PP0432 - Professional Practice and the Health & Social Care Workplace

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to provide an introduction and understanding of contemporary key issues in professional practice in Health and Social Care, and to enable you to relate the impact of various professions and their practice to the subject of Integrated Health and Social Care. It will enable you to make links between current research based evidence and social and health care policy and professionalism. Issues covered will include the changing nature of and challenges to professional practice; multi-professional and multi-agency working, changing health and social policies and their impact on practice, nature and understanding of professional knowledge and evaluation of the contribution of research. As part of this module you will also begin your “attachment” to a named outside agency. This attachment will allow you to develop links with this agency, throughout your wider degree programme, with the intention of providing you with opportunities to consider the practical application of your theoretical learning to the professional/workplace areana. This attachment will also form part of your formative assessment for this module.

How will I learn on this module?

A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be used within the module to help you consider your experience(s) of health and social care to underpinning evidence and theory. This will include a combined traditional teaching and learning strategy with technology driven methods, which will involve lectures, supplemented by discussion, independent learning, and group work that will be student centred and student led. Lectures, discussion and individual and group reflective exercises will be used to introduce concepts, reflect on personal (and where appropriate) practice experience and to develop relationships between concepts and experience. Guidelines and specific exercises will provide to structure reflection, discussion and learning during group work periods. Material from individual or group work will be used within whole group discussions but the main purpose is to provide an opportunity for you to think about the relationship between current knowledge, attitudes and ideas generated within the module and professional practice. Seminars and discussion groups to help integration and synthesis of the subject area. Various audio visual aids and case studies will also be used, as well as a range of IT resources during designated laboratory work sessions. You will also have the opportunity to consider the practical application of the module content by refering to your allocated outside agency’s approaches to the issues covered in the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will have a named Guidance Tutor, who will provide help and advice at every stage of the programme. The module leader will provide guidance on the content of the module during formal teaching time, and throughout the academic year time will set aside on a regular basis for individual and small group tutorial support should you wish to access this. You will also be provided with the contact details of key module personnel within the module handbook and on the e-learning platform.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Identify contemporary key issues in professional practice utilising current literature and evidence, including concepts of culture, organisation, profession, and professionalism and the diversity and scope of professional practice.

2. Debate the nature and source of professional knowledge and its impact of contemporary professional practice in relation to client care and professional role development including the historical development of professions

3. Discuss differing theories and frameworks of professions and their relevance to contemporary professional practice within a local, national and global context, including modes of professional/service user relationship, and concepts of inter-professional and multi-professional working.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. In conjunction with other modules, continue to develop the academic skills, qualities and competencies expected of students on the programme, including effective approaches to assessment, academic and information literacy and reflection on values, attitudes and assumptions; and how to use appropriate resources expertise on offer within and beyond the programme to support learning
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Develop an awareness, knowledge and understanding of issues relating to the variety of cultures of professional practice across the numerous health and social care areas, national and globally, by considering concepts of practice in light of current research and other evidence

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
You will be formatively assessed by means of an ongoing sequence of student lead seminars and debates, which will be diagnostic in direction, offering guidance toward completion of the summative assignment.

As part of the formative assessment process, you will also produce an individual presentation on the development and use of professional codes of practice their impact on practitioners and service users in health and/or social care service. As part of this formative process, you will be expected to consider the orgainsational processes employed
by your named outside agency to address the issue of professional codes of practice their impact on practitioners and service users. This will be shared with Peers for comment, and will be assessed by Module Tutors

(MLOs 01, 02, 03, 04)

Overall formative feedback will be during designated feedback sessions, and where necessary students will be seen individually to discuss issues of concern. Advice will be given on how to improve writing skills, analysis and referencing throughout the module.

Summative Assessment:

A 2000 word comparative discussion focussing on a two professional groups involved in the delivery of Health and Social Care, outlining the key principles, challenges and conflicts their codes of professional practice deliver, and their impact on the provision of Integrated Health and Social Care services. (MLOs 01, 02, 03, 04, 05)





Module abstract

This module, is intended to develop your understanding of professionalism and professional groups, explore the concepts of sociological paradigms and how differing views of society may impact upon the roles and functions of professions. You will also examine how professional groups evolve(d) within society and consider a number of key sociological concepts that may influence the conduct of professions in society.
You will be asked to consider “workplaces” (and the daily practices that take place within them) in a fresh way, and whilst the module team will assume no academic background knowledge in this field of study, you will be encouraged to draw upon both past reading and life experience as part of your learning. By the end of the module, you will have developed your understanding of professionalism and professional groups, explored the concepts of sociological paradigms and how differing views of society may impact upon the roles and functions of professions.

Course info

UCAS Code L5L6

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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