This module offers the student an opportunity to lead and conduct a detailed research study in a profession-specific area relevant to health and social care practice. It involves critical evaluation of primary or secondary data, discussion and conclusion of the findings/results, including research limitations, presentation and synthesise evidence-based arguments to inform professional practice; education or policy. Examination of the ethical implications and reflect on the limitations of the completed research study. The skill required to synthesise the work for a potential publication facilitates the student to meet all the learning outcomes.
Where primary data collection is to be undertaken as part of a existing research project, the supervising lecturer will normally be responsible for gaining ethical approval before the module begins to ensure this process does not cause delays in your study. However, you will be expected to critically discuss the ethical implications of your research.
Topics will include:
Roles and responsibilities of students and their supervisor: the Dissertation Module Handbook contains information on getting started; literature searching and critique; managing references,
how to present and construct an article for a professional journal; identifying the gaps in the literature, time-management and reflection on process and progress; Dissemination of study findings and limitations in a format appropriate for the professional discipline.
Negotiating the Legal and Ethical Landscape
In this module you will explore how the law defines the duties and powers of social workers. The module provides an overview of the origins of law, the Scottish legal system, and key social work legislation across Children and Families, Criminal Justice and Adult Services. The legislation is examined within the context of the codes of practice for social service workers and an understanding of human rights, including people’s rights to privacy and to govern and determine their own lives and outcomes. The module will ask you to reflect upon the ways in which the law may be an instrument for both empowerment and oppression, and the ethical debates related to the central tensions of care, control and risk inherent within the social work role. The module is practical and based clearly upon an appreciation of the ways in which a critical understanding of the legislation is both necessary and useful in day-to-day practice.
This module is designed to address four main SiSWE learning foci: Units 1, 2, 3, 4
Professional Preparation for Social Work Practice
This module is delivered across the first two terms of your programme. Throughout this module you will be involved in a range of activities in order to support your preparation for work during your practice placement. All of your learning across all modules helps to prepare you for practice, of course, but this module focuses on specific essential knowledge, skills, processes and procedures that you will need in order to be able to start and complete your placement successfully. The module will support you to reflect on your own values and how they impact on work with service users and carers. There is also a professional requirement that you undertake an assessed piece of work in relation to the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection, which will form part of the assessment of your ‘Readiness for Practice’. This module will therefore include an assessed piece of work in that regard, and you must also pass the module as a whole in order to progress to your practice placement.
Your learning on this module will include developing your understanding of the social work role and the lived experiences of service users and carers. You will undertake specific work related to the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) National Practice model for understanding and assessing the needs of children, and you will develop your understanding of your specific role and responsibilities in relation to Child Protection, Adult Support and Protection, and Safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism (Prevent). Education will be provided in the prevention and management of violence and aggression, and you will practise your social work skills in different realistic settings including the home and hospital environment. Towards the end of the module you will explore some of the ways in which you will learn during your practice placement including how to make effective use of professional supervision. You will also focus on specific policies, procedures and documentation that you will need to understand and complete in order to provide evidence of your learning in relation to the Standards in Social Work Education.
Research Methods in Health and Social Care
On this module you will learn to critically explore research evidence and be able to synthesise, integrate and apply knowledge relating to the research process. It will be important to evaluate research methods that are relevant to health and social care practitioners and service users through the use of real-life examples from local, national and international researchers. This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills to communicate research with colleagues, service users and families. By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working to high professional standard, providing shared governance and accountability of health and social care practice.
The module will include the following content:
1. An overview of the research process.
2. Critical appraisal of the research evidence to assist in the development of research ideas relevant to practice.
3. Evaluation of research designs including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
4. Exploration in the importance of research governance and ethics.
5. Examination of dissemination strategies and the long-term impact of research findings.
Risk Uncertainty and Complex Decision Making
This module will offer students a comprehensive theoretical and practical insight into working with people who are at risk, learning the best practice guidelines for assessing and managing risk, and how to do this through inter-agency working.
Students will develop skills in risk formulation and intervention/care/management planning through using a real case file to explore the risk and protective factors that are present, and through working within their field-specific ‘best-practice’ guidelines and then across the disciplines held within their class group.
