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NPCG3135 Complex Care (Dual Field)

Module Overview

This module is designed for year the final year of the BN Dual field programmes for student nurses studying: Mental Health/Adult, Child/Adult or Child/Mental Health. 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 fields 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

Module Aims

This module will enable you to integrate all aspects of your learning in order to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of a registered practitioner in relation to complex care situations within your chosen field.

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. Detailed content is suggested in Appendix 2 but this could vary according to changes in health provision, student and partner feedback. These themes will be delivered from the perspective of the chosen fields of practice: 1. Defining complex needs 2. Decision–making and management of risk 3. Clinical Management of complexity in mental health care, adult care and chid care 4. Multi-disciplinary working

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

Independent Study147.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Department of Health (2008). Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983. 

Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England (2010). Front Line Care. 

Safford MM (2015). The Complexity of Complex Patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine. ,30(12) , pp. 1724-1725.

Grant A (2010). Cognitive behavioural interventions for mental health practitioners. 

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

Walker S, Carpenter D and Middlewick Y (2015). Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health. 

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

Lynch J and Trenowth S (2008). Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 

Pearson H (2013). Science and Intuition: Do Both Have a Place in Clinical Decision Making?. British Journal of Nursing.. ,22(4) , pp. 212-215.

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

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

French P, Smith J, Shiers D, Reed M and Rayne M (2010). Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis: A Practice Manual.. 

Puri B and Treasaden I (2008). Emergencies in Psychiatry. 

Teare, J (2008). Caring for Children with Complex Needs in the Community. 

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

Walker S, Carpenter D and Middlewick Y (2015). Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing. 

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

Hewitt-Taylor J (2008). Children with complex and continuing health care needs. 

Continuing NHS Health Care National Programme (2010). 10 High Impact Changes for Complex Care. 

Ignativicius DD and Workman ML (2013). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Patient-Centered Collaborative Care. 

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

Cutliffe J and Stevenson C (2008). Care of the Suicidal Person. 

Davies J and Hassell L (2007). Children in Intensive Care: A Survival Guide. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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