Primary and Community Care Policy

Key information

Start date: 28 September 2021

Attendance dates:

September 2021: 28
October 2021: 07, 08, 20, 21


Distance learning / Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

The aim of this module is to enable you to analyse the structure of primary and community care services to understand the complexities of policy and the political processes in relation to the development and provision of health and social care. It is intended that you will develop greater understanding of partnership working in relation to policy implementation and be able to evaluate the impact on health and social care delivery.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate national and local primary care policy and service provision in relation to client need and policy requirements.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the complexity arising from legal and ethical dilemmas and their impact on decision making in the primary and community setting.
  • Critically assess the resources needed for the implementation and evaluation of service developments at local and national levels and identify innovative solutions.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the economics of health and social care service delivery.
  • Critical analysis of the factors which influence collaborative partnerships for effective health and social care.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2020/21 curriculum our CPD modules will be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules may be delivered solely online or via a combination of face to face and online delivery, however for all programmes face to face contact time will be reduced, as per Government guidelines and to ensure the reduction of risk for all. Further information can be sought from the course leader (see below).

Usual learning and teaching methods include:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Discussions
  • Seminar presentations
  • Problem-based-learning.


A critical analysis of a health or social care policy relevant to the primary or community care setting. Identify key factors of the policy and critically analyse how effective the policy has been in the primary and community environment.

Consideration should be given to partnership working, resource allocation, legal factors and any other relevant factors identified during the analysis.         

Based on your analysis make recommendations with a rationale for future developments at local level.  

Word count:  3,000

Course leader

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Carol Cross

Teaching Fellow and Pathway Lead in Community Nursing and Director of Studies for Specialist Practice

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form.

It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.

Send your completed application back to us at the address or email included on the form.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


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