Module NMA-3205:
Evaluating Practice W

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Ms Denise Aspinall

Overall aims and purpose

In this module the student will consolidate learning and experiences accrued during previous modules and practice placements. The student will use knowledge knowledge of informed and evidence-based mental health practice in order to critically evaluate the quality of care by independently pursuing a relevant topic of interest pertaining to service user care within mental health nursing. The student will be expected to examine the factors which influences the quality and standards of service user care and the ways in which service improvement can be attained.

Course content

• Critiquing and reviewing evidence underpinning mental health practice in order to complete the extended essay within the guidelines given. • Developing skills in critical appraisal of the literature relevant to mental health nursing. • Developing advanced skills in literature searching and the use of a wide range of resources. • Ethics and research governance • Multi-disciplinary team working • Local and national safety and quality policies and legislation. • Legislation and health and social care strategies/frameworks relevant to mental health practice. • Risk assessment, management and guidance. • NICE guidelines • Audit, PDSA, user stories • NMC guidelines • Independent enquiry, supervision and self direction.

Assessment Criteria


Understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module.


Good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade C- in the Grading Criteria.


Excellent understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria.

Learning outcomes

    1. Analyse the importance of respect for individuals and how the dignity of the patient/ client/service user is maintained throughout the process of healthcare delivery.
    1. Critically analyse relevant literature, research, policy documents, legislation and other relevant information such as patient/client/service user stories and demonstrate their application to the management of care in mental health practice
    1. Critically analyse current National patient safety and quality policy agendas and demonstrate their relevance and application to the management and implementation of care in mental health practice.
    1. Demonstrate the application of quality improvement strategies to mental health practice.
    1. Critically analyse the evidence base utilised during decision making and when delivering care in mental health practice
    1. Demonstrate the ability to take a reflective and reflexive approach to patient/client/service user care in mental health practice and evaluate the knowledge and skills required for safe, compassionate and effective nursing practice.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Extended Essay 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Individual Project

Contact Time – e.g. in classroom, or fieldwork 50 hours Private Study – reading time, preparing and taking assessments 350 hours

Lectures 10 hours Seminar/Tutorial 40 hours


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in