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Evidence-Based Practice for Patient Care - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): September; February


One Semester, intake September and February

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to understand and apply the evidence to your current practice for the benefit of patient care
  • Be part of a multi-disciplinary learning environment
  • Delivered by staff who are subject experts in their field
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development.

This module will explore:

  • Searching: formulating a search question, selecting search terms, building up a search strategy, limiting searches and sources of health and social care information (e.g. MEDLINE; CINAHL; PSYCHINFO etc.)
  • Appraising: for quantitative (e.g. RCT and survey); qualitative (e.g. participant observation); systematic reviews; policy documents and other evidence
  • Synthesising: what is a systematic review, literature searching dimension plus appraisal; issues in synthesising RCT's Vs qualitative research
  • Implementing findings into practice: need for change management; research evidence and other evidence; current approaches in health and social care (audit, guidelines, protocols, CRD, Cochrane, evaluation, performance review) and gaining local ownership
  • You will be encouraged to draw from different areas of practice such as mental health, child care, older people in order to exploit the considerable professional experience/range of work settings

Entry Requirements

  • Registered professional working in health care
  • A graduate or graduate equivalent

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

Qualified health professionals who wish to develop their practice further and enhance their career opportunities.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

Applying for postgraduate Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


Delivered using a mix of tutorials, practical work and independent study.


  • Written assignment: 3,000 words 70%
  • 10 minute Oral assessment 30%


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. On completion of this module you will have the knowledge and skills to understand, participate in and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in a number of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

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