SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723141
Module Leader Tom McAlear
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This theory based module provides learners with an opportunity to develop knowledge and critical skills in relation to contemporary community nursing. Underpinned by evidence based practice the module enables both registered and pre-registered nurses to explore the key roles and responsibilities associated with an ever changing and complex health care environment.


Political and professional issues Inequalities in health Health Improvement Assessment and decision making Leadership Partnership working Legal and Ethical and accountability issues

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-Analyse contemporary social, political and professional issues, which influence and direct the provision of contemporary community nursing practice -Critically appraise leadership theories and strategies and their application in the context of community nursing practice-Critically reflect on concepts of partnership working within a health and social care environment-Critically analyse the legal, ethical and accountability issues associated with contemporary community nursing practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module can be delivered in three different combinations of lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, workshops, directed and self-directed study. This combination will depend on whether the module is being delivered on site at GCU ' face to face', 'blended' at GCU or a venue other that GCU e.g. Contractual international agreement or being delivered completely 'online' . The student will always obtain the equivalent of 36 hours of contact time with the module team, excluding individual academic support. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies, irrespective of delivery mode is to support the development of autonomous, independent problem solving and decision making within the parameters of their profession competence, role and employers agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent).

Indicative Reading

Aggleton, P., Chalmers, H (2000) Nursing Models and Nursing Practice (2nd ed) London MacMillan Press Ltd. Bach, S. & Ellis, P (2011) Leadership, Management and Team Working in Community Nursing. Exeter:Learning Matters Ltd Cowley, S (2001) Public Health in Policy and Practice. London: Bailliere Tindall. Chilton, S., Bain, H., Clarridge, A & Melling, K (2012) A textbook of Community Nursing. London: Hodder Arnold Dawes, M (2004) Evidence-based practice: a primer for health care professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill livingstone. Department of Health. Acheson Report - Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in health. London: HMSO (1998). Dimond, B (2011) Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice. London: Prentice Hall. Fry, S. & Johnstone, M.J. (2008) Ethics in Nursing Practice (3rd Ed). Oxford: Wiley Gill, R (2011) Theory and Practice of Leadership (2nd Ed) London: Sage Gray M. (2009), Evidence-based health care and public health: how to make decisions about health services and public health, Churchill Livingstone. Green J. and Tones K. (2010) Health Promotion: planning and strategies. (2nd edition) London: Sage. Jasper, M., Rosser, M., Mooney, G. 2013 Professional development, reflection and decision making in nursing and health care 2 nd ed John Wiley & Sons Ltd Chchester Lucas, K., Lloyd, B (2005) Health Promotion: Evidence and Experience, London: Sage Robson, C (2011) Real world Resarch. Oxford: Blackwell. Nursing research : principles and methods. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Scottish Executive. Delivering for Health SO 2006. Scottish Government. Better Health Better Care, SG 2007. Taylor G. & Hawley H. (2010) Key Debates in Health Care. Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Wilson F & Mabhala M (2008) Key Concepts in Public Health. London: Sage. URL's http:// www. <> <>

Transferrable Skills

- Work in a self directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. -Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. -Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. -Work effectively with others -Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 16.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 144.00
Lectures (FDL) 20.00
Assessment (FDL) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Lectures (PT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 144.00
Seminars (PT) 16.00
Seminars (FDL) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 word essay