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The Royal Marsden School

Deconstructing Contemporary Practice



Delivery method


Academic credits and level

15 credits at level 7

Who's it for?

Health and social care practitioners

Course summary

The module explores the dynamic evolving nature of clinical practice in the UK.

Students will critically examine the complex nature of clinical decision making and judgements, exploring the impact professional decision-making processes can have upon patient outcomes. By the end of the module, participants will be able to critically evaluate key concepts relevant to the delivery of high-quality care services for people with long term conditions, and analyse the role of health care professionals in advancing practice in this field.

This module is core for MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Cancer Care: Advanced Practice pathways.

This module is in association with:


Key topics

  • Clinical judgement and decision-making theory
  • Shared decision-making
  • Reflective practice
  • Professionalism and professionalization
  • Communication
  • Ethical issues 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Critically explore the concept of organisational culture and reflect on how this shapes contemporary patient care
  • Identify and critically explore how contextual issues in contemporary clinical practice influence the provision of quality services for patients with long term and/or complex conditions  
  • Critically explore and identify how innovative and effective services for patients with  long term conditions could be developed and delivered in the future
  • Critically analyse and synthesise relevant theory with issues in contemporary clinical practice e.g. ethical and clinical judgements, decision making, and the concept of holistic patient care  
  • Critically reflect upon professional maturity, personal leadership, own motivation, behaviours and emotions and their role in enhancing clinical practice


We are working to transition this module on-line. Dates will be added for new applications as they become available. Please check back regularly for updates.


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Student support

Tutorials with the module leader or personal tutor are available if students require additional help with the planning and writing of their assignments. Email and telephone support are also available from the module leader/personal tutor.

The Royal Marsden School uses an online environment called Moodle which students must access during their studies to support and enhance our courses. The site provides resources and communication tools. All students will be provided with a username and password to access module specific sections as well as general learning support such as study skills and library resources. Students also have access to the David Adams Library and Electronic Resource Centre. 

To get the best from the live video-conferencing sessions and enable you to participate fully you should have access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. If you have any concerns or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Related pathways

This course is currently unavailable.