Module title: International Health and Social Care

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS11766
Module leader: Patricia Perry
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Innovations in Health & Social Care Practice


2020/1, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Patricia Perry
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module takes a blended approach to learning and teaching. Student learning will be supported via interactive online learning materials (reading, videocasts and discussion boards) accessed via Moodle (the University on-line learning platform) and face-to-face tutorial sessions. Weekly on-line activities, with on-line resources, will prepare students for engagement in face to face tutorials undertaken every second week of the trimester (LO4). This approach is taken to enable students to study materials in advance in their online space, with classroom time spent in active and collaborative learning engaging with each other to explore the module content in more depth.
The module material is presented in 3 units. This allows students some flexibility to vary the pace of their learning but also offers a structured approach, moving from health trends, through health policy to health and social care provision (LO1-3).

Informal, formative feedback will be provided by peers and a lecturer during the online discussions and the face –to-face tutorials. Formal formative assessment is provided by the lecturer online in Moodle. Students will be required to be self-directed and take responsibility for their own learning, supported by the module leader.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Key skills of trends and policy analysis are developed within the module and these are directly related to the requirements for future employment (LO1). Similarly, classroom tutorials where negotiation, active listening and participation skills are to the fore promote communication skills and attributes that are valued in the world of work. The use of VLE based activities help to improve IT skills, while the discussion forums encourage written communication skills. IT skills are also developed through the online searches and literature retrieval associated with the application of evidence-based literature. Critically reflective skills essential to working in dynamic heath care environments are developed in tutorials and through consideration of discussion board topics and postings. (LO2-4).

Research/teaching linkages
The literature used within the module is from high-quality evidence-based sources. Online textbooks and journal articles are peer reviewed or from authoritative governmental/organisational sources.
Emphasis is placed on the development of scholarship skills in reading, understanding and interpreting research outcomes to inform effective international health and social care management.

Supporting equality and diversity
The blended approach to learning results in theoretical content that is accessible to a diverse student group. The opportunity to meet with staff and other students within the tutorials enables sharing and debate on the module theory which lessens the potential isolation of online learning and offers the opportunity to support students in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner. The on-line media and availability of reading material which are provided in advance assists all students in term of accessibility to the module content. In addition, the module content examines strategies for addressing inequality and inequity in health and social care. (LO1-4)

This module provides a broad overview of health and social care trends and issues, policy and systems by comparing variations amongst the home nations of the United Kingdom and a selected international comparison. Resources are provided to allow students to make much wider or individually tailored international comparisons in their private study. This provides the opportunity to examine and analyse policy and systems and associated evidence from a local, national and international perspective. Students attending the programme of study are from Africa, India, Europe and the UK. Tutorials are therefore opportunities to share experiences and knowledge within a culturally diverse student group.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided on an ongoing basis through the online discussion activities and by discussion and debate at the following face to face tutorial. A formative assessment, a 700 word comparison policy report, in the form of a comparison of UK and Malawi health policy, will be available for students to undertake and receive formative feedback/feedforward. This is available in week 7 and can form the basis of their summative essay. (LO1-3)

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is a 3,500 word summative essay comparing health care systems between the UK and Malawi to be submitted online through the Moodle module Turnitin by week 13.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 100
Independent Learning Guided independent study 82
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module aims to provide a learning experience that enables students to develop knowledge and skills essential to comparative assessment of international health and social care trends, policies and systems. Such skills are required by healthcare managers and are important to keeping up to date with current, effective healthcare management practices. Within the module you will explore contemporary issues in international health and social care policies and systems. To achieve this, each of the three units you study will start by comparing the differences, for example in health trends, between the home countries of the United Kingdom before making comparisons with other countries. Unit 1 focuses on international trends in health and social care needs. You will be able to self-assess your confidence in relation to the analysis of data relating to the trends, differentiate between international and global health and reflect on key health and social indicators. This draws on research based information and current published data. In unit 2 you will be introduced to health and social care policy and critically reflect on the implementation of international health and social policy by national governments. This includes examination of the role of the European Union and World Health Organisation in addressing global health issues. Unit 3 enables you to build on the previous units through comparison of international health and social care systems. Socioeconomic and political drivers to variations in health and social care trends, policies and provision will be addressed by comparing high and low income countries. Global challenges to health and social care systems are also addressed. Your knowledge and understanding of evidence based healthcare management will be developed through the exploration of the module content, online resources and through discussion with other students.

Please note internet access is required to enable you to access module materials, participate in online discussions about contemporary issues in healthcare management and communicate with other students.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse health and social care issues and trends in relation to a range of countries.
LO2: Critically reflect on the implementation of international health and social policy by national governments.
LO3: Evaluate international health and social care systems addressed within the module.
LO4: Demonstrate critical engagement with module content by active participation in online discussion.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NMS11766 International Health and Social Care