on another programme/new to Middlesex University


Thursday 24 January 2019


Session 2

  • Professionalism, ethics and accountability: Should advancing practice be regulated?
  • Group activity: Isn’t advanced practice being a mini doctor?

Focused reading

  • Professionalism, ethics, accountability
  • The practitioner and patient relationship
  • Job autonomy and patient advocacy
  • Decision making and direct liability
  • Indemnity

Thursday 31 January 2019


Session 3

  • The Four Pillars of Competency in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • The Leadership Pillar: managing change and project management skills?
  • Collaboration and inter-professional working
  • Group Activity: How do you re-validate as an ANP? Accountability and direct liability for advancing practitioners

Focused reading

  • Aren’t leadership and management the same?
  • Project management skills
  • Critical thinking and negotiation skills
  • Team work and team players
  • Understanding differences, culture and diversity
  • Team roles and leadership styles

Thursday 7 March 2019


Session 4

  • Advancing practice - a practitioner’s perspective?
  • Challenges and opportunities for advanced practitioners
  • Group activity: What does it mean to be a professional? Is the advancing practitioner truly autonomous?

Focused reading

  • The advancing practitioner as educator,  role model and leader
  • Why lead policy making?
  • Principles of policy formation
  • The role of advancing practitioner and the extended team in policy making

Thursday 14 March 2019


Session 5

  • Advancing practice - where does research fit in?
  • Group activity: How would you go about evaluating your emerging role?
  • Role development: using reflection, reflective models, EBP and reflective writing.

Focused reading

  • Research in the real world
  • Evaluating the role of EBP
  • Research and change
  • Drivers and challenges in research
  • Ethical issues and funding

Thursday 21 March 2019


Session 6



Formative essay

Thursday 28 March 2019


Session 7

  • Advancing practice and policy: How would you go about forming clinical policy in your area?
  • Group Activity: How would you go about forming clinical policy in your area?

Focused reading

  • Policy formation
  • Key players in policy making
  • Power and authority issues
  • Building alliances and sharing vision and mission

Thursday 11 April 2019


Session 8

  • The role of advanced practitioner in health promotion
  • National health initiatives and the role of ANP in the public health
  • Group Activity: Is there a real role for ANP in health promotion and public health?

Focused reading

  • Culture and diversity in health promotion
  • Public health and global public health issues
  • Constrains and opportunities
  • Use of technology and artificial intelligence in promoting health

Thursday 25 April 2019

Submit coursework via Turnitin along with a hard copy at Sheppard’s Library

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for this course, you must:

  • Be a registered nurse with a minimum of 3 years work experience
  • Demonstrate an interest in undertaking Level 7 study
  • Provide evidence of previous study at Level 6

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60
15 credits: £900

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

How to apply

To apply for this module, please contact the module leader, Chrysi Leliopoulou or the programme leader, Alison Harris.

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