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NQCG3138 Professional Studies: Clinical Effectiveness and Evidence Based Practice

Module Overview

The module will further develop students’ knowledge, skills and ability in relation to the delivery and evaluation of effective clinical care based on the most appropriate evidence. Students will build on and further develop skills of accessing, retrieving appraising and evaluating a range of evidence to inform practice. This fundamental linkage of knowledge and skills will provide a sound basis from which excellent, and innovative practice may be implemented.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to systematically search and critically appraise evidence including literature/primary research /systematic reviews /clinical guidelines using an appropriate critical appraisal framework(s)
  • Consider ways in which styles of leadership and organisational culture impact on effective care delivery within a range of practice arenas
  • Critically discuss the barriers and behaviours which may undermine the achievement of excellent practice
  • Critically appraise the barriers and opportunities that will impinge on evidence based practice within clinical care, management, education and research.
  • Consider ways in which barriers to evidence based practice could be reduced.
  • Critically evaluate the process by which evidence can be disseminated.
  • Gather and evaluate evidence and information from a wide range of sources: to think logically, systematically and conceptually; to draw reasoned conclusions or to reach sustainable judgements, and to apply these to practice.
  • Critically analyse practice and identify a clinical issue for exploration.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness and knowledge of research methodology.
  • Reflect on the breadth of evidence that underpins practice.
  • Derive solutions to problems based on the collection, interrogation and interpretation of information and data obtained from a variety of sources, and to draw on established analytical technique in the broad field of health and social care.
  • Demonstrate self reflection and an understanding of the limitations of the key concepts of the underpinning disciplines.
  • Demonstrate confidence in understanding, manipulating, interpreting and presenting numerical narrative data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the student and supervisor.
  • Identify a question, for the Evidence Based Project, to inform a proposal and dissertation.


Target Audience/Profile: Registered Nurses who have completed the University of Southampton Pre Registration Advanced Diploma in Nursing/Diploma with Advanced Studies in Nursing (2001 curriculum) and registered nurses who have completed similar programmes in other universities subject to university APL requirements. N.B. non University of Southampton students will be required to undertake a further 4o level 6 credits of certified learning to be eligible for the award of a degree. Rationale for Development/Further Development: The Faculty has an established history in developing pre and post qualifying student's ability to critically appraise and evaluate the contemporary evidence base for health and social care practice. The pre registration (2001 curriculum) students who have completed the Advanced Diploma in Nursing/Diploma with Advanced Studies in Nursing are eligible to register with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, to undertake a ‘top up’ module to degree BN(Hons). This module builds upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in HE level 5 Professional Studies (NPCG2007) and HE level 6 Professional Studies (NPCG3003) and the module NPCG3004 in respect of clinical effectiveness, evidence based practice and research. The module develops the ability to critically appraise a variety of types of evidence. This is a short Module of 4 days taught/e-delivered component, followed by dissertation group supervision. Transferable/Key Skills: On completion of this module the student will have developed the following key skills: 3) Communication - through group discussions (verbal) and in an the evidence based project (written) 4) Learning and Knowledge - through reading and reviewing literature, group learning activities and processes and through the production of the evidence based practice project dissertation 4) Intellectual Skills – development of skills in understanding, critically analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources 9) Information Handling - through literature searching and reviewing and analysis of data to support written work 10) Self Management and others - in personal and group approach to study and through negotiating personal supervision /tutorial time 11) Information Technology Skills and Numeracy - use of databases to retrieve information, analysis of statistics/ quantitative research approaches and project presentation 12) Creativity and Entreprenuership - Using research/evidence/knowledge to achieve innovation in a specific clinical topic related to clinical practice demonstrated through the section in the dissertation which relates to moving evidence into practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of formal lectures and small group working opportunities 1:1 supervision provided by small team of supervisors Web based learning activities will be developed in the future to support this module.

Wider reading or practice376
Project supervision2.5
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Polit, DF. Beck. CT.  (2012). Nursing research : generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice. 

LoBiondo-Wood, G. Haber, J. (2010). Nursing research : methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice. . 

Glasper, A., Rees, C. (2012). How To Write Your Nursing Dissertation. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (10000 words) 100%
Proposal  (1500 words)

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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

There are no additional costs to the programme. Any resources recommended are either available as an electronic resource or are available in the library, any additional resources can be purchased at the discretion of the student.

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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