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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR1010
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: FISHER C Mrs (HSC)
Number of credits: 40 Number of ECTS credits: 20
Module Availability
Throughout the Year
Assessment Pattern

The Assessment for the Foundations of Health and Social Care module is comprised of two parts:

Part One Bioscience Exam 50%

A two hour exam will test knowledge and understanding of the biosciences underpinning patient/client care. The paper will comprise multiple choice questions and short answer written questions.

Part Two Written Assignment 50%

A 1500 word assignment will test knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial aspects underpinning patient/client care.

Module Overview

To have completed Foundations of Nursing Care.

Module Aims
Students will understand the diversity of society, recognise the potential vulnerability of certain groups, and practice in an empowering and anti discriminatory manner, working in partnership with service users and professionals from other disciplines. Clinical biosciences input will build from Foundations of Nursing Care. There will also be introductions to practice and portfolio development.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. recognise how complex social circumstances of service users (for example, poverty, cultural background, ethnicity) can influence their experience of health and social care services
2. understand the roles of key health and social care professionals in providing services and support to service users with complex needs
3. identify and understand the key features of the organisation of health and social care
4. understand the core social policy framework of health and social care and identify the implications for nursing practice
5. discuss in an informed manner the implications of professional regulation for nursing practice
6. appreciate the nutritional needs of patients in relation to health throughout the lifespan
7. understand the relevance of microbiology and infection control to clinical situations
8. appreciate the relevance of immunology and physiology to health and infection control
9. understand the contributions of the body systems in the maintenance of health and homeostasis

Professional Practice Skills

1. develop competence with regard to safe moving and handling techniques
2. understand the principles of catheter care, nutrition, supporting patients to eat and drink and mouth care
3. recognise the need for and demonstrate effective basic life support skills for children and adults within a simulated setting and be confident with a range of first aid techniques

Cognitive skills

1. consider the outcomes, with guidance, of own practice, including anti discriminatory and empowering interventions
2. apply basic principles of problem-solving
3. consider the holistic needs of individuals, including health promotion
4. collect and interpret physiological data used in assessing the health status of clients

Key skills

1. literacy – present information that is comprehensive to others
2. numeracy – collect and begin to interpret data that is evidence based, and present it in a way that is meaningful to others
3. work effectively with others in a team setting

Values and attitudes

1. recognise personal responsibility to uphold the principles of anti discriminatory practice and empowerment in own practice
2. recognise the effect of own values on interactions with individuals and their carers, families and friends

Module Content

Clinical biosciences, psychology, topics supporting anti discriminatory practice and empowerment, such as: prejudice, health belief theory, service user/practitioner relationship. Health promotion, Sociology/social policy, including primary vulnerable groups: mental health, learning disability, children, older people, dementia, drug/alcohol users, women and health policy, public health, Cultural sensitivity, cultural health beliefs, Multi professional working, team work. Communication, Care delivery (BM, urinalysis, moving and handling), study skills, numeracy, literacy

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals


Brooker C. & Waugh A. (2007) Foundations of Nursing Practice: Fundamentals of Holistic Care. Mosby Elsevier, St Louis.

Dougherty L. & Lister S. (2008) The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures. (7th edn.) Wiley Blackwell.

Marieb E. (2009) Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (9th edn.) Pearson Education, San Francisco.

McCray J. (2009) Nursing and Multi-Professional Practice. Sage, London.

Thompson N. (2006) Anti-discriminatory practice. (4th edn.) Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.


This is reading that will inform the content. You should endeavour to read some of the following.

Adams T. (2008) Dementia Care Nursing. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Gates B. (2007) Learning Disabilities: Toward Inclusion,(5th edn.) Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Edinburgh.

Videbeck S. adapted for the UK by Acott K. (2009) Mental Health Nursing. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.

Naidoo J. & Wills J. (2009) Foundations for Health Promotion. (3rd Edn.) Balliere Tindall Elsevier, Edinburgh.


Journals – Available via WileyInterscience

British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Dementia care
Health & Social Care in the Community

Journals – Available via EBSCOHostEJS

Disability and Society

Journals – Available via

British Journal of Nursing
Nursing & Residential Care

Journals – Available via

Nursing Standard

Web sites
Alzheimer’s Society
Nursing & Midwifery Council
Royal College of Nursing
Easy Health
Department of Health
Age Concern

Last Updated

27TH JULY 2010