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Foundations of Patient Care

Module titleFoundations of Patient Care
Module codePAM1018
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Amy Hancock (Lecturer)

Miss Robyn Lane (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

During this module you will participate in a variety of seminars to explore the fundamentals of patient care sociological, psychological and inter-professional clinical context. Within this module is embedded the Time for Dementia programme; a multi-organisation educational programme led by Brighton and Sussex Medical School

which involves, amongst others, The Alzheimer’s Society, universities, healthcare students and families living with

the impact of dementia.  Its aim is to provide you with understanding, empathy, knowledge and compassion to support families and patients living with dementia

Module aims - intentions of the module

The role of a professional radiographer is high-quality patient care. As a radiographer, you must not just know what professional conduct is, you must behave in this way both instinctively and at all times.

This module aims to develop appropriate inter-personal skills, and an understanding of aspects of sociology and psychology as they apply to the inter-professional clinical context.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe key psychological and sociological concepts in the context of healthcare;
  • 2. Relate psychological and sociological concepts to health;
  • 3. Describe relevant legislation and codes of conduct relating to the professional role of radiographer
  • 4. Describe and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills;
  • 5. Describe the role of inter-professional working in relation to patient care;
  • 6. Describe their role as a healthcare practitioner in relation to patient care;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Use appropriate sources of information to develop own knowledge;
  • 8. Use professional literature and cite it correctly;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Communicate and report information effectively;
  • 10. Work effectively as part of a team;
  • 11. Participate actively in seminars and workshops.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:


Learning theory, cognition, individual differences, nature and nurture, emotion and motivation.

Prejudice, stigma

Basic concepts in mental health.

Social psychology, health psychology including stress and concordance.

Relationship of psychological states to health and altered function.


Social inequalities and their impact upon health.

Health inequalities. 

Equality and diversity.

Interpersonal Skills

Principles of communication.

Reflective practice.

Self-awareness and self care.

Professional Issues

Types of consent.

Professionalism, professional ethics, accountability and duty of care.

Role of state-registration, the Health and Care Professions Council, and professional bodies.

Continuing professional development.

Inter-professional working; impact on patient care.

Inter-professional learning; laying the foundation for interdisciplinary teamwork.  

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities3020 x 1.5 -hour seminars and workshops
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1Tutorial support
Guided independent study119Reading, private study and revision


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Contributions to seminars and workshops4,7,10,11Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral presentation (group)2520 minutes9Written
Coursework751700 words1-9Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral presentation (25%)Oral presentation (20 minutes)9August/September assessment period
Coursework (75%)Coursework (1700 words)1-9August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

In the event of referral/deferral in presentation, guidance will be given by the module lead.

Please also refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral:


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Darley M. (2002), Managing Communication in Health Care, Edinburgh, ISBN 0-702-02413-9
  • Ehrlich R.A. and Daly J.A. (2017), Patient Care in Radiography (9th edition), Mosby, ISBN 9780323377713
  • Goodman B and Ley T. (2012) Psychology and Sociology in Nursing, Sage Publications, ISBN 978-0-85725-529-7
  • Gross and Kinnison (2007), Psychology for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, Hodder Arnold, ISBN 978-0-340-93011-3
  • Johns C. (2013), Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (4th edition), Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 9780470674260
  • Meads al. (2005), The case for Interprofessional Collaboration in Health and Social Care, Blackwell, ISBN: 978-1-405-11103-4
  • Minardi, H, Riley M. (1997), Communication in Health Care: A Skills-Based Approach, Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN 978-0750615792
  • Sarafino E.P. (2014), Health Psychology, Biopyschosocial interactions (8th edition), Wiley, ISBN 9780470873694
  • Sheaff M. (2005), Sociology and Health Care, Open University Press, ISBN 0-335-21388-X
  • Society and College of Radiographers (2013), Code of Professional Conduct, Society and College of Radiographers, ISBN 978-1-906225-39-1
  • Society and College of Radiographers (2018), Obtaining consent: a clinical guideline for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce, Society and College of Radiographers, ISBN 978-1-909802-18-6
  • Towsley-Cook D.M. and Young T.A. (2007), Ethical and Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals (2nd edition), Mosby, ISBN 9780323061513
  • Wondrak R. (1998), Interpersonal Skills for Nurses and Health Care Professionals, Blackwell, ISBN 0-632-04144-7

Key words search

Medical Imaging; Health care; Interprofessional working; Patient; Professionalism; Psychology; Roles; Sociology.

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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