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HPRS1037 An Introduction to Professional Practice (BSc)

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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of health & social care policy in achieving excellence in care and the contributing role of digital technology.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the means by which people may be influenced through positive relationships team behaviours and organisational cultures.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the power issues in professional/ services user relationships.
  • Demonstrate respect for and the value of individual differences in age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture
  • Demonstrate awareness of health equity and how social, political, economic and ecological factors impact on global public health


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 and advocacy • Effective documentation skills and professional standards for record keeping • Team-working and peer support • Ethical and legal requirements for professional practice including consent, professional codes, and data protection • Risk Assessment skills • Embryonic employment skills • Self-management and emotional health • Reflective practice • Academic study skills and the need for continuous, life-long learning • Introduction to Safeguarding (Safeguarding Children and Young People; Adult safeguarding) Skills: • Moving and Handling • Infection Prevention and Control • Basic Life Support

Special Features

This is a joint module undertaken by undergraduate students on all pre-registration healthcare programmes within the School. Within joint modules you will gain skills in collaborative working as well as learning with, from and about a wide range of professional groups. In line with School policy and the requirements of our placement providers, 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 online 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. • 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 Guided reading Web based resources (including Blackboard learning support)

Completion of assessment task40
Preparation for scheduled sessions98.5
Practical classes and workshops7
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Dimond B (1999). Legal Aspects of Physiotherapy. 

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

Traynor M (2017). Critical Resilience for Nurses: An evidence-based guide to survival and change in the modern NHS. 

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

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

Topol E (2015). The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands. 

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

Carvalho S (2017). Fundamental aspects of legal, ethical and professional issues in nursing. 

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

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



Contributions to debate and discussion


MethodPercentage contribution
Group Oral Presentation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: 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:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

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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