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University of Aberdeen: Advanced Clinical Practice

Institution University of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition View department profile
Telephone 01224 272090
Study type Taught


If you're a nurse, physiotherapist, paramedic or other health care practitioner working in an advanced or advancing role looking to enhance your professional development and are based within travel distance of Aberdeen then our course provides a flexible programme in which to develop your knowledge and clinical skills. The programme is framed on the four pillars of advanced practice - clinical practice, facilitating learning, leadership and evidence, research and development.

The provision of healthcare today requires a team that works collaboratively and utilises the strengths of the team to provide optimal patient centred care depending on their specific needs at the time. All clinical roles within healthcare are evolving and expanding. Taking on an Advanced Clinical Practice role will require you as the healthcare professional to develop new skills and knowledge harmonious with the four pillars of advanced practice (clinical practice, facilitating learning, leadership and evidence and research development), and to develop high-level critical reasoning, judgement and decision making skills.

We have designed a programme that delivers the range of expertise and skills that are now expected of an advanced practitioner whether they are working in the acute sector or health and social care integration services. The delivery of the programme has a blended learning approach including interprofessional sessions within the fundamentals of clinical method and decision-making courses. Please note that you will be required to attend face to face sessions at the University of Aberdeen Foresterhill Campus for these courses. In these sessions we invite patient partners to help support your learning in a safe, simulated clinical environment.

The programme offers choice and there are options for a research or more applied approach if that was desired. This programme is delivered in partnership with our NHS colleagues by senior clinicians and clinical academics from medicine and staff from PA, nursing and the allied health professions.


The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences, and Nutrition provides a dynamic teaching, learning and research ecosystem that pushes beyond boundaries to create opportunities for greater knowledge, innovation, and scientific advancement to underpin improved health and disease treatment.

By promoting a culture that constantly asks, "what if?" we transcend conventional thinking, break down barriers between disciplines, and defy limits in the discovery and delivery of progressive healthcare solutions for all. Our environment empowers educators and students to keep reaching beyond imagined boundaries.


We nurture future leaders and change-makers who believe pushing fresh thinking is imperative for healthcare’s exciting frontiers. Our students …

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