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Psychosocial Concepts & Theories Applied to Nursing 1 - HEA00135M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Rob Allison
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module aims to provide a foundation in the psychosocial concepts necessary for a registered nurse to practise effectively by exploring the complex interaction of sociological and psychological factors in the health and wellbeing of human beings.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse key psychological and sociological theories and appraise their utility for nursing practise.

  2. Initiate a person-centred approach to exploring an individual’s experience of health.

  3. Interpret the ways in which forms of evidence influence nursing practise.

  4. Distinguish the different ways of examining ethical decision-making in healthcare within a legal and professional standards framework.

  5. Examine and integrate the concepts of community, culture, diversity and equity as they apply to an individual’s or group’s experience of health.

Module content

Ethics/legal issues, sexuality, thriving (coping), health and wellbeing (others), culture – community, Patient experience – family, carers and significant others, equality and diversity, communication, reflection – nursing process, therapeutic relationships, and emotional intelligence.

Psychological and sociological theories related to health across the lifespan, person experience of health, ‘good’ health, patient preference and actions, research – types of evidence, professional values, accountability, approaches to reflection on and in practice, person centred care (E&D).

Exploration and development of fundamental communication skills and the recognition of potential barriers when interacting with individuals and their significant others.

Discussion of the different ethical standpoints, consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics and ethical principlism, and their application to the healthcare context within a legal and professional standards framework.

The concepts of community, culture, diversity, and equity will be explored in relation to age, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, education and national origin.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

Arnold, E and Boggs, K (2016) Interpersonal Relationships. Professional Communication Skills for Nurses. Elsevier, Missouri.

Bee, D and Boyd, D (2015) Lifespan Development. 7th Edition, Pearson, London

Barry, AM and Yuill, C (2016) Understanding the Sociology of Health. (4th Ed) Sage publication, London.

Davidson, A (2015) Social Determinants of Health. A comparative approach. Oxford University Press, Ontario.

Seedhouse, D (2017) Thoughtful health care. Ethical awareness and Reflective practice. Sage.

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.