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HECS5139M Personal and Professional Development in Healthcare

30 creditsClass Size: 25

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Claire Easthall

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Ability to study at level M ( normally has obtained 120 credits at level 3)
Current registration with a professional body
Access to appropriate pharmacy practice to allow the undertaking of work-based assignments
Appointment of an agreed work-based tutor and support from a work-based manager

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS5143MKnowledge and Skills for Advanced Services (Community Pharma

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- demonstrate a critical approach to self development through continuing professional development (CPD) activity;
- effectively communicate with patients and members of the multidisciplinary team on complex matters;
- synthesise and execute search strategies, critically evaluate information and communicate information in a format appropriate to the customers needs;
- critically analyse governance systems within the organisation and ensure patient safety;
- contextualise functions and lines of responsibility within broader healthcare structure and critically analyse their role within the healthcare team.

Learning outcomes
- To apply knowledge of reflective practice to their personal and professional development
- To apply knowledge of a model of consultation and communication strategies to their practice
- To propose evidence-based solutions for queries about medicines related issues
- To employ root cause analysis and human error theory to investigating errors and propose safer systems
- To apply knowledge of the functions and structures within the healthcare environment to develop strategies to improve their provision of pharmaceutical care.


Self-management, interpersonal skills and personal/professional development:
- Social and political skills
- Assertiveness, influencing and negotiating skills
- Reflective practice
- Managing workload.

Multidisciplinary team working:
- Working with other professions
- Effective team working
- Working across organisational boundaries
- Patient focussed care/user centred service provision.

Information management:
- Information processing
- Using information effectively
- Professional accountability/responsibility.

Clinical governance:
- Mechanisms for quality assurance
- Risk management
- Audit
- Patient safety.

Health and social care structure/organisation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning21.002.00
Private study hours260.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

A minimum of 260 hours of private study are allocated within this module.

These hours should be used for directed tasks, and to read textbooks and journal articles relevant to the module. They also include time for preparatory work and assignment preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

During the module students are required to undertake directed tasks. This will help develop learning and prepares for the summative assessment.

This will take the form of:
- Conducting a medicines use review
- Carrying out a root cause analysis
- Reading references and preparatory work for assignment.

Feedback from directed tasks will be given by seminar leaders.

Students also develop learning contracts and their progress is reviewed by their work-based tutor and the module manager.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 word essay33.33
Essay1,500 word essay33.33
Presentation30 minutes (20 mins presentation and 10 mins questions)33.34
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Compensation is permitted between elements. All elements of assessment must be attempted.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:17


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