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Professional Relationships - HEA00028I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Helen Bedford
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
C Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To further develop the student's interpersonal and communication skills. The student will focus on their use of communication with women and families in practice, developing an understanding of the influence of the woman's individual cultural, social, emotional and clinical needs.
  • To develop the student's interprofessional communication skills.
  • To further develop the student's self awareness and insight into their individual strengths and weaknesses in both professional and interprofessional communication.
  • To develop skills in receiving and giving feedback.

Module learning outcomes

This module will enable the student to:

  1. Identify and analyse the different types of communication that take place in professional practice.
  2. Explore and apply ways of critiquing communication.
  3. Critically analyse ways of using feedback to improve professional practice.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 2000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 2000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Bolton, G. and Delderfield, R. (2018) Reflective practice (5th ed) London: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Byrom, S. and Downe, S. (eds.) (2015). The roar behind the silence: Why compassion and respect matter in maternity care. London: Pinter and Martin
  • Gault, I. et al (2017) Communication in nursing and healthcare: a guide for compassionate practice.London: SAGE Publications
  • England, C. and Morgan, R. (2012) Communication skills for midwives. Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Moss, B. (2017) Communication skills in health and social care (4th ed). London: SAGE Publications
  • Scanlan, S. and Walker, H. (2014) Studying for your midwifery degree. London: Learning Matters
  • Thompson, N. (2015) People skills. (4th ed). London: Palgrave

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

The 2020/21 academic year will start in September. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can, supported by high quality online alternatives where we must.

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