SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB426108
Module Leader Ruth Barn
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module prepares the student for entering the workplace by introducing the following: the role of relevant statutory and professional bodies; current legislation applicable to practice (brought to life using relevant real life examples); clinical governance; legal and ethical principles of practice; the importance of maintaining high standards of personal and professional conduct and the challenges facing the profession in different sectors. With a focus on 21 st century skills, professional use of social media will be highlighted. Professional obligations regarding protection of personal information will also be highlighted with a particular emphasis on private practice. The module will summarise the importance of lifelong learning and continuous professional development both to the individual and to the profession. Students will have the opportunity to enhance practical skills in managing difficult conversations, underpinned by theoretical approaches and the use of case studies. Students will learn about the influence of organisational behaviours and cultures and the importance of leadership behaviours. Students will have interactive sessions on resilience and the role of podiatry in public health will also be summarised. All these factors are aimed at providing the soon to be qualified practitioner with a greater understanding and awareness of broader issues and developments impacting upon and shaping the profession and will assist in readying the undergraduate for the workplace. In addition, students will also have directed sessions with the careers service to aid in preparations for job applications and interviews. Employability from both a national and international perspective will be covered.


-284b7 Relevant statutory and professional bodies -284b7 Professional standards b7 Employability- national and international perspectives b7 Lifelong learning b7 Biopsychosocial model in healthcare b7 Public health b7 Managing difficult conversations b7 Private practice b7 Leadership behaviours b7 Organisational behaviour and culture b7 Clinical governance b7 Resilience b7 Responsibilities regarding protection of personal information b7 Professional use of social media

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Discuss the requirements of the relevant statutory and professional bodies2. Debate and discuss the importance of maintaining professional standards3. Analyse the importance of issues surrounding career long learning4. Debate and discuss issues relating to private practice5. Critical evaluation of managing difficult conversations

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The concepts of this module will be introduced by keynote lectures which will underpin and be supported by small group work and interactive tutorials. On-line resources will be available on GCU Learn in a variety of formats to support learning.

Indicative Reading

Books: Alsop, A. (2013) Continuing Professional Development in Health and Social Care 2nd ed Wiley:Blackwell Online publications: AHP Public Health Strategic Framework 2019-2024 <> Scotland's public health priorities: <> Journals: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research <> Websites: Health and Care Professions Council <> Health and Care Professions Council Tribunal service: <> Mid-Staffordshire report: <> GDPR: <> NHS Education for Scotland <> The resilience engine <> Scotland's Health on the Web <> SIGN guidelines available from <> Journal articles: Chan et al (2017) Montgomery and informed consent: where are we now? BMJ 357 doi: <> Francis, R., 2013. Report of the Mid Stafford NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. London. The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Kennedy, I., 2001. A Report of the Public Inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary 1984 - 1995: Learning from Bristol. London. [Available online at <> ]

Transferrable Skills

Generic skills: communication, teamwork Employability skills: Working with others, personal development and action planning, interview skills, CV writing Digital capabilities: information literacy, digital communication

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 27.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 131.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 3.00 100.00 35% Exam - LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5