Diagnosis and Decision Making in Primary Care

This module was developed to address the continual development of the advanced nurse practitioner role within both the hospital and community settings.

The NHS Quality Strategy for Scotland emphasises the importance of safe, effective and person centred care.  This articulates with the 2020 Workforce Vision which articulates a Person centred approach to care and the desire for individuals to live longer healthier lives whether within their own home environment or a homely setting (Scottish Government 2010; Scottish Government 2013). 

Changes to the way staff work within healthcare continues to involve the development of more advanced roles in different practice settings to ensure a workforce fit to deliver care in both primary and secondary care settings (Scottish Government 2013).

This module will facilitate the advanced nurse practitioner to develop the clinical knowledge and expertise in autonomous clinical decision making to facilitate such developments in their role. 


Scottish Government (2010) The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland

The module can be completed as a single credit based module. Alternatively, it may be used as credit towards the MSc in Advanced Practice.

Study method: Part-time

MRes Health Seminar Group
  • Module code ADPP026
  • Start date 11 September 2017
  • Application deadline 09 July
  • Duration 15 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 11 20
  • Fees £512
  • Overseas Fees £1,516
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Entrance Requirements

Extensive clinical experience and evidence of undertaking the following:


  • A module in Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills such as NURU196 or equivalent.


English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23).


Information on module cost can be obtained here.   

A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.


On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Synthesise clinical data and patient information to determine early recognition of acute conditions and undertake autonomous clinical decisions to optimise patient outcomes.
  • Comprehensively demonstrate a systematic approach to acute and chronic disease management including exacerbation and complicating factors. Initiate and follow through the management plan for an 'acutely' ill patient to either reassess, escalate, transfer or discharge.
  • Interpret and synthesise relevant clinical diagnostics to formulate the appropriate management plan.
  • Recommend appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions recognising local and National policies and guidelines.
  • Exercise autonomy in complex decision making and recognise the degree of urgency and prioritisation of care management utilising current evidence base.
  • Critically review the impact of interventions and modify management plans accordingly.

Delivery and Assessment


  • Predominantly face to face teaching and learning one day a fortnight
  • Problem-based Learning preparation prior to the next session



The assessment of the module comprises:

  • A Work Based Learning Study: complex decision-making skills in context


  • Objective structured clinical examinations


Module Co-ordinator(s)

  • Mrs Julia Scott

Application deadline Sun, 09 Jul 2017 23:00:00 BST

Career opportunities

Completion of the Advanced Practice course provides opportunity to develop transferable skills. This will optimise the ability of each student to impact on the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical, social and pastoral settings within the UK and internationally.

All modules are related to NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), enabling you to clearly identify the core and specific dimensions within the KSF which can be achieved when you successfully complete your module/programme.


All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the Masters of Advanced Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.

This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively you can use it as credit towards the MSc in Advanced Practice.

Modules will be offered subject to demand and need to meet a minimum class size of eight students.

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