Module code: NUR3234

Module Overview

This module supports the development of the theoretical understanding, knowledge and skills required to practice effectively as a specialist practitioner within the primary and community care environment. This module integrates theory learned in this module and all core programme modules and enables students to develop skills in practice using the appropriate evidence base.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

LANE Heather (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 48

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must be currently undertaking a specialist practice SPQ or SCPHN programme. Students must be sponsored by an Organisation who will provide a practice placement with an allocated Practice Teacher and where appropriate a Mentor to support and assess the student in practice

Module content

 The content of this module enables the student to develop within their chosen NMC specialist practice pathway:

  • Micro teaching

  • Immunisations across the lifespan

  • Ethical dilemmas/safeguarding/risk

  • Advanced communication

  • Innovations in wound care practice

  • Diabetes update

  • Chemotherapy update

  • Palliative care

  • Nutrition

  • CHD risk post cancer treatment

  • Public health and practice profiling

  • Clinical decision making

  • Medicines management

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO Pass/Fail
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the integration of evidence based theory with the acquisition of practice skills.


In the portfolio, students will identify the strengths, challenges, opportunities and barriers to their learning at three key points in their learning journey. This will enable them to set their learning objectives, agree a plan for achieving them with their Practice Teacher and evaluate their progress.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of two components:



A portfolio of evidence of competence to demonstrate achievement of the Specialist Practice outcomes, specific to the students NMC pathway. The selection of the material for the portfolio should contextualise the student’s learning and show development and growth of understanding. It provides evidence of the student’s range of learning in practice whilst also providing the student with an evidence based record of achievement of competencies in the NMC standards for Specialist practice. All learning outcomes must achieve competent status to achieve a pass. Evidence to support practice development should include:


  • Logged hours of practice activity within identified setting and related domain of NMC proficiency will be verified by the Practice Teacher or other appropriate signatory. By the time the student enters consolidated practice it is expected that the students will normally have completed approximately 63 days of practice, which will be logged within the portfolio. This includes 5 days of alternative practice (a day in practice is calculated as 7.5 hours).

  • Assessment in practice of the student’s stage of development as measured against the NMC Standards for Specialist Practice. This formative assessment will be managed by the Practice Teacher and supported by the Specialist Tutor/Pathway Leader. Levels of proficiency will be reviewed at each of the three programmed visits to practice, made by the Specialist Tutor.

  • SCOB analysis x 3 to demonstrate change and development of the student's progress

  • Learning agreements and evaluation of learning agreements

  • Evidence of appropriate assessment skills

  • Evidence of appropriate decision making in relation to patient management for example a complex care plan (referenced)

  • Evidence of multi-agency, multi/interdisciplinary working to demonstrate the delivery of safe and effective care

  • Teaching plan, delivery and evaluation of session to include assessment by Practice Teacher

  • Medicines management reflective discussion with the Practice Teacher

  • A comparison of the practice placement and the alternative practice placement using windshield surveys

  • Achievement of NMC pathway competencies. Normally students will have been assessed as competent for all NMC outcomes by the time they enter consolidated practice. Completion of summative assessment form by PT. Where this has not been achieved, there must be evidence of a time bounded action plan agreed by Practice Teacher, student and Specialist Tutor.

  • Completion of consolidated practice form. This form must be submitted separately to the university on the last day of the student’s programme and will confirm achievement of the remaining 50 days practice requirement and consolidation of learning from the programme.



Reflective Essay


A personal reflection of your development as a specialist practitioner drawing on the knowledge and evidence base gained throughout your journey. There should be a demonstration of a clear understanding of your field of expertise in relation to the NMC Specialist Practice learning outcomes.


Reflection of the learning journey – to be submitted at the same time as the portfolio in July of final year. This will be submitted and marked as per the university regulations by the Practice Teacher and Specialist Tutor.


The reflection is submitted via SurreyLearn and one hard copy submitted to the Practice Teacher


2500 words (100% of the module marks)


Formative assessment and feedback

Students are encouraged to keep reflective diaries throughout the year. Student progress will be reviewed at tripartite meetings in practice between the student, Practice Teacher and University Specialist Tutor. Each student will receive a minimum of 3 visits at strategic points in the programme. Students will develop their portfolio of evidence and complete a SCOB and reflection of their progress to be discussed at each visit. Practice Teachers will review the student’s practice on a regular basis and raise any concerns with the student and their Specialist Tutor at an early stage.


Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • This module aims to enable district nursing, general practice nursing and community children’s nursing students to develop evidence based practice and achieve competency in the NMC standards of proficiency. Students are supported in practice by a Practice Teacher and where appropriate a mentor to progress to a stage of competency in the NMC standards for specialist practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the social, political and economic factors which influence patient/client care and the impact on health and social care resources. KCT
002 Deliver high quality client/patient care demonstrating professional judgement within acceptable ethical and legal parameters. KCP
003 Contribute to strategies designed to promote and improve health and prevent disease in individuals, groups and communities. KCPT
004 Engage effectively with the relevant agendas and develop appropriate strategies for practice development. KCPT
005 Act professionally within a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary context to deliver safe and effective decision making. CPT
006 To demonstrate knowledge of medicines management in the context of specialist practice (K, C, P) KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to bring together all elements of learning in University and practice settings building on their existing professional skills to achieve the knowledge and skills required to ensure that students are adequately prepared for their role as a Specialist Practitioner.  Where appropriate students will be taught in their specific pathway groups or together for common core elements of the module.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions, case studies, presentations from specialist practitioners in University, role play, external speakers with speciality knowledge from practice

Observation, participation and demonstration of skills in practice, professional conversation and reflection, clinical supervision, contribution to inter-professional forums in practice.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Primary and Community Care (Community Childrens Nursing) (SPQ) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) (SPQ) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Primary and Community Care (General Practice Nursing) (SPQ) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.