Nursing Policy In Context 4H NURSING4026

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Nursing Policy in Context introduces the student to both the substance of health policy and the process of health policy-making and the implementation within the NHS. The course will also allow the student to examine the influence of the health professions, the media and also patient groups into policy-making and decision-making.


Weekly sessions, both taught and self-guided, up to 8 hours

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Students must have attained a grade C or better in Nursing and Health Studies (Year 2) and Nursing (Year 3) and grade D or better in all other assessments in Years 2 & 3, at the first attempt.


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses

Not applicable.


All level 4 Honours modules must be taken unless previously achieved.


The assessment method for Nursing Policy in Context is a 2,500 word essay (100%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Failure to attain a D3 or higher in this course results in transfer to the Ordinary Degree programme.

Course Aims

To ensure an understanding of current health policy, as it relates to nursing care, both at local and national levels and the wider world. The course also aims to assist the student to develop the ability to translate policy into practice, in a wide range of health care settings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

These ILOs have also been mapped to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2010) domains, which are indicated in brackets.


By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically appraise contemporary health care policy (Leadership, Management and Team Working).

2. Discuss the relationship of health care policy with clinical care (Leadership, Management and Team Working).

3. Debate the changing role of nursing within the context of current health care (Leadership, Management and Team Working).

4. Evaluate the implementation of health care policy within health care (Leadership, Management and Team Working).

5. Critically discuss the role of nurses in shaping health care policy (Leadership, Management and Team Working).

6. Through discussion with the clinical leaders, critically discuss how policy translates into clinical practice (Leadership, Management and Team Working).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students are required to achieve a minimum of grade D in the summative assessment at the first diet.