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ASSIGNMENT BRIEF
HND Assignment Brief
Session: February 2021

Programme title Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in HealthCare Practice
Unit number & title Unit 4 Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
Unit Level and Credit
Value
Level 4 Credit Value 15
Assessor (s) Dr Taghi Doostgharin
Issue Date 24 February 2021
Final assignment
submission deadline
07-12 June 2021
Late submission deadline
14-19 June 2021
The learners are required to follow the strict deadline set by the College
for submissions of assignments in accordance with the BTEC level 4–7
submission guidelines and College policy on submissions.
Resubmission deadline TBA
Feedback
Formative feedback will be available on ICON VLE during the semester.
Final feedback will be available within 2 weeks of the assignment
submission date.



General
Guidelines
• The work you submit must be in your own words. If you use a quote or an
illustration from somewhere you must give the source.
• Include a list of references at the end of your document. You must give all
your sources of information.
• Make sure your work is clearly presented and that you use correct grammar.
• Wherever possible use a word processor and its “spell-checker”.


Internal verifier Dr Oluwatosin Alo
Signature (IV of the
brief) *
Date 21/02/2021








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ICON College of Technology and Management
BTEC HND in Healthcare Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care)
Unit 4: Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set) (RQF- L4)
Session: February 2021
Coursework
Recommended Word limit: 3500

This unit will be assessed by assignment and a class presentation

You are strongly advised to read the literature review brief before writing your assignment.

Discuss with your lecturer to know the evidence for this assignment that can also contribute
to your PLAD portfolio

Selected Topic: Promoting mental health for individuals in populations less likely to access support
(e.g. men, traveller communities, specific minority groups)

Theme for use with Unit 4:(1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021)
Promoting Physical and Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

The healthcare practitioner is a key contributor to the service user experience and is instrumental in
driving the changes needed to enable a more effective and efficient healthcare service. The
effective practitioner should keep the physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing of service
users at the heart of their practice. As we continue to develop our understanding of the human
condition through research, the parameters of what is considered ‘appropriate’ and ‘high-quality’
care have expanded.

In recent years greater emphasis has rightfully been placed on practitioners taking a holistic
approach to the health and wellbeing of service users, with mental health and emotional wellbeing
becoming increasingly central to being able to provide high quality, person-centred care. The impact
of good mental health on an individual’s ability to maintain their overall health, reduce the likelihood
of physical illness recurring, becoming chronic or debilitating, or in being able to cope with
significant changes in life circumstances, cannot be over-emphasised. This is particularly important
as it is estimated that at least one in four people will experience mental ill-health over the course of
their life, which means that health and social care practitioners will encounter individuals with mental
ill-health conditions or developing signs of mental-ill health during the course of their practice, as
well as being susceptible to experiencing mental ill-health themselves.

Recognising and understanding the factors that impact on mental health and emotional wellbeing,
as well as responding appropriately are crucial in health and social care practice. A well-informed
and skilled practitioner should be able to support others to maintain good mental health and
emotional wellbeing, develop their resilience and other protective and preventative strategies.
Health and social care practitioners should not only have up-to-date knowledge of key
developments and approaches to practice across the health and social care sector, but should also
possess the appropriate values, attitudes and behaviours to deliver high quality professional care
that meets the needs of service users. A self-aware practitioner that develops their emotional
intelligence and uses up-to-date research to inform their professional practice, alongside a focus on
the best interests of the individual, can make all the difference between poor and positive outcomes
for individuals in receipt of care, and in maintaining their own and others’ mental health and
emotional wellbeing.

This unit will enable students to examine what evidence-based practice entails, in the context of
current research into mental health and emotional wellbeing as related to health and social care
practice, that have an evidentiary basis to support their use. Students will reflect on their own
practice and experience, including the process of personal research and the value of adopting an
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informed and evidence-based approach in contributing to health and social care practice and
service delivery that puts the physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing of service users at
its heart.



Assignment Context and Scenario
According to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2019), Out of every four adults, one
will experience a mental health condition, and these conditions are the largest single cause of
disability in the UK. The report also indicated that mental health diagnoses such as depression are
growing and the total prevalence of common mental health disorders vary across regions, with
higher proportions in areas with more deprivation, and poverty can be a cause or consequence.
You have recently been hired as a research assistant in an NHS hospital to investigate and provide
evidence-based guidance and advice on how to improve access to mental health care services. In
your pilot study, you met John, a secondary school student and Jane, a care assistant in a nursing
home, who has just arrived as a migrant worker in the UK. They both suffer from depression and
anxiety and when narrating their ordeals, they explained how the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown
had exacerbated their sufferings in terms of access to mental health care and support.

