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Advanced Clinical Assessment, Critical Thinking and Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This module aims to contribute to the development of a knowledgeable, competent Advanced Nurse Practitioner capable of fulfilling the competencies and domains (NMC, 2006; RCN, 2012; AANPE, 2008 and DH, 2010) implicit in Advanced Practice.

Advanced Practice encompasses education, management and research and is designed to deliver quality care to individual patients and families.  To achieve this Advanced Practitioners are required to draw on their extensive in-depth knowledge, clinical expertise, professional and clinical judgement.   This module will provide Practitioners with opportunities to develop their knowledge of clinically relevant biological sciences, patient consultation, and physical assessment skills and advance their analytical, critical reasoning, diagnostic and patient management skills. Emphasis will be placed on holistic and humanistic care utilising effective collaborative approaches in patient management, referral and discharge.

Aims of this module are to enable you to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the concepts of health and how these could contribute to optimal quality of life.
  • Adapt your role to changing developments in health, social care and medical practice.
  • Build upon existing knowledge and skills by drawing on relevant theoretical, clinical and research perspectives related to effective patient consultation and physical assessment.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the disease specific pathophysiology related to common acute, long-term and end of life conditions.
  • Demonstrate competence in health assessment and utilising critical reasoning in extrapolating clinically significant evidence and formulating diagnostic conclusions.

Module dates

Term 2: This intake is now full.

JAN: Monday 27 January 2021
FEB: Wednesday 3, 10, 17 and 24 February 2021
MAR: Wednesday 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 March 2021
APR: Wednesday 7, 19, 20 and 21 April 2021

Term 3

MAY: Wednesday 5, 12, 19 and 26 May 2021
JUN: Wednesday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 June 2021
JUL: Wednesday 8, 14, 26, 27 and 28 July 2021



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

A) Must have a first degree at 2.2 and above *

B) Must have at least 2 years post registration experience

C) Should be at least Band 6 or above

D) Must be working in an area where advanced assessment skills are utilised or have intention of doing so or looking at undertaking the Non-medical prescribing module**

E) Must have mentor or supervisor working at Advanced level or Doctor

F) Must be committed to attend all lectures/seminars for the duration of the modules

*Where applicant has not got A above, they must show they are capable of studying at M level with a current academic programme at level 6 and above.

**Where applicant is currently undertaking locum work(Agency) they must fulfil E above

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Duncan Smith

    Duncan was appointed Lecturer at City, University of London in August 2014.

    Duncan is currently undertaking a 4-year NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (supervised by Prof. Leanne Aitken and Dr Martin Cartwright). Duncan's doctoral research focuses on the development of a complex behaviour change intervention, to improve responses to ...