Using Evidence in Health Care Practice

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Summer
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 09 October 2023
Tuesday 05 March 2024
09 January 2024


Requisites for this module


HS754, HS755, HS859

Key module for

MSC B93024 Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration),
MSC B62024 Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Module description

There is an appreciation you each bring to this module a diverse range of knowledge and experience of both evidence-based practice and use of on line media.

The purpose of this module is to support development of a critical response to evidence to support your growth as a professional healthcare worker. Evidence-based practice underpins every single module you study and every day you spend on placement and every patient contact. This module therefore supports all other activities on your programme, and is not a separate and discrete topic

Module aims

This module will help you to develop rigorous critical appraisal skills to support evidence based practice in health care and to develop a rich understanding of types of evidence in order to apply evidence in practice settings, and to support the skills necessary to produce a literature review that appraises, synthesises and interprets the implications of a body of evidence.

The aim of this module is to support you to a level where you can apply evidence to professional practice and are prepared for the second year research module (HS859). Additionally we aim to enable you to explore the wide range of on line learning methods and resources so that you can embed evidence based practice into your professional development.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to search for, identify, critically appraise and synthesise research relevant to the student’s profession
2. Critically evaluate the appropriateness of different research approaches and their importance to using and developing evidence-based practice.
3. Identify a specific topic and evaluate the evidence base in relation to this selected topic; justify for future research in a proposed area.

Module information

This is an inter-professional module involving 5 disciplines:

Adult Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Speech & Language Therapy

Learning and teaching methods

On-line learning with supporting tutorials and seminars


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Portfolio   22/04/2024  100% 

Additional coursework information

Formative You may produce a formative submission for small group tutor-led discussion and feedback in week 7. This can take the format of an outline of your topic, a selection of the evidence you have appraised (in the table) and a brief justification for your chosen research activity option. Both the formative and summative submissions will be via FASER. Summative A single, submitted written assignment in workbook form (word count 3000 words max). Your work will include: An introduction to the nature of the topic investigated and a justification of its relevance to your own and inter-professional practice. A literature search identifying database use, keywords, inclusion and exclusion criteria for the literature included and rationale for this criteria PRISMA flow diagram An evaluation of the literature sourced set out in table form, including appraisal tools used and summary of resulting critique/outcome. The identification of a potential knowledge gap Plan of proposed area for ongoing research activity, with justification for one of the following directions of study: literature review with proposal/service development, small research project, scoping review or case study timeline for the plan and resources required.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Fay Crawford, email: fay.crawford@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Anna Pettican (OT), Dr Anna Caute (SLT), Dr Alex Kaley, Dr Matumo Ramafikeng
hscslt@essex.ac.uk hscotadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Philip Charles Clissett
University of Nottingham
Assistant Professor in Adult Nursing
Prof Gary Morgan
city university
professor psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 48 hours, 36 (75%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
6 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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