Integrated community and primary care practice (degree and masters level)

This 20 credit module is one of two modules that combine to make up the Integrated Working in Community and Primary Care short course, which can be taken at degree and masters level. 

It can be accessed as a standalone module but it is recommended that the greatest benefit from this module is gained when completed as part of the full course. 

It is aimed at registered practitioners working or wishing to work in a community or primary care setting who wish to equip themselves with the necessary generic practice skills to function within this environment whilst encouraging a critical view of practice.

A multi-professional educational team and experts from practice, including a variety of visiting lecturers currently working in health and social care, will draw upon different perspectives of community/ primary care to give you a unique experience to include:

  • assessment skills and problem-solving
  • personalised care
  • managing self
  • learning in practice.

You will have the opportunity to learn with and from other health and social care professionals and enjoy a mixture of learning styles, such as face-to-face teaching, online and distance learning and self-directed learning.

Module code

HEAD374/APP715

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

HEAD374 course details and learning outcomes (degree level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate learning and development in the following key areas of practice - assessment, personalised care and managing self
  • critically reflect on your personal, professional and academic learning and development
  • demonstrate how your learning and development will enhance service delivery and the quality of life for service users and carers
  • examine and critique the challenges of integrated practice.
Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. A practice learning log

2. Creation of a poster

You will also participate in group work and discussion as part of your formative assessment, as well as taking part in review of draft work and tutorial support.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP715 course details and learning outcomes (masters level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate learning and development in the following key areas of practice - assessment, personalised care and managing self
  • have the ability to critically reflect on your personal, professional and academic learning and development
  • critically analyse how your learning and development will enhance service innovation and change, and improve the quality of life for service users and carers
  • examine and critique the challenges of integrated practice suggesting possible strategies for improvement and innovation.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. A practice learning log

2. Creation of a poster

You will also participate in group work and discussion as part of your formative assessment, as well as taking part in review of draft work and tutorial support.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Our students say...

"This was an extremely informative, enjoyable and above all exceptionally valuable course to undertake with my transition from District Nurse to Practice Nurse, as both are worlds apart. 

The lectures were given in a very visually appealing form and lesson plans were well designed and enjoyable. 

You could clearly see that the lecturers are passionate about what they teach and this reflected in the high quality of teaching. 

I without a doubt would recommend this course, it has been one of the best courses I have attended in 19 years of nursing. I also feel that the balance was perfect between distance-learning days and taught days. 

With a shift nowadays towards more distance learning, there is a huge concern that the physical absence of a lecturer means the student gets less support when they need it most when making a huge transition from acute to primary care. 

A lot of learning also happens through peer support, which again you don't get with distance learning. 

It was lovely to share knowledge, teach each other, support each other, as holding down a job/doing a course/running a family is very challenging!

Sarah Davies, Practice Nurse and HEAD374 student (2017 cohort)

We explained concepts and answered each other's questions, which were excellent ways of learning and thinking critically. I feel the group work we did was invaluable as it fostered a sense of interaction and collaboration.

The balance on this course was perfect. Many thanks for making my first academic trip to Uni for many years not as scary, and out of reach as I first thought when I enrolled. It has rekindled my confidence once again."  


Module dates

The module dates are 18, 25 and 30 January, 8, 13, 22 and 27 February and 8 March 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. 

In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. 

Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

The degree-level module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Community and Primary Care or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways.

The masters-level module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Community and Primary Care Practitioner) or as an optional module towards some other MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways.

It is also the second of two modules which make up the Integrated Working in Community and Primary Care short course and one of the three modules which make up the Foundations in Community and Primary Care short course.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Module lead - Beth Hawkes

“Florence Nightingale believed that the existence of hospitals represented societies failure to provide good public health for all. She famously aspired to the hope that hospitals might one day become obsolete (at least by the year 2000!). 

Although hospitals continue to fulfil an important role, the majority of patient contacts do now occur within in our local communities. 

"These contacts involve a multitude of health professionals, require an integrated approach and the expansion of the roles that we undertake." 

This module is suitable for health care professionals interested in developing their practice in primary and community settings.

Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions- I look forward to hearing from you.”

Beth Hawkes RN (Adult), BSc (Hons) - Health Studies, PG Cert / PG Dip - Clinical Education, Independent and Supplementary Prescriber.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on these modules you must be one of the following: 

  • a registered practitioner working in a community or primary care setting in order to meet the module outcomes
  • a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree to study the module at degree level
  • a health and social care worker ideally in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.