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HLTH6054 Collaborative Working for Community Health

Module Overview

This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to work collaboratively to improve population health and wellbeing. The module may be taken as a stand- alone module or as required module for the Post Graduate Diploma SCPHN.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage the development, implementation and evaluation of community health improvement projects across agencies and partnerships. Such projects should enable you to build sustainable capacity and resources for health improvement and contribute to the reduction of health inequalities. You will also gain an understanding of how to advocate for communities’ health and well-being.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evidence the skills and attributes required to manage capacity building in complex environments, handling appropriately uncertainty, the unexpected and conflicts.
  • Critically analyse and synthesise theories and models which enable us to engage and work collaboratively with communities and agencies to plan, implement and evaluate health improvement projects.
  • Systematically and creatively involve communities in assessing their health and wellbeing and needs, and identifying approaches to address these needs.
  • Critically analyse and synthesise key political, ethical and philosophical issues which arise during work to sustain the capacity and capability of communities through addressing health improvement and the reduction of inequalities associated with public health


Day 1 - Policy drivers, introduction to health promotion theory and ethical and practical reasons for collaborative working Day 2 - Models and theories for collaborative working (health promotion) project planning Day 3 - Evidence for and evaluation of collaborative health improvement projects Day 4 – motivational interviewing/health behaviour change (not assessed through written assignment) Day 5 – examples of collaborative working from practice (eg health protection work, Southampton Women’s Survey etc).

Special Features

This module is required in all public health pathways, providing excellent opportunities for shared learning with other public health professionals from a wide range of agencies and services. You will require the opportunity to observe or contribute to a multiagency project aimed at building community capacity and improving community health.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.

Work based learning30
Completion of assessment task30
Wider reading or practice10
Preparation for scheduled sessions95
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Coles L & Porter E Eds (2008). Public Health Skills: a practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners. 

Glanz K, Rimer B, & Viswanath K Eds (2008). Health behaviour and health education: theory, research and practice,. 

Banyai C (2011). Community Capacity and Development: New Approaches to Governance and Evaluation. 

Scriven A & Hodgins M (2011). Health Promotion Settings: Principles and Practice. 

Green J & Tones K (2018). Health Promotion: Planning and strategies. 

Cragg L, Davies M & Macdowall W (2013). Health promotion theory. 

Corcoran N (2013). Communicating Health: Strategies for Health Promotion. 


Assessment Strategy

A written assignment consisting of four sections (patches). All patches should be supported by relevant literature and theory. Patches 1, 2 and 3 should also draw on examples from practice. Patch 4 should be supported with relevant literature and draw on your personal experiences. The 4 patches will be submitted together and marked together. An overall mark of 50% or more must be achieved.


Draft piece


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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