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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: SUBSPRO
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: PASCOE RA Mrs (HSC)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Summative Project

Word Count 6500
Module Overview
Module Aims
The aims of this module are to:
• Provide participants a challenging learning experience through which personal learning from the programme can be transferred into practice by facilitating team adaptation to changed ways of working
• Develop strategies to foster user and carer involvement in services
• Develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of research methodologies, to enhance practice
• Deepen the participant’s critical appreciation of both scope and limitation, as well as the uses of research, audit and evaluation in the promotion of innovative practice
• Enable the participant to develop their understanding of team and organisational culture as determinants of practice

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to initiate and lead effective improvements in care or service provision through the following learning outcomes:

The students will be able to:

Subject Knowledge and Understanding
• Demonstrate the awareness of National Service Frameworks relevant to the student’s area of practice and their influence in health care
• Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research and research methodologies
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research design, including the ethical dimensions to project work
• Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories
• Discuss the need for evidence – based practice in the current health care systems, in order to achieve clinical effectiveness.
• Understand the variety of ways in which service users and carers may be involved in service change and delivery
• Demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology and develop appropriate modes of enquiry

Cognitive/intellectual skills
• Propose areas for research, practice development and audit and develop a suitable project plan
• Recognise the impact of organisational culture on practice, at micro, mezzo and macro levels
• Critically evaluate research and practice-based evidence to support work

Practical Skills
• Work with the team to achieve project related outcomes relevant to the student’s proposed project (related to their study pathway)
• Evaluate current practice, and provide a rationale for project choice
• Use an appropriate search strategy, retrieve, review and critically evaluate information and published literature
• Enhance practice through effective exploration of theoretical bases
• Team working – to enhance care provision through planning, implementation and evaluation of projects

Key Transferable skills
• Take responsibility for self-managed learning
• Demonstrate an awareness of how to effectively disseminate information
• Selection and management of information in order to support research

Module Content
The module team has outlined an indication of what might be covered. As professionals working in practice settings you are likely to have some thoughts of your own as to what you want to learn about and we will do our best to accommodate your specific requests to help you meet the module learning outcomes. The academic content of the module concentrates on research evaluation and the development of practice.

You will be participating in learning activities which will develop your skills in your chosen area of focus. For example, project/dissertation management, organising and setting goals related to research, managing your time, research design and implementation and the writing of the substantive project.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Taught: 45 hours including supervision

Work-based learning: 155 hours

Self-directed learning: 100 hours
Selected Texts/Journals

*Bishop V. & Scott I. (2001) Challenges in Clinical Practice. Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke.

Clarke A., Dooher J. & Fowler J. (eds.) (2001) Case Studies on Practice Development. Quay Books, London.

*Cormack D. F. S. (2000) The Research Process in Nursing. (4th edn.) Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Crookes P. & Davies S. (eds.) (2004) Research into Practice. (2nd edn.) Baillière Tindall, Edinburgh.

Davies C., Finlay L. & Bullman A. (2000) Changing Practice in Health and Social Care. Sage, London.

Garbett R., Manley K. & McCormack B. (2004) Practice Development in Nursing. Blackwell Science, London.

Greenhalgh, T and Peacock, R. (2005). Effectiveness and efficiency of search methods in systematic reviews of complex evidence: audit of primary sources. British Medical Journal. 331:1064-1065.

*Hek G., Langton H. & Blunden G. (2000) Systematically searching and reviewing literature. Nurse Researcher 7(3), pp. 40-57.

*Lazenbatt. A (2002) The Evaluation Handbook for Health Professionals. Routledge, London

Manley K., Hardy S., Titchen A., Garbett R. & McCormack B. (2005) Changing Patients’ Worlds through Nursing Practice Expertise. Royal College of Nursing, London.
Available at: [accessed 22nd October 2008].

Moule P. & Goodman M. (2009) Nursing Research: An Introduction. Sage, London.

Moullin M. (2002) Delivering Excellence in Health and Social Care: Quality, Excellence and Performance Measurement. Open University Press, Milton Keynes.

*National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2002) Best Practice in Clinical Audit .Radcliffe Medical Press, Oxon.

Parahoo K. (2006) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues. (2nd edn.) Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Parsley K. & Corrigan P. (2006) Quality Improvement in Healthcare; Putting Evidence into Practice. (2nd Ed) Nelson Thornes, London.

Peate I. & Hamilton C. (2008) Becoming a Midwife in the 21st Century. Wiley, Chichester.

Polit D. & Beck C. (2006) Essentials of Nursing Research Methods, Appraisal and Utilisation. (3rd edn) Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, London.

Richardson B., Dahlgren M.A. & Higgs J. (2004) Developing Practice Knowledge for Health Professionals. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.

Rolfe G. (1998) Expanding Nursing Knowledge: Understanding and Researching Your Own Practice. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2003) Clinical Governance Advice No 5: Understanding Audit Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Press, London.

Sines D., Appleby F. & Raymond E. (eds.) (2001) Community Health Care Nursing. (3rd edn.) Blackwell Science, London.

* Highly Recommended


British Journal of Clinical Governance

British Journal of Nursing Clinical Risk

Evidence Based Nursing

Journal of Advanced Nursing

Nurse Researcher

Practice Development in Health Care


NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement [online] [accessed 22nd October 2008]

National Research Ethics Service
Research ethics information.

Last Updated
29TH JULY 2010