SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB922658
Module Leader Emma Green
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module is part of the interprofessional (IPE) suite of modules delivered to pre-qualifying MSc students in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Work. A major thread of our professional lives is that of working within and across organisations and in an increasingly interprofessional context. This is true for all professional disciplines whether in local authority, health, or the third sector. Understanding the nature of public sector organisations and their work is an essential component of effective interprofessional practice alongside that of continuous professional development. In the context of an increasingly complex global public policy agenda, it is even more relevant to understand the systems, policies, politics and power relationships that underpin modern organisational life as well as the multiple professional identities and responsibilities of self and others. From a policy and practice perspective, this is reflected in the drive towards personalisation of services and the move towards integration of health and social care. These processes will impact significantly on organisations delivering health and social care and transform working practices for the professional groups involved. The purpose of this module is, from an interprofessional perspective, to develop a critical understanding of organisations, the contested landscape of interprofessional working and how this impacts on individual and collective practice.


-360 1. Organisational theory 2. Policy context and drivers of change 3. Professional identity in an interprofessional context 4. Theories of management and leadership 5. Management and leadership of change 6. Delivering quality in an interprofessional context 7. Interprofessional working practice 8. Professional and personal development

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1.Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal concepts and theories of organisational behaviour 2.Demonstrate a critical understanding of the policy context and drivers for change in interprofessional practice within and across organisations3.Demonstrate a critical awareness of multiple professional identities and professional responsibilities of self and others in an interprofessional context4.Demonstrate a critical understanding of theories relation to change management and the leadership of change within an interprofessional context5.Demonstrate a critical understanding of how interprofessional practice within organisations impacts on the quality of practice in health and social care6.Demonstrate a critical awareness of personal and professional development within an interprofessional context

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy employed in this module is based upon theories of adult learning which recognize the increasing responsibility and autonomy that is associated with study at Masters level. The range of approaches used in the module include interprofessional small group learning, lectures on key themes, inputs from external contributors, seminars, on-line activities, student presentations, guided reading and individual learning. Principles of constructive alignment underpin the relationship between the teaching activities and assessed work. To accommodate the different disciplines studying the module, teaching sessions will occur through combined weekly sessions, thereby requiring that students take responsibility for study preparation prior to the weekly sessions.

Indicative Reading

Abbott, A. (1988) The System of Professions: An Essay on the Division of Expert Labour , Chicago, The University of Chicago Press Buchanan, D. A. (2008) (2 nd . Edn.) Power, politics, and organizational change : winning the turf game, London, Sage Buchanan, D. A. (2010) (7 th Edn.) Organizational Behaviour , FT Prentice-Hall Crawford, K. (2011) Interprofessional Collaboration in Social Work Practice , London, Sage The Higher Education academy. 2011 Developing Interprofessional Education in Health and Social care courses in the United Kingdom: Occasional Paper 12. [Internet]. London, HEA (Published 2011). Available at: <> f Huczynski, A., (2006). (6 th Edn.) Organisational Behaviour: An introductory text, FT Prentice Hall Lipsky, M. (2010) (2 nd Edn.) Street Level Bureaucracy. Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services , New York, Russell Sage Martin, R. (2013) Team working Skills for Social Workers , Maidenhead, Open University Press Mullins, L. J. (2010), (9 th Edn .) Management and Organisational Behaviour , Pearson Education Pithouse, A. (1998) (2 nd Edn.) Social work: the social organisation of an invisible trade, London, Aldershot, Ashgate Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) (2012) Integration of Health and Social Care: International Comparisons, Available at: <> Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) (2013) The Public Bodies (Joint Working)(Scotland) Bill , Available at: <> Thistlewaite & Moran M 2010 Learning outcomes for Interprofessional Education: Literature review and Synthesis Journal of Interprofessional Care, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 503-513 World Health Organisation. 2010, Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice . [Internet]. Geneva, WHO (Published 2010).Available at: <> World Health Organisation. 2011, Patient Safety Curriculum Guide [Internet]. Geneva, WHO (Published 2011).Available at: <>

Transferrable Skills

1.Develop critical evaluation of skills relating to policy and practice 2.Develop communication skills in group and individual presentation 3.Communicate and work effectively in interprofessional relationships 4.Exercise substantial autonomy in learning and professional development

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 94.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% Written assignment - 3000 word essay