Relationship Based Practice

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
18 September 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B740 Nursing (Adult),
BSC B740CO Nursing (Adult),
BSC B742 Nursing (Adult) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B742CO Nursing (Adult) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B760 Nursing (Mental Health),
BSC B760CO Nursing (Mental Health),
BSC B762 Nursing (Mental Health) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B762CO Nursing (Mental Health) (Including Year Abroad),
MSCIB770 Nursing (Dual Award in Adult and Mental Health),
MSCIB770SO Nursing (Dual Award in Adult and Mental Health)

Module description

Relationship-based practice is central to the provision of safe and compassionate person-centred care. This module comprehensively prepares students in relationship-based practices that provide the foundations for person-centred nursing care. Students will develop proficiency in approaches to skilled communication and relationship management (Annexe A Section 2),NMC standards and approaches for providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions (Annexe A, Section 3)

Students will consider how these approaches apply in different situations and fields of practice.

Module aims

This module enables students to develop proficiency in, and critically examine approaches to, advanced communication that builds relationships with people and that can be applied in a range of situations and contexts.

Module learning outcomes

1. Share information and check understanding about the causes, implications and treatment of a range of health conditions when communicating with people of all ages and backgrounds.

2. Use appropriate strength-based approaches with people and their families to enable them to make decisions that allow them to live fulfilling and satisfying lives.

3. Demonstrate fundamental and advanced relationship-based communication strategies when interacting with people with complex or end-of-life care needs, when engaging in difficult conversations or breaking bad news, or supporting people who are vulnerable or in distress.

4. Develop, manage and maintain compassionate and resilient relationships with people, their families, carers and colleagues.

5. Moderate, translate and interpret information when communicating with people, their families, carers and colleagues, ensuring information is accurate, accessible and accommodates sensory impairments and language needs.

6. Implement best-practice relationship-based approaches and techniques to providing therapeutic interventions.

Module information

* Critical awareness of the range of talking therapies available and when appropriate to use them
* Engaging in difficult conversations including breaking bad news or supporting people who are in distress
* Supporting people and their families at the end of life
* Working with people who have altered cognition/dementia using techniques such as distraction/diversion strategies and reminiscence
* Working with people to focus on their own self development and build solutions using strength based approaches such as solution focused therapies
* Working with people in confrontational situations and using de-escalation strategies and techniques when dealing with conflict
* Working with people who show signs of self-harm and/or suicidal ideation
* Helping people to challenge and change thoughts beliefs behaviours and attitudes that impact on their health & wellbeing using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques
* Working with people who have sensory impairments
* Communicating with people who need translation services or materials
* Understanding the principles of working with children using play therapy approaches to understand how it can be used to support psychosocial challenges

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and flipped classroom Principles of skilled communication, relationship management, and talking therapies are introduced through interactive lectures and flipped classroom activities delivered by keynote speakers, clinicians and people with lived experience. Tutorials/seminars In tutorials, students will be encouraged to critically consider ways of managing specific situations and supporting people through the use of relationship-based practices. Drawing on their own experiences in practice students will use active learning sets to reflect on how their approaches to relationship-based practice, and their own responses and feelings. Simulated practice Students will engage in formative, scenario-based experiential learning though simulation, enabling them to rehearse skilled relationship-based practices, and manage their own responses and feelings to these experiences.


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
Practical   Adult Nursing (Southend): 20minute interview     

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
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Edward Holt, email: elmhol@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

Mr Donald George Hamilton
London South Bank University
Senior Lecturer
Dr Yusra Abdelat
Angila Ruskin University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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