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NQCG3095 Evidence Based Practice, Research and Epidemiology for Occupational Health

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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse targeted service provision and support networks intended to move individuals, families and groups from requiring more intense interventions and support to universal provision where possible.
  • Select, implement and evaluate interventions to minimise and prevent risks to children and other vulnerable groups (e.g. safeguarding, interpersonal abuse and bullying).
  • Advocate for the development of evidence-based practice and services that promote positive health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Identify and appropriately apply epidemiology and research data on population health and wellbeing.
  • Select and critique a range of research methods epidemiological approaches appropriate to specific health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Critically 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


The 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 o Statistical evidence o 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

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.

Practical classes and workshops9.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions300
Total study time345

Resources & Reading list

Resources that you will find potentially useful for the module are listed and available on the Module Blackboard site. This list is regularly updated. The following broad topic areas covered by the Module should guide the focus of your reading. Evidence–based practice and assessment; Research methodology; Epidemiology and Public Health; Child Protection and Safeguarding Practice; Understanding and responding to the health needs of vulnerable children, families and groups in society. 

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

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

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

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. 

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

Liamputtong, P (2007). Researching the Vulnerable. 

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

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. 

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

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

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

Saracci, R. (2010). A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions). 

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

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


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Critique  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critique 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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