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  1. Recommended text books 6 items
    1. Psychology and sociology in nursing - Benny Goodman 2015

      Book Suggested for student purchase This is the second updated edition. if you already have the first edition, then do not buy this one

    2. Psychology for nurses and the caring professions - Jan Walker 2012

      Book Suggested for student purchase Print and electronic copies of this book also available. This book is foundational and should be useful throughout your studies.READ pages 1-5. Chapter 2 (self); 4 (memory), 5 (learning) pages 91-100; Chapter 9 pages 204-219 to include health belief model, theory of planned behaviour, stages of change, self regulatory theory. These all support public health approaches. We may draw questions for the MCQ from this

    3. Psychology and Sociology in nursing - Goodman, Benny, Ley, Tim 2012

      Book Suggested for student purchase This book also has some of the key sociological work that we will be addressing. We may draw questions for the MCQ from this.

    4. Nursing for public health: promotion, principles, and practice - Linsley, Paul, Kane, Roslyn, Owen, Sara c2011

      Book Suggested for student purchase We may draw questions for the MCQ from this

    5. What is nursing?: exploring theory and practice - Hall, Carol, Ritchie, Dawn 2011

      Book Recommended you could buy this, as it will support you over the three years

    6. RSA - The 'Social Brain'

      Webpage Recommended The idea of the 'social brain' is an important idea for understanding our behaviours as social beings. I think this has something to add to ideas around health promotion and public health especially.

  2. Support reading for What is Health? 10 items
    This introduces you to the concept of health. You will already have your own definition and may already be familiar with the WHO definition. However you need to broaden your understanding. Please work through the resources, the module assessment is based on Essential and Recommended. You do not have to read this before day 1, you can read this later.
    1. World Health Organisation definition of health - World Health Organisation

      Webpage Essential Read carefully what this definition states and consider its relevance. What does this definition imply?

    2. What is health ? Issues in complementary and alternative medicine: 1.1 Introduction

      Webpage Essential read section 1:1 Introduction, then 'What is health' up to and including 1:4.

    3. Health is Membership - Wendell Berry

      Webpage Essential This really is worth a read, in it Berry critiques the biomedical 'machine' and argues for an Holistic view of health. He shares his brother's story and the nurses' role....wait for the nursing intervention on the last page. Priceless. there is a shortened version now in the general section.

    4. What is health? The ability to adapt - The Lancet 2009-3

      Article Recommended You might need to access this via primo.

    5. What makes us healthy? the asset approach in practice

      Document Recommended Read to page 24. What do they mean by the asset approach?

  3. Support reading for The Social Determinants of Health 13 items
    This is an important idea - the SDH are often called the 'causes of the causes', please read through the resources as the module assessment is based on Essential and Recommended. You do not have to read this before day 1, you can read this later.
    1. WHO | What are social determinants of health?

      Webpage Essential Discuss this definition and tease out the two core ideas: health inequities, social gradient. These are discussed in the next item called key concepts

    2. WHO | Key concepts

      Webpage Essential Read about health inequities and the social gradient. These are important ideas and are part of arguments put forward by Wilkinson and Pickett in their book 'The Spirit level'

    3. GBH: Greedy Bastards and Health Inequalities | Graham Scambler

      Webpage Essential Scambler talks about 'asset flows' that occur in people's lives. He talks about material asset flows as important for health. Why do you think this is relevant for nursing? Does understanding health in these terms impact on what nursing does?

    4. Rio Declaration on the Social Determinants of Health

      Document Essential See especially points 4,5,6. These outline and reiterate the approach. The rest you can skim read. So, don't try to learn what it says. What are the implications of this for nursing organisations such as the NMC and the RCN?

    5. The Canadian Facts

      Website Essential This should take only 4 minutes to watch the video and about 20 minutes to read and understand the front page of this website. Many of the 'The Canadian Facts' apply to the UK

    6. The political origins of health inequity: prospects for change - Ole Petter Ottersen, Jashodhara Dasgupta, Chantal Blouin, Paulo Buss 02/2014

      Article Essential Read the executive summary and key messages on the first few pages. the first point on the key messages says 'The unacceptable health inequities within and between countries cannot be addressed within the health sector, by technical measures, or at the national level alone, but require global political solutions'. Put that in your own words. Skim read the rest, you will not be asked about the detail of this report. What are the implications for nursing?

    7. A health map for the local human habitat - H. Barton, M. Grant 01/11/2006

      Article Essential please study this diagram and article

    8. Yes, we are all in this together

      Webpage Essential This is an extract from 'The Spirit Level'

    9. Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies | Video on

      Webpage Essential This is a TED talk from Richard Wilkinson, co-author of the Spirit Level. It is only 17 minutes long.

    10. The spirit level: why more equal societies almost always do better - Wilkinson, Richard G., Pickett, Kate 2009

      Book Essential This is a really important book in the debate about social determinants. You don't have to read the whole book, but do summarise its main points.

    11. BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, The Spirit Level: the theory of everything?

      Webpage Recommended This is a great radio 4 piece which very clearly outlines the argument in the book and introduces you to critique.

