SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B025797
Module Leader Sandra Robertson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: This module builds on the students' previous exposure to multi-disciplinary teams in level 1 and interprofessional team working in level 2 and seeks to develop their competence of interprofessional teamwork as a means of providing safe and effective interprofessional care. Students will be introduced to the actual experience of interprofessional teamwork in health and social care through the use of authentic simulation assisted scenarios. The simulated scenarios will address real-world professional practice situations where interprofessional teamwork is essential. The module will introduce students to the wider knowledge base of 'human factors' and will facilitate the application of human factors knowledge to their simulated experience as well as prepare them for transferring this knowledge to the real world. It will enable the exploration of the issues related to the culture of professions as well as exploring different leadership models. The students will have the opportunity to experience scenarios from their own professional perspective as well as that of others. In doing so, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the different roles, responsibilities and expertise within the interprofessional health and social work team -108 .


-108 The rules of simulation Roles, responsibilities and expertise within the interprofessional health and social care team Professional cultures and their influence on effective and non-effective teamwork Understanding personal and group roles in interprofessional practice Decision making in teams Leadership and followership in interprofessional practice Human factors - making care and work safer in teams and developing a positive safety culture in teams Communication in teams including dealing with conflict, giving and receiving feedback and decision making Measuring team effectiveness Whistleblowing and dealing with poor performance Duty of candour Global citizenship and interprofessional practice

Learning Outcomes

On Successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate effective interprofessional teamwork though active participation in simulated scenarios2. Demonstrate an understanding of the different roles, responsibilities and expertise within the interprofessional health and social work team3. Critically evaluate the roles of leadership in inter-professional teams to ensure patient/service user safety4. Critically evaluate the influence of professional cultures on effective inter-professional team working5. Appraise the influences on decision making within inter-professional teams to ensure patient/service user safety

Teaching / Learning Strategy

-108 This module will blend a number of different learning and teaching methods with the simulation of authentic professional practice scenarios at the core. Keynote lectures will be complimented by small interprofessional simulated learning seminar groups where the students will actively participate in the simulation of professional practice scenarios. Each simulation scenario will involve an introductory briefing after which students will work in interprofessional groups to explore and apply the theories of communication, collaboration and teamwork that they have been asked to consider. Debriefing will also be integral to all sessions. Practitioner, service user and carer perspectives will be embedded in the module by digital means. The module will adopt a blended approach to teaching and learning. A combination of online lectures, tutorials, podcasts and student led seminars will be used supported by e-learning materials. An inter-professional approach will be adopted for all activities and students will be expected to use their previous academic and practice experience to underpin and enrich their contribution to the module.

Indicative Reading

Arnold E.C & Underman Boggs K. 2015. Interpersonal Relationships - E-Book: Professional Communication Skills for Nurses . Elsevier Braithwaite J, Clay-Williams R, Vecellio E , et al . 2016 . The basis of clinical tribalism, hierarchy and stereotyping: a laboratory-controlled teamwork experiment. BMJ Open Reeves S., Lewin S., Espin S., Zwarenstein M. 2010. Interprofessional Teamwork in Health and Social Care . Wiley-Blackwell. Reeves S. & Harris R. 2016. Interprofessional teamwork in health and social care: key tensions and future possibilities. In Abel G & Plfcmacher, M (Eds) The Power of Distributed Perspectives. Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research World Health Organisation. 2009. Human Factors in Patent Safety, Review of Topic and Tools , World Health Organisation. Available at: <http://www.who.int/patentsafety/research/methods_measures/human_factors/human_factors_review.pdf> [Accessed 21 Feb 2018]. Relevant Web Sites and Web Links <http://www.caipe.org.uk/resources/journal-of-interprofessional-care/> <http://www.health.org.uk/publicatons/quality-improvement-training-for-healthcare-professionals/> <http://www.health.org.uk/areas-of-work/francis-inquiry/?gclid=CNHB24nO97cCFUfKtAodlQIAGQ> <http://www.hqip.org.uk/social-care-quality-improvement/> <http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/practice/clinical_governance/quality_improvement>

Transferrable Skills

-108 In undertaking this module students will have the opportunity to develop in the following areas: collaboration; a range of communication and interpersonal skills; interprofessional teamwork and problem solving, task prioritisation and time management; critical refection on practice; peer and self-assessment skills. This will build on transferable skills developed in previous levels of study and will encourage greater critical thinking.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 48.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 25.00
Independent Learning (FT) 107.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Written 2000 word assignment
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% Team observed Structured Professional Encounter