Module Details

Module Code: NURS N9026
Full Title: Advanced Practice in Person-Centered Integrated Care
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 10
Module Owner:: Geraldine O'Connor
Departments: Nursing Midwifery & Early Years
Module Description: The aim of the module will be to empower practitioners work at advanced level in leading and developing integrated person-centred care in order to deliver better outcomes for people, professionals and organisations. This module will situate advanced practice in an integrated care context reflecting contemporary national (HSE 2015; DoH 2016, 2017; Government of Ireland 2019) and international (WHO 2005; 2007; 2010; 2017) health and social care policy. An integrated care approach is recognised by the WHO as fundamental to addressing Goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN 2015). Advanced practice with integrated care recognises the changing nature of population needs. This seeks to move away from managing acute, episodic care to a more holistic, person-centred, longitudinal approach to care and case management. This in turn requires advanced practitioners to re-examine their philosophy and practice. In doing so practitioners will reconsider the nature and focus of their work within and outside traditional institutional relationships. Consequently, this
module will prepare advanced practitioners to understand the shift in service models and
associated implications for advanced practice. In doing so, the module will draw on national
and international policy on integrated care, explore the fundamentals of integrated care
(philosophy, values) and enable practitioners to embrace and implement the critical
enablers of integrated care (care process/service redesign). Students will be supported to develop e-learning skills and use of technology though extensive online resources via the IFIC website.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Promote the values of integrated care through professional conduct underpinned by strategic leadership and excellence in communication skills
MLO2 Utilise advanced competencies (professional scholarship, skills and abilities) to develop person-centered, evidence-based, integrated care processes
MLO3 Work as an empowered key strategic leadership resource within immediate team and the local health economy to improve discrete population outcomes
MLO4 Promote an innovative environment to support person-centred, integrated care that harnesses technology
MLO5 Apply competencies in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating person-centred integrated care
MLO6 Critically examine the core tenets of integrated care to ensure ethically responsive practice in dynamic environments
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Building blocks for value based integrated care
Fundamentals of integrated care (values and philosophies underpinning integrated care) Population based practice, addressing sub-population, meeting the needs of key populations. Self-Management and person-centered care Design and implementation in integrated care, Evidence for integrated care. Creating an enabling environment
Competencies for integrated practice
Ethical competencies and integrated care Moral leadership, Professional Regulation, Codes, ethics and values, Ethical decisionmaking, Moral Agency - from values to action, Giving Voice to Values (Mary Gentile Approach), Understanding personhood within person-centered care, Health examined: Responsibility, Justice and Society, Fostering dignity, self-determination and social inclusion. Philosophical underpinnings; modes and theories; Advocacy; Quality of life.
Integrated care models (case studies)
Integrated care Frameworks, Co-production approaches, PPI, service models, health and social care ecosystems
Integrated care enablers
Policy, ICT, care processes, changing roles and functions, data for integrated practice, strategic resource modelling, building a value case.
Leadership in integrated care
Managing change in complex systems, adopting distributed leadership, establishing governance, communicating change, mobilising professional networks, engaging stakeholders.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 100
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
The student will undertake a case study that
draws upon indicative content/reflects learning
outcomes. In the assignment students will
critique an aspect of service provision drawing
on the principles of the ICOP framework and
make a proposal for change based on these

This could include Patient Pathway Guidelines,
Technological Innovation Proposal OR Practice

Students will be facilitated to develop a
practice-focused case study in workshops on
Week 4 and through contribution to discussion
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time On Campus workload.
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Lecture Once per semester 0.60 9
Practical Contact Practical Workshop Once per semester 0.60 9
Tutorial Contact Tutorial Once per semester 1.20 18
Total Weekly Learner Workload 2.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.40
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Tom O'Connor. (2013), Integrated Care for Ireland in an International Context, Oak Tree Press (Ireland), p.380, [ISBN: 9781781191040].
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Greenhalgh, T., Humphrey, C., Hughes, J., MacFarlane, F., Butler, C. and Pawson, R.. (2009), Greenhalgh, T., HumpHow Do You Modernize a Health Service? A Realist Evaluation of Whole-Scale Transformation in London, Milbank Quarterly, Vol. 87, pp.391–416.
  • Wodchis, W.P., Dixon, A., Anderson, G.M. and Goodwin, N.. (2015), Integrating care for older people with complex needs: key insights and lessons from a seven-country cross-case analysis, International Journal of Integrated Care, Special Issue,Vol. 15, pp.1-15..
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Cash-Gibson L, Tigova O, Alonso A, Binkley G, Rosenmöller M.. (2019), Project INTEGRATE: Developing a Framework to Guide Design, Implementation and Evaluation of People-centred Integrated Care Processes, International Journal of Integrated Care. 2019;19(1):3..
  • de Bruin S, Lette M, Stoop A, Zonneveld N, Reynolds J, Masana L,. (2018), Improving integrated care for older people living at home in Europe: findings and experiences from the SUSTAIN project, International Journal of Integrated Care.18;18(s2):66..
  • Dixon-Woods, M. Bosk,C.L., Aveling, E.L. Goeschel, C.A. and Pronovost, P.J.. (2011), Explaining Michigan: Developing an Ex Post Theory of a Quality Improvement Program’, Milbank Quarterly, Vol. 89 No. 2, pp.167–205..
  • Ham, C. Walsh, N.. (2013), Making Integrated Care happen at scale and pace, lessons from experience, Kings Fund London.
  • Harnett, P.J. Improvement attributes in healthcare: implications for integrated care. International journal of health care quality assurance,, International journal of health care quality assurance, 31(3), pp.214-227.
Other Resources
  • Website, .. The International Foundation For Integrated Care ( provides a suite of substantail resources that includes podcasts, webinars, conference proceedings, journal articles and access to specila interest group..
  • Website, IPPOSI.
  • Website, Kingsfund.
  • Website, ICPOP.