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Clinical Leadership and Decision Making in Context - Level 7 - AC0790

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

This module will focus upon two central and complex areas key to the development of Advanced Paramedic practice: Leadership, and Clinical Decision Making.

The module will therefore prepare you to apply effective leadership to innovative service delivery. This will be achieved through an examination of module content which will include models and current research on leadership styles, communication and conflict management. You will learn to access strategies and behaviours which will assist you in achieving and maintaining management of self and others.

Module content will also include the main theoretical approaches to clinical decision making, assessing the value of alternatives (clinical judgement), and choosing between the alternatives (clinical decision making). You will learn to critically evaluate the complexity and uncertainty within which judgements and decisions are made, examining how decision making skills are acquired and better utilised in the range of paramedic care settings.

Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

Teaching and Assessment

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods on this module which you can use to link theory to your practice. You will learn through lectures, workshops and independent study as well as online learning, group work and discussion.

You will also be encouraged to present and discuss your own experiences of both leadership and clinical decision making, with guided discussion to follow.

You will be encouraged to seek formative feedback from module tutors and your peers during workshop activities, affording you the opportunity to improve and develop your evidence of learning through deeper understanding, reflection and appreciating constructive criticism. This will feed forward to both summative assessment tasks.

The summative assessment for this module is two-fold,

  1. A short presentation demonstrating knowledge and understanding of your own leadership style and approach.
  2. A 2500 word assignment demonstrating an understanding of the theory and practice of clinical decision making, and of how this can support Paramedics to promote patient benefit and care and prevent harm and error.

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the BSc in Practice Development (20 credits).

Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 7

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops and Guided Study

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start September 2018

This NHS Continuing Workforce Development module has been designed to support paramedics wishing to advance their practice, and to gain a deeper understanding of their own leadership abilities and potential.

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.

Previous evidence of level 6 study.

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