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HLTH6222 Policy and Governance in Health and Social Care

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To enable the student to contribute towards the development policies and the implementation of governance structures and practices within complex organizational settings. The student will focus on how national policies affecting health and social care are developed, how organizations adopt and implement them, and the governance structures intended to assure clinical effectives, patient safety, quality patient experience, and healthcare information usefulness, integrity, and privacy. Students will be introduced to shared governance frameworks (networked governance) when different organizations—such as health and social services—coordinate and share resources.

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 argue 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

Typically, we will organize each session through guided problem-based learning. We will provide trigger material—for example, a case study, a video of an interview, an individual who presents a problem to the class—and students will work either individually or in a group to find a solution to the problem. These solutions will then be shared in class, and further guidance—most often in the form of a lecture or a guided discussion—will surface facts and principles related to policy and governance.

Problem Classes15
Guided independent study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

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

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. 



Class Exercise


MethodPercentage contribution
Analytical essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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