Professional/Short course Preparation of Professional Nurse and Midwifery Advocates

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Equivalent of 10 taught days
Course Director
Rachel Tonks

20 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


This 20 credit Preparation of Professional Nurse and Midwifery Advocates module will, upon successful completion, allow nurses/midwives to practice as professional nurse/midwifery advocates.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) module, you will be able to:

  • critically appraise the role of a Professional Nurse/Midwifery advocate and the A-Equip model in creating an environment for learning and cultural change in the service, organisation and profession and for opportunities to develop transformative care for service users
  • critically evaluate the complex, ethical, legal and professional issues that impact upon care and the provision of clinical supervision, and demonstrate strategies to support colleagues in relation to this
  • demonstrate originality in influencing, leading and evaluating service development and transformation, at a strategic level, which promotes a safe, evidence-based, collaborative, proactive, user-led service
  • demonstrate accountability and positive role modelling through leadership, advocacy, autonomous decision-making and active contribution to assurance and quality improvement
  • critically evaluate models of supervision and other enablers that optimise the supervisor/supervisee relationship to promote and assure colleagues' understanding of personal accountability and responsibility; well-being and personal safety; and management of conflict and distress
  • achieve Professional Nurse/Midwifery Advocate competence.


Entry requirements

To apply, you must:

  • be nominated and selected by Directors/Head of Nursing/Midwifery with agreement by the Module Leader regarding suitability to study at level M
  • have completion of the HEE A-Equip e-learning module
  • have access to a relevant practice environment in order to meet the learning outcomes of the module
  • have the assignment of a PNA/PMA mentor with sign-off status to assess practice competencies.



The module syllabus includes theoretical and practical learning which will centre around the four elements of the A-EQUIP model:

  • monitoring, evaluation and quality control
  • clinical supervision (restorative)
  • personal action for quality improvement
  • education and development.


Learning and Teaching

The module is delivered through synchronous and asynchronous learning; amounting to 48 hours across 10 taught days.

You are expected to engage with group work as well as individual study. Whilst in practice, you are supported by a practice assessor.


Formative assessment includes a mid-point placement learning review facilitated by the module team or mentor in practice, peer feedback related to leading a restorative clinical supervision session, and a reflective account shared within the cohort focusing on how you have developed and applied your knowledge to the A-EQUIP model.

Summative assessment includes:

  • A completion of practice competencies, where achievement is supported by a portfolio of evidence. You are required to achieve all the practice competencies in the practice document, signed off by your assessor. You will be allocated a PNA/PMA mentor from the practice area (where available) or from within the UWE Bristol team, who will meet with you at regular intervals to discuss learning opportunities and to reflect on the activities they have undertaken.
  • A 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of critical questions focusing on an area of practice that is enhanced by the PNA/PMA, with a focus on how you have developed and applied your knowledge to the A-EQUIP model.


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