Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Education


Professionals need to ensure that their knowledge and practice are up to date to ensure they are equipped to meet the needs of patients or service users. Educational delivery therefore requires constant updates and revisions to ensure the ongoing contemporary requirements of professionals are met. The context of educational settings is also shaped by political agendas at local and national levels. This module assists with the identification of the social, economic and cultural factors that shape contemporary agendas. It is also vital to recognise that the knowledge, principles and values related to teaching and learning also change over time. Educators must critically engage with trends associated with the teaching and assessment of diverse groups of learners. In addition, the module considers influences such as equality, inclusion and diversity, leadership and management, and multi-professional learning.

Delivery Method

The primary learning strategy utilised within this module is independent learning. The foundation and direction for your learning will be through the virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you will be directed to the main theoretical concepts that you need to study although you will be expected to progress your knowledge through independent reading and reflection on how the theory can be applied in your own teaching and learning practice.

A variety of teaching methods will be utilised to include lead lectures, delivered through podcasts, and self directed PowerPoint presentations as well as more interactive activities such as identification of your learning style, formative quizzes, article critique, and online discussion forums. The practical experience of teaching in the healthcare setting that you bring will be the basis for reflection and discussion in the online discussion forums; you will be encouraged to reflect on your teaching strategies and student feedback.

Academic credits
Delivery method
Distance learning

Students can work through materials in their own time

Start date

Monday 28th April 2025

Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

A first degree (or diploma) in a Health and Social Care subject, or extensive relevant professional experience. IELTS score 7.




Dr Edward Tolhurst

Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer and qualitative researcher in the field of dementia, ageing and care. I am based in the Postgraduate team and course leader for the MSc in Medical Education. I am also a member of the University Research Ethics Committee.

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Tess Knight

Lecturer / Forensic Practitioner

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