The Therapeutic Practitioner

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
11 March 2024


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

This module allows students to review and appraise the resources, interventions and therapies at the disposal of registered nurses and to select appropriately from these to provide safe and effective care in the complex situations that nursing can operate within. The delivery of any intervention or therapy requires careful consideration in terms of both the evidence base for that intervention and safeguarding people's autonomy in the decision-making process. The module will draw upon experiences of working with people with a range of physical and mental health co-morbidities.

Module aims

This module enables students to develop critical, evidence-based skills in clinical reasoning and methods of decision-making to support the needs of those in their care.

Module learning outcomes

1. Work in partnership with people, families, carers and colleagues to critically review and evaluate the use and effectiveness of nursing assessment strategies, nursing care plans and nursing interventions, and the therapeutic role of self within the nursing process.

2. Prioritise effectively and manage personal resources when meeting the challenges of providing safe and effective care for people with comorbidities and a range of complex nursing and social care needs.

3. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of pharmacology and recognise the effects of medicines, allergies, drug sensitivities, side effects, contraindications, incompatibilities, adverse reactions, prescribing errors and the impact of polypharmacy and over the counter medication usage.

4. Use evidence-based best practice approaches for prioritising what is important to people, their families and carers at the end of life, supporting decision-making related to treatment and preferences of people who are dying, the deceased and the bereaved.

5. Critically analyse the extent and limitations of their own proficiency and recognise when and how to refer people safely to other professionals or services for clinical intervention or support.

6. Demonstrate the knowledge and confidence to communicate and contribute effectively and proactively to shared decision-making, goal-setting and planning with people, families, communities and professional and interprofessional teams, including safe discharge and transfers.

Module information

* Critically appraising evidence and its contribution to decision-making in nursing practice
* Clinical judgement and decision making in nursing practice
* Nursing assessment in complex situations
* Principles and processes for making reasonable adjustments
* Assessing and planning person centred nursing care for people with comorbidities and complex needs
* Assessing and planning person centred nursing care for people who require palliative and end of life care
* Interdisciplinary, interprofessional and collaborative approaches to delivering care
* Effective and person-centred signposting, navigating and referring to other services
* Strategies that promote independence through reablement and rehabilitation
* Critical review of pharmacological interventions – the effects and side-effects of medicines, contraindications, adverse reactions, benefits and limitations
* Medication concordance and the impact of polypharmacy on the person
* Critical perspectives on therapeutic interventions
* Social, psychological and comfort support strategies and therapies in complex situations

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and flipped classroom Principles of decision-making, supported by critical review of evidence from a range of sources, will be delivered through interactive lectures with supporting technology-enhanced learning objects. Tutorials/online forums These will encourage students to apply the principles of critical decision-making to a range of complex nursing care scenarios. Inquiry-based learning scenarios are developed with the participation of people with lived experience. Simulated practice Opportunities will be offered for students to participate in simulated activities to rehearse decision-making processes in the safety of a simulated environment.


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   Adult Nursing (Southend): Summative assignment      

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
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Bolanle Brikinns, email: bolanle.brikinns@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
Of 54 hours, 48 (88.9%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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