Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Version 1 Date 18/11/2013 Module Handbook
Portfolios should be submitted by one of the following means:
to the Student Administration Team at 2B24 at Glenside;
in the red submission box in A Block (or, at weekends, in the Library). If you submit your portfolio in the red boxes, you should put it in a large envelope or bind up the portfolio so that the contents do not fall out as it drops into the box.
By posting it to:
The Student Administration Team, Glenside Campus, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, UWE Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, BRISTOL BS16 1DD. If you are submitting by post the envelope must have a postmark showing the submission date and you should also have proof of postage.
Delayed and interrupted placements and changes to submission dates
If your placement starts late, or for any reason is interrupted, then you will need to discuss the situation with your tutor and work with the module leader to adjust any of the above dates (including submission dates) to ensure equity of treatment. A note of revised dates will be formally recorded and circulated to the practice learning team and other relevant personnel by the module leader.
Moderation and notification of results
Practice tutors will return all portfolios (including final evaluation forms) to the university after the final meetings and a sample will be read by members of the practice quality panel for moderation. In the light of moderation the Panel may ask the practice learning team to review the decision. This review may consist of a meeting with members of the panel to discuss any issues identified.
A sample of portfolios is sent to the external examiner. Results are then subject to confirmation by the Field and Award Board and a final mark will be released to students via the UWE portal in mid June 2014.
The decision about component A, your practice and portfolio is made and recorded at the final training team meeting. Written comment on your portfolio will be provided by your practice tutor at that meeting. You will not receive further comments on it. If following moderation by the Practice Quality Panel there are any queries then individual students will be notified. A sample of portfolios is sent to the external examiner. Results are then subject to confirmation by the Field and Award Board and will be released to students via the UWE portal in September.
COMPONENT B: PROGRESS FILE
Form of submission
The assignment should be submitted in paper copy either to the submission boxes in A Block at Glenside, or by post to the Student Administration Team, Room 2B24 Glenside Campus, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, BRISTOL BS16 1DD. In either case it should be accompanied by a coursework cover sheet available from myUWE. If you download a cover sheet from here, it will include a bar code which will be scanned by the Student Administration Team when they receive it, and will generate an electronic receipt. If you use any other front sheet, you will not receive a receipt.
If you are submitting your coursework in the submission boxes please ensure that the work is secure and placed in a plastic wallet. If you are submitting by post the envelope must have a postmark showing the submission date and you should also have proof of postage showing that it was posted before 2:00 pm on the relevant date.
For all students (whether completing 80 or 100 days of practice learning), and who start their placement on time and whose placements have not been interrupted, final submission of the progress file should be made by 2pm on Wednesday 11 June 2014.
Delayed and interrupted placements and changes to submission dates
If your placement starts late, or for any reason is interrupted, then you will need to discuss the situation with your tutor and work with the module leader to adjust the submission dates to ensure equity of treatment. A note of revised dates will be formally recorded and circulated to the practice learning team and other relevant personnel by the module leader. Portfolios and progress files will almost always be submitted at the same time.
The assignment will be marked using the Departmental marking criteria, which have been introduced in your GDP sessions.
You are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant law, policy, social work methods and approaches to practice. You also need to show how your practice has been informed by relevant research.
You should also show your awareness of service user and carer perspectives, indicate how you have worked within the HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students, and how you have applied principles of anti-oppressive practice. You should discuss how you have managed the tensions, ethical dilemmas and value conflicts that arise in practice.
You should show that you can critically analyse your practice and apply relevant experience, literature, theory and research to inform your practice. You should show that you are able to critically reflect on and evaluate your personal and professional development.
The assignment should be structured and presented logically and coherently, demonstrating your ability to identify your sources of information. All sources, including policy documents and legislation, must be correctly referenced and noted in the reference list.
Please note that it the marks for this assignment which will contribute to your final degree classification. As this is a 40 credit module this means that it contributes significantly to that classification.
Marks and feedback
Written feedback on the assignment will be provided individually within 20 working days (excluding student vacation periods) following the deadline for submission of the assessment concerned. Where the period is longer than four working weeks students will be informed of the deadline for the provision of feedback and rationale for the extension. Outcomes which have not been confirmed by an examining board shall be considered as provisional.
Date for return of marks and feedback
For assignments submitted on 11 June, feedback will be available for collection from Glenside reception on 9 July 2014. Dates for return of marks for assignments with later submission dates will be communicated to you separately.
MyUWE is used to communicate provisional marks, provide cover sheets for assessments and to submit work.
As each practice learning situation is different you will need to talk with your practice educator about reading that is particularly useful for your practice learning in relation to the setting you are in. All the books that are on the list for Refining Skills for Knowledge and Practice and the chapters and articles that were provided are very relevant for this module too. In addition the reading lists provided in other module hand will be useful. However there are some books that you may like to buy:
Adams, R. Dominelli, L & Payne, M (eds) (2009) Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates (2nd edition) Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Adams, R. Dominelli, L & Payne, M (eds) (2009) Critical Practice In Social Work Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Adams, R. Dominelli, L. and Payne, M. (eds) (2009) Practising social work in a complex world
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 2nd ed.
