Online course details

UK/EU fee

£840 (2020/21)

International fee

£840 (2020/21)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Start date

25 January 2021

Course length

10 weeks

Mode of study

Tutored online learning

Location

Online

Online course description

The requirement for evidence-based practice is dominant in today’s healthcare especially in light of recent government policy and international drivers. The need for improved clinical effectiveness dictates that healthcare practitioners’ respond to the ever increasing body of knowledge and scientific rationale in order to practice on a foundation of best available evidence, whilst meeting government and international agendas for clinical governance and greater expectations from patients.

This course explores evidence based practice; the practical skills and knowledge required in searching for the best available evidence and the critical understanding of different sources of evidence, in order to promote and implement clinically effective care and decision-making.

The focus of this course is on the critical evaluation of evidence and how this evidence can be used to increase clinical effectiveness. It has relevance for all health care professionals, but is particularly useful for those who have an interest in developing their skills of using research in practice, those who participate in clinical decision making and for those who require grounding in the essential elements of evidence based practice prior to undertaking a work based project or service improvement.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically debate the origins, impact and key components of evidence-based practice including its political and economic context
  2. Demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of sources of evidence
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence into practice

Course content

Benefits

Offset course credits towards BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)

If you are a registered nurse but do not have a degree qualification, once you’ve completed this course you could offset the 20 credits towards our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up) degree. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You will:

English language qualification

You'll also normally require one of the following English language qualifications:

If English is not your first language you will need one of the following English language qualifications.

We may accept other equivalent English Language qualifications with supporting evidence so please provide full details with your application.

Pre-Diploma/International qualifications

You may still be eligible to join this course if you have a pre-Diploma qualification (e.g. RGN, RMN, RSCN, RNLD, EN) or if your international qualification (diploma or degree) in a Health and Social Care related subject does not equate to UK Higher Education Level 5. This is subject to meeting the following requirements:

If the above applies, there is an access route at level 5 (Diploma level) which requires you to successfully complete the Certificate of Credit in Health and Social Care Studies prior to joining this module.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) for health professionals

If you are employed by the NHS in the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Northamptonshire) you may be eligible for fee-free access to this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Who will teach you

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Dr Alan Williams
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Nursing, Dr Alan Williams, commenced as Academic Lead for the Nursing and Perioperative Practice programmes in April 2019. Alan is a Registered Nurse (Adult and Mental Health) with over twenty years' experience in the NHS before becoming an academic.

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