6KNIS602: Create a 2,000-word critical analysis of one aspect of an inquiry into healthcare provision. You will be expected to draw upon the legal, ethical, and professional principles, learnt throughout the module. Legal and ethical issues of professional practice assignment

6KNIS602: Create a 2,000-word critical analysis of one aspect of an inquiry into healthcare provision. You will be expected to draw upon the legal, ethical, and professional principles, learnt throughout the module. Legal and ethical issues of professional practice assignment

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6KNIS602: Legal and ethical issues of professional practice

King’s College London


Assessment Information

For this module you are assessed by a 2,000-word critical analysis of one aspect of an inquiry into healthcare provision. You will be expected to draw upon the legal, ethical, and professional principles, learnt throughout the module, that are relevant to this one aspect of the chosen inquiry. There will be an assignment preparation, formative submission, and tutorial prior to summative submission to support you with this. Further information about this process can be found in the summative assignment lecture and on KEATS under the assessment tab. Please also submit questions to the module forum as they arise.

The inquiry you will be examining will be the Department of Health review into Winterbourne View Hospital. The full source can be accessed here, and further resources are also available on the Keats site.  It is expected that you will choose from one of the below aspects:

  • Communication & Record Keeping
  • Education & Training
  • Physical Restraint
  • Appropriate Supervision
  • Medicine Management

You will need to show how failures within this one aspect resulted in patient harm. You will also need to show how failures in this aspect resulted in ethical principles, legal elements, and professional expectations not being met. You need to draw on:

  • Key elements from the report
  • Ethical theories covered within the module
  • The law – which includes Singaporean and UK constitution as relevant, acts of parliament, human rights, and case law
  • Professional Expectations – this will involve referencing both the SNB and NMC codes of professional conduct
  • Relevant contemporary literature

When constructing the assignment please refer to the below structure and examine the module rubric accessed via Keats.

Assignment Guidelines

The assignment should include:


A clear introduction and justification for the aspect of the inquiry chosen for discussion is expected. It is expected that you will outline how you will appraise this aspect against ethical (i.e., consequentialism, beneficence, justice, veracity), legal (i.e., mental capacity act, Bolam test) and professional expectations (Nursing & Midwifery Council, Singapore Nursing Board Code, International Council of Nursing Ethics).

Main body

The main body of the essay should identify the relevant ethical, legal, and professional issues that relate to the aspect of the inquiry you have chosen. You will need to:

  1. Highlight key ethical dilemmas faced in relation to patient care (i.e., appropriate supervision could be related to beneficence, non-maleficence and justice
  2. Show how the failings within the one aspect chosen resulted in criminal outcomes by not following acts of parliament, case law, or constitutional expectations
  3. Use appropriate case law and relevant legislation (acts of parliament may include Mental Capacity Act 2008, Personal Data Protection Act 2012, case law examples may include Blyth vs Birmingham Waterworks Co. (1856) Ex 781 at 784, Montgomery vs Lancashire Health Board (2015)
  4. Demonstrate the failings in professional practice, considering both the Nursing and Midwifery Councils and the Singapore Nursing Boards ‘Codes’
  5. Articulate the implications for the profession

The discussion section should demonstrate critical analysis* which supports your discussion, and it is recommended that you use contemporary literature here.


The conclusion should draw the main points of the discussion together and indicate the implications for nursing practice

Formative assessment

The debate is a formative assessment that allows you to further develop your critical thinking and analysis skills whilst working in groups. It will provide the opportunity to develop your argument and refute other arguments. It is imperative that you engage in this group work to ensure that you fully reap its benefits when preparing for your summative submission.

There will also be an opportunity for a written formative submission and the date/time will be displayed on Keats.  This will be a bullet pointed essay plan and a 250-word draft from one section of your assignment on which you will receive feedback. This will be covered in further detail during the assignment preparation lecture with further support offered in the tutorials prior to the summative submission.

What we score:


Our Writer’s Comment 

This assignment tests students on their understanding of the concepts.

Based on the assignment requirements provided, here are some comments to help students score well on this assignment:

  1. Understanding the Inquiry and Aspect: Ensure you fully understand the chosen inquiry into healthcare provision, which is the Department of Health review into Winterbourne View Hospital. Choose one aspect from the provided list (Communication & Record Keeping, Education & Training, Physical Restraint, Appropriate Supervision, or Medicine Management) to critically analyze.
  2. Drawing Upon Relevant Principles: Your analysis should draw upon legal, ethical, and professional principles covered in the module that are relevant to your chosen aspect of the inquiry. Make sure to reference key elements from the report, ethical theories, the law (both Singaporean and UK), professional expectations (SNB and NMC codes), and relevant contemporary literature.
  3. Assignment Structure: Follow the given structure guidelines for your essay, including a clear introduction justifying your chosen aspect, a well-structured main body identifying ethical, legal, and professional issues, and a conclusion summarizing the main points and implications for nursing practice.
  4. Critical Analysis and Application: Throughout your essay, demonstrate critical analysis when discussing ethical dilemmas, legal implications, and professional failings related to the chosen aspect. Use appropriate case law, legislation, and contemporary literature to support your arguments effectively.
  5. Formative Assessments: Take advantage of formative assessments, such as debates and written formative submissions, to further develop your critical thinking and analysis skills. Engage in group work to benefit fully from this preparation process.
  6. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations: Pay special attention to ethical theories like consequentialism, beneficence, justice, and veracity. Analyze the legal aspects considering acts of parliament, human rights, and relevant case law. Discuss the professional expectations outlined in the SNB and NMC codes.
  7. Cohesive Conclusion: In your conclusion, bring together the main points of your discussion and emphasize the implications for nursing practice related to your chosen aspect.
  8. Appropriate Referencing: Ensure you reference all scholarly and non-scholarly work correctly using the Harvard/RMIT Harvard style. Make sure to include a minimum of 5 scholarly references and any non-scholarly work when using real-world corporate examples.

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