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1. Identify and critically analyse issues/problems relevant to the practitioner’s own sphere of practice

Assessment Information/Brief 2020/21

To be used for all types of assessment and provided to students at the start of the module.

Information provided should be compatible with the detail contained in the approved module specification although may contain more information for clarity.

Module title

Enhancing Professional Healthcare Practice (EPP)





Assessment title

A Clinical/Professional Focused Report

Weighting within module

This assessment is worth 100% of the overall module mark.

Submission deadline date and time


Module Leader/Assessment set by

How to submit

You should submit your report via Turnitin. When you submit your report please enter your student roll number e.g. @00123456 as the title of the Word file. You will access Turnitin from the EPP Blackboard site. Find out how to submit your assignment via Turnitin here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/esubmission

Assessment task details and instructions

You should prepare your report in a way that could be used to present the findings to colleagues in your clinical/professional area. Your report does not have to be a case for change but should provide robust evidence to enable key stakeholders to consider your findings in terms of practice development.

Your Clinical/Professional Focused Report should follow the following structure:

1     Introduction

Identify a contemporary practice / professional issue. Present the background to the practice/professional issue, along with the scope of the report. Provide a rationale for your choice.

2     Literature: - Search strategy and review

Utilising an Evidence Based Practice search tool (for example Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome PICO) Obtain, review and analyse critically the best available evidence to address the issue/problem including research, policies and guidelines: inclusion/exclusion criteria; critical appraisal of literature with the use of an appropriate tool (for example Critical Appraisal Skills Programme - CASP)

3     Key Findings

Critical discussion of key findings from identified body of literature

4     Potential implications for practice

Discuss the impact of your key findings

Describe how you are going to disseminate your findings to key stakeholders

Identify recommendations which could be made based on your findings

Explore how these recommendations could be facilitated or constrained from being implemented in your practice area

5     Conclusion

Reiterate key points

*If you have already completed Evidence for Enhancing Professional Practice (EEP Module), it is important that you choose a different practice / professional issue from the one you explored then. This will ensure your work is sufficiently original and does not repeat elements of earlier work.

Presentation/formatting guidelines:

Your student roll number should be the title of the Word file. Do not insert your name anywhere in your assignment or on Turnitin.

Type your essay in Microsoft Sans Serif font or Verdana, size 12 or larger and fully justify your formatted text. Number all pages.

Use line spacing 1.5 in the main body of your assignment and single line spacing in your final reference list at the end of your assignment.

Provide a final word count (not including your final reference list) at the end of your assignment.

Your ‘in-text’ citations and final reference list should be written in APA 6th (Harvard) style. Please use the University of Salford’s referencing handbook to avoid errors in referencing http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/using-and-referencing-information/referencing

Assessed intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Identify and critically analyse issues/problems relevant to the practitioner’s own sphere of practice

2. Identify and critically analyse own personal and professional development in relation to the review of a contemporary clinical practice issue

3. Identify the best evidence to inform decision making in clinical practice with an emphasis on quality, innovation, prevention and productivity to optimise patient care

4. Appraise a range of evidence to answer a specified clinical issue or problem

5. Consider the rigour, validity and applicability of the evidence reviewed and apply the findings to issue/problem in the practitioner’s own area of clinical practice

6. Identify facilitators and constraints to change within their own organisation and discuss how to disseminate and implement knowledge and validate/ratify changes effectively

Practical, Professional or Subject Specific Skills

1. Demonstrate the use of the range of learning technologies used to identify the best available evidence

2. Communicate effectively with a range of people on a range of matters using a variety of methods to promote collaborative working

3. Communicate personal insight into personal development needs

4. Disseminate review findings, their impact and implementation strategies to a range of audiences

5. Demonstrate awareness of equity and diversity when working collaboratively with others.

6. Engage and collaborate with peers and colleagues in relation to research and evidence-based practice

7. Participate in shared learning activities

Transferable Skills and other Attributes

1. Utilise problem solving strategies to guide the processes involved in evidence-based practice

2. Utilise a problem-solving approach to identify appropriate dissemination and implementation strategies

  • 3. Demonstrate motivation to manage own time to enable independent learning
  • 4. Identify learning needs in relation to research process and evidence-based practice
  • 5. Engage with peers in relation to research process and evidence-based practice
  • 6. Critically reflect on the extent to which development needs have been met to influence future development needs

Module Aims

Critically evaluate evidence retrieved in relation to their chosen topic

Explore the possible impact of the review findings on professional practice

Evaluate methods of disseminating of evidence

Evaluate methods of implementing evidence in professional practice

Critically evaluate own learning in relation to clinical decision making within health care organisations

Word count

Your report should be no more than 4000 words. Your final reference list does not form part of the word count, but your ‘in-text’ citations do form part of the word count

Penalties for exceeding word count

You must get as close to the word limit as possible. In accordance with the University’s Assessment and Feedback policy, if you do not adhere to the word count, assessors may determine that the task has not been completed in accordance with instructions and reflect this in the mark awarded.

Feedback arrangements

Please access the ‘My Grades’ tab in the EPP Module BB site

Submission of FORMATIVE work: Thursday 19th Nov by 16:00hrs You can expect to receive feedback for your formative work on: Formative Feedback submission: Wednesday 25th Nov by 16:00hrs

You can expect to receive feedback and interim marks for your summative written report on2nd February 2021

Support & Academic supervision arrangements

There are two timetabled Group supervision sessions within the module. During these sessions you will be expected to present and discuss your report with your peer group who will provide you with constructive feedback. These sessions will be facilitated by an academic member of staff.

Formative supervision: You can submit 800 words through Turnitin

  • 400 words to: Present the background to the practice/professional issue
  • 400 words to: Critically appraise one piece of literature with the use of an appropriate tool (for example Critical Appraisal Skills Programme - CASP)


The University offers a range of support services for students through askUS.

Good Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to learn and demonstrate skills associated with good academic conduct (academic integrity). Good academic conduct includes the use of clear and correct referencing of source materials. Here is a link to where you can find out more about the skills which students require http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning.

Academic Misconduct is an action which may give you an unfair advantage in your academic work. This includes plagiarism, asking someone else to write your assessment for you or taking notes into an exam. The University takes all forms of academic misconduct seriously.  You can find out how to avoid academic misconduct here https://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning.

Assessment Information

If you have any questions about assessment rules, you can find out more here.

Personal Mitigating Circumstances

If personal mitigating circumstances may have affected your ability to complete this assessment, you can find more information about personal mitigating circumstances procedure here.

Programme Leader/Student Progression Administrator

If you have any concerns about your studies, contact your Programme Leader (Leyonie Higgins or Helen Franks) or your Student Progression Administrator (Neil Williams). All contact details can be found on the BSc (Hons) Nursing Programme BB site

Assessment Criteria

Marks for your assignment will be allocated based on Level 6 Grade Descriptors. There are five grade descriptors that contribute to your overall final mark:

  • Knowledge, understanding, application
  • Academic writing
  • Structure
  • Evidence
  • Referencing

You should consult the EPP Blackboard Module site for detailed grade mark descriptors.

In Year Retrieval Scheme

Your assessment is not eligible for in year retrieval


If you fail your assessment, and are eligible for reassessment, you will need to resubmit on or before Tuesday 20th  April 2021. For students with accepted personal mitigating circumstances, this will be your replacement assessment attempt.  Students should be aware that there is no late submission period at reassessment (this includes those students who have an accepted PMC request from a previous attempt).

The reassessment assessment is the same as the original summative assessment task

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