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Law and Ethics in Health and Social Care, Short Course

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All staff working in health and social care have, in some shape or form, felt the impact of the Francis Inquiry (2010-2013) in the wake of failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where the key focus for patient safety policy and ethical practice made 290 recommendations including the need for compassionate care, empathy, problem solving and ethical reasoning. Additionally, the Department for Health recently published a review of 'never events' – incidents that should never have occurred.

Our course will give you the opportunity to study the ethical and legal issues that arise in medical and healthcare practice. It will explore the moral problems you may face in the course of your work, provide the background for recognising issues that may raise legal liability, and reflect on the legal, social and ethical context in which healthcare practice is situated.

Throughout the course, you'll have the chance to deconstruct legal cases and practice putting forward your own contentions to construct, categorise and criticise different ethical arguments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 3 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Learning outcomes include:

  • developing a critical understanding of health and social care law and ethics in relation to generic aspects, eg consent, confidentiality, duty to care and human rights
  • select and critically analyse relevant statutory provision, case law, moral or ethical principles and theories in relation to your practice or personal area of interest, for example mental health, child protection, euthanasia, abortion, medical research and resource allocation
  • critically evaluate selected aspects of health and social care law and ethics and their respective operation in contemporary practice
  • apply this knowledge and understanding to identify changes and improvements in professional practice.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • If you wish to be considered for this module, you’ll need the appropriate professional qualifications or experience in a related field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2312 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2312 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2312 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2312 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
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Living costs for Chelmsford

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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