What you must do to achieve LO1, LO2 and LO3: Produce a report

LO1: Explain the role of research for evidence-based practice in health and social care
(Recommended Word limit: 800)

As a researcher, you play a significant role to ensure that practices in health and social care follow
evidence-based approach. This approach has numerous advantages which include better patient
outcomes, increased patient safety and improvement in the delivery of quality services.

For evidence-based practice, you have been asked to explain the role of researcher. To do this you
should describe the purpose and process of conducting research in enabling evidence-based
practice in health and social care. You would also explain the skills and qualities needed to conduct
a literature review in health and social care.

You should also analyse own current skills and knowledge in being able to conduct a literature
review in health and social care towards evidence-based practice. Additionally, you should evaluate
the skills required to conduct ethical research to positively influence practice and provision in health,
care and support services.

LO2: Conduct a review of key literature relating to a research topic towards improvements in care
practice (Recommended Word limit: 1000)

Review of relevant literature is a key aspect of social research in which current state of knowledge
and any recent debates on the research topic is critically examined. As a researcher, you would
conduct a literature review using a range of sources relating to the research topic. You should also
explain results of literature search that summarises current knowledge about research topic

Additionally, you should evaluate the reliability and validity of own literature review. Furthermore,
you should critically assess the viability of own project proposal in relation to the literature review
conducted critically assessing the viability of own project proposal in relation to the literature review
conducted

LO3: Develop a project proposal using evidence-based practice (Recommended Word limit: 1500) -
(See Research Proposal Guidance and Template below)
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You will develop a project proposal which will give you the opportunity to present a brief, accurate
and coherent summary of your intention and the direction the research will take. You should explain
the benefits of evidence-based practice as a method in carrying out research. Also, you would
produce a project proposal for a proposed study based on research topic;

Additionally, you should justify rationale for proposed research study based on research topic. Lastly
you should critically assess the viability of own project proposal in relation to the literature review
conducted

Research Proposal Guidance and Template
• Project Title: The title of your project should reflect the content and context of the research.
(Recommended words: 20 or less)
• Introduction (statement of the problem): This will be a short background to the study,
discussing key problem areas that the research intends to investigate, as well as the current
state of knowledge (Recommended words: 300)
• Aims and Objectives: Provide an overall aim and two or three objectives that the research
will focus on (Recommended words: 150)
• Aims and Objectives: Provide an overall aim and two or three objectives that the research
will focus on (Recommended words: 150)
• Literature review (Use referenced materials): Demonstrate the relevance of your proposed
research and how it will contribute to existing body of academic knowledge. (Recommended
words: 900)
• Research Methodology: Describe the methods you intend to use to achieve your aim and
objectives. (Recommended words: 300)
• Expected Outcomes: Summarise the outcomes that you hope the research process will
generate (Recommended words: 130)


What you must do to achieve LO4: Do an individual presentation and produce a report

LO4 Examine the value of the literature review process in influencing positive change in health and
social care practice (Recommended Word limit: 200)

To demonstrate own understanding of the LO4 criteria, you will do an individual presentation and
produce a report. As a researcher, being able to transfer new ideas and knowledge is important. It is
also crucial to be able to communicate to the audience your experience and outcomes of engaging
with the research process including the review of literature. This activity is aimed at developing and
accessing students’ communication and presentation skills. In the presentation you would describe
different ways in which the literature review influences evidence-based health and social care
practice. You should also explain how recent research has had a positive impact on current practice
to improve service delivery

In the report, using the information in your presentation, you should analyse how the personal
research process has an impact on own learning and practice in the workplace. Your report will also
evaluate own journey towards contributing to innovation and improvement in evidence-based health,
care or support practice and service delivery

The presentation is compulsory and can only contribute to LO4 at the Pass level.

Presentation Guidelines:
1. Students will have 10 minutes to present their work to the audience and each will be given
the date to present. Presentations will take place in week 11 and week 12 during class time.
It is important that all students keep to the time limit.
2. Students must present their work as a PPT only.
3. Students should reference their work where appropriate, using a range of sources.
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4. Students must attach their presentation as a (6 SLIDES PER PAGE) document to their final
assignment before submitting on the VLE

Milestones and interim feedback
The purpose of milestones is to monitor the progress of the literature review and to maintain
momentum, making it more likely that students will succeed. Each milestone should be a clear,
achievable activity that the student aims to achieve by a predetermined time. Students should agree
at least two milestones with their tutor. Examples of milestones include:
• formulating a first draft of the plan
• completing all primary research
At each milestone, your tutor will liaise with you to check whether it has been achieved. Tutor may
need to redirect the student if necessary.

