Ethical and Legal Issues - Level 6 - 6NU503

About this module

This module is for health care students who need to consider the impact of ethical and legal issues in their day to day practice. These issues arise at all levels, and the module will assist the practitioner in recognising and engaging with the ethical and legal issues by application of the principles to the practice situation.

The current policy agenda and developing culture in health care increasingly encourage the exposure and debate of ethical and legal issues. The development of mechanisms for ethical review within the machinery of Clinical Governance, and the changes in ethical governance of professions have highlighted the importance of ethical issues and are contributing to a culture of more open discussion. In an increasingly litigious culture, the interface between health care and law is also becoming increasingly important. Professional practitioners need to be able to engage with these issues in a coherent and confident way.

The core content of this module includes:

  • Theories of ethics
  • Professional and interprofessional ethics
  • Legal principles relevant to health care
  • Autonomy, consent and confidentiality
  • Duty of care
  • Quality of life
  • Decisions at the beginning and end of life
  • Rationing of health care
  • Organisations in health care
  • Professional standards and guidance.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 6NU503

Start dates are usually: September and January

Module level: Level 6

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this moduel you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to health care practice and policy, incorporating critical application of selected theoretical perspectives relevant to ethics in health.
  2. Understand and apply relevant ethical arguments and legal perspectives to a specific practice situation.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study this course via online learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703