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Discuss the co-ordination of evidence based and person centred nursing care and decision making when caring for people with complex safeguarding or enduring or end of life care needs within the field of nursing practice.

Assessment Guidelines Level 7

Module Code


Module Title

Coordinating Complex Care


MSc Nursing

Launch Date

8th April 2024

Submission Date


Exam board Date


Anticipated resubmission date (subject to confirmation)


The pass mark for level 7 modules is 50%. 

There are only two attempts allowed at each component of a module unless extenuating circumstances accepted.  A second fail can therefore lead to termination of your degree programme. There is no compensation between components of the assessment on a module. 

Extensions and Extenuating Circumstances: you must read the policies on these which can be found on the Programme home Page in the Assessment section.  We will not be able to support an appeal based on your lack of awareness of the codes of practice.

Please consult the assessment information in the Programme homepage (Assessment section) for further information about submission, processes, and sources of support for your academic work and well-being.


Module Assessment

Assignment Tasks

You have two assessments for this module:

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Written assignment

The components of the assessment are weighted equally.  50% of your module grade comes from each assessment. 

Module Learning Outcomes to be achieved

Learning outcomes:

  1. Discuss the co-ordination of evidence based and person centred nursing care and decision making when caring for people with complex safeguarding or enduring or end of life care needs within the field of nursing practice.
  2. Critically apply in-depth pharmacological knowledge to the administration and optimisation of medicines within a field of practice
  3. Discuss how risks to vulnerable individuals are assessed and managed in the planning and co-ordination of complex care across health and/or social care organisational boundaries
  4. Critically evaluate legal, political and economic factors and the role of family and public engagement in the effective coordination of complex care

Aim of Assessments

To assess your knowledge and understanding of all four of the module learning outcomes.

Presentation guidance

A template is provided in the assessment section of the module canvas page.

  • You must include a completed cover sheet.
  • Do not include your name anywhere on the submission.
  • Add your student ID to the header for each page.
  • Include page numbers at the bottom of each page.
  • Do not include the assignment title on the document.
  • Use 12-point Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman font.
  • Use Harvard (author, date) referencing.
  • Use double spacing for the main section(s) and single spacing for the reference list, tables and bullet point lists.
  • Start the reference list on a new page using the heading ‘Reference List’
  • The word count includes all submitted text except for the reference list.
  • Exceeding the word limit by more than 10% will incur penalties (see the canvas page/handbook for further details)

Support & Formative Feedback:


—  Assignment guidance either face-to-face or online (live)

—  Formative assessment questions will be carried out in class and on canvas

Late submission, extensions and extenuating circumstances

If you miss the deadline for submitting academic work a penalty of 5 marks will be deducted for each working day the assessment is submitted late until a mark of zero is reached. Weekends, public holidays and university closed days are not included.

If you are unable to submit your work on time you can ask for an extension from student services.  If you submitted your work on time but believe that circumstances may have prevented you from doing your best work, you may be eligible to apply for extenuating circumstances.  Please make sure you are familiar with the relevant policies and procedures (see canvas page for more information).

Further information

There is important information relevant to all assignments included on the canvas page for your module.  It is your responsibility to make sure you understand the processes, and rules and regulations for

  • Finding support to understand and write your assignment
  • Academic integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Extensions and extenuating circumstances
  • Marking, moderation, and external examination
  • Feedback
  • Resubmissions

If you are concerned about anything related to this assignment and cannot identify the right place or person to go to for help, please contact the module leader as soon as you can.

Presentation Guidance

The PowerPoint presentation contributes 50% of your final grade for this module.

Produce and deliver a 15-minute Audio recorded PowerPoint presentation on one pharmacological intervention for one case study linked to the taught components of the module.

The presentation must include the following elements:

  • The pharmacodynamics relating to the chosen medication.
  • The key evidence-base for intervention. 
  • Roles and responsibilities in its prescription, administration and monitoring.
  • The Royal Pharmaceutical Society framework, Maudsley Guidelines or EMC/SPC guidelines for safe prescribing should be used.

