2024/25 entry

CPD Ethical and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice

Level 7 (postgraduate), 10 Credits

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City campus

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Course aim

This course is designed to enable professionals to develop a critical appreciation of relevant ethical-legal skills and knowledge.

Course content

Course under review

You will gain an overview of the English legal system, including legal aspects of consent, negligence, confidentiality and autonomy. You will consider:

  • traditional and contemporary ethical theory
  • moral decision making
  • articulating moral arguments
  • critiquing arguments
  • values in ethical decision-making

You will also examine current issues arising from contemporary and emerging NHS policies, clinical governance and evidence-based practice.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via afternoon sessions at the University and some online lectures. Online and electronic resources will be provided via Canvas, LJMU's virtual learning environment, to support both timetabled sessions and independent study.

There is a requirement for full attendance for each of the sessions, both those delivered in class or via LJMU's technology enhanced learning environment.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

  • Alternative qualifications considered

    In order to be accepted onto this Ethical and Legal Issues course, you must:

    • be registered with an appropriate professional body
    • have a relevant first degree/HEI Diploma and/or relevant professional experience confirmed by formal AP(E)L portfolio

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.


You will be assessed via a 3,000 word discussion paper.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development programme can be studied within the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical) award framework or as a single CPD.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.