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HPRS1028 An Introduction to Professional Practice 1

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To introduce the students to the structure, commissioning, governance and management of health & social care services and to give them the tools to enable them to practise in a safe, ethical and effective manner.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the current funding, structure, commissioning, leadership and management of the NHS and social care services including clinical governance arrangements and the NHS Constitution
  • Develop basic academic and enquiry skills for learning during the programme so as to be able to access and utilise evidence from a range of sources including published research, clinical practice, professional journals and associated literature
  • Explain the drivers for change in health & social care including political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal issues
  • Explain the importance of respectful, dignified patient-centred care in modern provision of services including recognising the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people. They should subsequently demonstrate an ability to manifest these attitudes on practice placement**.
  • Describe their own professional codes of conduct and reflect on the core values of health & social care professions
  • Demonstrate appropriate and flexible professional practices with regard to their own behaviour, emotional health, time-keeping and reflective self-management**
  • Articulate the importance of ethical professional practice including the need to obtain informed consent and maintain patient confidentiality
  • Recognise the need for people to take responsibility to prevent ill-health and understand constructs of health and health-belief including social determinants of health
  • Understand the importance of effective, clear and properly documented communication with patients and colleagues
  • Demonstrate effective and safe practice in line with the requirements of HE Wessex or the commissioning body including moving and handling techniques; infection control procedures and basic life support techniques**


Module content will include at an introductory level (although this is not an exhaustive list): • Structure, governance and management of health & social care services, including the NHS constitution • Quality assurance including clinical governance and professional regulatory arrangements • Wider influences on, and issues for, health & social care services • Imperatives for health and health prevention • Patient involvement in design of service and evaluating their effectiveness including ‘Essence of Care’ • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills and the need for active, empathic listening • Effective documentation skills • Team-working and peer support • Ethics • Risk Assessment skills • Embryonic employment skills • Moving and Handling skills • Infection control procedures • Basic life support • Self-management and emotional health • Reflective practice • Academic study skills and the need for continuous, life-long learning

Special Features

In line with Faculty policy and the requirements of our commissioning body, all students will be required to undertake skills training linked with the Statutory & Mandatory Training Framework as specified by Health Education England. As part of the module, students will be required to attend skills sessions which give them the opportunity to carry out procedures linked to moving and handling, infection control and basic life support. All students must attend all of these sessions and complete required course work for successful completion of the module and before they are allowed to attend their first practice placement. Where possible, students will learn in interprofessional groups. • Experiential workshops will allow interaction with students enrolled on other health care programmes • Dedicated Blackboard web based resource for the theoretical component of the module as well as for the mandatory skills required Students will be expected to wear appropriate clothing in the skills labs and to have access to fob watches or other equipment as outlined in the Dress Code policy and/or their programme guidance notes.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars Practical workshops Guided reading Web based resources (including Blackboard learning support)

Wider reading or practice82.5
Completion of assessment task40
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Practical classes and workshops22
Total study time171.5

Resources & Reading list

Department of Health (2012). Health & Social Care Act. 

Service improvement documents.

Health & Care Professions Council, (2008). Standards for Conduct, Performance and Ethics. 

Dimond B. (2006). Legal Aspects of Midwifery. 

Montgomery, J. (2012). Health Care Law. 

Institute of Health Care Management.

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

Process mapping.

Tools and techniques.

NHS Modernisation Agency.

For further Learning Resources that act to support this module please see.

Department of Health (2013). NHS Constitution. 

Dimond B. (1999). Legal Aspects of Occupational Therapy. 

Department of Health (2010). Equity & Excellence: Liberating the NHS (White Paper). 

Martin, V. and Henderson, E. (2001). Managing in Health & Social Care. 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

NHS Scotland Centre For Change And Innovation Service Redesign.

Dimond B. (1999). Legal Aspects of Physiotherapy. 

Murray E & Simpson J. (2000). Professional Development and Management for Therapists: An Introduction. 

DOH Planning framework: service redesign.

Department of Health (2012). Final Report of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Enquiry. (Francis Report). 

NMC/HCPC/RCCP/Professional Bodies. Codes of professional conduct. 

HCPC guidance on Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning.

Health Commission.

The module has a ‘Blackboard’ site containing module information, additional relevant material, lecture notes and an extensive reference list. The skills rooms and web based materials that support skills learning will be utilised including purchased . 

Lugon, M. and Secker-Walker, J. (1999). Clinical Governance: Making it Happen. 



Contributions to debate and discussion


MethodPercentage contribution
Health education package 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Health education package 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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