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NQCG3141 Comparative Health Policy and Care systems

Module Overview

The module forms part of the Pre-Master’s program, which is suitable for you if you are a prospective international Masters student for whom English is a second language (ESL), and if you do not meet the entry requirement of language skills (an overall IELTs score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component or equivalent). The module introduces you to the local language, systems, and cultures of care that surround healthcare provision in England, and provides an opportunity for you to compare English health care systems with provision in your home country. It also aims to help you develop a critical awareness of the fundamental values, theories, and policy drivers that underpin healthcare practice. The module provides opportunities for you to develop your English language and presentation skills, and to form communities of practice with your peers, to support you as they progress through your planned post-graduate studies. Successful completion of the Pre-Master’s Programme guarantees access to the relevant MSc programme within the FoHS.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are that you will be able to: Compare and contrast the UK system of healthcare provision (National Health Service) with services in your home country;

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse values and cultural differences in health care practice which impact on patient care and organisational systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of ethical and professional principles influencing the delivery of health care
  • Locate key policies & legalisation underpinning healthcare practice in England and critically explore how they impact on practice


Ethics Values & culture • Cultural diversity and inclusivity in health care; anti-discriminatory practices. • Key principles and values underpinning healthcare practice, person-centred care, promoting autonomy and self-management, integrated care, and primary care; • Professional, legal, and ethical issues related to healthcare practice Policy & Legislation • Health and social policy drivers; health promotion; evidence-based practice • Regulators in the English health and social care sector • Key pieces of English legislation, including the Care Act (2014); Mental Capacity Act (2007) and Equality Act (2008) and their implications for health and social care services and professional practice Application to practice • Accountability and responsibility; whistleblowing; safeguarding and advocacy • Care delivery in different settings • Clinical and research governance and quality management

Special Features

Normally the pass mark for a level 6 module is 40% however, the pass mark for this module will be 50% because you have to demonstrate your ability to achieve a first degree 2:2 or above.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught over three study days (two weeks apart) using a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work.

Independent Study106
Total study time125

Resources & Reading list

Schein, E. (1997). Organisational Culture and Leadership. 

Beauchamp T L, Childress J F. (2001). Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 

Avery, G (2013). Law and ethics in nursing and healthcare: An introduction. 

Fincham, R, Rhodes, P. (2005). Organizational Culture’ Principles of Organizational Behavior. Oxford University Press. ,15 , pp. 527-547.

Grace, J (2014). Nursing Ethics & Professional Responsibility. 

UK Government Health and social care act..

UK Government Care Act..

UK Government Equality Act..

Driskill, G. and W., Brenton, A. (2011). Organizational culture in action: A cultural Analysis Workbook. 

UK Government Mental Capacity Act..

Anderson-Wallace, M. and Blantern, C. (2005). Working with culture. Ed E. Peck in Organisational Development in Healthcare Radcliffe. ,10 , pp. 187-204.



Class discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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