Assessment task: Literature Review
Urgency – 24hrs
Level – Masters
Please find attached the details for the essay, the main points and essay guide is on pages 16, 17 and 18.
My topic is “Factors influencing mental health recovery”.
NOTE: Please use UK English.
Students’ achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed using the learning
outcome assessment rubrics.
Assessment Brief & Assignment Guidelines
You are to write a 3000 word (+/- 10% excluding reference list) literature review.
Select a topic of interest which is relevant to your pathway based on one of the domains
from the NHS Outcomes Framework 2017-18 informed by the NICE Quality Standard or
GP Contract Quality and Outcomes Framework 2016. Formulate a research question
relating to your area of practice, undertake a systematic literature search of relevant
sources, examine and critically evaluate the relevant evidence-based information in
order to identify the clinical practice gap and make an action plan to address them to
bridge the gap, which may form part of your background to your project in the
Evaluating and Advancing Nursing Practice module assignment.
1. Introduction (200 words). An introduction generally needs to answer these 3
a. What? The introduction must begin by clearly explaining what the essay is
about. Identify in your own words what is required in the assessment brief
b. How? The second part of the introduction needs to outline how the essay is
structured. You need to summarise the details given in points 2 to 5 below.
c. Why? An introduction needs to articulate why the topic under consideration is
of significance. This should be evidence-based and supported with relevant
2. Background (500 words)
a. Briefly summarise what is already known about the topic and how this relates
to your chosen domain from the NHS Outcomes Framework 2017/18
(Learning Outcome 4).
b. Briefly highlight the key original research studies and guidelines related to
your topic that have been published in reputable journals/sources in your field
of practice (Learning Outcome 2).
c. Explain and justify why the findings of the background studies indicate a need
for your review of literature. In other words, explain what already exists and
the gaps in what is known that will be answered during your review of existing
literature. (Learning Outcomes 1& 4).
3. Formulation of a research question (200 words).
a. Clearly explain the process you followed to formulate your question using the
PICO/SPICE framework (Learning Outcome 3).
b. Explain the issue you are examining, its significance to your field of practice and
its relation to your chosen domain from the NHS Outcomes Framework (2017/18)
(Learning Outcome 4).
c. Clearly explain why the question you have formulated needs to be answered and
the reasons why it is important to your field of practice.
d. Clearly explain the improvements that will result from the findings of the review of
the literature. (Learning Outcome 1)
4. Methodology (700 words)
a. Discuss the Literature search strategy that you have used.
Search terms. Give details of the ‘terms’ you used to search for the
Inclusion and exclusion criteria. Briefly outline the type of studies that were
included in your search and those that were excluded. Give a rationale for
Sources. Identify the sources you searched. Briefly discuss the range of
materials that were observed during the search (Learning Outcome 3).
b. Discuss the process you followed to identify the research papers/relevant
literature you have selected. Demonstrate that you have appraised the research
paper (You could use a tool such as CASP, Moule and Heck (2011) guidelines
etc.) (Learning Outcome 3).
c. Discuss how you extracted data from your articles. Clearly discuss the tool you
used for example, Timmins and McCabe (2005). Ensure that the data you extract
includes: research aims or hypothesis, research design, sampling, participants,
data collection methods, reliability and validity considerations, how data were
analysed, findings and their interpretations, ethical considerations and limitations
of the studies. (Learning Outcome 3). A data extraction table needs to be
d. Discuss your approach to synthesis, for example, narrative synthesis. Give a
rationale for your approach to synthesis. (Learning Outcome 3).
5. Discussion (1200 words).
a. Describe the literature obtained and confidently distinguish between the different
types of evidence. (Learning Outcome 2).
b. Summarise the key findings/key themes that emerged from the studies under
review, highlighting how this relates to your chosen domain from the NHS
Outcomes Framework 2017/18. The emerging themes need to be logically
presented. (Learning Outcome 3).
c. For each of the themes you have identified, discuss and critically analyse and
evaluate the relevant evidence-base. (Learning Outcome 3).
d. Critically discuss and analyse the knowledge and clinical practice gaps and
discuss the actions needed to address these in order to bridge the gap. Apply your
research findings for patient benefit in line with the current Clinical Guidelines
and National Service Framework. (Learning Outcomes 1 & 4).
6. Conclusion (200 words)
a. Summary. Summarise the key learning points that have emerged from the review.
b. Recommendations. Make recommendations on what needs to be done in light of
your findings and conclusions.
7. References. Appropriate referencing is an important element of academic writing.
Ensure that you have used the most up-to-date UWL referencing guide available
from the library. Please be aware that the referencing guide is regularly updated.
Include detailed framework for assigning marks, with reference to classification (eg.
First, 2.1, 2.2. etc.)
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