Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Professional Practice
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Essay  2000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment 1 Hours   Online Exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written Essay  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 Hours   Online Exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Explain key principles underpinning professional practice

Describe key concepts underpinning healthcare law and ethics

Outline basic human physical and psychological development across the lifespan

Explore key theories underpinning wellbeing and self-care strategies

Explain the structure and function of health service delivery

Reflect on personal skills, abilities and attributes required to become a nurse

Brief description

This cross-field module introduces the concept of nursing, professional practice and holistic person centred care. The focus will be on developing an understanding of human development, factors influencing health and wellbeing, service delivery, professional nursing practice and holistic person centred care.
We will introduce the key skills associated with caring for service users across the lifespan and meeting both physical and emotional needs. Communication, both written and verbal will be explored as will reflective practice to enhance self-awareness.


Key concepts, theories and evidence including:
Human physical and psychological development across the lifespan
Exploring professional practice
Introduction to law and ethics
Introduction to health and wellbeing
Exploring holistic patient centred care
Reflective practice
The structure and function of health services
In addition, the module will also focus on preparing students for clinical practice placements, focusing on:
• Clinical skill development
• Achievement of All Wales passports (e.g. Manual Handling/Violence and Aggression)
• Clinical learning requirements
• Practice supervision
• Clinical assessments
• PAS use/evidencing work-based achievements

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Although holistic person-centred care is a key component within this module, this can mean different things to different patients in a clinical environment; students will be challenged to think about and discuss their approaches to varying clinical situations. Professional debates, discussions, facilitating mock clinical scenarios within varying contexts will challenge the student’s thinking and knowledge. Will challenge the student to identify coping strategies and use their clinical situations
Co-ordinating with others Teamwork will be required in all aspects of nursing care, and students will be expected to actively participate in all activities and learning episode events. Students will be involved in small group work, participate in debates and discussions, and be included in mock clinical scenarios nurturing their confidence and knowledge through group learning.
Creative Problem Solving Whilst students will be introduced to models of practice and standardised governance frameworks within nursing, the nursing role is a not a ‘one size fits all’ profession; therefore, students will be challenged to think about and discuss their approaches to varying clinical situations. Professional debates, discussions and facilitating mock clinical scenarios within varying contexts will challenge the student’s thinking and knowledge and will begin to develop problem solving skills.
Critical and analytical thinking Students will be introduced to the concept of evidence-based practice, and within the module students will begin to develop an understanding of how evidence and research influences clinical practice. Students will require the knowledge base to appraise the professional literature in order to deliver holistic patient centred care. Via library and study skills sessions, to include finding and exploring literature, understanding different types of evidence, determining quality of the evidence.
Digital capability The whole programme will require the students to become knowledgeable in using a range of digital platforms in varying contexts. In addition to learning how to manage their online students record and set up their student email account, this first module will require the students to learn how to: •use blackboard * access lectures remotely and participate accordingly *know how to search electronic databases * use the library’s electronic catalogue* submit work electronically* sit online exams
Professional communication Communication is a vital element ensuring the information flow between patients, their families and members of the nursing and multidisciplinary team. Lectures on the use of communication in the clinical environment will be facilitated, and students will learn of the differing types and levels of information, both written and oral required in the clinical environment.
Real world sense Both theory and practice are equally weighted within nursing curricula, meaning that it is important that classroom subjects are applicable within the practicable nature of the clinical environment, thus giving the taught component a real-world sense. All taught subjects will therefore relate back to clinical practice, from clinical skills, reflection to communication and the like. Students will begin to learn the importance of being exposed to learning in both the theoretical and clinical.
Reflection Reflection is a key component and this first module will introduce students to the concept of professional reflection. Lectures outlining reflective models and frameworks will be delivered, and students will begin to be exposed to the concept of reflection ‘in’ and ‘on action’, and will be expected to participate in appropriate reflective discussions through being allocated into smaller clinical supervision groups.
Subject Specific Skills Students will begin to develop knowledge and skills in: • clinical skills • communication techniques • reflection • appraising professional evidence/literature • delivery of person/holistic centred care • nursing processes/models


This module is at CQFW Level 4