MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Allied Health Profession)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Adult Safeguarding Level 7

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS64100
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Available as a free choice unit? No


  • Enable practitioners in the health and social care field to improve their professional practice in adult safeguarding
  • Promote the development of good integration of health and social care practice in relation to adult safeguarding
  • Provide students with current in-depth knowledge and practice tools to enhance safeguarding practice with adults in a range of professional settings
  • Develop critical analysis and application of theories into practice in relation to adult safeguarding

Teaching and learning methods

This unit of learning utilises a range of learning methods to enable development of knowledge and skills
and meet the unit outcomes. Methods include core lectures and presentations from academic staff and
practitioners/managers leading and facilitating service developments and change in a range of
organisational and service settings. A key learning method utilised is Problem Based Learning (PBL).

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically examine and evaluate the extent to which current statutory assessment frameworks and procedural guidelines ensure the safety and well-being of adults
  • Develop an in-depth critical and comprehensive understanding of professional accountability, roles and responsibilities within multi-agency working and adult safeguarding practice, identifying areas for development and change
  • Creatively integrate knowledge and understanding and critically evaluate relevant evidence, which informs effective multi-disciplinary practice with adults who are at risk
  • Consider the implications of safeguarding interventions in multi-cultural and diverse communities
  • Systematically apply theoretical perspectives and research evidence within a critical analysis of risk faced by adults from all social backgrounds
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the nature of abuse and its impact on adults
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate ethical considerations including balancing harm (to act or not to act); choice, empowerment, independence and risk

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse theory and practice to evaluate the evidence related to an area of adult safeguarding
  • Demonstrate independent critical thinking and originality of thought regarding working with adults who are at risk
  • Critically evaluate definitions and practice principles needing to be evoked  when working with individuals in need of protection from harm
  • Critically appraise the complexity of working with adults who are difficult to engage, and the uncertainty of working with risk in this context
  • Critically evaluate and synthesise peer reviewed literature and national/local policies to justify clinical decision-making and recommendations for practice and service delivery
  • Critically appraise Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) in relation to systemic weaknesses and strengths in a range of practice settings

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate competence in their ability to ascertain the wishes and feelings of adults who are at risk, consistent with the statutory requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Critically evaluate strategies used for the assessment and management of adults at risk and propose developments/ enhancements for practice
  • Demonstrate competence in their ability to work with adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Employ communication sensitively and ethically with people who may have experienced abuse
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate theory and practice to critically evaluate evidenced based arguments and decision making in practice

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Assume a leadership role in promoting, integrating and evaluating procedures, models and methods to enable best practice in safeguarding adults
  • Develop autonomy in the critical review and dissemination of research relative to adult safeguarding issues and use this knowledge to promote practice change
  • Employ advanced awareness skills in order to take personal and professional responsibility and accountability when decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Ability to independently gather, synthesise and organise materials from various sources (library, electronic and online resources) and to critically evaluate their significance to practice
  • Ability to recognise and critically reflect on own personal values and experience recognising the implications for their own professional practice and that of their wider disciplinary team
  • Further develop and enhance skills in effective communication to a range of audiences in a variety of settings

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 42
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 106

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ian Holt Unit coordinator

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