Adult Field:

  • You need to include the physiology relating to the intervention.
  • You must briefly explain the pathophysiology that has necessitated the pharmacological intervention before examining the pharmacodynamics underpinning the modes of action of the selected medication. Do not just present a general overview of the condition.
  • You should allow approximately 5 minutes for this section of the assessment
  • You should allow the remaining 10 minutes for the next two sections of the assessment

Mental Health Field:

  • The relationship between physiology and mental illness is unclear and contested. 
  • You should briefly explain what is known (or not known) about the pharmacodynamics of the chosen medication. 
  • Alternatively, you can explain the physiological/psychiatric impact of treatment options such as NG tube feeding if you choose to write about eating disorders.

Adult and Mental Health Fields:

You are asked to present the key evidence-base for the intervention:

You must present an interpretation and evaluation of a key clinical trial (or meta-analysis/ systematic review) that supports the use of the medication/treatment in practice.

This should be linked to a published clinical guideline (NICE, ESC etc.).

You should also include an evaluation of the way the trial and guideline has affected the treatment of your chosen condition i.e., was there a change in clinical practice? 

NOTE: You must evaluate the trial and guidelines rather than merely describing them. 

The role and responsibilities of the Nurse in the intervention:

This section should consider any significant side effects, adverse events, contraindications, or drug interactions associated with the chosen medication. Merely listing the items identified above will not be sufficient; you should provide rationales for any issues or aspects of care you highlight reflecting a holistic approach. Discuss the co-ordination of evidence based and person centred nursing care and decision making when caring for people with complex safeguarding or enduring or end of life care needs within the field of nursing practice.

An understanding of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society framework (2021) for safe prescribing is essential for adult field students. 

Mental Health nursing students will need to refer to Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines, SPC/EMC guidelines or a similar resource.

The assessment is a presentation; the PowerPoint is an aid for your presentation rather than the assessment itself

  • Your PowerPoint presentation must not contain more than 10 slides in total, including a title slide and references slide.
  • The length of your presentation must not exceed 15 minutes.
  • There must be a title and a reference slide, and your presentation will benefit from a brief introduction and conclusion.
  • Graphics should be a key element of the presentation and should reinforce the text. 
  • Your presentation must be fully referenced (including pictures) on each slide using the Harvard system
  • If you intend to refer to numerical data in your presentation the use of tables, graphs etc is strongly recommended
  • Do not read directly from the slides or your notes - use them as prompts for your presentation. The slides can be used to display diagrams that explain the pathophysiology, data such as the results of clinical trials etc.  Please make sure your narration relates to the information on each slide. 

Plagiarism - Assessments submitted must be the student’s own work and all references to other work must be acknowledged. Penalties for plagiarism are severe.

Guidance for Written Assignment

The assignment contributes 50% of the final grade for this module.

To be successful at this assignment you are required to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes through focusing upon an episode of patient/service user care. It will require you to place the patient at the centre of your clinical practice, reflecting the aims of the UoB Nursing Curriculum.


Critically evaluate an episode of nursing care that focuses on a relevant nursing intervention that demonstrates a safe and effective response to your chosen case study.

Assessment outline

You are recommended to utilise the following assessment outline to guide what you include in your assignment.  You are required to: 

  • Utilise the clinical case study from your presentation.
  • Critically discuss the nursing care required to effectively respond to the scenario presented.


  • Clearly state the focus of your assignment by identifying your chosen case study and the key elements of your discussion (approx. 200 words).

Main Body

You are required to discuss and analyse:

  • Nursing care decisions that demonstrate person-centred care, and a safe and effective response.
  • The role of the nurse in managing enduring conditions or safeguarding or end-of-life care.
  • The role of the nurse in the assessment of a vulnerable individual focusing on either the legal, political, or economic factors
  • The importance of the role of the nurse in coordinating complex care (approx. 1500 words).


Summarise clearly the main points discussed within your assignment (approx. 300 words).

Overall Guidance:

  • You must maintain a clear application to your case study, throughout your assignment.
  • Ensure your essay has clarity, a logical and effective organisation to demonstrate your ideas.
  • Bioscience and/or clinical care guidelines should be used to evidence and rationalise your nursing care decisions.
  • You are required to include references in the assignment, this should include:
  • Reports, policies and official inquiries by government, independent organisations, and professional statutory and regulatory bodies (such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Royal College of Nursing etc.).
  • Evidence (recent studies or seminal are best).
  • Theory (academic journals/ books).
  • Please ensure that you are using the most recent version of reports, policies, standards, and guidelines.

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