Understanding evidence to inform clinical decision making (degree level)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module will enhance and develop your existing skills in using evidence to inform your clinical decision making. It will enable you to extend your knowledge around research methodology and methods with a focus on critical appraisal and the use of secondary research to inform clinical care.

You will learn to identify and formulate practice-based research questions and develop effective search strategies to retrieve research-based evidence. You will then build on your ability to critically evaluate a body of research-based evidence and implement your findings using appropriate models and/or frameworks.

The module meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Conduct (NMC, 2015) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards to support learning and assessment in practice; and NMC standards for mentors, practice teachers and teachers (NMC, 2008).

Module code

HEAD360*

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Truro and Plymouth

* This module was previously known as HEAD324 - Evidence-informed decision making

Course details

Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand the formulation of clinical questions derived from practice-based topics using appropriate frameworks.
  • develop an effective search strategy to identify and retrieve appropriate research-based evidence.
  • critically evaluate a body of research-based evidence using appropriate critical appraisal tools and draw conclusions from the review consistent with the strengths and limitations identified.
  • discuss workplace-related issues relevant to the conclusions drawn from the review using appropriate models or frameworks.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is a 3,000 word essay focusing on the ability to critically appraise a body of evidence and relate this to the clinical workplace.

(Please note that these assessment details are subject to change - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Module dates

This module will be delivered three times over the forthcoming academic year. The taught dates are:

Truro: 7 and 21 September, 5 and 19 October, 2, 16, 21 and 28 November and 7 December 2017.

Plymouth: 9 and 23 January, 6 and 20 February, 6, 20 and 27 March and 3 and 5 April 2018.

Plymouth: 6 and 20 April, 4, 18 and 25 May and 1, 8, 14 and 15 June 2018.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

This module can be studied as a standalone professional development module or as a core module towards the following programmes:

Student insight

“Before embarking on the evidence-informed decision making module, I felt most research papers spoke another language. The only attempt I made to understand them was to read the abstract which often baffled me. By completing the module, I now see clearly how misleading reading the abstract can be. I now feel equipped to decide which research is robust and which is not. Whilst studying, I became passionate about the subject, which surprised me. I feel strongly that the module has enhanced my practice; and enabled me to form better arguments in a clinical debate”.


Module lead - Dr Rhona Winnington

Evidence-informed decision making encourages critical thinking and is key in developing best practice for patient experiences.
Find out more about Dr Rhona Winnington

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the module you must:

  • be a registered health and social care professional, or
  • a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree.
  • have evidence of research methods knowledge relevant to clinical decision making.

Funding and fees

Funding

This module is commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may therefore be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees for 2017/18 academic year

For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.