You are a trainee therapist charged with the assessment and care of Emily. Your clinical educator has asked you to prepare a 1,500-word report in which you: Firstly, discuss how health is defined

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Health and social care

Unit Code(s)

Unit Title

Level

Credit Value

QU025835

Health Psychology

3

6

Assignment Title

Stress Case Study (Task A)

Tasks

Emily is a 32-year-old, recently single woman. She has a job which she has always considered ‘stressful’. She goes to work early and comes home late. This has ultimately impacted on her relationship, and after being with her partner for over 10 years, she has found the separation and the legal implications (financial, selling house, division of property), in her own words ‘too much’.

Her doctor has signed her off work for 3 months and has referred for therapy.

You are a trainee therapist charged with the assessment and care of Emily. Your clinical educator has asked you to prepare a 1,500-word report in which you:

  • Firstly, discuss how health is defined (AC1.1)
  • Discuss current perspectives in health psychology, for example, biopsychosocial perspectives (AC1.2)
  • Compare and contrast 2 research methods used in health psychology (AC1.3)

Then, thinking about Emily:

  • Discuss the various physiological mechanisms underlying Emily’s stress (AC2.1)
  • Evaluate a piece of research in relation to sources of stress in Emily’s case (AC2.2)
  • How could this stress effect Emily’s health? (AC2.3)
  • As her therapist, what treatments and methods can you guide her with for coping with her stress? 1.1 Discuss definitions of health (AC2.4)

Assignment Title

Pain Case Study (Task B)

Tasks

You are a junior physiotherapist to whom Michael, a 56-year-old male with chronic lower back pain, has been referred.

Michael reports having experienced this back pain for 2 years, and it has got progressively worse. Six months ago, he left his job as an office clerk as he was simply unable to sit at a desk. He doesn’t believe he will ever get back to work and reports feeling quite pessimistic about the future. He reports the pain is ‘continuous’. It keeps him awake at night. On a good day its ‘6/10 pain’ and at its worse ‘10/10 pain’. He takes a strong cocktail of medication which he reports ‘takes the edge off temporarily’

On physical assessment he is very tense. You think initially he would benefit from some gentle hydrotherapy. You refer him for an 8-week course and arrange to review him after.

When he returns, the hydrotherapy department reports he turned up for just 4 sessions. He claims to have had no improvement and wasn’t satisfied with hydrotherapy being the outcome of his first consultation.

You take this opportunity to write a 1,500-word reflective piece for your continual professional development portfolio. In the report you must:

  • Examine the qualities and dimensions of pain- for example the difference between the chronic pain Michael has, and acute pain (AC3.1)
  • Analyse 2 theories of pain (AC3.2)
  • Explain how Michaels social and emotional experience may affect his pain management (AC3.3)
  • Evaluate the universal 1-10 pain scale used by Michael to assess his pain (AC3.4)
  • Discuss the pain management options available for Michael (medical, behavioural, cognitive) (AC3.5)

Then, thinking about how you approach your follow-up with Michael:

  • Discuss the behaviour and style adopted by both patient and practitioner and their effect upon interactions (AC4.1)
  • Analyse why you think Michael may not have been compliant with hydrotherapy (AC4.2)
  • Using research, describe how could you a) improve Michael’s understanding of and b) improve his satisfaction with his physiotherapy (AC4.3)

Grade Descriptor profile awarded for this assignment 1.1 Discuss definitions of health

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Formal Extension Request:

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Resubmission Deadline

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Please attach the entire assignment brief to work submitted for assessment.  Your work cannot be assessed unless you have signed and submitted this form. Electronic signature will suffice.

     

Assessment Information

Access to HE Diploma Title

Health and social care

Assignment Title

Stress Case Study (Task A)

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Discuss definitions of health

1.2

Discuss current perspectives in health psychology

1.3

Compare and contrast research methods used in health psychology

2.1

Discuss the various physiological mechanism underlying stress

2.2

Evaluate research in relation to sources of stress

2.3

Explain how stress affects health

2.4

Explain the treatments and methods of coping with stress

     

 

Assignment Title

Pain Case Study (Task B)

Assessment Criteria

3.1

Examine the qualities and dimensions of pain

3.2

Analyse theories of pain

3.3

Explain how social and emotional experiences affect pain management

3.4

Evaluate the main methods of assessing pain

3.5

Discuss the main methods of pain control

4.1

Discuss the behaviour and style adopted by both patient and practitioner and their effect upon interactions

4.2

Analyse reasons why people do not always adhere to medical advice

4.3

Discuss research into ways of improving patients understanding and patients` satisfaction in medical consultations.

     

 

Grade Descriptors –
This assignment is graded using elements from the grade descriptors below

If you achieve all assessment criteria listed above at Level 3, you will be awarded a Pass. To gain a Merit or Distinction, your work must match the performance described in the following grade descriptors.

