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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS3241 International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK

10 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Melanie Robbins

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Passed the preceding academic level with an overall grade of 60, passed all placement with no identification of any practice deficits/development plans within practice and has Programme lead support for the exchange.


HECS3248Theory and Practice Module 5

This module is mutually exclusive with

DONE3007European Nursing
HECS3169International Healthcare
HECS3242International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK (2
HECS5288MEuropean Nursing Network Module
HECS5289MInternational Healthcare

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary



The overall aim of the module is to widen the student’s perception and experience of health care which is important with the increasing globalisation of healthcare and in terms of employability. This will be achieved by exploring the health needs of communities/client groups of a foreign country and analysing how these needs are met through legislation, policy and service organisation and delivery during a 12 week placement in the chosen country. This constitutes experience not normally available in the UK. The student will then be able to draw comparisons between the UK and their chosen country as well as identify innovations in practice which could be usefully adopted here.

Additionally the international placement will provide the student with an opportunity to develop personal and professional skills required for independent study which are essential for healthcare professionals. The student will also have an opportunity for peer learning. This module complies with the Erasmus/Socrates schemes.

The practice undertaken aboard will constitute part of the student's assessed practice requirements and may also, depending on length of placement, constitute part of the assessed theory requirements for their programme via the co-requisite modules, and the regulations re pass/fail of practice placements will apply, as indicated within the co-requisite module.

In addition, all placements will need to be organised through the International Lead for the School to ensure the placement meets the following criteria:
- The student has agreement from the Programme Manager to undertake the module
- The student must have successfully completed all level 2 work
- Academic support or equivalent from a linked educational establishment in the intended country
- Students language skills (relevant for host country) are at a level to enable them to undertake a clinical placement by the time placement in the host country begins (NB Erasmus /Socrates monies available to undertake intensive language course prior to placement)
- All student experiences must be in environments that are recognised, and have been approved, by the linked educational establishment
- The 12 week period in placement outside the UK complies with the requirements of the student's UK professional/regulatory body in terms of registration criteria
- The student has an agreed learning contract with the module manager and International lead for the School and the appropriate person in the chosen country.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will:

- Analyse their experience of a health care system outside the UK in relation to the students chosen profession/client group.
- Critically analyse the health needs of other communities /client groups outside UK
- Evaluate the service provision available to meet the needs of the community/client group
- Demonstrate development personal and professional skills evidenced by the ability to study independently
- Undertake agreed theoretical module to meet programme outcomes (dependent on the length of visit). This may be by undertaking module(s) at host University/School of Nursing or by undertaking modules from own programme via distance learning.
- Undertake an assessed practice placement within host country. Placement area must be agreed and enable to the student to complete the required practice outcomes relevant for their programme requirements.

Skills outcomes
Development of Transcultural competences
Development of self-confidence and self management


This is negotiated so will vary from student to student. Details are given under module objectives.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning21.002.00
Private study hours89.80
Total Contact hours10.20
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Fieldwork: Hours dictated by co-requisite module / professional body and these hours sit within the co-requisite module.

Formulating learning contract.
Preparation for practice area
Preparation for presentation and report writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students undertake several contact points where progression organising the exchange can be discussed and assessed e.g
- contact with the exchange coordinator are discussed,
- accommodation has been sorted and is acceptable.
- Students are aware of any country specific information re vaccinations, customs, regulations etc
- Completion of the risk assessment enables confidence the student is preparing for the exchange and highlights any areas of concern so action plans can be agreed and set.
- Contact numbers and mechanisms agreed.

Joint session on common topics are shared with HECS 3169 and DONE 3007 students

Students undertake a reflective session on return to discuss initial thoughts, feelings and impressions and share with other students. This is then built upon in the second reflective session to begin a more critical analysis of experiences and to identify the topic/theme for more in depth analysis to be used as the assessment topic/theme.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationPresentation 20 mins with 10 mins questions100.00
Placement AssessmentPractice Assessment Document- relevant practice standards identified from within the stage 3 PAD0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The presentation will consist of 5-7 slides covering the following themes - Brief over view of healthcare systems with some critical analysis of the differences/similarities between the UK and host country - Critical analysis of a topic/theme that has interest the student demonstrating an understanding of cultural and political history/structure that may have contributed to the differences between the UK and host country - Key learning messages for the topic/theme review - Further slides to include Title slide, summary slide which could also be used as a poster for conferences/sharing of experiences, reference slides. - 10 minutes of questioning

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/08/2019


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