Collaborative Working in Health and Social Care


This module is designed to provide students with an insight into the complex , collaboration and team working and provides an opportunity to link theory with practical applications within community-based practice.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with : an understanding of the application of theory into practice within multidisciplinary, community based settings in order to inform best practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically appreciate the application of theory into practice across a variety of community based settings

2.  Evaluate critically theories of organisations and organisational management

3.  Demonstrate a critical appreciation of teamwork, multi-professional, inter-agency and collaborative working

4.  Critically appraise the principles of good practice specific to an inclusive model of health

5.  Explore the mixed economy of care and the changing legislative and practice context associated with this

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to community working

Health and social care integration. Joint Boards and locality commissioning. Definitions of community; models of community work practices; brief historical overview/influences leading to current community work practices

2 Partnership and multidisciplinary working

Effective team working; promoting partnerships; working with others recognising their different roles, skills and possible different value bases across various community based settings; communication skills; locality planning

3 Assessment of need

Introduction to theory and applied practices within community based services; principles of good practice; critical appraisal and evaluation of need.

4 The relationship between leadership and management

Management and organisational behaviour; conflicting aims, philosophies and approaches to management , decision making and problem solving.

5 Inclusive framework for health in the community

Social and medical models of health; policy context of health and social care.

6 Mixed economy of care

Different approaches to organising welfare and health systems . the policy framework for health and social care integration

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

There is a mix of lecture and enquiry-based work. Lectures will provide background knowledge and an introduction to theoretical framework for the proposed contents. Practical activities, and associated reading, will be used to enhance students' learning opportunities through problem-solving, case studies and discussion of key issues. Independent study will encourage self- determination and the development of independent learners actively constructing their own knowledge. Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing students' skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 6
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 130

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.