An Introduction to Clinical Effectiveness
- Mode of study
- Part time
- 15, level 7
- Course code
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- Starting months
- October and June
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 future study.
There has been an increased 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 future study. 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 is a core module for a number of our level 7 programmes.
Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:
- Critically appraise and synthesise current research, evidence and professional practice relevant to their own professional development.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the research process and the ability to comment on the appropriateness of underpinning methodological approaches to research.
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic statistical principles, determine their appropriateness of their application to data and their relevance in terms of indicating clinical effectiveness.
- Distinguish between the appropriateness of research or audit and provide a rationale for selecting a particular research methodology or audit approach for a specific issue.
- Competently, clearly and succinctly present the findings of research to fellow professionals including the ability to reflect on its impact on the clinical effectiveness of care delivery.
- Critically reflect upon clinical effectiveness and demonstrate creativity, reasoning and evaluative reflection.
- 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.
Students will be guided to develop skills in:
- Quantitative approaches to data collection, measures of average, spread and distribution, types of variables, reliability, validity and rigour
- Qualitative approaches to data collection, data analysis, rigour and application of findings
Also, there will be a focus on audit processes and their relevance.
Lecture sessions are led by a variety of experienced authorities in their field. Therefore, the student receives a wide knowledge base from academics and practising experts who take seriously the need to integrate research evidence into practice to improve clinical effectiveness.
Teaching and assessment
The principal learning and teaching methods used in the module may include:
- 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.