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HSGM6000 An Introduction to Professional Practice (Level 7)

Module Overview

At the heart of this interprofessional module is the belief that all health care students should not only share the same core values and skills that underpin their professional practice, but they should also have learning opportunities that enable them to learn with, and about, each other. This module is intended to provide a foundation on which the programmes leading to professional registration can be built. The module seeks to contextualise health and social care by exploring its’ origins, philosophy and priorities – including the promotion of good health as well as the management of ill-health. Health and social care has had a continued focus on client-centred practice for some years but, nonetheless, has experienced concerns about the extent to which service users may not always have been treated with dignity and respect. Therefore the module also seeks to explore ethical dimensions of care-giving to reinforce and instil respectful, reflective, professional practice - including the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people. Finally, the module will provide a set of skills to prepare students for their first exposure to practice placement.

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:

  • Critically evaluate the health & social care policy underpinning excellence in care and the contributing role of digital technology.
  • Appraise the means by which people may be influenced through positive relationships, team behaviours and organisational cultures, and demonstrate appropriate techniques to enhance team working’
  • Critically examine issues of power in professional/ service user relationships and examine strategies on how these may be managed.
  • Analyse the skills that health professionals need to value and respond to diversity (e.g: age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture).
  • Evaluate how social, political, economic and ecological factors impact on health equity and 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 • Effective documentation skills • Team-working and peer support • Ethics • Risk assessment skills • Embryonic employment skills • Self-management and emotional health • Reflective practice • Academic study skills and the need for continuous, life-long learning Skills: Moving and Handling Infection prevention and Control Basic Life Support

Special Features

This is a joint module undertaken by all pre-registration healthcare students on graduate entry 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 coursework 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 laboratories and to have access to fob watches and 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)

Wider reading or practice95.5
Practical classes and workshops7
Completion of assessment task40
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dimond B (1999). Legal Aspects of Physiotherapy. 

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

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

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


Assessment Strategy

The module is assessed through a group presentation which is undertaken in groups of approximately 10 students. Students will also provide peer feedback on the contribution which all students have made to the group work on a 1-10 scale The mark received by individual students will be the group mark, weighted by the peer moderation factor.


Contributions to debate and discussion


MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 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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