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PSIO6036 An Introduction to Professional Practice 2

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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critique the current funding, structure, commissioning, leadership and management of the NHS and social care services including clinical governance arrangements and the NHS Constitution
  • Enhance academic and enquiry skills for learning during the programme and into future professional practice by searching for, and critiquing research evidence in healthcare by accessing professional journals and associated literature
  • Interpret the drivers for change in health & social care including political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal issues
  • Understand and defend the importance of respectful, dignified patient-centred care in modern provision of services including recognising the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people. They should subsequently demonstrate an ability to manifest these attitudes on practice placement**
  • Appraise their own professional codes of conduct and reflect on the core values of health & social care professions
  • Demonstrate appropriate and flexible professional practices with regard to their own behaviour, emotional health, time-keeping and reflective self-management**
  • Understand and justify the importance of ethical professional practice including the need to obtain informed consent and maintain patient confidentiality
  • Recognise and justify the need for people to take responsibility to prevent ill-health and understand constructs of health and health-belief including social determinants of health
  • Understand the importance of effective, clear and properly documented communication with patients and colleagues and model these in all situations
  • Demonstrate effective and safe moving and handling techniques; effective infection control procedures and basic life support techniques**


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 • Moving and handling skills • Infection control procedures • Basic life support • Self-management and emotional health • Reflective practice • Academic study skills and the need for continuous, life-long learning

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars Practical workshops Guided reading Web based resources (including Blackboard learning support)

Wider reading or practice83
Practical classes and workshops20
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time168

Resources & Reading list

Health Commission.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

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

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

HCPC guidance on Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning.

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

Tools and techniques.

For further Learning Resources that act to support this module please see.

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

The module has a ‘Blackboard’ site containing module information, additional relevant material, lecture notes and an extensive reference list. Skills rooms and web-based materials that support skills learning will be utilised. This includes purchased e-learning materials, for example, those from Elsevier and other packages. For the conduct of some skills rehearsal sessions, the ratio of staff to students is determined by the requirements of safe supervision and the outcomes of risk assessments.. 

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

Dimond B. (1999). Legal Aspects of Physiotherapy. 

Service improvement documents.

Process mapping.

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

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

NHS Scotland Centre For Change And Innovation Service Redesign.

Department of Health (2013). NHS Constitution. 

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

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

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

Health & Care Professions Council, (2008). Standards for Conduct, Performance and Ethics. 

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

NHS Modernisation Agency.

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

Institute of Health Care Management.



Contributions to debate and discussion


MethodPercentage contribution
Health education package 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Health education package 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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