Banks, S. (2006) Ethics and Values in Social Work (3rd edition) Basingstoke, palgrave macmillan
Beckett, C (2006) Essential Theory for Social Work Practice London, Sage
Braye, S. & Preston-Shoot, M. (2009) Practising Social Work Law Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Brown, K and Rutter, L (2006) Critical Thinking for Social Work Exeter, Learning Matters
Doel, M (2005) Using Groupwork London, Routledge
Jones, K. Cooper, B. and Ferguson, H. (2008) Best Practice in Social Work: Critical Perspectives Basingstoke: Palgrave
Lishman, J (ed) (2007) Handbook for Practice Leaning in Social Work and Social Care: Knowledge and Theory London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Lomax, R. Jones, K., Leigh, S. and Gay, C. (2010) Surviving your Social Work Placement Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Long, L. Roche, J. & Stringer, D (2010) The Law and Social Work: Contemporary Issues for Practice (2nd edition) Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan in association with Open University Press
Payne, M (2005) Modern Social Work Theory 3rd ed, Lyceum Books
Seden, J (2005) Counselling Skills in Social Work Practice Buckingham, Open University Press
Thompson, N. (2011) Promoting Equality: Working with Diversity and Difference Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Thompson, N, 92010) Theorising Social Work Practice Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Trevithick, P. (2005) Social Work Skills: A Practice Handbook Buckingham, Open University Press
Wilson, K. Ruch, G. Lymbery, M. Cooper, A. (2011) Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice (2nd edition) Harlow, Prentice Hall
It is also important to keep up to date with law and practice issues. The two journals that are most easily accessible are Community Care and Care and Health. Social Care on line is useful to find up to date research on specific topics include http://www.scie-socialcareonline.org.uk/search.asp
The British Journal of Social Work and the Journal of Social Work Education can be accessed on line through the UWE library catalogue.
Throughout your time with us, you will receive regular communication from your module leaders, and also administrative staff, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you read everything that you are sent, and act upon it where appropriate.
The main communication channel used is the Blackboard for all the modules you are currently studying. Blackboard provides the main communication channel for module specific information and these too should be checked regularly for new content and announcements.
Please see http://info.uwe.ac.uk/myUWE/guidance/default.asp for further information on all aspects of your myUWE portal.
It is important that health and social care students undertaking an educational programme that will lead them to professional registration are aware of the codes that will govern them once qualified as registered practitioners. Confidentiality is an essential element of the codes of conduct that govern and protect the public (NMC 2008: HCPC 2008). The School of Health and Social Care at UWE considers it vital that students are conscious of the importance of maintaining confidentiality in the practice settings, in assessed work and on university sites. All students must recognise that they may be privy to confidential information and that any information or confidence must not be disclosed in the public domain, unless you are concerned someone may be at risk of harm (NMC 2008; HCPC 2008). It is important that students recognise that in any work submitted (assignments; projects; case studies; portfolios; presentations; examinations; reports) and in class based reflections that they must not identify any person or organisation.
A breach of confidentiality is the inclusion of names images or registration details e.g. hospital number in student work (including appendices) that would allow an individual or area to be identified. This includes service users, carers, colleagues or organisations.
Exceptions to these would be signatures of clinical staff who sign official documentation for students in placement areas. Acknowledgement of staff who have supported students in either the workplace or university (as long as names only are included, not job title or workplace) or family/friends.
As your programme of study ask that student’s link theory to practice and practice to theory, discussions and assessments are often based on real events and people.
Use of pseudonyms (which should be identified as such) and generalised terms e.g. social worker, nurse, health centre, practice area, young man.
Avoid the inclusion of documentation, either original or photocopied, that might reveal the identity of an individual or organisation e.g., referral letters, medical imaging records, assessment records, prescription charts, unless these are anonymised
(Exceptions to this are documents or cases that are now in the public domain e.g. Baby ‘P’; Shipman enquires).
Remove names on x ray films or other imaging records; use blank charts or pseudonyms on charts.
Frequently asked questions
Q Can I refer to agency documentation?
A Only if it is in the public domain
Q I want to reflect on/share an experience from my placement in class can I do this.
A Yes you can discuss your placement experiences as long as you do not identity the area or client, you will also need to adhere to the ground rules agreed at the beginning of the session, module or programme.
Q Can I print off discussion from online discussion boards such as Blackboard?
A Without the agreement of the group this would be a breach in the groups confidentiality, group name and individual names would need to be anonymised
Q How can I anonymise my work?
A Identifying headings and names should be physically or electronically removed. Simply blacking out with for example a marker pen often allows the identifying to remain discernible.
Q My group wants to set up a group on a social networking site.
A Social networking sites such as Face book and my Space are all in the public domain and you could be breaching expected standards of behaviour if posting inappropriate comments about placements, colleagues.
The School of Health and Social Care considers all breaches of confidentiality to be serious and as a result will take the following action:
First Occasion: Once a serious breach of confidentiality has been noted the marker should report this to the personal tutor and module leader, email to be sent to student requesting a meeting to discuss the breach, breach documented in student feedback and account of meeting held in student file. Dependent on the perceived seriousness of the breach it may be referred to the professional suitability panel this decision will be made by the Head of Department.
Second Occasion: Once a second serious breach of confidentiality has been noted the marker should report this to the personal tutor and module leader, email to be sent to student requesting a further meeting to discuss the breach, breach documented in student feedback and account of meeting held in student file. Breach documented in student file, discussion of the breach referred to professional suitability panel, breach documented in student file.
ICO (2009) Data protection – looking after the information you hold about patients, Available online, http://www.ico.gov.uk accessed 11.11.09
Department of Health (2003) Confidentiality code of practice London
Health and Care Professions Council (2008) Standards of conduct, performance and ethics London
Nursing Midwifery Council (2008) Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives London
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