Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-40039: An Introduction to Clinical Effectiveness
Mode of Study:Part-time
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Contact email:nursing.cpd@keele.ac.uk
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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The last decade has seen an increasing emphasis laid upon evidence-based practice within healthcare in the NHS. The implication is that senior practitioners, be they medical, nursing or therapists, should have the ability to formulate key clinical questions relevant to their practice, to search the literature using expert librarians as appropriate, and be able to appraise published evidence for its quality and its relevance to their own practice.


This module seeks to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of clinical effectiveness. The module will form an essential foundation for the rest of the course. With this in mind, there will be some exploration of wider aspects of research, such as the potential of different research methods and relevant statistical principles. Students will develop skills in appraising evidence and will gain practical insight into the research processes underpinning clinical effectiveness.

This module aims to enable clinicians to critically examine and reflect upon the fundamental principles of clinical effectiveness and to examine and critically appraise components involved in both the research and audit processes. It will facilitate students to develop an understanding of these processes and apply this knowledge to their area of clinical practice.

  • Candidates will normally hold current registration as a healthcare professional with an appropriate body, have had two years post registration experience and previous academic study at a minimum of level 5/6.
  • Candidates will normally be working in a care setting.

This module will include sessions on the definition of research, approaches to research methodology and appropriate selection of approach.

  • Students will be guided to develop skills in:
  • Data collection
  • Measures of average, spread and distribution
  • Types of variables
  • Reliability, validity and rigour
  • Identification of concepts and critical evaluation of healthcare practices' and their underpinning evidence
  • Governance and effectiveness within healthcare and health research
  • Developing ideas into research questions
  • User and Carer involvement within healthcare practice and research

In addition, there will be sessions focused on the development of students' critical appraisal and presentation skills.

The principal learning and teaching methods used in the module are:

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops: The core of each module delivery mode is a series of face to face tutor-led or group-led seminars or workshops.
  • Web-based learning using the Keele Learning Environment (KLE), Blackboard. 
  • Group work and peer support. All modules use focused group work and class discussions within face to face tutor time.
  • Directed independent study. Most of the study hours for each module comprise independent learning by expecting participants to add depth and breadth to their knowledge of topics, to practice skills and to reflect on critical incidents and their practice.