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Community Practice Experience - HEA00131I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Mike Kitching
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module aims to give students a broad perspective on the role of the ‘community’ in addressing health and well-being. A significant proportion of people’s health and well-being needs are identified and addressed in the community setting at all stages of the life-span. Prevention of ill health, promotion of self-management and the concept of integrated care are essential elements in addressing some of the current challenges faced by the NHS, particularly reducing unplanned acute admissions. In this module students will explore a range of health and wellbeing interventions’ that are provided by organisations in the community including health, social care and voluntary sector (or ‘3rd sector’) partners. The module aims to help students develop knowledge and understanding of the important role nurses play in relation to the 3rd sector as employees, leaders and managers; stakeholder partners; and educators about the availability and accessibility of services in their locality.

The module will build upon work undertaken in stage one of the programme (CLG 1 and 2, and the Individual and Public Health module) by exploring and contextualising the significance of the 3rd sector in relation to current healthcare policy and practice and the service user experience, with particular emphasis on issues relating to end-of life and people living with dementia and frailty.

Module learning outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of the third sector in providing services to support health and well-being, and relate this knowledge to nursing practice.
  2. Understand the role of informal carers, local agencies, carers and professionals (including private and third sector providers) as ‘members of a community of health’ who help people to prevent ill health and manage their own care as appropriate
  3. Interpret knowledge about the local population and third sector service availability and present information appropriately for the intended audience.
  4. Identify and reflect upon challenges associated with successful utilisation of third sector services.
  5. Examine evidence about the lived experience of volunteers and service users in relation to the third sector.

Module content

This module is linked to Nursing Practice 3 as students will be required to link the Community Investigation to clients in these practice areas.

This is a student led module which runs across stage 2 and utilises a blended learning approach. Teaching will be via lectures and seminars. Students will be expected to engage with resources on the VLE to contribute to their learning and are encouraged to join with discussion in the VLE environment.


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
15 minute oral presentation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
15 minute oral presentation
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work will be provided in seminar sessions and through VLE discussion boards. Students will be encouraged to discuss their community experience and investigation, and raise any questions relating to the module, in the VLE.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

Ahmad N Ellins J Krelle H and Lawrie M (2014) Person-centred care: from ideas to action Bringing together the evidence on shared decision making and self-management support (Online) Available at:

DH (2010) Our health and well-being today (online) Available from: (Accessed on 16.02.16).

DH (2011) White Paper: Healthy Lives Healthy People our strategy for Public Health in England (Online) Available from: . (Accessed on 16.02.16).

Graham H (2007) Unequal Lives: health and socio-economical inequalities. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Graham H (2009) Understanding health inequalities. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Hubley J (2008) Practical health promotion. Polity: Cambridge

NHS (2014) Five Year Forward View (online) Available at: (Accessed on 11.08.15).

WHO (2003) Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts. WHO Europe

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.

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