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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: NURM052 Module Title: ASSESSMENT IN PRACTICE
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: ASSESSPRAC
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MACARTNEY DL Miss (HSC)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern

1. An assessment of a client I practice using an OSCE proforma observed and certified by a Practice Teacher. (50%)


2. An essay
3,000 words (50%)

Critically analyse and evaluate the patient/client/family assessment undertaken for the practice assessment. Propose any practice/service development that would enhance the assessment
Module Overview
Module Aims
It is intended that the module will provide the practitioner with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to undertake an evidence-based assessment specific to their speciality upon which safe and competent decisions can be made.

The module aims to:
• make a comprehensive systematic holistic assessment of a client/patient/family
• explore a range of assessment strategies
• refine the skills required for the collection of appropriate information
• identify practice and service developments to support effective assessment.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, the student should be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding
• Critically review a range of models, concepts and theories related to assessment
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of bio-psychosocial aspects of assessment
• critically evaluate patient/client/family involvement, choice and advocacy in the assessment process
• debate access targets in health and social care.

Cognitive Skills
• critically evaluate the evidence and research base of new approaches to client/patient/family assessment.
• critically analyse and evaluate contemporary issues in own field of health and social care that will affect assessment.
• demonstrate a higher level of critical thinking and reflective ability essential for effective assessment.

Practical Skills
• demonstrate implementation and critical evaluation of appropriate tools of assessment.
• evaluate and use best available evidence and best practice to inform the assessment process and service department.
• effectively use assessment skills in their field of practice to inform the
implementation of selected therapeutic interventions.

Key Transferable Skills
• initiate and engage in effective communication with patient/client/family
• initiate and manage effective communication within a multi-professional health and social care team
• efficiently collect and evaluate assessment data.
• evaluate and develop their professional knowledge and skills through ongoing reflection in and on practice.
• identify the potential need for ongoing service development in the assessment process
• critically evaluates risk management approaches in relation to assessment and propose appropriate action.
Module Content
Principles, models and theories, single assessment process, information gathering, holistic needs assessment, risk assessment.

Evidence base:
Bio-psychosocial perspective, legal and ethical frameworks, policy drivers, sources, research and audit.

Skills development
History taking, employing appropriate assessment tools, drawing conclusions, initiating appropriate action.

Outcome, impact and process, stakeholder and policy impact, effectiveness of assessment strategies.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Taught: 30 hours
Self-directed learning: 150 hours
Selected Texts/Journals

Bickley L 2007 Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia

Bowling A 2001 Measuring Disease 2nd edn Open University Press, Buckingham.

Brechin A, Brown H, Eby M A 2000 Critical Practice in Health and Social Care OU Press, London

Doughety L, Lister S 2004 The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Roceedures 6th edn Blackwell Publishing

Ebersole P, Hess P, Schmidt Luggen A 2004 Toward Healthy Ageing: Human Needs and Nursing Response 6th edn Mosby, St Louis

Elling B, Elling K 2003 Principles of Patient Assessment in EMS Delmar

Johns C, Freshwater D 1998 Transforming Nursing Through Reflective Practice Blackwell Science Ltd. London.

Pendleton D, Schofield T, Tate P, Havelock P 2004 The New Consultation Oxford University Press, New York

Sarafino E 2006 Health Psychology 5th edn Wiley, New Jersey

Sully P, Dallas J 2005 Communication Skills for Nursing. Elsevier Mosby, Edingurgh

Usherwood T 1999 Understanding the Consultation: Evidence, Theory and Practice. Open University Press. Buckingham.

Vincent C 2001 Clinical Risk Assessment Enhancing Patient Safety BMJ Books, London

Wilkinson J 2001 Nursing Process and Critical Thinking 3rd edn Prentice Hall, US


Tutors will advise students on further reading required for their area of practice.
Additional reading lists may be provided

A pathophysiology book related to the student’s area of practice, such as:
Marieb E, Hoehn K 2007 Human Anatomy and Physiology 7th edn. Pearson Education, San Francisco.

The National Service Frameworks relevant to the student’s clinical practice.

Journal of Diabetes
Journal of Child Health Care: for professionals working with children in hospital and the community
Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Journal of Community Nursing
British Journal of Community Nursing
Community Practitioner

Useful websites

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