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Evidence Based Practice - 15 credits - 2016/17 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

Course Code:
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City South or online delivery

This course runs on the following dates:

Dimensions delivery Tuesdays beginning 15 November to 20 December 2016 Online provision starting 24 October 2016

A recognised and well-defined professional end-point across all health care professions is the ability to reliably inform one’s practice, and enhance the quality of professional judgement. Developing professional judgement and decision-making skills are now well-embedded objectives across most professional programmes. In this context, this module aims to develop decision-making skills based on available evidence. This contemporary approach to decision-making and developing such skills are core objectives to most professional groups. Hence, the application and assessment of this module can be tailored to all health and social care situations.

We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating

The Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme is a system in which you can accumulate the credits and build them towards recognised awards, if you so wish. This single module course provides 15 Level 6 (Degree level) credits.

It is also offered via e-learning / online either as a stand alone module or part of the online top-up degree Applied Studies in Integrated Health and Social Care.

This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree

Learn more about our top-up degrees

Course Details

The Module content will be presented in relation to the recognised Evidence Based Practice process. To help structure your learning we have named this process GRADE. This acronym can be interpreted in a five-step process as: Generate the question; Retrieve the information; Appraise the information; Do it; Evaluate it. ‘Sources of evidence’ that influence and underpin decision-making will also be introduced.

i. Generate the Question

  • Questioning practice: curiosity, enquiry, addressing clinical uncertainty
  • Structuring clinically important questions to retrieve relevant evidence

ii. Retrieve the Information

  • Developing a search strategy
  • Developing search skills on electronic databases
  • Understanding the logic of database searching

iii. Appraise the information

  • Assessing Methodological Quality
  • Assessing effectiveness
  • Comparing reviews: systematic and narrative Reviews
  • The role of evidence in formulating judgements

iv. Doing It

  • Implementing evidence
  • Consider the structure and implementation of a clinical guideline

v. Evaluation

  • Considering how to evaluate if change has been effective e.g. via audit

Assessment Methods

You will critically appraise a clinical guideline appropriate to your area of practice. This will include critically evaluating the process by which the guideline has been developed in respect of Evidence Based Practice and discuss how you would implement the guideline or directive based upon your evaluation. (3,000 words).

Support via tutorials and e-mail will be available.

Further Studies

A comprehensive portfolio of post registration courses called Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is available. Many courses are taught as part time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments and allows academic and/or clinical development.

This module can be used towards a generic award within the Dimensions in Health Care programme. For further information please access.

Entry Requirements

Open to all registered health care professionals wishing to improve their Evidence Based Practice skills

Application Details

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.


Course Leader

Meriel Swann

Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Adele and Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.