The University of Southampton

HLTH6095 People, Politics, Practice: Contextualising Health Care Research

Module Overview

The module will build on the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in Designing and Implementing Research (NURS8006) by examining the health care and research environments. You will examine factors that promote and inhibit the impact of research by a thoughtful situational analysis of social, demographic, political, policy and technological influences. You will consider how research methodology, design, its conduct and implementation can most effectively inform practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Please see the learning outcomes below.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise and integrate a wide range of literature and data related to your research, from a scientific and a pragmatic perspective
  • Identify key factors which act as promoters or inhibitors of research implementation, showing your awareness of the multitude of complex and conflicting agendas
  • Design and undertake a situational analysis of the health care context your research will take place in, drawing on the range of data and information available.
  • Influence and set practice development and research agendas, in concert with local, national and international drivers and priorities.


The module covers: 1. The place of research, social and political aspects of health-related research and research funding, and health care research cultures. 2. Using and critically appraising research material from a range of public sources, including demographic and epidemiological data. 3. The relevance of research paradigms, philosophies and methodologies to research implementation including user-controlled research. 4. Ethical issues relating to the conduct of research and research in clinical practice, with particular reference to your own research and practice environment. 5. Situational analysis and context mapping. 6. Influencing practice development and research agendas from a practitioner-researcher perspective.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will learn collaboratively and inter-professionally throughout the module through which your use of reflective learning will be enhanced to benefit your professional growth and development. Active student participation in all learning activities of the module will be promoted so that you will assume responsibility for your own learning. A range of student-centred learning and teaching strategies will be employed that will include the use of workshops, interactive lectures by key experts in their field, tutor and student-led seminars, group work, peer review, case study analysis and independent supported learning. To support your learning throughout the module, session notes and course documentation and further reading suggestions will be available on a virtual learning environment (Blackboard).

Preparation for scheduled sessions210
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Staley, K (2009). Exploring impact : public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. 

Muir Gray, J.A (2009). Evidence Based Healthcare. 

INVOLVE: User-controlled researc.

Holloway, I. & Wheeler, S. (2010). Qualitative research in nursing. 

Law, M (2008). Evidence-Based Rehabilitation. A Guide to Practice. 

Almgren, G.R. (2007). Health care politics, policy, and services: a social justice analysis. 

Hann, A. (ed) (2007). Health policy and politics. 

Denzin, NK and Lincoln, YS (Eds) (2005). Handbook of Qualitative Research. 

Hampson, T. (2010). Hardest to reach? : the politics of multiple needs and exclusions. 

Springer Pub (1998). The pocket guide to grant applications: a handbook for health care research. 

Geist-Martin, P., Ray, E.B. & Sharf, B.F. (2003). Communicating health : personal, cultural, and political complexities. 

Nazroo, J. (ed) (2006). Health and social research in multiethnic societies. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 30%
Report  (2500 words) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 30%
Report 70%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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