SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1L513249
Module Leader Nichola McLarnon
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Standard entry requirements

Summary of Content

The module will introduce students to current developments of policy and processes that direct the delivery of Health and Social care. The module will enable students to identify key principles of partnership working through an awareness of the qualities and attributes of Health and Social care professionals. The module will enable students to begin to develop an understanding of their professional identity, and of others within the inter-professional team.


This module introduces students to the use of technology to access information and how to accurately employ a referencing system. This is essential learning for students in order that they complete excercises associated with the module. Reflective learning and writing. Client-centred and carer-focussed approach. People involved; team membership, professional roles. Partnership working; client involvement, carer and service user involvement, inter-professional teams and agencies. Equality and diversity.Respect, values and judgements. Professional and regulatory bodies and codes of conduct. CPD, PDP, Life-long learning. Communication. Team working. Current policy and practice issues.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of the core qualities required of health and social care professionals relating to communication, teams and team working.Demonstrate interprofessional communication and team working.Describe and demonstrate an understanding of policy and practice in the context of health and social care.Describe the principles, rationale and benefits of working together within health and social care.Identify the key people involved in partnership working within health and social care.Describe the benefits of inter-professional working from the perspectives of both health and social care professionals and the recipients of services.Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of practice wisdom through reflection and learning from experiences.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module introduces the student to theoretical principles of practice in health and social care through the process of application and reflection. Across the module students will participate in 6 key note lectures, complimented by a series of tutorials in which large and small group learning will be facilitated by team teaching. Directed learning will provide students with experiential opportunities to engage with, and learn from small groups and online activities. Reflecting individual student abilities, teaching strategies will include a blend of E-learning through the use of developing technology, the use of scenarios based on current issues to facilitate discussion and learning, role playing, individual and small-group learning, mind-maps, group discussions and reflective activities. Summative assessment via reflective writing on completion of module will provide evidence of learning through experience, while engagement with a group project will allow students to work together to demonstrate their knowledge of inter-professional working within the current climate of health and social care.

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. 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). 2 nd 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.

Transferrable Skills

Use of technology to access information. Social, communication and interactions. Inter-personal skills. Self-awareness and self-management. Reflection. Team working. Peer assessment skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 152.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 70.00 35% 1500 word reflective coursework incorporating an online referencing exercise.
Coursework 0.00 30.00 35% Group presentation