Unit 19 Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care



Unit 19:
Contemporary Issues in Health and


Social Care

Unit code:
A/601/1639

QCF level:
5


Credit value:
15






Aim

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to research how contemporary issues of concern develop and how public perspectives subsequently influence the development of health and social care services.

Unit abstract

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of factors that can influence the public debate on matters relating to health and social care. Learners will analyse the methods used to bring information to the public arena for debate, and the validity and reliability of that information. Class debate and discussion may be used to analyse the factors that affect the development of public opinion. Learners will explore how a range of health and social care issues are presented in the media and then monitor the development of a particular issue over time. Learners will develop a portfolio of media coverage on the specific issue of interest, and analyse the interrelationships between public opinion of the issue and the development of related social policy.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1       Understand how information relating to health and social care gives rise to issues of concern to the public

2       Understand how issues of public concern related to health and social care are presented in the media

3       Be able to carry out research into different perspectives on a specific issue relating to health and social care

4       Understand the likely influence contemporary perspectives on health and social care issues will have on the development of services.














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Unit content



1      Understand how information relating to health and social care gives rise to issues of concern to the public

Health and social care information: recurrent themes eg finance, resourcing, political context, collaborative care, standards, disability, child abuse enquiries

Dissemination of information: through the media; through informative leaflets; use of visual images; developing a portfolio of media coverage

Perspectives in the presentation of information: moral panic; discursive perspectives on the media

Influences on attitudes and behaviour: format of presentation; style of presentation; content

People: individuals; groups; communities; professionals; pressure groups; lobbyists; marketeers, policy formers; others as appropriate

Developments in health and social care: legislation; codes of practice; services; professionalism

2      Understand how issues of public concern related to health and social care are presented in the media

The role of the media: responding to and shaping public opinion eg stereotyping, moral panics, political bias

Sources of information: as relevant eg newspapers (local and national), magazines, websites, television channels (both commercial and public)

Reliability of sources of information: the question of ownership; political and religious agendas; pressure groups; government sources; conflicting views of current issues eg how the ideological or political perspectives of different media sources impact on the way news is presented or ‘spun’

The impact of the internet: on news media, politics and professional practice eg news as a commodity, the dominance of a small number of primary news sources, lack of critical scrutiny, ‘dumbing down’ of news


3      Be able to carry out research into different perspectives on a specific issue relating to health and social care

Specialist sources of current information: as relevant eg websites, news media and journals

Electronic sources for current information: e-journals; government websites; media websites; user group and pressure group websites

Key issues: outline issues eg public and private service providers, professionalism and bureaucracy, users of services and consumers, regulation and the market

Influence of cultural context: awareness of eg religious and moral beliefs, cultural perspectives on individual and communal rights, academic freedom

Presentation and emphasis of media and policy makers: ‘spin’ and marketing of issues





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4      Understand the likely influence contemporary perspectives on health and social care issues will have on the development of services

Interrogate information collected: critically evaluate eg what is the evidence, validity, reliability, key arguments; summarise; draw conclusions

Impact on services: possible outcomes eg privatisation, reduction of resources, changing threshold criteria, discrimination

Different interpretations of information: subjectivity eg selective use of data, selective use of professional and academic opinion, political and ideological bias in interpretation; genuine disagreement over the correct interpretation of information



























































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Learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass


On successful completion of
The learner can:


this unit a learner will:










LO1 Understand how information

1.1
explain how information relating to health and social


relating to health and social


care reaches the public domain


care gives rise to issues of

1.2
analyse different techniques for disseminating


concern to the public





information relating to health and social care









1.3
evaluate how the different ways in which information





relating to health and social care is presented can





influence the attitudes, thoughts and behaviour of





people








LO2 Understand how issues of

2.1
explain ways in which the media may be used to


public concern related to


influence the attitudes and behaviour of people in


health and social care are


relation to health and social care issues


presented in the media

2.2
evaluate how the public can assess the reliability and









validity of media information about health and social





care







LO3 Be able to carry out research

3.1
carry out research into different perspectives on a


into different perspectives on


specific issue relating to health and social care


a specific issue relating to

3.2
monitor how different perspectives gleaned from


health and social care





reliable sources on a specific health and social care










issue have changed over time




3.3
assess the relevance of the findings to health and social





care practice locally




3.4
analyse the factors that have influenced the





development of different perspectives over a period of





time







LO4 Understand the likely

4.1
analyse the extent to which local attitudes reflect those


influence contemporary


found at a national level


perspectives on health and

4.2
evaluate the validity of public attitudes and behaviours


social care issues have on





in relation to a specific issue


the development of services.











4.3
justify possible consequences of contemporary thinking





for health and social care provision and services.





















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Guidance



Links

This unit provides an opportunity for learners to access contemporary issues and developments in a wide range of health and social care areas, so links may be established with other units on this programme as relevant. Learners may find it beneficial to have completed Unit 7: Social Policy. However, current issues can be focused on practice as well as policy.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Leadership and Management for Care Services. See Annexe C for mapping.

Essential requirements

Tutors must ensure that there are resources available, such as online journals and print media, to support learners in researching contemporary issues.

Employer engagement and vocational contexts

Any links that can be made with journalists involved in reporting on health and social care issues may prove beneficial to the delivery of the unit and may provide opportunities for learners to engage in debates about the impact of the media.







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