Ethical and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice

Ethical and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice

Ethical and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice

Level 7, 10 Credits

Course aim

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

Course length

This course lasts for 12 weeks. 

Course structure

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.

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £420.


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.

Course content

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.


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

Entry requirements

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
CPD award

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

Study dates

September 2020 - see timetable.

January 2021 - see timetable.

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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.

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