Ethica and legal issues in public health
Report and Policy/Protocol
Critically review the case you presented in your seminar, identifying either/or both the
moral, ethical and legal constructs involved (2,000 words), and then develop a
policy/protocol regarding the situation which if it occurred again would enable it to be
managed more effectively (1,000 words)
Guidelines for this Assessment
You should critically review the case you presented for your presentation. The aim of this review is
to expand upon the few, concise points that were made about the ethical or legal (or both) issues
of the case by exploring them in more depth and including other, relevant issues in order to
develop your conclusion. Your Report provides the opportunity to develop your critical analysis and
evaluation of the case that was presented. In addition, you should provide a separate policy or protocol responding to the issues discussed in
the Report outlining what would constitute an appropriate response, such as the measures that
might be put in place, were such a situation to arise again.
The Assessment should:
? be well structured, with an appropriate introduction and conclusion;
? be clear and well argued;
? provide critical analysis and evaluation of the issues, and not simply describe them;
? demonstrate background reading, drawing on the literature to support your critique;
? be fully referenced using the Harvard system
Word Allowance for this Assessment
The word allowance for this Report and Policy/Protocol is 2,000 and 1,000 words respectively.
&#61607; a margin of 10% more or less than the word allowance is allowed without penalty. Therefore
for this assessment, 1,800 to 2,200 words for the Report and 900 and 1,100 words for the
Policy/Protocol will be acceptable.
&#61607; all words used in the assignment (Introduction, Body and Conclusion) are included in the word
count. It is normal for the computer to ?count? all words including tables, diagrams, references
in the text and direct quotes.
&#61607; the word limit does not include the reference list, bibliography or appendices.
&#61607; you should state the word count at the end of the assignment after the conclusion
If an assignment presented for marking falls outside these guidelines, the marking team may
downgrade the assignment
Guidelines for Presenting Written Assignments
The following guidelines should be followed:
? all written assignments must be word processed / typed
? the recommended font style is Arial 11 or 12.
? use line spacing of 1.5 or double spacing throughout.
? use A4 size white paper
? number each page clearly
? the unit title and Student ID must be included as either a header or footer on every page
(except front page)
? create margins of at least 2.5 cms on all sides of each page.
? the title page should contain your name and ID, the name of the University, the name of your
course, the unit code / title and the title of the assessment
? provide a contents page and use section headings if appropriate.
? state the number of words written at the end of the assignment after the conclusion.
? start the reference list on a new page and adhere to Harvard referencing guidelines
? number any appendices for ease of cross referencing and ensure that they are referred to in
the text by the relevant number
? a high standard of presentation is expected and this include accurate referencing, attention to
layout, grammar and spelling.
On completion of this unit you should be able to:
Critically analyse the relationship between
ethical and legal requirements and adhering to
professional codes of practice. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the implications of such concept as autonomy and the right to self-determination, paternalism ,beneficence, and non-malificience
Identify and critically evaluate the workings of
the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights
Acts, and to have an understanding of
advanced directives and living wills.
To achieve the learning outcome you must
demonstrate the ability to: Critically evaluate the dynamics between
professional codes of practice, ethical and legal
principles using a case-study of critical incident
you have been involved with or are aware of. Identify a critical situation from your own practice
(or a situation that you are aware of) then using
problem based learning analyse the situation by
considering the ethical and/or legal aspects
involved. Critique how the incident was handled
at the time and how you would manage the
matter now. Critically evaluate the impact of government
policies in the context of modern health and
social care delivery when critiquing how the
critical incident would be managed now.
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