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Values & Principles for Health & Social Care Practice - SO318

This module is not running this academic year.


Module Summary:
The values and principles of good practice in health and social care settings are of paramount importance to the delivery of high quality support to vulnerable adults. Understanding the principles that underpin practice and the role of models and ideology in defining approaches and influencing outcomes is a key aspect of acquiring knowledge about the function of welfare.
To introduce students to the underpinning values and principles of effective care services for vulnerable adults in the health and social care fields. Also to familiarise students with the key ideologies that underpin care practice as well as the dominant ‘models of care’. Finally, to critically assess issues of diversity and consider the role of user-centred and anti-oppressive approaches.


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Method of assessment

The module will be assessed by a written coursework assignment worth 80% of the total marks, and one 10 minute presentation prepared with another student, worth 20%. All students will be expected to take part in seminar preparation

Preliminary reading

  • Values & Principles
    Adams, R. (Ed)    2007    Foundations of Health and Social Care Practice. Basingstoke. Palgrave.
    Barnes, M. & Bowl, R.
        2001    Taking over the Asylum: Empowerment and Mental Health. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
    Barrett, G.; Sellman, D., and Thomas, J.     2005    Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care. Basingstoke: Palgrave
    Bor, R., Miller, R., Gill, S., and Evans, A.    2008    Counselling in Health Care Settings Palgrave Macmillan Hampshire.
    Bytheway, B., Bacigalupo, V., Bornat, J., Johnson, J., & Spurr, S. (Eds)    2002    Understanding care, welfare and community: A reader. London: Routledge.
    Eby, M.     2000    The challenge of values and ethics in practice. In A. Brechin., H. Brown and M. Eby (Eds.) Critical Practice in Health and Social Care. London, Sage.
    Sales, R.     2007    Understanding Immigration and Refugee Policy. Contradictions and continuities. Policy press. Bristol.
    Wilkinson, C.    2007    Professional Perspectives in Health Care. Basingstoke: Palgrave
    Anti-oppressive practice
    Dalrymple, J. & Burke, B.    2000    Anti-oppressive Practice: Social Care and the Law. Buckingham: Open University Press.
    Dominelli, L.    2002    Anti-oppressive social work theory and practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
    Thompson, N.    2001    Anti-Discriminatory Practice (3rd ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
    Thompson, N.     2003     Promoting Equality (2nd ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave.

    Other Sources

    Academic/Professional Journals
    British Journal of Social Work
    Community Care
    Health and Care
    Health and Social Care in the Community
    Tizard Learning Disability Review
    Quality in Ageing
    Mental Health Today
    Tizard Learning Disability Review
    Signpost to older people and mental health matters
    Managing Community Care

    Wherever possible, primary sources and other materials will be made available in advance through Moodle or distributed in class if this is not practicable.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

  • At the end of this module successful students will also have developed skills in: • Appreciate the importance of values and principles as a basis for developing high quality care services and practice • Understand the significance of dominant ideologies such as ‘normalisation’ in influencing the delivery of care and key models of care • Understand the roles of the main health & social care professions and their value bases • Explore the challenges and benefits of working with diversity and adopting user centred and anti oppressive principles • Recognise the interconnected nature of values, principles, practice and outcomes


No pre-requisites

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