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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 of carefully selected sessions to enable students to develop in both fields of practice. In addition, these include taught sessions, clinical skills session that relate to clinical decision making as well as tutor facilitated time that supports level 6 writing, self awareness, reflection on practice, and practice in presenting. There are guided study workbooks and a list of suggested additional resources.

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.


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. 4. Multi-disciplinary working.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

Independent Study148
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

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

Lewis, S.L., Dirksen, S.R., Heitkemper, M.M. and Bucher, L. ((2014)). Medical and Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of clinical problems. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & 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:

Books and Stationery equipment

You may incur additional costs for books. Please check the library before purchasing as many of re resources for this module can be found there either as a printed or an electronic copy.

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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