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Unit information: People and Systems in Healthcare in 2021/22

Unit name People and Systems in Healthcare
Unit code EENGM0019
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Bird
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to healthcare systems and how people (patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals) engage with these systems and each other.

Unit content:

  • The different healthcare systems currently used in the NHS
  • The Unit will focus on the UK system, but, since these are global markets and global challenges, will contrast these with typical systems in both high and low resourced settings internationally.
  • Relevant topics such as healthcare technology commissioning and audit, reimbursement, budgeting and the need for integration of health and social care will be covered.
  • The different people who make up health and care services, and their roles within them.
  • The challenges that healthcare systems are facing, including ageing populations and the increasing prevalence long term conditions.
  • How digital technologies are impacting healthcare systems.
  • The patient and clinician experience and influences on behaviour relevant to using digital interventions for prevention, adherence to treatment and self-management of illness.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the units students will be able to:

  1. Summarise the different systems and processes used within UK health and care services.
  2. Critically evaluate different global health systems and how these compare to the UK.
  3. Summarise the challenges facing health systems, such as ageing populations and the increasing prevalence of long term conditions, and assess how digital technologies can play a role in addressing them.
  4. Summarise how patient and clinician experience influences uptake, usage and effectiveness of digital interventions.

Teaching Information

This unit will consist of a combination of teaching and learning methods including key lectures, group seminars and structured reflection.

Assessment Information

2000 word report critically evaluating how a digital intervention could be used to address a challenge currently facing the NHS, identifying which systems and processes would be impacted and how clinician and patient experience would be addressed


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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