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Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment: Lifespan Perspectives | AHP702 | Level 7 (Postgraduate) | Credits 30 | 2021/22
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Application Portal
Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment: Lifespan Perspectives | AHP702 | Level 7 (Postgraduate) | Credits 30 | 2021/22
21/09/2021 | Intake Closed
21/09/2021 (Online), 22/09/2021 (Online), 28/09/2021 (On Campus), 29/09/2021 (Online), 05/10/2021 (On Campus), 06/10/2021 (Online), 12/10/2021 (On Campus), 13/10/2021 (Online), 19/10/2021 (Online), 20/10/2021 (On Campus)
26/10/2021 | Intake Closed
26/10/2021 (Online), 27/10/2021 (Online), 02/11/2021 (On Campus), 03/11/2021 (Online), 10/11/2021 (Online), 11/11/2021 (On Campus), 16/11/2021 (On Campus), 17/11/2021 (Online), 23/11/2021 (On Campus), 24/11/2021 (Online)
18/01/2022 | Intake Closed
18/01/2022 (Online), 19/01/2022 (Online), 25/01/2022 (On Campus), 26/01/2022 (Online), 01/02/2022 (On Campus), 02/02/2022 (Online), 08/02/2022 (On Campus), 09/02/2022 (Online), 15/02/2022 (Online), 16/02/2022 (On Campus)
01/03/2022 | Intake Closed
01/03/2022 (Online), 02/03/2022 (Online), 08/03/2022 (Online), 09/03/2022 (On Campus), 15/03/2022 (On Campus), 16/03/2022 (Online), 22/03/2022 (On Campus), 23/03/2022 (Online), 29/03/2022 (Online), 30/03/2022 (On Campus)
07/06/2022 | Intake Closed
07/06/2022 (Online), 08/06/2022 (Online), 14/06/2022 (On Campus), 15/06/2022 (Online), 21/06/2022 (On Campus), 22/06/2022 (Online), 28/06/2022 (On Campus), 29/06/2022 (Online), 05/07/2022 (On Campus), 06/07/2022 (Online)


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This module is a core compulsory module for the MSc Healthcare Practice (Advanced Practice) pathway and is also an option module within the Advanced Clinical Practice Pathway. 

The module prepares health and social care professionals with advanced knowledge, skills and capabilities to expertly make clinical decisions through assessment, diagnosis and management of patients presenting with an undifferentiated illness. It is suitable for healthcare professionals working in community/pre-hospital or acute care.

The emphasis of the module is on integrating subjective knowledge from comprehensive history taking and objective data as generated following physical assessment and relevant investigations into the complex clinical reasoning process and on synthesis of evidential practice in the context of undifferentiated urgent care.

It will allow the professional to make a balanced clinical decision based on systematic patient assessment and an understanding of relevant patho-physiologies related to the diagnosis. The educational delivery and ethos of this module emphasises and builds on autonomous self-directed learning for advanced practice.


Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

- Students should be working in a clinical area where they are able to access a minimum of 50 hours of supervision by an appropriately experienced healthcare practitioner. Evidence will need to be provided by employers confirming that applicants are clinically facing and will be given a minimum of 50 hours supervised practice.

- Programme entry requirements


Essay and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).


Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate critical responses through comprehensive history taking and physical examination and takes the initiative and responsibility in decision making and problem solving in clinical and ethical dimensions of practice.
  2. Integrate deep and systematic knowledge of human life sciences in altered physiology and pathology across the lifespan.
  3. To demonstrate in-depth ways of knowing that embrace physical, psychological personal, social, economical and ethical factors which impact on individuals, families and communities.
  4. Deconstruct clinical problems resulting from disease process into the component elements and then reconstruct synthesising clinical decisions and professional reasoning in a holistic way.
  5. Demonstrate expert diagnostic interpretative knowledge in requesting relevant tests and examinations and consider the personal and organisational costs in the clinical reasoning process.
  6. Demonstrate ability to analyse complex investigative findings and empirical evidence in formulating diagnosis.
  7. Uses deep reflexivity to analyse self /actions that considers emotional intelligence and an openness to change.


Course length: 10 Teaching Days



Course Notes

As a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, your course may now have to be initially delivered partly online. Please use this link to see what the technology requirements are.




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Name: Michael Canete & Gemma Hurley


*Trust Commissioning and Trust Non-contract funding same price as above

Mode of Delivery
Blended Learning. On-Campus sessions subject to change. If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.
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