Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care

Task 1: LO1 Understand how information relating to health and social care give rise to issues of concern to the public.
Guidance notes to assist you to answer the L01Health and social care information- recurrent themes such finance resourcing political context collaborative care standards of care disability child abuse enquiries.
Dissemination information through the media leaflets use of visual images developing a portfolio of media coverage TV Newspaper
Perspectives in the presentation of information Creating Moral Panic discursive perspective on the media influences on attitudes and behaviour of people format of media presentation style of presentation content on news paper.
People Individuals groups communities professionals pressure groups lobbyists marketers policy makers other as appropriate.
Development Health and Social Care Legislation Code of practice services and professionalism.Scenario
A local health and social care service has commissioned you to write a report. The aim of the report is to raise the awareness of health and social care professionals working in the service of the source of potential public misunderstandings of health and social care information. The commissioners of your report are particularly interested in understanding how tabloid newspapers such as the Sun Mirror Daily Mail and Daily Star report on health information and how this kind of information is disseminated in comparison to other information sources.

(Recommended word report up to 750 words)
What you must do:
Produce a report that includes the following information:
1.1 Explain how information relating to health and social care reaches the public domain. In your explanation you should use examples to support the explanation of how a health and social care issue reaches the public domain. [P1.1] ?
1.2 Analyse different techniques for disseminating information relating to health and social care. In your analysis use the example given above to support the different techniques for disseminating information relating to health and social care. [P1.2 M1] ?
1.3 Evaluate how the different ways in which information relating to health and social care is presented can influence the attitudes thoughts and behaviour of people. In your evaluation discuss how differences in the format style and content of information relating to health and social care can influence the attitudes thoughts and behaviour of people. [P1.3] ?

(Note: To achieve M1 effective judgement has been made in giving examples of different techniques for disseminating information relating to health and social care)
Task 2: LO2 Understand how issues of public concern related to health and social care are presented in the media
Guidance notes to assist you to complete L02The role of the media Responding to and shaping public opinion such as stereotyping creating Moral Panic (give example) Political bias (Right wing left wing newspaper).
Source of information- Newspaper (Local and national news paper) magazines websites television channels (BBC SKY Channel 4)
Reliability of source of information- The question of ownership (Who owns BBC) political and religious agendas pressure groups government sources conflicting views of current issues such as how the ideological or political perspective of different media sources impact on the way news is presented or spun to viewers.
The Impact of the internet: On news media politics and professional practices eg news as a commodity the dominance of small number of primary news sources lack of critical scrutiny dumbing down of the news.
(Up to 750 words)
Scenario
Recent media research (SWINE FLU) you have conducted has highlighted that a recent health and social care issue was the subject of much negative press and is causing a major moral panic. Some local health and social care services have informed you that they are struggling to cope with the commotion that the press has generated when carrying out their day to day services.
You have been tasked with producing a staff report that explains to health and social care professionals what a moral panic is and demonstrate how the press has manipulated information to cause such a public reaction.
What you must do
2.1 Pick SWINE Flu as a health and social care issue that you have found in the news. In your report you are to explain ways in which the media may be used to influence the attitudes and behaviour of people in relation to SWIN Flu issues. [P2.1] ?
2.2 In the other section of the report you are to evaluate how the public can assess the reliability and validity of media information about health and social care [P2.2 D1] ?
(Note: To achieve D1 conclusions have been arrived through synthesis of ideas and have been justified and clear examples given in your evaluation how the public can access the reliability and validity of media information)

Task 3: LO3 Understand the likely influence contemporary perspectives on health and social care issues have on the development of service. (Up to 1000 words)
Guidance notes to assist L03
Interrogate information collected- Critically evaluate eg what is the evidence validity reliability key arguments summaries draw conclusion
Possible outcomes eg privatisation reduction of resources changing threshold criteria discrimination.
Different Interpretations of information Subjectivity eg selective use of data selective use of professional and academic opinion political and ideological bias in interpretation genuine disagreement over the correct interpretation of information.

Scenario
A local health and social care service have been hard hit by a recent press article that has been reported on in the national newspapers. The situation remains contained for moment but the health and social care service fear what will happen next and want to understand the full extent of the press coverage may have on their service.
You have been tasked with producing a report that details to the service local attitudes after the large scale media interest and outlines some of the risks and consequences of what may happen to the service as a result of the news coverage.
(Use the health and social care issue Swine Flu as a basis for discussion in your report)
What to do
3.1 Analyse the extent to which local attitudes reflect those found at a national level. [P3.1] ?
3.2 Evaluate the validity of public attitudes and behaviours in relation to a specific issue
[P3.2 D3] ?
3.3 Justify possible consequences of contemporary thinking for health and social care provision and services [P3.3 M3] ?

(Note: To achieve D3 ideas have been generated and decisions taken when evaluating the validity of the public in respect to their attitudes and behavior with a given example related to health and social care. To achieve M3 you must use coherent logical development of principles for the intended audience when justifying with examples consequences of contemporary thinking for the provision of health and social care services )

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