Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Enhancing Professional Practice (Part A)
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester 1  There is no formal assessment in semester 1. Please see NU20760 for assessment details semester 2 and semester S.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Semester 1  Please see the resit assessment details for NU20760  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

reflect the qualities associated with being an accountable professional

engage in specific health promotion strategies

assess fundamental service user needs and plan person centred holistic nursing care

provide safe, compassionate effective nursing care and evaluate efficacy against individual service user outcomes

lead and manage own delivery of nursing care, working effectively with teams to coordinate care for individual service users

describe current strategies used to monitor the safety and quality of care

Brief description

​​​​The United Kingdom Nursing and Midwifery Council Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018a) require registrants to have the confidence and ability to think critically, apply knowledge and skills, and provide expert, evidence based, direct nursing care across health care settings. ​Registered nurses must be able to meet the person-centred, holistic care needs of the people they encounter in their practice who may be at any stage of life and who may have a range of mental, physical, cognitive or behavioural health challenges.

​Registrants “must also be able to demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge and the additional more advanced skills required to meet the specific care needs of people in their chosen fields of nursing practice.” (NMC 2018a, p.6).

​The All Wales Practice Assessment strategy for pre-registration nursing programmes, which leads to entry to the professional register, identifies the process by which student performance is measured against NMC Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018a).

​The proficiencies in this document specify the knowledge and skills that registered nurses must demonstrate when caring for people of all ages and across all care settings. They reflect what the public can expect nurses to know and be able to do in order to deliver safe, compassionate and effective nursing care.


​​​The content of the module is reflective of regulatory NMC standards, which underlines the knowledge and skills required of a proficient registered nurse, and as such the module addresses the components set out in Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the NMC’s Realising Professionalism Standards as well the Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses. Mapping of future nurse proficiencies and annexe skills and procedures The Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) Standards of proficiency for registered nurses identify the proficiencies, communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures a student nurse must be able to demonstrate to enter the NMC professional register as a Registered Nurse Graduate.

The proficiency outcomes contained within this Practice Assessment Document identify the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that a student nurse must be able to demonstrate by the end of the programme. They are organised with reference to the NMC proficiency platforms and annexes (NMC 2018):

​1. Being an accountable professional
​2. Promoting health and preventing ill health
​3. Assessing needs and planning care
​4. Providing and evaluating care
​5. Leading and managing nursing care and working in teams
​6. Improving safety and quality of care
​7. Coordinating care

​Annexe A: Communication and relationship management skills Annexe B: Nursing procedures

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience ​​Students will be required to display their learnt knowledge, whilst continuing to develop their problem-solving skills in real time environments. Through mentoring and exposure, students are expected to build on their knowledge and further understand the requirement of being adaptive, creative and inventive in their everyday practice. Further, the clinical area can be challenging, and students may be exposed to difficult healthcare situations which can be emotionally draining.
Co-ordinating with others ​​This module will consolidate the student’s learning from the previous modules, with the practical application in real time environments. The students will build on past knowledge and experiences and respect the roles and skill mix required within clinical teams to deliver holistic patient centred care. The module will further enhance the practical and co-ordinational skills necessary to work in multidisciplinary teams.
Creative Problem Solving ​​During this module, students will again be exposed to clinical practice, and will be required to participate in the delivery of hands on patient care under direct supervision from clinical colleagues. Students will be required to display their learnt knowledge from year 1 and past modules, whilst continuing to develop their problem-solving skills in real time environments. Through mentoring and exposure, students are expected to enhance their knowledge, understanding adaptive,creative
Critical and analytical thinking ​​Through exposure to real time clinical care, students will enhance their appreciation of the requirement to develop critical and analytical thinking skills. This practical placement module will further support students to build on learnt skills and further enhance their development through observing how clinical decisions are informed by symptom presentations, how symptoms can be associated to other clinical data and how investigations and observations can inform treatment options and care
Digital capability ​​This module will require the students to continue to use/and learn how to: ​use blackboard/e-pad ​upload entries onto their Professional Assessment Document [PAD] ​submit work electronically ​use electronic platforms utilised in the clinical environment
Professional communication ​​This module will consolidate the student’s understanding and appreciation of professional communication through exposure and participation in their practice placement. Students will be supported to further develop their learning of professional communication by giving and receiving handover, writing in patients records and clinical charts, presenting information at ward rounds, communicating with patients, families and multidisciplinary team members.
Real world sense ​​This module will consolidate the student’s learning from the previous modules, with the practical application in real time environments. Students will be able to practise their clinical skills and apply their knowledge to clinical situations under supervision of their practice supervisor. The practice placement will also introduce students to the complexities of clinical practice, which will provide the foundational base for students to further develop during year 3 of the programme.
Reflection ​​During this practice-based module, students will be exposed to ‘reflection in action’, which will see them developing their practice-based skills through clinical exposure and participation. By embracing their past experiences, students’ skills will develop, and they will begin to appreciate the role reflection has on their learning journey. Students will also further develop their ‘reflection on action’ skills by completing a reflective essay pertaining to their period in clinical practice.
Subject Specific Skills ​​Students will further develop their knowledge and skills in: ​delivering compassionate nursing care ​professional nursing practice in relation to hands on delivery of care ​clinical skills/ ​essential/foundational skills (feeding/washing/toileting) ​assessment ​care planning /​care evaluation / ​investigations and treatment delivery ​communication / ​the delivery of person-centred holistic care/ ​safe practice /​accountability/ ​health promotion/ working in a team and own initiative


This module is at CQFW Level 5