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NPCG1023 Fundamental Aspects of Care

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the fundamental aspects of nursing care. You will consider how to provide a person-centred approach to care that meets the needs of the service user using a systematic approach. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of assessing health status and gain an understanding of strategies to meet the fundamental physical and mental health needs of people across the age continuum. You will begin to develop effective communication approaches with people across the life span.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the nursing process as a framework that nurses use to meet peoples fundamental care needs.
  • Explain common approaches that nurses may use to assess fundamental care needs and monitor peoples' health status
  • Begin to collect evidence from authoritative sources which provide the evidence base and rationale for the delivery of fundamental care
  • Identify principles and concepts that underpin effective communication and relationship management skills for nursing practice


The outline syllabus is linked with the learning outcomes and will introduce you to the fundamental aspects of care: - Introduction to thinking critically and the importance of evidence led practice. - Introduction to the range of people's care needs that nurses respond to, including the interaction between physical and mental health - Introducing and developing communication and relationship management skills within nursing - Introduction to how nurses assess, plan and deliver care to meet fundamental care needs (for example; dignity, safety, comfort, infection prevention, skin integrity, nutrition, hydration, elimination, mobility, hygiene, oral care) - Coping with challenging situations in nursing practice (e.g. death and dying; raising concerns; violence and aggression). - Developing awareness of the diversity of the people who nurses may care for - Introduction to medicines management: principles of safe and effective administration of medicines by nurses; legal / professional frameworks that support medicines management Clinical Skills sessions: Vital signs Fundamental physical assessment skills Fundamentals of physical care delivery Aseptic technique Injection technique Physical First Aid Mental Health First Aid (to include responding to distress; anxiety and aggression) Foundation communication skills Communication skills with children and young people Communication with people with frailty and cognitive impairment

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which may include: Lectures Seminars Small group teaching Interactive theatre Guided independent study and online learning

Clinical Practice26
Assessment tasks30
Guided independent study68.5
Practical classes and workshops27
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Macqueen S Bruce EA and Gibson F (2012). The Great Ormonde Street Hospital manual of children’s nursing practices.. 

McFadden R (2014). Introducing Pharmacology for nursing and healthcare. 

Sellman D, Snelling P (2010). Becoming a nurse : a textbook for professional practice. 

Healy D (2016). Psychiatric drugs explained. 

Essence of care 2010.

Cowen M,Maier P, Price G, (2009). Study Skills for Nursing and Healthcare Students. 

Doughty L, Lister S and West-Oram A (2015). The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures. 

Glasper EA, Aylott M and Battrick C (2010). Developing practical skills for nursing children and young people. 

Bullock I, Macleod Clark J, Rycroft-Malone J (2012). Adult Nursing Practice: Using Evidence in Care. 

Norman I & Ryrie I (2018). The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing. 


Assessment Strategy

This assessment will enable you to begin to develop you academic writing skills and the use of research to support the development of your discussion. These are important skills to enabling you to think about how evidence can be used to influence the delivery of high quality care.




MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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