SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MHB721872
Module Leader Marion Welsh
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Community Health
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module recognises that effective case management in the Occupational Health setting is a key skill for practitioners working within this field of practice. In acknowledging the important relationship which exists between work and health this module aims to provide Occupational Health Professionals with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of long term conditions, disability, sickness absence and returning to work. In this context, students will consider the application of a bio-psychosocial model of contemporary practice to underpin a structured approach to case management.


Case management approaches in Occupational Health Holistic Case Management Occupational Health practitioner's role in assessment and management Case manager in the organisational context Bio-psychosocial model of case management in Occupational Health Return to work & job retention in practice Managing complex cases/Mental health case management Professional, legal and ethical frameworks Long-term Conditions Management Case Management reports Promoting the benefits of the case management approach

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: -Critically explore the relevance and complexities associated with effective case management which promotes health and well-being in the occupational health setting -Critically reflect on relevance of the bio-psychosocial model in occupational health and case management. -Analyse and critically discuss the role of occupational health professional as the case management co-ordinator in applying a structured model of practice -Reflect on the legal context within which occupational health operates and present a reasoned argument which includes consideration of professional obligations and your employer's obligations -Critically explore the organisational issues impacting on case management -Critically appraise relevant literature to present a reasoned argument to illustrate an evidence-based approach to case management.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A range of student centred learning and teaching methods will be used to enable students to combine face to face delivery of lectures and seminars with independent study and reflective learning in practice. Students will also have the opportunity, as part of peer/group learning, to use scenarios drawn from real-life case studies to critically explore and apply case management skills

Indicative Reading

Black, C. (2008) Working for a healthier tomorrow: review of the health of the working population. The Stationery Office: London. Borrel-Carrio et al (2004), The Biopsychosocial Model 25 Years Later: Principles, Practice, and Scientific Inquiry. Annals of Family Medicine , vol. 2(6), pp 576-582 Elwyn, G. et al (2005), Consultations about changing behaviour. BMJ, vol. 331, pp 961-963 Ford, J., Parker, G., Ford, F., Kloss, D., Pickvance, S. & Sawney, P. (2008), Rehabilitation for work matters . Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. Ford, J. (2007), Taking the chequered flag :Using the flags in occupational health return-to-work practice. Occupational Health at Work ; vol. 4(4), pp 13-18. Hoefsmit, N., Houkes, I. & Nijhuis, F.J.N. (2012), "Intervention Characteristics that Facilitate Return to Work After Sickness Absence: A Systematic Literature Review". Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation . Hanson, M., Burton, K., Kendall, N.A.S., Lancaster, R.J. & Pilkington, A. (2006), The costs and benefits of active case management and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders (RR 493) <http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr493.pdf> Innes, E. & Mathews, L.R. (2010), "Assessment of Occupational Functioning." in: Assessment in Rehabilitation and Health , ed. E. Mpofu & T. Oakland, Merrill, Ohio, pp. 466 - 485. Kendall, N.A.S., Burton, A.K., Main, C.J. & Watson, P. (2009), Tackling musculoskeletal problems: a guide for clinic and workplace - identifying obstacles using the psychosocial flags framework. The Stationery Office, London. Kloss, D. and Ballard, J. (2012) Discrimination Law and Occupational Health, The At Work Partnership Ltd: London Kloss, D. (2010) Occupational Health Law, 5th edition, Blackwell Publishing: Oxford Kuijer, P.P.F.M., Gouttebarge, V., et al (2012) "Are performance-based measures predictive of work participation in patients with musculoskeletal disorders? A systematic review". International Archives of Occupational & Environmental Health , Lewis, J. and Thornbory, G. (2010) Employment Law and Occupational Health: a practical handbook, 2nd edition, Wiley Blackwell: Oxford. Lunt, J. et al (2007) Applying the Biopsychosocial Approach to Managing Risks of Contemporary Occupational Health Conditions: Scoping Review HSL/2007/24 : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/hsl_pdf/2007/hsl0724.pdf Norris, S.L., et al (2002), "The Effectiveness of Disease and Case Management for People with Diabetes", American Journal of Preventive Medicine , vol. 22(4S1) pp 15-38. Pomaki, G., Franche, R-L., et al. (2012), "Workplace-Based Work Disability Prevention Interventions for Workers with Common Mental Health Conditions: A Review of the Literature". Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation , Roelen, C.A.M., Norder G., et al. (2012), "Employees Sick-Listed with Mental Disorders: Who Returns to Work and When?" Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation British Occupational Health Research Foundation, 2005. Waddell, G., Burton, A. K. (2006), Is work good for your health and wellbeing? The Stationery Office: London Waddell, G., Burton, A. K. (2004), Concepts of rehabilitation for the management of common health problems. The Stationery Office: London Waddell, G., Burton, A.K., Kendall, N.A.S. (2008), Vocational rehabilitation, what works for whom, and when? (Report for the Vocational RehabilitationTask Group). The Stationery Office: London

Transferrable Skills

It is anticipated that as students progress through this module, they will develop the following transferable skills: Work in a self directed manner, adopting responsibility for learning and personal development Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms. Work effectively with others. Skills in information retrieval, analytical enquiry, critique and analysis of appropriate literature. Integrate theory and practice to underpin professional development.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 30.00
Independent Learning (PT) 216.00
Directed Learning 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 216.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 14.00
Seminars (PT) 10.00
Lectures (PT) 14.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 4500 Word Case Study