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Health and Social Research Methods for the Evidence Based Practitioner

Key Facts

  • Level

    Post Registration

  • Duration

    Part Time: 6 weeks teaching (assignment submission 4 weeks after last teaching session)

  • Starting

    October, February

  • Fees UK 24/25

    £920 per 20 credit module

  • Location

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Overview


Health and Social Research Methods for the Evidence Based Practitioner will enable students to develop their understanding of research and its application to practice. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course will include teaching on quantitative and qualitative research methods, the process of conducting a research project and using structured tools to critically evaluate research. It will equip students with the tools to enable them to judge/evaluate research findings and incorporate them effectively into their practice. Furthermore, the course will provide an overview of the role of research governance with relation to practice based research.

Updated 05/03/2024

Highlights


By the end of the module, with limited guidance, students will be able to:

  • Utilise appropriate search strategies and a range of databases and data sources to access literature;
  • Understand common research methods;
  • Explore how common research methodologies are used to construct and develop knowledge in practice settings;
  • Understand the role of research governance in relation to practice based research;
  • Critically evaluate research to inform the development of evidence-based practice.
  • Supports development to MSc level study.

Course Content


  • This module has six days of teaching and guided study. University engagement is a combination of face to face teaching at Waterside Campus, online classroom teaching and guided self-study.

    Spring 2023 Cohort Dates:

    • 9 February 2023
    • 16 February 2023
    • 23 February 2023
    • 2 March 2023
    • 9 March 2023
    • 16 March 2023

    Assessment Submission: 13 April 2023

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: NUR3015P
        Status: Designate
        This module will enable autonomous nurse/midwife practitioners to demonstrate safe prescribing practice within their own speciality. On successful completion practitioners will gain academic accreditation and advanced skills required to prescribe safely in line with current professional regulation and thus will be eligible to record the qualification of Nurse Independent & Supplementary Prescriber (NISP) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2018).The overall aim is to prepare nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses to prescribe safely and cost effectively as independent supplementary nurse prescribers within their scope of professional practice.
      • Module code: NUR3059
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop knowledge and skills in relation to enhancing healthcare practice. Students will have the opportunity to critically explore contempory agends for defined patients groups, diseases or skills. Practical workshops and clinical simulation will provide students with the opportunity to apply new knowledge within a safe environment.
      • Module code: NUR3060
        Status: Designate
        To enable students to promote health and wellbeing and empower patients to take responsibility to reduce the risk of illness across their lifespan.Additionally, the module offers students the opportunity to engage with contempory public health agendas and think creatively about their delivery through the development of materials to support lifestyle improvements.
      • Module code: NUR3061
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore complex health conditions across the life span. Included in the modules learning is an appreciation of how health care providers can collaborate with service users and others, to develop supportive strategies to manage common problems encountered. Key concepts of collaborative working, evidence based interventions and effective communication strategies are critically present and appraised.
      • Module code: NUR3062
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop and extend their practice by contextualizing values, principles and frameworks of care to influence improvements in quality and safety. Using and Active Blended Learning (ABL) approach to promote students learning and understanding of the theory element, whilst beginning to understand how to apply this in practice.
      • Module code: NUR3063
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to equip Health Care Practitioners with the knowledge to safely and effectively supervise, facilitate and assess learners in a range of health and social care settings.
      • Module code: NUR3066
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with the tools to enable them to judge research findings and incorporate them judiciously into their practice.
      • Module code: NUR3068
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to encourage the student to realise their vision for making a difference to their own practice, and to consider how changes in Government policy and the social care and health landscape may alter the role and function of clinical teams and consequently the changing role of the team leader.
      • Module code: NUR4003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enhance students? ability to critically engage with evidence to inform personal and professional development. The production of a research proposal and a critical review of literature offersthe learner the opportunity to extend and apply knowledge within a field of their choice.
  • Be able to provide evidence of registration with a professional body or of an appropriate professional qualification.

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of an IELTS certificate (or equivalent) with a score of at least 6.0 in each area is required.

     

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Module costs: £920 per 20 credit module

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Module costs: £890 per 20 credit module

    Please contact Karen Edwards for further information about fees for this module.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Staff


Karen Graves, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
Karen Graves

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing


Faculty of Health, Education and Society

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