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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.


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).


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.


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

Visit the Enhanced Clinical Practice - PGCert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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