Enhanced Clinical Practice PGCert

Enhanced Clinical Practice PGCert

School of Sport and Health Sciences


Post- graduate





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Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839
Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk

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    Part-time: 15 months, two modules

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Clinical Practice allows nurses and allied health practitioners who need to advance their practice within their area of clinical practice and have the appropriate support to do so. This course will enable experienced healthcare practitioners to acquire advanced skills in relation to patient assessment, examination, diagnosis and management.

Pharmacists or other allied health professionals may consider this course as a supplement to their non-medical prescribing programme and paramedics may be interested to enhance their skills, much in the same way as nurses. Enhanced Clinical Practice aims to maximise your clinical practice experiences to help the learning process. In a clinical environment you will benefit from the expertise of an experienced Practice Supporter.

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Entry Requirements

  • Have a first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant health related subject from an approved institution of higher education
  • Have a current professional registration with a relevant professional / statutory body, such as the Nursing & Midwifery Council,Health and Care Professions Council, General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Significant post-registration clinical experience in clinical practice
  • Be currently working a minimum of 18.5 hours a week, in a healthcare environment where there is opportunity for clinical exposure and a wide range of clinical consultations to enable the meeting and achievement of the course learning outcomes supported by an employer statement
  • Have an identified Practice Supporter, with suitable experience and skills, who will support and guide the student
  • Be able to satisfy the Course Leader that you are competent to pursue the programme.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

You will commence in September (University semester 1) studying Deconstructing the Consultation (NU4141) and in January you will begin the 12 month double module, Advanced Patient Assessment & Diagnostic Skills (NU4142), completing in December of that year.

It is expected that you will complete the programme within 15 months as a part-time student.

Further Information

NU4141 Deconstructing the Consultation

The aim of this module is to explore the nature of the typical consultation, deconstructing the consultation process while investigating the dynamic tension between ‘self’ and ‘the self as practitioner’ in order that students can better understand their role in patient health outcomes.

NU4142 Advanced Patient Assessment & Diagnostic Skills

The aim of this module is to equip students with knowledge and skills required to conduct effective patient assessments, across the age continuum, with particular focus on pathophysiology, history taking and physical examination in reaching differential diagnoses.


How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839
Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Post-registration Recruitment Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Instruction takes place in the form of classroom based sessions that include lectures, seminars, discussions and small group work. To augment this, students will learn practical skills in the clinical skills laboratories.

The emphasis of the teaching and learning strategy will be student-centred and aimed at utilising and maximizing their experiences to assist the learning process. The diversity of experience and professional disciplines enables the use of a variety of approaches to teaching and learning.

Students will be required to be supported in the clinical environment by an appropriately experienced Practice Supporter.

Summative assessment will utilise of a variety of methods including Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and written papers (case study, essay, reflective video analysis).  


This PG Cert can be used as a standalone programme or in preparation for further study at Masters level.