Policy in Health and Social Care NURSING4034

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will introduce the students to the development, implementation, and evaluation of policy in relation to health and social care outcomes. Students will also explore the role of the nurse in relation to health and social care policy.


Teaching consists of weekly sessions across one semester

Requirements of Entry

To enter Year 4 of the BN (Hons) programme, students must normally have attained a grade C or better at first attempt in Developing Knowledge for Nursing and Health 2 and Advancing Knowledge for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3, and a grade D or better in all other components of summative assessment in Years 2 and 3 including practice learning and achieved all the NMC platforms and proficiencies required for Year 3.

Excluded Courses



Component 1 - 10% weighting, group presentation (ILO 1 & 4). 

Component 2 - 90% weighting, written assignment (2500 words +/-10%) on health or social care policy (ILO 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

For attainment of course credit, reassessments are normally available for all components of summative assessment if a minimum of a Grade D is not achieved at the first attempt. Reassessments are normally taken at the next available opportunity.

Reassessments are not normally available for components of assessment that contribute to Honours progression, or to Honours classification if the threshold course grade is not achieved at the first attempt.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

Examine key themes in health and social policy at international, national, and local levels.

Enable students to develop insight into the organisations and stakeholders that are responsible for policymaking within healthcare settings.

Explore the key role of the nurse in shaping health and social policy.

Assist students to develop the ability to appraise and translate health and social policy into nursing practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Appraise contemporary health and social care policy.

2. Explore the relationship of health and social care policy to the provision of safe and effective person-centred care. 

3. Examine the enablers and barriers to health and social care integration. 

4. Debate the changing role of nursing in a dynamic and changing healthcare landscape. 

5. Evaluate strategies for the implementation of health and social care policy. 

6. Discuss the role of nurses in developing and implementing health and social care.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

A minimum of a Grade D in all components of summative assessment.

For all components of assessments, 100% submission of assessments is normally required.