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NPAD3006 Complex Care (Adult)

Module Overview

This module is designed for year 3 BN adult field students and year 3 and 4 BN Dual field students. The Final year students are expected to submit a summative assignment for the module at Level 6. This is a 2500 word essay. The module enables the students to reflect upon decision making in clinical practice in line with NMC competencies from the perspective of their chosen field of practice. The module comprises taught sessions and two seminars that relate to decision making. In addition, there is a guided study workbook and a list of suggested additional reading resources, which could facilitate the understanding and learning during the module teaching sessions.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the interpersonal, clinical reasoning, diagnostic and decision making skills required for the assessment, planning and delivery of care for people with complex care needs within the chosen fields of practice.
  • Articulate an in depth knowledge of the aetiology, treatment and care needs of people with a range of conditions requiring complex care in different settings.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base relating to the psychological, sociological and complex therapeutic interventions that can be used to improve the wellbeing of people with complex problems within the chosen fields of practice.
  • Demonstrate the communication skills required to care for people and their families/carers in a variety of complex, changing and sensitive health care situations.
  • Critically examine the specific issues relating to the safeguarding vulnerable people presenting with complex needs from the chosen field of practice.


Broad content themes are as follows. 1. The nature of complex care and complex care framework 2. Defining and responding to complex needs 3. Management of complex cases and medicines 4. Hospital-Community challenges 5. Person centred and holistic care 6. The Complex Care Team 7. Ethical, legal and professional issues in complex care

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures • Small group seminars • Self-directed study • Directed study • Technology Enhanced Learning • Developmental activities for which students receive feedback

Supervised time in studio/workshop2
Practical classes and workshops3
Independent Study148
Total study time195

Resources & Reading list

Banning M (2008). A review of Clinical Decision Making: models and current research. Journal of Clinical Nursing. ,17 , pp. 187-195.

10 High Impact Changes for Complex Care. 

Cole E (2009). Trauma Care. 

Older people with social care needs and multiple long term conditions.

Ignativicius D.D., Workman M.L. (2013). Medical-Surgical Nursing. Patient-Centered Collaborative Care. 

O'Toole MT (2013). Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary. 

Higgs, J, Jones M (2008). Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions. 

Weller BF (2014). Balliere's Nurses' Dictionary for nurses and health care workers. 

Hong CS, Abrams MK, Ferris TG (2014). Toward increased adoption of Complex Care Management.. The New England Journal of Medicine. ,371 , pp. 491-493.

Castledine G., Close A (2009). Oxford Handbook of Adult Nursing. 

Thompson C and Dowding D (2002). Clinical Decision Making and Judgement in Nursing. 

Downing PJ (2009). Emergencies in Adult Nursing. 

Guarinoni MG, Petrucci C, Lancia L, Motta PC (2015). The concept of Care Complexity: A qualitative study. Journal of Public Health Research. ,4 , pp. 191-196.

Crouch, S., Chapelhow C., Crouch, M. (2008). Medicines Management a Nursing Perspective. 

Lewis SL, Dirksen SR, Heitkemper MM, Bucher L (2014). Medical and Surgical Nursing. Assessment and Management of clinical problems. 

Guarinoni MG, Motta PC, Petrucci C, Lancia L (2014). Complexity of Care: A concept analysis. Annali di Igiene. ,26 , pp. 226-236.

Standing M (2014). Clinical Judgement and Decision Making for Nursing Students. 

Carson D and Bain A (2008). Professional Risk and Working with People: Decision-making in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice. 

Adam KS, Osbourne S (2005). Critical Care nursing science and practice. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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