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HLTH6222 Policy and Governance in Health and Social Care

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of national policy development and implementation
  • Critically analye the purpose of governance with respect to clinical effectiveness, quality, risk management, patient safety, patient experience, and information
  • Critically appraise strategies for the implementation and monitoring of clinical and corporate governance in single organizational settings, and when many organizations coordinate shared work
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the interface between organizations, stakeholders, staff, clients and the community in the context of clinical and corporate governance and within the wider political context of health and social care services


• Why policy and governance? • Relationship of policy to local governance • Models of national and regional policy formation • Policy implementation and governance in local settings • Networked governance • Governance: Clinical Effectiveness • Governance: Patient Safety • Governance: Patient Experience • Governance: Information

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used during this module. These include lead lectures, seminars, case studies, guided reading and small group activities. Formative feedback from the tutor and student peers will be an important element of the learning process

Problem Classes15
Guided independent study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Robin Gauld. (2009). The New Health Policy. 

Ilona Kickbusch, ed. (2009). Policy Innovation for Health. 

Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care. (2011). Patients charting the course [electronic resource] : citizen engagement and the learning health system : workshop summary. 

Evelyn J.S. Hovenga and Heather Grain , eds. (2013). Health Information Governance in a Digital Environment. 


Assessment Strategy



Class Exercise


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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