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Postgraduate Course: Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals (LAWS11409)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides students with an understanding of the principal legal and policy frameworks that govern the regulation of health and social care professionals in the UK. It has a particular focus on fitness to practise proceedings (for example, where a complaint is made to the General Medical Council about the conduct of a doctor, or the Nursing and Midwifery Council about the conduct of a nurse). This course operates in an area characterised by professional dilemmas. It will equip students to navigate a range of primary and secondary sources in order to advance arguments and positions at this intersection of law, policy and professional practice. While this course focuses on the UK as its primary jurisdiction, it also provides scope for students to reflect on the issues raised in relation to their home jurisdictions (if different).
Course description Week 1: Introducing the regulation of health and social care professionals in the UK
Week 2: Introducing impairment of fitness to practice (FtP)
Week 3: Impairment of FtP: clinical issues
Week 4: Impairment of FtP: dishonesty and sexual misconduct
Week 5: Looking back, looking forward: regulatory reform
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Shaping Modern Healthcare (LAWS11408)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the online learning team at
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x summative assignment (2000 words) - 100%«br /»
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Requirements for all course assessments will be outlined to students within the individual courses at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.

Details of the School's feedback policy will be available at the start of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of the principal legal and policy frameworks that govern the regulation of health and social care professionals, with a focus on fitness to practise proceedings.
  2. Identify, analyse and argue issues of law and professional ethics as engaged by the regulatory endeavour.
  3. Deal with complex issues, and advanced informed arguments, in situations characterised by professional dilemmas and competing public interests.
  4. Communicate ideas, arguments and positions, appropriately and effectively, as supported by reference to law, policy and other sources, in order to engage with a range of stakeholders in the regulatory endeavour.
Reading List
There will be no set text for this course.

Core texts will include:

- Codes of Conduct
- Policy documents
- Decisions of the fitness to practice tribunals
- Appeals to the High Court / Court of Session
- Journal articles
- Some book chapters

A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online learning.
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Course organiserMs Annie Sorbie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3633
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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