Module Clinical Judgement and Decision Making

Course details

Direct Entry

January 2017

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This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in clinical judgement and decision-making, in relation to the assessment and care management of patients/clients.

You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

The module adopts a problem-based learning approach and explores the application of theories and frameworks to clinical judgement and clinical decision making in practice; related legal, professional and ethical issues; reasoning and the management of uncertainty in patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge and critical understanding of theories and frameworks of clinical decision-making that will support clinical judgement in practice
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills in the management of uncertainty and the application of reasoning in the assessment and management of care
  • Critically examine the legal, professional and ethical dimensions of applying clinical judgement and decision making in practice
  • Critically evaluate ways in which evidenced based practice will support clinical judgment and clinical decision-making
  • Critically reflect on the use of problem solving strategies in the use of clinical judgement and decision-making in practice

Indicative core bibliography

  • Huber, D, L. (2005) Leadership and Nursing Care Management, 3rd edn. Philadelphia: Elsevier.
  • Hopcroft, K. and Forte, V. (2007) Symptom Sorter, 3rd edn. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing
  • Longmore, M., Wilkinson, I.B.,Turmezei, T., Cheung, C. K. (2007) Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. Oxford University Press
  • Melnyk, B. and Fineout-Overholt, E. (2005) Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • McGhee, M. (2008) A Guide to Laboratory Investigations, 5th edn. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing
  • Standing, M. (2010) Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making: In Nursing and Interprofessional Care. Buckingham: OUP.
  • Standing, M. (2008) Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making in Nursing - Nine Modes of Practice in a Revised Cognitive Continuum. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62, (1), p.124-134.
Programme specification (PDF)

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

Students must have studied an assessment and physical examination skills module such as HPHG6012 Consultation and Physical Examination Assessment Skills (or equivalent) to be eligible to study this module. Only qualified health care professionals will be eligible.

Students must also demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.

When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focused towards the subject of that award.

This module cannot be taken in combination with HPHG6044 Clinical Decision Making for Health Care Professionals.

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