Society in general is becoming increasingly litigious. In the context of health care law in general and health care law in particular has a profound influence on practice. Managers and clinicians are called to account for their actions justifying resource decisions as well as clinical judgements.

An understanding of the law and moral reasoning is thus an important knowledge base for health care staff. This course aims to provide an overview of the legal and ethical frameworks, which underpin and govern the practice of health care and research.
Indicative Content
• English legal system.
• Ethical theories.
• Negligence.
• Consent.
• Resource allocation.
• Confidentiality.
• Professional Conduct.
• Children and the law.
• Mental Health and the law.
• End of life decisions.
• Moral dilemmas.•
Essay Question:
Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the law of negligence, and discuss possible modifications that might be made to it.
Word count: 3000

Marking Guide:
FHEQ qualification descriptor LEVEL 5
Honours degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated; Relevant skills
Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to Related tasks
To achieve a pass in this assignment students must;
1 knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of their area(s) of study, and of the way in which those principles have developed effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of a variety of legal concepts and principles pertinent to the topic.
• Be able to demonstrate an understanding of a variety of ethical concepts pertinent to the topic.
2 ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles in an employment context Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. • Be able to apply appropriate case law and/or legislation to the topic.
• Be able to apply ethical theories and ethical principlism to the topic.

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