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Clinical Ethics & Law

When you'll study it
Whole Academic Year
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Peta Coulson-Smith

Module overview

The module will run throughout the year with a variety of activities occurring during the 8 and 4 week placements of the other clinical modules. Teaching will take place within the clinical module placement hours.

This module focuses on developing critical thinking skills, clinical ethics and law knowledge and understanding that is required to enable to you address ethical and legal problems/dilemmas in practice, as an F1 doctor and beyond. The assessment within this module will focus on these areas.

The BM programmes are highly contextualised and integrated programmes in which the application of knowledge and understanding, clinical skills and professional practice applicable to medicine are learned through a range of modules, none of which are standalone modules and this module should be recognised by teachers and students alike as part of the whole year and programme. The Clinical Ethics and Law (CEL) Module in year four of the BM programmes is studied along with five other clinical teaching modules in Acute Care, Psychiatry, Speciality Weeks, Obstetrics & Gynaecology/GUM and Child Health. This module is assessed as part of the Year 4 synoptic assessment. The emphasis of the assessments for each of the modules aligns with the focus of learning for that module, however the integrated nature of the course means that there will undoubtedly be overlap and aspects of the assessment in each module will draw upon learning from modules studied in earlier years as well as modules studied in that year. In addition, the CEL module and Year Four assessment modules have been purposely designed to assess learning outcomes covered in any of the five clinical modules from the year.

The module will be taught throughout the year within clinical modules. The timing will vary for different student groups and the teaching staff will vary for different trusts and student groups. As is the nature of clinical placements, the exact learning experiences of each student will be variable, however all students will receive the same broad opportunities sufficient to achieve the learning outcomes of the module and it is expected that students will take responsibility for making the most of the opportunities provided and being pro-active in securing experiences in areas in which they feel they have weak and/or they have had least learning experiences.

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