Literature Review Management Plan
Aims and goals for the assignment
Specific resources
Timelines
Stages required for the Literature Review
Templates for Evidence Collection:
Students are encouraged to keep notes of their progress in a logbook, to support their reflection at
the end of this unit. You should update on weekly a basis what you did, when and what you were
thinking as well as your achievements. The logbook will not be assessed, but will help you to be
able to develop the required personal performance review (see template below)

Name:
Literature Review title:
Date:
Update on weekly research/tasks achieved

Points to consider:
• What have you completed?
• Did you fulfil task requirements?
• Are you on track and within deadlines set?
• Did you need to make any changes to your management plan?
Any risks and/or issues identified?

Points to consider:
• Did you identify risks/issues with a lack of skills required for undertaking research/tasks?
• Did you identify any additional risks/issues that have an impact on the management
plan?
Problems encountered

Points to consider:
• What barriers did you face?
• How did you overcome them?
New ideas and change of literature review direction
What have you learned about yourself this week?
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Points to consider:
• How did you feel when you had to deal with tasks/problems?
• Did you find it useful to complete the tasks?
• How well have you performed? What did you contribute?
• What can you improve on next week?
• How might this learning apply in the future?
Tasks planned for next week

Points to consider:
• Which tasks are a priority?
• Have you set aside sufficient time for completion?
Literature Review Management Plan status to date
(on, ahead, behind)
Supervisor comments to address


Performance Review
Drawing from your logbook, you will need to reflect on the success of your literature review and your
own performance in a personal performance review at the end of the unit. This is a written reflection
of 500 words (students will not be penalised if they exceed this word limit). See the Performance
Review template below.
Performance Review Template
Performance Review
• What was the literature review supposed to accomplish?
• Did the literature review succeed in its aims? How do you know? Specifically, please outline
any evaluation and assessment undertaken.
• What things do you think worked well and why? Evaluate all aspects of the literature review
(e.g. initial inception, developmental activities and outcomes) from a range of perspectives.
• What problems emerged during the process of developing the review and how were they
tackled? Was there timely identification of issues and resolution during the process?
• What did you learn from undertaking the literature review?
• How would you rate your performance as project manager?
• What strengths and weaknesses of your performance did you identify?
How will this inform and support your continuous professional development towards your career
goals in the sector?

Relevant Information

To gain a Pass in BTEC HND Unit, you must meet ALL the Pass criteria; to gain a Merit, you must
meet ALL the Merit and Pass criteria; and to gain a Distinction, you must meet ALL the Distinction,
Merit and Pass criteria.

1. Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
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Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
Pass Merit Distinction
LO1 Explain the role of research for evidence-based practice in health
and social care
P1 Describe the purpose and
process of conducting research
in enabling evidence-based
practice in health and social
care
P2 Explain the skills and
qualities needed to conduct a
literature review in health and
social care
M1 Analyse own current skills and
knowledge in being able to conduct
a literature review in health and
social care towards evidence-
based practice

D1 Evaluate the skills required
to conduct ethical research to
positively influence practice
and provision in health, care
and support services
LO2 Conduct a review of key literature relating to a research topic
towards improvements in care practice




LO2 and LO3
D2 Critically assess the
viability of own project proposal
in relation to the literature
review conducted

P3 Conduct a literature review
using a range of sources relating
to the research topic
P4 Explain results of literature
search that summarises current
knowledge about research topic

M2 Evaluate the reliability and
validity of own literature review
LO3 Develop a project proposal using evidence-based practice
P5 Explain the benefits of
evidence-based practice as a
method in carrying out research
P6 Produce a project proposal
for a proposed study based on
research topic
M3 Justify rationale for proposed
research study based on research
topic.
LO4 Examine the value of the literature review process in influencing
positive change in health and social care practice


D3 Evaluate own journey
towards contributing to
innovation and improvement in
evidence-based health, care or
support practice and service
delivery
P7 Describe different ways in
which the literature review
influences evidence-based
health and social care practice
P8 Explain how recent research
has had a positive impact on
current practice to improve
service delivery
M4 Analyse how the personal
research process has an impact on
own learning and practice in the
workplace

2. Guide to student

1. Preparation guidelines of the Coursework Document
a. All coursework must be word processed.
b. Any assignments submitted with TEXT BOXES will not be accepted
c. Document margins must not be more than 2.54 cm (1 inch) or less than 1.9cm (3/4 inch).
d. Font size must be within the range of 10 point to 14 points including the headings and body
text (preferred font size is 11).
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e. Standard and commonly used type face, such as Arial and Times New Roman, should be
used.
f. All figures, graphs and tables must be numbered.
g. Material taken from external sources must be properly referred and cited within the text
using Harvard system
h. Do not use Wikipedia as a reference.



