Professional Practice I will enable you to understand and experience the practice of medicine through work placements and classroom-based sessions in order to help you evaluate and reflect on these experiences and to apply current literature to practice. The module is designed around 3 projects; The roles of health care professionals, communication in health care, the media and medicine. You will be introduced to aspects of health psychology and sociology as applied to medicine and also develop your skills in numeracy, IT and information retrieval.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Discuss the role of the media in medicine
- Demonstrate appropriate application of key IT skills
- Reflect on experiences and link experiences to current literature
- Evaluate issues in communication in health care settings
- Describe basic concepts in health psychology and sociology
- Evaluate the rationale and issues of health professionals working together
- Demonstrate some understanding of the values and ethics of the health professions
- Access and use a range of resources in both electronic and paper format
- Apply basic concepts in health psychology and sociology
- Perform accurate drug calculations
- Identify methods of effective communication in health care settings
- Demonstrate understanding of different roles of health professionals
- Demonstrate a concern for the interests and dignity of patients
This module is designed around 3 projects, the topics being:
- Understanding the roles of health care professionals
- Communication in health care
- The media and medicine
In order to meet the learning outcomes, the syllabus will contain teaching in the following areas:
- Understanding the role of health care professionals
Definitions and models of health. The relevance of sociology and psychology to the study of health and illness. Indicators of good health individually and nationally and types of complementary medicine. Roles and training of different professionals and trends in health care. Medicine as a profession and challenges to the medical profession. Interprofessional working and effective team working.
Modes and importance of communication and effective communication in health care contexts. Doctor patient interactions and inter-health professional interactions. Patient adherence and health behaviours. Health promotion as a government strategy. The relationship between health promotion, prevention and education.
- The Media and Medicine
Range of media engaged in issues. Advantages and disadvantages of media engagement in issues and the implications for health care professionals and their training. Implications of media engagement on patients’ expectations, knowledge and understanding and issues such as stigma.
Basic numeracy, rearranging equations, drug dosages, dilutions, concentration, volume and amount, molar calculations.
- Information retrieval
Referencing, introduction to information retrieval from medical databases. Introduction to library and on-line resources.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module will be taught through a range of face-to-face and online learning and teaching strategies which will include:
- Tutor led tutorials
- Guided self-study
- Problem solving
- Role play
- Group work
- Patient based learning
- Healthcare placements
- Reflective writing
- Peer and self-evaluation
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||72|
|Wider reading or practice||45|
|Completion of assessment task||72|
|Total study time||375|
Resources & Reading list
Alder B, Porter M, Abraham C, van Teijlingen E. (2009). Psychology & Sociology Applied to Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Lapham R, Agar H. (2009). Drug Calculations for Nurses. A step-by-step approach. Hodder Arnold.
There are both coursework (portfolio) and examination components to this module. Both components must be passed. There can be no compensation between components but there can be compensation within each component. Students are normally required to only resubmit the failed elements of the portfolio in a supplementary assessment.
Students are not normally permitted to repeat the year
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Numeracy tests
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: External