MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Allied Health Profession)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Digital Health and Technology Enabled Care L7

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS65522
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit aims to introduce the health, social care, and other professionals to the range of existing and emerging technologies used in health and care, along with increasing their understanding of the benefits, limitations, and risks of these digital tools across health and social care.

Learning outcomes

Health or clinical informatics

Digital health and technology enabled care

Legal, ethical, and social impact of current and emerging technologies

Information governance, privacy and security

Mentoring, educating, and supporting digital self-management and self-care

Innovation, entrepreneurship, and change management

Teaching and learning methods

A range of digital teaching methods will be used including virtual lectures and seminars, together with a range of online learning activities.

Knowledge and understanding

  1. Recognise and critically discuss the importance of health data, its collection and management via information technology, and how digital data is applied in decision making for service improvement and high quality patient care.
  2. Critically assess and articulate insights into current standards, policies, and processes associated with technology and its implementation in health and care.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the range of digital tools used in healthcare and knowledge of the ethical, legal, and social aspects of their use in patient care.

Intellectual skills

  1. Identify the principles of data and information governance, including privacy and security requirements for digital health tools.
  2. Apply critical understanding and original thought to illustrate how policies and procedures that govern the deployment, use and management of digital technologies in healthcare.
  3. Critically reflect on their role and other professionals in supporting and leading new technological innovations in health and care.

Practical skills

  1. Recognise and act professionally when using digital technologies with patients, carers, and other professionals in organisational settings.
  2. Capability to evaluate the evidence on the benefits, risks, and limitations of technology in health and care.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  1. Ability to teach, mentor and coach others and improve ones own professional ability to use a wide range of digital health technologies.
  2. Recognise and understand the benefits, limitations, and risks imposed by digital technologies in health and care.
  3. Ability to use a range of digital health tools to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient care, and support patient education and self-management.
  4. Systematically evaluate evidence and use it effectively to inform the design, implementation, and use of technology in health and care.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Dawn Dowding Unit coordinator

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