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Safety in Adult Nursing Care - HEA00104I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Gillian Punton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aim of the module is to explore the specific safety and risk factors associated with adult care, including recognising vulnerable adults and situations, medication management, recognising illness and deterioration and developing confidence in their clinical decision making. Students will be expected to discuss effective assessment and safe management of those risks and have an awareness of raising concerns.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Explain and utilise the process of risk assessment and management appropriately using local and national guidance.
  2. Discuss the concept of vulnerable adults and identify those who are at risk and in vulnerable situations in practice
  3. Recognise early signs of acute illness and deterioration in young people, adults and older people and analyse differences in how these present across the lifespan
  4. Apply knowledge of basic pharmacology, how medicines act and interact in the systems of the body, and their therapeutic action.
  5. Explain the differences between assisting, administering and self-management of medications and the risk factors that influence decisions.
  6. Describe the concepts of compliance, concordance and adherence.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

  • Formative feedback 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.

Indicative reading

  • British National Formulary (2014) [online]. Available at
  • Childs, L. (2009) Principles of Medicines Management (chap 14) pgs215-234 in Childs, L. Coles, L.
  • Francis, R. (2013). The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. Available at: http://www.midstaffspublicinquiry. com/ (accessed 18 Feb 2015)
  • Francis, R. (2015). Freedom to Speak Up: An independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS General Chiropractic Council, General Dental Council, General Medical Council, General Optical Council
  • General Osteopathic Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (2014) The professional duty of candour. Available at: statement_on_the_professional_duty_of_ candour_FINAL.pdf_58140142.pdf (accessed 16 June 2015) available at (accessed 20 June 2015)
  • Health and Safety Executive [online]. Available at:
  • Health Education England (2015) Raising the Bar. Shape of Caring: A Review of the Future Education and Training of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants available at (accessed 27 Aug 2015)
  • Health Education England (2014), Framework 15, Health Education England Strategic Framework 2014-2029. Available at: HEE_StrategicFramework15_final.pdf (accessed 18 Feb 2015)
  • Marjoram, B. (2009) Essential Skills Clusters for Nurses. Wiley-Blackwell. Oxford.
  • McGavock H. (2005) How drugs work: Basic Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals. (2nd Edition). Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  • Medical and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (2011) General safety information and advice [online]. Available at:
  • National Patient Safety Agency (2010) [online]. Available at:
  • National Patient Safety Agency (2005) Building a memory: preventing harm, reducing risks and improving patient safety [online]. Available at:
  • NMC (2015) The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. Available at: http/
  • NHS Yorkshire and Humber. Making Every Contact Count website. Available at: http://www.makingeverycontactcount. [accessed 18 Feb 2015].
  • Sanders, J. and Cook, G. eds (2007) ABC of patient safety. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.
  • Trounce J.R., Gould D., (2009) Trounce’s Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses. (18th Edition). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Vincent, C. (2010) Patient safety. 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Woods, P. (2009) Risk assessment and risk management in mental health nursing. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

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