SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB922590
Module Leader Fiona Coupar
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Occupational Therapy
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally, completion of BSc level study in Health and Social Care

Summary of Content

This module addresses the contemporary perspectives of working in health and social care areas (both statutory and non-statutory) with people who have long term conditions. It has relevance to students across the range of health and social care disciplines. The needs of the person affected by a long term condition will be pivotal to discussion and critique of current policy, theory and research underpinning direct practice issues. Additionally, it will capitalize on the current research and practice strengths of the school and university research institutes. The module will aim to focus on quality of life and the promotion of participation, active living and social inclusion. Theme sessions based on selected health conditions will form the basis for exploration of the universal issues that are relevant to people affected by long term conditions. Students will be encouraged to use their critical thinking skills and prior practice and life experience to contribute to debate and learning through workshop and on line learning. The module transcends diagnosis led interventions to critically explore themes common to living with long term conditions across the life span. A feature of the module will be the involvement of service providers, users or carers in the joint exploration of issues concerning the provision of health and social care services.


The syllabus may vary according to contemporary policy and research priorities. However, there are core themes which will underpin workshops: Relevant national trends and government priorities: legislation and policy Rights, roles and responsibilities in the care partnership Asset based approaches Assessment of need New cultures of enablement and participation Active life styles and new models of enablement Self-directed management Ethical dilemmas in practice Carer's involvement The international context of managing long term conditions Students will be introduced to PESTLE analysis to assist understanding of contextual factors.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Analyse the context of contemporary practice and trends related to people living with long term conditions.2. Evaluate the impact of local contemporary health and social care policies on people living with long term conditions (including families and carers).3. Critically evaluate professional practice in key areas of contemporary management of long term conditions.4. Evaluate contemporary methods of assessing need and measuring outcomes with people living with long term conditions.5. Critically compare and evaluate UK based research evidence on current and/or future approaches to management of long term conditions.6. Compare and contrast international perspectives on management of long term conditions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is primarily delivered through workshops and a blended approach to teaching and learning to encourage students to be active and effective learners. Workshops will consist of key lectures, group discussions, practical activity and seminars. E-learning material such as podcasts or narrated presentations, video clips and advance reading material will be available throughout the module to engage students in self-study of the key concepts. Students will also be encouraged to use the electronic discussion board and/ or blog and introduced to 'cloud based' learning tools in order to enhance shared learning. Overall learning is contextualised within professional development objectives.

Indicative Reading

ATCHISON, B.J. & DIRETTE, D.K., 2017. Conditions in occupational therapy effect on occupational performance . 5th ed. Wolters Kluwer/ Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins: Baltimore. BLACK, R., 2017. Culture and occupation. A model of empowerment in occupational therapists . AOTA Press Products BROWN, C., STOFFEL, V. & MUNOZ, J.P., 2019. Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation . 2 nd ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co. CARRIER, J., 2015. Managing long term conditions and chronic illness in primary care. 2nd ed. Taylor & Francis Ltd Routledge: Oxon. LLOYD, C. & HELLER, T., 2012. Long-term conditions: challenges in health & social care. Sage: London. (available as e-book) LONG, C., CRONIN-DAVIS, LONG, C., 2017. Occupational Therapy Evidence in Practice for Mental Health. New Jersey :Wiley Blackwell. MARGERESON, C. & TRENOWETH, S., 2010. Developing holistic care for long-term conditions . Taylor & Francis Ltd Routledge: Oxon. MEERBEAU, L. & WRIGHT, K., Eds, 2011. Long term conditions, nursing care and management. Wiley Blackwell: Chichester. PRESHO, M., 2008. Managing long term conditions: a social model for community practice . John Wiley and Sons Ltd: Chichester. PEMBERTON, S., 2014. Long term conditions - condition management or managing to live? British Journal of Occupational Therapy . 77(5), pp221. PRESTON, J., EDMANS, J., 2016 . Occupational Therapy and Neurological Conditions. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons. SALWAY, S., PLATT, L. & CHOWBEY, P., 2007. Long-term Ill-health, poverty and ethnicity: a mixed-methods investigation into the experiences of living with chronic health conditions in the UK . Policy Press. [viewed 27 January 2020]. Available from: https://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/default/files/jrf/migrated/files/1995-health-ethnicity-poverty.pdf TOWNSEND, E, & POLATAJKO, J., 2013. Enabling occupation II; Advancing an occupational therapy vision for health and wellbeing and justice through occupation. 2nd ed. CAOT publications: Canada WHITE C.A., 2012. CBT for long-term medical conditions: a practical guide . John Wiley and Sons Ltd: Chichester. Policy and government documents eg: DEPARTMENTOF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, 2012. Living with long term conditions: a policy framework, [online]. Northern Ireland Direct: Dept of Health Social Services and Public Safety. [viewed 27 January 2020]. Available from: <https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/dhssps/living-longterm-conditions_0.pdf> Up to date Scottish Health Surveys eg: THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, 2009. Long term conditions collaborative improving self management support, [online], Edinburgh: The Scottish Government. [viewed 27 January 2020]. Available from: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/274194/0082012.pdf THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, 2018. Scottish health survey 2018, [online], Edinburgh: The Scottish Government. [viewed 27 January 2019]. Available from: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-health-survey-2018-volume-1-main-report/

Transferrable Skills

Oral, written and visual communication Self and peer reflection and feedback Library retrieval skills and critical appraisal ICT Skills Literacy Group Working Leadership Presentation Skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Case study based evaluative report. 3000 Words