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Essential Skills for Nursing Associate Practice - HEA00069C

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Russell Yates
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2023-24

Module aims

The aim of this model is to provide a foundation of knowledge for the NA Student in relation to written skills, IT skills, digital library search skills and fundamental communication skills to enable the student to develop both their academic and practice learning.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Consider different models of reflection and communications  and apply one model in more detail.

  2. Demonstrate literacy, digital and technological literacy skills.

  3. Explore the barriers, factors and characteristics affecting therapeutic relationships.

  4. Identify and reflect upon the personal strengths, weaknesses, skills and strategies required  to communicate effectively with individuals and carers in a range of different settings and situations across the lifespan.

Module content

Reflective models, digital database search skills, writing skills, IT skills, fundamental communication skills, e-portfolio, characteristics of therapeutic relationships,  models of communication, barriers to communication, group work, peer assessment.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for the summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

McCabe, C & Timmins, F. 2013. Communication Skills for Nursing Practice, 2nd ed., Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Howatson-Jones, L. 2016. Reflective Practice in Nursing, 3rd edition, London: Sage

Gimenez, J. 2018. Writing Skills for Nursing and Midwifery Students, 3rd edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan  

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.