Introduction to the Concepts of Community Practice Short Course

Introduction to the Concepts of Community Practice Short Course
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Distance with attendance

Course Length:

Ten units incorporating chat rooms and discussion boards. Half day attendance required on day one of the course.


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Contact module leader Gillian Armitage for dates:

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must hold a professional qualification in health/social care and have experience of working within a community setting or with career plans involving a move into a community setting.

Course Content

Course Outline:

Course at a glance

The overall aim of the module is to enable students to increase their knowledge in relation to current and future developments in community practice. The module covers the following subject areas:

Key Determinants in Primary Care

  • Social, political, economic and environmental policies/factors impacting on health care delivery.
  • Clinical governance - quality assurance mechanisms.
  • Public health concepts and issues.
  • Social theory
  • Identify and evaluate service provision.

Working in Partnership

  • Working with individuals, groups and communities.
  • Multidisciplinary and collaborative working.
  • Communication responsibilities
  • Empowerment, user/carer involvement, advocacy.
  • Provision of primary, intermediate and rehabilitative care.
  • Social theory
  • Identify and evaluate service provision.

Professional Practice Issues

  • Accountability and professional issues e.g. child protection.
  • Professional boundaries and relationships.
  • Problem solving and clinical decision-making.
  • Assessment and care planning.
  • Utilise professional knowledge within the context of the changing environment.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Enrolling on the module will give you access to the University Library Learning Resource Services. This will allow you to use the university information technology facilities. If using a personal computer from home or work, you will require internet access. The student will be required to spend approximately two to three hours preparing for each session and a further three hours of independent study reflecting on practice and preparation for the assignment.

 The student will be required to submit a 3,000 word assignment.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims


This module aims to enable you to critically analyse your knowledge in relation to current and future developments in community practice.

Learning Outcomes

Appraise the social, political, economic and environmental factors that impact upon health and their subsequent influence upon patient / client care within a community setting. Analyse the various ideological dimensions and social theory.

Critically review the strategies, theories and ideologies to promote health and prevent disease / relapse in individuals, groups and communities.

Appraise strategies for working collaboratively to enable patients clients to participate and influence multi agency provision.

Analyse the professional, ethical and legal issues which have implications for community practice.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839