HA7026 - Transforming Community Specialist Practice through Research, Policy, Evidence and Evaluation

What will I learn on this module?

The module introduces you to research methods which assist you to transform current and contemporary Community Specialist practice across all Specialist Pathway Qualification (SPQ) Pathways. Apprentices will develop the ability to interpret and apply critical knowledge and appreciation of epidemiological research and contemporary public health policy as appropriate. You will evaluate specialist practice, using data, analysis and synthesis from evidence related to your area of specialist practice. Each pathway reflects specific complexity and need, which will be explored throughout the module in field-specific sessions dedicated to exploring your specific pathway. This learning will continuously link to your pathway in all delivered sessions. You will learn to determine strategies to critique, evaluate and disseminate evidence and research from local, national, and international sources which contribute to global innovation and improve the health of people, communities, and services. You will learn how to identify gaps in evidence and plan to address health inequalities through innovation that improves health and well-being. You will identify social structural factors from empirical and narrated data, which influence health and promote sustainable development and intervention goals. You will utilise and effectively participant in critique of evidence and research strategy across interdisciplinary and interagency teams to address public health priorities and evaluate interventions. In addition, you will generate new theory by applying evidence and data from research and policy to promote health and prevent ill health across the life course, applying an evidence-based approach to optimise public health outcomes. Finally, you will learn how to disseminate evidence from research and evaluation, sharing outcomes and lessons learnt locally, nationally, and globally through professional and peer reviewed processes.

How will I learn on this module?

The university supports the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles (La, Dyjur, & Bair, 2018). This means learning will be via a blend of web-based resources and face-to-face learning. A ‘flipped classroom approach’ (Bergman & Sams, 2012) promotes the front loading of theoretical content as preparatory independent study via interactive e-learning packages using Blackboard Ultra. Face-to-face learning is also facilitated by an experienced teacher. The face-to-face sessions will build on the theoretical underpinnings of the web-based resources and focus on application to practice, enabling more personalised engagement with the learning. Action learning sets facilitated by tutors with experience in your field of Specialist Community Nursing practice will help you apply specific context to your learning. This module delivery will give you the opportunity to apply information gained from the preparatory web-based materials to the face-to-face sessions, exploring and creating new knowledge; you are likely to feel more engaged and motivated in your learning. Formative assessment will be an ongoing key feature of the module via action learning sets, seminars, and web-based resources. The programme utilises a core lecture and applied seminar approach to shared modules across pathways. You will be required to attend the seminars that are identified as being a core component of your recognised curriculum or standard. Students will be required to complete the assessment applied to their programme pathway.

Authentic formative assessments embedded within the delivery prepare you for the summative assessment requirements.
All assessments within the programme will be operated in accordance with standard operating procedures and marked and moderated in accordance with the Assessment Regulations for Taught Awards (ARTA) ensuring the academic standards required for student awards are met.

You are allocated Off The Job (OTJ) hours as part of your higher apprenticeship programme. These are reflected in your higher apprenticeship OTJ module hours included with this module specification. This ensures you have appropriate protected learning to achieve the academic components of the module and engage in self-directed learning and study. Leading on your learning is key to the success of your higher apprenticeship and the apprenticeship team including your workplace coach will support you with your progress.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module lead who will guide your academic learning and assessment throughout the module. The Module Lead (ML) was involved in developing the e-learning materials, assessment exercises, and will provide some of your face-to-face teaching, and feedback, supported by other staff. This module is supported by Blackboard Ultra and adheres to the university’s minimum standards. The site includes module information, assessment information, power-point presentations and e-learning packages, reading lists and relevant web links. A discussion board is available to the cohort, through which students can post comments and ask questions of their peers while you are not on campus. As identified above, peer support is encouraged and facilitated via the action learning system embedded within this module and your programme of study. You will have a group tutorial will help you prepare for the summative assessment. Your Programme Lead and Personal Tutor are also available to offer guidance on academic support throughout the programme.
Apprentices will be supported in practice by a Practice Assessor (PA), workplace coach as well as Practice Supervisors (PS) as part of your formative assessment. You will receive 12 weekly progress review meeting support from an appropriate Academic Assessor (AA) and/or workplace coach as well as your PA in your clinical placement setting. These will be held 12-weekly throughout year one of your higher apprenticeship, where you will gain experience and insight into your professional role, ensuring you are supported with the achievement of the required NMC standards of proficiency.?

You will also have an allocated Personal Tutor who will provide advice and support in relation to academic, procedural, and (where desired and appropriate) personal matters during the programme of study you have enrolled on. You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and specific support from the programme team with any specific IT issues related to the e-learning packages.

The University Libraries offer an extensive collection of material, both hard copy and electronic, access to international databases and training in information retrieval. A variety of study-skills-related help sheets, and online videos can be found on the library Skills Plus site. You can also access a range of student support and wellbeing services via Student Central or by accessing the student life and wellbeing pages and Ask4Help via your electronic student portal.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Synthesise and apply knowledge from research and evaluation that leads to improvements in the health of people, communities and populations and addresses health inequalities.
2. Critically appraise epidemiological and contemporary research and policies which demonstrate contribution and gaps for evidence-based community specialist nursing practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Use data and observation to evaluate the effectiveness and acceptability of services that seek to improve health outcomes of their intended users and understand the importance of knowledge dissemination to improve health and well-being.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Confidently evaluate informed judgements about the way research is conducted ensuring professional values and accountability are articulated.
5. Apply relevant legal, ethical, and professional principles and frameworks in order to engage in independent and collaborative work with a diverse range of people and settings, showing insight and originality in your specific community specialist practice role.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: Full and Part Time Routes.
Apprentices will develop a search strategy and plan relating to your research proposal or critical appraisal. You will present this to your peer group in action learning sessions and demonstrate the ability to justify and defend your decision making. This will provide opportunity for peer and academic feedback that can contribute to you moving forward in your summative assessment.
(MLO 1-5)

NB In addition to the above, the formative assessment for the part-time route students will be required to achieve level 2 Active Participation at Progress Review Meeting four (See PAD).

Summative Assessment
The summative assessment for this module will require a 3000-word written assignment.

You have a choice of either:

1. Critique a public health policy paper, relevant to your area of contemporary Specialist Community Practice
(MLO 1-5)


2. Develop a research proposal which addresses gaps in evidence for your area of Specialist Community Practice
(MLO 1-5)

Electronic submission via Turnitin will be utilised for submission of the 3000-word written assignment.

Summative feedback on final submission of the assessed work will be given via Turnitin in a structured format to inform future practice.





Module abstract

Nurses working in Specialist Community practice fields play a key role in the Governments vision of community understanding, population health and service improvement. You will be encouraged to understand health legislation and current health and social care policies, which influence health research and research priorities and its implementation within your specific SPQ role. You will be provided with the principles of epidemiological and contemporary strategies in health research and policy to explore other areas with an understanding of research methodologies. This module will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and skill in data synthesise and apply knowledge from research, evaluation and global innovation that leads to improvements in the health of people, communities and populations and addresses health inequalities.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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