Evidence based practice (20 credits)
Module Leader: Katherine Sanderson
This module is designed to augment the skills of professionals required to practice evidence-based health and social care and is aimed at students from any health or social care background. It can be taken either as part of an approved Master’s programme or as a UC award module. There are two aspects to the module: to facilitate the transition to postgraduate study and set the whole Master’s programme in the framework of evidence-based practice (evidence-based practice will be implicit in the remaining modules for those undertaking a full Master’s programme). Students will develop key skills such as literature searching skills, they will also advance their ability to use critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. Students will also apply the principles of change management to effect research utilisation in health and social care. A variety of approaches to teaching will be used including the use of learning sets, e-learning@tees, formal lectures and seminars.
Students will also be able to opt for a traditional taught approach or a distance-learning route, in which e-learning@tees will be used to deliver content, or a mix of both approaches according to their needs. Students will be encouraged to focus on an area of interest that they will be able to develop in subsequent modules, such as advancing practice and/or the research dissertation. There are two elements to the assessment: one formative assessment (1,000 words) about the nature of evidence, that will enable students to develop their key skills associated with mastery, and a summative assessment (4,000 words) that involves writing a report outlining the future direction for a specific aspect of your area of practice, utilising an evidence-based approach.