PP0641 - Law, Ethics & Governance in Integrated Health & Social Care Practice

What will I learn on this module?

You will study ethical theory and law as it pertains to practice in Integrated Health & Social Care. Specifically you will look at the legal framework which governs contemporary health and social care in England. Further to which you will explore variations in ethical and legal responsibilities globally. You will appraise issues of vulnerability and safeguarding in health and social care in relation to children and adults using a person centred approach.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching and learning strategies for this module will include: lectures to outline legislation and ethical theory. Facilitated group discussions will be integral to the module where you will explore key concepts in more depth and draw out individual and collective analysis. You will be expected to engage with directed independent study tasks, as well as working in informal groups to present your ideas. Online forums and discussion groups will also be introduced to enhance your learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutors will support your learning through a variety of ways on this module. They will provide a programme of lectures which relate to the learning outcomes for the module; these lectures will make connections between theory and practice. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work in small groups where you will discuss lecture content and your insights gained from directed tasks. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the eLP.

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 relevant ethical issues and themes which are likely to influence policy in health and social care.
2. Analyse critically conflict in application of the legal framework governing practice in integrated health and social care.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Ability to apply ethical theory and legal imperatives to critical issues.
4. Debate the challenges of balancing ideologies of autonomy related to vulnerable people, with practical concerns around protection and safeguarding.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will use opportunities to reflect upon personal values and ethical consideration in relation to integrated health and social care.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment
4,000 word essay. You may select your essay title from a small number (approx. 3) of options to be presented at the start of the module in the handbook.

Formative assessment
You will undertake a critical review of an article directly related to the content covered over the course of the module

You will receive feedback on the summative assessment via:

Written comments on assessed work, highlighting strengths and weaknesses and indicating pathways to the further development of knowledge and skills. Areas of concern will be linked to positive advice on how to address issues.





Module abstract

The ethical and legal foundations of the current health and social care system has experienced significant and fundamental change over the last two decades. The rights and responsibilities of those who receive and deliver services are in a constant state of change and review. This module will equip you with essential knowledge of the legal framework and ethical theory which governs contemporary practice in integrated health and social care, preparing you for the future as a graduate in the sector. You will engage with research rich study and debate issues such as person centred practice, personalisation, mental capacity, beginning and end of life care and assisted living. Lectures, seminars, tutorial, discussion groups and technology enhanced activities will provide a varied and stimulating learning environment within which you will play an active role in constructing and contributing to your own learning.

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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