Critical Appraisal of Care

Module Summary
This module will enable the student to consolidate the skills of assessment and problem solving in relation to contemporary health targets within the national and international healthcare arena. Students will build on prior learning and investigate specific disease processes, considering relevant care management for patients throughout the care continuum. This will require students to critically appraise existing evidence for care, recognizing gaps in current evidence and opportunities for further research. This module will take an integrated approach to health care and students will be expected to consider input to care from all relevant disciplines allied to health. In addition, students will be expected to integrate and apply relevant professional, legal and ethical principles underpinning care.
The student will critically analyse the care needs of individuals with various conditions including cardiovascular disease; respiratory disease; diabetes; drug/alcohol dependency; and cancer and provide an evidence based rationale for person centred nursing interventions.
Patient safety and quality improvement principles are embedded within this module through the development of applied critical thinking principles in the context of evidence-based practice. Module content reflects social and cultural diversity and a rights-based approach to nursing practice and health care.
To promote accessibility, anticipatory adjustments have been made teaching and learning strategies and assessment. Further reasonable adjustments can be made for students who have been assessed as requiring specific adjustments.
Category 2 Tutor Marked Assessment:
Taking a case based approach, this assignment will focus on a patient with a contemporary healthcare condition. An in-depth and evidence-based critical analysis of the actual and potential healthcare issues relating to the assessment and management of the patient will be undertaken.
Assessment Guidelines Explanation
Weighting 80% of the total module mark. The aim of this assignment to develop an understanding of the Critical Appraisal of Care module learning outcomes.
Method of assessment Written Assignment This assignment allows the student to demonstrate his or her achievement of all of the module learning outcomes.
Pass mark 40% overall Currently the pass mark for level 9 modules is 40%.
Word count 3,000 It is permitted to exceed the word count by up to 10%. However students are asked to aim to write 3,000 words and not 3,300. The latter allowance should only be used where to do so is unavoidable. Assessments over the allowed 10% will be penalised by the deduction of 10% of their mark.
Referencing
UWS approved format Should be used throughout the assignment and should follow the format shown in the UWS / School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery guidelines (available from the library). At level 9 there needs to be consistent and rigorous application of evidence to the issues raised in the work.
Additional Assessment Guidelines
I.e. enabling support issues
There is full guidance on this assignment detailed below.
Category 2: Tutor Marked Assignment
Taking a case based approach, this assignment will focus on a patient with a contemporary healthcare condition. An in-depth and evidence-based critical analysis of the actual and potential healthcare issues relating to the assessment and management of the patient will be undertaken.
Part A. Critically analyse the contemporary health care issues that affect the adult population, nationally and internationally. (25 marks)
Part B. Evaluate the assessment and problem solving processes that apply to the care management of adult patients in relation to conditions, which include the contemporary health targets. (20 marks)
Part C. Critically appraise the theoretical concepts underpinning adult nursing. (20 marks)
Part D. Devise appropriate evidence based interventions to meet the diverse needs of the individual. (35 Marks)
Please read detailed guidance on Page 10
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Assignment Guidelines
General points:
There is no need for a List of Contents
Provide a basic introduction or conclusion in this assignment. Use these guidelines as a framework for your answer.
When presenting your assignment, you MUST use the headings identified in these guidelines i.e. Part a, Part b, Part c, and Part d. You may use additional sub-headings for each of these four parts, if you wish.
In this assignment, you avoid use personal pronouns such as ‘my’ ‘our’ etc.
You may include your relevant material as an appendix if you wish, but additional diagrams, tables or figures are not required within the assignment. If you do add any, use only one or two.
Ensure the tone of your writing remains ‘academic’ and use references throughout to support the discussion.
You must use the Cover Sheet and appropriate naming conventions when submitting your assignment through Turnitin. (See instructions on your Moodle site)
Attend any academic support and assessment sessions scheduled during the module.
If the student wishes to email the tutor a draft of their assignment, the draft will be reviewed on one occasion. No draft work will be viewed one week prior to the submission date.
You should adopt a critical approach to your discussion, rather than a descriptive one. For further advice on critical writing skills see: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/writing-resources/critical-writing.
