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Undergraduate Course: Professionalism: Leading and managing in health and social care: Society, Culture and Health 4 (NUST10058)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis SCQF level 10 course sits within year 4 of the Bachelor of Nursing with Honour and draws on theory and practice developed across the first three years of the programme. This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with knowledge to support the development of their understanding of leading and managing nursing care within the context of health and social care. The focus is two-fold both on critically evaluating the role of effective leadership within organisations as a means of ensuring safe and effective patient care; and developing a critical awareness of self and the skills and attributes necessary for effective leadership.

The specific course aims are to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to critically evaluate their role as a member of the multidisciplinary team, leading and managing nursing care.
Course description The course aims to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to evaluate their role as an active member of a multidisciplinary team, leading and managing nursing care. The course focuses on theoretical ideas about teams, leadership and organisations to enable students to critically reflect on the role of the nurse and the personal skills required for effective communication and leadership. The values base and theoretical perspective of the personal leadership development of the students draws on the authentic leadership theory of Bill George (2015). However, within the course, a range of perspectives on leadership including transactional and transformational are also explored.

Indicative content:

Theory of organisations drawn from sociological, anthropological and management science literature
Skills and resources required to enable individuals and groups to work effectively and deliver quality care in organisations
Leadership implications in failures in care drawing on Francis (2013), Vale of Leven (2014) and other inquiries into systemic organizational failures in care
Governance and quality assurance in organisations
Leading and managing nursing care within a multidisciplinary team
Digital technologies and managing data
Contemporary leadership research and policy context
Development of self-awareness; communication; and contemporary leadership skills through critical self-reflection

The emphasis in the course is two-fold. Firstly, an emphasis on leadership, effective leadership, and the implications for organisations of ineffective leadership. Secondly, an emphasis on the individual, their confidence, presence and versatility to lead and manage through focusing on self-awareness as the cornerstone of communication and communication habits.

Student learning experience:
This course engages students with the key concepts and skills through a range of learning activities including lectures and discussion to develop understanding of the theoretical concepts and their relation to a) healthcare organisations and b) the self.

Small group work in seminars will promote the development of critical thinking through learning from the perspective of other group participants. Groups will be structured and focused on discussion and analysis of concepts and issues relevant to the course. Students will also reflect on their own experience.

Students will participate in a number of workshops focused on developing their communication skills for managing challenging workplace situations, and developing their leadership potential.
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 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Online Activities 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Portfolio (70%)
Group presentation (30%)
Feedback Formative assessment and feedback will be provided on one blog. The feedback will be used to improve the blog which will then be able to be submitted as part of the summative, preventing overburden on the student.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse multi-disciplinary working and how leadership, management, human factors, culture, policy and organisational functioning can impact on this.
  2. Debate nurses and the multi-disciplinary team's role using suitable theoretical frameworks to analyse behaviours and consider how these are applied for effective leadership and management of person-centred nursing care
  3. Distinguish the qualities necessary for personal effectiveness and authentic leadership within organisations in relation to one's own nursing practice.
  4. Analyse Quality Assurance (QA) approaches to addressing quality of care issues and performance management within a multi-disciplinary team.
  5. Analyse how digital technologies can be used to manage and co-ordinate data between and across health and social care contexts.
Reading List
George B (2016) Discover your True North John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, New Jersey

Taylor R and Webster-Henderson B (Eds) (2017) The Essentials of Nursing Leadership Sage: Los Angeles

Francis (2013) Report of the Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry

Engagement with Care Quality Commission reports
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Through the workshops students become skilled communicators, developing a range of skills as well as reflecting on their resilience in challenging situations and the attributes and skills that they could develop further. This course encourages students to engage with the notion of courage in relation to meeting their potential as they move into the workplace, but also in terms of courage to speak up and the communication skills to enable them to do this effectively in professional situations that demand this.
KeywordsLeadership,managing care,nursing
Course organiserDr Marti Balaam
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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