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Faculty of Health Sciences

Professional Nurse Advocate

Continuing Professional Development Individual module

Level of study

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What you'll study

This 20 credit level 7 (Masters) online module prepares you to become a Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA), a role to support and lead the healthcare workforce into the future.

This is a stand-alone (12 week) module for post registration continuing professional development.

For some Nurses, online attendance of the module is required to fulfil role progression, personal development, or as a PNA job specification requirement.

The module aims to

  • Provide nurses with the opportunity to examine the theories that underpin the A-EQUIP model (NHS England, 2017).
  • Enable nurses to apply their new knowledge within a practice setting.
  • Examine the PNA roles and responsibilities whilst facilitating personal development- in order to enhance the workforce and delivery of quality service user/ patient care.

This online module will enable you to undertake the role of PNA, which is underpinned by the ‘A-EQUIP’ model of supervision and support. A-EQUIP is an acronym for advocating for education and quality improvement, which was initially developed for use by Midwives and Health Visitors, to replace their statutory supervision process (NHS England, 2017).

Understanding the model and the module contents will help you to develop your skills in leadership, higher order communication, restorative supervision and practice. This will facilitate a cultural shift which results in a more resilient and compassionate workforce - ultimately leading to improved quality of patient care.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:


Develop leadership skills that will assist in creating a workplace culture which leads to improved outcomes for staff, patients and their families.


Examine existing governance and quality improvement frameworks in order to actively contribute to the enhancement of quality assurance within clinical practice.


Evaluate the role of the Professional Nurse Advocate in order to support staff to facilitate a restorative clinical environment.


Appraise how the A-EQUIP model can be utilised to support staff working in the student’s clinical area of expertise.


Indicative module content

  • History of the PNA role and the introduction to A-EQUIP model
  • Culture & workplace
  • Higher order communication and interpersonal skills
  • Quality improvement theory
  • Restorative clinical supervision
  • Emotional needs of healthcare staff

Who this module is for

All applicants must be motivated to attend and complete the module online, which includes self-directed study.

Applicants must hold an active NMC registration and be employed in a registered nursing role.

Module leaders


Feedback from Students

“All staff delivering course contents have been amazing, their discussion has been insightful and very relevant. Course content week on week has really made me evaluate how I do things and look at my practice from a different angle as it relates so directly to my role, current position and that of my workforce”.

“I am so impressed with how well the module has been delivered. How warm and inclusive the tutors are, including kindness and understanding in every session. This has really given me more confidence with both the PNA role and in completing the assignment”.


How you'll learn

This module is delivered online. Learning using the virtual environment platform called Canvas will provide you with the flexibility to manage your studies around your existing work and home commitments.

You will engage with the module team and fellow students via online discussion boards and there will be scheduled webinars at regular intervals throughout the module.

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Entry requirements

This module is accessible to those who hold an active NMC professional nursing registration.

This is a Master’s level course. Learners must provide evidence of holding a level 6 qualification or above (per standard 4.15 of The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies.)

Those without level 6 study must provide evidence of prior learning and where approved, we can support learners to attain the skills and knowledge to study at level 7.

Fees and funding

Home: £1,390 (Level 7)

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How to Apply

Until August 2024, this course is currently fully funded by NHS England. To request a funded place on the course please contact who will provide approval for you to apply to study this module.

This training was established and is supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement. This course of study aligns with the Professional Nurse Advocate Standards for Education and Training programmes and modules (RCN 2023).