Developing Specialist Practice for Health and Social Care - 20 credits - Module

Course Code:
LBR6576, LBR7528
Part Time
Online Learning

This is an online module available to Specialist Practitioners working across the health and social care sectors or people working in a specialist area who wish to enhance their role within their field through examining  policies and frameworks and through contributing to practice development by audit. 

What's covered in the course?

The module has a particular focus on quality monitoring through audit of clinical practice. The module will enable the practitioner to develop their competence and confidence to deal positively with a range of different aspects within their specialist role and support their role in practice and service development within the context of a dynamic and challenging health and social care work setting.  

Why Choose Us?

  • Our modular is relevant to a wide range of practitioners with responsibilities for quality monitoring and practice development
  • Our module enables working practitioners to study flexibly online at a pace and place that suits personal work-life commitments   
  • Our learning experience provides highly interactive, collaborative and inter-professional opportunities
  • Global, national and local practices are at the forefront of our teaching, learning and assessment activities  
  • We ensure our students feel supported and part of the whole University experience: you will have access to student support and academic services and departments


This course is worth...

20 credits


This course costs...


This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

  • You must be working in a relevant field of health and social care practice
  • You require access to Broadband for the purpose of online learning


There is no universal definition for Specialist Practice across the disciplines. You will be given an opportunity to debate and justify the specialist role through policies and frameworks. You will be expected to participate in group forum discussions, relate to online activities and materials such as reading texts, videos, podcasts and wikis.

In your field of practice you will revise or develop an audit for implementation towards practice and service development.

This module is entirely online. 


This module enables you to examine the effectiveness of your role in a specialised field with a focus on measuring and auditing clinical practice. Training and education that is provided within this module should enable the practitioner to develop their competence and confidence to deal positively with a range of different aspects within their specialist role and support them as they work within the dynamic and challenging health and social care climate.

The module is delivered entirely online and will develop your academic and decision-making skills whilst working within your field of practice. You will experience an enriching learner-centred approach to learning that supports the achievement of personal and workplace goals.   


  • Part 1: Reflection
  • Part 2: Audit

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

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Cathy Kitchen

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader

Cathy's professional interests include chronic kidney disease, patient education for LTCs, aspects of urology and urogynaecology/continence, Teaching and Learning, e-learning pedagogy and research methods.

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Cathy Kitchen on:

Professional Navigator

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, is on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on 0121 331 6162.

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Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

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