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Introduction to Advanced Clinical Practice

The face of modern healthcare is changing, with roles expanding across a variety of non-medical fields. In order to practice safely and effectively in these new roles, practitioners need to be equipped with the advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to practice autonomously.

This module will enable the student to:
  • Take a comprehensive history from a patient
  • Critically appraise the underlying principles of consultation and physical examination including consultation models
  • Develop an understanding of basic pathophysiology and apply this to the diagnostic reasoning process
  • Consider principles of diagnostic reasoning
  • Develop a rationale for the requesting of tests / investigations
  • Gain a basic understanding of common tests / investigations, including haematological and plain imaging
  • Perform a physical examination of the major body systems
  • Discuss the sensitivity / specificity of different forms of examination and assessment techniques
  • Enhance the ability to make informed judgements, problem solve and identify complex health needs and issues specific to an advanced clinical role.

Allied issues such as inter-professional team working, patient referral mechanisms and professional accountability in an advanced role are also addressed. It is aimed at those health care practitioners who will be professionally supported in this active interventionist role.  It is relevant to Registered Paramedics, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals working within a variety of primary and secondary care settings.

Students will need  mentor support (usually medical, but an absolute requirement) and be able to access learning opportunities beyond their own clinical area in order to gain competence in a range of system examinations. It is recommended that a minimum of 1 session (4hr) per week be supernumerary in order to facilitate this.

Please contact the module leader (Stuart Pinson - ) for further information. To apply, contact LBR admissions ( unless you are self-funding.

Entry Criteria

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above in a relevant subject) awarded by a British university or other equivalent approved degree awarding college/body
  • A professional qualification as a healthcare practitioner, current registration with the relevant healthcare professional body and current involvement in professional practice
  • You should be able to supply two references; one giving emphasis to academic and clinical ability
  • Evidence of a suitable mentor to support the clinical elements of the module

In exceptional circumstances, applications from non-standard entry requirements may be considered, where you will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate professional expertise through a professional portfolio. Please visit our website for more information.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and during the course if you need it. To find out more, please visit

International students are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-sessional English language course and a range of induction workshops held during our dedicated International Welcome Week, prior to starting the course, to help you settle in to the UK and at DMU.

NHS East Midlands employees may be eligible for funding from Health Education East Midlands and should check with their line manager/trust authorised signatory. Employees from the private, voluntary and independent sector may also be eligible. Please contact us for more information.

Non-standard entry requirements:
In exceptional circumstances consideration may be given if you do not meet the aforementioned criteria.

In these cases, you will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate professional expertise through Professional Portfolio evidence in one of the following:
Publication; an article published in a refereed journal as a single or joint contributor (with evidence of a significant contribution or being the first author in the list).

This could be a research paper or a critical review of nursing practice.

Change management; if you have had an active part or been an instigator in the management of change. Documented evidence in the form of minutes of meetings, completed projects etc. should be produced to substantiate your claim.

It is expected that you would be working as a team leader or specialist practitioner.

Leadership; have you been a leader/team manager with responsibilities for managing a team? As above, there should be documented evidence to substantiate the claim.


How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information



Key information

Module Category: MPHE
Module Code: 5208
Module Credits: 45
Module Level: 7

Module leader

Stuart Pinson
T: 0116 207 8863


Semester 1 2018

This module runs once in an academic year over two semesters.

The next run of this module will commence in September 2018

  • 10.00 - 16.00 Thursday 11 October
  • 10.00 - 16.00 Thursday 25 October
  • 10.00 - 16.00 Thursday 1 November
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 8 November
  • 10.00 - 17.00 Thursday 15 November
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 22 November
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 29 November
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 6 December
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 13 December

Semester 2 2019

  • 10.00 - 16.00 Thursday 31 January
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 7 February
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 14 February
  • 10.00 - 16.00 Thursday 28 February
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 7 March
  • 10.00 - 16.30 Thursday 14 March
  • 10.00 - 16.00 Thursday 21 March
  • 08.30 - 17.00 Friday 3 May  (OSCE day - must attend)

Preparation for Study


Please refer to the entry criteria for this module.

In order to achieve the competencies within the practice environment you will need to have a mentor to support you. This should be an advanced practitioner with the relevant skills and qualifications OR a consultant physician. Please contact the module leader if you have any queries or questions.



In the region of £2500 please contact either Shona Green (module leader) or Nigel Goodrich ( for further information.

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