Module details for 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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 6
Assessment 40
Independent 130
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.