EDM187-Working with others in health care

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Geoff Taggart
Email: g.taggart@reading.ac.uk

Module Co-convenor: Prof Helen Bilton
Email: h.o.bilton@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module and its theoretical basis aims to explore the team who work within healthcare, exploring hierarchy, relationships and human factors. An exploration of professionalism and care will endeavour to identify the common values, skills, knowledge and therefore identity of the healthcare workforce. A key question to be considered is the extent to which care, public service and compassion is at odds with professionalism.  The development of such understanding should inform the work of those who work in teams, with a range of professions, in often high intensity situations. 


  • To develop a critical understanding of the issues concerning working with others within a public service.

  • To develop a critical understanding of how to improve the workings of the team. 

  • To develop the skill to put the knowledge and reflective understanding gained into practice.

  • To develop the skill to reflect upon the key theories.

  • To develop the skill of identifying and finding solutions to issues within the workplace.

  • To develop an understanding of the place of statutory and regulatory bodies (General Medical Council GMC, Nursing and Midwifery Council NMC, GPC (General Pharmaceutical Council), the Deanery and AoME within a context of care and public service. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Identify key theories about the team, ethic of care and professionalism to relate these to practice

  • Draw reflectively and critically upon their own experience and the literature about the nature of working with others and professionalism 

  • Implement and develop practical skills concerning working with others

  • Show a reflective approach to the wo rking environment looking at it from all perspectives not simply one’s own. 

Additional outcomes:

  • Reflect using the skills and knowledge gained

  • Research and write for a range of audiences, selecting relevant and robust evidence

  • Graduate attribute: Global engagement and multicultural awareness

  • Graduate attribute: Skills in research & enquiry

Outline content:

  • Teams

  • Transitions

  • Human Factors 

  • Group identity

  • Human limitations 

  • Compassionate workplaces 

  • Ethic of care 

  • Professionalism 

  • Collecting robust evidence  

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact time will be through three intensive days of teaching. Sessions will model good practice and will make appropriate use of lecture-style presentations, discussion and group work. Sessions will be based around social-constructivist principles of learning, and will utilise students’ own experiences of learning and teaching. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 90
    Wider reading (directed) 27
    Advance preparation for classes 24
    Preparation for presentations 4
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 3
    Essay preparation 27
    Reflection 1
Total hours by term 0 0 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

4500 words Report concerning a current issue within the workplace.

Formative assessment methods:

Opportunities for formative feedback are provided through group discussion and peer evaluation. 

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmissions must be submitted within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 

Where applicable, core textbooks recommended for student purchase may cost around £20 to £30 per module; there may be other books/resources which you would find it convenient to buy. Some books may be available second-hand, which will reduce costs. A wide range of resources to support your curriculum, including textbooks, more specialist studies, and electronic resources, are available through the library.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: Printing and photocopying facilities are available on campus at a cost per A4 page of £0.05 (black and white) and £0.30 (colour). Essential costs in this area will be low as most coursework is submitted electronically.

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: A computer would be needed but nothing additional is needed

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 6 December 2021


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