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Postgraduate Course: Shaping and Regulating Modern Healthcare (LAWS11488)

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 opportunity to explore some of the ways that modern healthcare and its regulation have been (and are being) shaped by key events. In particular, it considers how high profiles failures of care have impacted on law, policy and regulation in the sector, and how this continues to evolve. This course will contextualise and deepen students' understanding of the changing landscape of healthcare, as well as providing an understanding of the principal legal and policy frameworks that govern the regulation of health and social care professionals in the UK. The course 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 regulation. 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 1. The changing healthcare and regulatory landscape: an introduction
2. Failures of care I: drivers of change?
3. Failures of care II: drivers of change?
4. Fitness to practice: clinical cases
5. Fitness to practice: dishonesty and sexual misconduct

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, 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 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A summative assessment of 2000 words will be submitted as 100% of the final course mark.
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 some of the ways that modern healthcare has been (and is being) shaped by key events, and the principal legal and policy frameworks that govern the regulation of health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. Identify, analyse and argue current and future matters of law, policy and regulation in the sector.
  3. Deal with complex issues, and advance informed arguments, in the context of the changing healthcare landscape, with a focus on how these have impacted (and continue to impact) on law, policy and regulation in the sector.
  4. Communicate ideas, arguments and positions, appropriately and effectively, as supported by reference to law, policy and other robust sources, in order to engage with a range of stakeholders in the healthcare endeavour.
Reading List
There will be no single set text for this course. Core texts will include:
Codes of Conduct (publicly available online)
Policy documents (publicly available online)
Decisions of the fitness to practise tribunals (publicly available online)
Appeals to the High Court / Court of Session (available via Westlaw)
Journal articles (available via DiscoverEd)
Various book chapters

These are already available on Resource Lists in respect of the online delivery of this material via existing courses that are offered as part of the online LLM Medical Law and Ethics.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Gerard Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2023
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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