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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR1013
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator:
Number of credits: 40 Number of ECTS credits: 20
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
The Assessment for the Social Health and Behavioural Science Module is comprised of two parts:

Part One Bioscience Exam worth 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 worth 50%

A 1500 word assignment will test knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial aspects underpinning patient/client care.
Module Overview
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. They will have the opportunity to work in partnership with service users and professionals from other disciplines. Clinical biosciences and skills sessions on basic life support, first aid and moving and handling input will build from the Foundations of Paramedic Practice module. There will also be an introduction to practice and portfolio development.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. develop an awareness of the models of health and illness, the psychosocial determinants of health and the factors contributing to social differences
2. develop an awareness of the theories of stress, loss, change and bereavement and their effects on individuals
3. develop an awareness of the core social policy framework of health and social care and the roles of key health and social care professionals in providing services
4. develop an understanding of the role of nutrition in health and disease throughout the lifespan
5. develop an understanding of the principles of diffusion and osmosis in relation to pressure and gas laws, gas exchange and the principles of homeostasis and major homeostatic processes

Professional practice skills
1. develop skills in moving and handling and de-escalation techniques
2. demonstrate skills in the principles of aseptic technique
3. demonstrate effective basic life support and first aid skills for children and adults within a simulated setting

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

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 the role of the paramedic, in health promotion

Key skills
1. literacy – presenting 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. communication - work and communicate effectively with patients and others within a multi-disciplinary team setting
4. collect and begin to interpret physiological data used in systematic assessment of the health status and needs of clients
Module Content
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 (assertiveness, de-escalation of aggression), clinical biosciences, care delivery (basic adult and child life support and first aid, moving and handling, BM), study skills, numeracy, literacy.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Adams R. (Ed) 2007 Foundations of health and social care. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke

Blaber A 2008 Foundations of Paramedic Practice. A theoretical perspective. Open University Press, Berkshire England.

Marieb E 2006 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (8th edn) Pearson Education. San Francisco

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

Recommended reading:
Brooker C, Waugh A 2007 Foundations of Nursing Practice (Fundamentals of Holistic Care). Mosby Elsevier

Gates B Ed 2007 Learning Disabilities: Toward Inclusion, Elsevier London

Health Professions Council 2007 Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics London: Health Professions Council

Health Professions Council 2008 Standards of Proficiency London: Health Professions Council

Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee 2006 Clinical Practice Guidelines for use in UK Ambulance Services (Version 3) London: IHCD

Background reading:
Department of Health 2005 Taking healthcare to the patient: Transforming NHS ambulance services.

Department of Health 2008 High quality care for all.

Greaves I, Hodgetts T, Porter K Woollard M 2006 Emergency Care: A text book for paramedics (2nd ed.) London: W.B. Saunders

Walsh M 2004 Introduction to Sociology for Health Care Workers Nelson Thornes Cheltenham

Journal titles:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
British Journal of Nursing
Disability and Society
Emergency Nurse
Health and Social Care in the Community
Open Mind
Community Care
Journal of Paramedic Practice
Prehospital Emergency Care
Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care
Health Services Journal

Web sites:
British Medical Association
British Paramedic Association
Cochrane Pre-emergency Health Field
Department of Health
Health Professions Council
National association for mental health
Social policy research and development
Advisory centre for education (parents)
Minority, ethnic health web site
Interactive Physiology CD Rom
Microbiology Place
My A&P
National Library for Health
NHS Choices
The Paediatric Emergency Medicine Database
Nursing Midwifery Council
Nursing Standard
Ressuscitation Council
Health Protection Agency

Last Updated
27TH JULY 2010