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Assessing Safety & Risk - HEA00158I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Lyeanda Berry
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Autumn Term 2023-24

Module aims

Students will be expected to understand the legislation, guidance and policy related to health and safety. They will consider the concept of risk and the factors that may contribute to it. They will be expected to carry out a risk assessment in the workplace and identify appropriate actions. 

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge and understanding of the legal, ethical and policy framework within which risk is managed and reflect on their role within it including safeguarding of adults and children.

  2. Examine the nature of risk as it relates to different client groups in a variety of health and social care settings, recognising harm and abuse and the actions that need to be taken.

  3. Discuss factors contributing to risk.

  4. Analyse the contribution the NA can make to the development, monitoring, assessment evaluation and improvement of health and safety systems and policies within organisations.

  5. Recognise factors around uncertainty and be aware of factors that contribute to resilience.

Module content

Risk assessment, risk management , maintaining safety, minimising harm, resilience, identification of hazards and risk factors

Accountability / responsibility, relevant legislation, documentation.



Task Length % of module mark
2000 word essay & risk assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
2000 word essay & risk assessment
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

Health and Safety Executive. [Online].Available at:

Five steps to risk assessment [Online]. Available at:

Healthcare risk assessment made easy. [Online]. Available at:

NRLS - NPSA. Patient safety topics. [Online]. Available at:

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