2. Plagiarism and Collusion
Any act of plagiarism or collusion will be seriously dealt with according to the College regulations.
In this context the definitions and scope of plagiarism and collusion are presented below:

Plagiarism is presenting somebody else’s work as your own. It includes copying information
directly from the Web or books without referencing the material; submitting joint coursework as
an individual effort.
Collusion is copying another student’s coursework; stealing coursework from another student and
submitting it as your own work.
Suspected plagiarism or collusion will be investigated and if found to have occurred will be dealt
with according to the College procedure (For details on Plagiarism & Collusion please see the
Student Handbook).



3. Submission
a. Initial submission of coursework to the tutors is compulsory in each unit of the course.
b. The student must check their assignments on ICON VLE with plagiarism software Turnitin
to make sure the similarity index for their assignment stays within the College approved level.
A student can check the similarity index of their assignment up to five times in the Draft
Assignment submission point located in the home page of the ICON VLE.
c. All Final coursework must be submitted to the Final submission point into the Unit (not to
the Tutor). The student would be allowed to submit only once and that is the final
submission.
d. Any computer files generated such as program code (software), graphic files that form part
of the coursework must be submitted as an attachment to the assignment with all
documentation.
e. Any portfolio for a Unit must be submitted as an attachment in the assignment



4. Good practice
a. Make backup of your work in different media (hard disk, memory stick, etc.) to avoid distress
due to loss or damage of your original copy.






5. Extension and Late Submission
a. If you need an extension for a valid reason, you must request one using an Exceptional
Extenuating Circumstances (EEC) form available from the Examination Office and ICON
VLE. Please note that the tutors do not have the authority to extend the coursework
deadlines and therefore do not ask them to award a coursework extension. The completed
form must be accompanied by evidence such as a medical certificate in the event of you
being sick, and should be submitted to the Examination Office.
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b. Late submission will be accepted and marked according to the College procedure. It should
be noted that late submission may not be graded for Merit and Distinction.
c. All late coursework must be submitted to the Late submission point into the unit (not to
the Tutor) in the ICON VLE. A student is allowed to submit only once and that is also
treated as the final submission.
d. If you fail in the Final or Late submission, you can resubmit in the Resubmission
window.

6. Submission deadlines
Submission deadlines Online to the ICON VLE only
Final Submission date: XXXXXXXXXXJune 2021
Late Submission date: XXXXXXXXXXJune 2021

Glossary:
Analyse: Break an issue or topic into smaller parts by looking in depth at each part. Support each
part with arguments and evidence for and against (Pros and cons).
Compare: Identify similarities and differences
Critically Evaluate/Analyse: When you critically evaluate you look at the arguments for and
against an issue. You look at the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments. This
could be from an article you read in a journal or from a text book.
Discuss: When you discuss you look at both sides of a discussion. You look at both sides of the
arguments. Then you look at the reason why it’s important (for) then you look at the
reason why it’s important (against).
Describe: When you give an account or representation of in words
Explain: When you explain you must say why it is important or not important.
Evaluate: When you evaluate you look at the arguments for and against an issue and then make
judgments based on a set of guidelines.
Identify: When you identify you look at the most important points.
Implement: Put into action/use/effect
Recommend: Suggest/put forward as being appropriate, with reasons
HND Assignment Brief
Session: February 2021


XXXXXXXXXXObservation Record Sheet

Presentation Skills Assessment
Student name: XXXXXXXXXXStudent ID: XXXXXXXXXXDate:

LO4 Examine the value of the literature
review process in influencing positive
change in health and social care practice

o Describe different ways in which the
literature review influences evidence-
based health and social care practice
o Explain how recent research has had a
positive impact on current practice to
improve service delivery

Knowledge of the
criterion
demonstrated:
High(H), Average (A),
Low (L), Not
Achieved (NA)
Assessors Comments



Course: Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in HealthCare Practice
HNC/HND
Unit Code/Title Unit 4 : Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice


Unit Credits/ level Credits 15 XXXXXXXXXXRQF LEVEL: 4
Tutor: Dr Taghi Doostgharin
Internal Verifier Dr Oluwatosin Alo
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Remarks:

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________


Tutor Signature: XXXXXXXXXXDate: ________________

Internal Verifier Signature: XXXXXXXXXXDate: 21/02/2021
Answered 6 days AfterMay 06, 2021

Solution

Sabah Inamdar answered on May 12 2021
32 Votes

UNIT 4: FUNDAMENTALS OF EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
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LO1: Role of Research for Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Social Care3
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