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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: CONADVPRAC
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: ARBER AM Dr (HSC)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
The summative assessment will be in two parts:

Part A

Develop a personal development plan that is meaningful, realistic and achievable using the pebble pad tool to create a webfolio, and critically reflect on your development plan.
1,000 words (40%)

Your development plan is about your own personal and professional development
• Reflect on your personal and professional development
• Focus on your action plan and the areas for personal and professional development
• Reflect on the process of completing this plan

Part B

Appraise your development as an advanced practitioner using a reflexive approach and with reference to evidence-based literature
2,000 words (60%)

The student must pass both parts of the assessment in order to successfully complete the module.

• Analyse literature related to advanced practice and consider the literature in your own speciality
• Compare and contrast approaches to advanced practice development
• Critically appraise factors which enable and impede advanced practice in your speciality
• Reflect on your development in relation to advanced practice
Module Overview
Module Aims
• Explore and analyse the concept of advanced practice in health and social care
• Use and apply existing theoretical frameworks
• Explore and analyse the characteristics of advanced practitioners
• Understand the wider policy context for advanced practice
• Develop skills as an advanced practitioner
Learning Outcomes
On completing this module the student should be able to:

Subject knowledge and understanding
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of issues of expertise, competence and professional practice
• Appreciate a variety of approaches and ideas designed to initiate and manage innovative ideas and practice.

Practical skills
• Reflect critically and constructively on self
• Develop a creative, learning climate within their own organisation
• Communicate effectively with a wide range of professional and lay stakeholders including service users
• Apply learning to specific practice discipline

Cognitive skills
• Evaluate specialist/advanced practice in their own discipline
• Understand the cognitive domains of advanced practice
• Consider and critically reflect on the political, economic and social implications of advanced practice.

Key skills
• Demonstrate the capacity to work across professional boundaries in a flexible manner
• Differentiate the conditions and practices of an advanced practitioner
• Articulate competency as an advanced practitioner in a number of contexts
• Demonstrate advanced problem solving skills
• Critically reflect on the outcomes of advanced practice
Module Content
Indicative Content:
• Theories of advanced practice, expertise and competence
• Review key theories and concepts of advanced practice
• Identify internal and external factors which enhance or hinder advanced practice
• Criteria for judging advanced practice
• The modernisation agenda and policy context
• Processes of creative problem solving, decision making
• Participatory and partnership models, eg user involvement, cross boundary working
• Team working roles and inter-professional work
• Ethics, accountability and decision making in organisations
• Communities of practice
• Equality and diversity
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Taught: 30 hours
Self-directed: 120 hours 

Teaching will be by interactive lectures/discussions/seminar presentations and practical exercises.

In order to demonstrate achievement of learning for each module within the programme, it is expected that each student will attend all of the taught component. However, it is acknowledged that difficulties may arise preventing an individual’s attendance. Therefore the minimum attendance required will be 80% of the taught component of each module. This includes allowing for Annual leave. Any absence should be discussed in advance, with the module organiser. Any students failing to meet the attendance criteria for a module will be unable to submit their assessment.
Selected Texts/Journals

Bolton G 2005 Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, Sage, London
Eraut M 2001 Developing professional Knowledge and competence Routledge Palmer, London
Hargreaves P, Jarvis P 2000 The Human Resource Development Handbook London, Kogan Page
Higgs J, M Jones 2004 Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford
Jarvis P 2006 Human Learning, Routledge & Palmer, London
McGee P, Castledine G 2003 Advanced Nursing Practice. 2nd edn Blackwell, Oxford
O Luanaigh R, Carlson C 2005 Midwifery & Public Health Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone, London
Rainer T 2004 The New Diary: How to use a Journal for sel-guidance and Extended Creativity J.P. Tarcher Inc, CA
Raynor MD, Marshall JE, Sullivan A 2005 Decision Making in Midwifery Practice Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, London
Rolfe G; Freshwater D; Jasper M 2001 Critical Reflection for Nursing and the helping Professions Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan
Schon DA 1987 Educating the Reflective Practitioner Oxford, Jossey-Bass
Silverman J Draper J Kurtz S 2004 Skills for communicating with patients Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford
Wenger E 1999 Communities of practice Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Recommended journals
Critical Social Policy
Qualitative Health Research Social Science & Medicine
Journal of Advanced Nursing Journal of Research in Nursing
International Journal of Nursing Studies Nursing Inquiry
Nursing Ethics Professional Social Work
Practice Development in Health Care

Useful websites and databases:
Cochrane: The Cochrane database can be accessed through the UNIS website.
C.H.A.I.N (Contact, help, advice, information network);
Health Development Agency;
National Co-ordinating Centre for NHS service delivery and organisation R & D (NCCSDO);
Department of Health; htpp://
The Resource Discovery Network (RDN):
Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses
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