Grade Descriptor

To achieve a Merit:

To achieve a Distinction:

GD1 Understanding the Subject

The learner’s work or performance:

c) demonstrate very good understanding of the different perspectives or approaches associated with the area of study

The learner’s work or performance:

c) demonstrates excellent understanding of the different perspectives or approaches associated with the area of study

GD2 Application of Knowledge

 

The learner’s work or performance:

a) Makes use of relevant  theories and facts with

b) Either breadth or depth that goes beyond the minimum required to Pass and

c) Very good levels of synthesis

The learner’s work or performance:

a) Makes use of relevant theories and facts with

b) Both breadth and depth and

c) Excellent levels of synthesis

GD7 Quality

The learner’s work or performance:

c) taken as a whole, demonstrates a very good response to the demands of the assignment

The learner’s work or performance:

c) taken as a whole, demonstrates an excellent response to the demands of the assignment 1.1 Discuss definitions of health

 

Additional Guidance

To achieve a Merit:

To achieve a Distinction:

To achieve GD1 at a Merit you should show a very good grasp of the definitions of health and the different perspectives

To achieve GD2 at a Merit you should apply a very good level of factual knowledge to the given case study.

To achieve GD7 at a Merit you should write in a generally fluent and logical way with only minor errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

To achieve GD1 at a Distinction you should show an excellent grasp of the definitions of health and the different perspectives

To achieve GD2 at a Distinction you should apply an excellent level of knowledge to the given case study/

To achieve GD7 at a Distinction you should write in a consistently fluent and logical way with evidence of thorough proof reading resulting in minimal spelling, punctuation and grammar errors.

Assignment Feedback and Grading

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Assignment Title

State if this is Assignment 1 of 3 or 1 of 1 (i.e. whole unit assessment)

Stress Case Study (1 of 2)

 

Unit Code(s)

Unit Title

Level

Credit Value

QU025835

Health Psychology

3

6

Date Handed Out:

Submission Deadline:

Tutor/Assessor:

 

 

 

Internally Moderated:

Yes ☐     No ☐

Moderation Date:

 

Submission Feedback (referring to Assessment Criteria achievement):

Guidance
Where all ACs are NOT met: 
In this situation, provide only feedback which identifies which ACs are incomplete and what the student must produce in order to address the missing AC evidence.  Do not make any summative comment, suggest any corrections or provide developmental feedback at this stage

Where all ACs are met: 
Ensure that annotation appears on the student`s work to show IV/EV where this evidence is found
. Confirm achievement of all ACs in the boxes below. 1.1 Discuss definitions of health

 

Assessment Criteria Achieved

LOs

ACs Covered

Achieved

Resubmitted

Referral

LO1

AC 1.1

 

 

 

LO1

AC 1.2

 

 

 

LO1

AC 1.3

 

 

 

LO2

AC 2.1

 

 

 

LO2

AC 2.2

 

 

 

LO2

AC 2.3

 

 

 

LO2

AC 2.4

 

 

 

LO3

AC 3.1

 

 

 

 

LO3

AC 3.2

 

 

 

 

LO3

AC 3.3

 

 

 

 

LO3

AC 3.4

 

 

 

 

LO3

AC 3.5

 

 

 

 

LO4

AC 4.1

 

 

 

 

LO4

AC 4.2

 

 

 

 

LO4

AC 4.3

 

 

 

 

                   

 

 

Comments

 

Resubmission Feedback (where appropriate)

Guidance:
Complete this section to evidence that the ACs which were missing from above have now been completed.  Ensure that BOTH original and resubmission work is included on the portfolio as evidence.

 

Resubmission Comments

 

Referral Feedback (where appropriate)

Guidance:
Follow the formal referral process with the approval of the Centre Moderator.  Complete this section to evidence that the ACs which were incomplete, as detailed above, have now been completed.  Ensure that all original, resubmission & referral work is included on the portfolio as evidence.  IV this assignment to confirm that the student has met all the ACs.  Pass grade only for referred work.

Referral Comments

 

 

Guidance:

Complete this section to evidence how the element from the GD has been met.

Ensure that ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ correspond to the actual work quality and match the appropriate grade descriptor.

Grade Descriptor

Grade Awarded

Comment

GD1 Understanding the Subject

 

Guidance:

Complete this section to evidence how the element from the GD has been met, and to what level.

Ensure that ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ correspond to the actual work quality, and match the appropriate grade descriptor

Do not complete the grading section if you are handing back work which is to be resubmitted

GD2

Application of Knowledge

 

 

 

GD7

Quality

 

 

Learner Feedback

Reflect on your academic progress. Critical reflection is a well-established means by which all students, at all levels of study, are encouraged to think about their own progress and development, acknowledging where progress has been made and identifying areas for further improvement and development.

How would you score your approach to this assignment?

1- Significant Strength     2 – Strength     3 – Competent     4- Development Needed

5 -Significant Development Needed

Time set aside for study                              

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Organisation of your research          

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Satisfaction with the submission

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Meeting the hand in deadline

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1.1 Discuss definitions of health What gaps did you identify in your knowledge in completing this assignment?

What did you do about this?

 

Which skills did you find most challenging?  What could you do to improve these skills?

 

What would you do differently next time?

 

What would you change in this assignment to make it clearer for you to complete successfully?

 

Learner Signature:   

 

Date: 

 


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