Health for community and people across lifespan

is a scenario essay: Gladys separated from her husband soon after the birth of Joshua and is now divorced. She rents a 4 bed roomed house from a housing association. Her two sons, her father-in-law and her granddaughter also live in the house. Gladys does not work as she is the full time carer for her father-in-law and her granddaughter. She cannot afford a car but she does smoke roll-ups.

SUMMARY/OVERVIEW:Summary/Overview In this unit you will explore the role of the nurse in providing inclusive access to health services for all members of the community across the lifespan. This will be approached from an individual and public health perspective. To identify the health needs and challenges of groups within a community, you will engage with health professionals from all fields of practice including learning disability, mental health, childrenas and adult nursing, and midwifery. Using an enquiry based learning approach, you will work collaboratively with your peers to identify and meet your learning needs with facilitative support from academic and practice staff.
During the unit you will examine social, health and behavioural sciences theory in relation to the health of individuals and communities. You will also review evidence from a range of sources, including public reports and enquiries, statistics and primary research which support specific service provision and service usersa perspectives of awareness, access to and disengagement with specific service provision
a?To explore how the health needs of a community are known and result in service provisions across the lifespan
a?To examine the perspectives of people regarding inclusion, access to, choice and disengagement of services
a?To review social, health and behavioural sciences theory in relation to the health of individuals and communities
a?To explore your role and contribution in the interprofessional team in the delivery of holistic care

On completion of this unit you should be able to

To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:

1 Examine how diversity, equality and access influence the public health needs of a community and community health provision for people across the lifespan a?Identify and examine how socio-political, educational and cultural factors influence peopleas health and wellbeing across the lifespan
a?Recognise public health challenges
a?Analyse how diversity, spiritual beliefs and language challenges may contribute to vulnerability and exclusion
a?Examine how people are aware of, gain access to and evaluate health services
2 Evaluate social, health and behavioural sciences theory in relation to the public health of individuals and communities a?Analyse social, health and behavioural sciences theory in relation to public health initiatives and strategies to support and empower people
a?Discuss the role of service users and carers as partners and evaluate the impact of informal caring on service provision

a?Consider how health needs affect peopleas identity and self worth
3 Contextualise your role in partnership working and inter-professional public health care provision a?Discuss the factors that may promote or hinder inter-professional working in public health
a?Explore your own nursing role and boundaries for making effective referrals and responding to the referrals of others
4 Appraise and apply evidence to support best practice in public health
a?Conduct a literature search on a public health issue, using appropriate databases and search terms
a?Use established frameworks to interpret relevant statistical, theoretical and research evidence
a?Organise and communicate information accurately, logically and correctly

You will provide a written essay detailing factors affecting access to healthcare for your selected individual within the scenario.

You will need to consider social, health and behavioural sciences theory in relation to your selected individual. In addition you will need to consider your role as a nurse within the inter-professional team in providing care in this context.

The essay must be underpinned by best evidence drawn from a range of sources and you are required to apply critical thinking skills to analyse this in order to effectively support your discussion.

Please note this is an individual piece of work separate from the earlier group presentation.

This work constitutes 80% of the overall unit grade.



Introduction: Outlines the key issues and the purpose of the essay. State the aim, identify the focus of your work and give a brief overview of what you will be discussing in the main body of your work.

Body of essay: All information provided should be relevant to your topic & your work should be structured well so that your discussion flows in a logical manner.

Conclusion: Should draw the threads of your argument together and it should link back to what you said you were going to do in your introduction. This section should not contain a?newa information.

ADVICE: Keep revisiting the learning outcomes to ensure you are doing what you remain focused on the task set. Act on feedback from previous assessments.

ISSUE HANDLING: All information in your essay should be relevant to your identified topic. It should be clear that you understand the key elements of the topic being discussed. Keep it simple and avoid including everything that is written on the topic by focusing on a specific aspect of the individual identified from the scenario.

Although identifying an individual from the scenario you will have to demonstrate how this person sits within the relevant theory available in relation to key topics from teaching sessions. For example you will need to identify an understanding of why and how your topic relates to public health per se. You will need to look at what is meant by communities and how the issue may impact on the individual. Look at the role of service users and carers as partners and evaluate the impact of informal caring on service provision. What key initiatives / frameworks / policies/ legislation have been put in place and the impact of these? Are there any challenges in managing /reducing the issue (i.e. health determinants, access to healthcare, disengagement from services, behavioural science theories, etc) Do include some epidemiology terms and provide some key statistics a and show you understand and can interpret the data available. Include the role of the nurse and the multi a professional teams.

ADVICE: Avoid simply describing the literature you have accessed. Remember to link the theory to practice and if there are challenges then identify them and provide a rationale for these. The more analytical you are the better the grade will be. Provide clear definitions for key terms / concepts being used a these can often be found in relevant articles. Avoid Internet and dictionary definitions. Act on feedback from previous assessments.

PRESENTATION & WRITTEN EXPRESSION: Your work should be presented in line with the guidelines in your handbook. Your work should be logical and neat. Meaning must be clear and written expression should be good.