SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB022652
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of level 1, 2 and level 3 modules or equivalent.

Summary of Content

This module will enable students to further develop their knowledge and understanding of working inter-professionally within teams. The module will allow students to reflect on their profession's role and contribution, as well as that of other professionals, in the provision of optimum quality care. Consideration will be afforded to the impact of quality from a professional, inter-professional, political and policy context. This will be achieved through exploration of issues that directly and indirectly impact on the ability to work within an inter-professional context. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to contribute, within an inter-professional team, towards the design and /or development of a service enhancement plan or initiative that aims to improve service for service users.


Application of inter-professional team-working within the health and social care context specific to current service quality issues. Theories of learning, personality, motivation and reflection. Quality assurance, organisational and professional governance in health and social care contextualised within regulatory body standards (UK or global). Professionalism and accountability for inter-professional working with a focus on the consequences of poor quality service, 'whistle blowing', reporting mechanisms and whole systems approach. Organisational theory, including structure and culture, management and leadership styles and strategies, partnership working (service users, carers, patients, families), exploration of power, group dynamics, theories and models of change management, drivers for change and management of risk. Global, national and local government initiatives, legislative and legal frameworks from an inter-professional perspective. Financial planning/budgeting, business/service planning.

Learning Outcomes

:On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1.Reflect critically on the roles and responsibilities of the inter-professional team when leading, planning, improving and developing initiatives.2.Critically evaluate the multi-professional context of current health and social care practice and its impact on inter-professional working3.Critically review UK, national and international contexts in terms of professional values and ethics linked to quality strategies developed by health and social care organisations.4.Critically analyse the political, policy and professional regulatory context of organisations in the public, voluntary and private sectors.5.Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory and culture of organisations in relation to personal and other professional's role in practice in order to work appropriately with others.6.Critically appraise different approaches to management, change and leadership within organisations.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will adopt a blended approach to teaching and learning. A combination of lectures, tutorials, narrated powerpoints, 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

Relevant Web Sites and Web Links <http://www.caipe.org.uk/resources/journal-of-interprofessional-care/> <http://www.health.org.uk/publications/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

This module will extend the student's ability to work inter-professionally. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skills of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurialism and a range of communication skills. The module will build upon the skills of reflection, critical evaluation, analysis, problem solving and decision-making acquired throughout previous levels.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 155.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 15.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 35% Development of a service improvement plan/initiative
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Inter-professional team presentation of a current topic relevant to global or UK health and social care