Topics delivered within the module will include:
Theoretical and practice of risk assessment; Key risk assessment measures; Case files; Risk management; Practical skills in risk management; Risk management planning; Strategic interventions, treatment and rehabilitation; Validity of outcome measures and formal evaluation; Risk communication; Psychology of risk communication; Communication of risk assessment to different stakeholders; Intra-professional and Inter-agency working; Psychological aspects of human decision making; Biases and common errors in decision-making in judgement; Judgements and decisions made during risk assessments; strategies to reduce risk of biases; Thresholds for intervention.
Social Work Practice 1
This module complies with requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council, providing direct, assessed practice with service users. You will be placed within carefully selected placement agencies across a wide range of settings, from Local Authority teams to third sector organisation, schools, primary health and residential homes for older people. Placements may include settings where you are working in integrated Health and Social Care teams and/or alongside students from the MSc Physiotherapy or MSc Occupational Therapy programmes. You will have an allocated case load, providing a range of learning experiences. Practice is supervised by Practice Educators, who have attained a recognised qualification in assessing Social Work Students in Practice Placements. Where Practice Educators are “off-site”, they will be supported by on-site Link-workers, who will be responsible for day-to-day supervision and contribute to the assessment. Practice Educators have responsibility for selecting suitable work for you, in liaison with you, your Practice Tutor and agency management.
You can find comprehensive details about how we will prepare you for placement, the allocation process, what is involved in being on placement and how you will be assessed, in the Module Handbook.
This module is designed to address all six SiSWE Standards.
Social Work approaches to assessing compromised health and development
This module is concerned with assessing needs and risks in the context of different forms of ill-health, adversity, crime and abuse, and where working with individuals and families on a compulsory basis may be necessary for people protection and to restore healthy developmental pathways. This module will consider ecological and outcomes-focussed approaches to assessing the impact of adversity and trauma upon development across the lifespan, including evaluating the evidence regarding brain development. Within the context of social processes relevant to inequalities in health and social care, it will reflect upon the personal impact of issues that may affect parenting capacity, such as learning disability, mental health, domestic abuse and substance misuse, before moving on to consider theories of crime and abusive behaviour and the needs of adults at risk of abuse or involved in the criminal justice system.
This module is designed to address three main SiSWE Learning foci: Units 1, 2, 4
Working creatively with the complex tensions between intra-personal and inter-personal processes
This module will provide you with the opportunity to reflect further upon your placement experiences and to deepen your understanding and enhance your skills in relation to work with users of services who may be vulnerable to or present risks and where there are tensions between the demands of care and control. In particular, you will be asked to explore, reflect upon, and make productive use of the emotions that arise when engaging with service users in situations concerning conflict and risk. A variety of different practice situations with a range of service user groups will be considered in terms of an understanding of their different communication needs and the legal, theoretical and evidence base which shape and guide social work assessment and intervention.
This module is designed to address all 6 main SiSWE learning foci: Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Working together in Health and Social Care Contexts
Through a blended learning approach you will explore, examine and identify topics which may include:
Personal identity, empathy and sense of self Reflection on own life experiences
Health and well-being monitoring
Human development across the lifespan
Ecological frameworks and social processes for individuals and communities (for example, housing, racism, poverty, education and employment opportunities, mental or physical ill health) and other sources of disadvantage that impact upon development and are associated with the risks of crime, marginalisation, isolation and exclusion, and inequalities in health and wellbeing
Relationships between social processes, disadvantage and social divisions.
Different communities and their respective strengths and limitations
Developing community profiles
Understanding of who service-users might be
Voluntary, private and statutory organisations working with service-users and communities
Local, national and global contexts of health and social care – policy drivers, standards and practices Professionals’ roles in supporting individuals and families in different community setting to overcome inequalities in health and social care through universal services, community resources and resilience
This module is designed to address two main SiSWE learning requirements: Units 1, 2.
Working with Individuals Families and Groups
This module will give you the opportunity to develop and practise communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and symbolic) and to develop skills in self-awareness, self-reflection, and personal resilience. Recognising that you are continuing to develop your professional identity and an understanding of your own and others’ roles, this will include reflecting on your personal values and motivation for your chosen profession as well as your use of self and issues of power and difference in communication with service users and between practitioners within multi-disciplinary teams. You will explore a number of different theories and methods of communication, such as motivational interviewing, solution-focused approaches, systems approaches and crisis intervention, and you will learn how to judge the appropriateness of different approaches in different situations. You will consider working with service users in groups as well as individually, and you will also explore the nature, purpose and dilemmas involved in the recording and sharing of information generated by inter-personal interactions.
This module is designed to address three main SiSWE learning foci: Units 1, 2, 5.
* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.