HA7001 - Building Community Capacity

What will I learn on this module?

The module focuses on four key elements:
• development of critical knowledge and appreciation of the changing patterns of ‘communities’ health, disease and need to meet the public health agenda.
• evidence-based analysis and synthesis of public health data in order to determine a community profile in order to assess the health and social needs of a given community.
• determine a strategy for health improvement to address a chosen health priority in relation to your area of practice.
• critically explore and evaluate how to build community capacity, including the resource implications in relation to the chosen health priority.

The module introduces you to the existing evidence base which informs your Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) practice; enables you to understand and critique the evidence and apply it to your own practice. You will learn how to; find and critique evidence directly related to the module using online library and skills plus services, develop your writing, referencing and presentation skills at postgraduate level enabling you to build upon and further develop your current academic skills.
The module develops your ability to understand how to undertake a community profile and identify a health priority relevant to you practice in that given community. This will be undertaken by utilising a range of resources and based upon current legal, ethical and professional guidance to inform your decision.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will use a blended learning through a transformational approach, which is a mix of web-based resource and face to face learning, underpinned by Knowles adult learning principles (2015). This will be through a flipped classroom approach (Bergman & Sams, 2012), which promotes the front loading of theoretical content as preparatory independent study provided via a combination of pre-recorded lecture videos and interactive e-learning packages, prior to face-to-face learning facilitated by a teacher. The face to face sessions will build on the theoretical underpinnings of the web-based resources and focus on application to practice enabling more personalised engagement with the learning. Concluded by Abeysekera and Dawson (2015, p.7) “learning environments created by the flipped classroom approach are likely to satisfy students' needs for competence, autonomy and relatedness and thus entice greater levels of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation”, so when you have the opportunity to apply information gained from the preparatory web-based materials to the face-to-face sessions, exploring and creating new knowledge; you are likely to feel more engaged and motivated in your learning. Formative assessment will be an on-going key feature of the module, via action learning sets, seminars and web-based resources.
All assessments within the programme will be operated in accordance with standard operating procedures and marked and moderated in accordance with the Assessment Regulations for Taught Awards (ARTA) ensuring the academic standards required for healthcare student awards are met. (242)

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module lead who will guide your academic learning and assessment throughout the module. They have been involved in developing the e-learning materials, assessment exercises, and will provide some of your face to face teaching, and feedback, supported by other staff. You will be offered tutorial support during the module which may be accessed face to face, by telephone or email. Each module is supported by Blackboard Ultra and all modules adhere to the university’s minimum standards. The site includes module information, assessment information, power-point presentations and e-lectures, reading lists and relevant web links.
A discussion board is available to the cohort, through which students can post comments and ask questions of their peers while you are not on campus. As identified above, peer support is encouraged and facilitated via the action learning system embedded within this module and your programme of study. A group tutorial will help you prepare for the summative assessment. Your Programme Lead and Personal Tutor are also available to offer guidance on academic support throughout the programme.
The University Libraries offer an extensive collection of material, both hard copy and electronic, access to international databases and training in information retrieval. A variety of study-skills-related help sheets, and online videos can be found on the library Skills Plus site. You can also access a range of student support and wellbeing services via Student Central or by accessing the student support and wellbeing pages and Ask4Help via your electronic student portal
You will also have an allocated personal/guidance teacher who will provide advice and support in relation to academic, procedural, and (where desired and appropriate) personal matters during the programme of study you have enrolled on. You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and specific support from the programme team with any specific IT issues related to the e-learning package.

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. critically analyse the socio-economic and political drivers that inform and underpin contemporary public health.
2. critically evaluate data including sensitive or ambiguous information from current practice and policy drivers to identify health priorities specific to your area of practice.
3. choose a health priority based on measurement of impact to provide clear evidence of critical evaluation and rationale for building community capacity to improve health and health inequalities, driving knowledge at the forefront of specialist practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. collect and critically compare data from a variety of sources to inform the process of a community profile to assess the health and social needs of a given community.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. critically explore and evaluate how to build community capacity, including the resource implications in relation to the chosen health priority.
6. apply relevant legal, ethical, and professional principles and frameworks in order to engage in independent and collaborative work with a diverse range of people and settings, showing insight and originality in your SCPHN role.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment

You will present an overview of your community profile and identified health need from your area if practice. This will be no more than 7 mins per person and will provide you with opportunity for peer and academic feedback this will support the development of your summative work.

• Formative tests and quizzes will be embedded within the e-learning package providing immediate electronic feedback
• You will receive verbal feedback form module team and peers through the action learning sets.

Summative Assessment

• The summative assessment for this module will require a 3000-word assignment which will address the module learning outcomes. This will be done by critically analysing and evaluating the data to identify a health priority based on impact and providing a clear rationale for building community capacity. (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Electronic submission will be utilised for submission of the 3000-word assignment.

Summative feedback on final submission of the assessed work will be given in a structured format to inform future practice





Module abstract

Specialist Community Public Health nurses play a key role in the Governments vision in building capacity to enable communities to improve local health. To enable you to carry out this role effectively, you will need to have a thorough understanding of the community and its needs as well as an in-depth knowledge of the determinants of health and evidence - based public health principles. This module will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and skill in capturing local community intelligence and using this to inform health improvement strategies. Key concepts such as inequalities, health need assessment, community health and building community capacity will be explored.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 18 months Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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