SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB424315
Module Leader Nadia Northway
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

An appropriate understanding of the relevant healthcare areas and legislative framework

Summary of Content

This module is designed to be completed in parallel with placement modules. It looks at the governance and regulation of health and business practices within the organisation and the impact of these on staff, patients and healthcare costs to the State.This module equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of working within organisations, setting these organizations within current political and policy contexts. Students will reflect and share their experiences in practice developing a deeper understanding of the organisations they work within and their governance. The students' undertanding of crucial issues such as poer relationships, leadership, management and change will be developed and consolidated. Whilst recognizing the constraints of statutory and professional bodies, the module allows the emerging professional to explore innovative and creative developments in practice.


Self directed learning. Governance in action. Legislation, policy and practice. Contextual issues for operational management. Identifying, investigating and evaluating evidence based and effective practice issues in the practice setting. Constructing an evidence based practice question. Searching for and critically reviewing literature/evidence. Levels of evidence. Evaluation of professional practice and process. Clinical reasoning and reflective practice, comparing what you "see" with the evidence. Development and research.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Understand governance and regulation within their own professional context2. Understand the effects of organisational policy on: Staff behaviours Patient expectations Patient behaviours Healthcare costs Practice within professional groups and Interprofessional working3. Evaluate policy and environment on an area of healthcare practice from the available evidence4. Present an analytical and critical report in an accepted reporting format5. Evaluate their own personal values, beliefs and skills and weaknesses and develop an understanding of their own professional behaviour

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Using previously acquired understanding of the area of healthcare under investigation, and information and support provided by the healthcare provider, students will develop their understanding of the practical implications of policies on workforce, patients and healthcare costs. The online and mobile device environment will be used to support the student throughout the module. Peer learning will be supoorted via Blogs.

Indicative Reading

Shields, J (2007) Managing employee performance and reward: concepts, practices, strategies [electronic resource], Cambridge University Press Silverman, J (2005) Skills for communicating with patents [electronic resource] Radcliffe Mullins LJ (2007) Management and organisational behaviour [electronic resource] Financial Times/Prentice Hall Quality in Primary Care (Journal) <><htp://> <>

Transferrable Skills

Organizational, survey, time-management, investigational, IT and report writing skills. High order skills in management policy and operation.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 73.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 99.00
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Tutorials (FDL) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 n/a Reflective Report/Essay 2000 words
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 n/a Discussion and Blogs