This module is for all healthcare professionals interested in undertaking independent study that develops evaluative and practical skills within a defined area of their professional practice. A clinical placement within the area appropriate to your practice and with agreement from your line manager (where relevant) is required to undertake the module.
This is a module that is tailored to your own area of interest that will enable you to explore, reflect upon and develop your learning and skills associated with an aspect of your professional practice. Guidance is provided throughout the module by an academic supervisor who will enable you to shape the module to your individual needs.
This module can be studied with any module within the framework and particularly complement the following courses to provide a bespoke area of study:
1. Developing Professional Practice: Independent Study 1 or 2
2. Evidencing Professional Practice 1 or 2
If you are not sure which is the most suitable option, we will be happy to advise you. The flow chart below will help in informing your selection.
Which independent study module do I need? A decision-making algorithm
The algorithm below may help in determining which of the independent study modules is the most appropriate for you. You can select these modules to study in succession or just select one that is of particular interest. There is no predetermined set order, however if you intend to study all then the DPPIS is often a useful starting point.
You should be a qualified health care professional currently working in an appropriate area of practice.
A clinical placement within the area appropriate to your practice and with agreement from your line manager (where relevant) is required in order to undertake the module.
100% coursework. The nature and scope of assessment will depend on your area of professional practice and be relevant to your final named award.
Typical examples of assessment include: written piece and evidence related to the development of skills.
The aim of the course is to develop the necessary clinical and evaluative skills for the competent performance of a prescribed area of clinical practice relevant to service needs.
Students will typically:
What our practice partners say...
“Having modules that align to advanced practice roles and that can be tailored to an individual practitioner’s requirement and local ways of working are a real asset”
This independent study module is facilitated by academic tutors with experience in this area. You will be supported throughout the period of study.
This module forms part of a broader CPD framework which can lead to a postgraduate award, or it can be taken as a standalone module for CPD.