PP0433 - Investigating Health & Social Service Provision

What will I learn on this module?

In this Module you will explore the structure of health and social care provision in the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will also research the history and development of these services, and the wider social and political contexts influencing their evolution. You will analyse user involvement in the development and provision of services, as well as discussing emerging trends affecting the current development of service provision.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend key-note lectures which will outline the key theories and trends related to the topic under discussion. Lectures will be supported by seminars utilising group work to support you in a deeper analysis of the topic. You will also engage in directed tasks outside formal teaching times, which will enable you to work both independently and alongside your peers to research further into the selected topics.
You will also be expected to engage in your own research and reading to supplement your learning. Online forums and discussion groups will also be introduced to enhance your learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutors will provide guidance in lectures, and during seminar teaching.
Outside of formal teaching hours, tutors will be available at selected times for tutorial support.
Tutors can also be contacted via the University’s e-learning platforms.
You will receive feedback on formative and summative tasks detailing how to improve their work, and peer support will also be encouraged via the use the blogs and shared work tasks.

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. You will be able to describe and discuss the evolution of service provision in health and social care in the UK

2. You will understand the different mechanisms for service user participation

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to debate the ideological influences upon different types of service provision

4. You will be able to discuss theoretical debates about service user participation in service design and delivery

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will develop your awareness of the many factors which shape service provision for different groups of service users

How will I be assessed?

You will produce an individual presentation on the development of a health and/or social care service using online facilities. This will be shared with Peers for comment, and will be assessed by Module Tutors


You will provide a case study of a specific service, and discuss how service users can be effectively involved in the development of the service.

2,000 words 100% final mark ML01,2,3,4,5)





Module abstract

This Module explores the structure of health and social care provision in the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will be supported research the history and development of these services, and the wider social and political contexts which shaped them. You will also explore how service users can influence the development and provision of services. As well as using lectures and seminars for face to face teaching, tutors will also support you to learn how to do your own research on specific topics, and to present your own findings to your peers. Your learning will be supported through the use of the Library Facilities as well as online learning tools such as ‘blogs’. Feedback on group/individual tasks as well as assessed pieces of work will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge.

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 2023

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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