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Undergraduate Course: Innovations in healthcare: Society, Culture and Health 2 (NUST08025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a core course in year 2 of the Bachelor of Nursing with honours programme. The course is suitable for health and social care students who have undertaken What is health?: Society, culture and health 1 in year 1 or a course with similar learning outcomes or appreciation of health and social care. The course content is delivered through a series of lectures and workshops. The course focuses on innovations in health and social care, considering the ways that innovations may alter engagement with services and improve access to, use and impact of health and social care. There will be a strong focus on technological developments which enhance participation in and access to care for a number of groups such as older adults, those living with a long-term condition in both rural/remote and urban regions, those living with a disability, carers and people who want to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Concepts of community will be re-considered in the context of innovations in health and social care, linking with learning from year one and from the Healthy Communities course in year two.
Course description The course builds on theory introduced in year one to think more widely about concepts of community, in the specific context of innovation and technological developments in health and social care. Theories of innovation, change management, and leadership will be explored in this context.

Students will have opportunity to explore digital innovations which enhance access to health and social care for five key groups;
1. Older people
2. Those living in rural/remote or urban areas with a long-term condition that require self-management
3. Those living with a disability
4. Carers
5. People who want to lead active, healthy lifestyles

Considering these five groups, students will be introduced to a range of technologies which can be used to enhance the healthcare experience and social care support of individuals and their families.

Students will be encouraged to consider the potential use of a range of technologies, identify the strengths and weaknesses of these digital tools, and specifically address the role of health and social care professionals in supporting these developments. Issues of widening participation and broadening access to health and social care services, addressing diversity, and ensuring high quality care through innovation will be explicitly addressed and debated throughout the course.

This course will be taught over 10 weeks and will consist of 10x2hour classroom teaching sessions.

This course will be taught as face-to-face delivery by a range of experts from within the School of Health in Social Science and also external health and social care practitioners and relevant informatics and innovation specialists. Students are expected to engage their learning through lectures, group discussions, online activities, and by reading relevant scholarly literature.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (100%)
Feedback The formative assessment is a group task, completed in class, where students
will be asked to work together to design a technology which will help a target
group address a specific health or social care need. Students will participate in
peer feedback and will have staff support in evaluating their design, the
potential benefits and challenges to service users, and in justifying their digital
solution┬┐s contribution to the support of individuals and families.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise the ways in which technological developments shape existing and future health and social care delivery.
  2. Articulate the role of nurses and other health and social care professionals in supporting innovation in health and social care services.
  3. Understand the complexity of communities and delivering high quality care in the context of innovation in health and social care.
  4. Evaluate the potential benefits and risks that technology can bring to different groups of people in terms of their health and wellbeing.
  5. Explore the ways in which innovation can impact health and social care.
Reading List
Coiera, E. (2015). Guide to Health Informatics. Boca Raton, FA: CRC Press.

American Nurses Association. (2014). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course develops creative problem solvers through engagement with an identified target audience and their needs and the development of a digital health or social care solution. Skilled communication and personal and intellectual autonomy are developed through the assessment and requirement for engaging with a wide range of audiences.
KeywordsE-Health,Digital enhancement & development,Healthcare applications,Community,health informatics
Course organiserDr Sarah Rhynas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3882
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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