Contemporary Issues and Interprofessional Practice

Module code and title: PP610: Contemporary Issues and Interprofessional Practice Module leader: Christine Sallans
Assignment No. and type: CW2: Summative Essay Assessment weighting: 100%
Submission time and date: Submission: 15/06/2022

Before 14:00 via Turn-it-in

Target feedback time and date:


Assignment task
Students will submit a 3,000 Written Assignment: A critical reflection on your scenario developed from your practice experience. Your scenario will focus on working with another practitioner from a different occupation.


Important Information on confidentiality. It is important that no service users, professionals, local area or institutions are identified in this assignment. Please refer to the Penalties for breaching confidentiality below:


Identifying an individual in the student’s care (patient/client/service-user/learner/research participant) Automatic award of a mark of 0%
Identifying an individual in a peer relationship or senior relationship (e.g. mentor, colleague).

Identifying a local area within the institution (e.g. Unit/ward/team)

A reduction of 20 marks from the final percentage mark of the assessment to be applied.

Example: where the final mark is 46% the confirmed mark will be 26%.

Identifying an institution (e.g. trust, school, local authority) A reduction of 10 marks from the final percentage mark of the assessment to be applied.

Example: where the final mark is 52% the confirmed mark will be 42%.









This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
LO1: Critically evaluate systems, models and principles for working collaboratively and effectively with other professions and agencies
LO2: Develop a critical understanding of the skills, knowledge, values and attributes necessary for inter-professional practice, for self and others.
LO3: Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the legal and policy framework and contemporary literature pertaining to IPP.
LO4: Show a conceptual and reflexive understanding of the causes of failures in health and social care, their meaning to service users, carers and professionals and what best practice is.
Task requirements
Summative Assignment – 3000 words +/- 10%


Written Assignment. A critical reflection on the scenario developed from your practice experience. Your scenario will focus on working with another practitioner from a different occupation.


Guidance Notes:


Your scenario:


This should be approximately 500 words.


Critical Reflection on the scenario


This should reflect (using the first person ‘I’) on what your scenario describes.


Useful questions to help you structure your critical reflection:


What was I thinking during the event, and after the event? What was I feeling during and after the event? What do I think about those who were present? How did others make me feel? How did the ending make me feel?


The essay needs consider the following themes and explore them only if they are relevant to your scenario (all may be relevant, or only some, depending on your experience):


Aims of interprofessional practice (and definition)

The importance of supporting service users/patients.

The core values of interprofessional practice

Professional accountability duty of care

The legislation framing practice.


Current issues affecting the workplace.

What can go wrong?

Professional hierarchy and power

Was this evident in your scenario?


Skills used:


Team working

Emotional competence and elegant challenging

Confidence in sharing information.

Relate clearly to your scenario.


What you have learned about working with another practitioner, and how you can use that learning to improve your practice in future.


Citations (In-text referencing): Your essay will not be a critical reflection unless you link your ideas to evidence (proof of reading) with in-text referencing. You will lose marks for ‘knowledge’ (a big part of what you are marked against) without providing in-text, and end of essay, references.


Word count – you can lose marks without providing a word count.


Reference list on a separate page.

Referencing and research requirements
Please reference your work according to the Harvard style as defined in Cite Them Right Online ( This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2019) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 11th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Copies are available via the University library.


Journal articles should be included.

How your work will be assessed
Your work will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning outcomes for this assignment (see above) and against other key criteria as defined by your programme team.


This assignment will be marked accordion to the grading descriptors for Level 6.

Submission details

You are reminded of the University’s regulations on academic misconduct, which can be viewed on the University website: In submitting your assignments, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood these regulations.

Please also note that work that is submitted up to 10 working days beyond the submission date will be considered a late submission. Late submissions will be marked and the actual mark recorded but will be capped at the pass mark (typically 40%), provided that the work is of a passing standard. Work submitted after this period will not be marked and will be treated as a non-submission.


Electronic submissions

This assignment should be submitted electronically. Please use the relevant Turnitin submission point in the Submit your work area in your Blackboard module shell.

Please ensure that your work has been saved in an appropriate file format. Turnitin will only accept the following file types: Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs, or plain text. Your file must also contain at least 20 words of text, consisting of fewer than 400 pages and be less than 40MB in size.

You can submit your work as many times as you like before the submission date. If you do submit your work more than once, your earlier submission will be replaced by the most recent version.

Once you have submitted your work, you will receive a digital receipt as proof of submission, which will be sent to your forwarded email address (provided you have set this up). Please keep this receipt for future reference, along with the original electronic copy of your assignment.

Before you submit

Please use the provided checklist below to make sure you are ‘fit to submit’ your work.

We recommend you use this checklist as soon as you get this assignment brief to help you plan your work.

Fit to Submit: Assignment Checklist
This brief assignment checklist is designed to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes students make in their coursework.
Fit to Submit: Assignment Checklist
This brief assignment checklist is designed to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes students make in their coursework.

In it you will find details of the assessment task, word count, the assessment criteria your work is marked against, and the learning outcomes – the basis for the assessment strategy in each module.

Students often lose marks by forgetting some of the more straightforward elements of their assignments. We recommend that you “tick off” each of the points below as you prepare your work for submission. If you need any help, ask your tutor and / or visit

Have you read and understood the assessment criteria?
Have you met all the learning outcomes?

You will lose marks and your work may even be failed if you have not.

Have you demonstrated you can think and write critically in the completed


This means you have supported your arguments/explanations appropriately e.g.

using relevant academic sources and you have offered discussion points which

extends your own or others’ viewpoints to make reasoned conclusions/judgements.

Have you maintained an academic tone throughout your work?

Is your work formal, focused, developed and clear?

Have you checked that the referencing in your assignment is in line with your programme requirements?

Have you proof-read your work and used spellcheck software to check your spelling and grammar?

Have you checked the presentation of your work is as specified by your tutor, for example, are font size, colour, style, line spacing and margins as the tutor specified?

Have you kept to the word count (or equivalent)? If you are not sure, check with your tutor.

Can you confirm that the work submitted is your own and not plagiarised?