Clinical Decision Making - Level 7 - 7NU510

About this module

This module has been designed as the basis for nurses and health care professionals developing skills and knowledge in order to undertake advanced assessment, diagnostic and prescribing roles.

You'll gain overview of pathophysiological processes to common diseases, using a systems approach and theories relating to aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations to disease processes. This will include health history taking, interviewing techniques and clinical examination.

The module will adopt an on campus teaching and learning strategy, running over six months to enable you to consolidate your learning experiences and relate theory to practice.

As part of the Clinical Decision Making module you are required to access appropriate practice opportunities through the negotiation of a learning contract with your mentor. This will enable you to undertake the summative assessment. 

Special entry requirements

You must:

  • be currently registered with the NMC
  • have a first degree or equivalent
  • you MUST have access to appropriate practice opportunities and a mentor who has the theoretical and clinical skills to meet the requirements of the module.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 7NU510

Start dates are usually: September and January at Chesterfield campus

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 40 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and treatment of common disorders of human function. 
  2. Correlate selected physical findings and clinical manifestations of disease with underlying pathophysiology with reflection on the condition and anticipated outcomes.
  3. Formulate clinical diagnosis through the autonomous application and integration of clinical information based on scientific rationale and evidence base.
  4. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills concerned with collaborative relationships with colleagues to formulate solutions to problems promoting Health and Well-being and verbal and written communication with patients on all matters concerning health history, physical assessment, justifying diagnosis and personal health plan.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study for this course at either our Derby or Chesterfield campus

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703