SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B022653
Module Leader David Barber
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module introduces students to key aspects of interprofessional working. The need for greater integration of health and social care will be explored and the rationale for interprofessional practice defined. This will be linked to policy, and other external, national and global drivers for interprofessional working. Core qualities and attributes of effective interprofessional practice will be addressed - including team working, communication, collaboration, reflective practice and professional attributes and behaviours. This will be underpinned by relevant psychological and sociological theory.


What is/ why interprofessional education Drivers for interprofessional education /current policy in relation to integration of Health and Social Care practice Effective interprofessional practice Barriers to interprofessional practice Team working/partnership working Reflective learning and writing Professional and regulatory bodies and codes of conduct. CPD, PDP, Life-long learning Respect, values, judgements and ethics Psychological and sociological perspectives of interprofessional practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1.Describe the principles, rationale and benefits of interprofessional practice within health and social care delivery - from the perspectives of health and social care professionals and patient/ service users/ carers.2.Identify the core qualities required of health and social care professionals relating to effective interprofessional practice3.Demonstrate effective collaboration within an interprofessional team4.Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of practice wisdom through reflection5.Recognise the psychological and sociological factors underpinning health and social care

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will combine a number of key note lectures that will be complemented with a series of tutorials and independent study. Students will work in interprofessional groups to explore and apply the theories of communication, collaboration and teamwork. A range of teaching and learning activities will be utilised to develop student learning and engagement, including role play, blended learning, directed teaching, experiential learning, small and large group activities, reflective learning, mind maps, group discussions and reflective activities. Practitioners, patients, service users and carers will be invited to present their perspective in relation to interprofessional practice.

Indicative Reading

Atwal A., Jones M. 2009. Preparing for Professional Practice in Health and Social Care. Wiley-Blackwell. Barnard A. (ed) 2010. Key Themes in Health and Social Care: A Companion to Learning. Routledge Ltd. Brotherton G., Parker, S. 2007. Your Foundation in Health and Social Care: A Guide for Foundation Degree Students. Sage Publications. Collins S. 2009. Effective Communication: A Workbook for Social Care Workers (Knowledge and Skills for Social Care Workers). Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Cottrell S. 2010. Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook. Palgrave Macmillan. Drinka T.J.K., Clark P.G. 2000. Health Care Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching. Praeger Publishers. Duncan P. 2009. Values, Ethics and Health Care. Sage Publications Ltd. Goodman, B., Ley, T. 2012. Psychology and Sociology in Nursing. Sage Publication Ltd. Hammick M., Freeth D.S., Goodsman D., Copperman J. 2009. Being Interprofessional. Polity. Hendrick J. 2004. Foundations in Nursing and Health Care - Law and Ethics, illustrated Edition. Cengage Learning Jasper M. 2003. Beginning Reflective Practice. Nelson Thomas. Koprowska J. 2008. Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work (Transforming Social Work Practice). 2nd Edition. Learning Matters Ltd. Moss B. 2007. Communication Skills for Health and Social Care. Sage Publication Ltd. Pollard K., Thomas J., Miers M. 2009. Understanding Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care: Theory and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan Quinney, A. 2006. Collaborative Social Work Practice. Learning Matters Ltd. Reeves S., Lewin S., Espin S., Zwarenstein M. 2010. Interprofessional Teamwork in Health and Social Care . Wiley-Blackwell. Russell, L. 2013. Sociology for Health Professionals. Sage Publication Ltd. Yuill, C. 2011. Sociology for Social Work. An Introduction. Sage Publication Ltd.

Transferrable Skills

Collaboration and communication skills; Interpersonal skills; Interprofessional teamwork skills, Task prioritisation and time management skills; Reflective practice; Peer and self assessment skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% POSTER PRESENTATION
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 35% Reflective Essay 1500 words