Clinical Consolidation Practice 3 NURSING3011

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 45
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Clinical consolidation consists of 12 weeks' clinical practice. Integral to the clinical practice assessment in ensuring all Nursing & Midwifery (NMC) competencies are met.


The final 12 continuous weeks of clinical consolidation are undertaken at the end of the BN Degree programme.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of progression points 1 and 2, a minimum of Grade D in all academic courses and each previous clinical placement OR have been APLed to Year 3, having completed the 1st and 2nd points of progression at an undergraduate nursing course in another institution.

In order to proceed to Clinical Consolidation students must have completed all other courses of the BN degree programme.

Excluded Courses



All Year 3 courses of the Bachelor of Nursing Degree must be taken unless previously achieved.


Continuous clinical assessment using the Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record (SOAR). This is a mandatory requirement of the NMC (2010) and documents the student's achievement of NMC competencies over the duration of the programme. At the end of the practice learning placement an assigned clinical mentor documents the competencies achieved and awards a grade.

Course Aims

To provide the student with a continuous period of clinical practice to consolidate his/her clinical skills and ensure that all the NMC competencies for professional registration have been achieved.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

ILOs have been written in accordance with university guidelines and reflect subject benchmark statements headings. These ILOs have also been mapped to the Nursing & Midwifery Council (2010) domains, which are indicated in brackets. 


By the end of this course students will be able to:


Knowledge and Understanding

1. Synthesise knowledge of core subjects and skills and to attain the competencies required for entry to the register in the field of adult nursing (Professional Values, Nursing Practice and Decision Making, Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Leadership, Management and Team Working)

2. Critically discuss the importance of building partnerships and therapeutic relationships through safe, effective and non discriminatory communication and understand the process of communication and its centrality to nursing (Communication and Interpersonal Skills)

3. Critically discuss the importance of the law as it relates to professional practice and personal life taking cognisance of the code of professional practice (Professional Values)

4. Critically discuss clinical governance and current quality initiatives in health care and application to practice including the use of audit. (Leadership, Management and Team Working)

Skills and Other Attributes

5. Critically discuss the attitudes and values, including caring and compassion and engagement in the therapeutic relationship, required to practice as a nurse (Professional Values)

6. Apply theoretical knowledge to the practice setting in order to deliver evidence based, person centred care that respects and maintains dignity and human rights in a clinical setting including hospital, community or home (Nursing Practice and Decision Making)

7. Be able to practice autonomously and be responsible and accountable for own practice (Professional Values) 

8. Critically discuss and apply the skills required to work in partnership with patients, respecting their right to reach decisions in partnership about their treatment and care (Communication and Interpersonal Skills) 

9. Apply the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the full range of essential physical and mental health needs of all people of all ages who come into their care, including safe and effective immediate care to all people prior to accessing or referring to specialist services. (Nursing Practice and decision making)

10. Take responsibility, under indirect supervision, for managing a patient case load, applying decision making processes and evidence based practice (Nursing Practice and Decision Making)

11. Under indirect supervision delegate and organise patient care taking into consideration skill mix (Nursing Practice and Decision Making, Leadership, Management and Team Working)

12. Apply principles of leadership and management to own practice (Leadership, Management and Team Working)

13. Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team liaising with appropriate members of the health care team (Leadership, Management and Team Working)

14. Critically discuss relevant aspects of clinical pharmacology and apply them to the safe administration of medications (Nursing Practice and Decision Making)

Transferable Skills

15. Plan personal and professional growth and have consolidated the learning and enquiry skills necessary for their continuing professional development and life long learning (Leadership, Management and Team Working)

16. Apply skills in teaching, applying evidence based principles for information giving and teaching (Nursing Practice and Decision Making)

17. Apply skills in prioritisation and time management to enable confident autonomous working (Leadership, Management and Team Working)

18. Communicate effectively using a wide range of strategies and interventions including written, oral, listening skills and the effective use of communication and information technologies (Communication and Interpersonal Skills)

19. Utilise skills in critical thinking and decision making and apply these to practice (Nursing Practice and Decision Making)

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

■ Students must achieve at least a D grade for the placement

■ Because of requirements of the professional body for clinical hours, students must complete all clinical placements. This equates to 100% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

■ Students must complete all required practice learning environment placement hours.

■ Students must achieve all required clinical outcomes.