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HLTH6048 Evidence based practice, research and epidemiology for Health Visiting/ School Nursing/ Sexual Health Nursing/ Occupational Health Nursing

Module Overview

This module aims to equip you as a future SCPHN with the knowledge base and skills to work with clients, groups and communities with additional and complex needs. The focus of the module will be targeted child-centred interventions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

On completion of this module you will be able to: 1. Critically analyse and judge targeted service provision and support networks intended to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals, families and groups with complex needs 2. Justify the selection, implementation and evaluation of interventions that minimise and prevent risks to children and other vulnerable groups (e.g. safeguarding, interpersonal abuse and bullying). 3. Advocate and defend evidence-based practice and services that promote positive health and wellbeing outcomes. 4. Critically assess, debate and apply epidemiology and research data on population health and well being 5. Integrate and synthesise available evidence from research to develop effective recommendations to secure positive health & wellbeing outcomes. 6. Insightfully reflect on the therapeutic use of self to engage with individuals and to help them make informed choices regarding their health and well-being needs

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and judge targeted service provision and support networks intended to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals, families and groups with complex needs
  • Justify the selection, implementation and evaluation of interventions that minimise and prevent risks to children and other vulnerable groups (e.g. safeguarding, interpersonal abuse and bullying).
  • Advocate and defend evidence-based practice and services that promote positive health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Critically assess, debate and apply epidemiology and research data on population health and well being
  • Integrate and synthesise available evidence from research to develop effective recommendations to secure positive health & wellbeing outcomes.
  • Insightfully reflect on the therapeutic use of self to engage with individuals and to help them make informed choices regarding their health and well-being needs

Syllabus

This framework for this module is based on the four principles of Health Visiting practice (Frost and Cowley, 2008). Search for health needs: • The complexity and continuum of needs and risk • Mental health needs in families • The presentation of developmental delay • Escalation of abusive and violent situations • Evidence-based practice & research on relevant contemporary health issues. • Epidemiology for Public Health • Statistical evidence • Screening and surveillance Stimulation of awareness of health needs • The process and principles of appropriate intervention and care pathways in practice • Research principles, practice and issues • The appropriate application of evidence based interventions • Research principles and processes Influence on policies affecting health • Targeted aspects of the current child developmental programme. • Roles and responsibilities of partner agencies in providing intervention Facilitating health enhancing activities • The application of strategic interventions for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. • Evaluation of evidence based programmes for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults A checklist for embedding the graduate attributes is available at: https://sharepoint.soton.ac.uk/sites/ese/quality_handbook/Handbook/Employability%20Statement.aspx At level 7, you will be developing the higher-level cognitive abilities to critically analyse, judge and synthesize information to be used in informing, planning, presenting and evaluating services and service improvements with confidence. These cognitive abilities will support you to debate, apply and evaluate knowledge when problem-solving in practice and to make sound recommendations for practice in the future. Summary of syllabus content ________________________________________ This framework for this module is based on the four principles of Health Visiting practice (Frost and Cowley, 2008). Search for health needs: • The complexity and continuum of needs and risk • Mental health needs in families • The presentation of developmental delay • Escalation of abusive and violent situations • Evidence-based practice & research on relevant contemporary health issues. • Epidemiology for Public Health • Statistical evidence • Screening and surveillance Stimulation of awareness of health needs • The process and principles of appropriate intervention and care pathways in practice • Research principles, practice and issues • The appropriate application of evidence based interventions • Research principles and processes Influence on policies affecting health • Targeted aspects of the current child developmental programme. • Roles and responsibilities of partner agencies in providing intervention Facilitating health enhancing activities • The application of strategic interventions for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. • Evaluation of evidence based programmes for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults • Evidence-based interventions for working with children, families and groups with additional and complex needs. • High-level communication skills for the hard to engage • Motivational interviewing • Solution focused therapy • Conflict resolution and negotiation

Special Features

Practice experience is an integral part of this module, with a Practice Teacher and/or practice mentor required to support development in the field and to sign off the portfolio. These professionals must be approved and supported by the employer and possess the NMC approved qualification which the student is studying to attain (e.g. school nurse, health visitor). Students will also work with other public health staff, as appropriate

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.

TypeHours
Tutorial6
Seminar9.5
Independent Study255
Practical classes and workshops9.5
Lecture21.2
Total study time301.2

Resources & Reading list

Howarth, J. (2009). The Child’s World: The Comprehensive Guide to Assessing Children in Need. 

Jolley, J. (2013). Introducing Research and Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing and Healthcare Professionals. 

Liamputtong, P (2007). Researching the Vulnerable. 

Corby, B. Shemmings, D. and Wilkins, D. (2012). Child Abuse: An Evidence Base For Confident Practice. 

Greenhalgh, T. (2014). How to Read a Paper. 

Open University Press Ltd., McGraw Hill (2010). Open University Press Ltd., McGraw Hill. 

Bee, H.L. and Boyd D (2013). The Developing Child. 

Blyth, M. and Solomon, E. (2012). Effective Safeguarding for Children & Young People: What next after Munro?. 

Aveyard, H. (2010). Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide. 

Barker, J. (2013). Evidence-Based Practice. 

Cluett,E.R. and Bluff, R (2006). Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery. 

Aveyard, H. and Sharp, P (2013). A Beginner's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Social Care. 

Luker, K.; Orr, J. and McHugh, G.(Eds) (2012). Health Visiting: A Rediscovery. 

Coles, L. and Porter, E. (2009). Public Health Skills: A Practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. 

Ellis, P (2013). Understanding Research For Nursing Students (Transforming Nursing Practice Series). 

Polit, D.F. and Beck, C.T. (2013). Study Guide for Essentials of Nursing Research. 

Powell, C. (2011). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical Guide. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Identify a Public Health intervention that responds to the complex additional health need(s) of either an individual, family or community group. Explore and assess the empirical evidence-base for your selected intervention. Make recommendations based upon your critiqued evidence in relation to two of the following: • SCPHN practice, professional development and training, • Future research to address identified evidence gaps • Service Provision You will need to provide a clear rationale for your chosen health need and intervention drawing upon your knowledge and analysis of Epidemiology to demonstrate the significance for Public Health Practice. The assessment for this module is in two parts and covers learning outcomes 1-5. The pass mark for this assignment is 50%. You are required to pass both parts of the assignment. Successful completion of this module contributes 30 credits towards the 140 credit Specialist Community Public Health Practice Programme This module cannot be repeated internally.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Poster Presentation 20%
Report 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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