IM0723 - Policy and Theory in Practice Development

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What will I learn on this module?

This module starts with a practical research workshop that will ensure that you have the required research knowledge and skills to inform your learning on this module and to support subsequent modules on this programme.
You will learn about theories, concepts and policy in health care and how they may be applied to an area of professional practice that is of relevance to you. Areas to be explored will include models of health, changing global priorities in healthcare, an appreciation of economic drivers, and the impact of ethics, gender and diversity on health and healthcare. You will also look at theories of change, as well as models of practice development, and the use of research evidence in practice. You will consider how these might influence and enable you to critically review and change or improve practice in an area selected by you. By working to review an area of practice with which you are familiar, and considering practical plans for change or improvement, you will enhance your critical analytical skills and creativity, potentially enhancing your employability. You will develop and build on your understanding of research methods and develop the knowledge and skills needed to review, lead and evaluate changes in practice. Developing practice needs to be understood in the context of the intended outcomes of change. Planning for evaluation will enable you to further demonstrate critical analysis and project management skills.

How will I learn on this module?

This module makes use of a variety of approaches to learning. Lectures introduce and develop key theories, concepts and policy in health care. From the first lecture, you will be invited to identify an area of practice with which you are familiar, and in which you believe there may be scope for development or change. Extensive use will be made of on-line resources to support your learning. For example, lecture materials will be made available through the e-learning portal, together with links to tools and case study material. In seminars you will be encouraged to work in small cross cultural groups, to apply theories and models to your own practice area, and to offer critical peer review to colleagues as you work through your examples. Peer learning offers you opportunities to explain experience and concepts to each other within a framework provided by staff, and to extend your learning through collaboration. There will be opportunities to use enquiry based learning within groups to explore case studies, and to develop the knowledge and leadership skills needed to address complex practice situations. Tutorials will be available from module lecturers, to help you develop your understanding further. You will also be expected to undertake directed and independent study. We will provide links to tasks and appropriate resources for further study through the e-learning portal. Key lectures will be recorded to enable you to listen again if you wish.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module team bring a wide range of expertise to help your learning, and will use a variety of approaches to suit different learning styles. In addition team members can be contacted to offer tutorial time when necessary. The University Library offers an extensive collection of material, both hard copy and electronic, access to international databases and training in information retrieval, in addition to study space and IT equipment. Study skills help sheets can be found on the Library’s Skills Plus site. In addition the University Student Support and Wellbeing Services offer information, guidance and support (for example reviewing study strategies, and mentoring) for students with disabilities and dyslexia. You will also have access to English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) programmes to help you develop your academic and English language skills. English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP)

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 build on your existing professional and theoretical knowledge, and be able to locate these within a broader policy and practice context.
2. You will develop knowledge and understanding in relation to appropriate ways of leading/facilitating and evaluating change and development.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to critically evaluate the significance of theories and concepts from the module in relation to service delivery, and an area of professional practice identified by you.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Working in multicultural groups you will develop enhanced awareness of the impact of differing global and cultural settings on healthcare development and practice, and be able to reflect on and address the ethical challenges in your area of health policy and practice.

How will I be assessed?

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT
You will be asked to present to academic staff and peers their initial ideas for their final paper as a short presentation (no more than five slides) so that feedback can be provided. To assist the student to develop their thinking and refine their work further prior to summative assessment. [MLO 1,3,4]

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
You will produce a paper on a proposed service development to address the identified issue or need (maximum 4,000 words). You will explore, critically analyse and reflect on a proposed practice issue or service and develop and evaluation strategy. [MLO 1,2,3,4]

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In this module you will explore how policy and theory (for example models of health, changing global priorities in healthcare, economic drivers, and ethics, gender and diversity) impact on practice. You will develop a plan to apply what you learn to an area of professional practice that is of relevance to you, drawing on theories of change, as well as models of practice development, and the use of research evidence in practice. By working to review an area of practice with which you are familiar, and considering practical plans for change or improvement, you will enhance your critical analytical skills and creativity, potentially enhancing your employability. You will develop and build on your understanding of research methods and develop the knowledge and skills needed to review, lead and evaluate changes in practice.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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