Module Details

HS938-6-FY-CO: Working Within A Social, Work And Healthcare Context

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Health and Human Sciences
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Stephen Scott
Teaching Staff: Stephen Scott plus others
Contact details: Stephen Scott: 01206 874285

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module forms part four of the programme "Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner" and introduces students to the broader issues that may impact on someone's mental health including work, environment and the social isolation. Students will also become aware of, and gain understanding in, the complex working conditions of busy health care settings and the demands placed upon them and their clients.

Students taking the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner course must operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity. Diversity encompasses the range of cultural norms, including personal, family, social and spiritual values, held by the diverse communities served by the service within which the worker is operating. Students must respect and value individual differences in age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture. Students must also take into account any physical and sensory difficulties people may experience in accessing services and make provision in their work to mitigate these. They must be able to respond to people's needs sensitively with regard to all aspects of diversity. They must demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities for all and encourage people's active participation in every aspect of care and treatment. They must also demonstrate an understanding an awareness of the power issues in professional/patient relationships and take steps in their clinical practice to reduce any potential for negative impact these may have.

This module will, therefore, expose students to the concepts of diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism and equip them with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and competencies to operate in an inclusive values-driven service.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Knowledge will be learnt through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion groups, guided reading and independent study. Skills-based competencies will be learnt through a combination of clinical simulation in small groups working intensively under close supervision with peer and tutor feedback, and supervised practice through supervised direct contact with patients in the workplace.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


  • Bennett-Levy, J. Richards, D. Farrand, P. Christensen, H. Griffiths, K. M. Kavanagh, D. J. Klien, B. Lau, M. A. Proudfoot, J. Riterband, J. W. Williams, C. (2010) Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions. Oxford OUP.
  • Black, C. (2008) Working for a healthier tomorrow. London. TSO. Online at
  • Reeper, J. & Perkins, R. (2003) Social inclusion and recovery. London. Bailliere Tindall.
  • Richards, D. A. Suckling, R. (2008) Improving access to psychological therapy: the Doncaster demonstration site organisational Model. Clinical Psychology Forum. 181. P6.16.
  • Richards, D. Whyte, M. (2010) (3rdEd) Reach Out: National Programme student material to support the delivery of training for psychological wellbeing practitioners delivering low intensity interventions. Rethink
  • UCL CORE CBT Competencies Framework
  • NICE materials on Depression and Anxiety (treatments for high and low intensity practice)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Common Mental Health Disorders
  • Clark, D. M. Layard, R. Smithies, R. Richards, D. A. Suckling, R and Wright, B. (2009) Improving access to psychological therapy: initial evaluation of two UK Demonstration sties
  • Pathfinders Review IAPT

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