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SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: NMS10100
Module leader: Simon Sikora
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Enduring Conditions and Community Care

NHS Band 5/6 registered nurse or qualified allied health professional involved in clinical decision - making and patient assessment within acute or primary care in NHS Lothian.

2019/0, Trimester 3, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Toby Edwards
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to learning outcomes
The module team will deliver the module over a 30-week period, utilising a collaborative approach and input from multi-professional clinical experts, using a variety of teaching methods and media. This will allow for facilitation of different learning styles and align to a number of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes 1-2 will be achieved through face-to-face learning. This will involve clinical experts delivering the foundation theory necessary, for clinical decision-making and generic patient assessment, through the use of lectures; seminars and workshops using a problem based learning approach, in order to promote deep learning. In addition, learning outcomes 1-4 will be facilitated through the use of work based learning. This will entail a minimum of one week supernumerary time in clinical practice, supervised by medical staff and clinical facilitators. Self-assessment tools and learning sets are utilised in order to encourage students to be proactive in their learning. Learning outcome 5 will be achieved through sessions delivered in the classroom setting.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
The module is directly linked to the PDP process and ensures engagement in activities that promote development of clinical and academic skills in line with the Edinburgh Napier University policy and strategy for developing student employability. This is achieved through interactive workshops focusing on teamwork and principles of effective communication.

Formative Assessment:
Regular formative assessment will be in the form of work based learning and a formative OSCE in week 20.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will involve:
Component 1
• Submission of 2500 word critique of care based on available evidence (50%) week 15
Component 2
• Completion of a summative OSCE (50%) in week 30.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Tutorial 60
Independent Learning Guided independent study 270
Other Work based learning 40
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 5 14/15 , WORDS= 2500
Oral Structures Clinical Exam (OSCE) 50 1,2,3 & 4 30 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Primary assessment. Patient history-taking. Assessment and management relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro intestinal, renal, neurological and metabolic systems. Pain assessment and management. Shock. Clinical decision making theories. Professional accountability. Change management theories. Advancing roles.
This module will develop your knowledge and clinical skills in relation to patient history taking and elements of Patient assessment, in order to prepare you for the planning and initiation of decisions regarding management and referral of patients.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically evaluate the assessment and management process in relation to the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastro - intestinal & central nervous systems.
LO2: Manage the assessment and prioritising of patients/clients treatment utilising a systematic approach
LO3: Analyse the decision - making process prior to initial and interim intervention
LO4: Appraise the needs of patients by interpreting the clinical symptoms displayed with sudden or emerging complications.
LO5: Critically analyse the current evidence for best practice and evaluate its implementation

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NMS10100 Acute Clinical Decision Making