Development of a foundation degree in health and social care

Chambers, Alison, Cochrane, Alison, Duffy, A, Harrison, L, Ingman, E, Stewart, Heather Christine orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4657-3221 and Selfe, James (2005) Development of a foundation degree in health and social care. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 12 (6). pp. 243-248. ISSN 1741-1645

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Health care in the UK is at present experiencing a shortfall of qualified health-care professionals. One initiative that has been proposed is to provide foundation degrees, which meet the needs of employers in a range of health and welfare settings and prepares students to support clients in maximizing their independence within a programme of care.
This article describes the development of the foundation degree in health and social care at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. A two-stage consultative exercise with practitioners was undertaken in the form of focus groups. These were multidisciplinary and grouped according to practice area. This form of consultation has enabled clinicians to feel valued for their skills and opinions and has ensured a curriculum that is relevant and current to the needs of practice.

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