MPH Occupational Health / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour

Unit code POPH68830
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
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit covers aspects and practical application of leadership and team-working, communication, clinical governance, quality and standard setting. The unit is delivered using blended learning, with extensive online materials including case studies, directed reading and face to face teaching to familiarise students with a range of concepts and principles that underpin Occupational Health. 

Aims

To provide the student with an understanding and awareness of the professional behaviour expected of doctors practicing occupational medicine, the standards that should be in place within a good quality occupational health service and the principles and importance of the multidisciplinary team in occupational health practice. 

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes intend to:

  • provide the students with an understanding of the professional behaviour expected of doctors practicing occupational medicine;
  • provide students with the knowledge of how the clinical governance framework can be applied to occupational health practice and of how to apply audit principles to determine best practice;
  • provide students with an undertsanding of the value of standards in protecting workers’ health.

Syllabus

  • Management
  • Professional Behaviour/Leadership and Teamwork
  • Advanced Communication
  • Clinical Governance
  • Practical Applications in Quality and Audit
  • Standard Setting
  • Business needs in the provision of an occupational health service

Teaching and learning methods

Learning and teaching will take the form of online lectures, webinars, group discussion, tutorial, face to face workshops and practical experience days, independent research and study, online quizzes and simulations, literature searching, problem solving and report writing.

Blackboard will be used for course materials including group discussions, announcements and updating of content, relevant lecture slides and additional reading, written example sheets and for online formative assessments.

Knowledge and understanding

On completion, students should be able to:

  • display an awareness of aspects of professional relationships and the concept of multidisciplinary team working;
  • understand the need to share information openly and effectively with others - within ethical, professional and legal constraints of confidentiality; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the context, meaning and implementation of clinical governance.

Intellectual skills

On completion, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to recognise good professional standards and good practice;
  • understand the role/relevance of professional and regulatory bodies; and
  • demonstrate the ability to recogniise the importance of professional relationships, and the limiting boundaries surrounding consultations.

Practical skills

On completion, students should be able to:

  • have the ability to apply delegation, effective leadership and supervision and how to put this in to practice in an occupational health setting; and
  • apply the principles of audit to the student’s own clinical practice.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

On completion, students should be able to:

  • independently gather, organise, and evaluate information from a variety of sources and develop an evidence-based approach to occupational health practice;
  • understand the influence of a wide range of factors when negotiating with others within the field of occupational health; and
  • be able to integrate knowledge of health, legislation, and business in the management of work-related issues affecting both individuals and groups.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students will be able to apply the principles of audit to the their own clinical practice.
Group/team working
Students will understand the challenges of multidisciplinary team working.
Leadership
Students will understand the importance of delegation, effective leadership and supervision and how to put this in to practice in an occupational health setting.
Other
Students will appreciate the need to share information openly and effectively with others - within ethical, professional and legal constraints of confidentiality.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Formative assessments with automatic feedback are available throughout the unit as an aid to understanding the course materials. Feedback for the summative assessments is provided by tutors via Blackboard. Students may also recieve direct feedback from interaction with session leaders thougout the course of study. 

Recommended reading

  • Agius R, Seaton A. Practical occupational medicine 2nd ed. London: Hodder Arnold 2005. ISBN 034075947X OR Tar-Ching A, Gardiner K, Harrington, JM. Occupational health (Pocket Consultants) 5th ed. Wiley-Blackwell 2006.  ISBN- 10 1405122218; ISBN-13 978-1405122214.
  • Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Ethics Guidance for Occupational Health Practice. London: Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians 2018. 
  • Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Good Occupational Medical Practice. London: Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians 2017.
  • McSherry R, Pearce P. Clinical Governance. A Guide to Implementation for Healthcare Professionals. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 2.5
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 143.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Melanie Carder Unit coordinator

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