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Enhancing Professional Health Care Practice

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Subject area - Nursing

UCAS Code:

Start Dates(s): February; September


Entry at Level 6

Full-time: one year – two years
Part-time: one and a half years – five years


UK - £820 per module

Part-time - £820 per module

In Brief:

  • Flexibility is central to this programme and you will be able to choose modules suited to your own professional development and widen and deepen knowledge and understanding of your field of practice
  • Work related and designed to improve service delivery and patient care
  • Develop your abilities to search for and use evidence for decision making at the point of practice
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course is suitable for health and social care students/practitioners working at different levels and within a wide range of service delivery contexts.

It is a top-up programme offering modules at level 6 to enable practitioners  to complete their honours degree. 

This programme aims to:

  • Develop the practitioners’ abilities to search for and critically evaluate evidence for decision making at the point of practice to enhance the patient / client experience  
  • Support practitioners to develop a systematic understanding of key aspects of their field of practice.  
  • Utilise learning strategies that facilitates work orientated learning and supports the practitioners in becoming autonomous lifelong learners.  
  • Enable practitioners to enhance their professional practice through critical application of learning to their chosen area of practice.  
  • Develop the practitioners to become effective practitioners, leaders and partners enabling them to make a difference to patients and services in an ever changing health and social care environment.

Intake September and February onwards.

Level 6

To enter at Level 6 you will have a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 obtained through previous professional study.

If you enter at Level 6 you will complete six 20 credit modules (2 of which are the compulsory modules).

BSc (Hons) Enhancing Professional Health Care Practice

Compulsory modules:

Evaluate how individual, professional and organisational values and beliefs impact on clinical practice and how research can enhance clinical decision making and the patient experience.                  
Evaluate evidence in relation to your chosen topic and explore the impact of your findings on professional practice.                  

Plus four optional modules from the list below:

Identify, negotiate and critically analyse one aspect of service improvement that addresses issues relevant to your immediate area of responsibility within the work place.                
Undertake the role of 'mentor' and fulfil the requirements of your respective professional regulatory statutory body.                  
Provide a framework using work based learning by which the practitioner can bring about a change in practice.                
Evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence based practice, equality and diversity and clinical governance.              
Provide evaluative care in the management of patients undergoing neurological assessment, examination and investigation.            
Meet the end of life care needs of individuals and those close to them throughout the lifespan and across all disease boundaries.              
Meet the immediate and on-going care needs of children and young people requiring high dependency nursing care.              
Allows practitioners to develop clinical examination skills and knowledge to examine children, including issues specific to children's history taking and presentations of illness.              
Evaluate how individual, professional and organisational values and beliefs impact on clinical practice and how research can enhance clinical decision making and the patient experience.            
Plan, perform and evaluate clinical interventions with confidence and fluidity to your specific client group.            
Develop your knowledge and skills in Inflammatory Bowel Diseasepatho physiology and management.              
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).            
Evaluate the biological, psychological and social factors that affect wound healing.            
Develop and enhance your skills in the use of CBT, enabling you to work with clients with complex and/or long-term needs.              
Assess, interpret and respond, in an appropriate and timely manner, to the specific health needs of the patient/client to prevent adverse effects.              
Evaluate the current evidence underpinning critical care in the childbirth continuum.              
Develop the skills to undertake examinations of the newborn.              
Develop the skills to undertake examinations of the newborn.          
Develop specialist knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the needs of neonates who require intensive/emergency care.            
Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will enable you to support and promote normal birth.              
Appraise the knowledge and develop the clinical skills to meet the needs of the compromised baby.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Entry at level 6 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 obtained through previous professional study OR former University of Salford students who exited their pre registration nursing programmes with 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 and 60 credits at Level 6

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who obtained their professional and academic qualifications from outside the EU will be required to provide evidence that the academic qualification has the UK HE equivalence.

Applicants will be advised to use recognised organisations e.g. NARIC to provide this evidence.

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Testing Service (IELTS).

Applicant profile

This programme is open to health and social care students/practitioners working at different levels and within a wide range of service delivery contexts.

Entry at level 6

Students enter at Level 6 with a minimum of :

A)120 credits at level 4 + 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant area


B) Students who exited a pre-registration nursing programme with 120 credits at level 4 + 120 credits at level 5 + 60 credits at level 6. 

Some modules will require students to be in clinical practice. See module description.

Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £820 per module
Part-time £820 per module


A blended learning approach will be implemented in the form of lectures, seminars, work related activities and on line materials, incorporating experience through enquiry, critical thinking and reflection, and relating this experience to personal and professional development.

You will receive support from the programme leader who will focus on your learning and development needs.


Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules chosen and learning outcomes. A variety of assessment methods are used across the programme, these include: portfolio development, presentations, patient journey and essays.


All the modules within this course reflect key aspects of health care and provide the opportunity to broaden scholarly activity to influence health care practice today and in the future and impact on delivery of care and service improvement.

On completion you will be able to apply what you have learnt to your area of work and be better equipped to search for and use evidence for decision making. The aim of this course is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable you to develop within your post.

Career Prospects

A BSc (Hons) degree will enhance your continuing professional development and is a requirement for many roles in the NHS and health and social care sectors.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with health care practice are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work closely with some of these organisations so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

Further Study


Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.


Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment


All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.


We have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance your learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures.



We also have a home birth room which can be used to simulate giving birth at home or a water birth. 


Birth Simulators

We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Noelle which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after delivery.

Birthing simulators are used to ensure you understand the mechanisms involved in labour and birth and have an opportunity to simulate a birth and explore relevant issues and feelings in a non-clinical environment. Breech births and mechanisms for Occipto posterior positions can also be demonstrated with these simulators.

Models to simulate urethral catheterisation and cervical assessment also aim to develop initial competence to ensure confidence prior to undertaking the skills with mentor support in clinical practice

We also have breast feeding mannikins to promote understanding of lactation and procedures such as hand expression of milk are available. These are part of the measures in place to ensure our students are educated in-line with Unicef's baby friendly initiative.


Counselling suites 

We have recently developed a brand new special counselling suite which will be used for training students to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists.

The suite, featuring therapeutic areas where one-to-one, family and group interactions can occur, will also shortly be available for members of the local community and the University is hoping to work with local charities which will be able to use the facility.



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