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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

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:

  • 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**

Syllabus

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

Special Features

In line with Faculty policy and the requirements of our commissioning body, 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. • Experiential workshops will allow interaction with students enrolled on other health care programmes • 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 Practical workshops Guided reading Web based resources (including Blackboard learning support)

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task40
Lecture15
Seminar15
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Practical classes and workshops20
Wider reading or practice82.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

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

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 purchase. 

Service improvement documents.

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

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

Process mapping.

Health Commission.

Tools and techniques.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

NHS Modernisation Agency.

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

HCPC guidance on Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning.

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

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

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

Department of Health (2013). NHS Constitution. 

Institute of Health Care Management.

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

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

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

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

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

Assessment

Formative

Contributions to debate and discussion

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Health education package 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Health education package 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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