Part A)
Critically analyse the contemporary health care issues that affect the adult population, nationally and internationally. (25 marks)
In this section you should briefly introduce and describe the Case Study patient/ services user that you will be writing about. Provide the reader with details of the patient/services user’s circumstances.
Outline the contemporary health issue the person is living with and how this is presenting.
Provide the context of your professional practice.
Provide critical analysis of the impact of the contemporary health issue that affects the adult population, nationally and internationally.
Additional notes:
The maximum word limit for Part A) is 750words
Part A) Adhere to the issue of confidentiality and use pseudonyms rather than naming institutions, hospitals, colleagues, patients etc.
This should be a critical assignment – in other words, you are not just describing a situation but looking at the positive and negative aspects and using these to inform your discussion of the issues arising.
Select one of the contemporary health issues covered throughout the module.
Part b)
Evaluate the assessment and problem solving processes that apply to the care management of adult patients in relation to conditions, which include the contemporary health targets. (20 marks)
In this section you require to evaluate the assessment and problem solving processes required in the care management to your Case Study.
Additional Notes:
The maximum word limit for Part B) is 600words
Part B) Reference current policy and evidence based practice for the condition.
Be sure to link the discussion to current nursing literature.
Part C)
Critically appraise the theoretical concepts underpinning adult nursing. (20 marks)
All of the discussion in Part C) should relate directly to the appropriate theoretical concepts underpinning adult nursing appropriate in this Case Study. These might include areas such as assessment, practice, skills or competency. Attempt to related to an appropriate nursing theory or theorist that links well to your case.
Additional Notes:
The maximum word limit for Part C) is 600words
References should be for original sources of information and NOT UWS Learning Units for this module.
Part D)
Devise appropriate evidence based interventions to meet the diverse needs of the individual. (35 Marks)
Within this section your discussion should demonstrate a critical understanding of the best evidence based nursing interventions to meet the needs of your Case Study.
Additional Notes:
The maximum word limit for Part D) is 1,050words
You must ensure you support your work with evidence in the form of appropriate references.
Your discussion should demonstrate that you understand the difference in the importance of evidence-based nursing care.
Make critical comments on the delivery of nursing care in your case.
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Presentation of your Assignment
A word-processed document is required for submission through Turnitin and should ideally be presented using Word or Rich Text Format. Always make sure you save a copy of your assignment.
Double spacing or one and a half line spacing should be used, and font size 12.
Avoid using long sentences and one line paragraphs. Proof reading of your work is essential prior to submission.
Avoid the use of abbreviations and acronyms in your work unless necessary. If you use an acronym, ensure it is written in full the first time it is referred to.
Avoid the use of colloquialisms and rhetorical questions within your text.
Avoid presenting lists of information. Discuss points as they arise.
Adhere to the issue of confidentiality and use pseudonyms rather than naming institutions, hospitals, colleagues, patients etc.
Direct quotes should be infrequent and relevant to the topic, if used at all
Referencing
Your referencing must conform to the standards set out in the University referencing guidelines. You should include evidence of wider reading relevant to this assignment and reference your sources accurately. You must use academic databases such as those provided by UWS library rather than search engines such as Google. If you cite an internet resource, you should follow the appropriate referencing format (see UWS referencing guidelines).
References that have been accessed using online databases such as Cinahl, should be referenced appropriately
Marks will be awarded on the basis that the material you include is directly related to the point you are making in your assignment and that you reference it accurately both in the text of your assignment and in your reference list at the end of your assignment. A minimum of 20 references should be used to support your discussion. You must not use the module online materials as references, but should find original sources.
Note that, in addition to the guidance given here, it is expected that you are able to discuss, debate and analyse the literature in your own words.
Anonymous Marking
As a safeguard of equity in the assessment of students, the University has adopted the principle that marking and grading should be conducted under conditions of anonymity up to the point at which markers and moderators have agreed the final marks for all students undertaking a given module assessment.
Plagiarism
Before attempting the assignment, ensure you have read the material on plagiarism. Effective Learning site addresses plagiarism
University regulations are available in the University Library, School Offices and the Student Records Office. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with University assessment regulations.
References should be at least 20 minimum

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