Promoting the 6Cs of nursing in patient assessment

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Nursing students, Registered nurses


Chris Clarke, Advanced nurse practitioner, Upton Surgery, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Worcestershire.

Short description

This module encourages nurses to apply the 6Cs of nursing to patient assessment. Learn how to enhance patient-centred care using the Patient Assessment and Clinical-reasoning Tool, designed to promote clinical reasoning skills and effective communication.

Detailed description

Recognising the deteriorating patient is an essential nursing skill, and structured frameworks should be in place to assist effective patient assessment. The aim of this learning module is to encourage nurses to consider how to promote the 6Cs of nursing within such assessment. The module provides an overview of the Patient Assessment and Clinical-reasoning Tool designed to facilitate the development of clinical reasoning skills and effective communication with other healthcare professionals, thereby enhancing patient-centred care.


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