Outside the UK
This module explores healthcare provision from predominately a UK perspective. The module team have ensured that the module is relevant to the Republic of Ireland. Where policies are highlighted, students from the Republic of Ireland should consider content from the perspective of relevant local and national policy.
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
For this module you are allocated a module tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. All of your tuition will be delivered online or through other virtual means. Contact with your tutor will be through email, online synchronous events, online discussion forums and by phone.
The online synchronous event which is an online tutorial provides an opportunity to meet fellow students and your tutor online to discuss your learning. Through the online discussion forums, you will have opportunity to debate issues that arise in your studies and practice based learning. It is therefore important that you actively take part in the forums. You will also have an opportunity to discuss, both with your tutor and with fellow students, any other issues and concerns that you have. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study skills.
If you encounter difficulties with your understanding of ideas and concepts from the module or with your study skills, your tutor or a specialist tutor (for example in supporting students with dyslexia) can help. If you do need extra support or arrangements to accommodate any special requirements, you can access the services by contacting the Student Recruitment and Support Centre.
You will also be allocated a practice tutor – a knowledgeable practitioner who will meet with you and your supervisor on three occasions: at the beginning of the module to explain the portfolio and practice assessment requirements and answer any questions; midway through the module to check your progress and discuss any concerns you or your supervisor may have; and towards the end of the module to confirm all practice assessment requirements have been achieved and respond to any remaining queries. The practice tutor will also be available to you via email or telephone should any queries arise during the module.
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The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.
You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.
The end-of-module assessment (EMA) is a portfolio and a project based on a piece of evidence in your portfolio.
Enhancing your healthcare practice starts twice a year – in February1 and September. This page describes the module starting in September 2019 and February 20201, the last time it will start.
1The February 2020 start is available in England and Wales only. The next start date in Northern Ireland or Scotland will be September 2019.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations