Professional Nurse Advocate

This module prepares Registered Nurses (RNs) to undertake the Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) role. The module focus is on clinical supervision and leadership. The module therefore aims to equip RNs with the knowledge and skills to facilitate a form of clinical supervision known as “restorative clinical supervision” to colleagues and teams. This aims to promote quality improvements in clinical practice, therefore promoting staff development, health and wellbeing and building the resilience of clinical teams.

Evidence based attributes known to strengthen the restorative clinical supervision process and linked to recognised model “A-EQUIP” will make up the course content. Learning content therefore aims to advance students’ supervisory communication skills, their self-awareness, compassionate leadership, professional accountability, and decision making.  In addition, their ability to recognise stress in the workplace and promote clinical safety and nursing resilience and lead ethical and compassionate service improvement.

Entry criteria

As per NHS England PNA criteria:

You have your Line managers approval

You are an RN with the NMC and hold a current registration

You are Band 5 or above in a patient- facing clinical role within health care in a setting providing NHS commissioned care.

You have evidence of previous study at level 6 (BSc level)

Please note: A level 5 Diploma is not accepted.

Please note this entry criteria are for the PNA module only.

If students wish to continue the MSc Professional Clinical Practice programme they will need to meet the MSc PCP Programme entry criteria  found on the MSc PCP page.

How to apply (for this module only)

  1. You submit an expression of interest (EOI) to your Line Manager in order to obtain their support. Your line manager confirms you hold a level 6 qualification and can commit to undertaking this module.
  2. The EOI is forwarded to your Trust Lead for approval. The Trust Lead considers EOI and confirms approval (or otherwise) to the Line Manager and applicant and submits approved EOI to:
  3. EOI acknowledged and allocated University confirmed.
  4. Await correspondence from your allocated University whereby you will receive the and then follow the University application and enrolment process in order to receive your student log-in details. If allocated a place at DMU please complete DMU’s application form. Please allow sufficient time to complete this application process which requires you to submit certificates and documentation in addition to the above.
  5. Please note to commence the application process; if you have not used DMU’s Registration online application portal before, you will need to register first, providing a preferred email address and a username.  Please use a personal email address rather than your NHS email address.
  6. To complete the enrolment process you will also need to follow instructions and send any further required documentation to 

Key information

Module Category: PCPH
Module Code: 5052
Module Credits: 15
Module Level: 7

Module leader

Dr Tania Hart


T: 0116 257 7481


Teaching is across the Autumn and spring terms

Cohort 1 delivery:  3rd, 4th, 10th,11th Oct and 7th,14th, 21st, 28th Nov and 5th and 6th Dec 2022

Cohort 2 delivery: 9th, 10th,16th, 17th, 25th, 30th Jan, and 6th, 7th, 15th, and 16th Feb 2023


There is no cost to undertake the PNA Training to yourself. The PNA Training Programme is a fully funded virtual programme which is funded directly from NHSE/I and paid straight to De Montfort University which is a named Higher Education Institute (HEI) PNA training provider.