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HL60085: Professional issues in health 2 - practice

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Doctoral (FHEQ level 8)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • FH60085A - Assignment (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:

* To critically analyse the components of practice and professionalism in health and social care.
* To understand how these relate to each other and to the organisational infrastructures in which they operate.
* To critically analyse how these themes are embedded within a quality framework.
* To equip students with the knowledge and skills required to conduct an independent project relevant to the enhancement or development of an area of practice that has a direct relevance to their professional work.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit the student will be able to:
1. Identify and critically evaluate the components of practice and professionalism.
2. Identify and analyse the relationships between practice, professionalism and the organisational infrastructures in which they operate.
3. Identify and appraise quality management systems that govern health and social care practice at the national and local level.

1. Critical analysis of practice and professionalism. (Intellectual and professional skill: facilitated and assessed).
2. Appraise the organisational structure in which they work. Apply the results of the critical analysis of practice and professionalism to this structure. Identify and debate key relationships. (Knowledge and understanding, intellectual and professional skill: facilitated and assessed).
3. Literature review. Apply results of their enquiry to local and national practice. (Knowledge and understanding, intellectual and professional skill: facilitated and assessed).

1. Practice: the values and purpose of practice, the history of practice and how this has been developed and formed. The key knowledge and skills required for practice and how these skills are developed and refined.
2. Professionalism: defining professionalism, the ethics of professionalism, clinical supervision, leadership and team working, legal aspects and competencies, patient/consumers expectations of professionalism.
3. Organisational infrastructures and their relationship to practice and professionalism: identifying opportunities and constraints at the local, national and international organisational level.
4. Measuring and improving service quality: guidelines and standards of care, audit, change management, service evaluation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL60085 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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