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Enhanced Clinical Practitioner

Gain the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours, values and attitudes needed to work at an enhanced clinical level.

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Students can engage in a critical exploration of the Advanced Practice agenda

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Level 2 Maths and English (GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent)

No less than two years post registration experience with no less than six months experience in the relevant clinical speciality.

Enhanced Clinical Practitioners must be registered with either one of the statutory healthcare regulators, Social Work England or with one of the following accredited voluntary registers: The Academy for Healthcare Science, Register of Clinical Technologists or Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. (Please refer to the website for further details).

UCAS code N/A

UCAS institution code P63

Duration One year

Course Summary

Study in an interdisciplinary environment which will provide a more holistic approach to your clinical skills. To undertake this course you will be expected to be working at an enhanced level of practice with specific knowledge and skills in a field of expertise.

You'll be expected to manage a discrete aspect of a patient’s care within your current level of practice, which will be particular to a specific context, be it a client group, a skill set or an organisational context.

On completion of the Enhanced Clinical Practitioner (ECP) programme, you can look to progress your studies by advancing to the Advanced Clinical practitioner qualification, dependent on the nature of your role and organisational context.  Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) have developed their knowledge and skills to an advanced level of practice and can manage the whole episode of a patient’s clinical care, from the time they first present, through to the end of the episode. 

Why study with us?

We're one of only a limited number of universities to offer this programme

Funding through the apprenticeship levy

Asynchronous learning online

Tutorial support

Peer learning

PG cert at level 7

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

This course involves studying four modules for one year only, and on successful completion you can use the qualification to explore advanced-level practice. Study learning based, leadership and clinical decision-making modules, then put together your own research proposal.
Paul Horne - Course leader

1st Year

Leadership for Enhanced Practice Core
Effective leadership is essential to providing high quality practice in health and social care settings. Staff morale and motivation, retention and recruitment, professional development, quality improvement, service efficiency and effectiveness - all depend significantly upon the style and quality of leadership at the front line. This module will empower students to develop the necessary leadership skills to become a facilitator and motivator of change in the workplace. The focus is on contemporary theories of leadership such as transformational, distributive and leaderful practice and the notions which underpin leadership such as personal dispositions, values and skills.
Enhancing Practice
This module is designed to enhance and develop skills in patient assessment and improve professional practice to provide safe and effective person-centred care within the individual setting or service area. This module will facilitate the development of the student’s ability to critically examine their patient assessment practices and equip them with the knowledge and skills required to be more confident and effective in gathering patient information, decision making, communicating and evaluation of their practice. Students will also develop a critical understanding of their role in practice improvement by exploring teaching and learning and opportunities to contribute to service development to continually deliver safe and effective care in an evolving health service.
Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making
This module will support student to develop a structured approach to their clinical reasoning and decision-making skills and knowledge, in order to determine evidence-based therapeutic assessments and interventions. The module will enable students to build upon previously acquired skills and knowledge of physical assessment, strengthening their ability to practice autonomously. It will also help enhance their professional judgement in managing complex and unpredictable care events, through systematic, creative and innovative thinking.
Preparation for EPA
For successful completion of the apprenticeship, all learners are required to undertake the End Point Assessment (EPA), once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is working consistently at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, all of the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that they can be evidenced to an EPAO. All pre-requisites for EPA assessment methods must also be complete and available for the assessor, as necessary. The EPA consists of two components: Quality Improvement Proposal Report and a Professional Discussion. This additional module prepares the student for the End Point Assessment (EPA). During this module the apprentice will be guided and given preparatory exercises (subject to availability from EPAO) to prepare them to succeed the required elements of the EPA.

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

This course is perfect if you're curious about...

Leadership in Practice

Clinical Decision making

Research skill and purposal writing

Future of healthcare in the UK

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Teaching is delivered through asynchronous learning online.

How will you be assessed?

Through assignment writing, practice portfolio and case studies and Quality Improvement
Professional Discussion.

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Paul Horne

Course leader

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Paul has over 20 years experience working in the NHS across secondary and primary care settings, and has been working as a Advanced Clinical Practitioner for the last six years. He has experience in leadership of teams and service design and clinical skills and decision making, with teaching experience in academia and also non-academia subjects supporting the work force to be the best clinician they can be in the ever changing landscape of health.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £7000 - The fees for this course are covered by your employer and the Government. You will not be required to pay any tuition fees or take out a tuition loan.

As an apprentice, you will be paid a salary as an employee. Through the Apprenticeship Levy of the supporting organisation (your employer), the following services are provided at no cost: tripartite reviews, End-Point Assessment (EPA), access to course-specific equipment and facilities including the Clinical Simulation Suite Associated academic services including the library, study skills training, IT support, student support and wellbeing services, and membership of the Student Union.

Additional costs:

Note for employers: For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees. Please contact the Programme Leader for further details.

You should budget for these potential additional costs:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check
  • Occupational health declaration (or evidence that one has been completed)
  • Evidence of all required vaccinations being up-to-date
  • Travel to and from placement
  • Accommodation and general living costs
  • Textbooks
  • Stationary
  • Printing/photocopying
  • Membership of a union (optional but advised)
  • Possible discretionary trips and activities

Funding available for this course

Note for employers: For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees. Please contact the Programme Leader for further details. 


Paul Horne

Programme Lead for ECP and ACP

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Claire Langman

Healthcare Education Strategic Advisor

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Claire is our Healthcare Education Strategic Advisor, responsible for working closely with the NHS and other health partners to develop our health programmes.

Julie McCoy

Adult Nursing Programme Lead

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Frequently asked questions

Q1   What does "asynchronous online learning" mean?

Asynchronous online learning means you can learn on your own schedule in a certain time frame.

Q2   What if I don't have Maths and English GSCE grade C or level 2 Maths and English?

Discussion with your Employer/University around supporting you to achieve this will be required.

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