    12. BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, Social Epidemiology

      Webpage Recommended A great 30 minute radio 4 talk on the work of Sir Michael Marmot, arguments around the psycho-social thesis and the determinants of health.

    13. The Spirit Level: Discussion and critique on radio 4.

      Webpage Recommended This is a transcript from the radio 4 programme above (called 'Analysis'). it outlines the argument in 'The Spirit level' and also talks to leading academics who are not quite so sure as to its central argument. See:

  4. Support reading for Models of health care delivery 5 items
    You will be introduced here to what we mean by the biopsychosocial model of health. Please work through the resources as the module assessment is based on Essential and Recommended.
  5. Support reading for Nursing and Care issues. 3 items
    This introduces you to care issues and what this means today. Please work through the resources as the module assessment is based on Essential and Recommended.
    1. The Francis Inquiry | The King's Fund

      Webpage Essential There are 3 video clips to watch: Robert's presentation highlights and full and his slides. watch at least the full presentation. If you cannot access the clips go to and read the executive summary

    2. Principles of Nursing Practice - RCN

      Webpage Essential How many principles are there and what do they say?

  6. Support reading for Sociology and Psychology in Nursing 5 items
    This unit will introduce you to some relevant social science so that you may better understand the context of health care and our individual responses to health and illness.Please work through the resources as the module assessment is based on Essential and Recommended.
    1. Influences on health and illness behaviour - OpenLearn - Open University

      Webpage Essential Read the 4 theories on health behaviours and reflect on how they might apply to you. Health behaviour is influenced by many factors. Helman (2001) discusses the variety of people in different societies who each offer users their own way of advising on, explaining, diagnosing and treating ill health. As a result, people may decide to rest or take a home remedy; ask advice from a friend, relative or neighbour; consult a local priest, folk healer or wise person; or consult a doctor if one is available. People seek different forms of help and advice depending on the stage and progression of their condition. They may be more likely to seek professional help after other channels of advice and treatment, including self-management, have proved ineffective.

    2. Inequalities in health: Contested explanations, shifting discourses and ambiguous policies - Sandra Carlisle 09/2001

      Article Essential What are the 'contested explanations' for why there are inequalities in health? What 'Discourses' are used to explain health differences? Does this mean nurses should look at their own understanding of why there are inequalities? What for example is a consequence of nurses accepting a 'moral underclass' discourse?

    3. 'Fair Society Healthy Lives' (The Marmot Review) - IHE

      Webpage Essential This is a very important paper, what are the main points and recommendations? See also the executive summary on "Working for health equity the role of health professionals'

    4. Gerotranscendence - Uppsala University, Sweden

      Webpage Essential You will do well to look at this topic, it promotes a more positive view of ageing.

    5. Sociology Health and Nursing

      Webpage Recommended This is a facebook page. Click on the files tab and/or scroll through the newsfeed.

  7. Support reading for Nursing issues and Public Health 11 items
    You will also be introduced to what is known as 'partnership working', health promotion and public health. Please read through the resources as the module assessment is based on Essential and Recommended.
    1. Introduction public health and health promotion 11 items
      1. RCN on Public Health

        Webpage Essential You need to access the document "going upstream' as an introduction to public health. Read the Executive summary. This is an RCN document:

      2. Public Health Observatories - Health Profiles

        Webpage Essential Follow the link to the home page, from the menu on the left hand side click 'find profiles' then in the 'Search by area name or postcode' type 'Cornwall' and then 'Newcastle' to find the health profiles for those two regions. you may of course look anywhere, try comparing hackney and Kensington. What are these profiles telling you, what datat are they missing?

      3. Avoidable mortality in England and Wales, 2001-2011 infographic - ONS

        Webpage Essential This is an infograhic for avoidable mortality in England and Wales 2001-2011. What are the two leading causes of potentially avoidable mortallity in E and W 2001-2011?

      4. Healthier Lives - Home

        Webpage Recommended This is PHE's 'Longer Lives' project mentioned on the ppt.

      5. A Guide To Practical Health Promotion - GOTTWALD, Mary

        Book Recommended You will be directed to read chapter 1, this reprises some previous work.

      6. Tackling Obesities: Future Choices | Our work | BIS

        Webpage Recommended Obesity: a public health issue: Read the executive summary in the report. Obesity is a good example of the complex nature of health, demonstrating the interrelationship between biology, sociology and psychology.

      7. Oxford University Press | Online Resource Centre | Linsley, Kane, & Owen: Nursing for Public Health

        Webpage Recommended A public health book for background. There is a good chapter (chapter 6) in this book on 'the nurse patient relationship' which considers briefly the sociology of caring, and the construction of the nurse patient relationship. Also Chapter 1 which gives an overview of the delivery of health care.

      8. Home

        Webpage Recommended This web site clearly shows mortality data published by Public Health England. Compare the regions.

      9. Public Health England - Inside Government - GOV.UK

        Webpage Recommended Public Health England's website. Take note.