Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30152: Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare
Mode of Study:Trimester 3/June
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679559
Contact email:nursing.cpd@keele.ac.uk
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Fees: Click for details

This module is for Health Professionals seeking to improve their knowledge and understanding of legal and ethical issues related to practice.

The content will examine current legal and ethical issues within the healthcare context.   Students will be introduced to legal and ethical theories and principles and explore their use within healthcare. The content will represent different client groups from across the lifespan and include areas such as mental capacity and vulnerable groups. The rights and obligations of both healthcare practitioners and patients will be addressed. Discussion and reflection will be encouraged to take account of the implications of recent events in society and of new legislation that impacts on healthcare decision making.

This module is available as an elective/optional module within BA (Hons) Specialist Nursing Practice,BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice and BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies. It is also available as a free standing module.

To examine legal and ethical issues related to healthcare and reflect on the implications for practice

To explore philosophical approaches to healthcare provision

To explore current ethical and legal issues which impact on healthcare

Current professional registration

Evidence of Level II academic work or equivalent 

Introduction to ethical theories and approaches:

Including philosophical approaches that underlie theory and principled approaches

Introduction to the law as it relates to healthcare

To include areas of professional law, quasi law, common and statute law and to include negligence claims    

Ethical and legal implications of looking after a diverse patient group

To represent different client groups from across the lifespan, Including areas such as mental capacity and vulnerable groups. Also to include the rights and obligations of healthcare practitioners as carers for these groups.

Patients rights and obligations as the consumers of care

To include resource issues, personal responsibility for health, inclusion  in  research

Autonomy and advocacy

Including the involvement of clients in the planning and delivery of care and at   the legal requirement of consent. Also to include the decision making for  clients who lack capacity

Accountability of healthcare practitioners

To include scope of practice issues

Ethical decision making in practice

Exploring current debates. To include some on line discussion 

Number of assessments:

2

           

ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)

Sequence no:         

1

Type of assessment

 

Case Study

Brief description of assessment

 

For their case study the students will explore the legal and ethical principles and theoretical concepts that underpin a care decision relating to a patient from their practice. They will examine the decision making process using a recognized ethical decision making framework to inform their discussion and critically explore the legal framework before concluding with recommendations for practice.

Contribution to the module mark (%) (Put 0 if type is formative assessment or competency assessment)

100%

Pass mark (Put 1 if type is competency)

40%

 

ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)

Sequence no:         

2

Type of assessment

 

Seminar Presentation

 

Brief description of assessment

 

The students will present their case to the group and facilitate a discussion about their case. This discussion will take place prior to their written submission to help inform their summative work.

Contribution to the module mark (%) (Put 0 if type is formative assessment or competency assessment)

0%

Pass mark (Put 1 if type is competency)

N/A