SWM5200 - Social work in a hospital context - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jennifer McConachy


Glenda Bawden
Glenda Kerridge

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis

Unit guides




Must be enrolled in course code: 0019, 3969 or M6012


This unit will enable students to understand the tasks and roles of social workers practicing in hospital settings. The varied roles of social workers and their tasks in relation to making assessments will be considered. Topics include the history and roles of social workers in hospital settings, the ethical dilemas posed by contemporary health care practice, and the importance of practitioner-driven research.Current issues which impact on social work practice in hospital contexts will be explored including national policies, the social determinants of health, and the impact of globalisation.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse hospital and health care systems and identify the roles and skills of social workers in hospital context
  2. Describe and analyse the challenges and opportunities facing social workers in hospital context
  3. Critically analyse the health care system in relation to social work in hospital context
  4. Assess the impact of current health care policies on social work practice in hospital contexts
  5. Integrate research findings with practice interventions used by social workers in hospital contexts
  6. Evaluate usefulness of social work theories and practice models in assessing patients' needs in hospital settings
  7. Apply assessment frameworks in analysing patients' psychosocial needs in hospital settings


  • Interview (written report) (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Policy analysis (paper) (1,700 words( (15%)
  • Research literature review (template & written report) (2,700 words) (30%)
  • Case study analysis (paper) (2,700 words) (30%)
  • Class activities and participation (10%)

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