Module   Essentials of research and innovative practice  
Learning Outcomes    3. Discuss the use of existing and new technologies to support service improvement

4. Evaluate the impact on the quality of patient care delivery of new or existing technologies within your area of practice
AssignmentA1 poster on PowerPoint
Assignment TitlePoster
Submission Date 
 Poster BriefHow to Structure your poster   Create a poster discussing the use of an existing or new technology to support service improvement.   Your poster MUST have a title and the following headings MUST be included:   Introduction Rationale Evaluation Conclusion References.   Research relevant and current studies available to support your discussions throughout and to help you make conclusions about your chosen technology.  
TitleYou will need a title to name your poster with the name of your technology. This should be clear and concise to draw reader’s attention.
Introduction (10%)Your poster will need an introductory paragraph to set the context and purpose of the poster. Give some background to the use of the technology you are discussing in the poster.
Rationale (40%)Provide the rationale for its use in your clinical area.Discuss why the technology was introduced.Whether it is a recently introduced technology or an existing technology.Explain how it benefits the service as a whole.  You need to discuss and explain the benefits of the technology using wider literature.
Evaluation (40%)  Evaluate the impact of the technology on the quality of patient care delivery. Find literature that supports the use of the technology. Identify potential limitations to the use of the technology or barriers, for example cost of equipment, staff training etc.
Conclusion (10%)          You do need to bring your main points together at the end of your poster and summarise the key points you have made e.g., benefits and limitations for service improvement and patient care.  Make recommendations for future use of the technology if your research supports this.You must reference throughout the poster and include a Harvard reference list at the end of your poster. This can be smaller font size compared to the rest of the poster.
LayoutThe presentation of the poster is assessed as well as the academic content.  Think about how you present the information. It needs to be interesting and engaging so the use of appropriate images is key.  You may also want to include patient feedback in your poster, just remember to maintain confidentiality so do not mention the patient’s name or the Trust. Think about the amount of information you are using, too much information is distracting to the reader, make your points clearly but concisely.  You also need to think about the font and font size you use and the background colour.  
Use of imagesTo make your poster more interesting, you should consider using images and diagrams. Please keep in mind copyright when using images. There are many websites that you can use to access free images. You can also use your own images and diagrams. Further instructions on how to reference an image correctly are available on Moodle.
Ensure to refer back to the pictures and diagrams throughout the poster, e.g., “Figure 1 demonstrates…”

Structure and Presentation of your poster:

  • Please use a minimum of size 18 font due to the poster being A1 size.
  • Please ensure that you include an electronic submission front sheet with your student number, the module code, and the module title.
  • Please submit a Front sheet to the submission site on Moodle together with your poster. You will be allowed to submit 2 documents. Include your student number somewhere on your poster so that your poster can be identified.
  • Please ensure that you adhere to the Harvard-style referencing system on your poster.  Guidance on this is available to download from the library website.


Confidentiality must always be maintained. Failure to do so will result in a technical failure with a mark of 1% being awarded.

If you refer to a patient/client by name a pseudonym (made up name) must be used and identified as such by including a clear statement to that effect. Please do not identify the trust or organisation that you work within. If you would like to refer to Trust policies, please use BCU Harvard Referencing Guidelines for correct referencing technique.

  • Following a failure grade your module tutor will offer to meet with you to discuss the retrieval of your failure grade.  On-going one to one support will be offered to enable you to achieve the assessment criteria for this module and support available through Personal Development Department.
  • Please note that the provisional mark needs to be ratified by the external examiner and the examination board before being finalised.
  • NB: You will be permitted two attempts at this assignment (under SUAR 5 assessment regulations). 

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