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)
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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

 

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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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