SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB722902
Module Leader Helen Gough
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

A registered nurse undertaking the PgD Advanced Practice in District Nursing programme

Summary of Content

This theory/practice based module provides experienced nurses the opportunity to integrate theory into Advanced Practice in District Nursing. Underpinned by leadership this module will introduce key contemporary themes that support advanced practice in district nursing The NMC community specialist practitioner outcomes along with the DH elements for advanced practice form the basis for practice learning within this module. With guidance from a District Nursing Practice Teacher students will undertake 342 hours Advanced Practice in District Nursing which will encompass a range of activities based on the student's learning requirements. As the NMC Framework (NMC, 2001) stipulates the configuration and length for the Specialist Practitioner programme, these requirements impact on the total number of hours associated with this module. It is expected that students will also undertake alternative practice (for example in palliative, dementia, primary care) in order to meet the practice outcomes for the programme.


Reflection and self assessment Applying leadership and change into practice Learning and Development Longterm conditions management (including dementia) Partnership working including patients, family and carers Health protection and health improvement Palliative and end of life care Symptom management Bereavement and loss Tissue viability Caseload management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Critically reflect and undertake self assessment of current knowledge and skills in relation to Advanced Practice in District Nursing by reviewing, amending and completing the practice learning plan as appropriate2. Undertake and critically reflect on programme related practice 3. Evaluate leadership and change theory and their application in the context of Advanced Practice in District Nursing 4. Evaluate the factors that influence learning and development within Advanced Practice in District Nursing5. Offer critical and creative analysis of the issues of relevance to the development, management and delivery of services provided by District Nurses6. Evaluate the factors that influence long term conditions management in the home setting7. Critically analyse partnership approaches within District Nursing practice8. Evaluate health protection and health improvement strategies within the context of Advanced Practice in District Nursing9. Synthesise knowledge from a range of theories and strategies to support Advanced Practice in District Nursing10. Prescribe where legislation permits

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy involves a range of student centered methods. These include seminars, groupwork, and practice based learning. GCU learn is the platform for online learning and this will be utilised to provide direction and support for learning. Students will be required to undertake formative assessment as part of the teaching and learning strategy.

Indicative Reading

Bach, S. & Ellis, P (2011) Leadership, Management and Team Working in Community Nursing. Exeter:Learning Matters Ltd Campbell, M.L. (2009) Nurse to nurse: palliative care Maidenhead McGraw Hill Publishing Chilton, S., Bain, H., Chilton, S., Bain, H., Clarridge, A & Melling, K (2012) A textbook of Community Nursing. Hodder London Arnold Castledine, G., & McGee, P (Eds) (2009) Advanced Nursing Practice 2nd ed., Oxford Blackwell Science Carrier, J. (2009) Managing long-term conditions and chronic illness in primary care: a guide to good practice Oxon Routledge Clarridge, A & Melling, K (2012) A textbook of Community Nursing. London Hodder Arnold -999 Corner, J., Bailey, C. (Eds) (2008) Cancer Nursing: care in context Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Limited Crown, J., Courteney, M and Griffiths, M (2010) Independent and Supplementary Prescribing: An Essential Guide. Cambridge University Press Dawes, M (2004) Evidence-based practice: a primer for health care professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Dimond, B (2011) Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice. London: Prentice Hall. Ellershaw, J 2011 Care of the dying: a pathway to excellence 2 nd ed Oxford University Press Oxford Fry, S. & Johnstone, M.J. (2008) Ethics in Nursing Practice (3rd Ed). Oxford: Wiley Gill, R (2011) Theory and Practice of Leadership (2nd Ed) London: Sage Green J. and Tones K. (2010) Health Promotion: planning and strategies. 2nd edition London: Sage. Hinchcliff, S. and Rogers, R. (2008) Competences for advanced nursing practice, London: Hodder Arnold Jasper, M., Rosser, M., Mooney, G. 2013 Professional development, reflection and decision making in nursing and health care 2 nd ed Chichester John Wiley & Sons Ltd Mann, W.C. 2005 Smart technology for aging, disability, and independence: the state of the science Wiley Interscience Main, C.J. 2008 Pain management: practical applications of the biopsychosocial perpsectives in clinical and occupational settings Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh Moore, R.J. 2012 Handbook of pain and palliative care: bio behavioural approaches for the life course Springer New York Nuttall, D., Rutt-Howard, J (2011) The textbook for Non Medical Prescribing Wiley-Blackwell Melnyk, B.K. 2011 Evidence based practice in nursing and healthcare: a guide to best practice 2 nd ed Philadelphia Lippicott Williams and Wilkins Polit, D.F 2013 Essentials of Nursing Research: appraising evidence for nursing practice 8 th ed Philadelphia Lippicott Williams Porter, E. 2011 Policy and strategy for improving health and wellbeing Exeter Learning Matters Reed, A. 2011 Nursing in partnership with patients and carers Exeter Learning matters Watkins, D. 2010 Public health and community health nursing London Elsevier Bailliere Tindall Harrison, R. 2009 Learning and Development 5 th ed London Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Wigens, L. 2013 Mentorship and clinical supervision skills in healthcare Andover Cengage Learning URL's www.nes.org.uk <http://www.nes.org.uk> www.nursingleadership.co.uk <http://www.nursingleadership.co.uk> http:// www. nmc-uk.org <http://www.nurse-prescriber.co.uk> <http://www.qnis.org.uk/> <http://www.npc.co.uk> http://www.qni.org.uk/ http://www.scotland.gov.uk http://www.rcn.org.uk <http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/> www.skillsforhealth.orgwww.nhshealthquality.org <http://www.skillsforhealth.orgwww.nhshealthquality.org>

Transferrable Skills

-Work in a self directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. -Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. -Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. -Work effectively with others -Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Placement 342.00
Seminars (FT) 34.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 100.00 50% Unseen exam
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 45% Practice Assessment