Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Hefin Gwilym
Overall aims and purpose
This module adopts a comparative approach to the study of health policies in the UK and internationally. Starting with international comparisons students will consider the political economy of health and develop an understanding of the dynamics of power between professionals, managers and patients. The role of social policy analysis in evaluating the impact of change, factors associated with good and bad practice, and barriers to implementing new health policies is explored through examples and case studies. The case of the British NHS will be considered in detail examining evidence of attempts to improve the quality of care through funding and organizational change. The module will examine the implications of devolution for the NHS as well as marketisation and privatisation policies based around the notions of choice and the citizen consumer.
Comparative health policy
Comparing health care systems
Global patterning of health
Social determinants of Health
Spatial patterning of health
Unemployment and Health
Rationing and Health Policy
History of Health Policy in Britain I
History of Health Policy in Britain II
The Privatisation and Marketisation of Health Care The Changing Divide between Health and Social Care Devolution and Health policy Mental Health Policy Governance and Health Care Language, Culture and Health Policy
Provide an account of the origins of the principles and practices of health policy; demonstrate an awareness of the main health policy models; provide a basic account of economic, social and political factors influencing health policy; present spoken and written material clearly, focusing on major points relevant to the question or argument; locate basic sources of information and produce appropriately formatted and referenced work
Provide a comprehensive account of the historical development of health policy and the NHS in particular; describe the various agencies involved in the development of health policies; explain and evaluate the main health policy models; explain and appreciate the ways in which economic, demographic, sociological and political factors in general and in particular have impacted upon the development of health policy; speak and write in fluent prose, summarising material and arguments competently; search databases efficiently, contribute effectively within a group.
Provide a comprehensive account of the historical development of health policy in the UK; examine the effect of devolved government on the development of health policy; provide an evaluative account of theoretical concepts in relation to policy and apply these theories to specific examples of policy questions; make oral and written presentations of relatively complex material in a clear and competent manner, identifying and focusing on some of the major relevant issues; work independently to locate a wide range of sources of information, and produce properly referenced written work that is of a good standard.
Demonstrate an understanding of recent and current policy debates on the organization and delivery of health services
Understand and be able to apply analytical skills to assess evidence and different arguments for organizational change in health at regional, national and international levels.
Show a working knowledge of the historical development of the NHS.
Thoroughly understand the main implications of devolved government for health care in the light of comparisons with other countries and regions.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in