Inclusivity in Clinical Education HEA4251


This module is aimed at a multi-professional senior clinical workforce. The module will enable students to examine critically the concepts of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) within their own discipline, reflect critically on their responsibilities and accountability, and develop a culture of inclusivity to enhance clinical education within their workplace. Individuals will reflect critically on their practices and values, with the aim of enabling everyone to play a positive role in their workplace clinical education. This is achieved by exploring how to break down barriers to equity of outcome and experience in clinical education and leadership programmes (including unconscious bias and stereotypes), and to challenge unacceptable behaviour effectively.

The phenomenon known as Differential Attainment can be defined as the gap between the attainment levels of different groups in recruitment, assessment pass rates, and professional appointment/promotion. It is a key aspect of EDI, and is a global problem, found in medical and non-medical higher and professional education. Differential Attainment occurs when cultural differences and unconscious bias can lead to lack of support and unequal opportunities (Woolf, 2016). Understanding why it happens is a crucial first step towards making medical education fairer and ultimately to improving healthcare and the patient experience. The need to examine culture and its impact on the outcome of clinical education has been highlighted by many of the regulatory bodies and has been used to drive the development of this module.

Module Code: HEA4251
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £750 for Sept 2021 to July 2022

Who is this module for?

  • This module is designed for a multi-professional group of senior clinicians and clinical educators, including doctors, dentists, nurses, and all members of HCPC professions.
  • The module may be studied on a stand-alone basis or as an elective module within specific postgraduate programmes (see below).

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • To equip senior clinicians, clinical educators and clinical leaders to respond appropriately to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) issues relating to clinical practice and to the standards and requirements of professional bodies.
  • To explore ways that an individual can contribute to the development of an inclusive environment in healthcare settings, by role modelling inclusive behaviours, sharing best practice, and recognising how these can contribute to a good patient experience.
  • To support senior clinical educators and leaders to identify and address any barriers for the progression of learners.

How Will I Study?

The module is blended in nature with 12 hours contact time, supported by online activities. Teaching and learning will explore ways in which an individual can contribute to the development of an inclusive environment in healthcare settings, by means of role modelling inclusive behaviours, and recognising how these can contribute to a good patient experience and sharing of best practice. A distinctive feature of this module is the opportunity for students to present their chosen 'case study' in person or via the internet, for formative feedback from peers and tutors. The module development was supported by Health Education England (NW).

What will I study?

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
  • Evidence base and terminology
  • Unconscious bias
  • The legislative framework – EDI
  • Understanding policy and implementation
  • Understanding barriers
  • Improving fairness in medical education
  • Diversity and effective team working
  • Inclusion and inclusivity
  • Health inequity
  • Understanding culture
  • Cultural intelligence and cultural safety
  • EDI and leadership
  • Challenges in educator development
  • Differential attainment and outcomes
  • Maximising the potential of all learners

How will I be assessed?

The module will be summatively assessed by the submission of one piece of coursework, which will be electronically submitted at the conclusion of the module.

Case Study, presented in report format.

Guideline wordage: 4,000 words. (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3).
The Case Study will address theory and practice. It will be a critical exploration of and reflection on a chosen aspect of EDI (negotiated individually with module tutors), with reference to relevant scholarly literature.

In addition to the formal course-work assessment, a minimum of 70% of online activities must be completed. There is an expectation that these online activities will feed in to the formal assessment task.

On successful completion you will:

  • Critically examine key attributes of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) within their own discipline, giving consideration to how this is maintained and integrated within the multi-professional workplace.
  • Reflect critically on their own responsibilities and accountability to support and develop EDI in self and in others.
  • Critically appraise challenges relating to ethical aspects of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) in healthcare, including local influences and cultures, contradictions, ambiguities and common misconceptions.

Study Dates and Venues

September 2021

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Tue 28th Sep 2021

Session Times:
The module will be delivered via a Blended Learning approach, normally comprising a mixture of online and face-to-face learning. The module overall takes 15 weeks’ study.
  • Introduction and Pre-reading - Tuesday 28th September 2021 - Online Pre-reading
  • Workshop 1 - Tuesday 19th October 2021, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Workshop 2 - Tuesday 16th November 2021, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Workshop 3 - Tuesday 7th December 2021, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Workshop 4 - Tuesday 18th January 2022, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Submission deadline - Friday 18th February 2022, 4pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

    For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQs page.

    For further information please contact the module co-ordinators:
    Ida Ryland: [email protected]
    Dr Cathy Sherratt: [email protected]