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Safety & Risk in Adult Nursing Care - HEA00086M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Alison Foster-Lill
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
C Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

Healthcare is a high risk enterprise. The NHS currently receives over 3000 complaints a week with the cost of adverse health events totalling millions of pounds per year not to mention the resulting human harm and distress to individuals and carers. This module enables students to develop the knowledge and skills required to identify, analyse and reduce, or more effectively manage, clinical risk to improve patient safety.

The aim of the module is to explore the specific safety and risk factors associated with the nursing care of adults including the, recognition of vulnerable adults and situations such as, falls prevention, medication management, infection control and the early detection of physical and mental deterioration. Students will be expected to explore the inter-relationship between mitigating risk in practice, critical incidents, complaints and litigation. This will include managing these effectively within the clinical governance agenda and the role of the nurse in escalating concerns and their over-riding duty of candour.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse current theoretical approaches to risk assessment and management locally and nationally.
  2. Explore the concept of risk from a clinical, social and organisational perspective and how risk is measured.
  3. Critically evaluate current policies to minimise risks and maximise safety in these areas of practice.
  4. Explore the ethical considerations associated with the nurse's responsibility to reduce risk and the need to promote positive risk taking to facilitate recovery.
  5. Critically evaluate specific risks associated with:
  • Vulnerable adults and falls prevention
  • Deterioration across the lifespan in physical and mental health
  • Pharmacology and medicines management
  • Infection control


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 2000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 2000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

  • Formative feedback is provided from the facilitator and peers within practical work.
  • Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

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