Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30171: Independent Professional Practice Development
Mode of Study:Trimester 1/October
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679559
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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This 30 credit, level 6, work-based learning module provides an opportunity for the student to demonstrate critical and creative thinking through their approach to developing specific learning outcomes and the achievement of these through practice-based initiatives. This will have relevance to their own practice in order to enhance their own professional standing. It enables the student to demonstrate their ability to make informed judgements about practice based issues and communicate ideas to their work-based learning facilitator, specialist and non-specialist fellow professionals. Evaluative reflection will be integral to this in determining further and future learning needs.

It offers students the opportunity to gain academic credits for completing work-based activities that will include either professional development (such as completion of a recognised preceptorship programme) or other practice-based initiatives (for example, relating to service improvement, education, leadership or health and well-being).

This is an approved elective for both the BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice (multiple pathways) and the MSc Advancing Professional Practice through work based learning. The module will be underpinned by the work-based learning philosophy, which will be incorporated as a stimulating and challenging approach to practice based learning.

This module is available as an elective within BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice and MSc Advancing Professional Practice.

This module is also available as a free standing elective or as part of a Degree or MA Level Award.

To plan, undertake and critically evaluate a practice based initiative, which may include achievement of practice based competencies, project work, literature review or extended audit, and synthesise understanding from it.

Develop personal and professional skills and self-efficacy.

The module learning outcomes are attained through the achievement of competencies that are tailored to the student’s individual development needs.   These competencies relate to the work-based activities being undertaken and are assessed by two pieces of work:

  • Completion of the work-based activities is usually assessed through the assembly of a portfolio of evidence or equivalent, as agreed by the employing organisation (which is evaluated by a nominated work-based supervisor).
  • The student submits an academic piece of work that enables scholarly reflection on their professional development and learning derived from their work-based activities.

Successful completion of both pieces of work is required to pass the module which can be undertaken at undergraduate or Masters level.  Successful completion of the module will achieve 30 academic credits.


Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); Health Professional Council (HPC); General Social Care Council (GSCC).

Have an identified work-based facilitator within their practice area, who will support and guide them through the acquisition of the developed learning outcomes.  

There will be a tripartite meeting between the student, module leader and identified work-based facilitator (this may be Skype/Email/Teleconference as dictated by the accessibility) to develop and agree the specific area for exploration, followed by a period of planned, self-directed learning supported, as requested by the student.

A key element of the module is self-study as there is no requirement to attend the University for taught content.  Individual tutorial support is offered through the School’s personal tutoring system and the module leader will work with individuals and their work-based supervisor /employing organisation to devise the necessary competencies for achievement of the learning outcomes.  Relevant learning resources are made available to students through the Keele Learning Environment.

This Keele module is distinctive because it centres on the individual’s professional development and learning in their own workplace under the supervision of a work-based clinician and their personal tutor, while facilitating practice development.

No. 01: Assessment Type: Assignment
  Assessment Marking Scheme: Assessment rule 40%
  Brief Description: Assignment in a negotiated topic area related to the student's professional practice (equiv. 3000words).
  Contribution to the module mark: 100% Qualifying Mark: 40
  Apply For Exemption from Anonymous Assessment: No
  Optional Detailed Description of Assessment: The assignment task will include the development of and the rationale for the specific learning objectives; an account of the practice based initiative and a reflective review of the process and consideration to future and further development. The assignment task will relate to the student's professional clinical interests (equiv. 5000w).

Course Duration: Two semesters equivalent

Attendance: Module is delivered online